When my band signed a recording contract with a major label in 1989, we weren’t particularly naive. We were graduates of Ivy League schools, we’d been writing, recording and touring together for over five years, and we’d already released two albums; one by ourselves, and one on an independent label. We thought we had a pretty good handle on the deal we were making.
When my band signed a recording contract with a major label in 1989, we weren’t particularly naive. We were graduates of Ivy League schools, we’d been writing, recording and touring together for over five years, and we’d already released two albums; one by ourselves, and one on an independent label. We thought we had a pretty good handle on the deal we were making. read more
Why the Results Could be Underwhelming -- Or Even Harmful -- For Artists
Sunday, October 15, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent conversation with Matt Goyer, President
and CEO of Fairtunes.
I think it’s great to see individuals experimenting with different models
within the music industry. Their ideas have been met with much enthusiasm
in the fan community, and with much interest in the music industry. People
like the idea of paying artists directly, cutting out middle men, and
being absolved of their Napster guilt. read more
Orange Alley is a company built by musicians, for musicians. FMC’s Jenny Toomey interviews President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Erickson about their BootLegal program they were still one of the first companies that both facilitated file sharing and had a built-in structure of incentives to encourage folks to eventually pay for the music. read more
Andrew Webster chats with Scott Ross from Moonshine Music
Thursday, September 14, 2000
Moonshine Music is the US’s largest independent electronic music label.
The company began as a rave promotion in L.A. in the early 90s. His first
compilation, ‘Techno Truth’ began a string of releases focusing on the
growing techno/DJ culture in America. Nearly a decade later, Moonshine
can boast some impressive names: Carl Cox, DJ Dan, Keoki, Dieselboy, AK1200,
John Kelley, for starters. Andrew Webster talkswith Scott Ross, the Director of
New Media at Moonshine about piracy, business models and artist relations.
Teenagers Talk About Music, the Internet, and their Beloved Napster
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Younger fans’ perspective on what music they like, how they want to
acquire music, and what they think about Napster, has been the subject
of a little bit of research and alot more speculation. This focus group
featured two guys and three girls who live in various affluent suburbs
of Chicago and attend high school together. The guys happen to be in a
band; the girls are supportive yet sardonic fans of theirs. read more
Journalists love to say that programmers are going to be the rock stars of the internet age.
Friday, August 18, 2000
Journalists love to say that programmers are going to be the rock stars of the internet age. If we remember how poorly big business treats most rock stars, then that prediction might just come true. Follow FMC’s Jenny Toomey as she wends her way through the dark underbelly that is the major label system. read more
“I present my music on the net because it’s the busiest street in the world. I’d like people to stop and have a listen. If they want a copy for their own, fine, throw me a coin,” says songwriter and performer Jeff Coleman.
“I present my music on the net because it’s the busiest street in the world. I’d like people to stop and have a listen. If they want a copy for their own, fine, throw me a coin.”
I’m a songwriter and performer with a studio in my basement where I do recordings. Making music is an important part of my life. read more
Jenny Toomey and Brian Zisk discuss watermarking, digital rights management and the danger of closed systems
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
In this interview, Brian explains some of the potential miscues that
major labels may be taking in order to preserve traditional business models,
as well as the technology community’s role in understanding the importance
of building business models that also compensate artists. read more
Vinnie Van Go-Gogh is a DC musician [Rake & From Quagmire] and operator of www.OASTEM.com. VvGg spoke at the 2000 New York Music & Internet Expo on redefining success as a musician. The issue of emerging distribution channels is of keen
interest to him, as he tries to exist along side the realm of commerce that is the music community. read more