PMI – The Hot Seat – Max

Joining us in the Hot Seat and giving us his love this week, it’s Max Bloom :)

1. What was the first album you bought?

- ‘What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye’

2. What was the first job/worst job?

- ‘First was at a McDonald’s in Hendon. My worst was a gig I did at an Armenian party, it was really weird, they’d booked completely the wrong person as they didn’t like or want any of my stuff, and they ended up plugging in their own Walkman to listen to!’

 

3. If you could meet any musician/singer from the past, who would it be and why?

-’I would have to say, Bernard Edwards, because he was the first person musically that i admired. He got me into funk/disco type dance music.’

5. What’s the most played song on your music player?

- ‘Most likely Al Green, any song from the Best Of.’

6. What is your favourite quote, saying or lyric?

- ‘ “Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law” – Hubert H Humphrey’

7. Have you been or do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity?

- ‘Well i was a minor celeb back in the day! Had my own TV Programme didn’t I! And believe it or not… a couple of years ago I swear on my life, a cab driver i flagged down thought I was George Clooney! It was at night admittedly, but still, I’ll take that!’

8. Who’s musical career do you envy and why?

- ‘Geoff Travis – he is the founder of Rough Trade records the label, and the Rough Trade chain of record shops.’

9. What was the last album you purchased and what was the format of the album?

- ‘Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace on CD’

10. Who do you think is overrated and why?

- ‘This space is not long enough…. !! Err, I think.. Justin Beiber, obviously there’s an element of talent, but it’s a showmanship, it’s become so big but from nothing. And probably One Direction.. ‘

11. What is your favourite use of music in a film or film scene?

- ‘Music in adverts is always really good, like Space Man, Ben E King.. all of those.’

12. Which musical platform and/or website do you currently listen to the most and why?

- ‘Drowned In Sound – Discover new music, keep up to date with research and stuff’

13. What was the last or most memorable TV Show/Film/Book that made you cry?

- ‘The Impossible. People had warned me it was sad, so I’d kind of prepared myself, but it still got me going.’

14. If you could learn to be good at anything what would it be?

- ‘Just a general musician.’

15. What is the future of the music industry in 3 words?

- ‘Choice. Creativity. Love.’

PMI – The Hot Seat – Andrew

Next up in the hot seat… it’s Andrew Radix!

1. What was the first album you bought?

- ‘”Kool & The Gang – Celebration” on Vinyl’

2. What was the first job/worst job?

- ‘First was at Olympus Sport in Brent Cross. Worst was cleaning coffee machines in a Quantity Surveyor firm in Euston.. I had been out of work for 8 months and just wanted to do something!! It was a horrible job..’

3. If you could meet any musician/singer from the past, who would it be and why?

-’Bob Marley – he’s a legend.’

4. Which concert do you wish you had been able to attend?

- ‘I have always wanted to go to Glastonbury.. but I can’t deal with the mud. So Glastonbury.. but without the mud and with guaranteed sunshine.’

5. What’s the most played song on your music player?

- ‘Buena Vista Social Club – El Cuarto De Tula’

6. What is your favourite quote, saying or lyric?

- ‘Nas is like the Afrocentric Asian, half-man, half-amazin‘” - Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell’

7. Have you been or do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity?

- ‘Yes and I hate it. Chris Rock!’

8. Who’s musical career do you envy and why?

- ‘Russel Simmons. Because the man is a self-made multimillionaire. He’s got the whole package and he’s bloody good at it!’

9. What was the last album you purchased and what was the format of the album?

- ‘”Foals – Holy Fire” – Digital’

10. Who do you think is overrated and why?

- ‘The Beatles! I admit they were completely different to anything else that was around in the 60′s, but other than that, I don’t see what the fuss is about.’

11. What is your favourite use of music in a film or film scene?

- ‘In Goodfellas when De Niro is at the bar thinking about taking out Maury (one of his crew members who masterminded the Luftansa heist), ‘Cream – Sunshine of Your Love’ plays in the background… no words, just the song and his facial expression.’

12. Which musical platform and/or website do you currently listen to the most and why?

- ‘YouTube, it’s easy to navigate and you get to see videos as well.’

13. What was the last or most memorable TV Show/Film/Book that made you cry?

- ‘The last scene of Godfather 3.. some dust must have got caught in my eye, or an allergic reaction caused a tear to fall down my cheek…’

14. If you could learn to be good at anything what would it be?

- ‘Languages. Would love to be multilingual.. I struggle with English, let alone anything else!!’

15. What is the future of the music industry in 3 words?

- ‘As Tony Blair would say.. Streaming… Streaming… Streaming.’

PMI – The Hot Seat – John

This week it was our very own John Carnell’s turn in the hot seat. Except, being in France ‘n’ all.. his seat was probably slightly hotter!

1. What was the first album you bought?

- ‘One of the cover version Top of the Pops albums on Hallmark.’

2. What was your first job/worst job?

- ‘Painting the outside of a grain silo with silver paint during the hottest summer on record.’

3. If you could meet any musician/singer from the past, who would it be and why?

- ‘David Bowie because he is a god.’

4. Which concert do you wish you had been able to attend?

- ‘Live Aid.’

5. What’s the most played song on your music player?

- ‘”Human” by The Killers.’

6. What is your favourite quote, saying or lyric?

- ‘The lyrics to King’s Cross by The Pet Shop Boys’

“The man at the back of the queue was sent
to feel the smack of firm government
Lingered by the fly poster for a fight
It’s the same story every night
I’ve been hurt and we’ve been had
You leave home and you don’t go back

Someone told me Monday, someone told me Saturday
Wait until tomorrow and there’s still no way
Read it in a book or write it in a letter
Wake up in the morning and there’s still no guarantee

Only last night I found myself lost
by the station called King’s Cross
Dead and wounded on either side
You know it’s only a matter of time
I’ve been good and I’ve been bad
I’ve been guilty of hanging around

So I went looking out today
for the one who got away
Murder walking round the block
ending up in King’s Cross
Good luck, bad luck waiting in a line
It takes more than the matter of time

There is still no guarantee.”

7. Have you been or do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity?

- ‘Jose Mourinho when I stand next to one of the other directors of PMI who is the spitting image of Peter Kenyon, commercial director of Chelsea.’

Yeeeeh, we can see that!

 

 

 

 

 

8. Who’s musical career do you envy and why?

- ‘Coldplay because they got so big so quick.’

9. What was the last album you purchased and what was the format of the album?

- ‘Adele – 21 – CD (for my daughter)’

10. Who do you think is overrated and why?

- ‘Gwen Stefani – utterly talentless and pointless. And she plays ska.’

11. What is your favourite use of music in a film or film scene?

- ‘The Pump Panel remix of “Confusion” in the opening nightclub sequence of 51st State.’

12. Which musical platform and/or website do you currently listen to the most and why?

- ‘Radionomy – interested to see if I get bored of it.’

13. What was the last or most memorable TV Show/Film/Book that made you cry?

- ‘Very topical – the only book that ever made me cry was “In God’s Name” by David Yallop – it’s about the death of Pope John Paul I – murdered by the powers that be. Read it.’

14. If you could learn to be good at anything what would it be?

- ‘Playing the piano.’

15. What is the future of the music industry in 3 words?

- ‘Phoenix Music International’

- ‘Not talent shows.’

 

PMI – The Hot Seat – Felix

Next up in the hot seat being grilled – It’s Felix Hines!

1. What was the first album you bought?

- ‘Rhyme Pays by Ice T – Vinyl album’

2. What was the first job/worst job?

- ‘First was a washer upper at Davey’s Wine Vault in Greenwich when i was 13! Worst was Trueform shoe shop in Lewisham – got sacked from it after a month for giving my friends my staff discount!’

3. If you could meet any musician/singer from the past, who would it be and why?

-’Stravinsky. I’d like to know what he was thinking when he wrote The Rites of Spring.. mental..awesome! Totally ahead of it’s time.’

4. Which concert do you wish you had been able to attend?

- ‘Woodstock’

5. What’s the most played song on your music player?

- ‘Last song/scene of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky’

6. What is your favourite quote, saying or lyric?

- ‘If you kill time, you murder success‘ – David Wernham (former manager of Des’ree, Oleta Adams, Tim Atack)

7. Have you been or do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity?

- ‘Felix Da Housecat (DJ).. I get that a lot. Sometimes when they ask me if I’m him I just say yeah! Someone even wanted me to kiss his girlfriend for a photograph!’

8. Who’s musical career do you envy and why?

- ‘Someone like Jules Holland. Because they do what they want on television with their mates, and have good fun while getting paid!’

9. What was the last album you purchased and what was the format of the album?

- ‘ ‘The Island Come True’ by L Pierre ‘

10. Who do you think is overrated and why?

- ‘Emeli Sande – she’s terrible. Waaay overrated. One of her lines is “whoohoo”.. awful.’

11. What is your favourite use of music in a film or film scene?

- ‘Airs soundtrack of The Virgin Suicides. Pretty much the whole thing was awesome. And a scene in Greys Anatomy with Little Dragon.. 90 seconds of music and it was perfect.’

12. Which musical platform and/or website do you currently listen to the most and why?

- ‘Spotify. It’s got everything. Can’t live without it!’

13. What was the last or most memorable TV Show/Film/Book that made you cry?

- ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.’

14. If you could learn to be good at anything what would it be?

- ‘Piano. If you can play the piano you can play anything.’

15. What is the future of the music industry in 3 words?

- ‘Diversification. Monetization. Independence.’

 

 

PMI – The Hot Seat – Wendy

Welcome to PMI’s first grilling in ‘The Hot Seat’. We thought you might like to know a bit more about our hard-working team, so we sat unsuspecting members of our London office in a burning hot Phoenix seat and fired some hard-hitting questions at them.

One of our bright new interns Wendy is up first:

1. What was the first album you bought?

- ‘A1 by A1 on CD.’

2. What was the first job/worst job?

-’Pizza Hut table cleaner… First & Worst!’

3. If you could meet any musician/singer from the past, who would it be and why?

- ‘Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love definitely killed him.’

4. Which concert do you wish you had been able to attend?

- ‘ Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ in Berlin 1990′

5. What’s the most played song on your music player?

-’The Light by The Album Leaf – at least double of whatever is second on the list!’

6. What is your favourite quote, saying or lyric?

- “Every song ends but that’s no reason to not enjoy the music” – One Tree Hill.

7. Have you been or do you get mistaken for a celebrity?

- ‘A long time ago a kid thought I was Avril Lavigne. Now it’s just old people saying I look like Julia Roberts..(I don’t)’

8. Who’s musical career do you envy and why?

- ‘Session musicians. They get to work with a huge variety of talented (and not so talented) musicians, and travel the world as well!’

9. What was the last album you purchased and what was the format of the album?

- ‘The Early November – In Currents. Digital.’

10. Who do you think is overrated and why?

- ‘Everybody can be in some aspects of music… but definitely the Bieber.’

11. What is your favourite use of music in a film or film scene?

- ‘Hans Zimmer – “The Holiday” ..Plenty of good scenes with good music. And Guild Wars 2 cut-scenes when you find a vista – the music is beautiful!’

12. Which musical platform and/or website do you currently listen to the most and why?

- ‘Last FM my Mix radio.’

13. What was the last or most memorable TV Show/Film/Book that made you cry?

- ‘Always cry in “Friday Night Lights”, Most memorable “The Jungle Book” when the bear gets shot.. ‘

14. If you could learn to be good at anything what would it be?

- “Artist. I try to draw but fail. If I could I would draw all the time.”

15. What is the future of the music industry in 3 words?

- ‘Robots. BELIEBERS. Apple.’

 

 

 

Some ‘Streams’ are quicker than others..

Last week PMI attended the AIM ‘Music Connected’ day in London Bridge along with many other industry figures and companies. As part of the pre-arranged topics for discussion, the digital music framework came into question regarding consumer habits switching from downloading music to streaming it. Below are some of the points that came up on the day which may go a long way to shaping the way record companies make their assets available for public consumption over the next few years.

Discussion Points

  • Streaming is becoming very popular whilst the volume of downloads are slowing.
  • There are many common misconceptions about streaming, primarily it is a technology not a business model. It is a delivery mechanism bringing momentum and visibility to a wide range of musical genres.
  • YouTube currently streams more content than Spotify and is widely recognised as having the best digital music catalogue on the planet without actually being a music database.
  • What we do not currently know about streaming:
    • Does streaming reduce piracy?
    • Will streaming replace radio?
    • Streaming uses’ settle into quite predictable repetitive streaming patterns. Why is this?
    • Peak times for people streaming music on Spotify tend to be weekday evenings.
    • 19.5M monthly Spotify users on Facebook with Facebook rapidly growing Spotify’s users by approx 100k users per day.
    • Rhapsody took 11 years to get to the same users Spotify built up in 7 quarters (a large percentage of Rhapsody’s market share came courtesy of their acquisition of Napster).
    • Spotify has become a marketing funnel.
    • Mobile will be the most listened to  platform for music listeners in 5-10 years (we believe it will be much sooner than that).
    • Long term music consumption will shift from ownership to access.
    • 19 out of the top 30 economies will be emerging markets.
    • In 2050, China’s wealth per head will increase by 800% where as in the US it will only increase by 80%. China will overtake the US in that respect by 2018.

This is all food for thought and feels like another large change will soon be upon labels already at an early stage within the digital music evolution…..watch this space!

The ‘Wild Wild East’ (and other territories)

In a world where we openly trade with European and Asian markets (not forgetting South America) why has it become so difficult to collect Public Performance and Broadcast revenue from overseas? There has never been a stronger case for a global rights database which would go a long way to helping the average rights holder realistically manage their rights throughout the world. This is made abundantly clear following the amount of agents falling over themselves offering their services on your behalf. All because they know the ‘rules’ in certain territories and owning the rights to recordings is obviously not enough to collect revenue that is rightfully yours. At present you potentially have to complete up to 15 different application forms and supply metadata in 15 different ways.

What about mandating your existing territory organisation to do it on your behalf I hear you say? Well the first thing you should ask yourself is this. Does my territorial organisation have good relations with their overseas counterparts? Do they have access to ‘all’ the potential revenue available for their rights holder members? Are they able to claim back further than a direct member? These are all valid questions that will receive different answers each time you ask and depending on who you speak to.

Going back to my initial point regarding a Global Rights Database, each country/territory has a different system and a different set of rules to collect the same revenue from airplay…why? Surely a Global Rights database would be infinitely more powerful than the existing bolted on or copied databases that do not support the complex rights matrix of labels and companies in the modern world. Depending on how that territory remunerates their members they could potentially extract the relevant data they need from a single global source. Unfortunately we all know the issue with having a Global rights system don’t we. It would lead to an inevitable power struggle. The larger territories would want to control it and the smaller territories would fear getting swept up into it with little representation of their territory or data going forward. Therefore, everyone scrambles to hold on to their little piece of sovereignty as opposed to contributing to a single practical source. Even if the relevant organisations/territories did come to an agreement on a global database being the best way forward, who would manage the database? Which territory would the data be held in? Who would pay to build it?

A lot of easy questions leading to difficult answers, we live in hope! But until then it appears that the agents will continue to make money from the smokescreen of complex rules and mixed regulations while we sit back and feel grateful to receive a fraction of what is rightfully ours.

The First Of Many

Hello and welcome to the first entry on our new PMI Blog. The modern era of communication has given us a platform to communicate with vast amounts of people across numerous different platforms. Exciting times even though we tread with caution as reaching a wider audience will have its pros and cons. PMI is a unique company in many ways and anonymity has been a loyal friend for many years (not that we were hiding), but we have not been self promoting as many labels do across the industry. Effectively we are a catalogue company and we face many of the near and present dangers of operating in an unchartered competitive digital environment.

Midem 2012 has the pleasure of kick starting the new year and often determines the pace at which emerging equitable streams reveal themselves with a view to becoming a lifeline to a vulnerable industry. We are already seeing the changes in the digital horizon in time to make informed decisions on the direction of our focus this year. As always it will be a challenging year for the company even with a rich and varied back catalogue.

Needless to say you will be hearing and seeing a lot more from us in the next 12 months. Our blog aims to stay true to our business principles whilst engaging in an open and honest dialogue covering, industry topics, news items, music current affairs and our thoughts on emerging markets. Watch this space…

Last thought: We support the campaign to keep Ministry of Sound as a club open, it’s a no brainer isn’t it?