Data Driven Journeys

How Artists Gain a Global Fanbase Using Streaming Platforms

Erich Ludwig, by Matthew Santiago
  • event type:WOMEX 15 Conference
  • date:23 Oct 2015
  • time:11:15 - 12:00
  • city/area:Budapest
  • venue:Conference Room 2, Bálna
  • country:Hungary
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

Chaired by:

Erich Ludwig (USA)
Product owner/content understanding, Spotify

"In an era of one-click distribution and unlimited access for music fans around the globe, how have artists developed new genres of music and found (new) audiences?

We’ll use Spotify data & experience to examine a few artists (such as Tanya Tagaq, The Very Best, Stromae, Baloji, Ibeyi, Babymetal, etc), and look at how they exist within or transcend location, find & build audiences and break through globally.

We’ll also look at where these artists were first heard and if they brought along any of their influences / direct musical peers with them on that journey. We’ll discuss “borderlessness” (as facilitated by new deals between artists & labels/distributors/aggregators) and generate some ideas and questions about the next phase of global music (perhaps “post-world”, in the manner of post-bop and post-rock)."

Photo credit: Erich Ludwig, by Matthew Santiago