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How does social media work best for musicians?

How does social media work best for musicians?

It’s a tricky subject and cause for common misunderstandings that platforms that are essentially advertising publishers should not be used as such by self-managed music creators who want to reach their audiences. Since I am frequently being asked by artists why they cannot get any decent traction on social media, I’ve made this short myth-buster […]

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Speaking to JazzFuel’s Matt Fripp

For his brilliant JazzFuel website, Matt Fripp has conducted insightful Q&As with a number of successful and forward thinking professionals from the Jazz community. He is focusing on the business behind the music and the huge demand for help to self promote and navigate the tricky and overwhelming straights of social media, digital communications, agency […]

Get your event animated

Custom Animated Alerts The GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) is back, and with it its animated wonders and intriguing retro charm. Since Facebook and Twitter have accepted the use of animated gifs in their social feeds and opened up auto-play for those fast looping treats. The nature of this new generation of animated GIFs spans from […]


Gmail’s recent changes to image displays and the impact on email tracking

Over the course of December 2013, popular webmail client Gmail have released a brand new way of handling images embedded in emails. The so called “image caching” method was initially soft launched for Gmail users as early as October 2013 (those with an address) and extended in December to Google App Engine customers with own domains using Gmail as their mail client.

Responsive email design – who is spoiling the show?

In the last couple of months (in some cases as recent as a few weeks ago), popular web mail providers such as Gmail, Yahoo and – soon to be expected – Microsoft’s Hotmail replacement Outlook – have released their own free mobile apps to make it even easier for their account holders to access emails […]

Krall does have a German ring to it

When I first listened to Diana Krall in February 2001 on a beautiful penthouse balcony in Mumbai, India, I knew I was captured by something special and – more importantly – music that felt more true and unpretentious than anything I have ever heard before. You can tell when an artist is in their element […]

The Germans’ Internet Paranoia

Having watched a few recent TV reports on German public television, I am once more baffled by the extreme webophobia the German population – underpinned by the media – is suffering from. “Super secure mega passwords”, “ultra cookie cleaning tools”, “there are hackers everywhere!”, “beware of Google search, Street View, Facebook, Twitter”, and for Pete’s […]

A big bowl of wrong

Speculative work in the creative world This little video demonstration by TopicSimple about the idiotic concept of working for free in the hope of winning the job. What’s shown here within the design industry however goes for the entire creative sector. Artists, musicians, actors – everyone who potentially auditions something that was briefed by the […]

Yes, we’ll give you cookies!

It’s time to face the music. One year has passed in which the UK allowed website owners to sort out themselves out – without the fear of prosecution – and get the cookification warnings up, or remove cookie driven scripts altogether.