In my opinion every DJ should celebrate that the highest paid DJs make up to $66 million. When the top end is this high there are so many more opportunities to make money in the middle. I agree with many of the complaints I hear from DJs, that skills have really deteriorated (mixing and programming both), that PR/promotion and looks have become too important, and that you don’t have a shot at the big bucks unless you are also a Producer. But still, when I was a DJ in those ancient late 20th century days, I’m not sure if there was even one DJ making a million a year. An entire industry has been created. There’s a game to be played that was never there back in the day.
He was always known as “reclusive rock star, Prince.” But with other stars’ passing I don’t recall seeing anywhere near this many video posts, TV appearances, and most strikingly the stories of personal meetings and small club gigs I’ve seen on my feeds and heard personally from friends. Plenty of people in and out of our industry got up close and (almost) personal with the Man. I have a few stories myself.
At the 1992 Winter Music Conference in Miami our group stopped by an up stairs club called Le Loft. We were drinking in the almost deserted front bar room when someone said Prince was going to play a pickup gig in the back live room. We headed back there and sure enough Prince was jamming with a small band. There were maybe 50 people in the room. We grabbed a booth and hung out for a couple of hours. On breaks Prince mixed with the crowd. Not real talkative but friendly to all. It was one of those magic late nights you can’t plan for. Little did I know we’d interact again in Chicago when Prince played a surprise show and then came to be a regular visitor to our club Excalibur. All in all I saw him in more personal situations than any other public figure I’ve worked with in my life.
$53 million is a lot of money, a lot of bad music and a lot of stupid looking clothing. So I created an @indiegogo #crowdfunding site to help Kanye West pay off his debts. But there’s a catch! Won’t you join us in the insanity?!?
~ It’s not because you’re “old,” or a “hipster” that pop music throughout the 2000’s sounds boringly similar. Turns out the majority of hit pop songs are not actually written by Taylor Swift and the various other stars, but cranked out by a handful of anonymous European producers, according to a nearly mathematical formula. Amazingly, it’s been the same clique since the late nineties writing most of the songs.
~ Read the details here and here, and learn the names of the real “pop stars.” Then kick back with some seventies vinyls and you’ll feel much better.
~ Thanks to the Atlantic and the New Yorker for the articles, speaking of old school quality.
Grateful Dead closed out their 50 Year Career in Chicago last night at Soldier Field (a mere 2 blocks from my home). It was the same location as their last show with Jerry Garcia in 1995. I’ve never been a big DeadHead but have appreciated their music, longevity, experimentation and also their business sense. They were one of the first bands to have their own record label and sell their own tickets, and everyone knows they are kings of merchandising and brand building. They changed the concert touring business as well with their traveling band of fans, long improvisational shows, and allowing fans to tape their shows starting decades ago.
Along with Led Zeppelin they were one of the rock bands that did the most to shape the music and concert business.
Over the weekend I tweeted some of my favorite Grateful Dead lyrics that also can be taken as good self improvement advice in business and life.
Fare Thee Well!
To learn more about the Grateful Dead’s business innovations and lessons, read this short article from guy who wrote a whole book on it. Or here’s another one.
It’s the perfect response. Her message is polite, intelligent, rational and insistent.
I have had my serious falling out with Apple over music and equipment quality issues as detailed on this blog and my other pages. My issues are on the customer side.
Read Taylor’s Blog Post here. It’s a spot on take regarding the artist side of the Apple Music controversies.
Read more in Rolling Stone. I think AppleMusic is likely to succeed, but the Apple we all loved under Steve Jobs seems to be degenerating fast.
Facebook or Twitter should develop ticket purchase validation technology that could be used for events like the Hawks rally tomorrow in Chicago, where scalpers scooped up so many of the free tickets and are selling them online for $100 or more.
There must be a way to help real fans get most of the tickets by authorizing purchases through matching with Facebook profiles and activity.