Almost every DJ has heard the passionate arguments for why opening acts should show restraint and only exist to serve the headliner's set. But what if they're wrong? What if opening DJs should play to the crowd and not to the headliner's personal preference? Read some great alternate viewpoints from experienced DJs in today's article from guest contributor Steven Maude.
Soundcloud revealed last week that they were preparing to launch a subscription membership service for their site that would be in place by the end of the year. Now, in advance of that service, users are starting to see advertising injected on their feeds, including short non-music advertising that disables playback and forces users to listen.
Selling music direct to fans can be a chore, and major distributors often have a better model for disseminating tracks out into the world. But what if artists could have the best of both worlds? With Drip.FM, a hybrid model is taking off, and in today's guest article from Casie Millhouse we take a closer look a how the fanclub-style system works for 7 different labels and artists.
DJTT is good friends with the incredible producer Amp Live, who has been crafting beats and producing records since the 1990s as a part of Bay Area rap group Zion I. Recently we had a chance to bring him into the DJTT studio for a class and interview, and he shared some of his insights on being a modern producer and how being an artist has changed over the last 20 years. Watch the full 8 minute video now.
It's a pretty terrifying prospect: return home or to your studio only to find broken glass, a busted lock, and empty shelves. DJs and producers often lots of very valuable gear, so today we look at a few ways to help get your gear back and start making / mixing music ASAP after getting robbed. Even if you don't think you'll ever have anything stolen, read this article to learn what you can do now to make things easier if it ever happens!
Email marketing is consistently ranked as one of the most effective and easiest forms of online marketing by marketing professionals. Social media is an effective way to reach new people and have passive touch points with current fans but your online marketing strategy should, as Hanzel would say, go one deeper. After you've collected your fans emails the next step is to actually reach out to fans. How often should you send emails, what should the subject line be, and what do you say? Today, David King, founder of Receiver, is going to answer these questions.
Over the last week, we've seen Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Mat Zo begin highlighting what he feels like is one of the biggest issues in the electronic dance music scene right now: the use of ghost producers. With the help of a few other Twitter sleuths, the Fake Producers Intelligence Agency, and a keen eye on ASCAP's writing credit entries, we're seeing a bunch of ghost producers for big name acts revealed.
Making a piece of music is only half the battle. Individuals forget after they signed a contract with a label, the next step in the business of music. Who owns the actual master recording? How is the label working to secure all of my royalties? Should I register my track for further protection? I have over 1,000 plays on YouTube, does that mean anything? Will I ever see any money? In this article I will try to answer these questions and present a way for the electronic music industry to gain more revenue for artists.