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Jan 19Liked by Darren Hemmings

As ever Darren, this is a great take on the current and future state of music business. I'm starting my Artist Management and DIY Releasing module at Westminster Uni on Monday with thisπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ I need to go and look at that Beatport model in more depth. It needs a case study. We need someone to nail that formula for non EDM genres. They would be a danger.

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I genuinely feel the approach they're taking is super savvy. Right now, it would appear to be working on every level, but even if in future the market shifted quite fundamentally, I'd like to think Beatport is better set than most to adapt to change, e.g. doubling down on the music creation side if the recorded music side waned etc etc.

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And thank you for the kind words btw! (Sorry - where's my manners!!)

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Jan 19Liked by Darren Hemmings

I have not and will not give one rat's fundament about streaming on Spotty; my bands still make and sell CDs at our live shows, along with shirts, etc.

Streaming is already a pre-poisoned cup, to my mind; algorithms hate rock and roll, and no amount of beggary on my or my peers' part is gonna make that change. The future of music is local and regional; as the streaming platforms' offerings get more bland and AI-by-numbers, listeners will drift away towards real music and real experiences. I'm directing my energy towards delivering on that instead of chasing Spotty's moving goalposts.

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