If you want to compare your music to coffee…well that is up to you
- buy an Ice Cream Sandwich at Dairy Queen
- Two bars of soap
- Siomai and Ice Tea
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So you’re all best friends now and, in any case, it’s all about the music, man! However, as members of The Smiths would probably tell you, it’s worth taking some time to think about your legal relationship with your fellow band members, preferably before the band is making any serious money. In fact, this can be a very positive and reassuring exercise, helping to clarify issues which may be at the back of all the band members’ minds. It may also stop unwanted tensions from creeping in and, once a written band agreement is drawn up, prevent or reduce future disagreement between band members.
As a result of English partnership law, various legal rights and obligations are implied when a band starts to write or perform together. Although it is possible to amend many of these by a written band agreement, in the absence of such an agreement the following…
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Nice bit of thinking on “Music 2.0” or the music mentality
My students are probably sick of hearing me talk about Music 2.0 (of course they can’t do much about it since I’m their teacher). Being someone who has been part of the local record industry for quite a while and now a very keen observer as part of the academe, bad news for my students I will go on talking about it for quite a while . Primarily because as an industry, we still have a lot of catching up to do.
SO WHAT IS MUSIC 2.0 ANYWAY? Media Futurist and Author Gerd Leonhard (pictured above) has studied this extensively and and puts it perfectly:
“Selling copies is over, and selling access is next. Preventing the illegitimate use of music is turning out to be impossible, while allowing i.e. licensing any and all types of new platforms is the future.”–Gerd Leonhard, Mediafuturist.com
You’d think he won’t make to many friends…
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Down And Out: Spotify Halts Its Music Download Service In Europe, But How Many Were Using It Anyway? [Updated]
Spotify has made a mark in the music business with its hugely popular music streaming service, now with 20 million subscribers, 5 million of which pay monthly for it. But the company had also hedged its bets by also offering downloaded music, competing against the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon in the process. All that now is changing: the company has halted music downloads to all customers, unless they have gift cards with a specific download link, in a push to “simplify” the service and “pave the way” for newer features like web-based browsing.
The change was first reported by Pocket Lint, and judging from a scan on Twitter there were people noting the change in at least two markets, the UK and Sweden. In Sweden, at least one person noticed the change before the new year (and another before Christmas), while in the UK it…
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Some clear simple points to take on board from the Sentric Music Blog
So you may have noticed it’s a new year, which is nice. For some reason our psyche has this foible of letting us think that because the year ends in a different number now compared to what it did not so long ago that we can change elements of our characteristics which we find undesirable within ourselves despite us essentially being exactly the same person we were in early December.
Bit odd really; we never think “Right, Simon, it’s the 19th May, time to stop eating so much chocolate and cut down on caffeine”
Anyhow, in the spirit of this I thought I’d do a post which mentions a few of the things I come across on pretty much a daily basis which bands/artists/musicians etc are still doing which would take no time at all to correct and result in…
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Great read, for those making music
I love you all. I dearly do. You do something that is truly beautiful; you make music. You create lyrics wrapped in metaphors and similes that paint pictures within my over-active imagination. You produce melodies and harmonies of tones and keys, sometimes con brio yet other times melancholic and sombre that can elevate feelings of upmost joy or supress emotions of downright dejection.
But blimey, sometimes you don’t half annoy me.
I’ve asked a few of my industry chums from all different areas of the music business to tell me the things that artists do which annoy them the most. I’ve collated them here, chucked in a couple of my own and presented them to you, the great musicians of this world, to read, digest and hopefully influence your future actions.
Chances are you’re probably guilty of at least one thing…
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