Earlier this month, Nielsen Entertainment reported that music streaming has reached an all-time high amongst consumers. Total music streams rose by roughly 32% in the US last year, which adds up to 118.1 billion streams from sources including Spotify and Pandora.
Plenty of speakers at the forefront of this streaming revolution will be here for the SXSW 2014 Music Conference, including a few from services that have either just launched or are planning a launch in the US. We’re highlighting four of them in today’s edition of Speaker Wires.
SXSW 2014 Session: The New Geography of the Music World
Before landing at Paris-based music streaming service Deezer in 2010, Axel Dauchez was busy making a name for himself in the media and web industries. He’s held marketing and executive positions at video game developer Blizzard and the original French ad agency BDDP & Tequila Interactive, among others. He is currently CEO of Deezer, which is working towards entering the US market later this year.
SXSW 2014 Sessions: You Got Music, You Got Tech, Now Build Me Products & Women Who Conquered the Music Business
Julie Pilat spent about 20 years in the radio business, working for Clear Channel in various roles such as Brand Coordinator and Program Director, before landing at Beats Music as Head of Curation and Artist Development. Her role is crucial for the recently-launched music streaming service - one of the key differentiators in Beats Music is effective music curation.
SXSW 2014 Session: Internet Radio Is On Top Again. Why?
Currently the Vice President for Pandora, Tommy Page actually got his start as a songwriter in the early 1990s having reached the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart with his song “I’ll Be Your Everything.” Like Spotify’s Steve Savoca, Page also worked for Sire Records prior to his role with Pandora. Tommy’s main duty at Pandora is developing strong relationships with bands, brands, and fans.
SXSW 2014 Sessions: Breaking Great Art Requires Breakthrough Thinking & Defining Success in the Streaming World
A 15-year veteran of the music business, Steve Savoca will be representing Spotify at the SXSW 2014 Music Conference. Steve oversees the label relations team for Spotify - the first major on-demand music streaming service to enter the US market in 2011. Prior to that, Savoca worked for Sire Records, Jive Records, and Domino Recording - he also played in a band that opened for Radiohead once in the 1990s.
Keep up with the list of Music Conference Sessions here.
Axel Dauchez photo by Julien Mignot
Julie Pilat photo courtesy of the speaker
Tommy Page photo courtesy of the speaker
Steve Savoca photo by Josh Martinez