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Podcast: The New Indie, vol. 2 – “Labels”

As you might remember, The New Indie’s putting out podcasts presented by the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association themed in the same vein as the NXNE festival — with the purpose of showcasing all aspects of the Canadian music industry both behind the scenes and front stage.

Taken from The New Indie website:

“The New Indie – Making a living making music” is a collection of interviews with members of the music industry touching on every aspect of the new realities facing Canada’s independent recording artits. The music industry landscape is evolving very rapidly as a result of the internet revolution and other factors. The old star system is burning out, but simultaneously, there is a DIY system emerging for new artists, one we call The New Indie. Today’s artists must be in tune with these changes if Canada is to produce a healthy music industry for the next generation.

The following podcast episode, presented by the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association, is of The New Indie, Volume 2 – “Labels”:

The New Indie vol. 2 – Labels, part 1
The New Indie vol. 2 – Labels, part 2
The New Indie vol. 2 – Labels, part 3

Miss volume one? You can still grab it here!

The Very Best of NXNE: The Artists!

As a wrap up to this NXNE-rich week on TransCanadaRadio, we’ve compiled the very best of the great music we saw and heard over the course of the week.

Here are the top 6 bands that all of us at TCR agree were the very best of the best, in no particular order:

Click here for TransCanadaRadio’s top 6 artist picks from NXNE ‘08!

Interview with Mia Sheard: What does Canada want from musicians?

While I was in Toronto for NXNE, I got the chance to sit down with Toronto’s singer/songwriter Mia Sheard to talk about NXNE as well as what opportunities there are for Canadian musicians. We also touch on what Canada and the world expect from musicians.

Mia Sheard, as you may recall, is a talent to be reckoned with! If you don’t quite remember the profile of Mia Sheard that was featured on TransCanadaRadio, go ahead back and check it out.  Then be sure to come back and check out the exclusive interview!

Interview With Mia Sheard, Part One

Interview With Mia Sheard, Part Two

NXNE Interview: Panos Panay – Founder and CEO of Sonicbids

While at NXNE, I managed to steal away some time from Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sonicbids, Panos Panay, for an interview.

Sonicbids is a web site that helps bands get gigs, and promoters book the right bands. Their community includes over 150,000 bands, singers, songwriters, and performers of all kinds, and 14,000-plus music buyers of all kinds, including promoters, licensors, festival programmers, and much more. Bands go there for gigs; promoters go there for bands. They have lots of both!

Panos’s childhood dream of being alternatively the next George Best or the next George Benson came to an end when each canceled the other out. The idea for Sonicbids came to him while reading the book “Blur” and decided to go for it in September of 2000. Before that, he worked on the “dark side” of the business as an international talent agent. Panos hails from Cyprus and is a self-described “voracious” reader, usually traveling with more magazines than clothes (that’s a LOT). He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1994 with a degree in Music Business. In 2005 Panos was named as one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Fast 50″ entrepreneurs and is currently serving as co-chairman of CREATE Boston, an initiative launched by the Mayor of Boston to bolster the creative economy in the city. He is a diehard supporter of English football club Arsenal and by last count he owns over 25 jerseys of “The Gunners” dating back to 1983. He loves his coffee extra strong and blames Elvis for his lifelong fascination with America.

Check out part one of my interview with Sonicbids‘ Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Panos Panay, where we talk about what Sonicbids does and why artists should be all over it like glue.

What Is Sonicbids? An Interview With Panos Panay

NXNE: DJ Culture panel – The Evolution of the DJ

On Friday I sat in and participated in a very cool conference entitled “Ain’t Nobody Dope as Me: The DJ on Display with Jay Devonish as moderator and panellists Nasty Nav from NastyMix/Play De Record, Egon from Stones Throw, Lil’ Jaz who is an artist who also tours with Nelly Furtado, P-Plus, and DJ Grouch.
The topic of the panel was what successful DJs do to stake out their turf as trendsetters and tastemakers. They also swapped ideas about how new technology – computers, digital software, mp3s, podcasts and of course blogs – are changing the DJ culture and where things will go from here.

For your listening pleasure, I’ve brought the panel to you through the magic of the internet and a digital audio recorder. Enjoy!