Tell the DMN Community: What Are You Working On?

With Thanksgiving upon us, many use the calmer period to work on longer-term projects, reflection, and future planning.

So tell the DMN Community in the comments section: what are you working on?

Big ideas, product launches, rollout plans, rants, predictions, and shameless plugs are all fair game (though we may hit you up)…

Image by JD Hancock (CC by 2.0).

24 Responses

  1. Steve Gordon

    Working on next installment of the 11 Contracts Every Artist, Songwriter and Producer Should Know. This one will be on producing a video including a video production contract, and personal and location releases.

  2. Osandi

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  3. Paul Resnikoff

    At DMN, we’re hard at work on a number of fronts. Right now, we’re tearing apart the site and getting ready to release a totally revamped look, feel, and approach, so I’m taking some of this downtime to go over deeper page mocks, think about placements etc. This is a totally new phase, so it’s really exciting to see where this goes.

    Overall, Digital Music News is aiming to become even more critical to the entire music industry. That means expanding beyond our core areas of technology, recordings, publishing, copyright, legal, and artist DIY, and broaden aggressively outside our US stronghold.

    We’re going to truly become the global music business authority in the coming years, and that means addressing entire parts of the world that are totally underrepresented on the publication side.

    We’re also expanding our editorial a bit for 2016; and Ari is taking a little off-grid time to write a book (yeah!) In 2015, we also seriously re-conceptualized our partnerships from the ground up, with a totally different advertising and company partnership approach. We’ve had some nice successes on that front this year, so we’re gonna be doing more of that!

    But mostly, I’ll be hanging out with the Resnikoffs (from all generations), my girlfriend Elizabeth and ol’ friends who know me too well.

    And, praying for all that rain to finally hit Southern California (it’s coming…)

  4. Jory Carver

    1) A music delivery service for people that don’t have time for searches (
    2) A fan aggregator (/club) mobile app that allows artists to funnel, grow, and directly connect with their fans

  5. Wally

    I’ve just completed and launched (prepping for marketing push) a new app that connects people through food. Let’s Grub is as easy as Search Invite Eat, but also provides group chat and location status features. While geared toward quick/more immediate meet-ups, it can also be used for scheduled events.

    The overall premise is that each user builds their friends list, then can take the driver’s seat by choosing a place to eat, drink, coffee, etc. and set a time. After inviting friends, they choose if they’re in or out, notifying the driver. Everyone who is in converges on the establishment at the assigned time while chatting together in group text and tracking the progress of others who chose to be in. It’s available in iOS and Android so check it out.

  6. Captive Portal

    I music under the name Captive Portal and various other pseudonyms. All my music is free to download and share. I’ve made some limitations for myself, but they are joyful challenges, and creatively feel limitless.

    2014: Stopped using soft synths.
    2015: Stopped using audio from third parties.
    2016: The past two rules are applyed completely. The reason why I say this because some of the songs I’ve released were made before I made these rules for myself.

  7. Captive Portal

    I music under the name Captive Portal and various other pseudonyms. All my music is free to download and share. I’ve made some limitations for myself, but they were joyful challenges, and creatively feel limitless.

    2014: Stopped using soft synths.
    2015: Stopped using audio from third parties.
    2016: These two rules are applied fully. The reason why I say this because some of the songs that were released during this time were made before I made these rules.

    • Universal Indie Records

      Then why even visit or bother to comment if you feel that way??? smh.

      • Armless Hammer

        For the same reason one watches really bad movies that are unintentionally funny.

          • Rick Shaw

            The labels pay the label, also, and not the artists. Look at every lawsuit against dot coms and the “extra” revenue that labels have gotten and not paid out…until sued by an artist, that is.

  8. Pandora's chance

    Pandora has an opportunity to put the major labels at bay by playing hardball over Minimum Guarantees, breakage deals with mobile partnerships and cash payments in return for permission to use their content with auto and electronics deals.

    Pandora’s entry into on-demand in some or all of Rdio’s footprint (over 80 countries) and the draw of converting over 70M active users of the radio service should convince the majors to take royalties over robbing them at gunpoint as they do with all the other on-demand services. Pandora has more of the auto, consumer electronics and mobile device partnerships already in place. Imagine the mobile carrier integration run by a powerhouse brand like Pandora as opposed to the mostly failed efforts by Deezer, Spotify and Rhapsody–deals that pad the subscriber numbers of all those services. Take away the zombie accounts those services count and their actual user numbers would be dramatically different.

    Just as the majors allowed Apple to become a behemoth in download track sales, the majors allowed Spotify to do the same in on-demand streaming. It’s not clear that Deezer, Rhapsody, Tidal will remain independent much longer than 2016. Apple music, Google Play/You Tube Music Key and Amazon will continue to use music as an afterthought; a fractional part of their business and the product features of those offerings show that they are unwilling to create a music service worth of what Rdio aspired to.

    Spotify is not a music company. They are a marketing company that uses music to capture data from it’s users and marry it with private databases like Equifax and sell it to marketers, corporations and ad agencies. It’s users are pigs being led to the trough. Eventually, Spotify will piss off enough music fans by it’s questionable privacy and marketing activities. Whether it is in time for their much needed IPO or after another round of investment to the next group of fools gullible enough to swallow an $8B valuation, Spotify seems to have hit it’s ceiling. It’s not a product that is generating much, if any interest in Asia. And Asia is where the next round of growth is. Spotify’s product just doesn’t jive with Asian audiences. Whether it is their inability to conform to Japan’s market, Taiwan’s product feature needs, China’s desire to own a majority of it’s local product or the local oligopoly in South Korea, Spotify is going nowhere, fast.

    Pandora has the interest and allure internationally that Spotify had when they were coming to America and elsewhere from the Scandinavian roots. A Pandora product led by the Rdio design and product teams and the infusion of Rdio’s licensing team has the ability to take the rest of the world by storm. If Rdio can launch a radio product internationally, Pandora certainly can and with an social-driven, localized, on-demand product, they can quickly gain market share in many places assuming they invest a minimal amount of advertising and marketing unlike Rdio’s piss-pour attempts over the 4 plus years they had.

  9. j.twist

    Finally put together details for a major culture change at my college in Minneapolis. Show will be announced in two days. Needless to say, I’m a bit excited.



  10. Jonathan

    For those of you familiar with direct-to-fan marketing, or at least recognize that with social media you don’t “own the conversation,” you realize the importance of being able to Tell Your Story in a way that gets people interested and excited about your music.

    I create:
    – Artist branding packages
    – sales/email squeeze pages
    – email series
    – artist bios
    – … more

    There’s what I call the “Fish Problem” because a fish doesn’t know it’s in water and an artist is so close to their art they can’t tell what makes them special and interesting to other people.

    It takes an outside perspective.

    And, let’s be honest, most artists really don’t like talking about themselves even though being able to weave a story and build a relationship are super important.

    So you get this unique artist story into marketing so fans “join your tribe” or at least peek into your world…

    By getting them to signup for your email list (by offering a really sexy bribe), or buying your album, or CD/product/book.. and get them excited about where it came from and building a relationship with the artist -You.

    So if that sounds like something helpful check it out:

    – J.

    P.S. I also work with entrepreneurs and business owners who sell products in the music industry – like guitar instruction courses, studio marketing, and other info products.