Please be advised that we will be closed on Tuesday, September 2nd as we announce the showcasing artists and award nominees for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week at the Marigold Theatre in Truro. We will reopen Wednesday, September 3rd. Have a great Labour Day weekend!
from The Retailer:
Independence is what started rock ‘n’ roll: independence from our parents, from Big Brother and from the status quo. The nature of independence is self-sufficiency, individual choice and setting our own course.
The spirit of independent rock ‘n’ roll, though, has now been co-opted by some of the same Wall Street bankers who brought you the dot com bubble and the housing crisis.
We are witnessing a consolidation in our industry similar to what has happened in media, banking and telecommunications. Private-equity firms have been buying up both retail stores and wholesale manufacturers, mostly using leveraged debt backed by junk bonds for the purchases. By owning both wholesale and retail, they are selling themselves product, and then selling it to consumers.
In the ancient days of recording technology—say, 10 years ago—musicians, composers, engineers, and producers feeding the insatiable appetite of the entertainment industry had to travel to a pricey commercial studio to ply their trade. But as recording budgets have dropped and computers and audio software have become cheaper, smaller, and more effective, music pros have gone DIY, stepping out of the big studios and into their garages, guest houses, and add-ons, converting home spaces throughout Southern California.
Now LA and neighboring cities comprise arguably the country'slargest enclave of professional-level home recording facilities—some permitted, many not—a fact that's taken a big bite out of the commercial studio business that once reigned supreme.
Our good friends at Podio (who developed and maintain our backend project management software) developed this neat interactive graphic chart of the daily routines of famous creative people. It's an interesting look at how creative minds throughout history have scheduled their daily lives in an effort to balance their creative work with other life activities and demands. Have a look by clicking this link.
From Digital Music News:
I got two emails from “Katherine Foster” within 10 minutes of each other to two separate email accounts – one which I haven’t used in years. They both read:
Subject: Missing Info
Body: I have not yet received the info to setup your account at http://cid.adrev.net. If you own and control original music, our service can help generate new revenue for you.
At AdRev, we help musicians, labels, and composers make earnings from their recordings in YouTube. We simply find videos using your music, show ads, and pass the revenue down to you.
With artists signing up every day, we’d love to help you tap into this new revenue stream.
Drop a line if you have questions,
Pretty sneaky. You haven’t received the info because I didn’t send it. Or opt into this list. Or ask for information. And feel quite violated.
This, AdRev, to say the least feels very slimy. As someone who is very used to these unsolicited emails targeting DIY musicians, I’m fed up. I don’t like it from “promoters” offering me to pay to play, I don’t like it from “A&R” trying to get me to buy their overpriced services, and I don’t like it from you.
Great piece done by Variety on what a music supervisor does: