Last week a client related an anecdote that made me laugh and shake my head in disbelief. It went along these lines: traveling with a group of vastly-wealthy business folks, she listened as they spoke about taking advantage of YouTube’s popularity to make money. Lacking a creative bone in their bodies, these folks spoke about… Read more »
Saying Goodbye to HMV UK and Virgin France… A Tipping Point?
It will always be a matter for debate as to exactly when the demise of mass consumption of Compact Discs as the dominant musical sales model became definitively irreversible — but with the recent downfall of both HMV UK and Virgin France, I would think January 2013 has a lot of arguments in its favour…. Read more »
Justin Bieber, The Raveonettes and the Duality of Stardom
There is a temptation to view modern celebrities as experts, as if we were gazing up at trapeze artists, assured of their capability on the line. A turn or twist to surprise us, a wobble to goad. Even the occasional tumble seems overacted, milked somehow, and certainly choreographed. Those fallen stars maintain both our suspense… Read more »
Use YouTube To Go Beyond The Music Video
Videos are by far the most engaging form of social content. This isn’t exactly a new discovery, but there’s a lot of missed potential by bands that claim to have a YouTube presence. The common misconception is that your music videos go up on YouTube and you’re done. Although MTV style music videos can create… Read more »
So Much Music… Have We All Blown Our Attention Spans?
Firstly, I would like to “publish” a short essay that recently struck a chord with me. It was written by my brother Emmanuel Rizzi, a contributor to Cornell University’s The Diplomacist blog. Here goes: Why the Music-Artist envies the Literature-Artist What luck has the Literature-Artist to have an individual spectatorship! The form of literature precludes… Read more »