I guess I’m getting addicted to the Virgin America wi-fi thing (hence the writing of this post is occurring at 30,000 feet above ground).
I am en route to San Francisco to attend and speak at the SanFran MusicTech Summit on Monday. I’m on a panel titled “Reaching Fans” which kicks off bright and early at 9:20 AM. Hope you can attend – and if you are, by all means come up and say hi.
We are also hosting a member dinner on Tuesday for artists from the Bay Area (Kimberly is also joining me). I really look forward to it, it’s been a few months since I’ve had the chance to host one of these -– and they’re always insightful. Many of the features that we launched these past few months are a direct result of these dinners and feedback from members.
This is the ninth one we’ve hosted following Toronto, New York, Seattle, Berlin, London, Seville, Groningen and Cannes (I kinda . . . → Read more
If you want to know that Eurosonic’s like, here’s my quick and dirty:
250 awesome European bands playing in just about every nook and cranny imaginable. Picturesque Dutch town with cool Harry Potter-like buildings. Lots of tall good-looking people on bicycles, talking on mobile phones (cars not allowed). Smoke everywhere. Weird hot-dog vending machines in every street corner. Lousy Dutch weather. Music to die for, all through the night in jam-packed venues. Great beer.
There you have it. Maybe this is what SXSW felt 20 years ago (sans good looking people on bicycles maybe).
Really, I love this event. This my second time at Groningen and what I love about Eurosonic is the artistic integrity behind every music programming choice, and the fact that every festival producer that attends it commits to book at last one of the bands performing (and gets paid for it).
Like the last two years, this year we paid €500 – €1,000 towards the travel costs for 8 selected bands, and I managed to catch quite a few of them. (This is a program . . . → Read more