Here’s why we’re leaving Boston for L.A.

Source: unknown UPDATE: We’re quite humbled that our little note to our friends about moving has sparked a lot of discussion and coverage of that discussion. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has written a response for the Boston Globe! I also expounded on what I mean by infrastructure here. Original post:FacebookMedium …

Kickstarter reward tiers: in-depth looks at our campaigns for MAGNETIC and TEN

So far, Sophia and I have run two modest Kickstarter campaigns – both successful – for our films TEN (stats on TEN) and MAGNETIC (I never wrote up my analysis, but Kicktraq summary of stats). In preparing for these campaigns, we spent a very long time researching how to structure reward tiers. It led …

Sophia appears on The Scrutiny Podcast

This came out last month and I totally forgot to post it. Cameron Keiber (of Midriff Records and musical fame) and Richard Bouchard (formerly of Boston Band Crush now of TTs booking & Indie Rock Ranger presents fame) have started a podcast about music, Boston, business, promotion and everything in between. …

The loss of the Boston Phoenix is terrible for artists.

Sophia Cacciola2012 Best Female Vocalist Today, the Boston Phoenix announced that it would be shutting down, effective essentially immediately (Official statement by publisher Stephen M. Mindich). There are countless reasons that this is devastating news, but let me give a few points that I don’t think have been sufficiently covered …

Halfway through a Kickstarter…What I expected and 10 things I’ve learned…

We’re now officially past the halfway point on the Kickstarter campaign for TEN. As I try and process my thoughts on this adventure, I figured it might be nice to share them in case they are useful to others considering giving fundraising a shot. BACKGROUNDFirst, let me put this particular …

To free or not to free: I am begging you to listen to my music, but only because you want to…???

Courtesy of local music scene satirist Richard Douche-ard. Used withouthis damn permission. Try and stop me! To free or not to free?I’ve been having a series of conversations on Facebook (1 – 2) about various components of the value of music and, much like other aspects of life (stupid Hollywoodized …

How Much Do You Need to Operate a Band? $100,000 to ramp an indie band to success…perhaps true, but not in the form of the unbelievably poorly conceived article on TIME

The TIME article, “Want to Be a Rock Star? You’ll Need $100,000” has been making the rounds recently and repeatedly infuriating me. Why? Well, it’s both horrific in its accuracy and its inaccuracy. The problem is, these stupid kids in some terrible band that, because of the stupidity of this …

We do need curators, but we don’t need gatekeepers or why you should stop using Pandora

This has been picked up over on Music Think Tank, so head over there! To Eleven has a nice follow-up post discussing some of these ideas as does Rhythm Hub. Earbits also opened discussion on the topic. There was also an older post on Music Think Tank exploring some similar thoughts. Allegedly, …

Video/Audio of Michael J. Epstein on The National Conference for Media Reform Panel:Local Media and Culture: What Does It All Mean for the Music Scene?

I wrote a bit about my points of discussion when I spoke on the panel Local Media and Culture: What Does It All Mean for the Music Scene? at the The National Conference for Media Reform last month. I actually found that I learned a lot of interesting things from …