Posts byHolly Chapman

Spotify Launches Without Warner Catalog in India

Spotify has recently launched streaming services in India despite an ongoing legal battle with Warner. Services launched quietly; many people are able to pay for subscriptions despite the lack of an official announcement. Since Spotify announced their intention to launch services in India in 2018,

Why a Team of Swedish Researchers Have Spotify Scared

The Swedish research team behind Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music, recently spoke with Rolling Stone about their new book. In this interview, the team reveals that Spotify has been less than enthused about their project. Spotify Teardown looks at Spotify from

Resident Advisor Launches Its Very Own EDM Job Board

Resident Advisor recently launched a new job board to give the music industry hopefuls a place to find new opportunities. Doors Open lists jobs around the world, posted by industry leaders like Beatport and Ableton. With the disappearance of EDM Jobs, Doors Open is the

Amazon Bans Sale of Drug Testing Kits

Amazon has finally removed all drug test-kit vendors from their site, making access to test kits harder than before. As expressed by DanceSafe, this decision is completely expected. Amazon’s policies require that all items sold on the e-commerce giant’s site must comply with federal, state,

Is Dance Music Restricted by Social Class?

The British dance music community has recently started asking:  is dance music becoming too prohibitive? The scene got its start with lower-class musicians and clubbers looking for an escape from outside economic pressures, but lately, DJs and producers are starting to wonder if the scene’s starting

Prydz to Reveal New Holographic Stage at Tomorrowland

Succeeding his previous holographically-enhanced stage, Eric Prydz promises to reveal his most technologically advanced stage both weekends of Tomorrowland this July. Continuing the concepts behind the earlier EPIC graphics, EPIC: HOLOSPHERE required the Swedish DJ-producer and his team to develop their own technology to make

Alan Walker’s Different World Tour Hits the Northwest

Following the release of his first album, Alan Walker is kicking off the Different World tour with four dates across the Pacific Northwest. The lineup features support from K-391, one of Walker’s early inspirations, and Zaxx. As an album, Different World builds off of the mellow house

How Streaming Services Are Democratizing Music Business

A series of indie artist-focused initiatives from Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music in 2019 have label executives watching the streaming market warily as major streaming services continue to disrupt the label-centered music business model; with none other than Spotify at the front of the action.

Music Consumption Keeps Growing, As Album Sales Plummet

Streaming services have permanently altered the landscape of the music industry. As Rolling Stone reported, physical album sales and direct downloads continue to drop. On the other hand, streaming services continued to grow tremendously over the last year, and brought music consumption to an all-time

Are EDM-centric Nightclubs As We Know It Dying Off?

We all know what to expect on Instagram over the weekend – our friends, perfectly dressed, eating and drinking at trendy social spots. And, surprisingly, a recent article by The Guardian claims that this perfect, social media lifestyle is exactly what’s killing the UK nightclub

Venture to The Underworld with WAVES This Month

If you’ve ever wanted to travel to the realm of gods and monsters, you need to check out The Underworld at DiTEC Studios on January 26th. Sponsored by WAVES, The Underworld promises a truly immersive experience, combining electronic music with innovative art installations. The show

Flume Announces Long-Awaited Return For 2019

After a long few years without any releases, all signs point to a new Flume album in 2019! In a cheeky New Year’s Instagram post, the artist said “Cheers 2018. Next year I’ll be back in your life, I promise” View this post on Instagram

Independent Labels Took Dance Music by Storm in 2018

In 2018, we witnessed an immense presence of independent dance labels. Though the genre’s always had strong ties to independent labels, this year felt like a full-on reinvigoration of the independent label ethos of dance music. Long-standing labels like Mad Decent and Anjunabeats continued their domination,

What You Need to Know About the Spotify, Bluewater Lawsuit

Despite major wins for streaming services under the Music Modernization Act, Spotify is still struggling with a 2017 lawsuit from Bluewater Music Group. The lawsuit, which came from Spotify’s alleged failure to obtain mechanical licenses prior to streaming, has the potential to decide exactly which

Why Is Dance Music Slowing Down?

Over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed that downtempo dance music has entered a Renaissance of its own; seemingly, downtempo tracks are taking over. But why now? In an article for the Guardian, Kathy Iandoli points her finger at hip-hop, drugs, and the current

What Is Ableton’s Loop Conference?

Ableton’s Loop conference has been around since 2015, but this year’s event was the first to take place in the United States. The German company decided to move the conference stateside this year in hopes of providing producers without the ability to travel a chance to

SoundCloud Amends Artist Agreement Following Backlash

After coming under an immense amount of fire for extremely aggressive restrictions, SoundCloud has altered the verbiage of their Premiere monetization contract. Last month, the streaming company announced its seemingly exciting new self-monetization program for unsigned artists, following Spotify’s lead; however, artists quickly realized that

Winter Music Conference Announces 2019 Dates

The Winter Music Conference (WMC) is returning to Miami for its 34th year under a  brand new model after being purchased by Ultra Music Festival. The event is set to return to the Faena Forum from Monday, March 25th through Thursday, March 28th; the Conference, which

Soon, DJs Will Be Able to Mix Straight from SoundCloud

SoundCloud has announced a brand new feature that will allow DJs to mix tracks streamed from the site; they’ve partnered with some of major companies behind popular DJ interfaces. Soon you’ll be able to mix from SoundCloud’s massive catalog on programs like Traktor, Serato, Virtual

Astralwerks’ Brand Reimagined After 25 Years

Astralwerks, under new General Manager Toby Andrews, is carving a new, daring path with a major re-brand. In its 25th year, the label has undergone a massive amount of change; July marked a cross-country move from their New York base to a new Los Angeles

Bamboo Bass’s Lineup Promises a Bass Lover’s Paradise

Bamboo Festival is returning to beautiful Costa Rica this February for a fourth year of bass in paradise. Bamboo promises a completely unique and “tastefully curated” destination festival experience, setting it apart from the rest. The first phase of the lineup certainly lives up to

Swedish House Mafia’s Manager Bids the Group Farewell

Despite a triumphant reunion at Ultra earlier this year, Swedish House Mafia’s longtime manager Amy Thomson recently announced her decision to split from the megagroup. Thomson has driven the group’s success for the last 14 years, and came back on board after Swedish House Mafia’s