Producergrind Podcast 2021 Ep 1 – Karl Fowlkes & Corbett!
Special interview with music business attorney Karl Fowlkes & music producer, Corbett. Both have partnered on a new “Melody” app that is the Tinder for melody loops and samples!
Also lots of talk about NFT crypto collectibles and how they will take over the music industry. What are NFTs & tokens? We are already seeing big producers like Illmind who figured out how to make NFT sample packs and dropped his first one called Alorium. Will we see blockchain developing more in the music producer community in areas like selling beats or getting paid royalties & publishing via smart contracts?
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00:03 Episode overview: Music Industry Lawyer Karl Fowlkes & music producer Corbett talk about The Melody app, NFTs, legal things to watch out for in 2021
01:08 Karl and Corbett join the interview
03:44 Corbett talks about his background and how The Melody app came about
06:31 Corbett and Karl explain what the melody app is and the terms for using the loops from the app
11:15 The Melody app compared to Splice
13:30 The Melody app release “OUT NOW” and beat competition winner picked by Hit-Boy
15:32 How producers can get their loops on the Melody app
17:54 How to transfer melodies from The Melody app to your computer
19:16 The long-term goal for The Melody app
21:14 Producergrind and The Melody app writer and producer camp, Producergrind first record
22:47 How producers get credited when a melody from The Melody app is placed
26:29 Karl’s take on NFTs and their value add to the market and relation to the producer community
29:51 Dylan’s understanding of blockchain and the future of music streaming, recent case study of artist auctioning publishing rights using NFT
36:36 The Melody app’s founders concern “fundamental value vs speculative value”
38:35 What propelled Producergrind forward when they were not sure if they would build a community
41:41 Hot topic in 2021 for producers and what producers need to do to bring leverage to themselves
45:36 Did Dylan’s thought process change about producers by releasing a song under Producergrind
48:18 Producers negotiating to be contributed as features to songs
53:06 Karl’s thought process on a producer union and producers being treated unfairly
55:30 Corbett talks about situations where producers are treated fairly
56:47 Karl shares his opinion on the current streaming revenue split, Corbett talks about his split with independent artists on masters
01:02:15 How Corbett got educated on music splits
01:04:50 Melody app contest opportunity to win $10,000
01:07:13 Q&A with Prod. True: How royalties will work with NFTs and exclusives with NFTs
01:11:46 Q&A with Erahardaway: How long do you have to collect royalties after a song is out and the next best solution for producers when they can’t afford a lawyer
01:13:56 Dylan and Karl: How often are labels audited
01:19:45 Dylan on not underestimating the power of building relationships with your Lawyer
01:20:55 Q&A with Ahmad Jamal: What kind of preparation to do before a life changing record comes out?
01:24:14 Q&A with Chef Raf: NFTs with radio play, record labels dying out, record deals, being independent