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A weekly radio program about the music and recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers. Each week our host, Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin, talks to guests ranging from musicians to business experts.

A weekly radio program about the music and recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers. Each week our host, Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin, talks to guests ranging from musicians to business experts.
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Portland, OR

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A weekly radio program about the music and recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers. Each week our host, Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin, talks to guests ranging from musicians to business experts.

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@krsfow

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English


Episodes

Mark Robinson (Teen-Beat, Unrest)

10/16/2017
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Teen-Beat Records founder Mark Robinson discusses running the label, highlighting local music, and more.

Duration: 00:33:17


State of the Nations (Live from Indie-Con)

10/13/2017
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Episode #97: How global are the issues that affect the U.S. music industry? On this episode, Portia sits on a panel moderated by Jay Mogis (QUT/Nightlife) with Lynne Small (PPCA), Richard Burgess (A2IM), Paul Pacifico (AIM), Dylan Pellett (IMNZ) and Matt Rogers (UNFD) to discuss key developments in the copyright environment affecting the indies both here and in international markets. The group explores a diverse range of topics including: safe harbour and why you should care; EU copyright...

Duration: 00:58:00


Ian MacKaye (Dischord, Fugazi, Minor Threat)

10/9/2017
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Ian MacKaye joins us to talk D.C., Dischord, and fellow indie label Teen-Beat Records.

Duration: 00:16:08


MusiCares

10/6/2017
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Health insurance, a 401K… employment benefits in general? Not so easy to find working in the music industry. Luckily, in 1989 the Recording Academy created the MusiCares Foundation, providing a safety net of critical services and resources for industry people in need. On this episode, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow gives us some background on the foundation and, while the service is confidential, some of the many musicians, managers and crew who have been helped by MusiCares have...

Duration: 00:40:42


Ian MacKaye (Dischord) / Mark Robinson (Teen-Beat)

9/28/2017
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In 1985, Mark Robinson sent a letter to Ian MacKaye asking about how to press vinyl records. The year earlier, he founded Teen-Beat Records in Arlington, Virginia. Initially, only one copy of each release existed. Now, the label has over 200 releases under its belt and has shaped the D.C. independent music scene alongside MacKaye’s punk label Dischord. Both Mark and Ian join us on this episode to talk Teen-Beat, D.C., and more. Subscribe to The Future of What on iTunes:...

Duration: 00:51:33


District Advocate Day

9/22/2017
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Episode #95: We talk a lot on this show about issues that affect musicians and the creative community, so how can people get involved and actually make a difference? For the last three years, the Recording Academy has led a grassroots campaign to mobilize the music community. Through their District Advocate day (formerly GRAMMYs in My District), artists have an opportunity to make an impact on music policy by speaking directly with their legislator. This year, District Advocate day falls on...

Duration: 00:44:52


Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

9/15/2017
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Episode #94: Recently, a bill was introduced by Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner which calls for the creation of a comprehensive database of compositions and recordings. The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. To many in the music industry, the bill seems like a wolf in sheep’s clothing with the potential cause big problems. On this episode we...

Duration: 00:59:22


Public Display PR's Sierra Haager

9/14/2017
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Public Display PR's Sierra Haager returns to the show to discuss how people listen to music and what success means for independent musicians. Subscribe to The Future of What on iTunes: http://apple.co/1P4Apk0 Follow us: Twitter: http://bit.ly/2gOYMYM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefutureofwhat/ Instagram: http://bit.ly/1L6T8fl

Duration: 00:33:17


Bandcamp's Jes Skolnik

9/13/2017
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Bandcamp managing editor Jes Skolnik joins us to discuss the myth of good music rising to the "top." Subscribe to The Future of What on iTunes: http://apple.co/1P4Apk0 Follow us: Twitter: http://bit.ly/2gOYMYM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefutureofwhat/ Instagram: http://bit.ly/1L6T8fl

Duration: 00:23:50


Does Good Music Prevail?

9/8/2017
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Episode #93: People often say that if you make good music, the fans will follow. So does good music rise to the top? And what is the top? On this episode, we talk with Jes Skolnik, managing editor at Bandcamp. Through Bandcamp Daily, Jes makes a point to highlight lesser-known artists who might be overlooked by outlets like Pitchfork or Rolling Stone. We also hear from Public Display PR’s Sierra Haager, whose goal through her boutique PR agency is to get high-profile coverage for indie bands.

Duration: 00:55:44


Peter Gordon on Net Neutrality

9/7/2017
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Thirsty Ear Recordings' Peter Gordon joins us to discuss how net neutrality affects musicians and the creative community. Subscribe to The Future of What on iTunes: http://apple.co/1P4Apk0 Follow us: Twitter: http://bit.ly/2gOYMYM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefutureofwhat/ Instagram: http://bit.ly/1L6T8fl

Duration: 00:15:40


Deerhoof's Greg Saunier

9/6/2017
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Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier joins us to talk about streaming rates, big tech companies, and surviving as an indie artist. Hear more on episode 92. Subscribe to The Future of What on iTunes: http://apple.co/1P4Apk0 Follow us: Twitter: http://bit.ly/2gOYMYM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefutureofwhat/ Instagram: http://bit.ly/1L6T8fl

Duration: 00:20:26


Net Neutrality

9/1/2017
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Episode #92: The internet is a vital tool for artists, but without the protections that ensure a level playing field, creators’ ability to earn a living comes under threat. On today's episode, we dive into the murky waters of net neutrality, copyright, and tech giants. We hear from Thirsty Ear Recordings Peter Gordon about why musicians should care about net neutrality. This point is echoed by Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, who goes on to explain the organization's controversial...

Duration: 01:08:36


Jaxsta / Discogs

8/25/2017
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Episode #91: What if there were an IMDB for music? Not only would fans be able to dig deeper into their favorite albums, but producers, artists, and other collaborators could catalog their contributions, labels could track data more easily, and businesses would have all of the information they need to license a song right at their fingertips. On this episode, we talk with a new service called Jaxsta. CEO Jacqui Louez Schoorl and Head of Licensing Dick Huey discuss how Jaxsta could...

Duration: 00:57:02


LIVE from Indie-Con: Understanding Independence

8/18/2017
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What does it mean when an artist or label calls itself independent? Instead of defining independence as "not major," this episode discusses what independence in music really means. Portia travels to Australia for an Indie-Con panel with Matthew Rogers (UNFD/WIN Council Member), Sebastian Chase (MGM), Chris Maund (Mushroom Group of Labels), Merida Sussex (Stolen Recordings), and Guy Blackman (Chapter Music). Then, she speaks with A2IM CEO Richard Burgess about his recent Billboard article...

Duration: 00:54:59


Video Games: The Next Artistic Super-Medium

8/11/2017
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Episode #59: When you think of video game music, you might hear Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. original score, or maybe FlyLo FM from Grand Theft Auto’s licensed soundtrack. Either way, video games have long held promise for composers and musicians. Like movies, video games are naturally a broad medium with room for different musical experiences. Games also provide a lucrative revenue stream for some artists. One composer, Chris Remo, who has worked on recent hits like Gone Home and...

Duration: 00:57:34


LIVE in Durham: The Evolution of Streaming

8/3/2017
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Episode #89: The music industry has recently seen its largest sales increase since the days of Napster. Streaming, while still in its infancy has shown that making a fraction of a penny from a lot of listeners could be a long term sustainable model for many. But just as we began to get comfortable, Pandora started a premium streaming service, YouTube is still running the show and Spotify is having to sign new deals (like allowing new releases to be “windowed”). Is this Napster 2.0? Are we...

Duration: 00:59:10


Ellen Kempner (Palehound)

8/1/2017
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Palehound's Ellen Kempner joins us at Pickathon to talk about how she got into music and what it takes to navigate today's industry.

Duration: 00:11:15


Open Mike Eagle

8/1/2017
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We caught up with "comedy-adjacent" rapper and fellow podcaster Open Mike Eagle at Pickathon last year.

Duration: 00:20:36


Open Mike Eagle / Palehound / Thao & the Get Down Stay Down / La Luz

7/28/2017
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Episode #88: Last year, we went to Oregon’s Pickathon music festival and caught up with some promising acts in Pickathon’s interview video series. With this year’s festival around the corner, we bring you extended interviews with some of our favorite artists. We talk with rapper and host of Comedy Central’s The New Negroes, Open Mike Eagle. Then we discuss everything from Avril Lavigne to anxiety with Ellen Kempner (Palehound). Thao Nguyen joins us to recount how she first got signed to...

Duration: 00:55:26

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