The debate over the impact of streaming services on traditional music sales and the future of the music industry is one of the most controversial and popular discussions in the music world. Many are concerned about the health of the music industry, and especially the up-and-coming artists.
There’s a certain strength of character that all Houstonians, including myself, embody. Though previously intangible, it’s the sort of raw grit–and a subtle darkness–that was finally uncovered at Houston’s second annual Day for Night Festival.
Austin is revered worldwide for it’s constant support and celebration of the art of music. Festivals like ACL, Euphoria and SXSW are the most obvious testament to the cities infatuation with live music and creation as a movement. Fortunately, these high profile music and arts festivals are only the tip of the iceberg in the city of weird. The more “established” collectives and aesthetic trailblazers, who reign at the top of the visionary hierarchy, possess an influence that kindly trickles down into the spirits of the millennial generation. With a firm understanding of the future and a dream of a brighter tomorrow, Austin’s Gen Y is manifesting innovation, inspiration and intellectuality into an artistic revolution. Despite battling a seemingly never ending “quarter life crisis,” Austin’s initiative youth is witnessing a major spike in success and recognition. This past Sunday (Dec. 4) at Scratchhouse, five young, local, creative collectives collaborated in efforts to shine a light on over 40 undiscovered musicians in the presence of already-established artists. The unification of Brodies Fault, New Waves, Weird City Entertainment, On Vinyl Music and Ben “McNasty” Buck resulted in an eclectic, groovy, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. get down–One2One Fest.
Cherie Hu is a name you need to know in the world that is music-tech.
Campaign teams spend countless hours searching for the perfect inspirational anthem to place in the background of a smiling candidate’s face to win over votes of the American people. Some artists this part year were not too happy about their material being used in a illegal way, and they raised hell. As if the election year hasn’t been filled with enough drama so far, several music copyright infringement cases in politics are stirring up the scene. Let’s go ahead trace the musical drama of three prominent political figures this past year.
The journey of music from independent musicians to consumers is often a long, windy road full of obstacles and expensive promoting. With more than 130 million people paying for streaming apps like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, CD Baby offers great leverage for Indie artists to get their music to these platforms easily and affordably. So, what makes CD Baby different than other music distribution companies? And what is the key to leveraging this platform to the artist’s advantage? Well, let’s find out.
Just about every song and music video out there can be accessed on YouTube. Fans love it. Record labels? Not so much.
If Austin had a patron saint of live music, Graham Williams would be it. His seemingly inexhaustible pool of band knowledge, paired with good taste, makes him one of the most influential talent scouts in Texas, allowing him to successfully launch large Austin-based festivals like FFF fest, and now the inauguration of Sound on Sound.