Monthly Archive: June 2017

How the Internet Has Changed the Music Industry Forever

It seems like yesterday the better part of my day was spent downloading music libraries. Constantly watching my queue list for which tracks have been completed, then thinking of another song I simply must have, or “steal.”

downloading music libraries

The Candy Store

Did someone hand me the key to the candy store? And the only price I have to pay is listening to the several seconds of incredibly annoying modem noises? Yes, then you have a deal.

Napster, the first of the music streaming services, became the nemesis of Metallica, and all other mega musicians, directly after flipping an industry upside down. Simply providing a forum for different music fans to exchange personal libraries quickly turned into the mass theft.

My personal favorites of the music sharing pioneers are, or was, Limewire. PC Mag officially claimed this person to person sharing method ilegal downloading of music“dead.” The magazine explains how the court stopped internet sharing services.

Torrents became the next method used to share music. This method follows the requirements of the law.

How? There is no real music format being sent at all. It is merely only location information that is exchanged using torrent files.

In a way, the user is just given the location of the particular search for the song or album. The user now knows where the door is. The user also knows the door is unlocked. Now, the user simply retrieves the file containing real music.

According to Recording Connection, eliminating royalties through sharing creates criminal behavior.

When property is shared rather than sold, the exchange eliminates funds. Without funds or cash, there are no royalties for artists and producers. Hence, music piracy.

Millions of people became criminals, and pirates, overnight. Despite nobody feeling as if they nicked nothing at all.

The Bad

Many artists lost income and even robbed of earned opportunities. I don’t believe it is right because most labels, producers, and artists havemusic piracy a higher than average income, they are robbed of their property.

This is truly the worst part of the internet music sharing era. The intellectual property still counts as an asset. It may not feel like breaking into the garage of Metallica and nicking one of their cars. However, it truly is taking something from someone else. The entertainment industry is riddled with intellectual theft.

Consider stand-up comedians attempting to maintain possession of jokes. Again, if they created that joke, it’s their intellectual property, and you can’t necessarily lock it in a safe.

The Good

The music industry has had to become creative with price points. Lowering prices isn’t enough, working with the internet revolution different methods of selling music must be adjusted for. For instance, downloading each track in addition to purchasing the entire album must both be options.

music industry evolve to internetThe old school is a must in this movement as well. This means this artist have to get back to work. That’s right, playing live. Good old-fashioned in your face entertainment. I think this amazing – it opens more opportunities to see favorite artists closer to home.

For smaller artists, getting noticed has become easier than ever. The cost of getting talent out there, meaning the world, is relatively nothing compared to before the internet movement. There is no need to spend a fortune on demos. Demos that may never be listened to.

The internet has simply eliminated borders. So, consider the masses in Ohio can’t stand your music, but Germany loves it.

In the end evolution of the music industry is a must. Artists will complain about the internet. The better action is to evolve with the internet movement.

Five DJs In Australia Worth Keeping an Ear Out For

Could it be that there is a new epicenter for the planets desired digital bounce? Could Holland’s only export be reduced to plain old petroleum?

Given our glorious age of border annihilating technology, music no longer has to be moved slowly over waterways within felt lined cases filled with brass and carried by large groups of awkward teenagers. Nor does the planet have to hope certain reserved vinyl editions make it to their shores.

That man before your eyes is none other than Electro DJ Tommy Trash. I can’t help but notice he is commanding one hell of a party. Now, the Australians claim to have had a grasp of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene, however, without the declaration of the Yankees, it isn’t so. This is largely due to the influence the States has on the rest of pop culture.

Platforms for sharing, or “stealing,” music allow for those digital orchestras to sail straight across the Pacific solidifying the Australian stronghold of the EDM scene.

Melbourne Bounce, Glitch, and the specialty of Tommy Trash, high energy electro are the EDM offspring storming the world. The sounds are referenced as “sunset.” With one word simplifying exactly what I think of while enjoying Aussie influenced house or bass music.

Enter the poster boy. You know him, I love him, Flume. Or known by his mother as Harley Sorensen, he makes his presence known in the biggest music festivals in the world. You may have heard of them, I have been to them:

  • Coachella
  • Lollapalooza
  • Bonnaroo

If Mr. Strenten could be considered the king of Aussie DJs, Alison Wonderland would most certainly be the new queen. Praise from top producers from across the globe, it’s been said she is among the best DJs from down under. Smashing the charts, and my headphones, the Outback is here.

Melbourne Bounce

Melbourne BounceI know that nothing increases my heart rate like rapid brass based electronic juice. An original Aussie twist on EDM showcased by the Bounce Bus Tour. The drivers of this bus are the talented duo of Timmy Trumpet and Will Sparks. According to Will, “only being acceptable in a small room to now being played at big festivals. Once it crossed that line, somehow everyone was into it.” Melbourne bounce became synonymous with “big room house.” I consider any genre is demanding 36 cities for a tour to be most definitely “big.”

Glitch

Australian glitch hopI thought the DJ already wielded power over the sweaty hopping masses, but glitch introduced another element. This element is the ability of the DJ to manipulate the sounds of the music and the energy of the crowd without being bound to a specific BPM (Beats Per Minute). These methods were seemingly foreign to the top UK DJs. Mr. Bill is a Melbourne based unique noise master.

Although unique, there is nothing random about the feeling induced from the intention of these artists. According to Beatport Charts, The DropStarz and Mary Tales are representing Australian glitch hop well at the second spot.

My Top Five (For the Record)

1. Alison Wonderland
2. Tommy Trash
3. Flume
4. Timmy Trumpet
5. Will Sparks

As ‘Ah Yeah’ still hits my playlist daily, ‘I want U’ from Alison has become my favorite track, hence the number one spot. I look forward to seeing at least one, if not several from this short list in the next EDM festival.