money spinner

How long until one MILLION can live off Spotify money? Er, prepare for a shock…

Nearly four years ago now, Daniel Ek had more idealist ambitions than he does today. Whereas the Spotify boss nowadays seems to care more about investing his money in defence tech startups and trying to buy football clubs, there was a time when he did appear to have some interesting ideas for his streaming site. In March 2018, Ek gave a speech where he confirmed he wanted Spotify to pay…

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Is there any bandwagon the dance music world won’t latch onto these days? Now Fabric are the latest to announce a classical event – but this might not be the shameless cash-in it first seems…

The relationship between dance music and classical has never been an easy one. Many in the classical world look down on dance music, mostly due to the fact it's mostly made with machines and samples rather than "real" instruments. Hence why the two worlds didn't mix much for a long time. But things are changing. In an age where it's harder than ever to get listeners, crossing genres up is…

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The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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McDonald’s have the same menu everywhere too! Secret Project tickets for Portugal go on sale tomorrow – and the lineup is as stale as a three day old Big Mac…

During the heights of the MDL Beast Soundstorm festival controversy last year, I described the event as being "like the McDonald’s of festivals". I was commenting on what I was seeing as festivals started to come back during last year - and one thing was very noticeable. Many of the big festivals essentially have the same lineups. This is great news if you're a DJ due to the earning opportunities…

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Least they’re not plugging their own contributor! Resident Advisor emphasise just how cool and underground they think they are – by reviewing the latest album from The Weeknd…

Resident Advisor, like much of the music world, appears to be completely incapable of introspection. They never consider how something might look to the outsider looking in - indeed, they're often surprised and unsure how to respond when someone starts asking questions. For example, this blog runs a music review column at the weekend. It's called The Six On Saturday (That Aren’t From Me!) - and it's called this for…

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Do they want to be on the wrong side of history? The dance music press are slagging off the Metaverse – but it’s going to be part of the future, whether they like it or not…

Last week, this blog ran an article about Pioneer getting into the remote DJing game - where people can collaborate with each other on a DJ set and never actually meet. I mentioned it was likely we would see more of this from the Metaverse and that DJs needed to seriously think about its implications. I happen to think all this is part of the future. I don't think the…

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Could you bring back David Bowie from the dead as a hologram? Just another of the prospects that the Metaverse could soon bring us – and anyone making music today should worry…

These days, it seems the best time to make money from your music is if you're very old - or even better, already dead. Such a sentence might well sound ridiculous on the face of it, but a quick look at the trends in the music business today confirms it. Look at the number of publishing companies and record labels buying the rights to decade old music - in house…

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After authorities confirm clubs in Ibiza can open in April, the season looks set to be dance music’s longest ever cash-in – but is this “just one last fart from a dying corpse”?

So the dance music world is currently getting very excited about the news Ibiza's nightclubs will be open for business again this year. Events are already scheduled for April, with rumours swirling around the 2022 season is going to be the longest one ever in the history of the world - or something similar. Now, this sense of anticipation is rather understandable in the circumstances. Nightclubs have had a terrible…

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Are they both REALLY on the same side here? Pioneer showcases virtual reality DJing on their Instagram page – and it’s just as boring as watching real life DJs doing their thing…

Last Saturday, I posted a little article all about the Metaverse. It's something most people don't really understand yet, and I include myself in those ranks. Truth be told, I suspect the true capabilities of the Metaverse aren't even known to us yet - be it the good ones and inevitably, the bad. But I do know virtual reality is going to be part of this, opening up the prospect…

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As flavour of the month Honey Dijon is pictured with Madonna in the studio, which one is REALLY going to benefit the most from this get together? For once, this blog is unsure…

Madonna is one of those musicians who I have mixed opinions about. The one hand thinks she's accomplished a lot in her career and managed to remain relevant when a lot of other names disappeared as quickly as they arrived. The other hand just wishes she'd keep her clothes on, but that's a matter of personal taste. One of the ways she's remained relevant over the years is by watching…

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