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SF MusicTech 16

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Billed as the last SF MusicTech in San Francisco … I’m praying this is just a marketing ploy to get a reaction from us!

I’m truly not ready for this to be the last one. When I started going to SF MusicTech in 2009, my first ticket was bought as a student. I knew no one in the industry and had no connections. If that weren’t enough … I had no idea where I was going.


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 1/16

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Who was there: (9 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Produce
Nahuel Bronzini – Music Producer
Jason Perry Stevens – BAND: Before The Brave
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes
Ted Maider – Photographer
John Haesemeyer – Performing Artist – Pop Folk
Kendra McKinley – Musician/Composer
Cade Drummer – BAND: Friends Without Benefits


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 12/05

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We had new people and some repeat offenders.

Who was there today: (7 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Producer
Spencer Roberts – Sound Engineer
Piper Payne – Mastering Engineer
Marshal Fassino – BAND: Jet Trash
Jared Swanson – Band: Abbot Kinney
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 11/29

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Another Successful Breakfast

Who was there today: (8 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Producer – Coast Recorders
Adam Lampert – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Scott Ricketts – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Martina Hallberg – Swedish BAND: Fall of Adam
Marshall Fassino – Sound Engineer
Spencer Roberts – Sound Engineer
+ 1 music fans

What we established:

We will continue to meet every week.
• Hopefully we get too big for Jim’s Restaurant
We want to make SF a music industry hub?
Even if we don’t like EDM we need to learn from their ability to captivate fans.
• EDM is great at drawing large numbers of fans, marketing, promoting, & making money
Our goal is to know the best industry people in SF and recommend them regularly.
• Is there an app for this? Should there be?
Discover the best way to leverage technology for CD releases.
• How can you leverage social media to give it away for free?
• Does this technology already exist?
• What would make a bands CD release interesting enough for a technology blog?
Is there a need in SF for tastemakers? Could we be those tastemakers?
• Do we want to break a band? Do we want to host shows?
I have 3 music sites. Perhaps we can all start our taste-making from the third:
• www.iheartsfbands.com – (let me know if you want to be a blogger, I’ll make it so!!!)
And MORE!!!


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 11/21

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The goal is to meet every Thursday morning for breakfast and talk about actions that will help the bay area scene become a place where musicians & industry professionals can make money doing what they love. (Music)

Who was there: (9 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Producer
Adam Lampert – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Martina Hallberg – BAND: Fall of Adam
Piper Payne – Michael Romanowski Mastering
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes
Helene Goupil – Videographer – Mission Local
+ 2 music fans


INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

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Last week a friend asked me to be an inspirational speaker for a junior high school in San Francisco. I was so down, but wasn’t sure if I’d be here or in Austin for SxSW.

SxSW came and I wasn’t there. I feel like attending things like SxSW needs to happen organically … and that wasn’t the case for me this year. However … I wasn’t super disappointed, based on having this epic opportunity to speak about design to a bunch of crazy kids.


FIVE FREE eBOOKS

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article by: Stefan Aronsen

No more waiting… you can now download all 5 of my Survival eBooks for free… ENJOY!!!

I started writing SF Intercom 3 years ago for two reasons. One, to help musicians survive, and two, as a way to get involved in the indie scene I so dearly loved. SF Intercom started as a design thesis aimed at getting musicians more access to design/marketing/promoting advice. Such advice can be extremely expensive. My goal was to leverage existing advice from other successful bands. I assumed if bands taught other bands/fans and industry professionals shared advice… the indie scene would thrive. I’ve always wanted to be in a band myself… but with many failed attempts at learning instruments I finally realized my calling as a “Groupie with a Purpose.”


BUZZ: PERSONIFY – a survival guide for bands

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Buzz helps the community flourish by actively curating a collection of advice from existing bands, spotlighting venues that cater to indie music, and building a network of resources designed with the indie musician in mind.

Hopefully you’ve read BUZZ: PLAN a survival guide designed to help bands get started. Today, I am releasing the second book in my survival guide series, BUZZ: PERSONIFY, which is available for perusing or download. This book covers all the info a band needs to create their brand and should be implemented as soon as your band sounds good. I believe having a solid brand is almost as important as an epic sound. However, bands are afraid of the word brand … So with that in mind I say “You don’t need to brand yourself as long as your create a strong persona.”

Please browse the pages of BUZZ: PERSONIFY above or download your copy below.
BUZZ: PERSONIFY is only available for a limited time.


STEPS 9 & 10 OF PERSONIFY

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The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. If you’re reading in order you have survival tips 1-6 of Personify. Today I give you #7 and #8.

9 _ GET SPONSORED: Athletes get sponsored so why can’t you? Find sponsorship from company’s you like. Use this as a way to have food when you’re on tour, custom gear when you’re on stage and clothes to look steezy always. Then hook me up!

10 _ CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE ADVERTISING: Where are your fans? Are you advertising there? Are they reading it? Talk to your fans, find out what they respond well to, advertise in ways that work … stop wasting money on advertising that isn’t helping you.


STEP 7 & 8 OF PERSONIFY

Create a Persona

The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. If you’re reading in order you have survival tips 1-6 of Personify. Today I give you #7 and #8.

7 _ PUT CONTACT INFO ON EVERYTHING: Put your contact info on your cd, on your cd case, on your photos, on your shirts, everywhere. Fans, bands and industry professionals will get in contact with you if you make it easy.

8 _ MAKE MERCHANDISE: Most bands don’t make a lot of money on cd sales. They do however make money selling t-shirts, stickers and other band merch. Make some … then put your contact info on it.


STEPS 5 & 6 OF PERSONIFY

Create a Persona

The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. If you’re reading in order you have survival tips 1-6 of Personify. Today I give you #7 and #8.

7 _ PUT CONTACT INFO ON EVERYTHING: Put your contact info on your cd, on your cd case, on your photos, on your shirts, everywhere. Fans, bands and industry professionals will get in contact with you if you make it easy.

8 _ MAKE MERCHANDISE: Most bands don’t make a lot of money on cd sales. They do however make money selling t-shirts, stickers and other band merch. Make some … then put your contact info on it.


STEPS 3 & 4 OF PERSONIFY

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The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. I gave you the first two survival tips of Personify. Today I give you #3 and #4

3 _ BUY YOUR DOMAIN NAME: You aren’t truly you until you own your name. As soon as somebody buys your domain name … they are more you than you. Even if you don’t know how to design a web site you need to own your domain name.

4 _ CREATE A SOLID WEB PRESENCE: This has multiple meanings. First, be searchable on the web, people need to be able to find you. Second, tie all of your web concepts together visually. This will let people recognize you without seeing your name.


STEPS 1 & 2 OF PERSONIFY

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The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. You have my 10 survival tips for Planning. Today I give you tips #1 and #2 of Personify.

1 _IT IS OK TO BE COMMERCIAL: It is ok to fear the man. However you should not fear some of the words “the man” uses. ultimately you have two options with your music: make it a hobby, or make it commercially viable.

2 _ MAKE SMART DESIGN CHOICES: Poor design choices will reflect poorly on you. You may be a wonderfully talented band, but if your graphics suck, people are going to assume your sound sound sucks. If you’re not good at design, hire a designer.


SOCIAL TV SUMMIT

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Social TV is the new buzz word that industry people are prepping for, even though most users have no clue what it means.

Social television is a general term for technology that supports communication and social interaction in either the context of watching television, or related to TV content. It also includes the study of television-related social behavior, devices and networks. – wikipedia.org

article by: Stefan Aronsen


BUZZ: PLAN – a survival guide for bands

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Buzz – A survival guide for emerging indie musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Building and maintaining an audience is as important to a successful music career as it is to a venue, restaurant, theater, and even a retail store.

Buzz helps the community flourish by actively curating a collection of advice from existing bands, spotlighting venues that cater to indie music, and building a network of resources designed with the indie musician in mind. Buzz provides unique guidance and best practices across every style of music, based on years of research. The backbone of Buzz’s message of Persona, Planning, Promoting, Plugging-in, and Playing, relates to any person or group attempting to build an audience.


Touring Advice Journal

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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)


IL GATO

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Author: Olivia Parriott
Genera: Folk, Pop, String, Visual, Cinematic, Acoustic
Videographer: Olivia Parriott
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Band: IL GATO
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Sound:Indie-Baroque-Folk-Rock


DIGITAL HOLLYWOOD: LA

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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.


SF MUSICTECH SUMMIT IX: Media

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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.


SF MUSICTECH: Using Social Networks

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Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom

USING SOCIAL NETWORKS

Moderator: J Sider – RootMusic
Jack Conte – Pomplamoose
Zoe Keating – Cellist & Composer
Lincoln Parish – Cage the Elephant


SF MUSICTECH: Building a Music Community

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Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom BUILDING A MUSIC COMMUNITY Moderator: KC Turner – KC Turner Presents


SF MUSICTECH: New Products & Technologies

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Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom NEW PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES Moderator: Eliot Van Buskirk – Evolver.fm Jaclyn Ranere – The Orchard Harold Lee – Rock Prodigy Mike Vann – GET IT Mobile Mark Willsher – MusicAllyPro    


SF MUSICTECH: Google Summer of Code

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Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom GOOGLE SUMMER OF CODE Moderator: Carol Smith – Google, Open Source Programs Rob Kaye – MusicBrainz


SF MUSICTECH: When Should I Get Permission

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Illustrated Notes by: Stefan – SF Intercom WHEN SHOULD I GET PERMISSION Moderator: Anu Kirk – MOG Michael Robertson – MP3tunes Darryl Ballantyne – LyricFind Dave Porter – 8tracks