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Appetite for Self-Destruction
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This Business of Music
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This Business of Global Music Marketing
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Million Dollar Mistakes
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I Don't Need a Record Deal
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Push Any Button
Cutting Edge Voices Artist Interviews
Push Any Button CEV talks to Sam Phillips
Phillips began her musical career as a vocalist in the early 1980s, singing background parts for Christian artists such as Mark Heard, Randy Stonehill, and others. After a short time, Phillips was signed to a solo contract with Myrrh Records (under her given name) where she went on to record four Christian pop albums: Beyond Saturday Night, Dancing With Danger, Black & White In A Grey World, and, The Turning, which teamed her with producer and future husband T-Bone Burnett. Throughout the Myrrh period, Phillips wrote more and more of her own songs and several were Top 10 singles on Christian radio.
Sam returned with a new album Don’t Do Anything in 2008. In October 2009 Sam launched Long Play, an exclusively web-based membership site which promised subscribers 5 digital EPs and 1 full-length digital album over the course of about one year. A physical “best of” compilation of Long Play songs, titled Solid State, was released in June 2011.
Click here to read the interview with Sam Phillips
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Michael Foster, editor
CEV Blog April 2013
Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending a concert given by Mary Fahl who was formerly the powerful lead vocalist of the band October Project who released two major label albums one in 1993 called October Project and one in 1995 called Falling Farther In before disbanding in 1996 after their contract with Epic Records expired. When my wife and I first came to Bucks County Pennsylvania back in 1996 there were two bands that we were introduced to that have held a special place in our hearts ever since and they were Dead Can Dance and October Project.
It was ironic in a way because as my wife and I were at the beginning of our journey together these bands had both released their last official albums before they were to disband and go their separate ways. My wife and I have just completed moving back to Bucks County Pennsylvania so it was a wonderful welcome home for us to be able to hear several of the October Project songs that had touched our hearts all those years ago performed live by Mary Fahl whose voice had originally brought them to life.
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Love and Gravity
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Posted December 26, 2013
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WATCH: Kate Nash Releases New Music Video for “I Hate You This Christmas”
New Oz Music: Top 25 Australian tracks of 2013
Etheridge added to Times Square New Year's Eve lineup
2014 Album Releases: 20 Rock Albums To Look Forward To
Posted December 24, 2013
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Posted December 23, 2013
Why One Label (i.e. 'Discursive Project') Pays People To Download Music
Five Lessons the Music Business Can Learn from Amazon: Guest Post
Posted December 22, 2013
Amazon Not Stocking New Beyonce CD Following iTunes Exclusive
Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album
New Music to Know: Little Daylight Brings Intimacy to Dance-Pop
Beyoncé’s New Album Gets Snubbed by Target Due to Earlier iTunes Release
Posted December 20, 2013
'The Voice's' Caroline Glaser Releases New EP
Posted December 18, 2013
Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Music Business Event of 2013
Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Most Influential Music Artist of 2013
New Releases: The 50 Best Albums of 2013
The Future of the Music Business: Farewell to Free
Posted December 17, 2013
Five Music Takeaways from 2013
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Posted December 15, 2013
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Posted December 14, 2013
NEW MUSIC ALERT: Priscilla Ahn Releases New Single “Diana”
Pink Just Wants to Be a 'Crazy Ass Grandma' With Blue Highlights
Aussie Female Musicians Say It’s Harder For Women In The Music Industry
Madonna ranks No. 1 as music's top earning woman: Forbes
Is a Live Music Boom Enough to Save the Music Industry?
“My morning coffee is part of my job” Amanda Palmer
Twerk alert: The most sexist music videos of 2013
Surprise! Beyoncé drops new album as iTunes exclusive to beat piracy
Posted December 10, 2013
Heart cancels SeaWorld show amid 'Blackfish' controversy
Nina Kraviz - Mr. Jones Latest single/EP
Posted December 9, 2013
How Spotify's Business Works and Pays Artists
Posted July 7, 2013
5 Music Business Tips From Female Entrepreneurs
Streaming: What Netflix Can Teach The Music Industry
Posted May 12, 2013
Refreshed Paramore off and running (again)
This is a Man's World: Female Artists on the Music Business
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Music industry fears rise of NBN
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Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Daylle Deanna Schwartz's Newsletter: News & Resources
Having read her book I Don't Need a Record Deal has made me appreciate the common sense advice that Daylle seemed to radiate throughout its pages and with her permission I thought it might be a nice ongoing feature here on Cutting Edge Voices to reprint her newsletter for those who have not discovered it as of yet. Daylle's advice comes from first hand knowledge of the music business and that is what makes it so valuable. If you are a working musician and would like hints
and tips about how to move your career forward to the next level then pick up a copy of her book and be sure to catch her newsletter right here or sign up via e-mail with Daylle to have it delivered straight to your in box when it comes out.
Issue number 36 August 2010
For past newsletters click here.
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Divining CEV talks to Chloe March
Chloë grew up deep in the middle of the english countryside, played a lot of piano, read a lot of books and listened to a lot of music - the sound of her mum practising the piano was the soundtrack to her life. From early on she started to improvise and write songs and record them in her brother's caravan at the bottom of the garden. Her inspiration has always been from the landscape, and from history, myths, fairytales, folklore and archetypes.
Chloë has released two albums ~ Snowdrop and Divining and has composed music for theatre productions and choreographers, the most recent being a 40min original score for the dance/theatre piece ‘realPolitik’ choreographed by Julie Hope and performed at the Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University, May 2008
As keyboard player with 'Cousteau' in 2005 Chloë toured the U.K and Italy, appearing at venues such as Bush Halls, King Tuts, The Borderline, the amphitheatre at Recanati, Rome, Puglia, Sardinia, Tarvisio and in the video of 'Sadness' and on live tv, radio etc...
Click here to read the entire interview with Chloe March.
Fanfare for Love
Artist Spotlight on Coby Grant
With influences like Carole King, The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, and a sound compared to Regina Spektor, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson, this Australian native has something different, something extra, something special - an uncanny ability to connect with her audience through her charming and earnest lyrics about life, love and everything in between, breezy acoustic simplicity, beautiful melodies, sweet voice and infectious grin.
"It is a hard slog this independent thing- co ordinating my bookings, flights, tour and show logistics, as well as paying the wonderful musicians who play with me, looking after my website, myspace, facebook, twitter (oh god let them stop creating social networks!!), keep being creative and writing
new songs and then trying to be a normal person with friends and a social life and a day off every now and then.
Let me tell you it's a balancing act that sometimes goes pear shaped. I work hard and will keep working hard to get to the point where I can live solely off my original music, where I can reach a bigger audience."
After promoting her latest EP, Fanfare For Love, to sold out houses in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, Coby is suddenly seeing an influx of international fans. This is in part due to the placement of her single, “A Song About Me,” in a multi-national Scandinavian television commercial for Coca Cola’s water brand, Bon Aqua. Coby’s success as a touring artist can be attributed to not only her undying work ethic, (the independent artist has single-handedly booked the sold-out shows mentioned above), but to her significant studio credits as well. She has worked with Grammy Award-winner Vlado Meller, early Norah Jones producer and blues guitar legend Peter Malick, and Grammy-winner Anthony J. Resta. Both Malick and Resta produced tracks for her first EP release, Coby Grant Is In Full Colour.
Visit Coby Grant's website by clicking here or on
MySpace by clicking here.
By Allen Johnston
Cutting Edge Voices Articles
A True Story Of Industry Abuse
This story was written after receiving a phone call from a distressed parent, attempting to make their child's entertainment dreams a reality. They had gone to an industry related association meeting and heard how wonderful members of this group treated new artists and their projects. This parent believed the stories of success and made sure to get the contact information from the people they thought could assist them.
For the full article click here.
By Anne Freeman
Is Your Songwriting Artist-Centric or Writer-Centric?
Put another way, for whom are you writing your songs? There are several answers to this question, and no answer is right or wrong. But, if your heart is set on hearing one of your creations sung by a voice other than the one in you head, then you owe it to yourself to answer the question posed in the title of this article, because knowing the answer may help you to move closer towards achieving your goal.
When we first embarked on the journey that is songwriting, the creative process was new, exciting and, appropriately, self-absorbing. Creating takes energy and concentration, especially when we are first learning the craft. The professional songwriters I studied with rightly encouraged me to go wherever the Muse took me, and not to worry about song structure, audience, commercial viability, and the music business in general. Those concerns would only distract me from nurturing my budding creativity. Read any book on learning the craft of songwriting and you will find similar advice. When you are learning, your time should be spent enjoying the wonder of creating for its own sake.
For the full article click here.
Rejection is Just An Invitation to Resubmit. Always RSVP
I started writing songs when I was seventeen. This was in the 60s when life seemed like one opportunity after another, waiting to be fulfilled. I played in a band, and we did original songs, inspired by Dylan, The Beatles, etc. I wanted to record, found a studio through an ad at the back of the Village Voice. I had $600 saved from caddying that bought me twelve hours of studio time. I was off to the races.
Demo complete, I read the credits on album jackets of the bands I liked, then went to the telephone directory and got the names and addresses of their publishers. At first, I sent them tapes but the responses, when there were any, were generally highly impersonal and non-specific. So I decided I'd be better off taking them into the city, which I did, and started knocking on doors. Showing up in person got me in. Then the hard part began.
For the full article click here.
By Moses Avalon
Will Music Streaming Kill The Music Business For Good?
Will subscription services, like Spotify & Last.FM obsoletize the need or desire to own music files, thus killing the lifeline of artist and record company revenue?
Some say not enough people will pay for music monthly (as if it were electricity) for it to be sustainable. Who’s being realistic verses who is being romantic can be hard to pinpoint if you don’t know the player’s agendas. In this three-part series internationally recognized music business expert Moses Avalon will try to bring clarity to this latest deep disruption to the music space.
For the full article click here.
Q & A
started IndieMusicCoach.com in an effort to provide
one-on-one consulting and coaching to indie musicians. She founded
GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie
women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering
musicians from around the country. Ten years later it has become a
welcome destination for women in music through networking and events.
Madalyn produces the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls, Battle of the GoGirls
here to read Madalyn's interview with Cutting Edge Voices.
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