Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Over the course ten albums and nearly two decades, Portland OR-based Laura Veirs has quietly and independently become one the most well-respected, prolific songwriters in the U.S. Her output includes a number nature and geology-themed albums: Troubled by the Fire, Carbon Glacier, Year Meteors and Saltbreakers — as well as July Flame, named after a variety peach; a kids album […]

Why Can't Artists Link to Their Websites on Spotify?

Why Can't Artists Link to Their Websites on Spotify?

Artists can now put social media priles, tour dates, and image galleries into Spotify. But why no website links? Spotify has an extremely intuitive user-interface. It’s easy to use, effective, and extraordinarily simple. Additionally, fans are able to follow the artists they follow on the platform elsewhere on the web. They can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and read […]

3 Ways to Find Awesome Band Members

3 Ways to Find Awesome Band Members

Finding band members that are reliable and talented seems to be the biggest struggle for musicians looking to start up a new project. In my experience starting up my own band, great musicians are all too ten horrible band members. When piecing together my band, I tried everything – Craigslist, posting up flyers at universities, posting on Facebook groups, etc. […]

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Tech Company by a Factor of 1,120%

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Tech Company by a Factor of 1,120%

Surprise: Facebook has some very serious trust issues. Facebook’s poaching, election-swaying violations are creating some serious problems with people.  That’s obvious, though the social network has now become a sole bogeyman for privacy complaints. In a recent poll conducted by Recode, people were asked which company they trusted the least with their personal data.  Facebook was chosen 56% the time, […]

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Something interesting happened to me recently. Ari Herstand was working on an investigative report, Music PR Company: 25% Our Clients Are Entitled Little Brats, discussing how Manimal PR was under-delivering to its clients while charging exorbitant rates.  While he was fact-gathering, I received a very strange (yet entertaining) email, but more on this in a minute. The terrible email etiquette […]

Christina Vantzou Explores Liquid Time-Space on 'No. 4'

Christina Vantzou Explores Liquid Time-Space on 'No. 4'

Belgium-based orchestral ambient composer-director Christina Vantzou grew up in a pre-internet age, when music that you were exposed to was largely, if exclusively, shaped by what was physically around you in local record stores, concert halls and zines, and spread by word mouth. She staked out the local haunts, attending all the all-ages shows she could around her Kansas City, […]