Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Digital Future


There are libraries of articles on the Internet covering the digital age of music. Most of them write about what’s happening and why it’s happening. Not too many write about what could be happening or what we should all expect to happen in the future. I guess this is understandable, considering there is still so much to cover from the past and present. Still, shouldn’t our curiosity tempt us to take a gander at what could be coming around the bend? As a music lover, consumer, blogger, entrepreneur, I cannot wait to see what the future holds in terms of the digital age. How will average users consume music in another decade? What will headphones look like? How will music tie in with our mobile phones in 2025?

I’m not going to attempt to answer all of these questions in one blog post but I would like to look at one component of the present and that is subscription based music services. Time Magazine did a piece earlier this year and compared the 13 top streaming services. See the chart below.

There were a few questions that entered my mind after reading this article. Why are there so many music-streaming services? There literally seems to be a new one popping up every day. Does it really call for this much variety? Why isn’t there just a few good ones or even one good one? Then my thoughts of the future took hold. What if there was only one or two, because they were so good they replaced the other 100? What would they look like? How would they conquer the negatives plaguing today’s streaming services? CNET does a great job covering the disadvantages of subscription services in this article.

Music Subscription Downfalls:
  • Ownership: Ownership is number 1 in my book. Yes, you have access to more songs than you would likely have in your own library but you won’t own any of them. Nor will you carry any of the rights that come along with ownership.
  • DRM: A subscription limits you to listening only on devices compatible with the subscription.
  • Library Gaps: I don’t think there’s one subscription service available today that can claim completeness. There’s always something missing.
  • Artist Compensation: It’s great for the consumer. Not so great for the artist. In fact most artist feel robbed by subscription based services.

However, what if? What if there was a way to bypass all of these negatives. What if someone could invent a subscription based service that had none of the aforementioned issues? Is it possible? I don’t know, but it’s something worth thinking about right? And, if this so-called super subscription based services did away with said negatives would it then reign supreme?

References

Peckham, Matt. (3-19-14). 13 Streaming Music Services Compared by Price, Quality, Catalog Size and More. Time.com. Retrieved from http://time.com/30081/13-streaming-music-services-compared-by-price-quality-catalog-size-and-more/

Moskovciak, Matthew. (1-27-14). Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, and more: How to get started with subscription music services. CNET. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/spotify-rdio-beats-music-and-more-how-to-get-started-with-subscription-music-services/

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RAW Natural Born Artists: Discovery



This Thursday, February 28th, RAW Natural Born Artists brings us another installment of their event series, this time titled "Discovery" where 30+ RAW artists will be sharing their visual art, runway, live bands, and film. Need more reasons to attend? Dayseam and The Quelle Source are on the list of artists to perform for you that night!



There's also another huge reason why you won't want to miss this night. Boyd Tinsley from the Dave Matthews Band will be screening his film "Faces in the Mirror" followed by a live performance. Philly RAW Artists never fails to put together a wonderful night focused on the talented artists of Philly and I have a feeling you won't want to miss this one!




When: February 28th, [8:00 PM to 12:00 AM]
Where: Lit Ultra Bar [460 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia]
Details: 21+, fashionable attire. Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door.



Lauren Resnick
lauren@WeAreMonsterEnt.com

Friday, February 22, 2013

Dynasty Electric on Break Thru Radio

Dynasty Electric stopped by Break Thru Radio in NYC for their BTR Live Studio Series to talk about their new remix project, time on the road, and play a few songs. Here you can catch them chat a little bit and play their single "Golden Arrows".




Lauren Resnick
lauren@WeAreMonsterEnt.com

Loveskills New Release "Multiplicity"



I’ve got another new release from No Shame for you Philly! This time from NY artist, Loveskills, who celebrated his debut EP release “Multiplicity” last week. The blend of therapeutic synth, low-fi bass, and vocals makes for a solid EP that is sure to garner some attention for it's easy feel and strong songwriting.

With the new release came a new video for his second single “Flash in the Dark”!



Also, check out the fist single, "Cover Me".



“Multiplicity” is available on:
Vinyl
iTunes
Soundcloud



Lauren Resnick
lauren@WeAreMonsterEnt.com

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Monster Entertainment Presents at Milkboy Philly 2/9/13


A big thanks to all that came out to Milkboy this past Saturday for Shorty Boy Boy, The Quelle Source and Seamus Browning! In case you missed it, you're in luck- Check out a few photo's below.





Seamus Browning kicked off the night with a good bunch of songs, each blending an appealing combination of alternative and indie rock.


Seamus Browning


Next up, The Quelle Source debuted two new songs cryptically titled "Creepy Surf Song" and "Kevin Newer Song".








The Quelle Source just sellin' some merch.. Which you can purchase HERE.











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Finally, Shorty Boy Boy closed out the show with one hell of a fun, high-energy performance. 














The climax was near when frontman, Joshua Pannepacker, hopped off stage and got cozy right on the floor in his sleeping bag and pillow. 







Keep an eye on our calendar for more upcoming events from some great local artists!







Alexis Canary
Alexis@WeAreMonsterEnt.com