Playlists: A Revolution for Artists | Innovating Music Podcast

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Andrea Young sees playlisting as a revolution for artists.  She shared a lot of basics of how to engage with both your fans and playlisters to create a thoughtful playlisting strategy for artists at different stages of their careers.  Toolsets are available within different platforms to understand analytics and learn from where and how your fans listen to your music. We talked about how the new funnels are a bit more translucent than the old ones to get your music in the right places and to the right fans.   fHow do you pitch the playlists? We talked about that a pitch is more than just sharing the song. Andrea shared tools like Chartmetric and Spot on Track, and the processes she uses to work with artists. We ended the conversation talking about the impact of smart speakers like Alexa in opening up the demographics for streaming to 2 year olds and to 90 year olds.


Guest: Andrea Young, Co-Founder, Partner and Chief Playlisting Officer, Koral Young

Andrea is an entrepreneur with extensive experience and expertise running projects and companies from startups to established brands.  As a management executive she has worked for a major label and distribution company on campaigns for Tom Petty, Spyro Gyra, Chaka Khan, Elvis Costello and hundreds of lesser known artists; co-owned a music retail chain of 15 stores; co-founded the company that computerized over 2,000 retail and wholesale music industry stores and warehouses; was part of the group that created SoundScan; ran and chaired Aspen Colorado’s public radio station (APR), and continues to produce and host weekly radio news and music shows on APR.   Recently she has focused her energies on music curation services, playlists, and working with emerging and established artists through label services offered at Koral Young.


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