Musicians’ Preference

PJ Bond at The Fest 10 in Gainsville, Florida 2011. Photo by Nicole Kibert - elawgrrl.com

A brief road trip with three musicians has yielded some highly useful information. Using the convenience of a captive audience in a van ride to Lausanne, Switzerland, I managed to get some great info from those of the musicians not sleeping. A consensus from all the musicians is that Facebook seems to be the preferred social networking tool because of its ubiquitous properties and its ability to allow musicians to upload music to their profile.  All agreed myspace is a dead format for interactive communication but everyone still had “legacy” myspace pages with their music uploaded to the site.  PJ Bond, a musician from the US was really forthcoming about the amount of technology he uses. (PJ’s myspace page.)  PJ also uses tumblr as a blog and photo hosting site (PJ’s tumblr page.)  Other tools that were mentioned on the van ride to Lausanne was artistdata.com.  According to the site it “helps artists publish information to a variety of destinations with a single point of entry.”  PJ uses this as a way to update all his new media outlets regardless if it’s about a blog update, an upcoming show, or a new picture post.  Twitter is also on the list of tools that these musicians use albeit more of a status notification tool rather than an interactive device.  (PJ’s twitter page.) This was a fantastically informing trip and I feel that I am just starting to scratch the surface for what’s out there.  Till next time…

Start Me Up

Greetings to those of you who have found my little corner of the blogosphere.  I am taking on an endeavor that, on the surface, seems quite daunting but will hopefully shed some light on the music industry’s rapidly changing (r)evolution.  The idea is to explore the ways in which bands and musicians communicate online, whether it be through social media, multimedia, or “what-have-you.”  For the sake of simplicity and brevity, I will refer to these channels of communication as “new media.”  This exploration will also be supported by a paper which is for a class that I am taking at the International University of Geneva.  Since the world of music is vast and deep, I will restrict the discussion to bands and musicians that either I enjoy or serve the purpose of defining or explaining my point(s).

Tonight I will have an opportunity to travel with three solo artists from Geneva, Switzerland to their gig in Lausanne, Switzerland in order to get their insight on how they use new media.  I will use this information to catapult into the ever changing world of the music industry.  Wish me luck.