How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube?


In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians earned online from sales and streams of their music.

It caused quite a stir within the music industry, which even then was debating what the emergence of streaming services like Spotify would mean for artists. In 2015, that debate is still going on, and it’s even more heated.

Now McCandless has created a new version of the infographic, updated for 2015.

As before, it digs in to stats from various digital music companies, from the likes of Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon that sell music, to streaming services: Spotify, Deezer, Apple’s Beats Music, Rhapsody, YouTube and Tidal.

Besides calculations for how much an artist can expect to earn from a single sale or stream, the infographic shows how many of those sales or streams they’d need to earn the US monthly minimum wage of $1,260.

Some important caveats: these numbers apply to performing musicians, but they do not include publishing royalties for the songwriting. Plus, the most important factor in how much an artist signed to a label earns is the terms of their contract: some have good, fair deals. Others… less so.

Averaging that out is also the reason why the figures here may not match those announced by the streaming services.

For example, Spotify says that its average payout for a stream to labels and publishers is between $0.006 and $0.0084 but Information Is Beautiful suggests that the average payment to an artist from the label portion of that is $0.001128 – this being what a signed artist receives after the label’s share.

Finally, the per-play figures for streaming service can be misleading, as they depend on how many (or few) users the service has. Beats may pay more per-stream than Spotify, but that’s because it has relatively few users.

Artists will be making a lot more money in aggregate from Spotify, and if Beats’ user numbers grow, its per-stream payouts will come down. So this graphic isn’t proof that one service is better for artists than another, in that sense.

Information is Beautiful has included a metric of “users per play needed” – the little dots at the bottom right of each circle – to reflect this.

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Winter Music Conference 2016


Officially, Winter Music Conference (WMC), founded in 1985, is an electronic music conference held in Miami, Florida and is aimed at industry professionals, producers, artists, promoters, record labels, and enthusiasts. There are various seminars, panels, workshops, parties, DJ spinoffs, and networking events for those in the industry or looking to learn more about the industry. The International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) ceremony is held during WMC. The IMDA ceremony and other official WMC events are arranged by the Winter Music Conference organization.

Winter Music Conference parties

Unofficially, the term “Winter Music Conference” is often used to describe the hundreds of events and parties being held throughout the Miami and South Beach area while Winter Music Conference is taking place. There are pool parties, rooftop parties, beach parties, club parties, concerts, etc.

Parties hosted by the Winter Music Conference organization are considered “official events”. Some of the official WMC events are free while others are exclusively for WMC badge holders (more on this below).

There are many other non-official parties which are organized by independent promoters, artists, and venues to attract the crowd gathered in Miami. Tickets to these various events are made available by the individual organizers of the event and are typically purchased separate from each other. Many tickets are available for purchase online, but their availability varies depending on the event organizer. The site has event tickets available on our events page once they are released, which is typically late February and early March.

What is the Winter Music Conference badge?

The Winter Music Conference badge (aka “Conference Registration”) is sold exclusively by the Winter Music Conference organization and includes admission to the official Winter Music Conference seminars, panels, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), Q&A sessions, trade show & exhibits, parties, DJ spinoffs, and networking events sponsored by the WMC organization, including the IDMA ceremony. WMC badge holders are often referred to as “delegates” or “conference delegates”.

The Winter Music Conference badge allows free or reduced entry into some, but not all, of the non-official events and parties. Availability, pricing, and terms of use all vary from one event to another and are established by the individual event organizers. The key is to arrive early and be patient. The bigger, more popular private events will be harder to get into with the WMC badge than the smaller events. A list of events and their corresponding badge acceptance policies are posted on The List site. Admission to Ultra Music Festival is no longer included with the WMC badge.

Generally speaking, if you’re interested in the industry events and official parties, the WMC badge may be right for you. If you’re looking to attend specific parties with big-name artists, you’re probably better off buying the individual event tickets. It all depends on the type of experience you’re looking for. The Winter Music Conference badge is more about being an industry insider than it is about club hopping.

Rest in Peace David Bowie (Starman)


I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing, and how dumbfounded I felt when I heard the news that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had died. I was sitting in the car on Super Bowl Sunday waiting for my dad while he grocery shopped when The New York Times notification popped up on my phone. Just a few nights before, I had rewatched “Almost Famous,” one of my favorite of Hoffman’s films, for what probably had to be the 20th time. He was dead. I was devastated. I didn’t know him. So it is with celebrity deaths.

Albeit this wasn’t the first time a celebrity’s death felt strangely personal, it took me a while to accept the fact that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I” was the last new film of Hoffman’s I’d see. He was an actor who I felt was the coolest member in the weirdos of the world club. He made me feel like it was okay to be uncool, reinforced by his best monologue from “Almost Famous” where he tells the young protagonist, “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

Last Monday morning, on my early trek back to school, I got another notification from The New York Times that rattled me just as much as Hoffman’s death did: David Bowie, president of cool in the weirdos of the world club, had passed away. I spent the rest of the ride to school softly ­— okay, pretty dramatically — sobbing to his greatest hits. Later, reminiscing with friends on campus about his death, I started to wonder about this type of grieving. I didn’t know him, but his music was formative for me in my teenage years and still is to this day. How could I be so sad? I knew him about as well as I know a passing stranger on Franklin Street.

The truth is, death isn’t easy. No matter if this death is of a close friend or a supernova celebrity whose song “Heroes” made you feel okay when people in high school were just too small to understand you, death feels like it happens to you even when you aren’t the one who died. Those left behind have to answer the questions of morality, which feel overwhelming to even consider.

It may seem silly to mourn the death of someone you don’t know, but those who loved “Harry Potter” know how I feel about Bowie in the wake of their beloved Alan Rickman’s, aka Snape’s, passing. Some people we know so deeply without ever meeting them, and in the case of celebrities, it’s because of their art. Those stars we love seem immortal, because they kind of are.

So, David Bowie is dead. I am mourning in the best way I know how: listening to his music. Campus life keeps moving, as it does in the wake of anyone’s death. There was no vigil here, except perhaps small ones in dorms and in Carrboro. Rest in peace, Starman. There is a better world waiting for you, and someday these tiny stars looking up at you will meet you there.

Suspended in a Sunbeam


Music is a powerful tool, a soul-moving skeleton-key that assertively opens up the doors to each one of our hearts.

The specific type of emotion and how well it’s drawn out of you is a whole different story. Different feelings prefer different sounds, and many of us want those specific sounds at different times for different reasons. This is why it’s important to have a variety of music. It’s nice to have a soundtrack that is as complex as your daily experiences.
Sometimes we’re in the mood for some drum & bass. Other times, that’s not what our brain wants and we find ourselves wishing for some downtempo Deep House or maybe just a violinist playing some classical music on live looping, OR MAYBE, you have no idea what you want to hear and you’d prefer to wander around until you hear the RIGHT sound for RIGHT then.
Music moves us, but not always in the same way. It is for this reason that we have such a wide variety of musicians at Suspended in a Sunbeam. We want to create the most complete experience possible, and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a lineup of which we’re extremely proud.
With the exception of a few more bands, and a couple more Techno artists, THE LINEUP IS COMPLETE! View it below, share with your friends and invite those loved ones that you know will contribute to our event and ultimately leave it having grown a little. heart emoticon
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Q&A with amazing Dj & Producer B-liv

We had the opportunity to speak with amazing Dj and Producer B-liv  (believe) Colombian born but with a Mexican Heart, has you can see he’s been doing really good in the music business lately charting in Traxsource thanks to his amazing tracks.


B-liv can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi guys first of all thank you so much for the interview, and of course it would be a pleasure to tell you a little bit about my life… i have 5 different kind of passions, my family, my little cat, my music, my record labels and my job as a publicist. i always divide my life in those 5 things, I’ve been living in Mexico for the last 11 years it’s amazing i am really grateful to be here, a country with great opportunities, i’ve met a lot of people and made a bunch of new friends… also is a really cool place in for the music industry.

How does it fell to see your music in the tops of Traxsource charts?

It is an indescribable pleasure, like when you were at school and getting A+ in your grades, it’s really cool to finish a track and sign it with a label and when you see it in the charts it feels like wining a gold medal (he laughs) or something like that, is not only your inner voice that says you’ve been doing really good on this it’s also some other peoples voice the ones who believes in your work and support your work, i just released my track “Get back to me/For this” with the legendary label from NYC  King Street and it’s been already in 5 different charts! Deep Essentials, House Essentials, Hype Chart, Top 100 & Weekend Weapons.

What does amateur producers need to make high quality music like you do?

Thank you so much for the compliment, i don’t know if i am on that level yet, but what i am really sure about it that you gotta work really hard to accomplish that, also you gotta be honest and humble, there’s a point in life when you gotta pick up what you’ve been planting.

Do you think you are the best dj in Mexico?

That’s a question full of vanity, i don’t know, some people thinks i am, a lot of people thinks i am not, but what i can say is that if i wasn’t B-liv and somebody buys a ticket and invites me to go i will definitely say yes.

We knew you has the opportunity to play at the Winter Music Conference… tell us a little bit about your experience.

I learned a lot from WMC, this will be the fifth consecutive year that i attend and every year is more exiting, when you are there people threats you really good, you can fell the good vibe coming from everybody, doesn’t matter if you are an artist, people there is really down to earth, you can make good networking as well, you are able to hear new sounds, most of the Dj’s take their music with them, and a bunch of people wants to hear your dj sets… and see what’s your proposal.

What is the plan for B-liv for the rest of the year?

I have a lot, most of them with some tracks i want to release, keep on working on my new label (My Own Beat) keep on working really hard as an artist. Also the plan is to find a great booking agency to help me grow as an artist at a higher level. Unfortunately we don’t have that in Latin America not even in Mexico, there’s no booking agencies interested im promote underground talent in Latin America.

Would be cool to find a booking agency that really helps, not those booking agencies created by Dj’s to promote themselves, we need agencies   that really know the business in the music industry but it’s really hard to find something like that you gotta go to USA or Europe to find it.



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Q&A With Dark Soul Project


We had the opportunity to speak with Argentinian Dj and Producer Dark Soul project and this is what he told us.

Can you tell us a little bit about your personal life?

Hi guys good day, before everything, thanks for the interview, I am glad and happy about it. About my personal life, the most important aspects I can tell you about is that I didn’t have a regular life, I had a lot of problems, I grow up in a nice family but with a lot of problems, so as I got the age of 18 I decided to have my own route live alone, and be happy. I started college I study laws. I start to go out more often and also doing the dj stuff on the side. I was always connected to art. I am a big fan of abstract & conceptual art. I also paint sometimes. I really love music, first thing I do when I wake up is turn on my computer… listen some tracks and after that I run ableton to see if I can compose something. I am a chill person and I like to share time with people I love, like my friends and family. Life is beautiful and even more with music, and if its with melodic house music, melodic techno music, its even better.

For how long have you been making music?

I don’t remember when I started. At the age of 16 I was producing on FL, but then I left it and I was more into research for the sounds I like. I started collecting music since I was 14 years old I have a lot of discs with music. A huge catalogue.

In 2009 I started to produce with an objective something more clear I learn to how sound professional, how to use the tools of the software and how to train my ears.

So I think I’ve been producing for 7 years from 2009 to now.

How do you describe your sound?

It’s difficult to describe my sound. Something that always predominates on my songs is the percussion and tribal groove with swing. Swing and groove are fundamental for me. Most of the time I produce music people can dance because first of all I am dj before a producer. Other elements you will find on my tracks are cool melodies and hypnotic sounds., I always try to learn the new production techniques and how to sound better and different, I really hate when producers do always the same sound, or sounds like other producers, is really boring.

What do you think about the “edm” movement?

I think music is a product of the society we are living, if edm is the music that most society thinks is good for them its ok. I respect the taste of others. I really don’t like most edm tracks, I think like all the music industry lost quality and we can listen it more in edm because is the style has more exposure now a days. Most tracks I think are really cheesy but I think people will get bored of it soon and they will need something better. People need more music culture. But this is something even deeper and longer to talk (he laughs).

What’s your favorite kind of music?

I like all kinds of music is difficult to choose only one, I really enjoy a good chill out, acid jazz, melodic techno, or deep house. But I always enjoy deep sounds with melodies.

What do you love the most from your country?

I love most of the things from here to he honest, except the culture of it. I really enjoy food in special “asado”. Girls here are outstanding and party animals, I think that’s the first word that appears when you look on the Internet about Argentinians. I also like Architecture here and the weather because all the year is different.

Which artists do you admire the most?

I really admire Hernan Cattaneo, I think his music selection is really good and I always fall in love with 2 or 3 tracks from his sets, Same happens to me with Sasha, Nick Warren and John Digweed, I also admire how Lee Burridge and Mathew Dekay put their sets together and the way the mix.

If you had the opportunity to change the world through music wich genre would you choose?

(he laughs) difficult question. But I think melodic tech house.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

To be honest I don’t know what could happen in 5 years that’s the funny thing in my life (he laughs) I always change, I expect to continue working on the new label I am running with some friends, also I hope to see my friends playing with me in the future, I hope I can play in different cities and learn more music production I also want a new studio, I really need a new studio ( he laughs again), and the most important thing enjoy time with people I love, for now I can’t tell you something clear about me in 5 years. I don’t know what to say about staying in any determined place but for sure enjoying life and being happy.

From all the tracks you have had release which one is your favorite?

My favorite track is “al sur” the one I released at Nick Warren’s album ”the soundgarden”.

What’s your plan for the rest of 2016?

I expect to continue working on the label is something that I am really enjoying we are going to release some outstanding music, tracks I did from the bottom of my heart and with passion. We would like to return quality to electronic music, is difficult because most artist ask for a lot of money of fee for a track that they don’t sell that amount of money so its not easy.


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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the premiere annual destination for the electronic music industry, expands its international reach by traveling to Mumbai, India in 2016.
The week long Amsterdam-based industry event had already branched out into the Caribbean with a successful Aruba events, and now looks to travel to one of the world’s biggest (and still emerging) markets for electronic music. From April 7-10, 2016, visitors, fans and industry will be privy to interactive Q&A’s with top DJ’s, exclusive industry discussions, networking sessions and strategy meetings, master classes and much more as part of ADE’s “on-going commitment to connect dance culture worldwide”.

Featured speakers include, Peter Martin (Head of Studio V.A.L.I.S, US), Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia at BMI, GB), Rahul Kukreja (Director of Live Events & Entertainment, The Livescape Group, MY), Jonathan Christiansen (Hit The Ground Running, US), DJ Pierre (US), and Arjun Vagale (DJ & Producer, IN), as well as leading Indian media, communications and entertainment company Percept, giving attendees the chance to learn and understand about the Indian market from the inside.


INCOGNITO + COMPRESSION (one last techno)


With King King closing its doors on 1/31/16, the former stalwarts of its Friday nights for years, COMPRESSION & INCOGNITO, combine for the very first time, to throw One Last Night at a place both teams called Home for years.

Headlining this event will be the much awaited return, after a 4-year absence in LA, of Modularz Label Boss DEVELOPER (3-hour set). Plus a back2back gig by Compression’s ROBTRONIK and Incognito’s GERARD NOT GERALD.

So on Sat Jan 2, we do sincerely invite you for ONE LAST TECHNO to say GoodBye to that mirror ball, those red brick walls, those black banners with chinese characters that no one really knows what it says, the friendly bartenders and staff, and that smoking area/parking lot that everybody loves. Oh and for some amazing techno, of course.

[+] Developer (Modularz, Pole Group, Mote Evolver, LA/ Berlin)
[+] Robtronik (Compression Co-Founder)
[+] Gerard Not Gerald (INCOGNITO Co-Founder)

21+ / $10 all night if you click Going