Introducing Gigable Music!

IMG_9184Friends, I’m very excited to announce that my company has launched a mobile app that will help you easily discover great songs and bands!

There’s more music being created now than any other time in history and who has the time to search through Spotify? The Gigable Music app will bring the cream of the crop to the surface. Pick a playlist, press play. If the song hits you, there’s a ticket button to go see the band live. The “local playlist” uses gps to determine where you are and automagically builds a playlist based on bands touring near you. Simple and potent. No fluff and no ads! It’s like radio 2.0.

The launch was set for July 1 and we hit the target! The app itself has been months in the making. The concept is something I’ve been experimenting with for years.

There’s several very cool shows we are producing this summer to introduce some of the music we are finding. You can see the schedule on Gigable.net (or in the app after 7/1!)

Anyone who loads the app gets $20 toward a concert, so give it a spin!

 

Gigable Update June 2015

It’s been 18 months since the official launch of Gigable. What started out as a simple crowdfunding concept has evolved into musical brand that people are recognizing.

The best part about it personally, is how much fun we’re having. So many of these projects can get heavy and grueling (especially when there’s very little progress), but this project is very inspiring each and every day.

Last Saturday, we had our 5th official sell-out show. The feedback so far is amazing.  People really love going to a comfortable setting to discover new music that moves them – which most don’t expect. They also like to meet the artists and get a chance to talk about their own stories.

We’ve added Gigable Radio as a new feature on the site. I’m really excited about this, since it allows us to easily add songs we’re discovering and share with the Gigable audience. We want to put the music first and introduce great music in a way that’s fun and local.

Very soon, we will be adding a download store so that anyone can buy exclusive tracks from the artists who have played Gigable shows. All of this should culminate to a curated experience so that music fans will “tune in” to Gigable to find great music and emerging artists.

We’re also about to kick-off Gigable 2.0!  This is the first major project to improve the platform and streamline some features.

We’re going to add promoter tools for easier management of email lists. Also, we’re integrating with Facebook so fans can easily login and engage with Gigable shows and artists and share with their friends.

This is all needed, however the big deal in my mind will be the mobile app! The mobile app should really promote more widespread use of the platform with fans. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say this should bring everything to a new level.

Feel free to ask questions about Gigable or about the emerging artists that we’re discovering!

Artist of the week – Toad The Wet Sprocket

What’s in a band name?  According to Glen Phillips (lead singer) it was “a joke that went on too long” and they had to adopt the name by default. “Toad The Wet Sprocket” originated from a Monty Python skit and the guys thought it would be a hilarious temporary name until they came up with a real one. It is memorable and it stuck.

The song this week is called “California Wasted” and was released earlier this year on their latest album.

Send me an email to get the MP3 or sign-up on the right.

Artist of the week – Greg Holden

What do Phillip Phillips and Greg Holden have in common?  “Home” – the song made famous by Phillips was written by Greg Holden.

Greg is an incredible singer/performer in his own right.  I found Holden when I suspected the Phillips didn’t write “Home.”

The song this week is called “She’s Got Something” and it’s recorded with just acoustic guitar and vocal.

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Artist of the week – Noah Gundersen

I like Noah.  When I started to research him, I wondered where he was from and he included “Seattle, Washington” in the header of his website.  He knew I would want to know.

His new single “Ledges” is one of those tunes that instantly resonated.  Great lyrics, very cool vibe, mature songwriting.

Send me an email or enter your email on the right to get the MP3.

Artist of the week – Joe Bonamassa

Scotty Crosby turned me on to Joe Bonamassa a few years back (thanks Scotty!)

Joe is an amazing guitar virtuoso and has killer live shows. The song of the week is called “I Know Where I Belong” and is a live recording from a recent show.

If you like hard rockin’ blues, you will love this song.

(Sign-up for the Artist Spotlight to get the MP3 or send me an email.)

The Future Of Pop Music

Steven Hyden just wrote an excellent article on the state (and potential future state) of pop music.

He contends that pop music and thus pop stars are becoming an accessory to selling technology. Can’t argue with that at all. However, I believe the bigger issue is “pop music” as a category.

Ever since mass media became mass, anything “pop” has been made popular by a very narrow set of tastemakers. We have been spoon-fed singles for the past 50 years. This is how the music industry had so much success. The majority of music listeners had to live with the Top 40 as a primary means of new music discovery.

It’s well-known that bands like Journey ad REO Speedwagon were huge radio stars because their fans matched the target demographic of the radio advertisers. It was a symbiotic relationship.

In 2014, this has all changed. The Internet has democratized attention for the same masses as in 1982. “Pop” is no longer Popular. Let me say that again – “Pop Music” is no longer popular music as defined for the past 50 years.

Hit singles are no longer spoon-fed by a narrow set of tastemakers. Hit singles are determined by how much its shared. I can guarantee that whatever my 13 year-old just downloaded is being listened to by hundreds of millions people (not just kids) all around the world. She was listening “Cups” by Anna Kendrick six months before it went to radio. Radio and mass media are becoming a reflection of what is organically becoming popular online.

Even the morning news is reporting the latest viral video and stories that I’ve already skimmed on Twitter. Frankly, I don’t even see the value in 95% of news programs. (But that’s a different post….)

The meaning behind popular music is a song that resonates.  Today, it really doesn’t matter where it comes from as long as it resonates. If it’s a mash-up of bluegrass and house music written by a producer who doesn’t perform as a musician, the song can still resonate.

So, what is the future of pop music?  I think it has little to do with the medium on which it travels. A songs popularity will be based on its own merit and craftsmanship. The notion of “Pop” stars will be nothing more than a traveling circus. Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, etc will be the golden era of megapop stardom. If we’re still talking about music, it will always come back to the song – the emotion and the experience. I hope that lives forever.