Monetizing remix culture: Beatport’s former CEO about his new mission

Matthew Adell about founding MetaPop and the surprising amount of money being left on the table by artists & labels. It’s 2016 and artists still have to think like lawyers when working on remixes. As someone whose music consumption primarily exists of remixes and sampled works, this is a very personal pet peeve of mine. The […]

Moving up the music curation food chain

Time for a quick lesson in free publicity. The increase of easy access to information and entertainment, combined with the democratisation of creation thereof, have led to the need for curation. As an artist, you want to get your music noticed by curators, so it gets spread around further. But how do you get them […]

Why nobody cares about your free download

You spent years honing your skills. Countless hours putting together your latest song or album. You value your work immensely, so you decide to give this valuable thing away to your fans. Maybe it will even get you some new fans. But they don’t care. In the age of constant connectivity, free downloads have lost […]

10 Lesser-Known Tools for Music Discovery

Radio, streaming services, social networks – everyone has their own way to discover new music. Meanwhile, there are dozens of entrepreneurs out there who believe they have a better way. Here are some of the best ones out there.   cmd.to fm http://cmd.to/fm How it describes itself: This is not your mothers radio. Listen awesome tunes […]

Hidden in plain sight: a global underground dance music scene with millions of fans

Are gamers the biggest millennial subculture in music? An exploration of ‘online-only’ music. With the rise of the internet, music has lost more than industry revenues. Music has lost its cultural monopoly for identity building. Music used to be the only fast way in which people could understand that there are other people around the world, […]

Why should artists be able to make a living off of music?

Does this question make you feel uncomfortable? If so, allow me to break your music industry bubble for a second. People outside the music business are often filled with astonishment by the music industry’s prevalent sense of entitlement. “I made something, so I deserve money.” Nonsense. What kind of business is that? To me, the […]