Music Business

From AXS TV Chairman Mark Cuban to Pandora Founder Tim Westergren, we’ve talked with some of the biggest names in the business.


[VIDEO] Kickshuffle CEO & Founder Chris Borchert Talks Social Media and Music Business on AXS Live!

AXS Live! Interview with Kickshuffle CEO & Founder Chris Borchert

Check out Kickshuffle CEO & Founder Chris Borchert’s appearance on AXS Live! on the AXS TV network, where he talks social media and music business.


Celebrating 10 Years in EDM | with Toolroom Records Director Stuart Knight

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Stuart Knight founded Toolroom Records in 2003. In that time the business has grown from being a singles-led record label to one of the most recognizable dance brands in the world, with an international events company (Toolroom Knights), several successful compilation series and a bimonthly online TV show celebrating dance music culture. Stuart’s brother Mark Knight is the label’s most well-known artist and is also a director of the company. Key releases include Coldplay ‘Paradise’ (Fedde Le Grand remix) and Florence and the Machine ‘You’ve Got the Love’ (Mark Knight remix). This year sees Toolroom’s tenth anniversary.


The Rhapsody Strategy | with Rhapsody President Jon Irwin (Part 2)

RhapsodyJonPeople love music and people love free. Enter the Rhapsody conundrum. I talked with President Jon Irwin to get a sense of how Rhapsody plans to convert music fans into music subscribers. In Part 2, we talk about the role of music discovery in the music subscription space, the impact of social media on subscription services, and how mobile apps like SongMatch can change the game entirely.

Leveraging the Live Performance | with Stageit Founder & CEO Evan Lowenstein

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Evan Lowenstein’s goal for Stageit was to create an online video platform that would allow artists to stream and monetize concert-like live performances while interacting with their fans in real time. Bulletin listed Stageit as one of the 10 most interesting startups of 2012 and Fast Company named it as one of the world’s Top 10 most innovative companies in music in 2013. Stageit recently took first place in the startup competition at Midem 2013.


The Rhapsody Strategy | with Rhapsody President Jon Irwin (Part 1)

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People love music and people love free. Enter the Rhapsody conundrum. We talked with President Jon Irwin to get a sense of how Rhapsody plans to convert music fans into music subscribers. In Part 1, we talk about the dichotomy between ‘search and play’ and ‘lean-back listening,’ the company’s aggressive international expansion, Rhapsody’s plans for the auto-audio market, and whether it’s too late for Ian Rogers and other newcomers to make a splash in the music subscription space.


Songza vs. iHeartRadio: Can an App Create the Soundtrack to Your Life?


Kickshuffle Staff Writer Jerry Dawson pits Songza and iHeartRadio against each other in a head to head challenge to see who’s the king of the “perfect for” playlist.


Grooveshark’s Game Plan | with Grooveshark Founder & CEO Sam Tarantino

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Sam Tarantino is the Founder and CEO of Grooveshark, an online music streaming service with over 30 million users worldwide. Sam oversees overall business strategy, licensing and key partnerships, and corporate development for Grooveshark, and was listed in Forbes 30 under 30: Music in 2011 and 2012. Grooveshark currently employs over 100 people and is based in Gainesville, Florida.


TV and Tunes (and Twitter) | with AXS TV Chairman and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban - featuredMark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. In 2011, Cuban launched AXS TV, the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion, and entertainment. Mark is also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, as well as a “shark” investor on the television series Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports. You can follow Mark on Twitter – @mcuban. 


The Evolution of Live Concert Streaming

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Is online concert streaming the next big thing in live music? Kickshuffle Staff Writer Chloe Stokes takes a look at the history of the phenomenon and examines its effects on bands, labels, venues and fans.



From a Concert Venue to Your Living Room | with Concert Window Founder Dan Gurney

ConcertWindowLogoDan is a co-founder of Concert Window, a place where people around the world can watch live concerts from the best venues in the United States, every night in real-time. Concert Window taps an exclusive, hand-picked venue network and sends two-thirds of all of its profits directly to musicians and venues. Dan is in charge of the website, directing strategy and doing front-end design. He earned a B.A. in music from Harvard and plays traditional Irish music on the accordion.


Let’s Talk Tech | with Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson

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David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and a partner at the web-based software firm37signals, the company behind Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Writeboard, and Ta-da List. Hundreds of thousands of programmers around the world have built amazing applications using Rails – some of which include TwitterShopify500px, and Github. David is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Sunday Times best-selling author of REWORKYou can follow him on Twitter @DHH.


It’s a Ticket Seller’s World, But We Can (Try To) Live In It

Kickshuffle Staff Writer Jerry Dawson takes on the current state of the concert ticket industry, and offers insight into what fans – and artists – can do to help alleviate prices on the secondary market.



The Shazam Factor | with Shazam EVP of Marketing David Jones

David Jones, EVP of Marketing for Shazam, has over 20 years experience in marketing, business development, and product and business strategy. Prior to joining Shazam, David held Vice President of Global Marketing and Global Product roles at Friendster. Previously, David was also the director of eBay’s media and entertainment businesses in North America and also held several marketing and general management roles at eBay Inc, including roles focused on scaling the number of active members of the eBay community. At Shazam, he is responsible for consumer marketing, user growth and business intelligence.


The Digital Deliverable | with Indie Ambassador CEO Ben Maitland-Lewis

Ben Maitland-Lewis has been working in music management & marketing for over a decade. He began his career as a performer in the US and Europe before working with the head of A&R at Columbia Records in CA. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and manage the Northeast retail marketing initiatives for SonyBMG Music Entertainment, helping design award winning campaigns for artists such as Modest Mouse, Bruce Springsteen, My Morning Jacket, and Incubus. In 2004, Ben founded an artist development & management company that went on to release 23 records, a full-length rockumentary DVD, and won a couple of Boston Music Awards. In 2008, Ben and his then co-op student, Chris Cave, set out to build Indie Ambassador, a forward thinking music tech company, dedicated to building tools that make the lives of creative professionals easier and more sustainable.


The Business of Social Sound | with SoundCloud VP of Business Development Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes is Vice President of Business Development for SoundCloud, the leading social sound platform (with over 18 million registered users) that lets anyone create and share their original sounds everywhere on the web on platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and foursquare. With over a decade’s experience in the music industry, Dave currently works at the forefront of the latest trends in digital music and audio. As well as his work for SoundCloud, he is the organiser of the OpenMusicMedia and Music Hack Day events that take place across the world. He was listed as one of UK’s Young Music Entrepreneurs in 2010 and is a frequent speaker at various events from TEDxCardiff to SXSW.


Behind the Scenes at Songza | with CEO & Founder Elias Roman (Part 2)

Elias Roman is CEO and Founder of Songza Media, Inc. Elias co-founded and was named as among Business Week’s ‘Top 25 Entrepreneurs in America Under 25.’ invested in AmieStreet, Inc. in 2007 and acquired the brand and customer base in 2010. Since then, Elias and his co-founders have been developing, a free streaming music service that has expert-made playlists for every occasion and makes it outrageously easy to find the right one, at the right time.


Behind the Scenes at Songza | with CEO & Founder Elias Roman (Part 1)

We met with CEO and Co-Founder Elias Roman at the Songza headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, where we talked about the company’s heroic beginnings, its ambitious business model, and who to expect to see at the front of the internet radio horse race. In this 2 part series, Elias reveals his earnest and effective Twitter strategy, his penchant for philosophic staff debates, and what it takes to launch a successful internet start-up. And a lot more. 



The Pandora Phenomenon | with Pandora Chief Strategy Officer & Founder Tim Westergren

Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of music industry experience. He works extensively with technology partners, distribution partners, advertisers and investors to help shape the future of Pandora and personalized radio, and in 2010 he was listed by Time Magazine as one among the top 100 most influential people in the world.


Bands, Brands and the Commercial Concept Album

Let’s talk music and product placement. Kickshuffle Founder & CEO Chris Borchert shares his thoughts on the possibilities of partnerships between musicians and brands launching major advertising campaigns.


The Business of Live Music | with JamBase Founder and CEO Andy Gadiel

Andy Gadiel is Founder and CEO of, a music service dedicated to providing the most complete, accurate and timely concert information available anywhere. JamBase provides concert data for AOL, Billboard and Amazon, as well as hundreds of thousands of members. Andy also serves on the Board of Directors for HeadCount and The Rex Foundation.


The King of the Stash | with Founder & CEO Brad Serling

“A Johnny Appleseed of online concert recordings,” according to The New York Times, Brad Serling has been active in the digital media space for over 15 years. Both established and developing artists turn to Brad for advice on digital distribution of their content, and many artists and labels partner directly with to distribute to their fans. You can hear what Brad’s up to each week on SiriusXM’s Jam On channel, where he hosts “The Weekly Live Stash,” showcasing music performed in the past week.


Embrace the Face! | with Co-Founder Brando Rich

Brando Rich is Co-founder of – an online trading site where fans buy, sell and trade goods and services for cash or trade at face value. CashorTrade currently has over 12,500 members and over 26,000 trades. We sat down with Brando to talk about the impact of technology on the secondary ticket market, the problems associated with ticket scalping, and much more.


Point-Counterpoint: Is Spotify Good or Bad for Artists?

Streaming services offer artists little in terms of royalties for the music consumed by listeners, but they do offer wide exposure of songs to a vast growing audience.  Are these services good or bad for artists?  Kickshuffle Co-Founder Patrick Campolo and Staff Writer Brian Weidy debate the merits of Spotify for artists in today’s music industry.


Launching the Local Label | with Trunk Rock Records CEO & Co-Founder Brian Englishman

Brian Englishman is CEO and Co-Founder of Trunk Rock Records, a North Jersey based group that serves as a launching pad for local bands. We sat down with Brian to talk about the challenges of starting a record label and the different ways new bands can use digital media to promote themselves and distribute their music.


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