Giving and Receiving Criticism (from the filous podcast)

Each podcast, article, or video I create for Auxoro is subject to the eyes and ears of my peers. Some feedback is tough to hear. Likewise, when other people show me their projects, I need to find a way to communicate my thoughts constructively. So, makes for good criticism? How can you constructively receive criticism? Here are some ideas that have helped me do both:

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Bahari: Making Waves

Meet Bahari, the duo comprised of singer/bassist Natalia Panzarella and singer/keyboardist Ruby Carr. After parting ways with a major label, the two have reclaimed their sound and have collaborated with producers like Illenium, Zedd, and Grey. In this interview, Natalia and Ruby speak on their beginning from opposite sides of the globe, the evolution of the creative process, Rock Mafia, and why they’re now “off-white.”

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SoundCloud Strives For Universal Distribution

SoundCloud continues to support the interests of the independent artist. This past week, the streaming platform announced that they will implement a new feature that will allow artists to upload music universally to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other services. What does this mean for the streaming landscape? How will this affect artists and listeners? Here’s what you need to know:

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Marshmello Flies High With First Ever Virtual Concert On Fortnite

This past week, Marshmello made history with the first ever virtual concert in the online video game Fortnite. In ten minutes, the superstar producer Marshmello reached more people than the Super Bowl Halftime Show. What does this mean for the future of concerts? How can this virtual reality takeover be repeated? What goes into planning a groundbreaking event like this? Here’s what you need to know:

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A Deeper Purpose: A Letter by Lo Village

Rebel Music Collective (RMC) is an entertainment label that was created by Kane Tabiri in 2011. The idea for the Collective came as Kane realized the arsenal of talent that he was surrounded by, namely in his sister, Ama, and his close friend, Charles Tyler. By 2015, Ama joined Kane and Charles Tyler to form the hip-hop/R&B group now known as Lo Village. The group is based out of their hometown, Gaithersburg, MD, a well-known breeding ground of hip hop and R&B legends ranging from Logic to Wale. Taking a new approach to modern day hip hop, Lo Village blends neo-soul, old school R&B, go-go, and traditional rap into a striking sound that instills both nostalgia and irresistible head-nodding in every listener.

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Fake Music Is Now A Real Problem

Music Streaming has brought great music to billions of ears throughout the past decade. But some scammers are taking advantage of this technology to artificially pump up numbers and even going as far as stealing artists’ music. What does this mean for the music community? How can streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify cut down on this fraud? Here’s what you need to know:

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Seeb: Getting A Grip

Meet Seeb, aka Simen Eriksrud and Espen Burg, two powerhouse artists and producers who understand the science and feel behind a great song. With a combined four decades of experience, the two have mastered the mix of emotion and energy, crafting smash hits like ‘Grip’ with Bastille and their remix of ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza.’ Take a dive into minds of the duo who thinks nowhere near the box.

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Alec Benjamin: Looking For An Open Door

At the end of 2018, Alec Benjamin released a mixtape titled ‘Narrated For You.’ Before that, he got signed by a major label, made an album, then got dropped. He’s spent time touring with Matisyahu, Jon Bellion, and Hoodie Allen. Over in Europe, he played the guitar and sang for fans in parking lots outside of Troye Sivan and Shawn Mendes concerts. “I handed out a ton of business cards, my Staples bill was insane,” says Alec. From playing parking lot shows to releasing smash hits like ‘Let Me Down Slowly,’ here’s a bit of insight into Alec’s story telling process.

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Virtual Reality Is A Virtual Certainty In The Future Of Music

Before, a fan had to attend a concert venue to see their favorite artists play live. Now, MelodyVR is bringing you up close to live performances from the comfort of your couch. An Oculus Headset and the MelodyVR app can transport fans to the concert venue through virtual reality technology. How will this affect the live performance market? What does this mean for artists and fans? What will this experience look like? Here’s what you need to know:

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OffStage Spotlight: Emo Nite

The founders of Emo Nite are bringing the house party to a city near you. What started as an idea between three friends has sparked a nationwide tour filled with punk-rock, nostalgia, and a live show wrapped into one. No separation lies between the stage and the fans. The stage transforms into the party. T.J., Babs, and Morgan, the founders of Emo Nite, say it best: We are not a band. We are not DJ's. We throw parties for the music we love.

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Journey To The Center Of The Venn Diagram: A Letter by Scott Flynn

In fifteen years as a professional musician, Scott Flynn has played trombone in powerful groups like Pretty Lights and Odesza. After a phone call from a friend, Scott entered the world of Pretty Lights and began to explore the depth of electronic music. 808’s, synths, and sound design opened him up to another realm beyond organic instrumentation. In this Open Letter, Scott dives into his developing relationship with electronic music, the importance of both instrumentalists and electronic musicians, and the sweet spot of the Venn Diagram where both worlds collide.

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Fans, Phones, and Concert Filming

Are phones killing the concert experience? Since the advent of the camera phone, filming at concert venues has become a mainstay of live performances. Instead of witnessing the real time production on stage, many are absorbing the climax of shows through the lens of their phones. How do the fans feel about this phenomenon? What do the artists think? And how can we find a middle ground between recording the moment and living in it?

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OffStage Spotlight: Todd Erickson of Babco Entertainment

With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Todd Erickson is now a partner at Babco Entertainment, a premier East Coast booking agency. Todd, alongside company founder Melissa Boyle Aronson, books concerts all over the country with some of the largest artists in the world. The Babco roster spans various genres and decades. Todd has worked with acts from Kanye West, Maroon 5, and Jason Derulo to The Goo Goo Dolls, Earth Wind and Fire, and Ke$ha. With extensive booking experience, Todd shared his insight into entering the industry as a college student, how music genres affect show production, the effect of streaming on live music, and more.

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