Beatport’s chief strategy officer, Terry Weerasinghe’s visit to the academy earlier this year revealed a lot of secrets about Beatport and its plans for the future. Terry spoke about how Beatport was working on integrating music from Beatport, to directly stream into the Pioneer DJ systems.
BEATPORT LINK IS NOW OUT!!
Beatport Link, is a new collaboration with Pioneer. DJs will now be able to stream Beatport’s entire library directly into performance software. The integration service, priced at $14.99 per month, is available now as a beta release through Pioneer DJ’s, WeDJ mobile app, and will come to RekordBox later this fall. Beatport LINK gives you access to over seven million songs & specially curated playlists. Users can also make their own playlists and charts. In its full version, there will be an Offline Performance Mode.
Beatport LINK also includes the beta version of Beatport CLOUD, a “suite of features for the store’s loyal customer base,” including full track previews, unlimited re-downloads and a new My Library section. Beatport CLOUD is available as a standalone subscription for $4.99 per month.
Radiohead’s music has always been an adventure. Super challenging at times in terms of technicality & production but, still so warm & welcoming to someone who is just a listener.
Getting closer to the release of his new solo album Thom Yorke spoke with Thomas Frost from CRACK MAGAZINE about his influences, writers block, anxiety, his first classical piece, soundtrack score and so much more.
Thom Yorke in conversation with Thomas Frost from Crack Magazine
Scott Walker of The Walker Brothers on the set of TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars, United Kingdom, August 1965. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki/ASP/Getty Images)
Thom Yorke speaks about how Scott Walker was a huge influence on him & Radiohead. He says that Scott showed him how he could use his voice and words. In 2006, Walker was quoted saying: “Radiohead are fabulous. If I could have it all again and be in a band, that’s the kind of band I’d like to have been in.”
Yorke also cited Flying Lotus as a major influence, explaining that the producer’s live shows changed the way Thom thinks about making music.
“We watched Flying Lotus in the early years on tour with us, and we watched him with his live set-up performing all his loops and thought, ‘Well that’s interesting,’ because it’s a live performance, he’s improvising. We suddenly realised this is a new way to write stuff. I would send [Nigel Godrich] completely unfinished, sprawling tracks and he would focus in on the bits and pieces that he thought would work, build them up into samples and loops, and then throw them back at me, where I would start writing vocals.
Thom Yorke in conversation with Thomas Frost from Crack Magazine
When asked about this Thom Yorke’s new solo record, his first classical piece performance, movie score for Suspiria and how this rich creative burst suddenly came about to him, Thom replies,
“Wow. Well I think I’d look at it in a different way, because things slowed down for a while and I’m happy I can work again and come back into focus. I seemed to spend a lot of time in my basement, in the studio for two years, and suddenly everything that was kicking around in there is starting to come out.”
On artistic freedom while working across different fields, Thom says,
“You have to come to something with a beginner’s mind. Once you’ve learned to use a drum machine, or learned to write in a particular way, the temptation is to go back there, because you know it works. But the point is, if you’ve discovered it works, it no longer works. Look at Aphex Twin. He does similar things to me but uses machinery. Once he’s gone through a phase of going back to an old sequencer, he’s done with it, he’s moved on.”
“How did you reconcile your need as an artist, your need to live a practical existence through touring and earning money, while living a sustainable lifestyle?”
“It doesn’t sit easy with me. I don’t even like flying! I was really, really upset about it a few years ago. The amount of it, as well – if you only do a few shows, then people fly in. Which is way worse. But the wider thing for me is that we have spent a good 16-20 years pointing fingers at each other. These endless headlines like, ‘Yes but what can you do.’ Change your lightbulbs. Blah blah blah. While the government is allowing licenses for fracking.
For example, just travelling in Europe, right? If you gave me the chance to travel on the train in Europe, in a comfortable way in a reasonable amount of time, I’d take it. Our system of travel is not geared up to support that; it’s geared up to support flying. We subsidise aviation fuel and that’s the only reason that it’s cheap to fly. Every government massively subsidises the cost of fuel for planes. And then they tell you not to fly! It’s just one example of how without government support we can’t change the way that we operate, and that’s not just here. That’s everybody.”
Thomas’s final question asks Thom Yorke what makes him optimistic about the future?
“I think we’ve reached a crisis point. I hope it will be our final crisis point where we actually allow the anger and frustration that’s inside of us to come to fruition. To speak. We need to wake the fuck up. Once we wrestle the wheel off the maniac – maniacs – trying to drive us off a cliff, I’m optimistic. I really do think right now we’re seeing the people at the wheel for what they are and it’s only going to snap us awake. I hope so.”
Hi! I’m Terry Weerasinghe, the chief strategy officer from Beatport. I’ve had various roles within Beatport. For most of the time, I’ve run the general business, how Beatport works, fits together and grows. But now, my role is more concentrated on what kind of new services Beatport integrate into. The kind of projects that I now work on? For example, we are about to launch a service where people can directly stream into Pioneer.
Q) Could you tell us a bit more about your background?
I was a DJ 30 years ago and after I finished University I started working for Pioneer, in the year 2000. I worked on the early CDJs for them, everything from CDJ 1000 to a DJM 800. I left pioneer and I ran Traktor for Native Instruments in 2008 until 2013 and now, for the last five-six years I have been at Beatport.
Q) Advice for amateur musicians to start in the Music Industry
You know, we’ve got a roomful of like-minded people here, and there’s the international community, and there is the local community. One of the really important things to try and establish, here, is a community for you all to be able to help each other.
You have people like Arjun (Arjun Vagale) related to this school and other people coming in from other places. A good thing to start off with is to build a regular community get-together and invite the people that are coming into town that you respect, to come talk and impart some knowledge for you.
Arjun Vagale // Asymetrik Credits: MK Chaitanya
This does a couple of things:
One it connects you to people from outside.
Two: It means that you can rely on your individual strengths
…because there is a lot more to being a musician than being good at music… and I know that sounds like a terrible thing to say… but these days, you need to have some understanding of marketing.
You need to have some understanding of where your trajectory is going to be in all of these different things; Maybe one of you in the room is amazing at social media & one of you is incredible with a particular plugin. You need to be able to accept these people, work with these people, learn from these people, together! Because that’s what’s going to make you all stronger.
So, if you have someone you know, for example, if there’s somebody from the “PAN label” ((this is one of the best experimental labels out there); visiting Delhi, you as an experimental producer can try and find a way of writing to the person that’s booking them and say “hey, would they be interested to give a talk and share?” Not everyone’s going to be; Because some people just don’t have the time or don’t want to do that.
But actually, most people from this industry have got big hearts and this is what they love. They would love to come and speak to people to inspire them. To go down the same paths, I think, you know… that’s always a startup for anybody.
The reality of the situation is, a lot of the shift in electronic music has gone from producing music to performing that music… That’s why, I asked earlier who DJ-s and who doesn’t play live. You should really think about if you want yourself to have a career as an artist rather than to be a back room studio person. The dream of making an amazingly good album and hanging your career off that, isn’t really something that happens very often these days.
Q) Advice to Artists to Grow as better musicians
So record labels are looking for more new people now. The thing to do is, make the good album but also have the tour schedule afterwards. Because the tour schedule is really where you’re going to make the majority of your money. I mean in a percentage (Terry asks Dev) …let’s take Arjun, for example, what’s the percentage of revenue from his tours v/s from his music alone?
Dev: I’d say 95: 5 percent!
So 95% of his money comes from his gigs, five per cent comes from his music. And you need both, the music is part of your promotion. But you need to also think, what positive things can I do, to send me on the right path.
Networking with the right people is definitely the right thing… you know… it should be a pleasure for you to hang out with people that like the same music as you. You are not competing with them. You do the special things that you have inside you, you’re going to get there as well,
Help everybody around you… because that’s going to make everybody around you want to help you as well. Stay positive in these kinds of ways, that’s definitely something.
Think of yourself as a brand. I wish that I could say that it is easy for somebody, but it isn’t these days… Take Beatport, for example, every week we have 25,000 releases on Beatport.
25,000!! so what can you do to stand out?
Q) What Social Media Platform is right for me?
With social media, you need to think about your personality as well. You know.. there are different social media strategies and different ones for different people. Peggy Gou (for example) is an incredibly attractive girl, who looks great in photographs and Instagram is her thing. So she can obviously get lots of followers by having amazing pictures of her, on Instagram.
A post shared by Peggy Gou (@peggygou_) on May 2, 2019 at 10:20am PDT
Some other people….. there’s an old British DJ called Mr C who has been DJing for as long as… longer than I’ve been around even… and he’s incredibly opinionated… so, Twitter! for him, is incredible for him. He puts all of these rants down and then people just forward it everywhere because there is so much amazing information.
So if you’re very good with words and have opinions, then Twitter is the right place for you and then you know Facebook is a happy medium. So you can concentrate on the one area where you really want to grow your fans but do something that suits you and suits your personality.
Q) Should Artists evolve/change their genre over time?
In 2013 deep house was the best-selling genre on Beatport!
…now it’s Techno!
We saw people leave the deep house scene and move into techno. A good example of who did that successfully would be an artist like “Tale of Us”. So if you listen to “Tale of Us” around 2013 you’ve got… you know… very much the 2013 deep house sound but listen to them actually just a year and a half later and they moved to techno! And they managed to do that successfully, but then look at the other artists that were making that deep house down in 2013 and how many of them have managed to do that? Not so many.
Beatport’s Genre Graphic
And in those cases, those artists have gone from being top-tier artists to the second-tier artists for a period of time; but they’ll come back around again to being fashionable again.
There’s actually a record on the wall there… which is… a… John Digweed record.
Around the time I was DJing, John Digweed was one of the best progressive house DJs in the world. Him(John Digweed) and Sasha were being rated number one DJ, number 2 DJs at the time, the same way that the EDM DJs have been in the DJ Mag Awards for a while.
John Digweed is still playing a similar type of music to what he played 25 years ago.
Yeah, it is 25 years ago. He still plays a similar style; but a little bit slower but that kind of progressive-y.
In terms of his popularity, it went down from him being the biggest DJ in the world, to probably almost a second-tier list… but still packing big shows. Then, actually when, the whole Innervisions thing kicked off with Dixon…that is essentially progressive house, that they play (it’s like a slowed down melodic, kind of afro, kind of sound… but definitely on a progressive side). Then John Digweed and Sasha’s style started to come back in again. And he stayed true to his game and stuck to what he’s done.
Q) How Important is research in Music?
It is important to understand what is trending in music at the moment. The big room EDM sounds since 2013 has been declining quite heavily; Techno is on the up, Deep house is on the down, Drum & Bass on the up & Tech house is on the up and this is the electronic world as we see it right now. It is important to be aware of that.
Because when a scene is on the downward trend, that means: fewer gigs, less money. It means the big guys, they’re coming down a peg and taking the room away from new people being able to get into the scene.
Q ‘n’ A with Beatport Terry
Beatport Tips For Music Producers and DJ's with Terry Weerasinghe. - YouTube
Both a pioneering hero in India and a globetrotting renegade who has performed in such legendary places like Tresor, Verboten, and Paradiso, Arjun Vagale’s dedication to beat craft is hard to match in this day and age. Simply put: dude makes world-class techno music.
Known for his intense, driven, innovative, and ever-evolving productions, Vagale’s strive to keep ahead of the curve has also found the artist keeping busy co-running a successful booking agency (UnMute), a booming school for India’s budding talent (I Love Music Academy), and a futuristic Indo-Spanish cross-pollinated record label ODD Recordings, which he runs with Ramiro Lopez, that’s been causing quite the stir with industry folk and ravers alike. He’s played all the biggies: Awakenings, BPM, Sonar; he’s dropped tracks with Planet Rhythm, Drumcode, and Second State; and he’s headlined alongside everyone from Adam Beyer to Josh Wink.
At this point, there’s hardly anything Vagale hasn’t done, rightfully earning him the title of one of “Asia’s Finest Underground Music Exports.” To add another accolade under his belt, India’s techno ambassador heads to Lantern this Saturday (Apr 27), kindly answering a few questions beforehand about relentless touring, how he juggles his various roles, and the rise of electronic music in India.
The purpose of copyright is to give credit where it is due, to encourage the creation of new works by giving the creators the right to own and protect the interests, of their original creations. It comes into being the moment a work is created. It need not be registered, and registration is completely voluntary.
As a music producer/ composer protecting your work(s) does sometimes become quite essential. Especially if you are thinking of monetizing them.
In India, the registration of copyright is not mandatory as the registration is treated as a mere record of a fact. It can be contested, if proof of creation is available beyond the registered copyright and therefore registration is not a prerequisite for initiating action against infringement.
Every Country has its own copyright laws and these laws can be confusing. We have covered the basics, for you to better understand what goes into copyrighting your work in India; however, this is not a comprehensive guide but rather a simplified understanding of the process. So if you plan to copyright its best to consult a professional, namely a copyright lawyer to get your work protected.
There are three basic ways you can protect music: 1. Lyrics under “literary work” for which the copyright owner is the lyricist. 2. Music under “musical work” for which the owner is the composer & 3. The recorded Song, which includes both the lyrics and the music, is protected under “sound recording” for which the owner is the producer of the sound (predominantly record labels).
THE PROCESS TO COPYRIGHT YOUR MUSIC
The process of copyrighting music is the same as for any kind of copyrighted work. That is, it begins with the initial stage of submitting your copyright application to the “Registrar of Copyrights” in your country.
Step 1: Make sure you record your song in a “Tangible Medium” that is in written form or on a taped/digital sound recording)
Step 2: Register for An Account at the Copyright Office Website in your country. For India, you can register here: India Copyright registration.
Step 3: Fill out the Copyright Registration Application
Step 4: Pay the Registration Fee
Step 5: Submit a Copy of Your Song
Step 6: Formality Check To ensure that the basic requirements have been completed, a formality check may take place. (2-4 copies of your work depending on what country you are applying in, prescribed fees etc.) If an application, fails the ‘Formality Check’, the Copyright office generates a letter addressed to the applicant requesting him/her to for furnish the necessary requirements.
Step 7: Wait for Your Registration to Be Processed
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Usually, a minimum waiting period of thirty days is given, from the date of receipt of your application. This period is actually a buffer time for anyone, to raise an objection in case he claims or disputes your application. The application is further processed if no objection is raised or received by the Registrar office.
Apart from this, a scrutiny process is done by an examiner, and if any discrepancy is found, a hearing by the registrar would follow. Once the registrar is satisfied, he will approve the copyright registration. Thus, it is best to consult with a lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property Rights.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSICAL WORK & SOUND RECORDING
A genuine problem that many applicants face while filing copyright is differentiating between Musical Works and Sound Recording.
Copyright is registered under “Musical Work” when a composer develops a melody which is represented as a piece of sheet music or any other form of graphical musical notation.
However, when the same melody is recorded on a Vinyl, CD, Flash Drive or any other medium the said work is then copyrighted under, “Sound Recording”
“In a musical work, Copyright is not the soulful tune, the super singing, the glorious voice or the wonderful rendering. It is the melody or harmony reduced to printing, writing, or graphic form”
As observed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Indian Performing Rights Society v. Eastern Indian Motion Pictures Association [AIR1977 SC 1443] “
What do I do if my work has been used without my permission ??
“All rights reserved” is a copyright formality indicating that the copyright holder reserves, or holds for its own use, all the rights provided by copyright law.
PROVING COPYRIGHT & ACTIONS AGAINST INFRINGEMENT Technically, copyright is given to a work that is original and has a minimum modicum of creativity by the author who creates it. Copyright protection starts as soon as the work is created, thus if one can prove that a work was created by them, and the date of such work, this would be sufficient protection.
That being said, if a work is protected through the registration of the copyright through the proper legal procedure, it would hold more value in a court of law.
Actions against infringement, or remedies for infringement, can be bifurcated into the following:
Interlocutory Injunction: This injunction prevents a party to a suit from doing certain acts until a judgement is made. This prevents any further damage happening to the party whose rights are getting infringed.
Mareva Injunction: This injuction allows the court to get custody of the goods that are causing the infringement, until the judgement is passed. This allows the goods to be safe and not disposed off.
Monetary Relief: Monetary relief can be of the following kinds: Damages(compensatory and conversion), and profits earned by the infringing party.
Anton Pillar Order: This order has several functions. The main one is that it prevents the infringer from destroying the goods that are causing the infringement. The copyright owner also has the right, under this order, to take the infringing goods into safe keeping.
And if you’re feeling particularly vengeful !!
A person who is found guilty of infringing the copyright of another person would be liable for imprisonment(minimum 6 months, maximum 3 years) or a fine(minimum Rs.50,000, maximum Rs.2,00,000).
All in all its better to keep your work protected and also good practice to take permission before you sample someone elses work .
Tame Impala has gone from a psychedelic project to one of the leading rock bands in the world. Their music has always had the sonic vibe of the’60s & the ’70s with pop melodies and modern electronic production. Their album Currents saw Tame Impala throw in synthesizers and crisp drum programming, making it the band’s most dance-ready music to date.
Previously performed live on Saturday Night Live, Tame Impala released their new song, “Borderline”.
Tame Impala - Borderline (Official Audio) - YouTube
“Borderline” and “Patience” is the first set of new music from the band since 2015’s Currents and is attached with B-Sides & Remixes EP. The band is scheduled to headline Coachella & will also play in Lollapalooza. You can find tickets to their gigs here.
SOS, the first to track to arrive from the album “Tim” was dropped on Wednesday and features vocals from “Wake Me Up” singer Aloe Blacc. The track was produced by Avicii, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer Fogelmark who said the album was nearly finished at the time of the artist’s death from an apparent suicide on April 20 of last year.
Avicii - SOS (Fan Memories Video) ft. Aloe Blacc - YouTube
“I’m honoured to have worked with you and I promise to carry on your legacy through our songs.”
The album is set for release on June 6th and will feature songs Avicii worked on in the months before his death. All proceeding from the album will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which was set up to offer support to those suffering from mental health issues. “Since Tim’s passing, the family decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world.”
Avicii - The Story Behind "SOS" ft. Aloe Blacc - YouTube
I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it. He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles, and I think it’s a really important topic to approach and to share, especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts: To give people the words to be able to say ’I need help.’