All posts by Matt J.

Matt is one of the co-founders behind Local Sounds, a non-profit organization that helps promote, preserve and develop Madison's local music scene. He has played drums for several bands and was formerly on the MAMAs board.

Hang Your Stockings! It’s Record Store Day!

Record Store Day 2014Each year, people in the record store industry have looked forward to that special time in April when the jolly man comes down their chimney and fills their stockings with all sorts of gifts and goodies.  This year, that man is no other than Public Enemy’s very own Chuck D.  And just for the record (pun intended), this has nothing to do with Christmas.  It’s the third Saturday of April: It’s Record Store Day! Continue reading

Why You Should Keep Licensing and Royalty Management In-House

Licensing and Royalty ManagementWith all the discussion about tackling the music business on your own and choosing not to get signed by the existing industry, it’s hard to keep the two separate.  There is plenty of overlap in several subjects that pertain to both the mainstream and independent industries.  The one thing that most people say you should leave to the mainstream is your royalties and licensing. I personally would beg to differ (cue the critics!). Continue reading

SXSW: The Ultimate Guide to Representing your Band and Brand

SXSWIt’s almost March, and if you’re in the music industry, you know what time it is: South by Southwest (SXSW) time!  As many bands make the annual trek to Austin to either perform or promote, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide that covers some important things to remember when representing yourself, your band, your business and your music to fans and industry professionals, at SXSW or any music event.  These opportunities are about making a good impression and educating yourself, not getting discovered and signed! Continue reading