✖️ Secondary ticketing vs privacy 👀 2017 music blockchain update ⛓️ Future, Fetty, Run The Jewels 👉👊
Had a very exciting week in which Quibus, a new band I’m helping, suddenly got some important airtime on TV. More below!
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Is killing privacy the best we can do against secondary ticketing? (MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE)
In its push to become a data-driven business, event organisers smell opportunity by connecting ticketing to real identities. It’s estimated that the market for
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What have the music blockchain pioneers been up to recently? (c/o pop convention 2017)
What is blockchain, what can we expect, and what are the most recent developments? I answered these questions in anticipation of c/o pop 2017.
Digital music space
Future and the art of flooding the market
Over the past three years, the rapper has been telling one long, wide, deep story. Now he could top the charts with two different albums two weeks in a row. Kind of the opposite of Fetty Wap’s one-song strategy.
Dubset announces $4 million funding round
Dubset Media is getting an injection of funds as it attempts to solve one of dance music’s most frustrating issues: making DJ sets available at scale.
People are finally paying for online content—and music-streaming sites are leading the way
Also talks about niche services, which I’ve been a big believer in and think unbundling music services provides a great way to monetize new segments.
Run The Jewels succeeds with free music and a true connection with fans
A nice examination of the strategies Run The Jewels and the brilliant team around them employ. 👉 👊
How teen craze Musical.ly got too big for pop to ignore
How Musical.ly, a video-sharing app that lets users lip-sync to 15 seconds of a song, is disrupting the music industry.
The future of ticketing: dynamic pricing, data and Spotify
The emergence of mobile ticketing-focused startups like Dice has inspired Ticketmaster to “up our game” according to Sarah Slater.
AR versus VR: which technology is more significant?
Industry experts debate whether augmented or virtual realities will ever surpass our own.
Exponential growth devours and corrupts
There is no higher God in Silicon Valley than growth. No sacrifice too big for its craving altar. As long as you keep your curve exponential, all your sins will be forgotten at the exit.
For Twitch streamers who spend their lives on camera, it's hard to know when to stop
Launching a streaming career is like launching a cable network—a reliable, sustained source of entertainment—but on Twitch, streamers are working with a staff of one.
About two weeks ago, a new band I’m helping with digital, called Quibus (think Bonobo x Weval x Trentemøller) was put on a shortlist by the most important TV show in The Netherlands for emerging bands (kind of comparable to The Graham Norton Show, I guess).
We really wrecked our brains on what songs to play, as we’d only get about 1 minute of air time, but knew we could play a song to the studio audience (incl. some VIP guests) prior to going live.
We decided upon Radio Kootwijk, which shows the full spectrum of the band’s musicality, but we also knew this would likely appeal to the show’s host and potential guests. This is important, because it determines the enthusiasm with which the show host announces the band when you’re live on air.
On air, we picked the new single Find You, as it was easiest to cut to 1 minute and best reflects the sound Quibus stands for.
We got the call last minute and had to rush to get everyone to the studio. On my way, I quickly, and finally, scrambled to create the band’s Twitter account. A must-have when you go live on TV, as I was reminded of by Claire Mas recently (thanks!).
The strategy paid off – we’re already seeing more bookings and have some new fans with very wide reach. I left out a lot of detail… perhaps a good topic for next week’s mail-out. 🤔
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