Brian Zisk’s SF MusicTech Summit now happens multiple times a year. I think this is great, because music visionaries need to be brought together more often. The music/business/technology ecosystem is changing so often, the only way to stay ahead of it is to gather and share knowledge. I am always excited to see the new developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians, and organizations in the scene. However, more than that … I love running in to friends I’ve made at past events. People leverage SF MusicTech for a variety of different goals. Some come to do business while others come to meet new people and discuss the future of the music industry in a proactive, conducive to deal making environment.
I recently attended Music Biz 2013. Four days of back-to-back-to-back panels. Thus when one is ending … another one is starting. This is both awesome and horrible.
Ok … in truth, I suspect it really only sucks for people like me, who want to stay late and talk to each of the panelist. It generally means that when I leave each panel, I’m going to be late for the next. At conferences like this, I usually try to slip in to the back of the room; generally there are a lot of people standing and very few seats. However, I can always spot the super awkward seats nobody is brave enough to sit in. Often times they are located in front of the room … and on the other side of a a lot of people. Although an awkward situation, based on not being unable to stand and draw … I generally go boldly to the open seat. I sit quickly and start drawing.
This last week NARM collected together the top representatives of the retail music industry to participate in a 4-day conference about the current state of the music industry and where it’s going.
In my opinion a lot of valuable information was shared at this NARM conference. However … I am also aware that a lot of you were unable to attend. Thus I have collected together a list of the music industry influencers who had panels that I was able to attend. After reading this blog post, I highly recommend you research each presenter and their company. I suspect you’ll find an app, site or project that you are passionate about as well.
BandPage is the central profile over 500,000 musicians use to show who they are, how they sound, and how fans can connect directly with them.
BandPage recently launched Experiences, a new platform for you to engage directly with your fan base. It is billed as a unique way to sell memorable experiences. Musicians including Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn, Branches and more are already successfully using BandPage Experiences to engage their fans and make money…
Some of my favorite networking experiences, stories and industry friends have come from the times I’ve spent hanging out at Brian Zisk’s SF MusicTech.
Known for bringing together the best, the brightest and the most impressive people from the music industry for one day, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT! If you can make it before 9 AM you’re pleasantly greeted with a spread of brain food designed to prep your noggin for education.
Mister Loveless is one of the nation’s hottest up & coming indie bands. In addition, they were recently selected by fans to show off how they use Apple technology in their music. They will square-off with Exist Elsewhere during the Macworld’s iNDIE iNNOVATION Championship.
YUP! We have once again entered the time of year when Macworld announces Apple’s new hardware and software. Thousands upon thousands will gather at the Moscone Center to hear brands pitch their newest products. However, while apple brands are focusing on their sales pitches … I’m super excited about two bands that got their pitch covered now they’re here to rock!
My friend Lauren Busley from Schwartz MSL in San Francisco contacted me a couple days ago about interviewing a couple bands for Macworld’s iNDIE iNNOVATION. To which I casually responded, “HELL YEAH!!!”
She gave me the contact info to the first band, Exist Elsewhere from LA. A few days later we skyped and had a great time … however amidst our interview I discovered they were competing against our local love Mister Loveless. It was then I realized we had an amazing battle on our hands. It might be all love in the indie music scene … but I think you and I both know how much SF and LA love competing in everything. However in this interview I’m going to be neutral and admit I’m excited for both bands!
For many musician’s deciding which guitar to buy can be the first decision in deciding what kind of music you want to play. Too much twang in your guitar and it might ruin your dreams of becoming a punk rock prodigy.
When I was a Senior in High School I attempted to learn the Guitar. (I had already failed at learning drums, clarinet & singing.) I always thought it was my calling to be the guy that always pulls out his guitar at camp fires, on the beach, at tail gate parties. (Also… he’s the one that gets the ladies… right?) After one year of lessons I realized I sucked at playing the guitar.
The Future of Money & Technology Summit brings together the best and brightest thinkers around money, including visionaries, entrepreneurial business people, developers, press, investors, authors, solution providers, service providers, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of cash and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving money ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.
“Clarity” is a survey of the astonishing boundaries of design & technology. What is the polar opposite of minimalism? What does Picasso have in common with Jeff Bezos? Who’s right in the design war between Apple and Samsung?
What’s the 411? Awesome New Tech from Mingly, Inbenta, Pointburst, Storify, AskTheOwls, Placeme, Planwise & Vidcaster!
SF New Tech is the Bay Area’s largest monthly technology event and networking mixer. SF New Tech’s stage is a platform for young startups and established companies alike, to show off what they’ve been working on in front of a room full of people who actually care. It’s made possible thanks to Myles Weissleder & Matthew M. Gonzales.
Below I have included some explanations to accompany my notes from the 5 minute presentations. Click the links to find out more about the exciting new apps designed to help you run your life more efficiently.
Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom Have you created a digital strategy? Do you even know what it means to create a digital strategy? If no… let me start by saying, “everybody needs one!” Check out these notes, then create your digital strategy. Speakers Rachel Masters, Glenn Miller, Ted Cohen, Ethan Kaplan, J Sider, Ken Waagner Part 1 Part 2 [...]
Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom
All are welcome to stand up and present an up to 1-minute pitch about their company or project to connect with others who may want to work with you.
Illustrated Notes & Video by: Stefan – SF Intercom
The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce.
What I’ve learned while on tour.
1. It is impossible to avoid Fast-food, be smart.
2. You’re going to eat a lot of Fast-food, practice variety. (I like Ian’s advice… STAY AWAY FROM FAST-FOOD… Try and eat Subway or something) (Isn’t that fast food?)
3. Find popular hangout before your show… invite those people to come!!!
(It will increase the cool kid count)
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom
The Ultimate Zombie Survival Kit for Social by: Danielle Brigida
Have your blog posts become stale? Do you still know why you’re blogging? While at BlogWorld Danielle, Stacey and John talked about ways to overcome Brain Zombies. Learn how to defeat the idea zombies with gratitude, generosity, courage, and sincerity.
I had the opportunity to hear from Sid Savara, a serious game changing blogger. I think his story could help to encourage and motivate you to become a better blogger with goals and world changing ideas.
Hello Bands, Fans and Industry professionals… I have attached a list of must have apps and accessories according to Tom Martin’s session I attended at BlogWorld. Hope you find it useful, also let me know if you use any of these apps.
Recently I have been working with a social media company called Webdoc. We are promoting their web app as a new way to help bands/brands promote themselves online.
Last week we were at BlogWorld Expo LA promoting Webdoc to Bands, Fans and Industry Professionals. While there, Jeffrey Powers from Geekazine and sponsored by StitcherRadio noticed something special in Webdoc. I am sharing this with you in order to say, “hey look I’m on TV and… check out www.webdoc.com. It is a great tool for promoting your band, brand or event.”
Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom
Attached are some recordings from Digital Hollywood. Listen and learn new tricks for surviving the music industry.
While the Digital Hollywood site is nothing to brag about… in fact the site is crap… the event was very impressive. It was a great venue to meet and greet amazing minds from music, movies and technology.
Last week, Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing along with Hisham Dahud from Fame House, gave a presentation at NARIP entitled How To Use Social Media To Promote Music.
The event was sponsored by NARIP, an abbreviation which stands for National Association of Record Industry Professionals and hosted at SAE. On a side note, you should really look into SAE, it’s a campus dedicated to training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries…