MUSIC BUZZ: Gazelle Twin // Jukely // Bonaroo // Tidal // More
Gazelle Twin, who released the best album of 2014 according to me and The Quietus, is in real life very different from the spooky character she created for her album. In this video she talks about her art in bright sunshine.
Jukely, who wants to establish a subscription service for live shows, received a new round of funding. Here at glamglare we are skeptical: while we are going to enough shows to make this potentially paying off, it is not clear if this is actually the shows we want to go to. Courtney Harding brings them as an example in her piece about the passion pitfall for music start ups:
It’s not that concerts aren’t easy to find; it’s that they are not easy to attend for many people. The live music audience, for the most part, is made up of people in their twenties — mostly because people in their twenties in major cities can afford to go to shows and stay out late. They’re just competing for the same small piece of the pie as everyone else, without addressing a bigger problem — concerts are off limits for people older than 30, for the most part.
Here we go: saving money may not even be the key to draw more people into live shows.
Live Nation takes over control of the Bonaroo Festival. Good or bad? As a publicly traded company Live Nation will try to grow the festival and a greatest common denominator lineup is surly a tempting approach. One festival to please everybody may end up to be one that nobody bothers with anymore.
By now it is clear that new music service Tidal had a bad start, so Jay-Z felt the need to go to Twitter to share his own thoughts:
We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better. #TidalFacts
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 26, 2015
He got support from Grimes. She deleted her post since then, maybe because she is signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as her management company. Still, as a DIY musician Grimes knows a lot about the struggles of independent artists, so her opinion counts something.
Then Kelsey McKinney reminds us that the future of streaming services, be it Tidal or Spotify is by no means secure:
But if Tidal fails, it won’t be solely because of its low app sales (or even its poor user experience). The company’s biggest problem by far is that streaming is a fragile business in which it’s incredibly difficult to succeed. The odds of failure for Tidal are high. But so are the odds of failure for Spotify or Rdio or any other of your favorite interactive streaming services.
Yes, paying $10/month for all the music in the world may end up a deal to good to be true. That’s why I make sure that I still own my favorite music.
Grooveshark, the music sharing service that dealt with copyright issues by mostly ignoring them, has finally litigated into oblivion.