$0.005205 per play. That’s what an artist makes every time his or her songs are streamed on Spotify. CD sales are incredibly sluggish, and if you are with a label, you’re making peanuts for every disc sold. So how do musicians make their money these days? Touring, touring and then, when the band is incredibly exhausted and on the verge of breaking up because they weren’t meant to spend four months together in a van significantly smaller than a dorm room, tour some more.
By Brian Weidy
What is afrobeat? Afrobeat is a style of music that comes from adding traditional instruments and styles with popular contemporary music. Though it’s not quite jazz and not quite funk, afrobeat includes strong elements of both along with a heavy dose of the shekere and other African instruments. But the best part of the genre isn’t just the crossroads of cultures, but rather the way it makes you feel. At its core, afrobeat music just makes you want to dance.
This year marks the Wisconsin Film Festival’s 15th stint in Madison, with more than 150 films being presented over the course of eight days.
In 2002, Justin Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified, a commercial success and a distinctive move away from his boy-band success with ’N Sync. While Timberlake and the rest of ’N Sync were an important part of my early childhood, Timberlake made the solo-move at the perfect time, and the Timbaland-produced album assured it was still cool to like Justin Timberlake.
The other day, a friend and I found ourselves talking about who our biggest influences were musically and what we would say if we were ever interviewed. My friend said Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bob Seger, among others.
Every so often, no matter how talented a band may be on the stage, something just doesn’t click at a show. Saturday night, I had that response for Minus the Bear.