The $15T Opportunity (that’s trillion)

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is set to explode over the next 5 years. After a few years of experimentation and a lot of hype, it seems we’re getting down to business.

A recent Forbes article explains how we got here and where we’re going. As an IT professional who’s been living and learning this stuff since 1989, my take is that the time is right for AI. We’re seeing new use cases every day in every field and from every type of AI application – vision, speech, images and conversation.

Gigable Update: August 2019

It’s really hard to believe we officially launched the beta website for Gigable in December of 2013. It wasn’t even called Gigable then. Our new brand was born in 2014 and we haven’t changed much about it since.

To provide a little more context on why Gigable exists, let me explain a few points. As a gigging musician since 1987, I’ve witnessed a lot of different live scenarios. Many involve playing to a handful of people. All along the way, I thought there had to be a better way to get people out to a gig.

Fast forward 30 years and I’ve learned there are many ways to accomplish a full house. Most importantly, it starts with world-class songs and a great performance. Even then, getting a full room is not guaranteed. It takes many years of emotionally impacting a LOT of people with your music. Michael Gurley said it best, “when a song moves you, the song wins.” And when the song wins, the artist and fan win. In order for a song to move a person emotionally, they need to hear it a lot.

This is all foundation on why Gigable was started. Since 1933, FM radio has been influencing billions of people by showcasing a narrow list of artists and songs (i.e. top 40). There’s a psychology about how people internalize and grab on to a song forever. Radio perfected this for 70 years.

What we’re doing at Gigable is simply just the next generation of “radio.” Curating emerging music and providing a limited selection via playlists. The twist is that we also co-promote the live show at the very same instant.

So, what is Gigable in 2019? We are a music platform that inspires music fans to discover new music and go out to a show. We have a geo-located playlist that helps people find the nearest, next show. We also have a podcast channel that highlights artist interviews and in-studio performances.

Since 2016, our app has been downloaded thousands of times and avid music fans are finding their next favorite artist. This year, we have partnered with a handful of venues in Chicagoland to enable more relevant shows. Some of our venue partnerships include; The Venue, The Haight, Lemont Quarries, Time Out Chicago, Mockingbird Bar & Garden and Hey Nonny.

Soon we will be announcing some exciting new features in conjunction with these venues!

Thanks for following along and get the app if you don’t have it! (It’s free.)

Official Release: “Save Yourself”

So this new song, “Save Yourself” is not that new.  I wrote it years ago and released it as a demo, which is why it may sound familiar. I took it back in the studio with my good friend Chris Walke on pedal steel and Amery Schmeisser as Producer. They really helped transform and evolve the song.

I’m pretty excited about it and now it’s yours, if you want it.

Click to find it on your favorite digital platform. It would mean a lot if you shared it with someone.

If you’re into CDs (cool!), just msg me on FB or email me and I’ll send you a custom CD with this song and a new demo!

New Music – July 2019

At Gigable, we spend a serious amount of time listening to new artists. Every week we find, listen and curate dozens of emerging artists.

Why do we do this? Well, for one, we love music. It’s really a miracle to continually find such talented musicians and songwriters. Just when we thought we heard it all, here comes a new voice or style.

Here’s a list of some our favorite finds on the Gigable blog.

Music is changing, here’s why…

As a musician, songwriter and co-founder of Gigable, I hear a lot of people saying there is “no good music these days.”

What really strikes me is that I think it’s the opposite!  There’s more great music being produced every day than any other time in history. It’s just that the traditional ways to discover are broken – or perhaps obsolete.

My wife asked me the other day, “who’s the next Rolling Stones?”
Well, when Brit-Pop-Blues-Rock comes back for a solid 10-20 years, there will be another Rolling Stones.

The bands from the 60s and 70s that made it big are a household brand, just like Coke. Two generations of music fans were spoon-fed very few options – and it stuck with them. 

There’s over 100 million songs that have been recorded. How will you pick the ones you listen to for the next 20-30 years?

Tag #newmusicbiz on Twitter and let me know your thoughts!
@mechlin

How we’re building the future of independent music

4 years ago, I set off on a journey and launched Gigable with a few close colleagues. As a consumer service, I knew this was going to be a huge mountain to climb with some rough terrain. I wasn’t wrong.

Since 2014, we’ve produced dozens of shows in 6 states, launched a streaming app and turned on many people to new music. And we’re just getting started.

We’re planning v2.5 for the app, which will feature many more shows and artists and provide a very robust listening experience. We’re also very excited to be working with Amazon Web Services to launch a touring analytics feature that will help artists, promoters and venues optimize their touring plans.

Stay tuned for more! You can also get on my list to get early access to new music and VIP things.

The Music Modernization Act has been signed into law!

MMA has been signed with a unanimous vote from House and Senate.

The bottom line for the MMA is a single source of truth with a single database (blockchain anyone?) for all mechanical licenses. This is a major change in copyright treatment and a giant step in the right direction for songwriters and collaborators. Digital streaming services can now use a single master license for all music.

Producers and Engineers are also able to get compensated directly by SoundExchange now as the AMP Act was part of the new law.

Read more on SoundExchange…

Somewhere

I’m drivin’ somewhere
And you’re cryin’ somewhere
And if time brings us together
We’ll make it through another day

Well it’s just a mad race
And there is no finish line
Yes, you’re in a mad race
And there is no medal in the first place

I’ll never want
To leave you all alone
I’ll be right next to you
Out there – somewhere

You might be, killing yourself
Trying to achieve a perfect day
Reaching for that oasis
Only to find a wicked mirage

I think the fences that we build
For our own security
Keep out the people who
Who we need the most