When you conceive and launch a company from the weathered fabric cushions of your living room couch, you don’t imagine that you’ll end up on the Inc. 5000.
Don’t you love it when things come full circle?
Sitting atop the same stage that members of Music Dealers’ independent artist community have performed on, the A&R legend Seymour Stein shared his experiences of signing artists like the Ramones and Madonna when they were emerging, indie artists themselves. Interviewed by host of Dynasty Podcasts Jaime Black, Seymour discussed the rich details of his illustrious life, and even spoke one-on-one with our A&R interns after his interview.
The rains soaked through this year’s SXSW, leaving a soggy throng of hipsters, innovators, creatives, techies, and music lovers in its wake. Yet, no amount of precipitation could dampen the magnificent experience of this year’s festival.
We sent five Dealers down to Austin, each responsible for executing a particular mission. What they left with were a collection of industry insights worth sharing with the rest of us.
“The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong,” declared the President during his State of the Union address.
The following night, I found myself hoping for a similar promise from Next Big Sound, an online music analytics platform that tracks artists’ popularity, in its annual “State of the Industry” report for 2014.
On Wednesday, January 21, the Guild of Music Supervisors held its 5th annual awards ceremony, celebrating the best music supervision in television, film, games and brands in fourteen different categories.
Listed here are the winners of the Awards, a highly anticipated ceremony that some of the Music Dealers team were honored to attend: Eric Sheinkop, Founder & President; Brandon Smith, VP, West; and Mario Davis, Licensing & Business Development Director.
For many admen (and Music Dealers employees), reviewing the top ads of last year is a NYE tradition. During this most recent ball’s drop, our gaze wandered over to Italy, where music seemed to strongly influence the country’s #1 spot of the year.
Techweek Chicago, the annual week-long meeting of the ingenious, the forward-thinking, and the bold, wrapped on June 28th. Heavily attended by the tech and entrepreneurial community of Chicago, the event featured renowned speakers such as Razorfish US CEO, Shannon Denton, and Priceline / ColorJar Co-Founder, Jeff Hoffman.
Conference highlights included enormous and lavish parties, one shindig sponsored by Microsoft, and the Future Sounds Music Festival, with performances by St. Lucia and Music Dealers artist, The Giving Tree Band. Yet, sometimes the most important meetings or events are the ones little publicized.
Last month, the City of Chicago made a splash with its official debut at South By Southwest’s annual Music, Interactive & Film Conference in Austin, Texas. “Chicago Made,” presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago, along with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), World Business Chicago (WBC), and the Illinois Office of Tourism, showcased Chicago’s rich talent in the music, tech and film industries with the goal of showing the world that Chicago is a city where new businesses and talent can thrive.
Music Dealers Interviews Gary Calamar, The Music Supervisor Behind True Blood
By Sean Sirkin | Music Dealers
While you’re in the midst of voraciously consuming your favorite TV show or film, whether that be Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or Breaking Bad, there are two very important senses engaged in the consumption of that media: your eyes and your ears. Among the sounds captured by your ears are dialogue, sound effects, and of course, music, which falls under the responsibility of a music supervisor.
Today’s music supervisors are mythical beings, sitting cross-legged like monks upon mountains made of music and film. They are the new A&R’s, discoverers, career-makers, shot-callers; the very beings that wide-eyed college students enrolled in expensive institutions one day dream of becoming.
The Day The Music Dies: What’s Really At Stake When Licensing Music
By Christopher RucksMusic Dealers
It’s more than just a car to drive. It’s more than just a belt to hold up your pants. It’s more than just a song to go in a web video. It’s a promise of service.
How Much Money do Viral Music Videos Make? By Marcus Taylor – Ever wondered how much money a viral music hit makes – and where that revenue comes from? Here’s an infographic by FanDistro, a company who we recently reviewed here on The Musician’s Guide, that explores behind the scenes of viral music. What I find particularly interesting about this infographic is how there’s seemingly no correlation between how viral a music video went and how much it earned from digital download…
Five Career-Endangering Mistakes for Songwriters (And How To Avoid Them)One of the great mysteries in the music business is how to meet the decision makers who can help bring success to you and your songs. However, the second greatest mystery is why, - once in contact with one of these elusive industry people - so many songwriters throw common sense out the window and behave in ways that can only hurt their cause and, ultimately, their reputation in the eyes of the industry. In my years as a…
Industry News: Harlem Shake Features Unlicensed Samples That Could Now Cost Baauer and His Label DearlyMonday, March 11, 2013
Harlem Shake Features Unlicensed Samples That Could Now Cost Baauer and His Label Dearly…
By Helienne Lindvall -
The news that the YouTube phenomenon Harlem Shake contains samples that the song’s producer and writer, Harry Bauer Rodrigues (recording name Baauer), didn’t get permission to use illustrates the ignorance that still exists regarding copyright – in particular in the dance community. Apparently former reggaetón artist Hector Delgado didn’t realize the number one hit begins…
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