Thinking About Meetups

November 12, 2008

Originally posted on the Bytesizemusic blog

In the last fortnight I’ve been down to two very different music industry gatherings.

One, a formal MusicTank panel session in the basement at the MCPS-PRS. £30 per ticket, name badges, rows of stackable chairs and a mic-ed up ‘expert’ panel (pic below).

The other, an informal post-Musexpo meetup down at the Bloomsbury Bowling lanes. Free for anyone to go down, introductions over a beer, bowling shoes and a mixed bunch of digital music types (pic below).

I’d go to both again but I know which one I preferred. Experiencing both ends of the scale in a short space of time made me feel that what we’re doing with the OpenMusicMedia Meet (where we combine a mix of the two) is the right way to go. Reinforcing this is the increasing number of people getting in touch recently asking when the next session is.

There has been a bit of a gap since our last Meet, largely due to the combination of a very busy October for both myself and Jonas and my imminent fatherhood. But I’m hoping that we’ll have one more session before the end of the year and then quickly get back into the flow in the New Year.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

We’re pleased to announce the next instalment of the OpenMusicMedia Meet and this time we have Eric Wahlforss from Berlin-based startup SoundCloud as our special guest. In a recent blog post Eric argues that in a post-scarcity publishing world, the key is to own the most relevant copy. As he explains:

This sounds a bit cryptic, agreed. Let me try to explain what I mean. The point I’m trying to make is actually very simple. The Web is a giant copying machine. And yet, if people can avoid having to copy something, they will. The problem is that today, the music industry suffers quite a bit from illegal file sharing–a giant copy party. What is going to happen over the coming years is that this copy fest will wind down. Yes, it will! And the reason for that is that there will be services that let people listen to their music without having to copy files and manage them.

Let’s go back to the cryptic title of this post… The key, being a music service or a label or an artist in this world of link-passing, is to own the most relevant copy. With most relevant I mean the most happening copy, the most accessible copy, the most usable copy, the coolest copy, the earliest copy, the most exclusive copy, the copy with the best sound quality, the most permanent copy, the most social copy, the most remixed copy, the most authentic copy, the most interoperable copy, etc.

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OpenMusicMedia Meet #3 - 10th September

As usual expect a lot of good conversation, interesting people and plenty of debate before during and after we hear from Eric. For the uninitiated here’s some more info.

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE
In his essay earlier this year Wired’s Kevin Kelly outlined his theory of 1000 True Fans. Inspiring for some, controversial for others, his opening thoughts are described below:

Other than aim for a blockbuster hit, what can an artist do to escape the long tail? One solution is to find 1,000 True Fans. While some artists have discovered this path without calling it that, I think it is worth trying to formalize. The gist of 1,000 True Fans can be stated simply:

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

Is this wishful thinking? What is a ‘true fan’? Do the maths add up? What does this mean for the artists of tomorrow? These are just a few of the questions that we’ll be discussing at the next instalment of the OpenMusicMedia Meet.

Interestingly enough 1000 is the average number of fans that invest in each successful artist/band on Sellaband, the controversial site where artists aim to raise $50,000 by selling ‘parts’ to ‘believers’. And we’ll be joined by Sellaband’s Creative Director Pim Betist who’s flying into London as our special guest for what should be a very interesting converstation. Come and join in by getting down to the William IV pub next Wednesday 30th July.

OpenMusicMedia Meet #1

OpenMusicMedia Meet #1

If you weren’t lucky enough to be there for our first ever OpenMusicMedia Meet (pictured above) with Anthony Volodkin from HypeMachine, then here is what you can expect:

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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It’s now been just over a week since the first OpenMusicMedia Meet. A big thank you to everyone who came down and made the night such a success. It was great to have Anthony from Hype Machine down and the conversation flowed all evening. There’s now some photos up at the OpenMusicMedia Photostream. Andrew Dubber has also put some photos online and thanks to Grumblemouse for the pic below.

OpenMusicMedia

Thanks to everyone who gave us shouts on Twitter and covered the evening on their own blogs. We’re now busy planning the next meetup which should hopefully be in late June / early July. The discussion is likely to be on the theme of ‘feels like free’ and ad-funded music and we’re trying to confirm guest speakers right now. All suggestions and feedback are welcome so feel free to get in touch directly or by leaving a comment below. For now we’ll leave you with a short but sweet music video of the night made using the very cool Animoto. Don’t believe the hype!

Tonight’s Meet

May 14, 2008

A quick post to remind everybody about tonight’s meet and fill in a few bits of info for you. Judging from the RSVP list so far it’s gonna be a great session with some great people. Anyone not RSVP’ed already, please do so as it helps us keep a tab on the numbers and let you all know about the next meet.

We’ll be upstairs in the William IV pub from 6pm onwards. Around 7pm our guest Anthony Volodkin from Hype Machine will kick things off, followed by discussion. Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas please. We want everyone to get involved and leave with some new friends! After the discussion we will be staying upstairs for more drinks and some food until 11pm.

– If you take any pics please add to our Flickr stream.
– If you twitter, please drop us a mention now and twitter the event later.
– If you blog, please drop us a mention and tag as OpenMusicMedia.
– If you stumble across any interesting links relavent to tonight’s discussion please add them to our Ma.gnolia group.

Also, if anyone happens to be handy with a video camera we’d love someone to capture some short video at the meet. Let us know if you can help out with that.

We’re very excited to announce the first OpenMusicMedia Meet on May 14th. Check out the full listing at Upcoming and let us know if you are attending. We have found a superb location just off Old Street, it’s upstairs at the William IV pub. Check below for th

William IV

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be.

LINEUP: this session we will have Anthony Volodkin from Hype Machine dropping in all the way from the US for a roundtable discussion on music blogs and their role in today’s digital music ecosystem. We hope to cover all angles, here are some primers…

– are music blogs the future labels?
– how can music blogs get licensed?
– how can music bloggers monetize?
– can chatter in the blogosphre predict future hits?
– are music blog aggregators the new radio?
– how does major label investment in blogs like Idolator and Stereogum change the landscape?

After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to see you all there!

OpenMusicMedia is born!

April 6, 2008

OpenMusicMedia is born today.

This blog serves as the central hub for the OpenMusicMedia Meet, a group started by Dave Haynes and Jonas Woost that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and to open up conversations between them.

Take a look around the site for more information on upcoming meets as well as news, thoughts, bookmarks and photos from the group.