Interview mit Dieter Meier (YELLO)

Dieter Meier von Yello hat eines der klügsten Interviews gegeben, dass ich seit langem lesen konnte. Darunter Statements wie dieses:

Ja, es gibt Streamingportale wie Spotify. Da macht die Industrie auch wieder den Fehler, dass sie nicht transparent ist. Man weiß nicht, welches Geld woher kommt und wie es verteilt wird. Wenn du eine Million Mal gespielt wirst, verdienst du zehn Euro. Man weiß also nur eins: dass man im Grunde nichts bekommt. Es wird oft gesagt: Heute wird mit Live Geld verdient. Aber wenn du unterwegs bist als neue Band und 300 Leute sind im Publikum – und da hast du es schon ziemlich weit gebracht – dann rentiert sich das nicht. Dabei ist Streaming eigentlich ein wunderbares Medium und es wäre ganz einfach, die Einnahmen transparent zu verteilen. Es ist einfach ungerecht, mal abgesehen von der Geldverteilung: dass der Musiker nicht einmal weiß, was er überhaupt für einen Mehrwert schafft!

via 08.09.2014: Demokratisch heißt nicht gratis (neues-deutschland.de).

Ich bin auch auf Spotify vertreten, sowohl als Künstler — gleich 2 mal, als “Vogelmann” und “Ingo Vogelmann”, was ich selbst Schuld bin, übrigens — als auch als Label. Als Label werde ich meinem Distributor sagen, er möge dort nichts mehr veröffentlichen, weil ich Spotify für Verbrecher halte. Präziser: Betrüger und Diebe.

U2 & Apple: Probably The Biggest PR Stunt In The History Of The Music Industry

Bono reiterated that Apple bought Songs of Innocence to thank their users for their patronage, and that the band was appropriately compensated.

Of course they did. I said that in the moment I heard the news of Apple acting as a major label, because this is what major labels do: pre-paying for a deal like that, regardless of later royalties.

This is probably the biggest PR stunt in the history of the music industry.

My opinion? This is what brought the whole whole world of music into trouble in the first place (greed). I’m zero interested in listening to that album, and I won’t. I don’t give a fuck, to be precise. To me, Bono is nothing but a hypocrite, and a brilliant business man. As a musician I lost all respect.

“Songs Of Innocence” is exactly not this: innocent.

via Bono Talks ‘Songs of Innocence’, New Music in Letter to Fans | Rolling Stone.

Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy – 11 11 (FREE Download From Beatport!)

9953885Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy did a record together. Well, that’s the official version. When listening to the album — which is really good — I thought “apart from some speaking, differently pitched, what did Puff Daddy contribute?”. It’s almost too good to be a Puff Daddy record.

It’s not secret I don’t like Rap. I can enjoy very few Hip Hop, so Puff Daddy has never been of interest for me, and his version of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” was offensive to me, since this was the tune I heard when my heart was first broken, a brilliant tune.

So, now Beatport is offering the album for FREE, and I guess for a limited time, and I guess it’s supposed to be a smart PR stunt. They even made it possible to download the high quality and lossless AIFF files (in case you download one by one).

Go grab your copy(ies)! It’s good music. Made by Guy Gerber, most probably. 😉

P.S.: This post is exactly what they intended, people talking about it, a PR stunt, as mentioned earlier.

DJs and Mental Health: Electronic Music’s Last Taboo

One in four of us will struggle with mental health issues at some point in our life. It’s something however that a very small segment of the DJ community has spoken openly about. So how prevalent is it among the touring DJ scene, and why does it appear to be the last taboo to be broken?

Very interesting read.

via DJs and Mental Health: Electronic Music’s Last Taboo | DJBROADCAST.NET.

Brad Frost: “90% on the internet is bullshit”

And I firmly believe that he’s absolutely right.

Terrible speaker (“right?”), but funny, sad and very interesting — even if not very surprising — facts. Everyone on the internet should watch this and contemplate on it. Daily. Hourly. Every minute. Before you create content.

Right? 😀

Visit Brad Frost on the net.

Brad, in case you read this: you know you’ve got to work on your stage presence, right? Good work tho. 😉

Gig Databases

Yea. As a touring (or even a local) DJ, something to enter your upcoming gigs into so that it gets noticed on the web is essential, in my very humble opinion.

There seem to be endless providers for that already, and I’ve been through some of them in the past few years. Some of them are free, some not. And — as always — free or not, it says nothing about the quality of the service. That’s my observation, at least.

So, after all those years, one or the other might be surprised who is my winner:

artistdata

They were actually the first one years ago I jumped on, then they got acquired by SonicBids and I thought things went south from this moment on. And this was the case for a while, until SonicBids seemed to have thought it might be a good idea to maintain the service a bit and add a few new features.

Today, artistdata is so rich and packed with features that I can’t list everything here in a post. I recommend you check it out yourself. Oh, and it’s one of the free services.

You can see my gigs as an embedded iCal feed in the sidebar on the right beside this article. But the whole service offers a lot more options. I guess you can spend an entire day configuring this, and admittedly, its user-friendliness is not the total winner. But once you get used to it it’s easy.

They also provide an “ArtistData Profile” page, which collects all the stuff about you and showcases it, but well … the design is pretty “limited”. But better than nothing. 😉

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