‘The internet will suck all creative content out of the world’

David ByrneRespected musician David Byrne outlined his thoughts on the music streaming debate in an article for The Guardian, published on October 11. His summary, “The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today’s artists across the creative industries”.

He does not have an answer to the perceived problem, but highlights his belief that many new artists will struggle financially to survive in the music industry.

See the whole Guardian article here.

David Byrne raises valid issues for content creators with streaming services. However, the technology is here and streaming sites exist, and will continue to do so. The internet has opened avenues not previously accessible to musicians. On the other hand, the internet makes many people believe that creativity doesn’t matter. Streaming’s still in it’s infancy, much will happen over the next few years. Only one thing is clear*, we want creative talent and real music.

(*although not clear if MP3, listened to on a smartphone)

A Place Where I Can Go

place-where-i-can-go-300x300Wardlaw Music artists Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri release their new album ‘A Place Where I Can Go’ on September 30. They kick off a UK tour on September 25 in Newcastle, full details here.

The first single from the album, the beautiful ‘Sidesteppin’ (With A Soulman) is available now.

Fall on the Road


Enchanted_too bigSeveral of our artists are hitting the road this autumn, touring the UK & beyond.

▪ Hawk Eyes – having released their EP, ‘That’s What This Is’ in August, they are touring the UK supporting ‘Black Spiders’ this October/November


▪ Promoting their new album ‘A Place Where I Can Go’, Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri take to the road this month details here

▪ Dan Reed is on an acoustic tour of Europe, culminating in a headline appearance with ‘The Dan Reed Network’ at the ‘Enchanted UK’ festival on October 12

▪ GUN are back on tour, playing Spain & Portugal this month before returning to the UK stage in December

▪ Susheela Raman plays the UK and France this October, before going back into the studio to finish recording her new album for release next Spring dates here



We’re ‘Doing OK’

Doing OKWretch 32’s new single “Doing OK’ featuring Jacob Banks is co-written by Abbas Shah talented guitarist & songwriter signed to Renowned Publishing and administered by Wardlaw Music.

Abbas also co-wrote the Jacob Banks track ‘Kids on the Corner’ that was recently synced in the Channel 4 drama ‘Top Boy 2’. Abbas continues to write with ‘Renowned’ artist Jacob, recently signed to Atlantic Records.

Debsey Wykes joins Wardlaw Music’s roster

DebseyWe welcome Debsey to our roster.

Debsey formed her first band Dolly Mixture in Cambridge in 1978 with friends Rachel Bor and Hester Smith while still at school. Championed by John Peel the girls were soon playing regularly in London where they became the darlings of the music press.

They signed to Chrysalis Records and toured extensively for the next few years both as headliners and as support for groups including, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Undertones, The Beat and The Jam. In 1981 they signed to Paul Weller’s Respond label releasing two singles. Around the same time they also backed Captain Sensible on his 1982 number one hit Happy Talk.

Debsey continued to play and write throughout the eighties brfore joining Saint Etienne‘s live set up in the early nineties. When Saint Etienne took a sabbatical in 1995, Debsey and guitarist Paul Kelly formed Birdie who would release several singles and three albums.

Debsey lives in London where she continues to write songs. She plays extensively around the world with Saint Etienne as well as making occasional appearances singing and playing bass guitar with Birdie.

Spotify – the Thom Yorke debate….

spotify_yorke-592Earlier this month, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and his producer Nigel Godrich came out against music straming services, particularly Spotify.

As Spotify continues to grow into the Worlds #1 streaming site, so its detractors grow.

In the blue corner – Thom Yorke. He took to Twitter to say “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples”.

In the red corner – Spotify. As reported in The Guardian, they say that “Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music.”

See the whole guardian article here

Yorke & Godrich are not the first artists to make a stand. The likes of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin & King Crimson have refused to make their songs available. There is a link here, it is established artists who are taking a stand, new artists tend to cast the net wide to capture all possible streams.

Where do we go? Streaming is growing. In 2012 global music sales rose for the first time in over a decade. Spotify pays the artist, piracy doesn’t, some alternative streaming services do not. Streaming is still in its infancy and the model will continue to develop. Until another model presents itself as the future for music streaming and Spotify will continue to grow. For artists, labels, managers, Music publishers, the debate continues…

The Goodwin Games – Jon Allen

Goodwin GamesWardlaw Music artist Jon Allen recently had 2 of his tracks synced on the FOX TV series “The Goodwin Games”. “Sweet Defeat” was played on the 4th episode (June 10th), as we see the character Chloe go back to college to further her career as an actor. While having a chat with her friend at a restaurant, you can hear Jon Allen’s “Sweet Defeat” playing in the background.

Joanna” synced in the episode titled “The Box” and aired on July 1st.

THE GOODWIN GAMES is a single-camera comedy that tells the story of three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death, and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune – if they adhere to their late father’s wishes.

Facebook – is it alienating music?

Facebook_MusicFacebook’s decision last year to start charging to send updates to all subscribers has alienated some independent labels. Helienne Lindvall’s piece on Digital Music News looks further into the issue. This extract shows the potential cost for boosting a post, “The label has around 15,000 fans on the site, but sometimes only 1,000 of them will receive the posts, says Simms: “We have to buy advertising to ‘open up the window’ for the rest of the fans to see it.” This is what Facebook calls “boosting” the post, and it can cost anything from $50 to hundreds of dollars, depending on how many subscribers a label has.  Simms puts out a record every two weeks, so he ends up having to spend $200-$300 a month in order to get the message out on Facebook.  To put it in perspective – it’s about the same as what he spends on his professional PR company. For a small dance label such as My Favorite Robot, this is a significant expense, considering the limited revenue it makes from record sales. “

As music publishers, we wonder if perhaps some people have become too reliant on Facebook to engage their audience. It’s one of many tools available and reliance should not be placed solely in one area.

Read the full article on Digital Music News This Is the Story of How Facebook Alienated a Perfectly Good Dance Label…