This week on Digital Music Trends first a quick news round-up covering the latest on SiriusXM, Twitter #Music, iTunes, Amanda Palmer’s shout-out to Morrissey, Shazam and the compilation market in the UK.
Then a few interviews recorded at Future Music Camp 2013 in Mannheim. The event, organized by the Popakademie, saw students, music industry and startups come together to discuss some of the hottest issues in the digital space. On this episode I interview representatives from Universal Music A&R, BMW music & apps division, Odyssey Music Network artist management and startup Endore.me.
Check out the timeline below to skip to a specific news story (on YouTube)
01:25 SiriusXM’s earnings
02:33 Twitter #Music’s slides from the App Charts
04:08 Happy birthday to you! iTunes is 10 years old…
05:09 Amanda Palmer writes an open letter to Morrissey suggesting that he crowdfunds his new record
06:56 Compilations market keeps growing in the UK
08:07 Shazam announces a new CEO
09:43 Peter Burgner — Entertainment and Music Apps division – BMW — recorded IN a car… Peter shows off the latest dashboard technology from BMW that detects and interfaces directly with the apps on your phone.
17:22 Julian Krohn — A&R Manager — Universal Music. I ask Julian about the evolution of the role of A&R within a label. What are the responsibilities of A&R today? How does an act get discovered? How does A&R work effectively with both the digital marketing units of a label and artists’ management? How is the YouTube/GEMA standoff affecting artists in Germany?
29:48 Ryan Rauscher — Project Manager – SMIX.LAB (Popakademie). Ryan is a long time organizer of the Future Music Camp, we talk about how the event has evolved over the past five years as well as students’ involvement and their uptake of new services.
36:42 Tobias Schiwek — Founder and CEO — Endore.me. Tobias, one of the founders of music streaming service Simfy, talks about his new startup that aims to be the Flipboard for entertainment. The app aggregates all relevant information on artists allowing fans to follow what their favorite acts are doing without having to visit a variety of different platforms.
43:08 Ulysses Hüppauff — Founder – Odyssey Music Network. Ulysses started the management company Odyssey after a number of years at Universal and Sony music, the company has built a solid roster of international artists including Apocalyptica. We talk about the evolution of management’s role as it becomes the hub for most of the artist’s activities. Ulysses is also working closely with Pledge music and has conducted a number of successful campaigns on the platform in Germany.