Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Interview w/ New Media Pioneer: Michael Butler of Mevio and the Rock and Roll Geek Show

As the premier social media community, Mevio is the only network providing single-click access to the best in new media in audio, video, podcasts, and music to be delivered to your computer, iPod, mobile device, or television.

Q: What is the background story of how Mevio came along?

A: Mevio was originally Podshow. The company was founded by former MTV VJ Adam Curry and his business partner Ron Bloom.

In 2004 Adam had been messing around with audio blogging, before the term podcasting existed. He and Dave Winer were experimenting with adding enclosures to rss feeds and podcasting was born. Soon, podcasters were starting shows and shortly after, Podshow was started. They signed some of the early producers including my show (The Rock and Roll Geek Show), Dawn and Drew, Yeast Radio and some others.

Back then, people were playing whatever music they wanted on their shows. Then people started getting worried that the RIAA may not like that so Adam and some other creative minds started a place for bands who actually wanted to be heard on podcasts to post their music and The Podsafe Music Network was born. Shortly after, Adam and Ron asked me to quit my job as a house painter and work with artists on the network. 4 years later, it is THE place for bands, record labels and content creators to connect.

Q: What do you see the future of Mevio being?

A: I can't speak for the entire company, since I only work on the music network but my goal is to have every record label, band and aritst on the network. I want independent content creators to have as much power in the music business as radio stations had in the good old days. It is my dream to have back catalog available to podcasters. I can't speak for everyone but as a content creator, I want to play not only up and coming independent artists but also bands that were a part of the soundtrack of my life.

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

A: I am partial to 70's rock and punk because that is what I grew up listening to. My favorite bands are still Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ramones and Joan Jett.

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have affected you most?

A: When I reach out to some of the major labels to try to get their artists on the Podsafe Music Network, some of them still think that posting an mp3 on a website is piracy. The indies have been posting mp3s on their own websites for a few years not but the majors are a little harder to convince. That being said, the majors are now starting new media departments so there may still be hope for the dinosaurs.

The Podsafe Music Network now deals with some of the largest digital music distributors and independent labels in the world and I am really proud of that.

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel podcasts has the same power?

A: I think the labels are slowly realizing that by releasing a song from their artists to blogs and podcasts does more good than harm and can actually help break a band. For example, last year, there was a band from Australia called Airbourne. No one in the US or Europe had ever heard of them. I started playing them on The Rock and Roll Geek Show and listeners seemed to really like them. They emailed the band and let them know they discovered them from my show. Soon after that, got a CD from the band's management and offered an interview with the band. I interviewed the band and continued to sing their praises. Now that band has taken the country by storm and has released one of the best selling independent hard rock records this year!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Deni Bonet

Lilith Fair artist, Deni Bonet is a singer/songwriter and world-class electric violinist. She was an original cast member of National Public Radio's premier music show, MOUNTAIN STAGE and performed with Cyndi Lauper, REM, Sarah McLachlan, etc. before forming her own highly regarded band.

For her music, pix, video, and more info, go here

Career Club

CAREER CLUB combines the buoyant melodies of power-pop, the visceral thrills of rock, and the slyness and wit of indie, creating a sound that meshes well with the Brooklyn music scene, yet stands on its own.

For their music, pix, video, and more info, go here


Kalliopi is a pop-rock singer/songwriter from Athens, Greece. She recently completed a single called Around the World including the track Fire and Sea and a rock n roll version of T.Springfield/ C.Westlake song Summer Is Over, originally sung by Dusty Springfield.

For her music, pix, and more info, go here.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

What does the future hold for musicians?

What's the Future for Musicians?

If you can be at New York City's Public Theater on Monday, October 6th, you might want to sign up for what promises to be a very interesting all-day event, at a very modest $25 registration fee, sponsored by the Future of Music Coalition, entitled What's the Future for Musicians?".

Here's how the hosts introduce it:

Today's music landscape is filled with both excitement and foreboding. With so many new technologies and ways to promote and distribute music, how do performers, composers, songwriters and independent labels know how to participate, who to trust, and what is most effective?

FMC is working with The Public Theater and other musician organizations to program our sixth "What's the Future for Musicians?" educational event, this one in New York City on October 6, 2008.

This seminar will educate musicians and label owners from a range of genres – classical, jazz, rock, folk and hip-hop – about the critical issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy, with the goal of better preparing musicians to participate in the issues that affect their livelihood.
The speakers' list includes the following folks, and even more are being added:
Richard Bengloff President , American Association of Independent Music

Michael Bracy Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition

Brian Camelio CEO/Founder, ArtistShare

Ann Chaitovitz Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition

Jennifer Wright Cook Executive Director, The Field

Matthew Covey Executive Director, Tamizdat Inc.

Ken Freedman Station Manager, WFMU

Joel Hamilton Engineer, Producer, Jerk, Studio Owner, Studio G Brooklyn

Dick Huey CEO, Toolshed

Ariel Hyatt President , Ariel Publicity and Cyber PR

Zoe Knight Associate Director/Consultant, Artist Mangement & Publishing

Alex Maiolo Project Director, HINT

Charles McEnerney Host + Producer, Well-Rounded Radio

Marie Ortiz Program Director, Healthcare, Fractured Atlas

hal ponder director of government relations, american federation of musicians

hal ponder director of government relations, american federation of musicians

Jeff Price CEO/Founder, TuneCore

Molly Sheridan Managing Editor,,, American Music Center

Marcy Rauer Wagman Associate Professor/CEO, MAD Dragon UNLTD, Drexel University/MAD Dragon UNLTD
Event website

Monday, September 1, 2008

Download Squad lists 35 sites for RIAA-free music

Thanks to Living the Liminal for pointing out "35 Places To Download Free, Legal MP3s - Sorry, RIAA!" published by Download Squad.

We will be adding that to our own listing, Liberated Music.