Sandbox Issue 217: Transfer Time. How to move fans from underperforming social channels
Lead: Artists have had to adapt to streaming microroyalties being minuscule – but equally they have had to grapple with organic reach on Facebook now nudging close to 0%. They can, of course, spend their way out of it;...
December 3, 2018
Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories
Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...
July 30, 2018
Middle Kids get a ‘Found Friends’ Spotify playlist-matcher
Australian indie band Middle Kids have a new album called ‘Lost Friends’ which is being promoted via a nifty Spotify playlist-matching microsite called ‘Found Friends’. The site gets fans to log in using their...
July 2, 2018
Indie labels and tech: ‘We’re not going to start building our own blockchain…’
How can independent labels make the most of disruptive new technologies, from blockchain and AI to virtual and augmented reality? A session at the Midem conference last week explored the issue. The panel included Jason...
June 11, 2018
Sandbox Issue 202: GDPR FYI (General Data Protection Regulation)
This week’s lead feature looks at how the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on 25th May in Europe but it has huge global implications for those holding and using consumer data. Against the backdrop...
April 18, 2018
Spotify tests new feature using video loops as song artwork
Spotify is testing a new feature that replaces static artwork for songs on its service with GIF-like looping videos uploaded by their artists or labels. In place of the full-screen artwork (accessed by tapping the now-playing...
January 5, 2018
Domino turns Franz Ferdinand Spotify pre-save into a fan club
The ability for fans to ‘pre-save’ an album on Spotify has become an increasingly-common marketing tactic since Kobalt pioneered the idea last year with Laura Marling. Now independent label Domino Records is trying...
November 8, 2017
Ducktails albums pulled from several streaming services
Several albums by Ducktails – the project for American independent musician Matt Mondanile, formerly of Real Estate – have been pulled from streaming services. Pitchfork claimed that distributor The Orchard was responsible...
November 1, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017
Domino taps Spotify API for Joe Goddard Electric Lines website
Hot Chip man Joe Goddard is preparing for the release of his latest solo album ‘Electric Lines’ this Friday, with a new website built with label Domino Recording Co that taps into Spotify’s API. The site is an extension...
April 20, 2017
Metadata management startup Beatroot raises £125k
UK-based music metadata startup Beatroot is preparing to launch out of beta, after raising £125k of funding from Creative England. The company’s platform soft-launched in late 2014, aimed at labels, publishers and production...
November 9, 2016
Domino: John Dyer talks YouTube, Universal Music, disruption and more
The failure of Universal to make its business more profitable (even with the acquisition of EMI); how cutting down the links in the supply chain is the best way to make labels more cost effective; why YouTube is proving to...
June 13, 2016