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Music Industry Analysis, Interviews, Tips, News, and Reviews

Music Industry Analysis, Interviews, Tips, News, and Reviews


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Music Industry Analysis, Interviews, Tips, News, and Reviews




Podcast #364 – Meddling CEO Travis Rosenblatt, Latest Social Trends, And Cleaning Microphones

NEWS The latest trends in social media according to Pew Research Shure recommendations for cleaning microphones GUEST Meddling CEO Travis Rosenblatt Travis Rosenblatt used his experience in A&R for Warner Bros and 300 Entertainment to create Medding, a subscription-based service which offers real time data on global music markets, as well as track capabilities, analytics and communications tools. Meddling is used by record labels, music publishers, artist management, law firms, talent...


Podcast #363 – Guitarist Jennifer Batten, Payola For Streaming, And Supercharged Hard Drives

NEWS Is reduced royalty rates for playlist placements actually payola? New technologies for super-large hard drive capacity GUEST Guitarist Jennifer Batten Guitar Cloud Symposium Jennifer Batten played lead and rhythm guitar on Michael Jackson’s Bad, Dangerous and HIStory world tours. She’s also appeared on 2 Jeff Beck albums and was a member of his touring band for 3 years. Jennifer continues to give clinics and master classes all over the world, and most recently created the Guitar Cloud...


Podcast #362 – Mastering Engineer Scott Hull, Current Streaming Rates, And Why Bands Are Disappearing

NEWS The latest on streaming royalty rates from various services A look at why bands are disappearing GUEST Mastering engineer Scott Hull Scott Hull started his illustrious career in mastering at New York’s famed Master Disk studios. Rising from an assistant to chief engineer, Scott then took a series of jobs at some of New York’s other excellent mastering facilities including Classic Sound and the Hit Factory before striking out on his own. He returned to Master Disk in 2008, this time as...


Podcast #361 – Livestream Sales, Native Instruments/iZotope Merger, and Audionamix Ellie McNeil

NEWS Last year's livestreaming sales numbers were surprising Native Instruments and iZotope merge GUEST Audionamix general manager Ellie McNeil Ellie McNeil is the general manager of the audio software company Audionamix, a company that uses advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence technology to extract specific elements from an audio file, including speech, vocals, drums and bass. Their top-of-the-line audio separation tech is reserved for major film studios, television...


Episode #360 – Viberate Co-Founder Vasja Veber, Best Social Networks, And Behringer Oberheim Trademark War

NEWS The 8 best social networks to promote your music Behringer loses trademark battle over Oberheim GUEST Viberate co-founder Vasja Veber Vasja Veber co-founded Viberate, a platform that gives artists important analytics about musical trends, events, venues and festivals. It makes performing acts life easier by giving them a better version of an EPK or even a traditional website. Viberate features over a million profiles of musicians, venues, events and festivals and employs over 100 people...


Episode #359 – Music Attorney Kamal Moo, The UK Opens Up Live Music, And Most Hated Rock Bands

NEWS The UK's roadmap for opening up live music The most hated rock bands of all time GUEST Music attorney Kamal Moo Check out his book The Straightforward Guide To The Music Biz Music attorney Kamal Moo has represented artists from various genres of music as both personal manager and attorney. He has negotiated several types of entertainment contracts, including recording, music publishing, and producer agreements, with clients include legendary recording artist Janet Jackson, The Hallmark...


Episode #358 – Composer/Mixer Lars Deutsch, MLC Collects Unclaimed Funds, And Random, Probable And Generative Music

NEWS MLC collects almost $500 million in unclaimed funds Random, probable and generative music GUEST Composer-mixer Lars Deutsch Two time Emmy winner Lars Deutsch was born into a non-musical family and was astounded when he discovered that a guitar needs tuning. From those humble beginnings he went from heavy metal guitarist, to singer, to songwriter, to a Masters in classical composition, to international performances of his classical works, to lecturing in composition and audio production....


Episode #357 – Rupert Neve Passes, Labels De-emphasize Radio Promo, And Producer David Franz

NEWS The audio legend Rupert Neve passes away Record labels de-emphasizing radio promo as music consumption drops GUEST Producer/multi-instrumentalist and educator David Franz Check out Underground Sun Producer/multi-instrumentalist and educator David Franz wrote the very first book on Pro Tools as well as creating online courses for both Berklee Online and Besides running his label Underground Sun and EDM artist development and even production company Underground Sol, David is...


Episode #356 – Console Designer John Oram, Wallpaper Speakers, And SoundCloud Direct Pay

NEWS SoundCloud may pay institute artist-centric royalties Immersive audio easy with wallpaper speakers GUEST Console designer and "father of British EQ" John Oram John Oram started his career in the music business as the drummer for Mariann Faithful and a fill-in for the Yardbirds. On the side he began working at Vox during its heyday, contributing his expertise to the development of the wha-wha pedal, the fuzz box, the Continental organ, and the Super Beatle amplifier. From there he joined...


Episode #355 – Spotify Is Big Brother, Native Instruments Acquired, And Engineer/Podcaster Matt Boudreau

NEWS Spotify's latest patents have it listening to you to suggest music Native Instruments the latest MI company to be acquired GUEST Engineer/podcast Matt Boudreau Listen to Working Class Audio My guest this week is Matt Boudreau, who started as a drummer experiencing 6 figure record deals to eventually settling in behind the glass as a mixer and mastering engineer. Matt has since gone on to launch the hugely popular Working Class Audio podcast with more than 300 episodes under his belt....


Episode #354 – Producer/Engineer Mike Cave, MLC For Songwriters, And A LUFS Overview

NEWS How the MLC will collect streaming royalties for songwriters, if you're signed up An overview of LUFS and why it doesn't matter much for music GUEST Producer, mixer and mastering engineer Mike Cave Find out about The Loft Mastering Mike Cave is a multi-Platinum award-winning record producer, mixer and mastering engineer. Over the course of his career, Mike has worked with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, KRS-One, Lewis Capaldi, Fatboy Slim, Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron, Rufus...


Episode #353: Elton John Guitarist Davey Johnstone

SONY DSC NEWS Our musical attention span is getting short and what will happen by 2030Taylor Guitars gives the company to its employees GUEST Elton John guitar player and musical director Davey Johnstone Davey Johnstone has played guitar and been the musical director for the Elton John Band since 1972. During that time, Davey has played on all of Elton’s albums and tours. In fact, he recently celebrated his 3,000th show with Elton in 2019. Davey’s also played and recorded with a wide...


Episode #352 – Alexandra Bartles And Rick Snoman Of Pro Audio Ears

My guests this week are Alexandra Bartles and Rick Snoman of Pro Audio Ears and Altar Recording Studios, the world’s first boutique recording studio dedicated to Electronic Dance Music. Alex is a practicing audiologist with over 18 years experience who specializes in tinnitus retraining therapy. She also serves on the AES education and historical committees, and is co-chair of the Electronic Dance Music committee. Rick is an award winning producer and remixer, who’s worked with Britney...


Episode #351 – Rating Your Musical Taste, Interactive Sheet Music, And Drummer Matt Starr

My guest this week is drummer Matt Starr, who's worked with Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Mr. Big and many others both recording and touring . Matt is also a successful career coach, using his past success and failures as a guide to help musicians getting started or those that are stuck in place. During our interview we talked about going from frontman to sideman, his secret for networking, working with producer Mike Chapman, and much more. On the intro I’ll take a look at rating your...


Episode #350 – Annual Music Industry Predictions For 2021

No guest this week, but you'll find plenty to listen to as I give my top predictions for what will happen next year in the music industry. We'll look at a wide variety of topics including: How music venues adapt to the new worldLive streamingThe many facets of the TikTok storyFacebook getting biggerSongwriting changing once againVinyl shortages and what might happenPodcasting petering outSmarter plugins becoming the normand much more. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid:...


Episode #349 – 2020 Annual Year End Review

No guest on the podcast this week, but I will be taking my annual look back at how the music world changed in 2020. Even though the pandemic dominated the headlines, there was so much more that happened in the past year. We'll cover: Some of the serious fires that shaped our year and our futureThe booming guitar marketThe ups and downs of Guitar CenterStreaming numbers, platforms, and changesSome lawsuits that could change songwritingIntroduction of new gear and technologyAnd much more....


Episode #348 – Producer Mark Plati Part 2, Three Types Of Media, And Top 10 Audio Hardware Pieces

NEWS The 3 types of media every artist should knowTop 10 Audio Hardware pieces from this year by GearNews GUEST Producer/Engineer Mark Plati - Part 2 Mark Plati has worked with a wide range of major artists including Prince, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, The Cure and many others. In Part 1, which was Episode #338, we talked about we talked about working with Prince and Bowie, music for theater, following up on opportunities, and much more. Today in...


Episode #347 – Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon, Apple Music Prices, Production Relief From Congress

NEWS A look at Apple Music prices around the world Production relief from Congress with the HITS bill GUEST Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon Zack Zalon started his music business career as the general manager of the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles. Soon after Zack became president of Virgin Digital, and then managing partner of We See Dragons, an agency designing digital platforms for clients like National Geographic, Comcast, Citibank and more. In 2018 Zack co-founded Super Hi-Fi using...


Episode #346 – Miles Copeland Part 2, AI A&R, and Deep Fake Vocals

NEWS Warner Music uses AI-driven A&R to sign more artists Popular artist vocals and lyrics can now be deep faked GUEST The Police and Sting manager Miles Copeland - Part 2 Miles Copeland formerly managed The Police and created IRS Records. IRS was at the forefront of punk and New Wave as the home for bands like REM, The Bangles, Dead Kennedys, The Go Gos, and many others. He also managed Sting in his solo music and film careers. In Part 1 we talked about Miles growing up in Egypt and...


Episode #345 – Police Manager Miles Copeland – Part 1, YouTube Ads, And Thunderbolt 4

NEWS YouTube can now puts ads on all your videos whether you like it or not Thunderbolt 4 is coming to a computer near you GUEST Police manager and IRS Records founder Miles Copeland Miles Copeland formerly managed The Police and created IRS Records. IRS was at the forefront of punk and New Wave as the home of bands like REM, The Bangles, Dead Kennedys, The Go Gos, and many others. He also managed Sting in his solo music and film careers. The son of one of the founders of the CIA and a...