COLUMN: You are driving through town, one eye on the traffic and the other on the stereo, when suddenly you hear something every musician dreams about: your music is being played on the radio. And not just any channel, we are talking about a highly-promoted and highly-rated station. That is a thrill only some artists […]
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COLUMN: Before you have your artist sign on the dotted line, what exactly is in that music contract? You could be launching their career into the stratosphere or making a mistake that will haunt both of you for the rest of your life. Many music professionals think they can just let a lawyer negotiate a […]
Tunes, Legal Tender and Attorneys: Music Business Legal Update of the California Copyright Conference
COLUMN: Attorneys, accountants, music publishers, and copyright defenders came together in Los Angeles recently and the result was a spirited and passionate discussion of rights and money. It was a lot more fun than you might expect from a room full of businesspeople. First, because it was the music business, which can be monstrously entertaining. […]
INTERVIEW: Writing and producing songs, composing film themes, and creating music for advertising are distinct art forms. Or perhaps they are commercial enterprises. Or both. Doing all three quite well is a rare accomplishment but that’s what Shari Verona does, day in and day out in various studios from Florida to New York to Southern […]
COLUMN: When I was asked to join a program encouraging kids to stay in school, I said yes. Did I do it for the right reason? Nope. It was a selfish act at the start. But I changed my attitude. After reading about the plan, perhaps you will, too. Here’s the situation: I was at […]
COLUMN: You go through your musical memories and up pops that long lost classic, that awesome album from years gone by, that ideal example of “the way music used to be,” that shining beacon of sonic excellence that puts today’s posers to shame. “I’ll purchase this fine example of harmonic distinction,” you say to yourself, […]
COLUMN: You probably noticed that the music business is more about business than music. As a music publisher, this fact is made clear to me every day, but it really hit home this month in events held by the CCC, NARIP, AIMP, PMA, and NMPA. First, let’s clear up the alphabet soup: CCC: California Copyright […]
REVIEW: Two fast-paced and entertainment documentaries in the same week? Yup, and both saturated with superb music from fade-in to fade-out. “It Might Get Loud” has the pedigree (director Davis Guggenheim won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth”) but “I Need That Record!” has the street credibility (Brendan Toller’s stimulating flick is so underground that […]
REVIEW: Jazz. Wait! Don’t stop reading. Sure, the very word frightens some people. But there are all kinds of jazz. Smooth jazz is pleasant, bop is pulsating, West Coast jazz is cool, and free jazz is way out there. But all of it can be exciting when well-played. There is nothing that compares to being […]
COLUMN: You have heard music from the clients of Jan Linder-Koda many times in your life. Today’s music scene features several artists who have worked with Linder-Koda and her Angel Diva Music firm (angeldivamusic.com), including DJ Ashba (Motley Crue, Guns ‘n’ Roses), Penn Badgley (“Gossip Girl”), Taryn Manning (“Hustle & Flow”), and Tim Fagan (who […]
COLUMN: People have been sharing my music ever since I released my first album in 2002. True, I offered free tracks from “Grin Groove” to DJs, producers and remixers, but those efforts garnered publicity that led to revenue. Plus, it introduced “The G-Man” to other musicians around the globe. This sharing was my choice. In […]
INTERVIEW: Music does not hook up with money very often these days. In fact, they’re not even dating. Piracy, both personal and corporate, affects the creators of music in many ways, none of them good. But there is a glimmer of hope that is currently hiding as close as your mobile phone. A company called […]
BOOK REVIEW: Punk meets metal, punk loses metal, punk gets metal. That is one of the themes of Steve Waksman’s “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” (University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-25717-7), a sometimes down ‘n’ dirty but always scholarly examination of the flashpoint where those two powerful rock music genres smash up against each […]
COLUMN: If you want to hear new music in the future, good luck. Musicians and songwriters are being pushed out of the marketplace. Take a look at this simple but unassailable logic: “When you turn on your tap, water comes out and you’re billed for it. When you turn on your computer, music comes out […]
REPORT: There were so many great products at this year’s NAMM show that we just didn’t get to cover everything in January’s article. Here are more neat and nifty noisemakers to consider for your music manipulation needs. Allen & Heath While they were announcing an extension to the iLive digital mixer line, it’s the line […]
REVIEW: Creating a song can be joy or toil, art or craft, pleasure or pain. What it cannot be is free from effort. Certain aspects of human existence must be utilized in the making of music: your brain, your heart, your soul. Otherwise, noise is the only result. We have all endured noise masquerading as […]
COLUMN: People in the business of presenting live music bear some responsibility for the current turmoil in our industry. Bob Lefsetz has written passionately about the outrageous overpricing going on for arena shows, but there are also problems on a smaller scale at local shows. Witness a current practice at many clubs. Here’s the situation […]
REPORT: First of all, let me say that attending the NAMM show is a great experience. It seems to feature hands-on displays from every manufacturer even remotely concerned with music. The only gear maker I could think of without a booth was Apple, but one trip down the software aisles and you saw Mac computers […]
EVENT REVIEW: There used to be a big difference between a concert that sold out and a band that sold out. But for many artists, that difference no longer exists. Many examples of this new economic reality were examined at a fact-packed expo entitled “Bands, Brands & Beyond” produced by the National Association of Record […]
EVENT REVIEW: Blue Microphones this past week threw a private party (November 6, 2008), to demonstrate their latest products and it turned out to have the most security of any event in the city. The site was the Gibson/Baldwin Showroom which is right next to the Beverly Hills Police Department. The BHPD was apparently calling […]
COLUMN: Artists need publicity, public relations, media management, hype, hoopla, and buzz. In every major city can be found oodles of failed screenwriters, unpublished novelists, unsung musicians, and nameless poets who call themselves PR specialists. Does that sound unfair? Remember, I’m one of them. Sure, I’ve actually gotten a screenplay produced, two books published, and […]
REVIEW: These Thousand Emotions — Have you ever thought about what is inside the sounds you like to hear? Harmonics and overtones are in there, for a start, but it can go way beyond that with some artists. A few special people are able to capture raw emotion and inject it into notes and chords. Such an artist is Claire Tchaikowski.
COLUMN: Payola is a fun-sounding word that may make you remember coloring with a Crayola 64-pack when you were three, but the word essentially refers to bribery. To be precise, bribery in exchange for promotion of a product, as in payoffs for the airing of recordings. Which brings us to the use of music in […]
INTERVIEW: When you hear the name DoubleVision, you may think it’s a byproduct of too much drinking. Instead, DoubleVision is a singing duo of identical twins from South Australia. Recording in a country-pop style, Candice and Nadinne are making waves down under and having a blast doing so. G: What’s the first music you remember […]
COLUMN: Scott G says we shouldn’t be too hard on Maxim magazine for reviewing an album they hadn’t heard. They are pioneers in a new form of rock journalism.
COLUMN: Scott G was happy to ogle the tons of software, DAWs, gadgets, guitars, and gear galore at the NAMM show, but an Apple demo seemed to predict the way the industry is moving.
COLUMN: Like everyone who loves music, Scott G has noticed the ad world’s insistence on borrowing old songs to set the mood for commercials. Is it because they’re too lame to come up with original music? And how much does it hurt the music business?
INTERVIEW: Managing at least 5 interlocking careers, Los Angeles-based Sheena Metal maintains a wickedly funny view of her life on the radio, on stage, and behind-the-scenes in the swirling worlds of music, movies and TV. The first time I saw Sheena Metal perform was in a real dive. Let’s call it Magee’s. It was popular […]
COLUMN: Record companies, radio stations and iTunes don’t fully control what music you get to hear. Scott G examines the ever-changing role of the music supervisor for motion pictures and TV.
REVIEW: You’ll find clever lyrics, strong melodies, and excellent musicianship on songs in several genres on the new Rob Kendt album. But as Scott G points out, this may be too much of a good thing. Rob Kendt is a tall quiet fellow who writes nifty songs and evocative music for theatrical productions. He’s also […]
Musicians Get Booked In ‘LAMN Gets Loud in the Library’ Series: Live at the Los Angeles Public Library
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — You won’t hear “shhhh” at this event: the Los Angeles Public Library teams up with L.A. Music Network to launch a live music series in all styles and for all ages. In an arresting new live music series, “LAMN Gets Loud in the Library” launches on July 11 with free performances […]
INTERVIEW: Lead singer of indie bands Pope Jane and Junkie Cousin, film actress, political clothing designer, and outrageous singer/songwriter, Danielle Egnew has a huge voice, legit stage training and a compulsion to rock. Scott G interviews the forceful yet friendly femme fatale. G-Man: You have created more music than anyone else from Billings, Montana, I […]
Whether played by marching band, orchestra, or rock group, there are patriotic tunes that everyone in America finds familiar, exciting and uplifting. Scott G reveals some of the eyebrow-raising facts about the top 14 crowd-rousing anthems. Your celebration of Independence Day may include watching fireworks, having a barbeque, or tuning in one of the TV […]
MuseWire COLUMN: Whether played by marching band, orchestra, or rock group, there are patriotic tunes that everyone in America finds familiar, exciting and uplifting. Scott G reveals some of the eyebrow-raising facts about the top 14 crowd-rousing anthems. Your celebration of Independence Day may include watching fireworks, having a barbeque, or tuning in one of […]
INTERVIEW: Singing, songwriting, recording, and playing lots of gigs may be the traditional way for an independent music artist to get ahead. With the release of “The Kitchen Sink” by Sean Wiggins and her band Lone Goat, the singer shows that the quality of the work may be as important as the quantity. G-Man: Your […]
INTERVIEW: Delvian Records has been called aggressive, brash, quirky, fanatical and a secret weapon for indie artists. Company president Benjamin van der Wel talks with Scott G (Delvian recording artist The G-Man) about music, marketing, mojo, media, and the madness of running a record label. Scott G: Some people say you have to be a […]
INTERVIEW: Born to sing, Astrella Celeste is attempting to fuse pop music to an inner spirituality. In an interview with Scott G, she talks about how songs are a part of life, love, memory and peace. Pop music is a strange business. No one knows that more than Astrella Celeste, a tiny creature whose talent […]
INTERVIEW: A performer needs a good name, so when Marcel Oosterom started appearing in clubs to play mixes of what was called raggamuffin’ and hiphop beats, he did so as DJ Insane. Did that help draw a crowd? Undoubtedly. But it was the quality and intensity of his music that kept the crowds coming back. […]
REVIEW: Scott G goes back to old habits by writing a batch of CD reviews. As in his prior reviews, the musical styles he covers are all over the place, from the hip hop of Enjae to the glorious organized noise of Nine Inch Nails, from East/West chanteuse Noa Dori to two very diverse soundtracks […]
COLUMN: With the BBC announcement of a new version of the Sgt. Pepper album (cover versions of Beatles songs by mostly mediocre bands), Scott G suggests we take this concept to ridiculous heights (or depths). Imagine the Insane Clown Posse singing Merle Haggard.
COLUMN: Scott G offers a warning to musicians: the world says it wants originality, creativity, boundless imagination, innovation, and new ideas, but it just isn’t so. The fact is that you can go too far. Handcrafting your own CD packaging, for example. Or covering it with wax before sending it to anyone.
COLUMN: Commercial makers are grabbing songs faster than ever before. Can’t quite remember the title of that oldie? Want to know who does that new techno funk dance groove track? Scott G is rather fond of some Web sites that help you out and let you help as well.
COLUMN: Writing about music is like knitting about sculpture. Sure, that’s a paraphrase of a more famous line, but isn’t that the kind of thing music critics do? Scott G is happy to disparage those pencil-neck geeks of the music press (even while his alter-ego The G-Man fears the result when his “Crazed + Dazed” album is released).
INTERVIEW: Bringing indie artists together with fans is just the start for SoundOrbit. Their goals include creating a synergistic relationship between artists, agents, managers, record companies, distributors, producers, radio, film, advertising, and venues for live performances. The ideas come tumbling at you in this interview with SoundOrbit founder Alisa Mikeal. Scott G: How did SoundOrbit […]
INTERVIEW (Part 4 of 4): Plug-ins, dynamics, compression, the use of maximizers, and so-called home mastering are all part of the aural landscape dealt with by mastering engineer Art Sayecki. In the conclusion of this interview with Scott G, everything gets fixed in the mix, including the controversial concept called artmastering.