5 Ways to Get Rid of Creative Blocks

If you are creative artist, from time to time you probably have periods where are you struggling to find good ideas. It is the nature of making art – Sometimes we make great work, and sometimes, we do not. Whether you are a composer, writer, painter, or a sculpture artist you have probably experienced times like these during your creative process. In this week’s blog post, I want to share five strategies to share for getting rid of creative blocks.

Life After Streaming and What We Should Expect

For the last few years, streaming has been the main platform for consuming recorded music for millions of listeners around the world. To the surprise of many people in the post-2008 recession world that assumed the music industry dead, streaming has succeeded to increase revenues for major & independent record labels, decreased piracy significantly and brought significant revenue to many independent musicians. What we know for sure is that streaming will be here for at least a few years more. But, we are also starting to get a hint of what life after streaming might look like.

3 Musicians Who Made the Best of Hand Accidents

One of the most vulnerable topics of being a musician, accidents. We musicians are typically stubborn, and since rejection is part of this business, we are masters of finding new ways to get where we want to get to! We are creative because we have to be in order to “get there”. In fact, some of the greatest guitar players had hand accidents in the past, yet developed their own techniques that led them to be the great guitar players that they became. Here are my three favorite who developed their own techniques after the accidents they experienced:

How Spotify Uses Personalization (to Connect Artists and Listeners to Music)

A few days ago I was at a Spotify event in Boston, titled “Music and Data”. Featuring three folks from the Spotify offices in Boston, the session outlined how Spotify uses data to  customize and personalize the artist and listener experience in Spotify. There were three separate presentations, and all three were informative both from the artist side and listener angle. The highlight of the session was learning that Spotify has a superfan program, which I will get into detail, so keep reading!

MIDI 2.0 Is Coming!

The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI – the Japanese MIDI association) broke the news last Friday, January 18 and already has the leading music technology companies such as Ableton, Native Instruments, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha on board. The companies have already started working together to develop prototypes based on this new protocol.