My favorite SoCo Hotel valet boy greets me as I hurriedly step out of my car for my next meeting. They know it’s me because I drive the same dusty SUV with Texas music plates around to them nearly every day and I probably look like a mad woman who parks there four times a day. Then I see Ian Cochran–he’s the only reason why I’m always on-time to any of my meetings rather than driving around trying to find parking on South Congress. And my favorite part about him? No, not his full beard or Austin-y man bun–though I do like, I do! It’s the fact that when I don’t see him at the South Congress Hotel, I can see him after work hours at HandleBar with his cowboy rock band.
The debate over the impact of streaming services on traditional music sales and the future of the music industry is one of the most controversial and popular discussions in the music world. Many are concerned about the health of the music industry, and especially the up-and-coming artists.
With tech-savvy consumers flocking to music streaming platforms, companies like Spotify and Apple Music are flooding with revenue. So, why is it that one of the most popular streaming platforms, SoundCloud, is actually losing money and facing a potential buyout by Google? Well, unlike streaming services that charge a monthly access fee, SoundCloud is 100% user-generated.
Music: an ever-changing sonic art form and industry whose capability of sitting still is similar to that of a bloodhound which smells a nearby fox.
And as music moves on from the artistically stellar and increasingly technological 2016, here are four predictions foreseeable in the new year.
Every aspect of the music industry, whether it is throwing music events, maintaining a media outlet, or something as simple as giving the public what they want, involves one aspect that encompasses it all–the music. Though the music industry seems to have increased drastically by the reemergence of vinyl, sales produced from stores such as Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble which seem to attract a younger generation of consumers–a generation that sometimes overlooks the art of a record. A quick Google search can bring to light the reality of the music industry and how vinyl is not saving it.
Lone, isolated synths. Brooding guitar picks. A muted, tortured voice… And that’s just the first forty-five seconds. Similar to the debut work of The xx, “Escape” places us in a monochromatic world where yellow flashes fight […]
Despite cynicism and mass speculation from the Central Texas festival circuit, Sound on Sound Fest was a sonic success. Austin music lovers found themselves in a state of despondence upon the cancellation of the less-mainstream music and arts festival, FunFunFunFest. The dismay was promptly halted when SOS dropped a thriller of an innagural lineup to fill the void of FFFFest, including artists like Phantogram, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett and Explosions in the Sky.