Musicians Take Over Chatroulette is a website that connects you (webcam and audio) to another random chatroulette user in the world. You can click “next” at any time to connect to another random user. 

Its full of all sorts of people (ok, mostly guys, but not entirely), and yes, a lot of people doing very, uh, rated R (or worse) things. You can *always* click “next” or “report”.

So what’s this event? Lets get a bunch of musicians to “take over” Chatroulette for a day. Share your music with random people – and get instant feedback! If they don’t like your tunes, they’ll click “next” (and be prepared to click next yourself). But you’ll be amazed how many people will appreciate your performance! 

All you have to do is set up a webcam and a good way of capturing the audio on your computer. Then show up on and play tunes until you get bored or grossed out. Or both. This is an *experiment*. It’s completely anonymous, so why not try it out!?!?

Who knows, maybe you’ll even find other musicians and make new musical friends!

***Please feel free to add to the invite list. We would like to make this a national/worldwide event, so the more, the merrier!*** 

PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #MusicTakeOver on your various social media (twitter, youtube, flicker, etc)

Musicians Take Over Chatroulette

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SF Music Tech Summit

This Monday, Dec 7 in San Francisco:

The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.

I’ll be there, find me if you are attending!

SF Music Tech Summit


Social Media Club SFSV – The Music That Moves Us, Online and Off

Come on out and join us at a Social Media Club event where we’ll have musicians and music fans share how they’ve used social media to connect with each other (and not just via a label).

Look forward to seeing you there!

Social Media Club SFSV – The Music That Moves Us, Online and Off

A first-time manager’s peek into managing “Get Busy Committee”

From Ian Rogers:

I am going to try to blog the experience in hopes it might be interesting/useful for others.

Being the CEO ofTopspin and *not* having experience managing a band is like running Flickr and not taking photos.

All in all, a tantalizing taste of a “behind the scenes” description of how to launch and promote a band without the backing of a label. Mention of a lot of the tools and services out there, and why some were chosen and not others. Very interesting reading!

A first-time manager’s peek into managing “Get Busy Committee”


DigABand Empowers Independent Musicians To Boost Their Online Presence

Gonna have to try this out and keep an eye on it. I’ve been waiting for just this sort of platform for the “1000 true fans” model…

DigABand, which just launched in private beta, is hoping to help independent artists manage their online presence easily and through and single platform.

DigABand Empowers Independent Musicians To Boost Their Online Presence

Forrester Article: “Music biz needs radical overhaul to thrive”

In the “no duh!” file…

This Ars Technica coverage of a new Forrester report states what seems to me to be stupendously obvious:

“The music industry needs a “radical overhaul” to its products if it wants to revive sales, and that overhaul revolves around actually catering to consumer needs. That’s the argument in a new report from market research firm Forrester, which says that the music business needs to give up being obsessed with itself in favor of letting users create their own music experiences with ease. “

And here’s the clincher:

Needless to say, doing all of this involves the true death of DRM as we know it—or, as Forrester says, a makeover of DRM. Instead of keeping users from doing things like mixing and sharing, it should “primarily be an enabler of the consumer experiences, creative processes, and sharing.”

Forrester Article: “Music biz needs radical overhaul to thrive”

Zoe’s Incredibly Interesting Blog: Deep thoughts on my music career

A great interview of Zoe Keating where Zoe discusses (among other things) why she didn’t want to sign to a record label:

“I’m not trashing record labels. They perform a useful service for many artists. But I don’t think the model works for me. I think of recording contracts as very, very expensive bank loans. In the future, if I need extra money to make an album, I’m more likely to try and raise it by appealing to my fans.”

She also talks in some depth about how she makes a living being a completely self-funded artist. A very interesting test case for the future of label-less artists…

[Thanks again to Adina Levin for the link]

Zoe’s Incredibly Interesting Blog: Deep thoughts on my music career

A critical look at Spotify’s deal for musicians

Not a glowing review of how Spotify deals with the artists who aren’t represented by big labels. Here’s one example:

“On Spotify, it seems, artists are not equal. There are indie labels that, as opposed to the majors and Merlin members, receive no advance, receive no minimum per stream and only get a 50% share of ad revenue on a pro-rata basis (which so far has amounted to next to nothing). “

A critical look at Spotify’s deal for musicians

What Will Record Labels Look Like in the Future?

An interesting introductory article from Jason Feinberg, summarizing the challenges facing the music publishing industry:

The pioneers of the music industry couldn’t have seen this coming in their wildest dreams. When publishers were selling sheet music in the late 1800s, the idea of people privately sharing their product, independent of location and physical constraints, would have seemed ridiculous. But now record labels have been decimated by the digital shift, and are rethinking their entire business model to survive.

What Will Record Labels Look Like in the Future?

Vintage Music Collective

San Mateo County’s own Vintage Music Collective, playing really tight reggae and blues. And performing all over the place (Little Fox, San Mateo County Faire).

From their Facebook page:

Personal Interests: Making you dance. Being funky

Vintage Music Collective