Unlike traditional music blogs where they share and review new artists and albums, EDM Nerd takes a look at the behind the scenes of the electronic dance music scene. Sean, the creator of the blog, writes about the business and marketing side of what goes into making a song a hit. For any musician but particularly those in the electronic genre, Sean’s blog is a must for updates in the industry. We got in touch with Sean to speak to him about how he uses CoPromote, and his music suggestions. Read the interview below!
1. What type of creator are you?
I’ve been writing about dance music since late 2012. What started as a small blog of me just sharing the music I was listening to at the time grew into freelancing for one of my favorite DJs and covering more of the Washington, DC music scene. However, earlier this year, I decided to scrap that and start an entirely new project. By completely rebranding, and focusing more on the business, technology, and data behind the dance music scene, EDM Nerd was born. While I still spend plenty of time discovering and listening to new music, EDM Nerd has combined my passions for music, business, and analysis into something truly unique that I’m very excited about.
2. What do you use CoPromote for?
I originally started using CoPromote just as another channel for sharing my blog posts. I quickly discovered that it was also a great source of content. While I often suffer from writer’s block, my tweet-block is generally even stronger. CoPromote allows me to rapidly sift through relevant content and share articles and music that I think my readers and followers will enjoy. But getting the extra visibility to my own writing is pretty great too.
3. Have you found any other users on CoPromote who you now listen to?
Definitely. There are a few artists and fellow music curators that I have followed outside of CoPromote. Recently with the change in focus of my blog, I’ve found myself reading a lot of the posts in the business & startup sections for both inspiration and advice that I try to apply in my own work.
One song? Hmm… Well, the album that I’ve been listening and re-listening to the most lately has got to be Galaxies Between Us by Kill Paris. It’s got way more funk and soul than a lot of electronic music out now, and I totally dig that. Also, my soundcloud page (soundcloud.com/edmnerd) is always being updated with my favorite new tunes to nerd out to.
TouchTunes, aka those Jukeboxes in bars that let you play pretty much any song you want tracked what people played the most in 2012. Not surprisingly, they found people LOVE listening to country music when they are drinking at a bar. They found some other interesting facts like what were the most popular songs on Election Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Valentines Day. See more here
Via ReadWriteWeb: “according to data from Next Big Sound. For 38% of musicians, Facebook views had a significant effect on album sales, a stronger impact than traditional radio plays had. Vevo, YouTube and SoundCloud all ranked highly as well.”
No surprise that artist websites come first, but it’s interesting to note that Wikipedia ranks 4th, just below Facebook and Radio. “The Future Of Music Is… Wikipedia??” Who would have thunk it?
Read the full article here: http://readwrite.com/2012/12/06/social-media-drives-album-sales
The past decade has witnessed the most insane upheavals in music technology. Everything changed, but how much has musical taste itself changed during that period? According to data we’ve looked at, the answer is not that much, even though the ways we access, discover, and share our music have been completely revolutionized.
Of course, some things have changed taste-wise. Over the past few years, electronic music has found its way into the mainstream, being infused in pop music of all kinds. And the festival experience is changing the way fans interact with bands and live music. People have gained unprecedented access to tools of creation, yet research finds that pop music has become more uniform and formulaic.
But these are shifts here and there, not fundamental changes. And after breaking down the sales figures of various genres tracked by Nielsen Soundscan, the result seems to be that the types of music we love has been pretty steady.
Below is a graph of each genre’s share of the total album sales for that year. A few notes: oftentimes, an album gets categorized under multiple genres. Electronic was introduced as a genre in 2010, and has been growing steadily since. And for whatever reason, Nielsen suddenly reintroduced Rock as a category in 2006 (we’re hoping on a response for why).
There are a number of possible reasons for this consistency. This could indicate a widespread stagnation in musical taste, or it could simply mean that the same types of listeners are paying for music today as ten years ago, thus hiding trends that aren’t reflected in the data. Another takeaway is that technological and musical upheavals are largely separate animals. Things like rock n’ roll, Nirvana, and rap do happen, but on their own cultural clocks.
– Niko Malek.
Source: Digital Music News