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The Intangible Ethos of Punk Why Its Subjective Ambiguity Makes It Almost Impossible to Define

With society becoming increasingly polarised and partisan with their ideals, the ambiguity and subjectivity of the punk ethos continue to be as amplified and weaponised as it was when the sonic strain of rebellion saw its inception when Bad Brains and Fugazi had to take back their scene from white supremacists.

Asking the definition of punk will always elicit a wide range of answers, typically subjective and based on personal beliefs. Much like asking someone their take on the meaning of life, asking for a definition of punk leads to diverse perspectives and opinions. The differentiations in opinion can naturally lead to points of contention.

The Ambiguity and Subjectivity of the Punk Ethos

While some may see leftist bands, including politically vocal bands such as Crass and Leftover Crack as punk, others enforce the insinuation that punk should be neither left nor right-wing – it should be entirely anti-establishment. Yet, punk artists have always fallen on either side of the spectrum. There has never been a shortage of conservative punks; Johnny Ramone and Bobby Steele (Misfits) being amongst the most prominent, with the likes of Skrewdriver falling on the more extreme end of the right-wing spectrum.

Leftover Crack at The Underworld, London, 13 August 2009 | Rebeladelica

The existence of Christian punk bands, such as MxPx is also a baffling paradox. Aurally, they are as ‘punk’ as Green Day and Blink-182, but does their piousness preclude a punk attitude? Well, if you consider the punk ethos as one that goes against conformity and authoritarianism and consider that religiosity is one of the greatest examples of authoritarianism, given the submission to authority and conventionality, then you would have to argue that it does.

However, if you regard the ambiguity and subjectivity of the punk ethos, not as a flaw, but as a fundamental characteristic that allows punk to remain an evolving cultural driving force, you can see why anything can and does fly under the banner of punk. The differentiation in meaning, for artists and fans alike, is a phenomenon rooted in the origins of punk. Punk embraces individuality and resists strict definitions. It has done so since its mid-1970s inception which saw the movement erupt as a visceral reaction against corporate mass culture.

The Origin of Punk

Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and The Clash, with their raw sound and defiant attitude, became the embodiment of the punk movement in the mid-70s as a means to drown out the bloated-with-capitalism timbres of Rock n Roll. It was always more than a genre. It was (and still is) permission for self-expression, a celebration of DIY ethics, and an antagonistic force against authority and social normativity.

The DIY aspect of punk further contributes to its subjective nature. Punk has always encouraged grassroots involvement, from creating zines and organising gigs to forming bands and recording music independently. This DIY spirit means that punk is not just consumed but actively created by its participants, leading to a diverse range of expressions and interpretations. What punk means to a fanzine creator in London can be vastly different from what it means to a garage band in New York or a political activist in Berlin.

What was punk – and why did it scare people so much? | National Geographic

Moreover, the punk ethos is marked by a resistance to being pigeonholed or defined by external forces. This resistance is a reaction against the commercialisation and co-optation of music and culture. Punk’s disdain for the mainstream has led to a fluid and evolving identity, one that resists easy categorisation. This fluidity means that punk can be a moving target, always adapting and changing in response to the cultural and political climate. This is efficaciously encapsulated by The Virginmarys with their track, You’re a Killer, which fervently protests the age of division and disinformation with the scathed lines that will always strike a chord:

“Information, in formation
An idiot’s guide to dividing the nation
Grooming the youth to the point of sedation
Where hearing the truth gives a strange sensation
What you see’s not what it seems
The UK’s sleeping sweet American dreams
Democracy is a word shot from the mouth
Of a killer”

The subjectivity of punk is also reflected in its regional variations. Punk in the UK, with bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash, often had a more overt political edge, reflecting the social and economic turmoil of 1970s Britain. In contrast, American punk, epitomised by bands like the Ramones and Black Flag, often had a more nihilistic and individualistic bent iconography attached to them, which is now increasingly perpetuated in contemporary UK punk scenes.

The Weaponisation of Punk

Just as people fought back against The National Front attempting to co-opt the punk movement when they skewed the meaning of the lyrical contexts within tracks from The Clash and Sex Pistols, and Henry Rollins and Ian Mackaye refused to be passive in their resistance when the frenetic nature of American hardcore attracted Neo-Nazis like moths to a flame, it’s crucial that no form of contemporary xenophobia gets to fly under the guise of punk.

One of the key reasons for the ambiguity and subjectivity of the punk ethos is its foundational principle of individualism. Punk encourages people to think for themselves, to question the status quo, and to express their unique perspectives and identities. This ethos naturally leads to a wide range of interpretations and expressions. For some, punk is primarily about the music and the energy of live performances. For others, it’s a political statement, a way to challenge societal injustices and speak for the marginalised. And for many, it’s a fashion statement, a way to visually express their rebellion against mainstream norms.

So, given that punk is a means of individualistic empowerment which gives people the freedom to challenge social constructs and embrace their autonomy, it is nothing short of fucked up that the Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) movement is attempting to infiltrate punk in reaction to people refusing to play along with gender roles anymore, especially if those assigned at birth gender roles are completely at odds with innate identity.

It may require one brain cell too many for people to wrap their heads around the fact that gender is shaped by societal norms and expectations rather than being solely determined by biological or physical differences, but the consequence of that cannot and should not be the demonisation of trans, non-binary, and queer people. Of course, TERFs and their army of gender-critical sheep can’t come right out and say why they feel threatened by trans and non-binary people. They have to convince themselves that there is an existential threat to women and children to feign some form of valour.

On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that they don’t even have the cognitive capacity to realise that their aversion to people who don’t marry themselves to the conformity of gender roles boils down to a fear that their own safety blanket of conformity will be torn away. Perhaps they’ve all got a bad case of gender role Stockholm syndrome.

People who claim to be punk but aren't, TERF edition. : r/punk
Where is the clause in the punk ethos to declare that you can’t embrace your identity if that means you are rejecting arbitrary gender roles and living your life whilst proving that gender is not a fixed or innate attribute but rather a fluid identity shaped by social and cultural context?! I certainly don’t see one.

Don’t believe the “TERF is the new punk” hype. No matter how many garish t-shirts are pressed by the biggest victim-mentality grifter who cries to the Daily Mail and GB News that she’s been cancelled by the music industry for airing her dimly dogmatic views. Just like the evil protagonist in her fellow TERF’s book and film franchise, she isn’t to be named, because every bit of publicity is fuel for her self-piteous fire.

In Conclusion

The ambiguity and subjectivity of the punk ethos are central to its enduring appeal and relevance. Punk is not a monolith but a mosaic, made up of diverse voices and perspectives. This diversity allows punk to continually reinvent itself and remain relevant to new generations of artists and fans. Whether as a musical genre, a political statement, or a lifestyle, punk remains a powerful symbol of rebellion, individuality, and self-expression. However, that doesn’t mean that harmful tropes pushed via the righteousness of punk should go unchallenged. Punk isn’t a free pass to prejudice.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Don’t Fall Victim to the Gift Guide Racket: Musicians Don’t Want Their Personalities Parodied Via Kitsch Novelty Trash

Christmas Gift Guide

To save musicians from being unwillingly bestowed with tacky or unusable gifts this Christmas, we’re putting out a PSA to step away from the gift-buying guides, which fool you into believing that EVERY musician will love the kitsch trash peddled in the Christmas gift guide game.

At Christmas, we are repetitively reminded, “It’s the thought that counts”. Yet, gift givers are becoming increasingly reliant upon ‘What to Buy for [insert personality type/relation to you] Guides’. These articles aren’t pushed into the public sphere to guide Christmas shoppers towards the perfect gift; they are an affiliate marketer’s racket. Don’t fall into the trap.

After pointing out all the faux pas, we would love to give you a definitive answer on how to spend your hard-earned cash on a guarantee of gift-derived gratitude, but that defeats the purpose of our point. No writer knows your recipient like you! ‘Perfect’ gifts always come to fruition by thinking along practical lines, looking for cues in past conversations, and aligning what you put under the tree with their unique attributes. And perhaps most importantly, remember musicians are more than one-dimensional entities. Don’t go down the linear-thinking rabbit hole believing gifts NEED to be music-related.

That is what capitalism made of Christmas! : r/socialism

The Festive Affiliate Marketing Trap and How Not to Be Ensnared in It

Have you ever noticed that online Christmas gift guides are full of ‘handy’ links directing you to sites where you can buy the wares? If you follow that link and complete the purchase, you will put money directly into the pockets of the people attempting to capitalise on your indecision.

For each purchase, the website hosting the guide earns a commission; it is a common way for content creators and websites to monetise their traffic. But the exploitation of consumers doesn’t end there either! Some gift guides prioritise products which offer higher rates of affiliate commission rather than focusing on the quality or the suitability of the gifts. In turn, this increases profitability for the website at the expense of the gift giver and the recipient.

These gift-buying guides take advantage of how overwhelming, frustrating, and confusing the holiday season can be. Under the high pressure of finding the ‘perfect’ gift with limited time and often a limited budget, it isn’t surprising that many Christmas shoppers are drawn to these guides like a moth to a flame and find gratitude for the simplification of the decision-making process.

Another obvious flaw of these gift-giving guides is the lack of personalisation. Successful gift-giving requires an understanding of the recipient’s personality, tastes, and needs. As much as the creators of these gift guides want to fool you into believing that they provide the ultimate hack to Christmas shopping with the clever little spiel which appears at the top of the guides, it is nothing more than a highly effective marketing ploy. Gift guides, especially gift guides for musicians will almost ALWAYS result in generic and less-appreciated gifts!

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To avoid the pitfalls of Christmas shopping guides, always put your knowledge of the recipient’s needs and preferences above the influence of content creators. Their commodified guides are far from gift-giving gospel. If you’re really at a loss on what to purchase for someone who is “hard to buy for”, you can eliminate the guesswork and ask if there is anything they want or need. Or if you would like to maintain an element of surprise, you can purchase a gift card from an online retailer. This may detract from the almost money-can’t-buy-experience of seeing someone unwrapping something they never knew they needed but instantly adore but on the flip side, there are plenty of benefits to not shooting in the dark or relying on the influence of affiliate marketers.

Bad gift-giving is more than just economically inefficient, harmful to the environment when it ends up in a pile of landfill and a major contribution to dust-collecting clutter. It’s a glaring indicator of thoughtlessness which puts a major dampener on what could have been a positive experience.

Gifts NO Musicians Want to Unwrap at Christmas

Even if your intended recipient lives and breathes music, a tacky effigy which attempts to capture the essence of their personality/hobby/vocation/career is always going to miss the mark. And if you are thinking about buying some new gear or an instrument without their input, don’t; musicians spend hours, if not days or weeks pondering over their new gear purchases. The chances of getting the purchase right on nothing more than your own intuition and misleading guides are slim to none. With that in mind, here are the biggest music-related gift faux pas:

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Cheap Instruments and Gear

Earlier this year, Music Radar published a list of “49 affordable present ideas for music-makers (which they’ll actually use)”. Bizarrely, the top choice, dubbed ‘Best for Any Musician’ was the Fender Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele. Given that Ukuleles are music gear marmite, it’s almost laughable how wrong this recommendation is. Also on the list was a Haynes ‘build your own synth’ kit; even if your recipient does manage to get it to function after hours of tinkering, it will sound as cheap as the £26 price tag.

Novelty Instrument Accessories

Every guitarist needs plectrums; NO guitarist needs cheap novelty or personalised plectrums, which are more likely to break than bend around the strings. The same goes for drummers and novelty drumsticks. Every instrumentalist goes through the rigmarole of discovering which playing accessory works best for them; don’t fall into the trap of thinking it is a fool-proof purchase! When it comes to instrument-related purchases, one size never fits all.

Anything Gimmicky

No musician likes what they are serious about to be made into a parody via a tacky t-shirt with a cringey slogan they would be too embarrassed to wear to Tesco. The same goes for guitar-shaped spatulas and spoons or any cliché piece of homeware which is soullessly mass-produced in the hope some sucker will be lazy enough to view it as the perfect option.

Questionably Purchased High Price Tag Gear

In many gift guides for musicians, you will find high-ticket items such as monitor headphones, microphones, guitar amps, and recording gear. Throwing excess money into a purchase won’t buy you a guarantee it will be well-received. In fact, you’ll probably make the recipient feel awful that you’ve wasted so much money on an unsuitable gift they can’t wait to stick on eBay. If you do want to part with a significant part of your salary to make someone feel special, whack the money you would have spent on a music store gift card, pay for a session in a studio, or offer to contribute to a larger purchase they are planning to make.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

How Rock n Roll Legacy Bands Are Bringing in the Future with AI and AR

If the Download 2024 line-up drama which has left rock and metal boomers crying because they won’t see Metallica or Iron Maiden headlining again has taught us anything, it is that rock fans aren’t too partial to change. But that hasn’t gotten in the way of two of the biggest legacy bands bringing in the future by embracing modernity with rapidly evolving AI and AR technology.

If you have been on any social media platform this week, you are probably already aware of the controversy, condemnation and clamouring praise falling around the AI-assisted new release from The Beatles, but The Rolling Stones using Augmented Reality (AR) might have slipped you by. On this page, we’ll cover all that and more to prove that the existential threat of AI may be ever-looming, but for now, it is helping to facilitate creativity and bring bigger and more immersive experiences to fans.

How AI Brought Back the Beatles

With a superlatively unbeatable track record of number 1 hits and a legacy of being one of the most influential bands in history, it would be nothing short of a miracle if any contemporary artist or band beat the Beatles in that regard in today’s music industry. Especially as the mainstream has divided into endless streams of creativity music fans can use to float their sonic boats.

That didn’t stop some from bemoaning The Beatles for using AI to polish a demo which was recorded 45 years ago. One writer for the digital rag, UnHerd, even went as far as to say that the release of ‘Now and Then is a sign of our cultural doom loop’. Josiah Gogarty attempted to be damning in his exposition of the captivatingly haunting single and only succeeded in making it seem infinitely more appealing by describing it as “less a song than a séance, calling forth the warbling and jangling of the dead”.

Was it lost on Gogarty that AI did little more than clean up Lennon’s vocals from a rough demo by separating the background noise? There was nothing artificial about the distinctive rock n roll soul that rang through the release. In fact, it reaffirmed why the world fell head over psychedelic heels for the Beatles when they shot to fame in the early ’60s. Furthermore, McCartney has already confirmed Now and Then will be the final Beatles song; I think we can let the Beatles have one final chart-topper for all they’ve done for the music industry. Even if you aren’t overly fond of their music, which I can’t claim I am, the Beatles still paved the way for and gave inspiration to everyone from Nirvana to My Bloody Valentine to The Smashing Pumpkins to Bowie to Radiohead to Oasis.

The Digitalisation of the Rolling Stones

Seeing the Rolling Stones in a stadium or an arena may take a massive chunk out of your pay packet with most of their standard ticket prices falling above the £100 mark. Thanks to Augmented Reality, their loyal fans can bring them into their living room for a fraction of the cost, all thanks to Snapchat’s AR Studio. Which has been pulling out all the stops for the promotion of the band’s new LP, Hackney Diamonds. How much of a success it will be is yet to be seen. I can’t imagine there is much cross-over on the Rolling Stones fans and Snapchat users’ Venn diagram. Regardless, it is a great opportunity for Stones fans across the globe to be part of this seminal event.

The band’s creative team has worked closely with Snapchat’s AR studio in Paris to unlock an AR experience which will project 3D bitmoji avatars of the band. If you feel inclined, you can get up and dance next to them or ‘snap up’ some digital band tees, because what would a gig be without merch?

This new marketing venture won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and if it isn’t to your taste, that’s fine – they’re hitting the road in 2024, you can catch them then. But don’t let your technological cynicism get in the way of celebrating this landmark move which can allow Stones fans who won’t be able to attend a show in person.

The Dandy Warhols are Psyched Over the Potential of AI

The Dandy Warhols, a band with a rich history in the psychedelic rock scene, expressed excitement about the potential of AI in the realm of art and music in a recent interview with the Dallas Observer. This enthusiasm stems from their long-standing practice of incorporating various tools into their creative process, viewing each technological advancement as a new instrument to enhance their work.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the band’s singer-songwriter, likens AI to any other tool that has been invented, suggesting that it should be used to create great work. The band’s latest single, “Summer of Hate,” showcases this embrace of technology with its AI-generated music video, demonstrating the band’s willingness to experiment with new methods of expression.

Despite some concerns about the effects of AI on the recognition of artists’ contributions, The Dandy Warhols remain hopeful about the opportunities AI presents for independent artists to innovate and push the boundaries of their art.

To keep up to date with future evolutions of the music landscape, keep following our blog. For advice on how to keep pace with the music industry in 2024, contact our consultancy team, which can show you the cutting-edge ropes you should be using to keep pushing your career forward.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Going Solo: How to Get Over Your Going to a Gig Alone Anxiety

Going to a gig solo

Inspired by a recent anonymous Tweet by Fesshole, which tragically read, “Dated a girl once just so I didn’t have to go and see Radiohead on my own. The sex was crap, but the gig was outstanding”, I saw the necessity in drafting a going to a gig solo guide to quash anxiety, normalising the experience and reminding music fans that in 2017 DICE found that over half of 18 – 24 year olds in the UK had gone to a gig alone in the last 12 months. But that is far from the only promising statistic; 98% of the respondents in a survey said they’d do it again, and almost as many said that the music sounded better when they weren’t mindful of what other people were making of the performance!

This is far from the only going to a gig solo guide you will find online, but I can promise that I won’t spin as much hyperbole as The Metro when they posted an article with the headline, “I went to a gig by myself it was the best night of my life”.

Because the truth is, not every gig you attend alone will be a life-affirming experience that transcends all others, and you will be reminiscing on them for decades to come. Managing expectations is key. And let’s face it; there are pros and cons to both going to a gig solo and going with others.

And sometimes, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a +1, +10 or you’re heading through the venue doors alone because external factors can easily come into play. Such as when I headed to Echo and the Bunnymen’s 40th Anniversary show at the Albert Hall in 2022 and Ian McCulloch was in a palpable mood to the extent it was apparent he was only there to cash cheques and call his drummer a cunt. Or when I saw Arab Strap and the softly-versed vocals were barely audible above overzealous fans who were screaming the name of the guitarist without a modicum of respect for the rest of the crowd who were trying to tune into the band they’d paid good money for.

My point is that gigs are only as good as the sound, the crowd, and the attitude of the performers. Who you’re with, is only one small part of the equation. So, before I digress any further and put you off the idea of going to ANY gigs, with my years of experience attending gigs alone as a woman, an introvert, and someone who is no stranger to social anxiety, I will cover the obvious, and less obvious benefits of heading to a gig alone and outline a few tips on how to endure your first time.

Benefits of Going to a Gig Alone

Hitting up a gig solo might seem a bit daunting, especially if you have a proclivity towards co-dependency and typically hate to do anything alone, but by buying a single ticket and venturing to a gig on your own, you’re signing up for an escapade that’s all yours, and reclaiming some sense of independence, which will probably do you favours in other areas of your life. Even if you pride yourself on being popular, there’s still no guarantee that your friends will love every artist on your playlists, and honestly, wouldn’t it be better to keep your dignity and not have to sell your soul to get someone else on board?

Then there’s the freedom. Want to bounce to the front and get lost in the music so much that you’re oblivious to the rest of the crowd? Do it. Fancy hanging back and soaking up the vibe? That’s cool too. There’s no stress about whether the group is enjoying it or if you’re all sticking together.

It is always worth remembering that just because you entered the venue alone, that doesn’t always mean that you won’t get to take advantage of the way music brings people together. If you have only ever attended gigs with other people, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t much mixing once you’re inside. But when you’re flying solo, you’re more approachable, and it’s easy to strike up a conversation given that you have something VERY OBVIOUS in common.

And let’s not forget one of the most obvious benefits. If you refuse to go to a gig solo but don’t have someone to rope into the night out, you’ll miss out. Put your pride aside and grab yourself a ticket. You’ll do yourself a favour, and be supporting live music at a time when so many shows are getting pulled due to poor ticket sales.

How to Make the Most Out of Your First Solo Gig Experience

After you have dipped your toes in the solo gig water, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to embark on the rite of passage, until then, here is what you can do to feel prepared for your first gig alone.

  1. Research the Venue – if you have never been to the venue before and you don’t want to look clueless as you get your bearings, get the lay of the land beforehand.
  2. Arrive on Your Own Schedule – arriving early has its benefits, but if you only want to see the headliner and it makes you feel better about going solo, do your own thing (sorry support bands!).
  3. Hit the Bar, But Don’t Drink It Dry – getting wasted may seem a great way to get over the perceived awkwardness you are inflicting on yourself, but it is only going to sour the experience. If you drink, keep it to a minimum, if you’re tee-total, you can still make a B-line for the bar or break up your time spent staring at the stage by hitting the merch stall or going for a breather in the smoking area.
  4. Remember, No One Cares – No one goes to a gig to pity or mock people on their own. If they do notice, they’re more likely to chat with you than ridicule you.
  5. Occupy Yourself by Documenting the Experience – don’t just be a passive witness to the experience. Hone your gig photography skills or think about how you can bring other people into the experience by posting about it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
  6. Make a Post-Gig Plan – Getting home safely should be your priority; once that basis is covered, you can always round off the night by ending it on a natural note by grabbing something to eat – go all out on your solo date!
  7. Enjoy the Freedom: Bask in the ability to move through the crowd as you please. Edge closer to the stage or find a chill spot to take it all in — no negotiations needed.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Spotify Has Sunk to a New Low, and So Will Royalties for ‘Less-Popular’ Artists

Spotify Royalties

Despite the pleas from musician unions, campaigns spearheaded by the likes of Broken Record and the UK government calling for a total reset on the streaming royalties model, there is a rumour buzzing around the music industry mill that Spotify is going to make one of its most unpopular moves to date by demonetising less-popular artists.

While it is little more than hearsay and conjecture at this point, there are swathes of viable sources indicating that a major shake-up is set to arrive in 2024. Also, it is incredibly unlikely that Spotify would decide to needlessly taint its already besmirched reputation amongst independent artists and champions of grassroots music.

Which Shake-Ups Set to Rattle the Coins from the Pockets of Independent Artists?

Earlier this week, Spotify garnered even more disdain after it was leaked that the streaming giant is poised to shake up its streaming royalty framework, potentially skewing payouts away from lesser-known artists.

Rumblings suggest that Spotify intends to establish a threshold for song streams before artists are compensated for their creativity. In potentially one of the platform’s most inequitable and discriminatory moves in its recent history, artists are being warned that if they previously received less than 0.5% of Spotify’s royalty pool, they could be totally excluded from receiving their meagre royalty payouts.

According to Billboard, this is set to affect up-and-coming artists and creators of white noise or ambient nature tracks. While it makes some degree of sense to punish the ‘artists’ who are oversaturating the streaming platform with quite literal white noise, the reprimand that will undoubtedly make independent artists think “What is the fucking point?” is totally unjustifiable. Especially as it appears that a large part of the incentive behind this move is to funnel more funds towards the more mainstream artists.

Spotify’s official stance, as voiced to Mixmag, hints at their continuous efforts to refine the platform for artists, though specifics are under wraps. Trade unions and musician groups, including the United Musicians and Allied Workers, have aired their grievances, opining that such reforms might further pad the pockets of music moguls, but that should never come at the expense of side-lining grassroots artists. Furthermore, the Future of Music Coalition observes Spotify’s growing drift from its original promise: a democratised platform treating all tracks equally.

It comes as no surprise that oligarchs like Universal Music Group (UMG) are warming up to this shift, leading to rife speculation over a budding pact between UMG and Spotify, touted to champion ‘genuine artists’ with devout fan followings. This revamped royalties blueprint is slated to see the light of day come next year.

Until then, the United Musicians Union and Allied Workers Union aren’t letting sleeping capitalist dogs lie. Their reaction iterated that artists have solutions to fix the issues surrounding streaming loyalties, but Spotify has tuned out of the conversation before chastising the proposed changes which will make the music industry even more of a pyramid scheme. Resistance isn’t futile. Make your opinions on these new manifestings of late-stage capitalist malificence known.

Which Streaming Platforms Pay Fairer Royalties to ‘Less-Popular Artists?

Spotify may hold the monopoly on the music streaming industry in the UK, but it isn’t the be-all-end-all for musicians who fall shy of the streaming stats of mainstream trailblazers.

It is worth bearing in mind that a platform with a smaller user base, but a higher stream rate might not necessarily be more lucrative for an artist than a platform with a vast user base but a lower per-stream rate. Furthermore, when it comes to discoverability and features, there are few which can outshine Spotify. We have written countless articles on how Spotify as a music marketing tool can provide independent artists with value beyond the streaming revenue, which we still stand by, regardless of its CEO’s determination to become the music industry’s most nefarious figure.

Considering the above, here are some platforms and models that were touted as being “fairer” to less-popular artists:

  1. Bandcamp: This platform allows artists to set their own prices on digital and physical releases, and often gives a higher percentage of sales directly to the artists compared to other platforms.
  2. SoundCloud: Known for its direct engagement between artists and fans, SoundCloud provides a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work and grow their audience. It operates on both a streaming royalties model and a direct purchase model.
  3. Resonate: This is a co-op-based streaming platform that uses a “stream-to-own” model. After a certain number of streams, the user owns the track. The idea is to provide a more equitable distribution of revenue.
  4. Tidal: Founded by Jay-Z and other artists, Tidal claims to pay a higher per-stream rate than royalties from competitors. However, its smaller user base compared to Spotify or Apple Music can affect total revenue potential.
  5. Direct fan funding and tipping: Platforms like Twitch and even Spotify have introduced or considered features where fans can directly tip or fund their favourite artists, providing another revenue stream beyond just streaming.

Furthermore, it is crucial for artists to consider multiple revenue streams (live performances, merchandise sales, licensing deals, etc.) in addition to streaming revenues.

There may come a day when the dynamic streaming landscape starts to fairly pay artists their dues, but if you do have a dog in the fight, align yourself with advocacy groups and movements pushing for fairer pay and more transparency in the streaming industry.

For more advice on how to monetize your music career and ensure your music career has some degree of sustainability, keep following our blog, or get in touch and enquire about our artist development services.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

How Musicians Should Prepare for Spotify Wrapped 2023

Spotify Wrapped 2023

Instead of Spotify Wrapped catching you off guard this year, gear up for the 2023 launch by creating content to share across your social media platforms, restocking your Spotify merch page and preparing a short video which will be presented to your top fans to make the most out of the momentum of the annual event.

Spotify Wrapped has been knocking around since 2016, but in 2022 Spotify took the event one step further by giving the artists the opportunity to share reels and take advantage of other features in a bid to help fans get closer to their favourite artists.

To maximise the momentum and monetization, Spotify for Artists has produced a guide for artists to prepare for the biggest fan moment of the year. If you are wondering if it is worth the effort, a Spotify article revealed that fans wanting merch from their top wrapped artists led to the biggest ever week of artist merch sales on the platform!

Every year Spotify Wrapped rolls around, there are swathes of cynics bemoaning the value of Spotify royalties and fans; yes, one t-shirt is the equivalent of thousands of streams, but no guns are forced to the foreheads of music fans forcing them to choose between buying a band tee and paying for a monthly Spotify subscription. Leave the pessimists to their lament; hundreds of millions of listeners around the world come together for Wrapped, focus on them and how you can thank your fans for their support.

British Band Makes a T-Shirt Inspired by Abysmal Spotify Royalties

When Will Spotify Wrapped Streaming Data Be Released in 2023?

Spotify will cease collecting streaming data on the 31st of October; currently, it is rumoured that the data will be released a few weeks later; however, Spotify is keeping the Wrapped release date under wraps for now, aside from the advice that artists should get a video ready by the 15th of November.

Your Spotify Wrapped 2023 Check List

  1. Record a Wrapped Video Message

Your Wrapped video message will appear in your top fans’ Wrapped experience; it should be 30-second or less address to the fans elucidating what their support means to you. You can also tease what you have lingering in the pipeline to add some hype around your future releases or plans! Shoot the video virtually, come up with a catchy caption, and leave your music on your Spotify page and out of the audio.

  1. Give Your Top Fans Access to Discounted Merch

Adding discounts to merch for only your most devout fans is a brand-new feature for Spotify Wrapped 2023. Unfortunately, this feature is currently only available to artists in the US and Canada. If you want to give your top fans a discount, ensure your discount rewards are set up by the 15th of November by heading to your Spotify for Artists page, hitting the merch tab and creating the discount.

  1. Create or Refresh Your Spotify Merch Stall

If you are outside the US or Canada, you can still maximise your merch sales by adding exclusive and new merch to your Spotify merch shop. There’s no harm in attempting to clear old stock either! Just make sure the items you want to sell are the five recently added items and your merch will be promoted to your top fans via their wrapped experience and email. For more info on how to sell merch via Spotify, read the Shopify merch guide.

  1. Promote Your Upcoming Shows

If your tour dates are listed on any of Spotify’s partner sites, your top fans will be informed where you are playing and tempted into buying tickets. To name a few, ticket partner sites include DICE, Eventbrite, See Tickets, Songkick and Ticketmaster.

  1. Prepare Your Spotify for Artist Profile

  • Even though it is likely that your top fans are already following you on your social media pages, double-check check all your social handles are added and up to date.
  • Playlist your top 2023 picks via your personal account on the Spotify app to highlight your top 2023 releases and the tracks that inspired you throughout the year. It is a great opportunity to help give other bands some recognition!
  • Set up a Fan Support link. If asking for virtual donations or ‘end of year tips’ makes you feel uncomfortable (it shouldn’t), you can always ask for donations for a charitable cause you feel strongly about which will help fans to understand you on a deeper level and raise funds for a worthy organisation.

For more advice on how to increase your Spotify streams and boost your monthly follower count, learn more about our artist development and consultancy services.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

An Independent Artist’s Guide to Radio Play


Despite the radical transformations of the media landscape in the last ten years alone, radio is hanging in there and refusing to become a fixture of a bygone era. The oldest mode of transmission is keeping its relevance by continuously adapting to the needs of musicians and the habits of music fans. Before you argue it has become outdated, learn how it has been reinvented.

This article will cover how radio waves have continued to reinvent themselves, stats to prove that radio play is still worth garnering, and a guide on how to get yourself on broadcaster’s A-lists.

The Evolution of Radio

In 1979, it was decreed that video killed the radio star, but it appears that the new wave synth-pop outfit spoke too soon. Radio could have easily faded into obscurity if it didn’t metamorphize in the following ways.

  1. The Digitalisation of Radio

Traditional radio broadcasting is still hanging in there, but the digitalisation of radio was fundamental to its survival. From on-demand radio shows to partnering with streaming services to defying previously imposed geographical boundaries to the higher quality of DAB+ transmissions, every evolution radio has undergone has enabled broadcasters to provide a more flexible, enjoyable, and convenient listening experience.

  1. The Adoption of an Analytic Approach

Music fans who regularly tune into radio stations aren’t short of options. The competition between stations is fiercer than ever, which is why many broadcasters have adopted a data-driven approach to keep their audience engaged. Data and analytics can allow radio stations to target and engage with specific audiences; the data often includes social media interactions, listening habits and listener demographics.

  1. The Introduction of Visual Radio

Just like Windows Media Player used to mesmerise users with hypnotic graphics, radio stations haven’t missed this trick. Visual radio can only be used and enjoyed on internet radio services; it employs multimedia software and tools to broadcast visual content, which can range from fully-fledged music videos to simple promo slideshows. Adding a visual layer to broadcasts can add information about a band, provide context to the music, or simply add an aesthetic point of interest.

  1. Pandering to the Demand of On-Demand Content

Gone are the days when people enjoyed content on a broadcaster’s schedule. Just as fewer people watch TV shows as they air, media consumers prefer to engage with content when it is most convenient for them. This radical shift in radio transmissions has made radio far more convenient and accessible; it has also enabled independent artists to reach a wider audience and given music companies fresh ideas on how they can monetize their content.

How Relevant is Radio in 2023?

In 2023, commercial radio is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and plenty of music fans are keen to attend the party.

Earlier this year, Ofcom reported that 88% of the adult population in the UK tune into some form of radio station for at least 20 hours a week, including online, analogue and digital radio shows. However, there has been a marked shift towards online listening, with one in five listeners choosing to tune in via their smart speakers.

In April 2023, Mostly Media reported that commercial radio revenue grew throughout 2022 and into 2023. At the end of 2022, commercial radio stations reported a record-breaking revenue stream of £740 million. The CEO of Radio Centre, Matt Payton, stated that radio’s performance is continuing to defy all expectations; even the challenging economic times can’t rain on the 50th-anniversary parade. He may have been speaking about brands, not bands when he stated that radio campaigns increase awareness by 49%, relevance by 24%, trust by 32%, and consideration by 18%, but how can that not apply to musicians?!

How to Get on the Radio as an Independent Artist

Getting airplay as an independent artist can be challenging due to the competition and the dominance of major record labels. However, with persistence, strategy, and quality music, it’s certainly possible. Here’s a step-by-step approach to help you increase your chances:

Create Quality Music: Before anything else, your music must be high quality. Ensure it is well-mixed, mastered, and radio-ready.

Research Stations: Not all stations will be a fit for your music. Look for local, college, community, and independent stations that play your genre or have a reputation for supporting independent artists.

Prepare a Press Kit: This should include:

  • A short biography (story or unique angle about you)
  • Contact information
  • High-resolution photos
  • A CD or digital copy of your song(s)
  • Press clippings, testimonials, or notable performances
  • Social media and website links

Network: Personal relationships can be a key element to success on the radio waves. Attend music conferences, industry events, local shows, and anything else where you might meet DJs, hosts, or station programmers.

Use Digital Platforms: Services like SubmitHub can help you send your music to a range of stations and bloggers. Some charge a fee, so do your research and decide what’s right for you.

Send Your Music: When you’ve identified the right stations and contacts:

  • Address them personally (avoid generic greetings)
  • Briefly introduce yourself
  • Share why you believe your music is a fit for their station/listeners
  • Include your press kit and music
  • Follow up after a week or so if you haven’t heard back

Foster Local Support: Engage with your local community. If you can build a strong local following, local stations will be more likely to take notice and play your music.

Internet and Satellite Services: Don’t forget platforms like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, or SiriusXM. They might offer more opportunities for independent artists compared to traditional FM/AM stations.

Stay Persistent and Patient: It’s often not about getting on the radio on your first try but building relationships and consistently delivering great music.

Hire a Plugger: If you have a budget, consider hiring a radio promoter who already has established relationships with stations. They can pitch your music on your behalf.

Stay Active: Being active on social media, having consistent gigs, or getting press can increase your chances. Broadcasters are more likely to play artists who are making waves in other ways.

Alternative Routes: Consider appearing on broadcasts as a guest, getting interviewed, or performing live. This can give you exposure even if they aren’t playing your track.

For more music marketing advice and inspiration, keep following our blog or submit music to our indie blog, which always has space for independent artists looking to leave their footprint on the music industry and build their legacy. As a top 10 UK music blog run by a team of grassroots music advocates, we’re always looking to discover the next breakthrough artists to champion!

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Wipe Away the TERF Tears: Freedom of Expression Was Never Permission to Perpetuate Hate in the Music Industry

This week, the vitriol machines that used to be civil enough to warrant calling them social media platforms have been ramping up in rancour after a musician, who openly declared her ambivalence towards the transphobic label being affixed to her, appeared in a Daily Mail article on how ordinary women are being “cancelled for putting themselves on the front line of the gender war”.

Ironically, the headline which proclaimed, “First they came for JK Rowling, but that wasn’t enough”, was penned in the same vein as Martin Niemöller’sFirst They Came…” poem, which was written after sympathising with Nazi ideas and supporting radically right-wing political movements but later saw sense after enduring eight years in Nazi prisons and concentration camps. That is just the tip of the cognitive dissonance iceberg for the people ‘going to war’ with one of the most marginalised and vulnerable subsets of society.

First they came... allying the black community

Before we get into how the music industry has a right and a duty not to propagate and exacerbate the hysteria and hate of the anti-trans moral panic clusterfuck, which echoes the themes that have always been utilised to demonise minorities, a brief history of how we got here is necessitated to lift the thin veil of virtue that rallying against trans people is a righteous act to protect women and children.

What Triggered the Moral Panic Which Fuelled the TERF Movement?

In 2022, Vice revealed that transphobic hate crimes have tripled in the last five years due to factors which interlink the mainstream media and far-right provocateurs and followers.

It is no coincidence that there was a 400% increase in disproportionately negative coverage of ‘trans issues’ from 2014 to 2019. For context, most moral panics are media-driven. And now that many mainstream figureheads have independent platforms to push their narratives into the mainstream consensus, the extreme-right activists are only becoming more emboldened. Funny how the oh-so-impressionable alt-right thinks they’re the freedom thinkers/fighters whereas the left are cultish sheep, isn’t it?

Comedians pushing anti-trans narratives in their comedy specials gave your average, otherwise amicable, members of society the opportunity to enjoy transphobia in a cosy and jovial way. After all, they’re *just* jokes – jokes which normalise prejudiced contempt. And it wasn’t just the likes of Ricky Gervais and Dave Chapelle who were guilty of embedding transphobia in society. The documentary Disclosure, which aired on Netflix in 2020, documents how damaging the portrayals and depictions of transgender people have been on the trans community. Even though the intent of every comedian or script writer may not have been overtly malicious, that didn’t prevent them from supporting a global reactionary movement. They still reinforced far-right tropes and fuelled the Trans Exclusionary Feminist, LGB Alliance and Gender Critical fires.

Today, transphobia isn’t just an idea that is floating around out there. It is an organised agenda hell-bent on demonstrating that transgender people aren’t welcome in society. The main drivers of the hatred seem oblivious to the paradoxical nature of their fear; how can a small minority with little institutional power pose a risk to the majority?

It’s essential to understand that “moral panics” aren’t just spontaneous outpourings of public anxiety but can be shaped and driven by various stakeholders for different purposes. The anti-trans moral panic is no exception and is rooted in misunderstandings, prejudice, and strategic sociological manoeuvring.

Along with the increased visibility of trans people, the bathroom bills in the US in the 2010s, the televised debates on healthcare, sports and self-ID, and the politicisation of transgender rights during the US mid-elections, the media has created a perfect clickbait transphobia storm.

Just as gay men were routinely portrayed as paedophiles in the 80s when they got roped into the sordid gay conspiracy theory, the same is happening to trans people while they are fighting for their rights and access to services and healthcare. To signify just how much of a worrying epoch we are in, earlier this year, Neo-Nazis rocked up to an anti-trans rally in Melbourne and started to give Nazi salutes. Funny how the quote “Tell me what company you keep and I will tell you what you are” springs to mind.

Neo-Nazi group storms pro, anti-transgender protest in Melbourne's CBD | Herald Sun

Transphobia and the Music Industry in 2023

Given the prevalence of transphobia in 2023, it was only a matter of time before it infiltrated and started to defile the music industry. Thankfully, unlike streaming services such as Netflix, which is happy to platform transphobic comedians who can’t even wrap their heads around the concept of gender dysphoria, let alone how difficult it is for trans people to get on with their lives in peace, the music industry’s view of transphobia is still largely dim.

Last week, the BBC stood firm on its decision to air the single, They/Them, by London’s queer punk outfit Dream Nails and didn’t bow to the pressure from listeners to remove it due to the inclusion of the lyrics “kick TERFs all day”. Since the 70s, punk has always been at the vanguard of the vital backlash against far-right extremism; take the Dead Kennedy’s track, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, as the perfect example. Nazi skinheads weren’t all too happy when it debuted in 1983, just as TERFs are appalled that their malice is being met with retaliation.

In the recent Daily Mail article, which attempted to portray women as the victims of their transphobic hate, Louise Distras bemoaned the journalists, radio stations, and her booking agency who rightly refuse to have anything to do with her for the self-piteous bile spewed across her social media platforms (anyone got a tiny little violin I can borrow?). She also attempted to align herself with Roisin Murphy, who aired transphobic comments, then later had the sense to revoke them and apologise with a statement on how fixed views on the treatment of trans children aren’t helpful. But Distras is standing firm on her position and attempting to rally the transphobic troops that will continue to support her career.


Depressingly, she’s not short of support; there are still plenty of people fooled by her guise of an incessantly victimised artist as she continues her attacks on the transgender community, who are battling with self-stigma, barrages of microaggressions, and far more serious instances of physical and emotional abuse which lead to being disproportionately affected by suicidal ideation.  Earlier this year, a study revealed that nine in ten young trans adults in the UK have suicidal thoughts. So much for that ‘what about the kids?!’ trope TERFs are so fond of.

Trans people are in no way attempting to take away the “hard-won rights that women have fought for”, especially not in the music industry, which is one of the main arguments of Distras. Gender discrimination and instances of sexual assault and harassment are, of course, major issues for women in the music industry, but as a recent study by TuneCore and Believe illustrated, trans people are victimised even more so than women. 34% of women in the survey reported instances of sexual assault and harassment, for trans people, that percentage rose to 42%.

In the digital era of music, when artists can easily solely rely on the support of their fans, and there’s no shortage of transphobes looking for artists who can soundtrack their prejudice, silencing right-wing extremist views is harder than what it would have been a few decades ago. This is why this is a crucial time for everyone to question their media-implanted grievances with trans people and start being an ally, sooner rather than later to avoid the same retrospective regret as Martin Niemöller…

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Streaming is King: Here’s How to Conquer the Domain in 2023

Music Streaming

As streaming platforms, such as Spotify, which continues to reign supreme in 2023 with a dominant market share, reached saturation point a long time ago, independent artists have a seemingly impossible task ahead of them if they want to hit the ground running with their new releases and become popular playlist staples.

Perceptibly, battling it out on the streaming platforms themselves has become futile. New uploads are just a drop in the ocean, and it is enough to make the era of indie landfill in the 2000s and 2010s seem like a euphonic utopia of opportunity. It is no surprise that given that we thought music was derivative then, we are positively dejected by the prospect of an industry where millions of banal hits pile onto the airwaves each year.

So, what’s the remedy?

It may be the case that streaming platforms are proliferated by hack hobby musicians, and there isn’t a lot that can be done to prevent their access to streaming platforms. But for professional musicians worth their salt, there is everything left to gain in the industry. Well, relatively. New up-and-coming artists who have any true staying power in the charts have become sonic unicorns. Especially with the disappearing phenomenon of the mainstream music industry, but great music, which is marketed as masterfully as it was made, still has a fighting chance. Especially for artists willing to harness fan power.

Marketing your music outside of streaming platforms has become crucial to making an impression. Or at least achieving streaming stats and monthly listening figures that don’t want to make you throw the towel in. If you’re searching for the average number of followers, monthly listeners, or streams you need to be regarded as a success in the industry, you might as well be looking for the average length of a piece of string. There is no fixed number that you can achieve that will signify that you’re a success – unless you’re Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, Drake, or the Weeknd, that is.

Streaming stats boil down to several factors. From whether your genre or style thrives on streaming platforms to how much money you throw at a pre-release campaign. It isn’t always a case of the best artists being the ones to send their streaming stats through the roof. Therefore, streaming stats aren’t yardsticks you should use to determine your worth as an artist.

This article will highlight up-to-date streaming platform stats to show you what you are up against as an independent artist, before suggesting some of the ways you can ensure your new releases rack up the streams and garner fans who will support you away from streaming platforms – which is where the real revenue streams will start to flow.

2023 Music Streaming Stats

To conquer your enemy, it pays (in this instance, $0.003 – $0.005 per stream on average) to know them. To understand the music streaming market in 2023, we have collated a list of streaming platform stats:

  • 10,000 – 50,000 monthly listeners will help you earn $100 – $600 each month.
  • The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are the only artists to break the 100 million monthly listeners mark on Spotify with 106.89 and 100.91 monthly listeners, respectively.
  • Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are the most followed artists on Spotify with 115.03 and 93.76 followers, respectively.
  • As of September 2023, Spotify holds music from 11 million artists; their music is listened to by 551 million active monthly listeners.
  • The rate of Spotify uploads continues to soar in 2023, with an average upload rate of 120,000 per day.
  • You would need 625 million subscription streams or 1.875 billion free streams to achieve gold certification on streaming platforms alone. Which is infinitely higher than the 500,000 album or single sales you would need away from streaming platforms.

How to Increase Streams on Independent Releases

When it comes to streaming platform stats, remember that everything is relative; your milestones should always be set based on your current standing in the music industry and what is possible based on your marketing budget. By setting attainable instead of lofty and ‘in a perfect world’ goals, you will have something to push for and celebrate to achieve.

Here are some of the best ways to maximise the success of your singles, EPs, and albums across streaming platforms:

  1. Value user-generated playlists as much as Spotify-curated playlists. Read our guide to getting playlisted here.
  2. Start marketing your new releases and pushing your pre-save links across all your social media accounts six weeks ahead of the release date and create unique content to make the countdown interesting.
  3. Collaborate with artists who already have a strong presence on streaming platforms or partner up by curating your own playlists.
  4. If you have a strong enough social media presence, consider paid advertisements on Facebook and Instagram.
  5. Link up with pluggers, and promoters who have a track record in maximising streams.

For more inside views into the music industry and tips on how to take your music marketing campaigns to the next level, keep following our blog, or get in touch for one-to-one sessions with our award-winning A&R team.

Of course, you can always boost your streaming stats by submitting your demo to our top 10 UK music blog, which is heavily frequented by staunch music fans and industry figureheads, who are always scouting for fresh talent.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Warner Made History By Signing the Virtual Pop Star, Noonoouri

With the advent of increasingly futuristic AI tech, people are rightly fearing that the adage out with the old will lead them to obsoletion. Especially within the realm of the music industry; an already an inhospitable ecosystem for many independent and up-and-coming musicians to foster their talent.

Between AI fears, unfair royalty payment systems, and the oligarchy of the big moguls and labels, there is scarcely room for optimism for independent artists. Especially after it was announced that Warner Music pushed a record contract towards the virtual pop star Noonoouri. Oh, and let us not forget the former chief business officer for Google X, Mo Gawat, using every press opportunity he can to proclaim that the need to regulate AI is beyond an emergency. Elon Musk has even started to express his concerns regarding the advancements of AI, which makes a change from his usual self-serving range of mercenary emotions.

What Does the Noonoouri Record Deal Mean for the Music Industry?

Before you throw in the towel and take all your music gear to the pawn shop, it is worth bearing in mind that it is highly likely the Warner Music Group decided to pull a publicity stunt by signing a virtual act. After all, now Warner can claim they made history with this first-of-its-kind deal.

Warner certainly isn’t the first major company to turn their attention to the virtual ‘icon’. Due to her 403,000 Instagram followers, the viral virtual star has fashion campaigns with Balenciaga and Dior to her name.

So, what’s her deal (aside from the one she has signed with Warner)?

Warner Music's Noonoouri debuts single ft. DJ Alle Farben | WIRED Middle East

In our highly digitalised era, a captivating online presence is more valuable than gold dust. Knowing this, the Munich-based graphic designer Joerg Zuber developed the CGI icon, who made her first appearance in 2018. To make her feel a little more organic, Zuber introduced her as a 19-year-old before she made strides in the fashion and music world.

Her first single, Dominoes, was created with Alle Farben, a German DJ, who worked his beats around her generative AI-rendered voice. After the official music video premiered on August 31, it has racked up 94k streams to date. To give us a little hope for humanity, there were ample criticisms of the single in the derivatively generic hit in the comments section:


“This slaps… any joy out of my head I had left in life.”


“Finally, artificial intelligence is making strides in bad pop music.”

So, no matter how “ground-breaking” the move was, it certainly isn’t something that talented artists should be shaking in their boots over. Major labels are hardly renowned for keeping their fingers on the right pulses. It was only a matter of time before such a deal was struck, but after noting the public perception of the single and what the musos or making of it, Warner has notably made themselves a laughingstock.

A New Era of Entertainment is Here, But Noonoouri Isn’t a Trailblazer in It

While some attempted to coin Noonoouri as the icon of a new era, that rings true as much as a disconnected doorbell.

Yes, entertainment and art are no longer bound to the physical realm, and metaverses are becoming increasingly popular amongst younger generations that need to be reminded to unplug themselves from the internet and touch grass. But the demand for living and breathing musicians isn’t going anywhere soon.

After hearing how dross the Noonoouri debut single was, does it really matter if she can switch between different personas, styles, and genres with ease? Or if she can perform in different languages and diverse virtual environments? Absolutely fucking not.

AI in Muisc Production: Technology and Tools | 2023

In previous blogs, we have illustrated how AI has been integral to the music industry for decades, from algorithms which put your new favourite singles in front of you to tools artists can use to make the task of production, mixing, and mastering a little less laborious. As a tool, is highly valuable with great utility. Unless things get dystopic real quick, this generation of artists shouldn’t lose sleep over the threat of AI obsoletion.

Sure, some programs can now synthesise music based on vibe and genre prompts. But even with the availability of such technology, most figureheads in the music industry are still scouting for real talent. Metaverse-based influencers (I felt a little sick even writing that phrase, let alone taking them seriously) may have some swing amongst the people who are looking for the next vapid entity to follow devoutly and part with their hard-earned cash on everything they promote. But thankfully, for now, most people are still connected to the real world and common sense.

Stay up to date with all the latest music industry updates by following our weekly blog. Or use our heavily frequented platform to promote your new music. Unlike Warner, we always favour organic talent over virtual artists producing synthesised and soulless singles!

Article by Amelia Vandergast