How To Fix The Music Business
About This Show
The music business is in serious trouble. Or is it?
There are endless opinions on the subject. Some people think the music business is done, that Elvis has left the building permanently, pushed out a 10th floor window by the internet. Others believe that technology has brought about a state of democracy that has levelled the playing field.
So who's right? That depends on your perspective.
On "How To Fix The Music Business", people from all sides of the music industry share their perspectives about the past, present and future of business. They share their stories and opinions about what is broken and how to fix it - or how to kill it - without filters and without BS. Everyone appearing on the show has put in their 10,000 hours - so the opinions shared are qualified opinions.
"How To Fix The Music Business" is hosted by music industry veteran Jim McDermott, who has over 30 years experience in artist development and new technology at major labels, and with independent and major label artists.
Most Recent Episode
Peak Vinyl or Peak Stupid With Billy Fields of WEA
Nov 11 16
Vinyl junkies - I’m one of them. Possessing an opiate-like addiction for our preferred musical format, we tolerate, no we embrace it's inherent limitations and inconveniences. Pulling a treasure from our Ikea Expedit shelves (actually Kallax is the new thing), we cross apartment room floors that sag from the weight of our collections to put a record on the turntable. But first comes the romance of arcane cleaning and calibration rituals, the Holy Trinity of tracking weight, azimuth, and overhang, and then the battle with the Four Horsemen of the vinyl apocalypse: surface noise, orange peel, non-fill, and off center pressings. After 20, 22 minutes maximum of blissful immersion, the stylus bumps against the end groove, vup, vup, vup, and its time to get out of the chair, somnambulant, and flip over the record. Straight people observe this behavior and say, “umm, wouldn’t it be easier to just listen to this stuff for free on your phone?” So what does an archaic physical format and the weirdos who are obsessed with it have to do with fixing the music business? We’ve been told again and again that music has little or no value as a product, that access to it is easy and free, that the days of record stores and physical collections are a quaint notion of the past. And yet, at the most unlikely of times for a rebirth, these old things, these pieces of art, have stirred passion and a connectivity to music and the artists across age brackets. Why? Is it a hipster trend? Foolish nostalgia? Or does listening to vinyl awaken a musical mindfulness that downloads and streaming don’t deliver? My guest on the show today is Billy Fields of WEA Distribution - that’s Warner, Electra Atlantic in case you didn’t know. Billy is the “vinyl guy” at WEA and certainly qualifies as a record junkie. When I walked into his office at 50th and Broadway in NYC, he was spinning a Siouxsie & The Banshees record, and it was loud. And when his boss came in for a minute to chat, he didn’t turn it down, not even a little. Billy shares his thoughts on the business realities of vinyl, how labels choose what to release, the challenges facing record stores, and the tangible passions that music on wax inspires. So, welcome Billy Fields! Links for this episode: Billy Fields on Twitter: http://twitter.com/billysezvinyl Darkside Records: http://www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com/ Fantastic Negrito: http://www.fantast