Minnesota musicians making the most of a digitial economy

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…

Brianna Lane, singer/songwriter used Kickstarter to finance upcoming album

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

This entry was posted in Broadband Applications, economic development, MN by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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