NAMM is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, founded in 1901. It is held every January in Anaheim, California, USA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. We won’t be exhibiting, however, the LAMA family of instructors and grads will be their in full force for various projects and performances. Check out some of your instructors performing:
Dave will be doing doing two performances at NAMM. The Dave Hill Group will perform on Friday Night, JAN 25th at the Sheraton – 7:20 pm on the Jazz Stage. The Sheraton is located at 1855 South Harbor Boulevard • Anaheim, CA 92802. And then, with “The Scott Wilkie Band” …on Saturday night, JAN 26th at the Sheraton – 10 pm on the Jazz Stage Both gigs are free to the public. Come check out some great contemporary Jazz Fusion!
Neillie is singing background vocals at NAMM on Friday, Jan 25th at 5:00 pm for the Living Legends Concert at the Grand Plaza stage. This is her 3rd year singing with the Legends Concert. Last year she sang with Bobby Kimball from Toto, The Spencer Davis Group. This year she will be singing with Chuck Negron, singer for Three Dog Night, Dennis Tufano, singer for the Buckinghams, Robin McAuley, singer for Survivor and The Michael Schenker Group, Terry Ilous, singer from Great White and XYZ, Richie Castellano, guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult, Nico McBrain, drummer for Iron Maiden, Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot, Alan White, drummer for Yes and The Plastic Ono Band, and Marty Grebb, sax player for Bonnie Raitt and Chicago, among others.
Brad will be playing with Country artist Larry Bagby Fri 8:30-9 as part of the NAMM Carvin/Mapex show at Hotel Menage 1221 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA (714) 758-0900.
Hugo will be at NAMM this year working as Product Specialist for Mixware. They will be demoing one of Electrix’s new product called TWEAKER all day in the booth at demo stations. The booth is Mixware LLC Booth# 6714 (Hall A) -Reloop, Electrix, UDG, Monkey-Banana.
Andrew will be representing Kemper Profiling amplifiers and Evertune guitar bridges.
Have a great NAMM everyone! If you run into anyone from LAMA say HI!
Pandora does not have the best reputation with musicians. Remember when they petitioned Congress to pay musicians less royalties? However, at this year’s CES founder Tim Westergren is taking baby steps to try and change that reputation. What’s first? Tour support.
“…talked about Internet radio as a means to generate income for performing artists (who don’t get paid at all by over-the-air stations) and insights. In particular, he touted Pandora’s ability to help artists figure out where to tour and promote their live shows to a receptive audience.”
It seems the idea is that sometime in the future Pandora could provide a map showing where your music is enjoyed and streamed the most across the world, then the musician could plan tours and marketing around this data. Google Analytics for streaming perhaps? Our biggest problem with this is that there is no concrete evidence that they are actually working on this. Why was this not implemented years ago! We had Pandora streaming during the Bush administration and you are just thinking about something like this?
With cloud storage services, Spotify and Google Music taking over, we appreciate that Pandora is trying to get back into the good graces of musicians but they have a lot of work to do!
LAMA Guitar grad (1996) Huba Kelemen has some great news to share! His song Daydream/Vadonatuj Erzes performed by Radics Gigi a Hungarian Idol winner – is currently holding the number one spot in his home country. You can see a news article on it here (Huba is also in the second half of this video clip). Huba says, “Thank you all for the love, support and inspiration! Miss all of your faces, happy holidays and can’t wait to see you all again in the new year.”
We are excited too see you soon Huba! Follow Huba on Twitter here.
What if music students could still learn how to write music by hand, but quickly turn that into computerized notation? The people at @ThinkMusicTech say this is very real thanks to a new app that we don’t have many details for just yet but more updates are coming soon. Here’s a preview — we’ll keep an eye on the developments but we are interested!
Here are five questions we have for the music industry this year:
1. Will consumers take to Sonos?
A careful marketing campaign where promotional copies of the state of the art audio hardware were sent to key influencer’s means people are raving about Sonos. Sonos is music hardware that streams your digital music with HiFi sound and has no sound loss over wireless. It reminds us of the buzz surrounding Spotify when it first appeared in Europe. Bob Lefsetz talked about wirelessly connecting his system, then we heard Howard Stern’s producer Gary Dell’Abate eschewing it’s merits. With the economy back on the upswing and people buying homes again, upwardly mobile music fans now have the money to bring their homes into the musical 21st century. Will Sonos catch on or will an old stalwart like a Bose or Sony or Apple TV-like system beat them for the win?
2. Will the synchronicity of the internet and your car catch on?
Yes, we know that you can hook your smartphone up to your radio but we are talking about seamless integration here folks. Ford was on to something with Sync, but it’s reviews are mixed and overall user-friendliness is questionable. When you can drive your car and dial up your favorite Pandora stations or Spotify list, does that mean terrestrial radio is shaking in its boots? Probably not, but with distracted driving at an all time high, and laws coming into place, successful integration is desirable. We’ll see if it catches on more in 2013.
3. Will Apple step into the streaming game?
It is frequently mentioned in business that the first person to the game is not always the victor. Many have noticed the trends that digital paid downloads are on the downtrend while streaming is on the up and up. There is no doubt that Apple will step into the streaming game but could it be this year? Right now we’ve got Spotify and Google Play — has your life changed as much as ours by syncing a Spotify starred playlist to an iPad so you can listen to two gigs of music on an airplane? So will Apple take the Spotify format and enter the streaming world? Only time will tell…
4. Will YouTube reign supreme?
YouTube continues to be the number one destination for people to listen to music. Just over 5 years ago, what if we told you people would listen to music more on an online video site called YouTube than on radio, MTV and CDs combined? It’s incredible — now we have Psy and his one billion plus video views. When Spotify does not have a live version we switch to YouTube and vise versa. It certainly SEEMS like YouTube is not going anywhere for a while.
5. Are DJs the new rock star?
We have all seen the numbers. Will EDM continue to rule the live market? It’s Electronic HUGE for live music sales, especially in 2012. The bigger players in the concert industry like Live Nation have even taken notice. But some fans are questioning…check out this article, Is America killing EDM?
There you have it music fans! Do you want these questions answered as well? Or are there some we missed? Write your predictions in the comments.