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New year, new start: an opportunity to implement the many changes that are going to transform you into a fitter, happier, more productive person. At least that's what you tell yourself for the first month, before falling back into the same old habits that got you to this point of self-reflection in the first place. For the more motivated among us, however, these changes can have a lasting positive effect that completely transforms you into a shadow of your former self. The same theory can be applied to your label. The year stretching out ahead of you is a blank canvas to really make a name for yourself in the industry, as long as you know where to focus your attention. So with that in mind, here at Label Worx we've put together a handy guide for best label practices for 2018. Or in far less wordy terms, here are our 10 Ways to Kill It in 2018. 01. Plan ahead We cannot overemphasize the importance on this one, which is why it's first on our list. The biggest single thing that hampers a label's success - after the quality of the music itself - is not giving yourself enough time to properly set up your releases. Why spend a year negotiating, tweaking and perfecting your label's big release of the year only to fire it out a couple of week's after it's been delivered? Always have the next three months worth of releases planned out, giving yourself, artists, PRs and anyone else involved enough space to really get behind the releases. That's not to say that if someone drops a shit hot record in your lap you can't move things around to accommodate it, but setting a schedule - however loose - will pay dividends. 02. Keep It Consistent This is especially important for brand new labels. The industry is now flooded with so many labels, that to establish yourself properly and get yourself noticed you need to employ a certain level of consistency in the music you release. This is the surest way of building a loyal fanbase who will hopefully come back every time you release a record. That's not to say you have to put out half a dozen carbon-copies of the first record in the same year, but establishing yourself with a certain sound, or within a particular niche gives you an identity, which can be invaluable. Even established labels that release varied music have some consistent thread running through their catalogue, so for labels breaking into the market tt's an absolute must. 03. Now, Streaming It's now 2018, and any semblance of an argument against getting on board with streaming has disintegrated. Embrace it even more than ever: your audience is almost certainly using streams as their main method of listening to music. The vast majority of Beatport, Traxsource downloads come from DJs, and if you just relied on them for your music sales, you would be in trouble very quickly. And make sure you
Apple Music's paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide - a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify's equivalent premium audience. The news means that Apple has slightly increased its average month-on-month net subscriber additions over the past quarter. The last semi-official announcement from Apple Music arrived when Jimmy Iovine confirmed the service had topped 30m subscribers at the end of September last year. Today's update, care of the Wall Street Journal, means that platform has since added 6m subs in under five months - just over 1.2m every four weeks. That still lags slightly behind Spotify's recent average. Daniel Ek's company announced it had reached 70m paying subscribers last month. That meant that it had added an average of 2m subscriber per month across an unbroken 10 month period. However, according to the WSJ, it's s a different story in the US - where Apple is set to overtake Spotify's total subscriber base this summer. Apple's subscriber-account base in the U.S. has been growing about 5% monthly, versus Spotify's 2% clip, reports the newspaper. This is all good news for artists and record labels, of course - but, then again, perhaps not as good as they might argue it could be. If every subscriber in Apple and Spotify's most up-to-date combined subs base (106m) were shelling out the US standard $9.99-per-month price, the two services combined would be turning over a whopping $12.7bn across a 12 month period. Sadly for rights-holders, it doesn't work that way. Not only do territorial differences greatly affect prices, but Apple and Spotify have recently both used discounted packages such as student and family prices to lure customers in the quest to quickly ramp up their subscriber bases. Because of discounts like these, MBW discovered last summer that the average global Spotify subscriber in 2016 was paying around $5 per month - half the standard $9.99-per-month cost many people reference when referring to subscription on-demand streaming. That equated to an average annual spend from 2016 Spotify subscribers of just $61 - some $30 cheaper than the equivalent average Spotify subscriber was paying as recently as 2013.
As one of the 90's most iconic releases, 'My Name' needs no introduction - flipping such a classic R&B anthem into a modern day Dance record bears a weighty burden, thankfully Enhanced debutants Maxim Schunk and Raven & Kreyn's take with the talented BISHOP on vocals delivers an undeniably infectious rework. Bringing crisp, layered piano leads around taut pads & punchy percussion, 'My Name' is completely transformed into a rolling, dancefloor-ready anthem brimming with the iconic Original's rousing energy whilst injecting modern Dance characteristics, extracting a contagious dose of 90's nostalgia.
The music streaming giant stated in a blog post that remixers will now receive credit for their remixes by having the streams count towards their monthly listeners. While this only applies to remixes that were published post-2015, this is a major change for the platform. The remixers can also appear in Popular and Latest Releases sections on their respective profiles. This is a feature that launched last October but has remained exclusive to the original artists - not remixers. In the same blog post, Spotify spoke with Little Louie Vega about this major change. He stated, 'I don't think the normal person gets it. But somebody in the dance scene or the hip-hop scene, they understand what a remix is. But even then I don't think most people realize how much would go into creating a remix. The perfect way to show somebody - let's say one of my family members said, 'what do you do when you remix a record?' So I'll say, 'Listen to the original and now listen to my remix. What you hear right here, that's not in the original. That's what I did.' Remixers will also gain much deeper insights. The quick result for remixers is a deeper focus on where their music is being played, and how their fans are engaging with their music. The move comes just months before Spotify goes public. Or even, the streaming giant could debut within a month, depending on how the winds blow. In late December of 2017, Spotify filed its private registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the New York Times, Spotify is pursuing a direct listing for its shares - meaning no money is raised or new stocks are issued. But investors and insiders are able to freely trade on a liquid exchange. The alternative would save the company millions in underwriting fees - though experts are torn on whether this is genius or stock exchange kamikaze. Let's see how big of a thud this makes. The New York Times goes on to state that this 'would be the most prominent music-related listing since Pandora Media's public offering in 2011 and would recognize Spotify as a transformative force in the music industry.'
LA-based DJ, producer and Label Worx client Latroit has been awarded a Grammy for his remix of Depeche Mode. With three years of A-list DJ, Radio, and Playlist support under his belt, the Detroit born multi-instrumentalist is evolving naturally into the upper echelon of Electronic Music Producers. The recent Grammy win for his work with Depeche Mode - remixing the venerable Electronic Pop pioneers' song 'You Move' - is a truly rare and revered honour for any artist. To find out how he was feeling in the wake of this very highest of accolades, we caught up with him for a quick chat.
Earn commission as an official representative of an industry leader Since 2007 Label Worx has been the leading provider of digital services for dance music record labels, providing unrivalled tools and services. Our passion for the dance music industry and an addiction for impeccably accurate data management is what sets Label Worx apart from the rest. Now as the business continues to expand, we're recruiting passionate, experienced people to officially represent Label Worx. If you're already familiar with us, love what we do and find yourself recommending our services to other people, Label Worx Represent may be the perfect way to gain experience, further widen your contacts and earn money at the same time by helping us grow our family of incredible labels. There are different structures of commission for bringing in new clients, based on label turnover, deal and duration agreed, with bonuses paid after 6/12months if agreed projections are met. And as Label Worx grows, there may also be full-time positions available for representatives who excel. See first-hand what It's like working with the planets biggest dance music distributor: It's time to Represent
Do you love Dance and Electronic Music? Looking to start a career in the music industry, if yes a job with Label Worx could be perfect for you. We are expanding our team and currently looking for hardworking people who have a passionate interest in Dance music and club culture to join our growing team at our Hull based headquarters. Internal training is provided where required and there are opportunities to progress further within the company. Since 2007, Hull-based Label Worx has specialised in providing leading, cutting-edge digital tools and services to independent records labels worldwide. Working with more than 8000 record labels in 144 countries, Label Worx is the biggest dance music distributor on the planet. Please note. you MUST live within commuting range of our Kingston Upon-Hull Headquarters to apply for this position.
It's been yet another landmark year in the evolution of Label Worx. So that was 2017: a year that will no doubt be remembered for a variety of different reasons. Here at Label Worx however, we're already celebrating a vintage year. Here are just some of the highlights that made 2017 one for the scrapbook. After sending out our very first promo back in 2007, this year we celebrated our 10th anniversary. During that time we've worked with more than 10,000 labels from 115 countries, distributed 1.3 million tracks and paid out $27 million, making us one of the biggest sources of revenue for independent records labels around the world. We're incredibly proud of how Label Worx has grown over the last decade, to celebrate we threw an epic knees up with Amine Edge & DANCE, Josh Butler, D. Ramirez, DJ SKT, Tuff London, Mindek and GAWP at DJ Mag's Work Bar. Big up to everyone who made it down, and the thousands more that streamed the sets online. In the 10 years that we've been in operation, the music industry has changed almost out of all recognition, so we've always been aware that our services need to move with the times and offer new innovations in order to keep our clients at the forefront of the game. One such innovation is Accelerate: a new service that removes the time-consuming yet essential aspects of running a label, leaving you to manage the important part: the music. Accelerate has been an increasingly popular service with our clients, and we've loved being able to put our knowledge and experience to good use with a host of fantastic labels and projects. Another recently launched innovation is our new Daily Sales & Streams reporting tool. Representing a huge step forward in our Daily Sales reporting platform, it now offers full insights into labels streaming numbers, alongside your downloads, with data currently collected from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Google Play. With streaming playing an ever-increasingly important role in the strategy and subsequent success of record labels, these stats allow clients to manage their labels and promotions with even greater detail and efficiency. In a year packed full of innovation, one of the things we're most excited about for 2018 is the full launch of Social Worx, which is currently in beta. Developed specifically with artists and record labels in mind, Social Worx is a bespoke piece of cloud-based software that allows you to keep tabs on your social networks. From organic page growth to content discovery and implementation, Social Worx aims to make social media management as easy and effective as possible, all from one easy to use platform. Outside of Label Worx-specific developments, there was further good news this year when our co-founder and CEO Matt Abbott was re-elected to the board of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), the not-for-profit trade association created to represent the common interests of those companies and individuals involved in the dance music industry. Matt will serve the second of his two-year terms until 2019 and is 'looking forward to facing a number of challenges facing the industry over the coming months'. Finally, 2017 was the year we announced arguably the biggest development in the evolution of Label Worx: our new venture Spektrum Talent. Co-founded by Matt Abbott and York Artist Management's Phil York, Spektrum Talent will be a new breed of booking and management agency, handling every aspect of an artists career from the building blocks of their music, brand and social media to breaking new global markets and exposing them to new fans around the world. Already signed to Spektrum are a number of cutting-edge electronic artists including DJ S.K.T (Kiss FM, Defected), Gaist (Elevate, IAMT), GAWP (Dirtybird, This Ain't Bristol), Jerome Isma-ae (Jee Productions, Suara), Mindek (Stashed, Whartone), Rene Amesz (Toolroom, Suara) and Son Of 8 (Armada Deep, SPRS), with Spektrum looking to expand its roster significantly in 2018. It's been a phenomenal year at Label Worx, but none of it would be possible without you: clients who trust us with the music you love, and in 2017 alone we've been fortunate enough to work with an increasingly diverse selection of world-class labels, including elrow Music, Deeperfect, Desolat, Bla Bla, Brock Wild and D-Vine Sounds. Label Worx would literally be nothing without your continuing support, and for that we'd like to say a huge thank you. We genuinely love being able to work with such passionate people and such incredible music on a daily basis, and for that we are truly grateful. Here's to an even better 2018! The Label Worx Team x
We all know Rotor's the place to go if you want professional music videos made with ease. Now, you can do this for your promotional videos too! It's cool to drop music videos sporadically, but if you really want to build momentum and engage your audience, you're going to need to do a bit more. Short-form promotional videos are vital to building expectations and launching a successful music campaign. So, we thought we'd shed a little light on how to create promotional videos with Rotor. Here's some guidance to our new interface and overlays tool - you'll have some awesome promo vids in no time! Why Use a Promo Video? If you're announcing a new release or promoting an upcoming gig, a short vid lasting between 15 - 60 seconds is a great way to go. Why not share a demo or hook to your new song to build anticipation? These types of videos are exciting to fans and seriously easy to make. If you want to give your listeners something to connect to, share or discover, you can't go wrong with a promo video! Head to Rotor and find out more!
The following statement has been issued by Microsoft. As of October 2, 2017, we're excited to announce that we're partnering with Spotify to bring the word's largest music streaming service to you. We know that access to the best streaming experience, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions are on the top of your list. Now you can move your curated playlists and collection from Groove directly into Spotify. Groove Music Pass users eligible under Spotiy's terms will also be able to receive 60 free days of Spotify Premium.
Yes, you read that right. Send us 10 of your artist or record label stickers and we will send you a Label Worx t-shirt. It's as simple as that! This is what you need to do: Send 10 stickers, along with your t-shirt size and postage address to... Label Worx C4DI @TheDock Queen Street Kingston Upon Hull East Yorkshire UK Please bear in mind we have a limited amount of stock so hurry and get sending in those stickers! Big love from the Label Worx team x
Apple said in a statement issues 11th December: 'We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it'sused by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.
Label Worx is pleased to announce our all new Daily Sales & Streams reporting tool. This is a huge step forward in our daily sales reporting platform as it now offers full insights into your streaming numbers, alongside your downloads. Streaming data at present comes from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Google Play. When it comes to the reporting there are now more options on the graph menu, in particular, the new 'Comparisons' feature which enables you to compare labels, artists and releases, giving you more in-depth analysis. With access to daily downloads and daily streams, you are now able to manage your label and your promotions with greater detail and efficiency.
Beatport Chief Product Officer Terry Weerasinghe touched on why the company chose to add the new category: 'The Afro House sound is now stronger than ever on dancefloors around the world. We've focused this year on building the best possible store experience for DJs, which makes it the right time to add this thriving genre to Beatport. In order to do it right, we've collaborated closely with the labels and artists at the forefront of the movement. Our dedicated team will curate the best Afro House tracks every week, and spotlight the artists you need to know about.'
We're very proud to announce that our co-founder and CEO has been re-elected to the board of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) to serve the second of his two-year terms.
Demo Worx gives you the ability to quickly review and respond to hundreds of music demos like never before. You can now rid your inbox of emails from artists with large attachments and broken download links by letting Demo Worx handle the hard work for you. We spoke to Callum from Toolroom Records, who uses Demo Worx daily, to sort through the thousands of demos they receive week in week out.
As of November 10th 2017, Pulselocker have closed their doors for the final time and ceased operations. The following statement has been issued by CEO Ben Harris.
Riva Starr's Snatch! Records have been around for some time now, gaining respect from every corner of the globe as one of the most upfront, house music labels on the planet. Signing raw house music bangers from the likes of Groove Armada, Dennis Cruz, Skream, Wade, Andrea Olivia & Darius Syrossian to name a few!