It’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything here. I wanted to drop in very quickly to let you know that Tight Mix will be going on an indefinite hiatus, since I am not really working in the music industry anymore. I mean, I still makes websites for bands, but beyond that I’ve sort of left the game for now. Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years, it’s been a hell of a ride!
This guest post was written by Marcus Taylor, founder of TheMusiciansGuide.co.uk, a music promotion site offering resources to help musicians succeed in the music business.
After a few years of many musicians using Twitter only as a promotional tool, I’m glad to finally see musicians starting to use Twitter effectively — my Twitter feed this morning was full of musicians having conversations with their fans and sharing interesting, exclusive content. Phew!
This post was written by Shane Jones, a music industry fanatic who’s interests extends beyond just listening to all the intricacies involved with networking and building a brand. His real passion lies in folk-Americana bands, particularly projects he has worked on in the past, such as The Vulcans. You can follow him on Twitter @shanejones15.
Causing a buzz across the entire U.S. internet community is the widely unpopular bill proposed by Congress known as SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Coupled with its sidekick, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the two bills pose a major threat to online rights and freedom of speech by censoring any site that has allegedly engaged in copyright infringement.
The aim for these bills is to inhibit online practices of digital theft, and disseminate a strict anti-piracy culture across the web. This attempt to censor the web from all sites that encourage copyright infringement comes with the increasing trends of digital piracy and the negative implications they hold for the entertainment industry, specifically the music and film industries. These trends have been outlined in the infographic created by the internet marketing company WebpageFX (at the bottom of this article).
I know we are well into the new year already, but I still find myself thinking about things I want to accomplish this year, and how I’m going to make it all happen. 2011 was a fun and busy year for me, which is why posts on Tight Mix have dwindled a bit. I want to be able to find the time to blog more in 2012.
I also wanted to ask all of you — the musicians, industry hustlers, music fans, and tech nerds alike — what do you want to accomplish in 2012? Please leave a brief comment below so we can all riff back and forth to get each other pumped up before our (apparently) inevitable demise.