Dot Blockchain partners with SOCAN, Songtrust and more
Startup Dot Blockchain launched the alpha version of its ‘minimum viable product’ to apply blockchain technology to music last year. Now it has announced four deals with music industry companies to further its ambitions. Canadian...
February 2, 2017
Seedcamp’s Dave Haynes: ‘What will the next wave of music startups be?’
"There was this point in time, specifically 2007 and 2008, when you had Spotify, Songkick, SoundCloud, The Echo Nest… it was a time of huge disruption for the music industry, but a lot of value WAS created by the companies...
January 29, 2017
‘Blockchain saving the record industry? I don’t see it…’
There's a lot of excitement within the music industry about the potential for blockchain technology, from Benji Rogers' Dot Blockchain initiative, to experiments like Imogen Heap's Mycelia, and emerging startups like Jaak,...
January 26, 2017
Audio Network exec assesses blockchain music potential
There is a lot of excitement around the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry, but also plenty of scepticism. Audio Network’s head of product Matthew Hawn walked the line between the two attitudes...
December 12, 2016
Bandnamevault boss responds to Dot Blockchain criticism
This morning, we reported on a session at the BIME conference in Bilbao where Dot Blockchain founder Benji Rogers criticised another startup using blockchain technology, Bandnamevault. The latter launched earlier this...
October 31, 2016
Dot Blockchain boss criticises ‘opportunistic’ Bandnamevault
Benji Rogers, founder of Dot Blockchain, has termed the arrival of Bandnamevault – a company claiming to offer the first practical application of blockchain within the music industry – as both “opportunistic” and...
October 31, 2016
Paperchain is exploring smart blockchain contracts
The blockchain-based music startups are coming thick and fast now: the latest is Paperchain, which we spotted yesterday. The company is focusing on standardised metadata collection, storage and reporting for the music...
October 27, 2016
Resonate blockchain-based music-streaming service opens up
Music-streaming is currently an intensely-competitive market that’s daunting for new entrants. Could blockchain technology provide a way in though? Berlin-based startup Resonate hopes so. The company describes itself...
October 25, 2016
How might blockchain smart contracts work for games?
One of the most-discussed aspects of how blockchain technology could work for the music industry is ‘smart contracts’, setting out who did what on a particular work, and automating payments and permissions. There’s...
October 5, 2016
Blockchain platform Ujo Music opening up in early 2017
Ujo Music was the startup that worked with musician Imogen Heap in 2015 to release her track ‘Tiny Human’ on the Ethereum blockchain. Now the company is preparing for a full commercial launch of its platform for other...
September 2, 2016
Blockchain investment in H1 tops $290m
You cannot move these days for music conferences about the blockchain. But it appears it is way, way more than a few evangelists seeing this as the solution to all the digital accounting, metadata and transparency issues...
August 17, 2016
Dot Blockchain ready for alpha debut by end of August
PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers has been one of the most prominent executives talking about the potential impact of blockchain technology on the music industry. He’s not just been talking, though: On or around 22 August,...
August 15, 2016