Dave Grohl SXSW keynote speech

See Dave Grohl’s SXSW keynote speech

In case you missed Dave Grohl’s SXSW keynote speech and have 50 minutes to kill, it’s worth a listen — covering multi-tracking at 12, being taken to see Naked Raygun, his devastation at the death of Kurt Cobain, and finding his “musical voice.”

Moses Supposes

Moses Supposes: 19 Music Conferences Ranked

Moses Avalon is one of the nation’s leading music-business consultants and artists’-rights advocates and is the author of a top-selling music business reference, Confessions of a Record Producer. More of his articles can be found at www.mosesavalon.com.

Moses Avalon: 100 Answers to 50 Questions on the Music BusinessMoses Avalon: 100 Answers to 50 Questions on the Music Business (Hal Leonard, 12/15/10)

With more than 100 music-business conferences in the US alone and most emerging musos on a limited budget, which ones are really worth the investment? The following is an excerpt/sample chapter from the revolutionary new book on music-business survival,
100 Answers to 50 Questions on the Music Business, by industry veteran Moses Avalon. Enjoy.

Maybe for many, the idea of spending thousands of dollars to schlep through airports and hotels for several days, only to end up with a handful of cards/CDs from people in the music business that they will never remember, is dumb. Or maybe it’s worth every dollar and minute that you can spare.

They say that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. If you think so, there are a bevy of music-business functions that serve this philosophy. There are medium-grade ones geared towards the college-music scene, like CMJ, as well as high-end ones, like MIDEM, where people with far more dollars than sense fly to the south of France and stay in four-star hotels just to mingle with French lingerie models. (Wait, that’s starting to sound kinda cool.)

Some of these conferences are very useful, but most have become showcases for already-financed acts, not places where true “emerging” artists can get a fair shake — despite what they advertise. The panels often are a disappointment, filled with self-serving pitchmen from unions, PROs, and “indie services,” making it very hard to extract any objective information.

Okay, enough of the dark side. What’s the appeal?

Because the music business is about connections, you need to make as many as you can. Given this reality, I’d say that conferences are a must — as many and as often as you can. But with limited resources, how do you discriminate?

Goddammit, Austin: SXSW Recap

A recap of the most exciting, and not so exciting, events of this year’s SXSW including some of their favorite artists and a few that just didn’t cut it.

ALARM Magazine Co-Presents Tee Pee Records Day Party. Austin Texas 3/13/2008

Annhilation TimeAs soon as I entered Austin’s Encore Records, I should have surrendered my credit card at the door. Whose great idea was it to leave me unattended in a record store for six hours? The Austin, Texas independent music retailer (and DVD rental location) has one of the country’s best selections of metal and hardcore, as well as an impressive selection of music from local artists. Of course “local” in these parts means Roky Erickson and Scratch Acid, but that’s a story for another time.