Is free streaming music a good thing? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have dollar bills falling out of my pocket. But what happens if everything is free?
There has been a lot of chatter on the web about streaming music. According to the tech and media website The Verge, Apple is pressing music labels to nix the free music supply to Spotify. Even Jay Z dissed YouTube and Spotify in a live performance. Music is a tough game. Napster hit the music industry like an atom bomb. Currently, the market is flooded with similar companies: iHeart Radio, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, Slacker Radio, Google Play, Xbox Live, Apple Radio, and so on and so on. Every major media outlet has a chip on the table.
Napster hit the music industry like an atom bomb. Currently, the market is flooded with similar companies…
What “free” music is out there? FM Radio is still free, but you have to listen to the ads, and you get the station’s choice of music. With any free tier for a streaming music service there are ads plus many banners. Sometimes bands publish their music on websites like Bandcamp, Reverb Nation, SoundCloud and even MySpace.
The augments for illegal downloads all seem self-entitled. The justifications are anything from most music in not good enough, or the bands are already rich and can afford to give away the music. As music lovers we need to drop the Robin Hood shtick and vote with our dollars. When we use our money to speak only the strong and most talented will survive.
What if we refuse to pay, what could possibly happen? Our favorite bands could start looking more like NASCAR drivers with corporate sponsors printed all over them. The new track you just purchased online now has a Red Bull ad before the song plays each and every time. Since the bands only source of money are gigs and merchandise, expect to pay more and more for that ticket.
Streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu have such a level of financial success that they can produce their own shows. What would happen if someone like Spotify or Pandora paid for bands to tour around the country or record at world class studios? Well, someone has to pay for it.
There will always be people who what the quick and easy way, and I think focusing on music piracy is waste of time. What the industry should focus on is how to make their services worth paying for. It’s more than just the music, it is about the experience that comes with the music.
What the industry should focus on is how to make their services worth paying for. It’s more than just the music, it is about the experience that comes with the music.
I miss the old days of venturing to the WAX TRAX or Albums on The Hill to scope out what treasures could be found. The joy of finding out who put out new CDs or the old gems unearthed in the used section. Even more exciting was checking out the flyers for upcoming shows. Those days are gone. Now the quest for new music is done online. True, there are still record stores out there who mostly specialize in vinyl records and to some extent the tradition does live on.
Streaming music is not a fad. It is the new standard, and the numbers prove it. The watchdog group IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) reported that digital revenue for the music industry represented 49% of total revenue which is up 6.9%. The numbers also show, that digital subscription accounted for 39% of that total income – nearly 1.6 billion dollars globally. According to the blog re/code even Warner Music said that streaming subscriptions revenue was ahead of download revenue.
The truth is musicians today make their money from gigs and merchandise, not from selling their music. One interesting thing about the online streaming company Tidal, is that they wanted to charge a premium fee for their service. These fess would be used to pay the lesser known bands. Services like Pandora and Spotify have often received criticism for the lack of payout.
I believe we should vote with our dollar. As consumers of music, the choice is ours. Do we embrace the advertisement? Support the products that support our music? Or do we pay a premium fee and get whatever we want whenever we want? If we don’t educate ourselves and make a choice, the industry will pick for us.
Welcome to this special edition on Colorado Music Originals. This is a studio session with Whiskey Autumn. The guys came down to visit CMO and play a set of their original music including: Letterman Sweater, So Wise So young, and January. Please tweet, share, like this post, and just tell your friends.
This is a stellar performance from Kort McCumber recorded back in December of 2011. The show was filmed at Larry’s Guitar Shop in Longmont. Every Thursday Larry brings a local artist to play their tunes.
Tank muses about living with his gritty and slightly folk style in his song “I chase lightning down with my bare hands.” Singer-Songwriter Tank Kincaid is a Colorado native living in Greeley. Produced by ColoMusic own Bill Schwamle, please enjoy.
In these hard times for Colorado, we would like to offer a virtual care package of stories of recovery and helpful tips. This is a five part series geared for both musicians and fans that hopefully will aid in recovery of the floods.
If you are a band in need please leave your name, website, and how you need help in the comments section of this post.
This is Colorado Music Originals Flood of Goodwill.
Theme song “Colorado Song” Co-Written by Bonnie Sims, Giselle Collazo, Sharon Glassman, Brad Smalling, Quentin Young. This track mixed by Brad Smalling at Evergroove Studios.
Colorado Music Originals is hosted by Sharon Glassman. For more about Sharon please visit her website.
Colorado Music Originals is recorded and edited by Bill Schwamle. For more about Bill please visit his website.
Episode 1 0f 5 – Surviving Jamestown with Nancy Farmer:
Stories of the music and the flood.
Sometimes good things rise up from terrible events. Nancy Farmer talks about how the flood has pushed her towards music. As mentioned in the show, if you want to help Nancy please donate by clicking this link.
Episode 2 of 5 – Fund Your Community with Nick Armstrong:
Learn how to fund community projects.
Nick Armstrong talks about Community Funded and how they bringing businesses and communities together. They have many community based projects that could help musicians.
Episode 3 of 5 – Music Rebuilding Bands after Sandy with Walker Hornung
Musicians helping musicians after hurricane Sandy.
Within days of hurricane sandy Walker, of Brother Hood of the Grape, came up with an idea that leveraged local music to help other musicians affected by the storm. Listen to this ongoing story of recovering from a major disaster.
Episode 4 of 5 – How To Water Proof Your Career with Dave Ratner:
Three tips on how safeguard your music career.
Whether you are a solo artist, a band, or a symphony, Dave Ratner of the Creative Law Network gives simple tips from copyright to setting expectations.
Episode 5 of 5 – Katrina Years Later with Davy Mooney
The road to recovery is not always a straight path.
Davy Mooney tells his story of life and music in the years since hurricane Katrina. A Modern and Gypsy Jazz guitar player by trade, Davy’s journey from when Katrina broke ground in New Orleans and now is most like a jazz solo modulating between scales.
Ryan Gombeski vocalist of Take To The Oars joins Colorado Music Originals. If this interview were a comic book, this would be the origin story of TTTO. Plus a small gig at a place called Red Rocks. Yes, Ryan, it is ok to say it again. Red Rocks. We play Answers, Why Am I Not Where You Are, and Monster Eats Pilot.
Josh Lee singer-musician joins Colorado Music Originals. We laugh, we cry, we … well not exactly. It’s more like we talk about video games and music while playing songs from Eldren. Sleepy Walker. Hug Rabbit. and NWO. Find out where they are playing and how to connect with them.
How did the peanut butter join with the chocolate? We get philosophical about the nature of collaboration. Then we talk with Franklin Taggart and his project NoCo Indie Showcase whose goal is to create opportunities for musicians to collaborate, to create events to build their audience, and get more paying events for musicians. In other words he is building a scene. Plus we throw in a song from the Denver band The Skeleton Show.
Megan Burtt is traveling the Eastern Seaboard. But for everyone in Colorado, you can see her play LIVE on a new website called Stage It. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Stage It and it won’t be the last either. Check it out now to see Megan Burtt and many other Colorado Music Originals!!
Quentin Young brings the blues to CMO. He muses over Hendrix, Robert Johnson, and Lead Belly. As Quentin says about the blues,”It’s pure art. Raw art – blood and internal organs and brain matter laid out for you.” The blues is a conversation between the artist, their instrument, and their soul. We are talking (and playing) the blues on Colorado Music Originals.
Brad Smalling Recording and Mix Engineer at Evergroove Studio joins CMO. We talk about recoding music in this age of music including compact disks, mp3 downloads, and vinyl records. There are many choices for musicians today and also some creative ways bands are promoting themselves.
Steve Carlson, owner of Sun Rose Café in Longmont, joins CMO to talk about his perspective on booking acts. What worked. What didn’t. And how that process has evolved. Steve also talk about his mother and her life long involvement in the music industry.
CMO talks with Vivek Tiwary, founder of the Tiwary Entertainment Group, about The “Second” life of a Song. Vivck’s passion for music led him to project involving the music industry. He started Starpolish.com a site developed to help musicians help themselves. Lately, traditional band management no longer was effective, so he evolved the process into such projects like Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway, Producing a documentary about Brian Epstein called the Fifth Beatle which Tiwary had acquired the rights to the music of the Beatles, and Punk Rock Dad a sitcom based on Jim Lindberg the singer of the punk band Pennywise.
So much good information we had to make the interview into two shows.
Vivek Tiwary continues his conversation with CMO. First we continue the idea of a second life or many lives for a project. Then we talk about Musicians on Call a non profit group that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilites. Learn more about a group that is growing nationwide.
In response to Music Genie question from Nate Cook, where is the underground music scene? Trevor O’Connor joins CMO to talk about the above-ground-underground Denver music scene. Also we talk about Musicians In Action a group of people putting together benefit shows to help the areas homeless.
Lindsay Meredith and The Lost Caravan rocked the studios of Colorado Music Originals this week. Not only did they play a live set but, they talked about the evolution of their music and gypsy rock. Then in segment two, how do you make your band’s sound into an image? The gang of CMO talk with Luis Ruiz of Ron’s Printing about logos.
Live @ Larry’s Guitar Shop with Chris McGarry – Recorded on 10/13/2011.
Chris McGarry plays at Larry’s Guitar Shop with his moody, spacey, old-timey music. Playing both guitar and ukulele, Chris muses on traveling and life embraced by his songs here. The full concert is here in three parts.
Welcome to this special edition on Colorado Music Originals. This is a studio session with Whiskey Autumn. The guys came down and visited CMO to play a set of their original music including: Letterman Sweater, So Wise So young, and January. Please tweet, share, like this post, and just tell your friends. Now here is […]
Davy Mooney tells his story of life and music in the years since hurricane Katrina. A Modern and Gypsy Jazz guitar player by trade, Davys journey from when Katrina broke ground in New Orleans and now is most like a jazz solo modulating between scales.
Within days of hurricane sandy Walker, of Brotherhood of the Grape, came up with an idea that leveraged local music to help other musicians affected by the storm. Listen to this ongoing story of recovering from a major disaster