The Power of Data in Music

Ryan Van Etten from VirtualMusicTV shared this graphic while discussing how digital data can help musicians. The truth is, if you are going to be a musician that connects with the next generation of consumers, you’re going to need to know the answers to most of these questions. There are dozens of tools out there that will help you answer them. In fact, Showasis seeks to answer these in a new and meaningful way. But in the meantime, have you stopped to think about how they could help you? Let’s say you want to plan a show in Chicago. You’re from Seattle and want to expand your fan...
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Memorable Concerts: Madalyn Wasilczuk

Madalyn always discovers it first. This former music editor of The Eagle has an ear for new and interesting music, and she’s here to share a few of her most memorable concert experiences. Madalyn’s an incredibly intelligent woman and a close friend, so we are honored to have her share her perspective on live music… Picture yourself in a vast auditorium. Bright red, yellow, blue and white lights shine down on you in the darkness. An impatient, rowdy crowd murmurs at a dull roar, with an occasional cheer for the show to start. Whose name are they chanting? No, not yours. Theirs. That...
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Concert Optimization for Bands

Music is a crowded space. Anyone with even the slightest passion for music can organize a concert or upload a track to MySpace. Travel to a city like Austin, TX or Nashville, TN and almost everyone you meet is an aspiring musician. Making it professionally as a musician is incredibly difficult and not for the faint of heart. I’m not saying you suck, but I am saying that there is an incredible amount of competition. With so many bands playing shows and competing for an audience, you need a way to stand out. There are plenty of blog posts and articles about how to use social media to increase...
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The Future Economy of Music

The music industry is changing. In fact, it has been in a state of change for nearly 10 years. The struggle pits artists against labels, fans against the industry, and traditional media against social media. Companies like iTunes, Lala, MySpace, Last.fm, and Pandora are finally leading musicians to the promised land, but a fight for control still persists within the industry. What will happen next is what Showasis seeks to capitalize on. Last December MusicThinkTank posted an article titled Dear Musicians Please Be Brilliant or Get Out of the Way, introducing what the future might hold for the...
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Criteria for Reviewing a Concert

In a previous post, we talked about reinventing how you think about concert reviews. In other posts we also talked about why qualitative concert reviews suck and quantitative reviews are better. The moral of the story is that there is a lot of value in thinking of concert reviews in terms of objective criteria. Debate around this issue involves what criteria we should be using. Remember, epic live music experiences are made in the details – the small things that make a big impact. In this post, we are going to take a look at what some of those things are and how they transform into (somewhat)...
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What Makes For an Epic Show?

Clay Smith rocks vocals for a sweet band called Sleep Serapis Sleep and also happens to be a very talented writer and overall cool guy. As a touring musician, we thought Clay might have some good ideas about what an epic concert really is and how it’s done. Turns out, we were right. Clay put together a fascinating commentary on “epic shows” and we are thrilled to have him as a contributor to this blog. Take it away Mr. Smith… The word ‘epic’ has only recently begun to take over the vernacular of our youth.  It is most often used with reference to movies like ‘300’ or...
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