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Comment Box – Are music festivals a sham?

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Music festivals are fun. Music festivals are expensive (a Glastonbury ticket will run you approximately $340) . In most cases, tickets are sold before the lineup of bands is announced. Is it fair that we’re asked to fork over cash without knowing what bands we’re going to see? More importantly, what are we paying for — the music or the festival experience? Comment Box is a BAMM.tv production. For all things indie music – fresh tracks, video, docs, and podcasts – go to BAMM.tv Credits: Executive Producers: Nick Hansen, Chris Hansen Producers: Ian McPherson, Chris Davies, Phil Lang Recording Engineer and Mixing: Jerad Paul Fox, Siera Sinclair Host: Ian McPherson Guest: Christopher Davies Music provided by Niteppl - https://soundcloud.com/niteppl

Comment Box – Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding – collecting financing for a project from a “crowd” of support – has become an increasingly popular mean for artists to pay for the creating of their creative work. It’s become so successful, in fact, that celebrities such as Zach Braff, Rob Thomas, and Spike Lee have taken to the platform. Some think the celebrities take attention (and money) away from the unknown artists that need the financial support the most. Host Ian McPherson and Editorial Director Chris Davies tackle this topic and take to the streets for additional opinions. Listen to the episode below.

The basic facts on crowdfunding:

  • There are more than 100 online platforms that bring together entrepreneurs and consumer-investors for projects that need funding.
  • The fee on various platforms tends to be 3 to 9 percent of money raised.
  • Kickstarter is dominant in the U.S., while RocketHub and IndieGoGo currently have better international presence.
  • The average successful campaign on Kickstarter raises about $7,000, while an average failed campaign raises only about $900 in pledges. The average contribution tends to $75 per person.
  • While success rates for other sites are not publicly known, Kickstarter reportedly has a success rate of about 45 percent.
  • Friends, family and local consumers play a crucial role in generating early traction

Credits:

Executive Producers: Nick Hansen, Chris Hansen

Producers: Ian McPherson, Chris Davies, Phil Lang

Recording Engineer and Mixing: Jerad Paul Fox

Host: Ian McPherson

Music provided by Niteppl - https://soundcloud.com/niteppl

Comment Box is a BAMM.tv production. For all things indie music – music, video, docs, and podcast – go to BAMM.tv

Sampling and the case of Jay-Z and Eddie Bo

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A record label representing the now-deceased R&B artist Eddie Bo has filed a copyright claim against Jay Z for allegedly using Bo’s 1969 funk single “Hook & Sling Part 1″ without permission, according to New York Daily News. The label, TufAmerica, claims the sample appears in Jay Z’s 2009 Grammy-winning single “Run This Town,” which featured Rihanna and one of the song’s producers, Kanye West.

Which leads us to a very confusing topic in the Hip Hop world. Just what constitutes “sampling,” when does sampling require permission, and what – if any – monetary compensation is required? Sampling is a fundamental aspect of Hip Hop, and yet it remains a very gray area of the genre.

Host Ian McPherson sits down with BAMM Editorial Director Chris Davies hash it out and test the general public’s opinion in the form of online comments and on-the-street interviews.

Comment Box is a BAMM.tv production.

Credits:

Host: Ian McPherson
Executive Producers: Chris and Nick Hansen
Producer: Phil Lang, Chris Davies, Ian McPherson
Sound and Recording Engineer: Jerad Paul Fox

Music provided by Niteppl - https://soundcloud.com/niteppl

Jay-Z And Master P: A Tale Of Two Empires

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Joey Bien-Kahn takes a revealing look at the interwoven business history of two modern day moguls: Jay-Z and Master P …

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2013 was a bad year for Jay-Z the Rapper. Magna Carta … Holy Grail had none of the dark elegance of Reasonable Doubt, none of the club slaps of The Blueprint and not even any of the royal over-indulgence of Watch the Throne. It didn’t have a club hit, wasn’t committed to artistry, and some of the lyrics read like stroke-induced gibberish (“I’m in the ocean/I’m in heaven/Yacht!/”Ocean’s Eleven”).

But 2013 was a great year for Jay-Z the Mogul. Once again, Jay made money for himself and his friends, while remaining squarely in the public eye. He presold a million copies of Holy Grail for early download on Samsung smartphones and tablets (check out that promo below). He toured North America with Justin Timberlake, bringing in $69.75 million. And his protégées J. Cole and Kanye West put out two of the best studio albums of the year, while his wife won the Pop Star Wars with an unprecedentedly unexpected album drop that defied the Age of Internet Leaks.

Stadiums: sold. A million records: sold. Samsung smartphones: sold. Say what you want about Jay’s rap output since The Blueprint (2001); just don’t say a thing about his business savvy. Let’s be honest here—Jay-Z the Mogul has been the more impressive side of Shawn Carter for much of his career. Remember: He’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man.

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Wild Child

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It’s the return of our Featured Artist feature – and we’ve got an absolutely amazing band all set to fuel your February. Gather round and get ready to tame the beast that is Wild Child! We’ve got all sorts of exclusive stuff coming up over the next couple of weeks, starting with this in-depth interview. Enjoy …

How did the band get together?

Kelsey and I we touring together as part of the backing band for a Danish band called The Migrant. I was playing accordion and she was playing violin. We were on the road for 6 weeks and during that time we started writing songs in the van to pass the time. During one stop in SF we stayed with my cousin Evan and wrote “That’s What She Say” together. After that we really started cranking them out and by the time we got back to Austin, we decided we wanted to make a band and make a record. Next came a full band lineup and the album Pillow Talk.

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BAMM.tv Best Of 2013: Fernando Estrada

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Hope you had a great Christmas – and what with the New Year celebrations yet to come, little reminder is needed that we’re still in the tail-end of 2013, and still indulging in that wistful ‘looking back at the musical highlights of the year’ business. Today we asked BAMM.tv’s Fernando Estrada to pick his five favorite albums of 2013 …

1. San Fermin – San Fermin

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BAMM.tv Best Of 2013 – Fatima El Filali

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We’ve been asking the BAMM.tv team what their musical highlights of 2013. Today it’s the turn of Fatima El Filali, whose wonderfully eclectic choices can be found below …

1. Mashrou’ Leila

The hipster band of Lebanon (as my friend calls them)!

Raasuk (below) literally means “they made you dance”. It is safe to say that this is a track from a very political album. I think the whole album plays around the idea of the rulers making the people dance, which makes it conceptual too. The video for the single is also playing with the same idea, the title literally means: for the nation.

Below is one of my faves from their previous album, and also a fave from their first album.

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Win An Exclusive Digital Portrait From The Flashbulb!

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We hope you’ve been enjoying our exclusive season of cool stuff featuring our Featured Artist The Flashbulb – and we’re going to round things off with an exclusive giveaway. See, it turns out that Benn Jordan (The Flashbulb himself) isn’t just an electro-mastermind – he’s also fond of creating digital artwork too.

We’re offering one lucky winner the chance to have a digital portrait of themselves created by The Flashbulb – a truly unique, one-of-a-kind prize that any fan would love. Want to stand a chance of winning? All you have to do is email info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Flashbulb Contest’ before Monday December 2nd. Good luck …

The Flashbulb: His Favorites From The BAMM.tv Vault

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We asked our Featured Artist The Flashbulb to pick his favorite moments from the sprawling BAMM.tv music archive …

“I think I’ve actually gone through every BAMM video for this process. It made for a splendid Sunday morning. I kind of feel like an A&R guy, but my coffee isn’t expensive enough.

“After watching Who Cares – Show Me Some Change (below), I was reminded of how deceiving looks can be. I expected the sound of “Mouse Rat”, for those of you familiar with Parks And Recreation. The actual sound was an unexpected blend of 70′s Harlem, some open mic’d drums, and a filthy loop that sounds like the groan a baby didgeridoo would make while bashing out police car windows. The point is, this is unique, and it is great. The other point is, I need to grow my hair out and stop wearing tracksuits before I make another video.

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Bamm.tv Featured Artist: The Flashbulb

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Meet electronic mastermind Benn Jordan. He’s a man of many different names, collecting pseudonyms the way a hyperactive 90s kid collected Pokemon. You may also have heard him referred to as (deeeeeep breath now) Acidwolf, CHR15TPUNCH3R, DJ ASCII, Dr. Lefty, Dysrythmia, FlexE, Human Action Network, Lucid32, rapemachine, rnd16, 66x or Q-Bit.

For the purposes of our Featured Artist celebration, however, we fixing our beady eye on Benn’s most well-known alterego: The Flashbulb.

Benn is particularly direct when it comes to the origins of Flashbulb. “In the mid-70′s,” he recounts, “Lee Jordan and Denise Richardson met while vacationing in Virginia. Many sexual instances later Denise noticed she was more nauseated than usual. 9 months later the band was formed, but did not record music for another 14 years.” In other words: it’s just him. Flashbulb is a one-man operation, and Benn is the brains and talent behind it.

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