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.
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!
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.”
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.
DOWNLOAD: The Dodos – Fools (MP3) article by: Jeff Watkins Sync Licenses, AKA Synchronization Licenses, are paid by film and TV studios to put your music alongside some form of moving picture. These are not only the source of a number of big paychecks to some small indie bands, but also the launching pad toward [...]