RECESS, the startup previously known as GLOWfest, is getting set for their spring college tour with extra impetus from a seed funding round led by Mark Cuban. RECESS describes itself as a "music + ideas festival" but it's more of a hybrid day of career networking, entrepreneurship speakers, college entrepreneurs' pitch competition and end of day concert.
I was thinking of a way to make a catchy article that could wow every sort of person involved in SXSW, but then I just started to write down ideas that I actually need for myself. I thought about how I could prepare since I am flying to H-town then SA on a red eye tomorrow all just in time for Gary Vaynerchuk's big speech on the 7th and SXSW shabbat, where all the Jewish Tech-Geeks get together for dinner on the first night of tech mayhem
Anyways...for all you people on the hustle hoping to make some moves, I wrote this article for you.
Rdio Sessions is a fairly new recording series from Rdio featuring live performances in intimate settings that are then available for streaming. Rdio is taking Sessions to SXSW and will be recording live shows from 7 different acts in almost as many genres. It's a nice way to support artists while creating unique content for Rdio listeners.
Headed to SXSW? You're not the only one. Many music hopefuls travel to Austin, TX this time of the year hoping to notice or be noticed. Like any adventure, it's good to have a map. Larry Butler brings us six ways to get the most mileage out of SXSW without breaking the bank. Get inspired - join the conversation on MusicThinkTank.com! Happy SXSW to all and safe travels!
Two management companies, Vector Management and Proper Artist Management, are merging to a combined entity that will operate under the Vector Management name. London-based Proper Artist Management, helmed by Peter Rudge, who, prior to the launch of Proper, was a senior executive at Octagon Music. Over the course of his career, he has managed or co-managed artists including The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, The Who and Lynyrd Skynrd among others.
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Let’s get this out of the way: There is no perfect app for watching live music on your computer, phone, tablet, and/or television, and there probably never will be. The licensing issues are simply too complicated.
Having once predicted that live online music would start to make sense in 2008, I have a new guess: It will never make sense.
Pandora has passed 250 million registered users in the U.S. They have created over six billion stations, the music streamer announced this morning. Pandora also shared the lineup for its third annual Discovery Den live music showcases at The Gatsby in Austin at SXSW 2104. Performances, which will be broadcast live on Pandora, include:
Gigmit is a fairly new gig booking platform based in Berlin but serving a wider region. They're bringing together promoters for local venues with artists and booking agencies who wish to get shows. But Gigmit offers more than just support connecting two parties, it's also a platform to manage one's related business with some distinctive features such as digital contracts.
Yesterday SFX Entertainment [SFXE] announced an agreement to purchase React Presents, a major Midwest event and festival producer. The deal includes Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival and Northern Wisconsin-based Summer Set Music & Camping Festival. As SFXE continues its clearly defined path the public stock continues to test new lows though it's back up today.
Selfies are now a hallmark of social media that arguably represents a democratization of self-portraiture. And they're fun. So Ticketleap's new "Selfie Tickets" offer an easy way to personalize tickets for indie events that are a great replacement for QR codes and other forms of barcodes. Available via both iOS and Android apps, it's not hard to imagine Selfie Tickets increasing word of mouth. In fact, it's pretty easy to imagine these tickets becoming a new form of shareable media both before and after the fact. Definitely a game changer for the DIY ticketing scene.
Bandsintown is expanding its reach beyond artists and fans who rely on the service for concert dates and music discovery. They're quite big with what they say are 9 million app installs and an overall reach to 40 milion unique fans monthly. Now they're helping promoters with targeted marketing campaigns that rely on all that fan data. They're kicking things off with email marketing based on fan location and musical taste.
Bonnaroo has announced its 2014 lineup and it may be its most commercial yet. Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, Phoenix, Elton John, Jack White, Skrillex and... Lionel Richie are among the many headliners. Bonnaroo tickets go on sale this Saturday (Feb. 22) at noon, through the official festival website. The full Bonnaroo 2014 lineup is:
UPDATED: Apple today announced its first ever U.S. iTunes Festival to be held in Austin during SXSW March 11-15. Concerts will be held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, and will feature Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD with more tba. All five nights will be available free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store and an iTunes Festival app.
In what I assume is an unofficial event during SXSW, cause you won't need an armband to participate and application is free, Slashathon will give hackers 12 hours to create something that will help Slash with his new album release. And Slash is scheduled to be one of the judges. It's shaping up to be an impressive event and should give the right team with the right idea who can execute a unique entry point into the music tech world as it intersects with the traditional music industry. And did I mention Slash is one of the judges?
Two examples of streaming DJs have come my way of late. You may well have heard of the Pacemaker iPad app that connects to Spotify to stream songs for dj'ing. It's gotten quite a bit of well-deserved attention. From a different angle, Streaming DJs is a service that connects you with DJs who will play your party via a streaming internet connection. Both reflect developments in streaming that indicate where we're going though both will also be limited by the quality of one's internet connection.
The key to any successful road trip is knowing what to pack. You have to start with the essentials, think big, and plan for the unexpected. Odds are, your touring conditions are going to change randomly, rapidly, and repeatedly. It's up to you to be prepared, patient, and practical in your tour etiquette. Still trying to figure out what to pack and what to plan on? No worries, we've got your back.
Dylan Lott of BandHacks brings us eleven things to remember when heading out on tour. What are your must haves on the road? Join the conversation on MusicThinkTank.com
Interview by C. Vincent Plummer (@cvpmusic) - co-founder and social strategist for Bedloo.com
Joshua Wiedling, Digital Tourbus
Welcome to #Fangagement, a rapid fire interview series for artists, entrepreneurs, and aspiring entertainment industry folks on the go. This is a series dedicated to the exploration and inspiration for finding new and interesting ways to connect with people.
Three men, Paolo Moreno, Lawrence Vavra, and Gabriel Moreno, say they were co-founders of SFX Entertainment [SFXE] and did not receive the founders' shares they say they were promised. They claim CEO Robert Sillerman had no real knowledge of the EDM space and depended on them for awareness and evaluation. They filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles and yesterday SFX responded with a one line "no comment" press release. Given how nasty such legal battles can become, often hinging around a handful of emails and remembered statements, this could be a difficult, though certainly not crippling concern for SFX.