No one has anything positive to say about physically distanced gigs, yikes! What about the future of live music then? Some artists have been performing for plants, some have performed for empty venues… It’s all very confusing at the moment. On the bright side, the independent community is not giving up. This week we bring a dash of extra inspiration to make the most out of the dog days ahead of us and keep on keeping it cool.
Curtis Waters’ ‘Stunnin’ became the fastest unsigned record to go into Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist since Arizona Zervas’ ‘Roxanne’. Zervas inked a deal with Columbia Records, however, Waters is staying independent by choice. A truly interesting story we could all draw inspiration from.
The online Love Record Stores Day was held to replace the rearranged Record Store Day 2020. The aim was to get music lovers to support their favorite independent record stores by shopping online. According to the organizers, the event resulted in over £1 million made in sales after almost 50,000 units were shipped to stores.
Here’s the first label merger of the COVID-19 era! Indie powerhouse Secretly (representing artists such as Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, Sharon van Etten) has partnered with 20-year-old Ghostly International. According to Ghostly CEO Sam Valenti, the partnership is “a vote of positivity to the independent scene”.
For many independent musicians, landing on a major Spotify playlist is the ultimate dream. However, as an emerging artist, you should keep in mind that there are other ways you could get your music out in the Spotify ecosystem. Here’s a great list with 25 of today’s top independent Spotify playlist curators + some really great advice!
Kitty Empire takes a look at the future of music, and oh boy… the future looks bleak! Where do we go from here? Shuttered venues and economic pain, illicit raves and drive-in concerts… Monetized livestreaming might be a way forward, it could be a good option for artists and fans.
Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, Lady, Gaga, Kamasi Washington, David Byrne, Aaron Neville, Neil Young, Trent Reznor, and countless others have signed an open letter to Congress in support of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).
The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) has introduced an ‘Artists’ Bill of Rights’ setting a framework for several important music-industry topics, in addition to forming a 93-artist Music Council to offer insight and policy recommendations moving forward.
DJ and producer Eluize is offering free coaching for womxn and non-binary people who want to learn more about electronic music production, performance, and management. She’s offering a free 3-month course for three mentees, with more to follow.
Legendary producer Quincy Jones opens up his Qwest TV educational platform to school pupils and music college/university students around the world. Get free access to more than 1,000 concerts, documentaries, and pieces of archive footage. Pre-register now for early access!
The new Made In Ableton Live video series follows nine artists as they take a track from conception to completion. Producers explain their process in detail, so you will be able to learn how to work with arrangements, how to apply all kinds of processing techniques, and much more!
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) has announced a brand-new initiative, the Women In Music Mentor Program, backed by the Australian Government. The program aims to empower all female, female-identifying, and non-binary individuals working in or aspiring to work in creative or business roles within the Australian music industry.
Yup! Black lives still matter, even if your feed is back to normal. It’s a great feeling to see that things are still happening, words are being turned into acts and change is on the horizon. Dozens of artist managers, executives, agents, and other players assembled a nonprofit to end racial injustice in music. More than 1,000 black directors, performers, artists, and writers demand change in the arts, entertainment, and beyond in a call to action issued in honor of Juneteenth. You can also learn more about the history of the policing of black music and check out the 100 most iconic albums by black women!