Session Spotlight

Audio Recap: Public Relations, Public Radio, & Music

The sprawling world of public radio in the US can be a challenging entity to pitch your music to. With huge audiences (12-13 million/week!), and wildly eclectic musical tastes represented, the potential for exposure on NPR is fantastic, but according to the insiders here, you really need to tailor your...

Video Spotlight: JACO at the 2015 SXSW Music Conference

The film JACO, which tells the story of revolutionary bass player Jaco Pastorius, had its world premiere at SXSW Film 2015. A few days after the premiere, the filmmakers gathered for a special conference session to elaborate on the making of JACO and the immense influence Pastorius has had on...

Audio Recap: Independent Labels Then & Now at SXSW Music 2015

The landscape for independent record labels has changed quite a bit over the last several decades. An expert team of people with first-hand experience on the topic assembled for a discussion at the 2015 SXSW Music Conference.

The panel - which included Sire Records co-founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer,...

Audio Recap: Life Beyond YouTube - Maximizing Your Monetization Opportunities

As 2015 brings in the 10th year of YouTube, it’s more important than ever for artists to take charge of their online video presence. But as moderator Ted Cohen (Managing Partner, TAG Strategic) points out, it hasn’t always been a copacetic (and profitable) arrangement between artists, labels, rights holders...

808 at SXSW
Written by Rory Burbeck | March 17, 2015

808: Ground Shaking Beats with Funkmaster Flex, Hank Shocklee & More

You may not know it, but you've likely heard the sound of a Roland TR808, the drum machine that forever changed music.

Following up on the world premiere of 808 during the SXSW Film Festival last week, Arthur Baker will lead a panel that includes the legendary Funkmaster Flex, producer...

SXSW 2015 Presenter: Shepard Fairey
Written by Ali Killian | March 17, 2015

Art, Music and Politics With Public Enemy's Chuck D and Artist Shepard Fairey

Art and music can also be activism. The stories and personal tidbits embedded within art pieces and songs are sometimes political expressions with end-goals of tangible change.

Join Chuck D, the co-founder and leader of Public Enemy, and Shepard Fairey, the street artist and activist behind OBEY GIANT, for a...

The SXSW Music Conference
Written by Rory Burbeck | March 16, 2015

Music Conference Spotlight: Independent Labels Then & Now

There's no question that records labels have evolved and changed in recent years - the question is: how?

A panel of industry figures, including Sire Records co-founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer, will answer this question while discussing how the challenges for today's labels stack up against those of the...

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