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AudioLock Monthly Roundup – October Edition

We are just a few days away from one of our favourite music events of the year, the Amsterdam Dance Event. Whilst here at AudioLock we have staff who’re fans of many genres dance music holds a special place, as it is this scene and its struggles that inspired AudioLock founder, Ben Rush, to begin the company.

AudioLock’s first clients came from the electronic music scene and they still make up a core percentage of our users. Catching up with friends at the event is always a pleasure and particularly exciting this year as we talk about the fantastic developments we are soon to share with the industry.

With so many great panels and events happening throughout such a fantastic city it is not hard to see why ADE goes from strength to strength.

Our CEO Ben Rush will be in attendance all week, so if you’d like to arrange a meeting please contact jon.tufnell@audiolock.net

 

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – September Edition

The AIM Independent Music Awards show and after party held at The Brewery is one of the key fixtures in the independent music sector’s calendar. The event celebrates the hard work and rich artistic output of the independent labels and artists. The full list of winners can be seen here. 

Stormzy not only picked up an award on the night but had arrived in a mad dash on a motorbike as he’d been collecting an award at a GQ Magazine ceremony earlier in the evening.

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(Photo shared from AIM Awards Facebook page)

We very much enjoyed catching up with so many friendly faces and sampling a few too many of the fantastic beers provided by Signature Brew.

On a more serious note we are proud of the work our Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt has been doing with The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) to raise awareness of mental health issues around music. At this year’s upcoming Amsterdam Dance Event AFEM have pulled together a panel titled: Protecting Mental & Physical Health for Fans & Professionals. This features DJ Juan Atkins, Christine Brown from Help Musicians UK, producers Pig&Dan and Arash Shirazi from the Bullit Agency. Whilst this is an electronic music event it is safe to say advice and learning from such initiatives will benefit people involved in all genres of music. With the recent tragic losses experienced in rock with the suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington it is clear mental health in music is something which needs to be addressed.

The panel will take place at the DeLaMar Theatre, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam – Wednesday 18th October 3pm-5pm. Details here.
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We were also very happy to be able to facilitate the AFEM member’s meeting at the end of August held at Facebook’s London office.

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AudioLock Monthly Roundup – August Edition

At AudioLock we have been busy covering our client’s summer releases and preparing for the influx of music that the autumn brings.

Alongside this work, one of our number, Tristan Hunt (Director of Business Development) has been expanding on his role as a board member at the Association for Electronic Music by penning an article for DJ Mag titled ‘Global Warning’ which looks at the problem of the large carbon footprint activity in the music industry can cause. A touring DJ will produce well over the recommended carbon emissions limit and the public travelling to the event, even more. Tristan explores a number of initiatives which can mitigate this issue as well as spread awareness.

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – July Edition

Everyone at AudioLock is a music fan first and foremost and we were delighted to see so many artists whose music we protect performing at Glastonbury, Download and numerous other festivals throughout June.

Metalheadz founder and AudioLock ambassador Goldie played the Arcadia area of Glastonbury, and label clients such as Mute, Season of Mist and Snapper/Peaceville saw many of their artists hit the stage at these iconic events.

We are proud to have been involved in high charting releases in the last month as well as support the work of grassroots, up and coming artists taking their first bows on the festival circuit.

 

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – June Edition

One of the key fixtures of our yearly calendar is the fantastic International Music Summit (IMS www.internationalmusicsummit.com) held in Ibiza at the Hard Rock Hotel. It is one of the biggest events of its kind for electronic music. It features 3 days of seminars and debates attended by leaders in the field including Ultra, Spinnin and Armada. This is followed by the IMS Grand Finale Festival held at Dalt Vila, a treasured Ibiza UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 This was our 6th time attending the event and it was as good as ever, with a great set of panels and talks as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends, clients and partners.

 Our Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt was invited to introduce AudioLock’s forthcoming updated service with a talk, ‘Maximising Your Music & Royalties – The New Way’. Looking at a future of free anti-piracy protection and enhanced royalty payments for rights holders at every level.

 As part of AudioLock’s commitment to helping care for the wider industry Tristan continues his role as a member of the Association For Electronic Music Executive Board (AFEM). Chairing the Protect Mental & Physical Health for Fans & Professionals workgroup IMS saw him present to Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin’s manager and 30 other select industry at a breakfast screening of Pioneer and DJ Sound’s new documentary on mental health in the electronic music industry. The video will form an important part of AFEM’s outreach work as a valuable tool with which to engage the industry and fans alike on this most vital of topics.

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 We are delighted to now be partnered with Beatport. Founded in 2004 as the principal source of music for DJs, Beatport is now the worldwide home of electronic music for DJs, producers and their fans. The Beatport Store offers music in premium digital formats and provides unique music discovery tools created for and by DJs. Each week, Beatport’s music collection is refreshed with hundreds of exclusive tracks by the world’s top electronic music artists.

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 Traditionally the music industry tends to be focussed on the live side during the summer months, however we are seeing many labels use this time to issue key releases and we’re working tirelessly to stay one step ahead of the pirates.

 

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – May Edition

The last week of April allowed us a chance to get out of the office and attend two events that have become permanent fixtures in our calendar; AIM’s Music Connected and Brighton Music Conference.

As in previous years we had a stand at Music Connected’s ‘digital marketplace’, situated alongside one of our partners Believe Digital, we had the chance to talk in depth about music anti-piracy with the delegates in attendance. We also had the opportunity to catch up with clients and partners and relive some of the more memorable moments from our AudioLock 2.0 soft launch event! Our new animated, voiced by Judge Jules was shown on a continual loop and was very well received… Video will be public soon, we can’t wait to share the new features with you.

Brighton Music Conference, now in its fourth year appears to be going from strength to strength. The panels were of a consistently high quality and it was fantastic seeing so many friends, clients, partners and ambassadors featured on them. Ambassador Anna Wall featured on two panels over the course of the event and Caroline Bottomley from our partner, Radar Music Videos gave great advice on a panel about new artists producing their first videos and maximising their reach.

Our CEO Ben Rush featured on a panel entitled “Get Played, Get Paid – Transforming Payments For Music In The Mix” presented by AFEM. This forms part of a campaign of the same name by AFEM that has a simple objective – ensuring that the music rights holders are paid for their work as every stream, download, play or performance generates revenue that must be allocated.

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Tristan Hunt, our Director of Business Development was on a panel held in association with the charity Last Night a DJ Saved My Life called “Giving Back”. This panel looked at ways the electronic music industry can mobilise to affect positive change, from social initiatives that help communities to inspiring the next generation of music makers to reduce their carbon footprint.

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We will be attending The Great Escape and IMS later this month and very much look forward to catching up with many of you there!

 

AudioLock Blog – April 2017

With the AudioLock 2.0 soft launch now 4 weeks past we are working flat out to ensure the new features and website are running smoothly before going out live on general release.

We are very excited by the numerous free tools our updated system will provide to music rights holders at all levels of the industry.

At the end of the month we have two events to look forward to; AIM’s Music Connected and Brighton Music Conference. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – March 2017

On Thursday the 2nd March we held a soft-launch party for AudioLock 2.0. The venue was Kevington Hall, a fantastic stately home that contains a nightclub called The Enchanted Forest. We were delighted to see so almost 200 clients, friends and independent music industry folk make the journey from all over Europe to attend and celebrate with us.

CEO Ben Rush gave an impassioned speech early on about the problems facing rights holders in 2017 and how AudioLock 2.0 will be there to help, then it was onto eating, drinking and dancing! Drinks were kindly provided by sponsors Butcombe Brewery, Cobra Beer and Jagermeister and we were treated to music from our ambassadors and friends Elrose, Jamie Ings and Seamus Haji.

After enjoying the unseasonal sunlight coming through into the main house in the later afternoon the party was moved through into the Enchanted Forest nightclub where we heard DJ sets from Anna Wall, Judge Jules, Mark Doyle and Ridney  augmented by the aptly named live percussionist Jayondrums. With the event starting at 4pm and a school day the next day we were pleasantly surprised to see so many people still dancing at 2am when we finally had to call a halt to what had proved to be a fantastic event.

AudioLock 2.0 will go live very soon, watch this space!

We’d like to thank all the people who kindly gave up their time to help make the event a success, be it playing a DJ set or ensuring the bar was well stocked!

Below is a small selection of photographs from the event, but please see the whole album here feel free to tag yourself in any you may appear in.

 

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – February

We have just returned from a day and evening of fantastic events. Firstly we had Indie-Con, AIM’s event at Glazier’s Hall near London Bridge. Fantastic panels ranging from brand partnerships through to mental health for people working in the music industry. If you’re a independent music maker, label or manager we highly recommend attending next year’s event.

After this we headed off our team’s paths divided, with one half going to the Music Publishers Association social event in central London. It was great to catch up with the MPA team who we are partnered with and we very much enjoyed the party they threw. The second half went on to the Volume Group’s networking night at the Hawley Arms in Camden, London. An equally good night but with the emphasis on electronic music

AudioLock 2.0’s release is imminent with a launch party to be held next month at Kevington Hall near Orpington. We’d again like to take this opportunity to thanks our sponsors, Butcombe Brewery, Cobra Beer, Expression Events, The Enchanted Forest, Jagermeister and Stephen Garrett without who we would not be able to hold what is shaping up to be a fantastic event.  

In other news we would like to introduce our new partners Radar Music Videos and the Music Producer’s Guild  who we are looking forward to working with over the coming year:

“The Music Producers Guild was conceived, and is supported, by producers and engineers who are passionate about all aspects of making and recording music. They aim to stimulate development and evolution through the discussions at their events, user groups and via their website.

They are a creative community, for members to share their collective experience and collaborate with other like-minded people. The achievements of this community are celebrated through the annual MPG Awards ceremony.

Through their participation in UK Music, they ensure that the voice of the producers and engineers is represented and heard by Government.”

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“Radar is the world’s leading music video commissioning platform. They connect you to the best up & coming directors worldwide, so you can commission affordable, creative and engaging music videos. The service is used by major and independent record labels, managers and artists. They specialise in budgets for official videos from £500 upwards with budgets for secondary content starting at £100.

Radar is an award-winning network and they actively headhunt new director talent. Their directors go on to sign to world-leading production companies. It is completely free to use and there are no hidden fees or percentages.”

www.radarmusicvideos.com/

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – December Edition

On the run up to Christmas the music industry throws parties seemingly every night, on top of this there’s the great gigs happening around London. One of the regular highlights is AIM’s annual bash held in Shoreditch at the Queen of Hoxton. We were delighted to catch up with so many friends and clients at what proved, as always to be a fantastic event.

One week later we attended the DJ Mag Best of British Awards held at EGG Club in London. Winners and nominees manned the decks providing a great soundtrack to a brilliant night.

We have had a fantastic year at AudioLock, growing our team and preparing for AudioLock 2.0 which will launch early next year. We wish all our friends and clients a very Merry Christmas and we shall catch up in 2017!