Money Spinners

Now who said downloads were dead? Producers reveal to this blog exactly how much they made on Traxsource recently – and there’s still money to be made if you play your cards right…

There's no money in downloads anymore. It's all about streaming now. People don't want files cluttering up their hard drive. These are some of the things I've read and been told over the past few years. What isn't so clear is whether any of these statements are actually true. Well,…

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Not bad for someone who died this week! Carl Craig is the latest announced for Defected Croatia 2022 – and it won’t just be Unkle Carl representing Detroit…

This has been quite the eventful week for Carl Craig. It started with Craig complaining about a post on this blog with the juvenile "Haters gonna hate" caption. Then it emerged he had died - only for the man himself to confirm later that he most definitely wasn't dead. Anyone…

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Thinking of using Beatport Link’s streaming service on your next DJ gig, are you? Er, you might have to rethink that plan – and not just because of rubbish wifi at the nightclub…

A while ago now, your favourite blog spoke about Beatport Link. There appears to be money to be made in streaming - certainly not for the artists, but plenty for the labels and plenty for the streaming platforms themselves. Hence why Daniel Ek is worth billions and the average songwriter…

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If you have to ask, you definitely can’t afford it! So how much DID those Brian Eno – he who dismisses NFT users as “little capitalist arseholes” – multi-colour turntables sell for in the end?

Recently, I had a look at my readership statistics over the past few weeks. I was curious to know whether this blog suffered any kind of drop in the numbers over the Christmas and New Year period - and I was somewhat encouraged by what I saw. Traffic was down…

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So how bad DID things get for Resident Advisor in 2020? Companies House statements reveal a £575,000 loss for the year – yet the number of employees on the payroll actually went up…

This blog is not typically known for being gentle on Resident Advisor, dance music’s self appointed answer to a question no one asked. Indeed, I've questioned the £750,000 bailout they got in October 2020, and I've queried why things like plague raves and Dominick Fernow don't get covered on the…

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Larry The Loafer is back! BPI put out report saying 2000 artists get over ten MILLION streams per year in Britain – so can boss Geoff Taylor explain some other things?

It’s something of a mystery to me exactly who the representatives of the record labels, the British Phonographic Industry, actually represent these days. In recent times, their voice has been entirely absent from debates over how fair streaming is - and the favourite stooge of the labels has also failed…

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After Marc Kinchen becomes the latest convert to the NFT phenomenon (after a phone call with Steve Aoki, of all people!) – isn’t the truth that you can sell any old rubbish on the platform?

MK is a man with an interesting history. He started out at Kevin Saunderson's KMS Records back in 1989 and spent a few years learning his trade. A remix job for an obscure Scottish band called The Nightcrawlers - made at an airport with very little equipment after the label…

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Is there anyone who ISN’T running their own course at the moment? Now Carl Cox joins in the latest fad where he invites you to learn about, er, himself…

Traditionally, the start of a brand new year would herald that annual batch of weight loss videos. This usually consists of some smug, high-minded type exercising in exceedingly tight lycra to make you feel bad about daring to eat a few chocolates over Christmas. This year, DJs appear to have…

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So which 5-star Riyadh hotel shall I stay at next time? The question every business techno DJ will be asking as Saudi Arabia confirms it wants to become a global “cultural hub”…

The Nazï regime was probably the first in the world to truly understand the power of the media. Hitler tasked his propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels with ensuring the media of the time - which mostly consisted of newspapers and the radio - were loyal to the regime and only told…

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€87 for Judge Jules, €237 for deadmau5 and €66 for Paul Oakenfold to wish your best friend a happy birthday – inside the latest money-spinner for DJs who despite Covid still have big bills to pay…

Time was that celebrities made the vast majority of their money in their main line of work. For instance, most of the movie stars in Hollywood years ago got their money out of starring in films. Some of them made so much that they could eventually retire, having so much…

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