John Beeler 
Member since Oct 22, 2013

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Re: “Two Heads are Better Than One

Great article, but I'm a little disappointed there wasn't a corresponding montage of the Brain Twins working together set to this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U56KbegdkG…

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Posted by John Beeler on 05/05/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “A Collaborative Calling

Thanks for writing this Seth. Happy to answer any questions here if anyone has any.

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Posted by John Beeler on 03/14/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Building an Economy-Size Conversation

Thanks Gil. Good thoughts.

Posted by John Beeler on 02/20/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Building an Economy-Size Conversation

Hi - happy to answer any questions about this down here. My main point would be that music is already thriving in Indianapolis. There are some areas that could benefit from some coordinated effort and thinking, but that only accelerates a process that is likely inevitable.

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Posted by John Beeler on 02/20/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “This Year's Model

Thanks for adding your thoughts Kristin!

As long as there are Ben and Kristins and Jebs in the world, artists and small independent labels will do just fine. Go forth and multiply!

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Posted by John Beeler on 01/03/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “This Year's Model

Hi Ben, good thoughts. Here are mine.

From a label standpoint, Spotify et al isn't a bad thing but it's not a good thing. It's more like a force of nature. Kind of like storms and farmers. Nothing we can do to stop it but that doesn't mean we can't complain.

What I like about Spotify is the sense of discovery.

The streaming isn't an issue. We one-upped Radiohead a couple of years ago (and preempted Beyonce!) by announcing the first Sufjan music in five years on Bandcamp:
http://www.stereogum.com/480171/sufjan-ste…

So streaming is fine.

What I don't like about Spotify compromises the integrity of the music because there is so damn much of it. I could be wrong but I don't believe people spend a lot of time with one album on Spotify. It's more about playlists and moving to other artists than it is about sitting with one record.

Also, Spotify is an illusion in terms of support. Yes, it's legal, but if you're wanting good music to sustain, streaming is not the way to go. I believe that we get more revenue from piracy than we do from Spotify. Pirates are rabid music fans. Spotify users much less so. We post comments like these on piracy sites and always get an overwhelming response:
http://kickass.to/lily-madeleine-lily-made…

There's no path to purchase on Spotify, so it becomes this purgatory where you just sit and listen to Spotify - but not to an artist. It does support (and is owned by) the larger labels because $0.0005 a play is more than $0, and when you have a large catalog that makes sense. But for smaller labels it is certainly not and probably never will be an income stream.

If you like an artist, please don't end your support with Spotify. Hopefully you end up buying physical products, or an iTunes download, and/or seeing the band live.

As far as the future of Spotify - there probably is one, until Apple comes out with their own version and a way to purchase the music right there and then. And YouTube is a very valid streaming site in its own right, and has better monetization that Spotify can ever offer. I wouldn't be surprised if smaller labels start quietly pulling out of Spotify and putting full album streams on YouTube. Oh hey look at this:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67V…

Posted by John Beeler on 01/02/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The White Room

Right there with Jeb. Music is powerful and can separate and demographic-ize, but that same power can bring different kinds of people together. So let's do it.

Posted by John Beeler on 11/09/2013 at 9:04 AM

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