AudioLock Monthly Roundup – November Edition

AudioLock’s main focus is very much on March 2nd 2017 when we will be launching AudioLock 2.0. Featuring revolutionary new technology set to enhance our industry. The launch party itself, held at Kevington Hall in Kent would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors; The Enchanted Forest, Cobra Beer and Stephen Garrett and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Of course, in the meantime we are still working hard on delivering the best results we can for our clients whilst migrating to the new, advanced technology AudioLock 2.0 is built on.

We did manage to get out the office on two occasions this month however courtesy of AIM. The first was one of their ‘Socials’ held at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch with the labels Play It Again Sam and 1965 Records manning the decks.

The second AIM event was the incredibly informative and well attended Synch Conference. With a keynote from Nora Felder who was the music supervisor for Netflix hit Stranger Things, and a panel hosted by the ever entertaining Simon Raymonde from Bella Union, it was a great evening. For anyone looking to learn about how to get your music used in films, TV, games and advertising we highly recommend attending next year.

Staying with AIM we are very much looking forward to tonight’s Christmas Party. It is always a fantastic event and we shall see many of our friends and clients there no doubt! Then, next week we shall be in attendance at the DJ Mag Best of British Awards held at EGG Club in London. With nominees set to spin at the party we know we’ll be in for a great night.

AudioLock Monthly Roundup – October Edition

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AudioLock Monthly Roundup – October Edition

October has been a busy month for us, forging new partnerships and attending the fantastic Amsterdam Dance Event.

New Partnerships

We are delighted to announce two new partnerships this month.

Radar Music Videos 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. It is completely free to use and there are no hidden fees or percentages.
We did a short Q&A for them which can be found here. 

Paradise Distribution is an independent music and video distribution network with offices in Berlin and San Francisco. With over a decade of fostering established relationships in the music industry, a worldwide network, and a proven track record of staying ahead of market trends, Paradise stands as one of the premier hybrid aggregators in the digital media landscape offering Label-Distribution, Self/Direct-Distribution with Paradise’s in-house solution PRDS Direct as well as a Music-MCN.

All our current partners can be found here. 

There are benefits available to any AudioLock user that also uses a partner’s service, to find out more please get in touch.


Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an established fixture in our event calendar. Now in our 6th year of attendance 2016 proved to be another very successful conference. Tristan Hunt (Partner & Director of Business Development) met with our partners (under NDA) to share AL 2.0 – the first time we’ve done this since the concept was developed – and the response so far has been universally positive. A number of new prospective clients are in the pipeline as well as two new partnerships.

As an AFEM Exec Board member Tristan also co-hosted a brunch with AFEM and YouTube as as well as a private drinks party for AFEM members and an event on Blockchain with dutch law firm De Vos Partners. All in all a very successful week of networking, cultivation and client development.

AudioLock – August Round Up

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AudioLock Monthly Newsletter – August Edition

The summer is traditionally a quiet time for the recorded music industry with festival season in full swing. Despite this we have still seen some big releases coming through our system.

Even for artists whose music is a few months old it is worth noting that as interest in an artist in piqued by a great live show there can be a spike in piracy. For this reason we recommend protecting releases during periods of live or promotional activity so as to support sales and also de-clutter search results and social channels, helping curious fans find genuine content.

If you have any questions regarding how best to plan each part of your campaign so as to minimise your exposure to piracy whilst still maximising exposure please get in touch with


After a fantastic first year at Reeperbahn in 2015 we are very much looking forward to attending again this year. Our Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt will be available for meetings so if you’d like to book a suitable time with him please get in touch directly at


July Roundup

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AudioLock Monthly Newsletter – July Edition

Whilst the rest of the industry is busy attending fun festivals we have been busy doing what we’re best at, protecting releases and seeing some great chart releases for our clients.
BBC Newsbeat

AudioLock founder and CEO, Ben Rush was interviewed by the BBC for their Newsbeat programme. He discussed pirate download stores alongside other issues affecting dance music and was joined by Mark Lawrence from the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music, a partner of AudioLock’s) and Stuart Knight from Toolroom Records (a client of AudioLock’s).

Hear Ben from 8 minutes in here:

Read the accompanying article here:
BT Sport, Believe Digital and MMF Sports Day Social

One of our partners, Believe Digital, held a ‘sports day’ in partnership with BT Sport at Stratford Olympic park in conjunction with the MMF (Music Managers Forum). A short shuttle bus ride from Stratford station took us to the location where a BBQ network event was well under way. We caught up with friends and clients over drinks before the hotly contested rounders competition began. Thanks to Believe and the MMF for inviting us down.

The Future of Dance Music

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat interviewed AudioLock founder Ben Rush, asking him about dance music’s latest threat, pirate download stores.

These stores are often indistinguishable from legitimate sites with many users unaware they are funding piracy. “They have everything; privacy policy, terms and conditions, credit card logos and security certificates.” Ben Rush.

Hear the interview here (from 8 minutes in)
Available until 21.08.2016

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XPONorth Round-Up and Two New Partnerships

May was a very busy month with regards to events, and with the exception of one event (see below) June was a return to business as usual. We have seen the AudioLock team expand bringing on more expertise to work at protecting rights holders’ precious releases and promos.

We are delighted to announce two great new partnerships.

  • Proton SoundSystem: Based in San Francisco these guys make running a label much easier with automated contracts, statements and payments to artists as well as digital distribution.

  • Faction Management: Operating out of LA, Faction combine creative services, innovative technology and collaborative culture to create a unique artist management business model that allows its talent to to scale their business rapidly.

We have a list 36 partners that can be seen here:

If you’re an AudioLock customer that works with any of them please get in touch to learn what benefits we can offer you as a result of the partnership.

We were delighted to be invited to participate in this years’ XPONorth, a multi-media event held in Inverness. Partner and Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt, delivered a keynote speech focussed on busting myths around music anti-piracy. He was interviewed for the event’s website (see film link below) and appeared on the panel  ‘Are Tech Companies The New Powerhouses Of The Creative Industries?’

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Additionally AudioLock provided an anti-piracy surgery for delegates, giving advice on protecting releases from promo through to release and to back catalogue.

XPONorth kindly put us up in a centrally located hotel along with delegates from the MPA, MPG and PRS among many others. This provided a great atmosphere and meeting point for networking as well as easy access to the numerous musical showcases going on around the city. Hats-off to the XPONorth team who managed to put together a fantastic 2 day programme. We shall certainly be back in 2017.

MPA/PRS Foundation Showcase
Issy Dacre from the MPA very kindly invited us to their showcase evening at 229 Venue in central London in partnership with PRS Foundation for Music. Immy Williams performed a fantastic set of stripped back vocal and piano songs to a very appreciative audience. Definitely as name to look out for in the future.

International Sound Escape – Ibiza, Liverpool and Brighton

May has been a month of events for AudioLock. It has been a pleasure to meet so many people with a passion for music as well as be able to catch up with friends and clients and keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Liverpool Sound City
This was our first year at Sound City and we’ll certainly be attending again. The conference is held at the Titanic Hotel on the Friday before the weekend public festival and we were treated to Liverpool at its sunny, vibrant best. We started the morning with speed-dating style 1-2-1 networking sessions before watching some of the international showcase bands over lunch and ending the day with a fascinating series of panels in the main hall.

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International Music Summit Ibiza
This was AudioLock’s 5th year attending what has become an annual institution in the electronic music calendar. AudioLock CEO Ben Rush and Director of Business Development Tristan Hunt were flying the AudioLock flag at the Hard Rock Hotel, meeting with international clients old and new over the three day event.

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The Great Escape
Another key fixture in the music calendar, The Great Escape event encompasses much of Brighton’s city centre, spanning live music venues and concert halls to pubs and garages. Tristan caught up with client’s among others Republic of Music (RAM Records distributor) plus took in several live events including that at Vevo house and the PPL client party.

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 Looking forward to June
AudioLock are headed to Scotland! On the 8th and 9th June Inverness plays host to XPONorth Scotland’s leading creative industries festival. We’re delighted to have been invited to provide both a keynote speech and appear on a panel entitled ‘Are Tech Companies The New Powerhouses Of The Creative Industries?’ (10.30am Studio 2).

We will also be running an anti-piracy surgery, open to all delegates who wish to get advice on how best to minimise their exposure to piracy and maximise the benefit of utilising an anti-piracy service. This will be held on both days from 10am and you’ll find us in the stalls foyer of Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA. If you’d like to pre-arrange a meeting please contact


Two conferences and two new partnerships

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This month we are delighted to announce two new distribution partners; Red Essential and Digital 1 Media Services. They join our other partners in offering a range of benefits to our shared clients. Full list of partnerships can be seen here –

Brighton Music Conference –

This is our third year at Brighton Music Conference and it just keeps getting bigger and better. If you’re involved in the world of electronic music we highly recommend the event for its panels, product demos and networking opportunities.

Our CEO Ben Rush spoke on two discussion panels at the event; Stealing Their Own Success. Are DJs Accidentally Killing Sales? And Fighting Piracy In Dance Music.

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Tristan Hunt, AudioLock Director of Business Development featured on Get Played Get Paid – Building The New Music Industry panel.

It is very encouraging for us to see how the industry at large is taking a positive attitude to tackling piracy and that organisation such as the AFEM strive to give their members access to the best solutions and advice.

 Music Connected -

Music Connected is another event that is a permanent fixture in the AudioLock calendar. As usual we were had a stand decked out in our white, blue and black livery in the ‘digital marketplace’ alongside numerous other digital services relating to the music industry. It’s great for us to have a chance to catch up with current clients, partners and to give advice on music anti-piracy best practice.

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The day started with each service giving a short presentation and in the picture below you can see our CEO Ben Rush speaking to a packed room at Glazier’s Hall. Congratulations to the AIM team for another great event followed by very generous free craft beers for all provided by our friends Consolidated Independent (C.I)

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Next Month

May will find us at the International Music Summit in Ibiza (May 25th to 27th) and Liverpool Sound City(27th May). If you’d like to arrange a meeting at either of these events please contact

From SXSW to Brighton Music Conference and Music Connected

Recently back from a successful visit to SXSW, this month AudioLock will be attending two key industry events; The Brighton Music Conference and AIM’s Music Connected.


2016 was AudioLock’s first visit to the legendary music conference that is SXSW. 30 years on and the Texas conference has developed into one of the world’s biggest events for the music industry with delegates flying in from over 50 countries and representing every genre. AudioLock Partner & Director of Business Development Tristan Hunt made the trip in a bid to catch up with AudioLock’s US clients and cultivate new business from the international market.

Country music icon Loretta Lynn performing at BBC Radio 1’s Introducing showcase.

Brighton Music Conference (14th – 15th April)

Brighton Music Conference is a fantastic event we have attended since its inception. As well as contributing to panels and discussion we use the event as an opportunity for our annual catch up with or London & Southampton teams all meeting up there for the day. If you’re attending and would like to arrange a specific meeting please contact

AudioLock Founder and CEO, Ben Rush will be appearing on two panels at this event, both held in the Professional Theatre on Thursday 14th April.

  • Stealing Their Own Success. Are DJs Accidentally Killing Sales? – 15.00-15.45 with Mark Lawrence (CEO; AFEM) | Ben Rush (CEO; AudioLock) | Stuart Knight (Managing Director; Toolroom Records) | Terry Weerasinghe (VP of Music Services; Beatport)

  • Fighting Piracy In Dance Music – 16.00 – 16.45 with Chris Goss (Managing Director; Hospital Records)|| Ben Rush (CEO; AudioLock) | Adam Woolf (Label Manager; Critical) | Emily Moxon (Label Manager; Brownswood) | Jon Rundell (Director ; Intec) | Matt King (Label Manager; Skint/BMG) | Ralf Kollmann (Founder & Managing Director; Mobilee)

AudioLock Partner & Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt, will be contributing to a panel as part of the keynote presentation on Friday 15th April in the Professional Theatre.

  • Get Played Get Paid – Building The New Music Industry – 15.00-15.45 with Mark Lawrence (CEO; AFEM) || Francis Gane (Director; Demo Box) | Herman Verkade (Owner; Musiqware) | Paul Hamill (Chief Navigator; Inflyte) | Tristan Hunt (Partner & Director of Business Development, AudioLock) | Yuri Dokter (CEO; DJ Monitor)

AIM’s Music Connected (27th April)

This event is an important annual fixture in the AudioLock calendar. Along with panel discussions and networking opportunities the event features the ‘Digital Marketplace’ where top digital service providers set up shop to have meetings and give information on their products. AudioLock’s stall will be open all day with members of our team on hand to answer any questions you may have. Of course, if you’re a current client and want to swing by then we’d be delighted to see you. If you’d like to arrange a specific meeting then please contact


AudioLock at the Brits and SXSW preview

A big thank you to Music Week for inviting us to join them at this year’s Brit Awards where a number of AudioLock’s client’s were entrants and winners.


AudioLock’s Director of Business Development, Tristan Hunt and GCP Founder and CEO, Ben Rush will be heading to Austin in March for this year’s SXSW . AudioLock meetings are booking up quickly thanks to recent membership of A2IM. If you’d like to catch up with Tristan with regards to AudioLock during the festival please contact

To discuss anything VideoLock related at SXSW with Ben Rush please contact

A2IM’s Associate Member Spotlight feature focuses on AudioLock this week and can be seen here –