#SXSW 2013 Interviews with Bandpage's Chris Wiltsee and CD Baby's Brian Felsen
The following excerpts and videos are from 2 days of interviews conducted by Helsinki based streaming company LiveMusicStage at SXSW 2013.
These interviews were filmed and streamed live on Austin Tech Talk from the LiveMusicStage booth at digitalmusic.org's lounge.
LiveMusicStage is an online venue where fans can participate in interactive live-streamed concerts, broadcast by venues, festivals and studios from around the world.
Interviews with BandPage's Chris Wiltsee And CD Baby's Brian Felsen
Chris Wiltsee, BandPage (Interviewed by David Hazan)
BandPage launched a new experiential feature yesterday, which allows bands to create innovative experiences for fans, such as various contests and challenges. There is a pent-up opportunity, which just needed a channel to be let out. The platform will also let fans express what kinds of experiences they want, by clicking a button to compose the experience. Some of it will be kooky, some off-color, and some will be golden."
There is a direct lineage in patronage from the 1900s, and this is where money is left on the table today. As an example, an Icelandic band announced they would take sounds from fans and create original music from those sounds. The fan who paid the $1400 price for submitting his sounds is going to have a memory that lasts a lifetime."
Brian Felsen, President CD Baby (Interviewed by David Hazan)
What is interesting is that we're signing mobile service providers from many different countries and even different continents for streaming. Actually, our CD sales have not been hurt at all by streaming. In fact, our CD sales are still growing."
Artists need to get involved with the community of their fans and other artists. There is a real opportunity in artists training artists. You can get inspired by other musicians and improve your craft."
It is so easy to create music and consume it anywhere. You don't look forward getting back home to listen to your favorite album anymore. So, it is easy to forget that the artists need to get paid for their art. Our job is to make it easy for artists to monetize their art."