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The Tragedy of Streaming Services .. the saga continues!

In the next story of the “streaming saga”, avid drummer of distinguished brit-pop group Blur (and now-councillor for Norfolk), David Rowntree, spoke in front of the House of Commons committee and the BBC on the tragedy of streaming services and how “terminal” it all can be for the industry.

Whilst the labels yet again stick their head in the sand, and stating the artists are happy, Rowntree is speaking for all of them, and simply stating they’re not.

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“Bands like mine will be fine [Blur], but the next generation of bands will be hit – bands living hand-ti-mouth like we did for the first 10 years.” – David Rowntree.

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Singer-songwriter Bevan also edged in with her comments on the way streaming services pay royalties and how backwards it all is.

She stated that typically out of every £1 spent on streaming services, 30p goes to the streamer (such as Spotify), 55p goes to the publisher, which is then distributed to the artist and songwriters.

Considering the artists and songwriters make the damn stuff in the first place, it seems that we are last in the chain when it comes to remuneration and being fairly compensated for the work which has given the said publishers and said streamers those clicks, streams and ad revenue to begin with.

The fear is growing within the industry, even now as we speak. More talented industry specialists and artists are simply going to disappear from the spotlight and the up-and-coming, simply because the industry is at a stage now, where it is impossible to survive. Especially at grass-root level obtaining a living wage.

What are your thoughts on it all?

WARNER MUSIC BUYS BOWIE CATALOGUE

The legendary post 1968-backlog of Bowie’s catalogue now resides with his estate and is being licensed in its entirety to Warner Music. The ownership of who owns what in terms of Bowie’s music has been up in the air for a few years and now so it may finally seem that all direct ownership belongs […]

Isle of Wight Festival this WEEKEND: What are your set highlights?

The Isle of Wight Festival is set to kick off this weekend, and so what are you most looking forward to in set performances and artist appearances? After Gallagher’s triumphant return to the main stage belting out Oasis classics – and falling out of a helicopter after – it certainly brings out the festival in […]

JADED JANE & OLIVIA RUFF – Single Review: “Bogotá”

This is a reposting of one of my favourite music bloggers, Eclectic Music Lover. Fantastic words of wisdom for all things music. Be sure to give him a whirl via the link below. As a music blogger, I’ve gotten to know hundreds or perhaps even thousands of musicians and bands over the past six years, […]

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LOOK, LOOK! How has our Attention Span Affected the Music Industry?

The average human attention span is 8 seconds.

The goldfish is 9 seconds.

That’s right. We now have less of an attention span than our fishy friend here.

The online world is strife with content that fights and depends on your attention for merely a minute. (If the above is true, I have lost your attention already.) As every hour passes, avid creators and consumers on the Internet are finding new ways to grab your attention quicker and sooner. Like greedy street sellers, they implore with you, relate with you and confide in you to click, consume and buy with every passing minute and passing hour. Is it any wonder that 30-second videos with TikTok and Instagram Reels has become such a tenacious force? We can’t keep up with anything else. As our attention spans falter furthermore with the presence of these social media outlets that clog and litter up the consumption of culture, the ‘stream-ability’ of music has no doubt come at a cost for the musicality, too.

If consumers can’t keep watching the same video for 3 minutes – how do the expect the same said consumers to listen to a song of the same length?

One person’s gain comes at another’s expense – and this has always been the case for the music industry. With the confines of streaming becoming a waterlogged pipe-dream for musicians to earn a sliver or even a lick of that royalty pie, artists and labels are struggling to fight for attention in a corrosive world where online media is determined with the number of clicks it has.

We determine if we like a song or not within the first 10-20 seconds of us playing it. Skip after skip. We rarely get to the end of a single song. A lower threshold of consumer holding their attention spans, results in quicker introductions and explosive choruses right from the gate. A consumption plan and song restructure we have seen in chart music for years, ever since the music world turned digital. Music consumption is overriding the musicality of artists’ choices and labels’ marketing preparations. We need to steer the ship before it’s too late.

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The attention economy is becoming a malign force for culture … ” – Mark Mulligan, Music Industry Blog
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How influential is Tik Tok to the future of the music industry?

For some, the new rockers are the next influencers for the industry – they just don’t know it. For many, TikTok is very much running everything. With the global pandemic shutting down the industry as a whole, artists had to adapt and bend the rules a little bit. Enter the meteoric rise of TikTok. A […]

The Power of A New Album

Evening, folks. I thought I would jump on here and share my thoughts with you. Following from my album review yesterday about The Vaccines’ recent bout of retro cities with Back In Love City, I’ve played it non stop. Not only have I invested my time into these indie favourites, but I’ve actually invested time […]

The Vaccines – “Back in Love City” Album Review

“If I push any more buttons, I’ll delete ya.” Set against a fictional metropolis, “Back in Love City” is the visceral Vaccines next eclectic work of catchy emphatics that run riot with the prospect of being in the same interstellar space as their debut – way back in 2011. With 2018’s Combat in Sports seemingly […]

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My Top Music Picks: February

As we count down another week cramped in our isolated spaces, we’ve had more opportunity and more personal time to listen to some of our favourite music this February.

And here are my top music picks for this month:

Making A Fire – Foo Fighters

Despite the album being a massive let-down with the mediocrity of Medicine At Midnight, one rising hope is flamed-single, Making A Fire – and it’s been on repeat ever since its release for me.

Hurt Arlo Parks

With a flair of delicacy and precision in all the right places, Parks’ debut album has been a tremendous success, with an album peppered with just the right amount of seasoning.

Grapes of Wraith – Weezer

Complicated-album-artwork and Radiohead-inspired Weezer return with Ok Human. With musicality we’re all so familiar with, they are nothing but keeping it weezy.

Relax – Basement

Melodic hardcore punk-influenced group, Basement are providing a different spin of things with dance-electronica single Relax – no doubt putting a lot of surpirsing thoughts into their collective punk fanbase.

Here We Go Again – Night Lights

Sparking a return to the limelight, colourful retro rock-pop supergroup, Night Lights have returned in ample fashion with EP, 6 Feet Aparty.

These are the select few songs – and albums – that have been on my radar this week.

What’s been on yours?

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Hidden Gems (Week 9)

Here we are again … WEEK 9, eh? Well, here’s four faves this week to get stuck in with – but this time, short and sweet tokens from my first thoughts on each. Enjoy! Catch the week prior below if you fancy a rewind of some sorts.

Dalmas

Laced with a certain charm and pizzazz to their music, Manc trio, Dalmas are out to set the record straight with the persona drummers get in a band – opting for the unique option of a drummer and a frontman in the same hot seat. Out from this intrepid line-up comes a feeling, that will not only tarnish the stereotypes of music line-ups for time to come – but will also no doubt, blow the bloody doors off to who ever listens to their exemplary catalogue so far.

Taxi With Strangers

Sheltering from those raining days with their music being a well-sought comfort blanket, Taxi With Strangers’ future in that scary music industry won’t be so bleak and miserable (unlike those rainy days.) Especially if they are continuing on their righteous path of big dreams and even bigger songs – TIME and Green Jacket drench us from head to toe in gleaming warmth and the thrills of a simpler time. Take me back to those rainy days, please.

Jellyfish in Space

Letting go and allowing yourself to float weightlessly among the marshmallow clouds is the best advice to give when listening to music from Jellyfish in Space. Atmospheric illusion filtrated with hypnotic bass lines and catchy hooks, they are out to push themselves aside from the usual in the industry, and provide a whole new meaning to “getting lost in the music.” So lost in fact, that we may well end up in space ourselves.

Imaginary Childhood Friend

The composer behind Imaginary Childhood Friend has a compulsive style that is deliberate and tentative in its making. Divulging in stories just with the grandeur of his piano, we are left to second-guess ourselves and interpret own version of events. For instance, the chaotic trills of the descending piano in “Gravity Always Wins” leaves me envisioning that we are always falling; but never winning. The simplicity – and yet complexity – of a solo piano always sees you walking away, feeling far more connected to it, than any other instrument can.

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Song of the Day: “The Adults are Talking” – The Strokes

Off the back off the glossy indie bands’ return to stardom from 2013’s Comedown Machine, The Strokes are back with a bold, brash and thought-provoking approach to their songwriting work. You can have a listen to “The Adults Are Talking” below. You can catch the single in u their eclectic album release from last year, […]

How Important is Social Media to Our Music?

More and more musicians are being told that social media is the key to success in the music industry. But how much does it get in the way of creating our music? Does it make it any more or any less valued than simply playing the tunes? Do we as grass root level musicians have […]

Artist Spotlight: Plini

As prestigious from his masterclasses to his independency in artistry and musicianship, Plini is one artist who is a devoted forward-thinker and has created a magnificent blend of instrumental progressive rock. –All hand-crafted and recorded from his own bedroom studio. FIRST THOUGHTS Truth be told, instrumental prog rock is never a genre I have tapped […]

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Foo Fighters – ‘Medicine At Midnight’: Album Review

You still on the Foos hype? Foo Fighters produce follow-up to 2017’s Concrete and Gold – with little ambition.

Medicine At Midnight? More like Valium at Midnight, eh?

After Concrete and Gold in 2017, many fans were dubious upon their return – and they were absolutely right to be.

What Medicine At Midnight offers, is very little. Slotted in between their pre-released singles of Waiting on a War, Shame Shame and Making A Fire, are – quite frankly, lazy – songs that muddle within one another and become a rock assortment of confusion.

To be quite frank, a lot of fans – me included – did not have massively high expectations if Shame Shame and Waiting on a War were the singles they were promoting the album for. With these singles that never really got going, we were waiting for a repeat concoction that Concrete and Gold offered to us. That’s two albums now, have the Foos lost their spark?

Now, don’t get me wrong, you can’t expect the Foos to produce the same quality year-in, year-out as we saw in The Colour and the Shape and There is Nothing Left to Lose at the start of the band’s career, but most bands in the rock world, would certainly divert from the drib and drab of what Medicine At Midnight offers.

Making A Fire is the redeeming quality that blows the cobwebs away. Having the potential for the intro song for kicking off their tours when they return, I imagine the band wanted to pick up where they left off and trail-blaze throughout the album with the same satisfaction, but it slowly spirals into an abundance of sedated album fillers that never really get going. I even listened to them over and over again, trying to find something in it, but sometimes, we create our own heartbreaks through expectation.

I guess I could say the redeeming factor is the collective back-to-back of No Son of Mine and Holding Poison that work well together, where we see a presence of old Foos somewhere from the Wasting Light era. But other than that, there is nothing to write home about.

“Hallelujah, spread the news, but don’t believe the hype”

Making A Fire, Foo Fighters

Sorry Dave, I think I’ll take your advice with this one.