Indie Music News

‘PowerBeatsVR’ Brings High-intensity Musical Workouts to Oculus Quest in October

PowerBeatsVR (2020), the high-intensity workout experience from Munich-based indie studio Five Mind Creations, is finally making its was to Oculus Quest next month, which will let you box, dodge, and squat to the beat without getting tangled up in wires … or subscriptions. PowerBeatsVR is set to launch on Oculus Quest’s App Lab and SideQuest on October 20th. There’s no pricing available yet, however it’s currently priced at $20 on...

Guide to maximizing music income from songwriting, recording – Hypebot

In this concluding segment of their series on maximizing revenue, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan explore how the different variations of the final versions of your recordings can be used to create revenue. Guest post by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan of the Disc Makers Blog The fifth and final chapter in our series on maximizing music revenue with your songwriting and recording focuses on the various final versions and formats you can create...

Y2mate Officially Shutting Down In Multiple Countries

The Y2mate site in the United States as of August 1st, 2021 Y2mate, one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters in the world, is suddenly calling it quits in multiple countries. Y2mate is officially offline, at least in the United States, United Kingdom, and for a percentage of Australian users. The site, at y2mate.com, is one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters (or ‘stream rippers’) in the world. “Our service has been discontinued...

R.E.M: A retrospective, a revelation… re-lived

For some odd, quite random reason I woke up the other morning, wondering: what’s R.E.M. up to these days? Turns out, the legendary group disbanded in 2011. Ten years ago no less. Time flies. I Googled a bit, and recounted memories of the band. Not my favorite I confess. But they were everywhere back in the day. So many 80’s and 90’s house parties in Ottawa were powered by R.E.M., and, of course, they dominated radio and their arthouse...

Britons urged to check music collection as ‘sought-after’ modern albums sell for hundreds

Grammys 2021: Kanye West wins Best Contemporary Christian Album Having been one of very few ways to listen to music once upon a time, vinyl records have made a comeback in popular culture as music lovers collect their favourite albums - despite many turning to digital for their favourite hits. However, those records could bring more than just nostalgia to their owners. Related articles In fact, some records are potentially worth large amounts...

Metronomy’s Anna Prior on going solo: ‘It’s always felt like there’s been something missing’

Pop and rockInterviewMetronomy’s Anna Prior on going solo: ‘It’s always felt like there’s been something missing’Kate SolomonCreated in lockdown, and released via her own label, the drummer’s debut solo single marks the start of her own journeyFrom Metronomy to autonomy ... Anna Prior. Photograph: Cristiana MoraisFrom Metronomy to autonomy ... Anna Prior. Photograph: Cristiana MoraisFri 27 Aug 2021 13.00 BSTLast modified on Fri 27...

The 50 greatest gay songs of all time

Thirty days of summer is a pretty paltry amount of time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is so much more than a month of parades and celebrations. It's life. And while we'd never balk at an excuse to celebrate everything that Pride stands for, we also believe that any time is the perfect time to crank up these gay songs and let the rainbow flag fly. That's why we've assembled a 50-song playlist perfectly calibrated for Pride Month and...

Apple has briefed indie music distributors on enabling Spatial Audio, here’s how to prepare your tracks

We have some new details today on Apple Lossless and Spatial Audio for indie artists. Apple’s recently announced Spatial Audio and Lossless audio formats for Apple Music are set to kick off next month. While we know it has partnered with big artists like Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and Kacey Musgraves, among others, to bring the first 3D and hi-fi audio to its streaming service, what does this mean for the rest of us?  After code hinting at the...

ToneStone is a music production app from the people behind Guitar Hero and Left 4 Dead

ToneStone is an app designed to make producing music easy, even for users without any musical experience, and it’s created by people who worked on Guitar Hero and Left 4 Dead. Even though the app is officially being announced today, it’s still in closed beta, and there’s a waitlist for those who want to try it out. As a music production hobbyist, ToneStone’s interface and game-like features very much seem like my kind of jam, based on...

The Music Industry Has Neglected Its DJs. New Tech Will Change the Game

DJ edits of hit songs are everywhere, but the artists of the original music have not been properly compensated for the use of their works — until now. Whether you’re driving to the club, dancing at the club, or pounding tequila shots at your best friend’s wedding, carefully crafted tracks — parts of which have been sped up, slowed down, loudened for affect, and quieted for introductions and commentary — are soundtracking countless...