2017 marks the 40th anniversary of iconic band The B-52s. It’s also the year founding member Cindy Wilson embarked on her solo career, releasing her debut, ‘Change,’ on December 1st through Kill Rock Stars. On this episode, Portia talks with Cindy about her new album, adapting to today’s music industry, and her advice for new musicians.
Portland, OR has been home to a unique hip hop and rap community for decades, with veteran artists like Vursatyl, Cool Nutz, and Libretto paving the way. Now, up and comers like Amine, Myke Bogan, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Mic Capes, Vinnie DeWayne, Wynne, and more are creating a new era. So what does it take to foster a healthy music scene no matter the genre or locale? We discuss with Portland’s DJ Klyph and Cool Nutz on this episode.
The rise of streaming has bestowed the music industry with a wealth of data, but how can labels and artists leverage that data to sustain themselves in this brave new world? On this episode, recorded live from Indie-Con in Adelaide, Australia, Portia moderates a panel on streaming and data with Amy Dietz (INGrooves), Henry Compton (The Orchard), Maya Janeska (UNFD), Jane Slingo (Young Strangers), Ben Godding (AWAL/Kobalt), and James Limon (ABC).
In the second part of our 100th episode celebration and live taping, we spoke with organizations who strive to help musicians grow and take charge of their businesses. Maggie Vail (CASH Music), Ben Hubbird (CD Baby), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange), and Sierra Haager (Public Display PR) weigh in. We also hear from the new movement documenting and advocating for local musicians, MusicPortland, represented by Meara McLaughlin, Chris Young (Vortex), and Andre Middleton (Friends of Noise). They’re joined by City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and DJ Klyph.
On October 25th, we celebrated our 100th episode with a live taping in Portland, OR. On this episode, you’ll hear from the amazing staff at Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Kristi Balzer and Caley Murray, as well as former camper Katherine Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout). Then, get insight from legendary musicians Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Laura Veirs, and Cool Nutz. Special thanks to XRAY FM and Holocene.
Melissa Locker is a culture writer who has contributed to Elle, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, and more. She joins Portia to talk about trends in music writing, what Mick Jagger smells like, and how everyone should try to meet Enya.