Music Explored Podcast

Music Explored

Exclusive insights from the forefront of the music world, uncovering the creative process, cutting-edge technology, and the business acumen driving the industry forward. read less
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Uncovered: Tiktok vs Universal Music Group
May 15 2024
Uncovered: Tiktok vs Universal Music Group
The recent beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake highlights the dangers of the gangster rap culture and the influence it can have on artists' behavior.Social media platforms like TikTok play a significant role in artists' exposure, but there are concerns about fair compensation and the protection of artists' rights.The dispute between Universal Music Group and TikTok raises questions about the sincerity of the music industry's fight for artists' rights and the power dynamics at play.Data collection has become a valuable commodity, and there are concerns about the privacy and control of user data on social media platforms.It is important for artists to consider the long-term impact of their actions and the messages they convey through their music. Data is a valuable currency that is being collected and used to understand and predict human behavior.Canadian artists face challenges in working in the US due to visa requirements and the complexities of international travel.Universal Music Group is a major player in the music industry, owning multiple record labels.The push for AI in music creation raises questions about the future of human creativity and talent.Time Stamps00:00 Introduction and the Kendrick Lamar-Drake Beef02:54 The Dangers of Gangster Rap Culture08:30 The Impact of Social Media on Artists' Exposure13:38 The Dispute Between Universal Music Group and TikTok15:50 The Sincerity of the Music Industry's Fight for Artists' Rights23:37 Challenges for Canadian Artists26:19 The Complexities of International Travel28:56 The Influence of Universal Music Group33:53 The Implications of AI in Music Creation
Kendrick Lamar & Drake: Has it gone too far?
May 8 2024
Kendrick Lamar & Drake: Has it gone too far?
Today's chat focuses on the ongoing hip hop beef between Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake, highlighting the intensity and potential consequences of such beefs. The conversation explores the escalating beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, discussing the personal and hurtful nature of their diss tracks. There is speculation about whether the beef is orchestrated for entertainment purposes or if it has gone too far. The conversation also touches on the role of ghostwriters in the industry and the importance of collaboration in songwriting. The potential impact of the beef on the hip-hop community and the responsibility of artists to set a positive example for younger generations is also discussed.TakeawaysAppreciate both busy and slow times in life.Beef between artists is not exclusive to hip hop and has existed in various genres throughout history.Music frequencies can have an impact on the mind and emotions.Hip hop beefs can be intense and have significant consequences.Fan bases often take sides in beefs and can become deeply invested in the conflict. The beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake has become personal and hurtful, crossing lines of respect and decency.There is speculation about whether the beef is orchestrated for entertainment purposes or if it has gone too far.The conversation highlights the role of ghostwriters in the industry and the importance of collaboration in songwriting.The potential impact of the beef on the hip-hop community and the responsibility of artists to set a positive example for younger generations is discussed.00:00 Introduction and Appreciating the Balance of Busy and Slow Times05:20 Beef in Music: A Historical Perspective09:28 The Influence of Music Frequencies on the Mind14:50 The Intensity and Consequences of Hip Hop Beef17:56 Introduction to the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef18:24 Speculation on the intention behind the beef19:10 The personal and hurtful nature of the diss tracks20:30 The role of ghostwriters and collaboration in songwriting25:23 The sustainability of battle rap leagues26:27 The potential impact of the beef on the hip-hop community28:24 The line between entertainment and personal attacks29:47 The importance of respecting boundaries and codes in hip-hop31:21 The possibility of a face-to-face battle or rap battle33:09 J. Cole's decision to choose peace35:26 Final thoughts and prayers for peace
The Power of Natural Inspiration with Pavlo
May 1 2024
The Power of Natural Inspiration with Pavlo
TakeawaysPavlo started giving away guitars when he realized he had too manyHe appreciates every moment of his success and doesn't take it for grantedThe guitar is his tool of engagement and expressionHe gives away guitars at his concerts and finds joy in itPavlo keeps his music fresh by playing with his band and having different guests join him on stageHe emphasizes the importance of gratitude and never taking anything for granted Allowing inspiration to come naturally is key to Pavlo's creative processCombining ideas from different time periods can result in unique and meaningful songsIntegrating family into the touring lifestyle helps maintain a balance between work and personal lifeProducing his own music and TV shows has been instrumental in getting Pavlo's songs out into the world Having a concept or idea in mind can guide the composition of an albumThe fear of repeating oneself can drive artists to explore new creative directionsPavlo allows his band creative freedom within the framework of his compositionsPavlo has upcoming TV programming and specials, including a potential concert at Massey Hall in TorontoHe expresses his desire to collaborate with Drake and emphasizes the importance of enjoying lifeChapters00:00 The Concept of Giving Away Guitars06:13 No Specific Attachment to Guitars11:24 The Power of Natural Inspiration28:00 Overcoming the Fear of Repetition in Songwriting32:37 The Desire to Collaborate with Drake
Ableset the missing link!
Apr 10 2024
Ableset the missing link!
SummaryIn this conversation, Dee and Anthony interview Leo Bernard, the founder and developer of AbleSet, a software solution for managing set-lists and controlling playback in Ableton Live. Leo shares his background in music and software development, as well as the inspiration behind creating AbleSet. The conversation covers the challenges faced by musicians in live performances and how AbleSet addresses those challenges. Leo discusses the features of AbleSet, including remote control of playback computers, dynamic looping of song sections, and the ability to change set-lists on the fly. He also mentions future updates and integrations he is considering for AbleSet. In this conversation, Leo discusses the capabilities of AbleSet, a software that enhances the functionality of Ableton Live for live performances. He explains how AbleSet allows users to reorder songs and create random set-lists, making it easier for party bands and musicians to perform on the fly. Leo also shares the challenges he faced in developing AbleSet and the lack of official support from Ableton. Despite this, he has received endorsements from respected Ableton certified professionals. Leo talks about his other projects and applications outside of AbleSet and his goals for the future. He also shares his passion for music and attending concerts.TakeawaysAbleSet is a software solution that simplifies managing setlists and controlling playback in Ableton Live.The inspiration for AbleSet came from Leo's experience as a musician in a band that needed a solution for managing complex live performances.AbleSet allows musicians to remotely control their playback computer, change setlists on the fly, and dynamically loop song sections.Leo is grateful for the feedback and support from AbleSet users and is constantly working on improving the software. AbleSet allows users to reorder songs and create random setlists, making live performances more flexible and dynamic.Developing AbleSet presented challenges, but Leo was determined to find solutions and improve the functionality of Ableton Live.Leo has received endorsements from respected Ableton certified professionals, highlighting the value and effectiveness of AbleSet.Leo's passion for music extends beyond AbleSet, as he has created other projects and applications in the multimedia field.Sound Bites00:00 Introduction and Background01:22 Introduction to AbleSet02:48 Inspiration for AbleSet04:01 Leo's Background in Software Development05:23 First Issue: Remote Control of Playback Computer06:36 Second Issue: Changing Setlist on the Fly09:26 Dynamic Looping of Song Sections12:27 Development and Commercialization of AbleSet15:30 Future Updates and Integrations18:33 AbleSet's Capabilities 19:10 Reordering Songs and Random Setlists20:02 Challenges and Solutions21:10 Lack of Official Support from Ableton22:08 Endorsements and Frustrations23:49 Other Projects and Applications25:31 Attending NEM and Future Plans27:19 Goals for AbleSet28:04 Unwinding and Hobbies28:51 Favorite Concerts30:14 Concerts on the Bucket List31:17 Social Media and Closing Remarks
Things that musicians should never do
Apr 1 2024
Things that musicians should never do
In this episode we delve into crucial advice for musicians aiming to thrive in today's ever-evolving music industry landscape. Join us as we identify and discuss five common pitfalls that musicians often fall into, hindering their progress and success. From neglecting branding and obsessing over social media metrics to ignoring essential music business fundamentals, we explore the detrimental effects of these habits on artists' careers. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of prioritizing health and well-being, as well as embracing adaptation to industry changes. Packed with valuable insights and actionable tips, this episode serves as a wake-up call for musicians striving to elevate their craft and achieve long-term success. Tune in to discover the key strategies for navigating the challenges of the modern music industry and taking your music career to new heights.- [01:00] Discussion on the importance of branding for musicians.- [02:15] Why neglecting branding can hinder an artist's success.- [03:45] Tips on building a strong brand as a musician.- [05:00] Exploring the obsession with social media metrics among musicians.- [06:30] The downside of solely focusing on follower counts and likes.- [08:00] Alternative strategies for leveraging social media effectively.- [09:30] The significance of understanding music business fundamentals.- [11:00] Common mistakes made by musicians who overlook business aspects.- [12:45] Resources and education avenues for learning about the music industry.- [14:00] Addressing the tendency for musicians to neglect self-care.- [15:30] The impact of neglecting health on creativity and performance.- [17:00] Strategies for prioritizing health and well-being in the music industry.- [18:30] Discussion on the importance of adapting to changes in the music industry.- [20:00] Examples of outdated practices that musicians should abandon.- [21:30] Embracing innovation and staying relevant in a dynamic industry.Conclusion- [23:00] Recap of the 5 things musicians need to stop doing.- [24:00] Closing remarks and encouragement for listeners to implement positive changes.
Revisiting a catch up with the Monowhales
Mar 25 2024
Revisiting a catch up with the Monowhales
Embark on a melodic voyage through the depths of indie rock with DNA Airwaves' latest episode featuring the enigmatic band, Monowhales. With insightful commentary and captivating tunes, this episode promises to immerse listeners in the essence of Monowhales' musical prowess.[00:00 - 03:12] - Introduction: Dive into the world of Monowhales as the hosts set the stage for an enlightening conversation with the band members. Learn about their origins, influences, and aspirations in the music industry.[03:13 - 12:45] - Evolution of Sound: Explore the evolution of Monowhales' sound from their humble beginnings to their current musical endeavors. Delve into the creative process behind their acclaimed tracks and the inspiration that fuels their artistic vision.[12:46 - 25:30] - Song Breakdown: Get a closer look at some of Monowhales' most beloved songs as the band provides insightful commentary on their lyrics, melodies, and underlying themes. From introspective ballads to high-energy anthems, each track offers a glimpse into the band's multifaceted talent.[25:31 - 35:57] - Behind the Scenes: Go behind the scenes with Monowhales as they share anecdotes from their experiences on the road, in the studio, and beyond. Gain valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of life as a touring indie band.[35:58 - 43:21] - Fan Interactions: Hear firsthand accounts from Monwhales' dedicated fanbase as they share their favorite memories, concert experiences, and the impact the band's music has had on their lives.[43:22 - 50:00] - Future Endeavors: Wrap up the episode with a glimpse into Monowhales' exciting plans for the future, including upcoming projects, collaborations, and aspirations. Leave inspired by their unwavering dedication to their craft and their relentless pursuit of musical excellence.Join DNA Airwaves as they unravel the captivating narrative of Monowhales, one verse at a time. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to their music, this episode promises to leave you spellbound by the raw emotion and undeniable talent of this extraordinary indie rock ensemble.
Empowering Through Rhythm: Luckystickz on Music and Philanthropy
Mar 18 2024
Empowering Through Rhythm: Luckystickz on Music and Philanthropy
In today's episode, we delve into the rhythmic world of Luckystickz, a Canadian singer, songwriter, and virtuoso of the steelpan. Born of Jamaican and Trinidadian roots, Luckystickz blends Soca, Dancehall, R&B, and Gospel into his distinctive Afro R&B/Pop sound. Beyond music, Luckystickz is a passionate philanthropist, founding the TuneIn Foundation to empower youth through music education. We also explore his journey as an author, diving into his book "I Make Money Moves" and much more. Join us for a vibrant conversation with Luckystickz about music, philanthropy, and creativity.TakeawaysBalancing life and pursuing a purpose can be challenging, but having a clear purpose can fuel and motivate you.The TuneIn Foundation aims to empower youth through music and art, providing opportunities for them to explore their creativity and connect with their communities.The foundation offers various programs, including the Talk to Me Nice Conference, The Plug program, arts integrated presentations, and the Blueprint artist development program.Lucky Sticks' journey with the steel pan started at a young age and has evolved to include other musical instruments and singing.Managing time and responsibilities requires a team effort, and having a supportive team is crucial for success. Building and scaling a team is essential for growth and success.Investing in team members and treating them well is crucial for retention and long-term success.Making an impact in the community, especially among young black people, is fulfilling and meaningful.Writing a book can be a powerful way to share knowledge and empower others.Creating culturally responsive content is important for relatability and applicability.Leading with love and showing God's love in everything we do is a powerful way to make a difference.Overcoming rejection and hardships is part of the journey, and persistence is key.Sowing seeds and maintaining consistency are essential for long-term success.Continuing the mission and staying committed to one's purpose is crucial for growth and impact.Chapters00:00 Introduction03:00 Balancing Life and Pursuing a Purpose06:12 The Birth of TuneIn Foundation10:36 Programs Offered by TuneIn Foundation22:17 Managing Time and Teamwork23:00 Building and Scaling a Team24:25 The Importance of Investing in Team Members25:54 Making an Impact in the Community27:02 The Journey of Writing a Book28:28 Empowering Young Black People29:58 Creating Culturally Responsive Content31:21 Leading with Love32:56 Leaving a Legacy36:19 Overcoming Rejection and Hardships41:56 Sowing Seeds and Consistency44:46 Continuing the Mission