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Innovating Music

75 EpisodesProduced by Gigi JohnsonWebsite

In this Innovating Music podcast, we talk about disruptive technologies in music. Hosted by Gigi Johnson and produced by the UCLA Center for Music Innovation at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, we bring together unique voices from inside and outside of the music industry. As Kevin Kelly has b… read more

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Innovation is Messy...with Jack Conte

August 17th, 2020

53:13

Enjoy this final episode where Jack Conte blends the worlds of music creation (Pomplamoose and  Scary Pockets) and solving creators’ problems with …

Everything Old is New Again...with Ted Cohen

August 5th, 2020

53:11

This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we are joined by Ted Cohen, who shared tales of doing things for the right reasons and seeing decades ago the dimensions of our current music streaming playlists and …

Livestreaming and Live Connecting with Dmitri Vietze

August 5th, 2020

35:56

A year ago, Dmitri Vietze launched a new thought leadership conference on music technology in Los Angeles, and had to move it with one day's notice.  …

Connecting the Music World: Portia Sabin, Music Business Association

June 28th, 2020

42:36

This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we talk with Music Business Association President, Portia Sabin about the ways in which the music business is connected as a community. We discuss her journey through the music …

Reconnecting to Virtual Audiences: Jay Gilbert, Label Logic

June 14th, 2020

45:01

Innovation often answers the call to action made by changing environments. In this week’s podcast, we talk with Jay Gilbert, photographer and co-founder of Label Logic, about the new challenges artists in the music …

Blockchain as Buffet: Stefan Schulz, Bitfury Surround

May 31st, 2020

26:25

In this week’s podcast, Stefan Schulz, CEO and co-founder of Bitfury Surround, joins us to discuss the potential of blockchain technology for …

Learning to Compose Virtually

May 17th, 2020

31:24

Technology transforms the way in which we view opportunities and often creates new ones. This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we rethink …

Bridging Fans to Live Streams

May 10th, 2020

37:19

Adaptation is key when it comes to technology and innovation. In this week’s podcast, we discuss how technology evolves to fit the ever-changing …

Evolution of the Creative Workflow

May 3rd, 2020

43:29

Circumstances can spark innovation when changing work environments require new solutions. This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we talk with …

Public Policy and Music: Innovation Bringing Cities Together

April 19th, 2020

29:22

This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we discuss innovation in public policy with Shain Shapiro. He is the founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, …

AI Changing the Way We Edit

April 5th, 2020

23:09

Sometimes you have the right guest at the right time. Andrew Mason is founder and CEO of Descript, an AI-driven transcription software that promises to make audio editing as simple as using a word processor. In this …

Public Health Outreach for Mass Gatherings

March 25th, 2020

50:12

In this special episode, we share the WebCall last week to hear what was happening on the ground in Seattle, WA and King County, WA, in the face of the COVID-19 closure of music venues and live experiences.  Kate Becker …

Twitch Streaming for Musicians

March 17th, 2020

33:56

Karen Allen helps decode and make simpler streaming music for artists on Twitch.  Twitch is a live streaming service, bought by Amazon in 2014, and has 2.2 million daily broadcasters and 15 million daily average …

Scratch Mixes to Pirate Radio to Software Instruments

March 4th, 2020

36:30

Matt Black has been intrigued by computers since reading "The Shockwave Rider" from a bookmobile in his small English village of his youth. Since then, he has created scratch mixes from a set of decks across London …

City Shapes, Streets, Layers, and Ecosystems

February 19th, 2020

52:51

Kwende Kefentse, both DJ Memetic and Music Lead for the City of Ottawa, and our host dig into the urban terrain, urban fabric, and politics of the …

Bonus: Updates on Move to Wed. and Live Events

February 17th, 2020

1:45

We're just sharing quick news that we are now 4 years into the Innovating Music podcast adventures and thank you for your friendship and community.  We're shifting to Wednesday releases and planning upcoming live …

Making a Music City Home: Ft. Collins, CO

January 20th, 2020

42:49

Jesse Elliott helped create The Music District to support and work with music ecosystems in Ft. Collins, CO. He shares his earlier work with Richard …

From a Sketch to an App to Change How We Sing

January 13th, 2020

38:53

Andrew Goren at 20 has built Harmony Helper, a newly launched app, from his own experiences and observations in the live stage rehearsal and audition environment. He has built his undergraduate program around this work, …

Recording, Live, Virtual, and Augmenting Experiences

January 13th, 2020

41:17
Roman Rappak is forging ahead on two parallel tracks -- creating recorded music for traditional channels and creating new systems to create mixed reality experience with the same music in live environments.  Enjoy this …

Enjoying the Path: Violin to Bass to One-Stop Shop CEO

December 16th, 2019

37:25

Kristen Agee has made her way from classical violin in Oklahoma to touring and studio bass to . . . CEO of a production music, publishing, and custom …

Create and Collaborate in the Palm of Your Hand

December 9th, 2019

46:47

Omid Rahmat came into the music business from the tech and app world in order to solve music creation workflow problems with Joyner Lucas and Dhruv …

From Piano and Beach Blanket Babylon to Pokémon: A Musical Journey

November 10th, 2019

40:20

Ed Goldfarb sees and hears differently. Where you and I might be just talking, he is hearing background music and seeing the notes in a manuscript. …

Art of Mass Gatherings

October 14th, 2019

37:32

Matthew Ché Kowal is innovative in looking at a very specific set of overlaps in music. He has parlayed his experience in running festivals focusing on sustainability into work focused on mass gatherings. What can …

Artificial Intelligence + Messy Music Data

September 9th, 2019

42:21

Hazel Savage and her co-founder Aron Pettersson have built Musiio in Singapore to bring artificial intelligence to the messy large data sets of the music industry. She shares her own past in retail and streaming music …

Music Cities: Connecting Stories of Music Lives

September 3rd, 2019

47:15

Don and Peter shared their experience performing music ecosystem audits for four cities. The 2015 Austin Music Census and their continuing studies of Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC are more than doing a venue …

Connecting Creators and Social Impact with Fans

August 5th, 2019

48:38

Jeremy Gruber enjoys connecting artists, creators, and social impact forces directly with fans. He shared his adventures with Friends at Work, working with not only John Legend and Lindsey Stirling, but also emerging …

Data and Emotions: Painting on a Canvas

July 29th, 2019

36:57

Shelita joins the podcast to share how as an artist she uses data and emotions to connect with fans and create community -- and to create music itself.  Most of us think about data and music about marketing -- which she …

Music Cities and Evolving Songs

July 9th, 2019

39:07

Storm Gloor has been tracking how songs succeed since he was a young teen . . . and now explores anything from how music cities can succeed and how one-hit wonders thrive (or don't). We enjoyed talking about how cities …

Social Justice Melded with Music

May 27th, 2019

42:54

Rehan Choudhry joined our podcast to discuss the upcoming second year of Emerge LV -- and to share his journey on how he re-melds social justice and music in this Facebook-embedded era. He walked us down his path …

Complexity on the Road

May 13th, 2019

45:56

Paul Bradley joined the podcast to talk about his adventures creating the tour management software system, Eventric. He shared how he started in band …

Changing Limiting Beliefs

May 6th, 2019

39:49

In this week's podcast, we enjoy Laura Escudé taking us on a tour of live performance music . . . and touring . . . and breaking negative beliefs …

An Invitation: Amplify Music in Los Angeles

April 22nd, 2019

9:42

This brief episode features our host and Center director, Gigi Johnson, sharing an invitation to join us in person at UCLA (while supplies last) or via Zoom online for our May 15 Conference on Amplifying Music in Our …

Down the Music Data Rabbit Hole

April 1st, 2019

36:26

In this week's podcast, Amadea Choplin, the COO from Pex, takes us down the online music data rabbit hole. She shares how official music distribution …

Marrying Tech and Opera

March 26th, 2019

47:24

Marivi is connecting digital marketing to a more traditional, low-tech, multilingual art form. She shares practical ideas for building local audience …

Connecting Artists and Tech

February 25th, 2019

38:05

Seth Schachner returned to discuss the changes afoot in music and tech deal-making. Enjoy this continuing conversation of how deals are being made …

Music,Marketing, and All That Jazz

February 18th, 2019

25:48

Mike Casey mixes jazz sax with marketing savvy.   He shares in this podcast how he uses digital tech and music . . . and understanding his audiences . . . to spread the word on his music as an independent artist.  Enjoy …

One More Canvas to Play With

February 11th, 2019

26:46

Iris Wu and Pei-Lun Hsieh from Ambidio were inspired to understand and create new ways for creative artists to design immersive sound for "regular" …

Forging Human Connection

February 4th, 2019

46:58

Jay LeBoeuf created Real Industry when he was guest lecturing and realized that his students did not really see what jobs and careers were out there …

Los Angeles: Building a Grassroots Movement

January 28th, 2019

40:50

Ross Gardiner is co-launching the Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance, convening a group to bring together a love of LA's nightlife, government savvy, and community organizing. He shares his stories of how efforts in Berlin, …

Digital Journeys, Old and New

January 21st, 2019

47:47

Seth Schachner shared a great history of how he has been able to be a long-time deal guy, helping with diverse deals in changing industries. He is now working across sectors to bring together deals across virtual …

DJs as Curators in this Streaming Era

January 7th, 2019

45:36

Stephen White shared his journey from Madison, WI, to various ventures combining music, communities, DJing, and tech, which led him to Gracenote and now Dubset and MixBANK. He shared his observations on early streaming …

Creating TV with Acoustic Heart

January 2nd, 2019

34:21

Siddhartha Khosla is making magic on TV, combining acoustic instruments with rapid inspiration and all the benefits of remote teams and production.  He is at the heart of music creation in this abundant world of peak …

[REPLAY] Playlists: A Revolution for Artists

January 1st, 2019

37:02

[REPLAY] A 2018 podcast favorite -- Andrea Young sees playlisting as a revolution for artists.  She shared a lot of basics of how to engage with both …

[REPLAY] Music 3.0

January 1st, 2019

39:40

[REPLAY] A 2018 podcast favorite -- Vickie Nauman and Andrea Young joined us to talk about Music 3.0.  Vickie had written an article for Rethink …

[REPLAY] Changing Mindsets in Music Innovation

December 31st, 2018

35:00

[REPLAY] A 2018 podcast favorite -- To marketer Michele Tharp, innovation is creating a better way to do something, and working with an inner desire to make a change. She focuses - as we do - on changing mindsets -- new …

[REPLAY] Songwriters + Global Digital Streaming = ?

December 31st, 2018

39:00

[REPLAY] A 2018 podcast favorite -- At MusicBiz in Nashville in May 2018, Joe Conyers III shared his thoughts and experiences about a wide variety of international and domestic songwriter royalty, rights, markets, and …

Reporting from the Leading Edge of Music and Tech

November 19th, 2018

37:14

Cherie Hu has grabbed a front-row seat to tech and music change. Forbes grabbed her after graduation from Harvard, bringing her interests in music and tech to their own digital pages. She also brings that magic to both …

2019 -- Future of Music in Los Angeles

November 5th, 2018

9:27

Gigi Johnson invites listeners of this Innovating Music podcast to join in research, events, and conversations in 2019 on the possible Future(s) of Music in Los Angeles.  She discusses the Center's research so far in …

Music Beyond the Speakers

October 29th, 2018

49:58

Gigi interviewed Adam Moseley, a long-time producer/mixer/engineer who is exploring new adventures in spatial audio, mixed reality, and sound …

SF: Nurturing Music By the Bay

August 20th, 2018

34:48

We were joined by Maggie Weiland and Dylan Rice from the SF Entertainment Commission to talk about how they work to nurture music in San Francisco.   Gigi had met them at an event hosted by Jocelyn Kane, who created …

New Songs for Global Singers

July 30th, 2018

34:30

Jonathan Stone shares the adventures of Rocket Songs, which connects songs with singers from around the world to discover and perform. He talked about the past century or so of relationships between singers and …

Bridging Cultures -- Translating Music Lyrics

June 18th, 2018

33:00

Robert has been on a 14-year quest: to translate music legally between languages and cultures. Lyrics are the #1 search term on the internet and …

Tech as Trust and Relationships

June 4th, 2018

22:36

We caught up with Deborah Fairchild at MusicBiz in Nashille in May 2018.  We talked about music tech as both a relationship and trust business, with …

Expanding Futures: Local and Global

May 29th, 2018

4:41

Gigi Johnson, our Executive Director, shares the new and expanded directions of this Innovating Music podcast. We are shifting its focus from looking at Innovation now in music to looking at how tech may be changing …

Solving a Problem

November 15th, 2017

24:53

Dennis Murcia shares his insights and experiences with innovation and Latin music. He shares how innovation is "solving a problem" and how it creates …

Making It Simple

September 26th, 2017

43:26

Jay Gilbert runs three organizations, each working to help artists expand their work and presence. To Jay, innovation is standing on the shoulders of …

Creating Value

September 12th, 2017

35:45

Gary Young sees innovation as creating value for others, and does so with creating an auction system for intellectual property that creatives want to monetize. He shares with us how Royalty Exchange connects 20,000 …

Finding Fresh Approaches

August 14th, 2017

35:23

Bas wears both the innovator and analyst hat in music innovation, and in countries from The Netherlands to Bulgaria, to Turkey to Russia and now to …

Blockchain and Ticketing

July 31st, 2017

40:13

Jason Robert takes us down the blockchain rabbit hole, introducing us to the many details that make up a new cryptocurrency business, which he calls …

China and The Long View

July 24th, 2017

36:09

Ed Peto started placing a bet on music in China in 2006, and has been waiting for the market to catch up. We caught up with Ed in Berlin, but it …

Creating Fearlessly - In Virtual Reality

July 6th, 2017

29:35

How do you create new and innovative systems for producing content in a new space? For Connor Illsley of Combo Bravo in Toronto, you innovate by "creating fearlessly." Connor schemes how to create the most amazing …

Data-Driven Touring Insights

May 31st, 2017

21:23

How can artists and managers use all the streaming and touring information to plan their markets and concerts better? Rossanna and Efrain from Cayo5 joined us to talk about how their are working to help artists manage …

An Artist from Thin Air: Artist as Code

May 31st, 2017

35:00

Elodie, Paco, and the team at Neweb Labs in Montreal have created Maya Kodes -- from code. She's not just a new girl group -- she is a new girl.

Maya …

Love, Passion, and Hard Work

May 8th, 2017

30:18

This episode lends more philosophically humanist than some of our more technical sessions. David Hernandez of Colonize Media preaches "love, passion, …

The Challenge of Unasked Questions

April 3rd, 2017

29:27

Refik drives new combinations of music, architecture, technology, and design forward, always asking "unasked questions." In this podcast, he …

Combining Unrelated Ideas as Music Innovation

January 26th, 2017

36:48

Dmitri Vietze, CEO of Rock Paper Scissors and StoryAmp, joins us to share stories of how new combinations of unrelated ideas create innovation in music. Our conversation ranges from his own background in activism, ways …

Solving Intractable Problems

January 19th, 2017

46:17

Matt, founder of MetaPop, shares his perspectives on innovation as solving intractable problems, versus creative disruption.

Guest: Matt Adell, …

Life as a "Data Nerd" : Dancing with Music Data

August 29th, 2016

28:05

Dae brings us his adventures from the start-up world. He shares his observations from living as a self-described "data nerd" while creating new …

Transforming Music through Data

June 30th, 2016

17:30

Alex White has put together puzzle pieces to connect music and data, building Next Big Sound over the past six years and selling it to Pandora. He shared similarities between business-to-business (B2B) sales in music …

Beyond Vinyl: Ceremony and Next Tech

June 16th, 2016

35:37

Beatie shares her pathways as a modern artist in a post-CD world. She shares her adventures in creating new forms of ceremony in music with both her …

Back to the Future: Cycles of Innovation

June 9th, 2016

41:43

Brian Zisk has worked across decade(s) of innovation in the music business, and he shared many of those tales with us. He also talks about interesting startups and how he sees companies needing to be ready for change in …

Weaving Past and Future

May 25th, 2016

29:03

Sam shares his experiences in music management and rights management, both as an entrepreneur and in larger organizations. From that viewpoint, he shares thoughts on innovations past and present, ranging from trends in …

Shifting to Daily Data

May 11th, 2016

24:20

Jim Lidestri, BuzzAngle's CEO, shares with us his perspectives on changing the process side of music data, and how his idea as a consumer turned into …

How Interface Design Matters

May 4th, 2016

30:12

Mike D'Errico, doctoral candidate at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, shares his expansive thoughts on user interface design and social context …

Mapping Event Space with Sound

April 26th, 2016

29:57

Chris Ostoich from LISNR, a multiple start-up founder, shares his experiences with innovating in music as an underlying technology firm. He shares …

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