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
More Coffee Please With NYU's Larry Miller, Director of the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program
My guest on the show today is one of the original gangstas of the digital music business: Larry Miller. Half a decade before Apple launched iTunes, Larry was carving a path. In 1998, he co-founded a2b music, one of the first digital music distribution companies. He went on to become President of Reciprocal Music, another groundbreaking digitial distribution & technology company, and later co-founded the Or Music label, which won a Grammy with their artist Los Lonely Boys. These days, Larry is the Director of the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program, where he’s shaping the intellect of young people who will write the next chapter in the history of the music business. There’s a very wise saying: History is written by the victors. Here’s the accepted history of the digital music business: The major labels were clueless about the internet and were doing nothing until Napster appeared and killed the music business. Luckily, Steve Jobs and Apple saved the day by inventing digital downloads and selling them in iTunes. True veterans of the early digital music business know that things were a bit more complex than that. It was an exciting time and things evolved very quickly, too fast to keep up with. The truth is that starting in the mid-90’s, many technology pioneers were working closely with the major labels to shape the digital future of the music business. It was an incredible time of experimentation and learning. Of course the ideas weren’t all viable, so the labels cautiously dabbled, thinking they’d control the timetable of how these new technologies would roll out. After all, that’s how it always worked whenever a new format came along. Of course this time they were wrong. Napster came along and burned all the cautious optimism to the ground. Steve Jobs had great timing, arriving when the majors were fatigued from fighting and desperate for an easy fix to complex problems. So a new history was written, and the story of what came before was brushed away like ashes. We did this podcast over an early breakfast at the Mansion Diner at 86th & York Avenue, hitting record and chatting amongst the sounds of New Yorkers waking up to a gorgeous Fall morning. Larry Miller on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_S._Miller NYU Steinhardt: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/business The Mansion Restaurant: