The Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal ran a series on Friday of Minnesota musicians who are thriving in the digital economy. Think of how different the music business is now that we can download, upload and manipulate audio files quickly and easily. The music industry as a whole has not always handles the changes with grace – so it’s nice to see some shining local stars who have.
The series is worth reading – in fact I decided it was worth a MSPBJ substitution – but I just wanted to offer a laundry list of musicians and innovations…
Tommy Barbarella, former keyboardist for Prince’s The New Power Generation – produces music in his own studio and sends it to a record producer in Los Angeles. No traveling for studio sessions.
Sean McPherson, bassist for Dessa – also able to record at home, then works with In the Groove, a Minneapolis firm that connects musicians with advertising- and film-industry clients and ensures that they are properly represented and paid for their work.
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapalles album – started on MySpace and now records their own albums, a sing booking agent, manager and promoter but not a record producer, which saves money