Blockchain

The Blockchain and the Music Business

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How many reading this know what the blockchain is? It’s a relatively new term, but one that doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Mostly associated with bitcoin – a cryptocurrency founded in 2009, its arms are long reaching and still in the process of what potentially could be never-ending. How is the blockchain set up to impact the music industry?

Vulnerable to hackers, re-sellers, tech pirates, unfair revenue sharing and general chaos, the music industry needs a towing service to haul away all the problems intrinsic to the game. The blockchain just might be an answer.

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Singers

6 Things to Consider if You Want to be a Pop Star

Walking into the auditorium of my old alma Marta with my buddy and Senior High School drama teacher, I couldn’t help but ask; “How many of these kids think they’ve got what it takes to become the next Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber?

It was audition day and the line for tryouts was about 15 deep for the lead singer in the upcoming production of West Side Story. Her answer made me smile at the optimistic outlook that comes with youth. “Oh, easily half – if not more” was her response.

taylor-swiftMy friend was quite honest and even blunt in her assessments as each kid came center stage to belt out their chosen tune meant to impress. With overhead cranes working just outside the window on the new gymnasium being built, every audition presented the challenges of distraction and noise, but that didn’t seem to matter to any of the enthusiastic young vocalists.

What advice would you give to a teenager filled with future dreams that hold a Grammy and a trip down the red carpet? It’s a delicate balance between realism, idealism and discouragement.

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Brain Studies

Hemi-Sync In Yer Ear

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This past weekend I was re-introduced to another type of listening. In Yer Ear has always been about the tunes, poets, producers and artists that make up the music industry. Over the years we have come to realize that it’s not a simple deal, that to make audible entertainment is a layering process that involves dozens – perhaps millions of creators. Millions, because the industry depends on the audiences’ feedback.

We first have to understand that we don’t listen with just our ears. Even kicked back in the cushy seat of a Hamilton limo bus with our headset feeding us whatever audio we desire, is often taken for granted. Most everyday consumers aren’t dissecting and analyzing – we think we are just listening. We leave the details up to the professionals who put it all together for our pleasure. We know what we like and at the tap of an icon we get it.

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Celebrities

Actors In Yer Face

limo-anniversary-dinerMillions of people all over the world dream of making it “Big”. Whatever their talent, they believe they have what it takes to bring the public to their knees in adoration and of course with deep pockets full of big bucks. The truth is, some of those dreams will come true and most will not.

If you aspire to be the next top recording artists, model, actor or Master chef it isn’t as easy as calling limo service Waterloo, hopping in the cushy back seat and letting fate drive you to your destination. It takes more hard work and perseverance than most people have. What drives someone to the top of their respective charts is self-esteem.

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