Our News / August 24th, 2016
Label Worx announce new Berlin office.
Since 2007, Label Worx has worked closely with record labels from all over the globe, helping them grow into some of the most respected brands in the dance music industry.
Already working with over 8000 labels from their base in the UK, in early 2016 it quickly became apparent that the next logical step in the Label Worx journey, in order to further immerse the company in the world of electronic music, would be to expand with a new office in central Europe - one that was staffed by an equally passionate team who would strive to strengthen relationships with European customers and imprints. What better place to do this than in the world's capital for electronic music: Berlin.
Label Worx is therefore very pleased and excited to welcome Phil Darimont (Senior A&R/Label Manager) and Dave Heugel (Sales Consultant) to the Label Worx family as the team behind the brand new Label Worx Berlin office.
Phil's experience recalls 15 years of digital music expertise and more than two decades of global music industry knowledge. His history displays versatility including 10 years as A&R for leading digital distributor Finetunes, running his well respected Room with a View imprint since 2009 and performing around the globe as a DJ since the early nineties.
Dave has also been a part of the industry for over 15 years. Since starting his career as a music journalist and moving on to become the head of PR at Ongaku Music, Playhouse and Klang Elektronik in 2003. In 2007 Dave moved to Berlin and was one of the key label managers at Beatport for over 5 years where he developed key relationships with labels and offered a high level of personal support.
'We're all very excited about the expansion of the business and having Phil and Dave on board. They are both seasoned professionals who are well cemented into the dance music industry. They are exactly who we need to strengthen our existing relationships with brands and labels, as well as building new ones with other labels and brands based in mainland Europe. The next twelve months are going to see a huge growth in Label Worx and the services that we will be able to offer to our labels.' - Label Worx Director, Matt Abbott
If you're based anywhere on the European mainland and would like to speak to our new team. Please contact our label managers > firstname.lastname@example.org
Label News / August 29th, 2016
Kill Frenzy debuts special techno mix ahead of Dirtybird's Detroit BBQ Fest
It's summer and that can only mean one thing: BBQ. DIRTYBIRD BBQ to be exact. Having been founded years ago around a grill in San Francisco, the BBQ's have become DIRTYBIRD's flagship events, drawing the most loyal of fans and fanatics alike. This year, the touring BBQ hit San Francisco, Seattle, Brooklyn, Detroit, and Miami. For the Detroit BBQ this coming weekend, label boss Claude VonStroke unveiled something special for his hometown, the expanded two-day Double BBQ Festival, packed with surprises.
The two-day BBQ festival will see two very special Claude sets, with the first being a 'New Music Set' chock full of all unreleased gems sure to light up the dancefloor. For his Sunday set, Claude will be reaching back to the very beginning of DIRTYBIRD for his first ever 'History of DIRTYBIRD' set in America. With two full days of dirty beats by the likes of Justin Martin, J. Phlip, Christian Martin, Kill Frenzy, Worthy, Ardalan, Golf Clap, Dateless, and more, this is one BBQ that absolutely cannot be missed. To commemorate such a historical fest on Belle Isle in Detroit, Kill Frenzy cooked up a very special techno mix exclusively here on EARMILK
Industry News / August 23rd, 2016
The 20 hottest music startups of 2016 - According to Midemlab
SOUNDCLOUD, KICKSTARTER, NEXT BIG SOUND, SONGKICK AND THE ECHO NEST ARE JUST FIVE OF THE COMPANIES THAT HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE MIDEMLAB STARTUP CONTEST - ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS MIDEMNET LAB - OVER THE YEARS.
This year's Midemlab finalists have just been announced: 20 startups that will be pitching their wares at the Midem conference in Cannes this June.
Disclosure: Music Ally were involved in the process of narrowing down the 150+ entries to the 20 finalists, along with fellow contest partners Atomico and Bluenove. We'd love to know what you make of the final selection. So without further ado:
MUSIC DISCOVERY, RECOMMENDATION AND CREATION
Aimed at amateur musicians who want to up their game - by playing with 'great orchestras at home', whose playing adapts to their own efforts. The results can be shared socially.
This is a web-based score editor that aims to get composers working together on the same document: a Google Docs for sheet music, essentially. It works with mouse'n'keyboard or MIDI devices.
Mimi Hearing (Germany)
This app tests people's ears, then personalises their music to their 'hearing profile' - complete with processing technology that it promises will make songs 'crisper, clearer and 'louder' without increasing the absolute gain'.
An interesting twist on music discovery, focusing on the world around its users. This app pulls in music that has been 'geo-localised by artists and experts', with a native advertising platform accompanying it.
Another music-creation startup: Trackd's app is an eight-track studio designed for mobile recording, with built-in mixer, metronome and lyric pad. It's also designed for social use, so friends can swap stems and collaborate.
Tracklib is hoping to create new revenues for musicians from their recordings, turning them into tracks and stems that can be licensed and bought by their peers, whether it's for sampling or sync uses.
MARKETING, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND MONETISATION
One of a number of startups in 2016 trying to connect musicians with their keenest fans. Ikonfete uses game-like features to get fans interacting with social posts and buying merch and content. Artists can then reward the superfans.
This app wants fans to create their own content, blending their own selfies and clips with official artist videos, then share them with friends and the wider world. It's also hoping to integrate sponsored content.
Amid the industry complaints about the revenues flowing back from online video services, Maestro is hoping to help that income grow. It works as a layer over YouTube and Twitch to add even more social features - and money-making opportunities.
Plum Research (Poland)
The music industry is awash in big data, but Plum Research is one of the companies trying to make more sense of it. Here, it pulls together information on what people listen to, how they listen, and even their 'cough' torrent activity.
More data: Revelator is a rights administration platform with a digital focus, providing a web and mobile interface for its music clients to log in, understand their analytics, and then use that information to take quick decisions.
A fan-powered tour promoter