Expresso Walk And Talk...
The Filter cofounder Hopkins, Gabriel, CEO Roberts Tech
Entrepreneur Peter Gabriel The 60-year-old rocker, who is starting
to look like a hipper version of a wizard from a Harry Potter movie
with his close-cropped hair and goatee, is the front man for The
Filter, a six-year old privately held company in Bath, England,
that provides recommendation technology for such clients as Sony
Music (SNE), Nokia (NOK), and thePlatform, a Comcast (CMCSA)-owned
operation that serves video to the cable giant's online properties.
Gabriel isn't involved in the day-to-day operations of The Filter,
which has 15 employees and says it expects revenues of nearly $4
million this year. But he is a lead investor along with Eden Ventures,
a British venture capital firm. His representative on The Filter's
board is his business manager, Mike Large. Gabriel attends board
meetings and strategy sessions; Filter CEO David Maher Roberts,
a former jazz drummer, calls him the company's resident "visionary."
(Business Wee Article here)
New Releases and Interview with T Bone Burnett who will discuss
his work as a film composer, music supervisor and producer with
critic Elvis Mitchell on Saturday, April 24 at the San
Francisco Film Festival. More recently he completed produciton
work for Jakob Dylans new album Women & Country, which
entered the Billboard Top 200 at #12 upon its release on April 6.
The album marks the first time Jakob and T Bone have worked together
on a record since Bringing Down The Horse, which spawned the rock
classics, One Headlight, Sixth Avenue Heartache
and Three Marlenas and sold more than 6 million copies.
This new album has already garnered great reviews, and you can catch
Jakob in concert on his current U.S. Tour. Willie Nelson's new album,
titled simply, Country Music, is out this week and receiving some
of the best reviews of Nelson's storied career. The Associated Press
says the album "showcases Nelson at his best," Country
Music was recorded in Nashville, TN and produced by T Bone Burnett.
Hypnogaja, Hip Hip Tweet! Hollywood Music In Media's
"Best Alternative Award " winner, Hypnogaja,
has over one million followers on twitter!!! Yep, the band that
played their new single, "Welcome to the Future" live
on the awards stage last year, are now one of the top ranked Twitter
accounts (1,167,280 to be exact) and turning that networking muscle
into marketing dollars. The band funded their recent SXSW trip and
successful showcase by generating just four specific tweets for
in-stream advertising companies. Additionally, they've licensed
"Things Will Never Be The Same" to the Tapulous iPhone/iPod
Touch game, Tap Tap Revenge 3 and fans of the game are now new fans
of the band. The music video "The March" from the 2009
release "Truth Decay" LP has over two million views. Song
placements include CW's America's Next Top Model, HBO's Sex And
The City and Warner Bros.' FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage. The
new Hypnogaja EP - Dark Star - comes out this Summer. It concludes
the concept arc that began with the Truth Decay album and contains
several new versions and remixes of the song "Dark Star"
as well as unreleased bonus tracks and other remixes. One of the
versions of "Dark Star" is a remix that features SLIMKID3
from The Pharcyde. The music video features members of the dance
crew Kaba Modern (from MTV's Randy Jackson Presents America's Best
Dance Crew) including choreograpgher Yuri Tag. A digital 45 (double
sided single) Welcome To The Future / On The Radio, was recently
released and featured in the New & Noteworthy Rock section of
Apple's iTunes store.
with Claris Dodge of studioexpresso at Catalina Bar & Grill
not only recognized as a premier film composer (THE BLACK DAHLIA,
CRASH, THE COOLER, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, NELL) but also a pioneer
in electronic music, as well as a preeminent trumpet player. Mark
has received Academy, Grammy, Emmy, Clio Awards and Golden Globe
nominations, and most recently received the ASCAP Henry Mancini
award for Lifetime Achievement. studioexpresso caught up with Mark
Isham at Catalina Bar & Grill earlier this year. Part of the
audience, sitting in the front row was non other than Chris
Botti. Mark and band Houston Street (with Jeff Babko, Tom Brechtlein,
and Doug Lunn) played various jazz grooves with Mark improvising
with the sampled sounds of the band palying live. Catch this vibrant
and engaging band (select shows at the Baked Potato) in LA when
you can. Set includes Radiohead and Ornette Coleman. ReMix
Contest Now this is your chance to get "between
the notes" with one LA's top composer/musicians. Send an email
to email@example.com, and
you'll receive and email back with a download link to "stems"
of the Mark Isham/Holly
Palmer collaboration "Every Kind Of Woman", complete
with separate vocal, drum, and instrument tracks! Get remixing!
The winning remix will be posted on Isham.com and announced in an
email blast! You'll also receive a soundtrack signed by Mark! Ready,
On the Verge Of Bankrupcy Earlier this year EMI put its iconic
Abbey Road studios
up for sale after reporting a pretax loss of STG1.7 billion ($A2.8
billion) for the year to March 31, 2009. However, it shelved those
plans after a public outcry led to the site being put on a protected
list by English Heritage and said it would instead seek an investor
to help rejuvenate the loss-making studios. Adding to the company's
woes, Pink Floyd successfully sued the company for selling individual
tracks digitally and chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti quit the group
last month after just 18 months in the job. Charles Allen, the former
chief executive of broadcaster ITV PLC, who was EMI's non-executive
chairman, filled the vacancy by taking over as executive chairman.
The legendary recording industry titan responsible for releasing
albums by the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Coldplay is facing
possible bankruptcy. The storied label is in danger of defaulting
on its debt and being taken over by Citigroup (C), its largest creditor.Feverish
talks to license its catalog or raise more money fell through, Reuters
reported in April, largely because of the complexity of the financing
deal. Wall Street Journal article estimates that EMIs deal
to license its artists to rival labels could earn them $150 million
a year. The question is, is that enough to get Citigroup off of
their backs? Struggling music group EMI faces being taken over by
its bankers after failing to clinch a deal to sell the North American
distribution rights for its artists to Universal Music Group or
Sony Music. A source close to both sets of talks, who requested
anonymity because the discussions were private, said hey fell apart
after a failure to agree on price. EMI declined to comment. The
collapse of talks leaves EMI battling to raise STG120 million ($A200
million) by mid-June to meet its commitments on loans from US bank
Citigroup. Another source familiar with discussions said owners
Terra Firma Capital Partners will talk to investors about raising
the necessary funding.If funds can't be raised from investors and
the loan goes into default, Citigroup could seize EMI and cause
it to be sold or broken up. EMI has been struggling to stay afloat
since it was bought by private equity firm Terra Firma for STG4.2
billion on the eve of the credit crunch in 2007, saddling the company
with debt. Several big-name acts, including Radiohead and the Rolling
Stones, quit the label amid the cutbacks and restructuring that
followed. Terra Firma, led by British financier Guy Hands, still
owes about STG3 billion ($A5 billion) to Citigroup because of the
deal and relations between the two have soured. EMI has fared worse
than the three other major labels - Universal, Sony BMG and Warner
Music Group - amid the decline of CD sales and the rise of digital
music downloading. Like the other major labels, EMI has been walloped
by a worldwide decline in record sales. In 2009, it had 9.2% of
the American recorded-music market, which was up from its 9% market
share in 2008 but down from its 2006 share of 10.2%. On the bright
side, EMI currently distributes one of the year's biggest-selling
Antebellum's Need You Now. It has sold 1.5 million copies and
is the only album released in 2010 to break the million-sold mark.
In related news, former EMI A&R Executive Chris Anokute joins
Motown in Los Angeles in May.
Contest Winner Sixteen-year old guitarist Shon
Boublil of Montreal, Canada, was named the grand prize winner
of Lee Ritenour's Yamaha
Six String Theory Guitar Competition at the final competition
held recently at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. Thirteen aspiring
guitarists from all over the world were selected to compete in the
finals which awarded six top prizes, including the grand prize--a
full scholarship to Boston's renowned Berklee School of Music, a
guest star performance on the all-star guitar CD SIX STRING THEORY
being released on Concord Records, a Yamaha guitar endorsement and
more. Scheduled for release June 2010, the SIX STRING THEORY CD
features along with Ritenour: B. B. King, George Benson, Steve Lukather,
John Scofield, Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Neal Schon, Slash, Vince
Gill, Keb MO, Taj Mahal, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Andy McKee,
Guthrie Govan, Joe Robinson and Kazumi Watanable. Sponsors
for the LEE RITENOUR YAMAHA SIX STRING THEORY GUITAR COMPETITION
include: Yamaha Corporation, Monster Cable, Concord Records, Berklee
School of Music, The Broad Stage, DAddario Strings, Jazziz
Magazine, Music Connection Magazine.
Raitt and Graham
Nash Get Political
Experb Taken from an open letter they wrote to get Congressman/musician
John Hall re-elected.
"As a songwriter, touring and recording guitarist, John knows
how hard it can be for musicians, self-employed people, independent
contractors or small business operators to find health insurance
they can afford. He also has friends and family members who have
been denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions,
and fought to see that practice banned under the new legislation.Since
we organized Musicians United for Safe Energy in 1979 together,
John has eloquently spoken and worked for renewable energy and environmental
protection. He sits on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence
and Global Warming, and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and
the Environment. His voice on behalf of clean water, endangered
species, and climate awareness is invaluable in Washington.He also
knows the importance of protecting intellectual property, be it
music, movies, games or software. These creations are a source of
positive balance of trade for our country, and we cannot allow them
to be further infringed upon. John is also a strong advocate for
music education in our schools, and for robust funding for the arts.
Studies have shown that students have higher self-esteem, a lower
dropout rate and higher SAT scores if they learn a musical instrument
at a young age.Let's keep a musician in Congress, one who has put
his own musical career aside to work on so many issues we care about.
Please make as generous a donation as you can to www.johnhallforcongress.com"
15th Annual TEC
LA Open, sponsored by Guitar Center Professional, is set for
Monday, May 17, at the Malibu Country Club. This tournament,
hosted by 20-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt
is celebrating its 15th year. Proceeds of the tournament support
the House Ear Institutes hearing health outreach services
for audio professionals and the TEC Foundations TECnology
Hall of Fame, recognizing the most historically significant audio
innovations and inventors, held annually at the AES Convention.
Please call Karen Dunn at (925) 708-0307 if you have any questions.
You can also check out the Web site at www.tecfoundation.com for
expresso-- Ask Claris
We hear from
artists every day from all corners of the world -- France, Germany,
Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East asking how they
can get heard or build their careers. We've decided to feature a
letter or phone message each month and share our response with other
new artists with similar needs or questions. Our goal remains to
empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical
path. Most importantly, we're here to remind artists that it's a
long journey, so enjoy the process. We encourage artists to provide
a link to their music site when they cotact us..this way, if a producer
or manager is interested, they can be contacted directly.
My name is Davo Davicci and Im a Berklee College Music Songwriter/Composer.
I'm currently seeking representation. Recently, I've sold my jingles
to clients from KJH930 AM Radio Los Angeles and writing songs for
"Carlos Pena," the winner of Latin American Idol 2007.
Some samples of my work can be seen at www.myspace.com/davodavicci.
I've worked in all facets of music, from mixing to composition to
arranging. I would enjoy talking with you and thank you for your
time and consideration.
for your interest in C Artist management and sharing the link to
your music. Nice introduction!
Glad to hear you're taking the first important steps of getting
educated and getting hands on experience. Enjoy the journey and
don't rush it!
McLaren and The original lineup of the Sex Pistols, early 1976.
Left to right: Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul
McLaren, the impresario and promoter who once claimed to have invented
punk rock died at age 64. His companion of many years, Young Kim,
said he died of mesothelioma at a hospital in Switzerland. A
former art student, McLaren found an outlet for his ideas about
fashion, music and social provocation. In the 1970s he returned
to his native London from New York, (where he had briefly managed
the New York Dolls) and with his business partner and girlfriend
at the time, Vivienne Westwood, they renamed their clothing shop
SEX (now called World's End). In a 1997 article for The New Yorker,
Mr. McLaren recalled, We set out to make an environment where
we could truthfully run wild. On most days the shop did not
open until the evening and closed within a few hours. The goal,
Mr. McLaren wrote, was to sell nothing at all. Mr. McLaren
set about putting together his own rock act of untested British
youth, which became the Sex Pistols. Mr. McLaren briefly managed
Adam and the Ants and then, with several ex-Ants, created Bow Wow
Wow around a teenage Burmese singer, Annabella Lwin. The group recorded
the hits Go Wild in the Country and I Want Candy.
Im much more of a magician than a musician, he
told The Globe and Mail of Toronto in 1985. I steal other
peoples songs and try to make them better.
a solo artist, Mr. McLaren released genre-defying albums like Duck
Rock in 1983 and Waltz Darling in 1989, and remained
a perennial presence in the worlds of art and fashion. He is survived
by his son with Ms. Westwood, Joseph Corré, a founder of
the lingerie company Agent Provocateur; a brother, Stuart Edwards;
and a grandchild. Mr.
McLaren spent much of the last 30 years trying to explain punk.
I never thought the Sex Pistols would be any good, he
told The Times of London last year. But it didnt matter
if they were bad.
There's a lot of people w/ knives and forks, & nothin' on their
plates, just lookin' for somethin' to cut up.
enchantment to the view
may have noticed the stark black and white billboards in various
intersections in the city of Angeles planted by RoarUSA
Roar's Founder and CEO Deepak Vasandani says, "Since our inception
in 1994, the vision has been to build a lifestyle brand based on
strength and success of our customers." Roar
is currently carried in Canada, Macys, Dillards, Buckle, Metropark,
select specialty boutiques, and online at www.ROARCLOTHING.com
April 24 (1915) RoarUSA
joins communities (half million Armenians live in the US) who observe
and commemorate the first Genocide of the 20th Century. Politics
aside, learn about history and give a Roar for human rights.
More info on the 1915 Genocide visit.