Ujo Music on blockchain: ‘It’s such an uphill battle with existing companies’
Last month, dance artist RAC – aka André Anjos – released his new album EGO through the usual channels. But he also launched his own webstore selling the album using the Ether cryptocurrency. This was billed as the...
August 4, 2017
Blokur talks blockchain music: ‘The technology on its own is not the whole picture’
A reminder that the Venn diagram of ‘music people’ and ‘blockchain startup people’ is not a pair of separate circles. Phil Barry, founder of British startup Blokur, was a professional artist making electronic music...
August 3, 2017
Benji Rogers on blockchain: ‘We can’t rush this. It’s worth getting right’
“We need any young, scrappy girl or boy to be able to code the best music app ever – and they need to get it out there; and if it goes well, they need to be able to license it at 100 miles-per-hour. Because if it’s...
August 1, 2017
SoundCloud survival may involve new private-equity investors
Having laid off 40% of its staff and closed several offices in an effort to “take more control” over its future, SoundCloud is now tackling the challenge of securing funding to ensure its survival beyond the final quarter...
July 31, 2017
Report 407: Block ‘n’ roll
Lead: Blockchain is simultaneously one of the most hyped and most misunderstood technologies currently around the music industry. Some evangelists have suggested it will fix every problem in the digital-music ecosystem while...
July 31, 2017
Could blockchain power an industry-wide music startup sandbox?
One of the potential benefits of blockchain technology could be its ability to power an industry-wide ‘sandbox’ of pre-cleared music for startups to experiment with. That’s according to several interviewees for Music...
July 28, 2017
Mycelia talks blockchain music: ‘Artists want to understand…’
The first time Music Ally heard about Mycelia was in July 2015, when musician Imogen Heap talked to Forbes about her hopes for “a fair, true, bright and shining home for music” supported by blockchain music technology...
July 28, 2017
Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch
We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: the Spanish-headquartered firm is working on a decentralised music streaming and downloading platform for independent...
July 24, 2017
Ethereum expert delivers warning about Initial Coin Offerings
We’ve written a few times recently about the boom in ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICOs) for blockchain-based startups. It’s a way of raising money by selling ‘tokens’ for a new cryptocurrency in exchange for an...
July 19, 2017
SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties
At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
July 17, 2017
Blockchain: the music industry’s saviour or a false prophet?
This guest column comes from Sam Pearse, partner at Pillsbury Law: At any point in time, there is a latest and greatest new product, technique, form of exercise, diet and so on that will be the answer to all of our problems. Sometimes...
July 10, 2017