A band is ready to release new music, but how can they grab people’s attention in such a crowded market? Promoting a song or album effectively is a multi-step process that can be daunting for artists, especially as acts and labels turn to more inventive concepts. In this 101 episode, we talk through what goes into a marketing strategy with Graham Rothenberg, Senior Director of Marketing at leading agency The Syndicate. Then we hear from Sub Pop’s Carly Starr about how publicity and marketing have begun to merge as promotional platforms have changed. Warp’s Steven Hill tells us about what made innovative campaigns he’s worked on successful, like Aphex Twin and Oneohtrix Point Never. Finally, Amit Nerurkar, General Manager of Mass Appeal Records talks us through the award-winning marketing campaign for Run The Jewels.
In this episode, Portia moderates a SF Music Tech panel entitled “The Future of Indies,” that was chock full of laughs and indie stalwarts of the past, present and future. Her panelists included: Molly Neuman (A2IM, Lookout! Records, Bratmobile), Bruce Pavitt (Sub Pop, 8Stem), Amy Dietz (INgrooves), Christiane Kinney (LeClairRyan), and Kevin Breuner (CD Baby). The panel discussed their individual introductions to music and the music industry, and provided advice to both musicians and tech entrepreneurs from their unique vantage points inside the industry.