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Dave Allen

Peripheral Vision 012: Dave Allen on moving from punk rock to digital advertising

BY Brian Heater Nov 15th, 2013 at 4:20 PM 0 "I'm pretty well known as one of the co-founders of the British post-punk band, Gang of Four," Dave Allen begins. "And then, after a while, I got the web itch. " It's a study in contrasts, perhaps, from the bass player of one of the late-70s ...

Dave Allen: Stop blaming the Internet! It has always been hard for musicians

) Dave Allen, bass player for Gang of Four’s first two albums, has offered retorts to their arguments, especially in his opinion pieces in the Guardian. “The problem of leisure/ what to do for pleasure,” as Gang of Four exclaimed in its early song “Natural’s Not in It” is still among ...

Music Is The Great Uniting Language. But Are Brands Using It Correctly?

These are just a few of the questions I put to the music experts at NORTH Advertising, Mark Ray and Dave Allen, this month on the Ideasicle Podcast. Both are musicians first and advertising executives second. Which makes their brand of advertising special. Click on the video below to ...

Beats Music Hires Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive)

Dave Allen, former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, has been a frequent advocate for streaming music. Credit: Chris Hornbecker. In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bas guitarist for the ...

How Will Musicians Survive In the Spotify Era? : The New Yorker

... (no judgment implied there; simply the acknowledgment that these questions are different for Top 10 artists who can partner with telecommunication and cosmetics companies when releasing albums) are going to survive, I asked Dave Allen, Jace Clayton, and Damon Krukowski to answer a few questions...

Johnny Marr claims Spotify 'hampers' new bands' potential

Billy Bragg and Gang of Four's Dave Allen published similar statements, stating that the music industry has to adapt to its new circumstances. But Yorke, and others, have argued that the problem of Spotify is not its payouts to established artists but the way it pays emerging acts. ...

The SF MusicTech Summit

"Here we are, stuck with all these people who want music for free," said Dave Allen, founding member of Gang of Four and interactive strategist at the branding agency North. "We have to find a way for musicians to make a living. " It was repeated many times: Nobody is going to put the ...

The Music Industry Is Dying? Great

And the more I keep tabs on the dueling judgments of people like industry lifer Bob Lefsetz, ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen, Talking Heads guru David Byrne, and the University of Georgia’s David Lowery (ex-Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker), the more I realize that the so-called ...

David Lowery: Silicon Valley must be stopped, or creativity will be destroyed

One of the unlikeliest foes of the argument that people like you and David Byrne make is Dave Allen, who was the bassist for a Marxist rock band (Gang of Four), and once upon a time, I think, a critic of Spotify. What do you make of his point of view that musicians need to adjust to this ...

Thom Yorke Calls Himself a 'Luddite and Proud of It' in Spotify Debate

Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen has sided with the streaming companies. And Pandora has backed away from a congressional lobbying effort opposed by musician-advocacy groups. The Talking Heads' David Byrne wrote an anti-streaming op-ed that carried the self-destructive, instantly mockable ...

Techfest NW and the Future of Music

The late-afternoon music and tech panel among Tender Loving Empire's Jared Mees, Gang of Four's Dave Allen, Viva Voce's Kevin Robinson and CASH Music's Maggie Vail was, on the other hand, was a mess. A very, very entertaining mess. After moderator Ran Wines laid down rules that no one ...

A Look Back In Techdirt History

First up was Dave Allen (now at Beats Music) talking about helping bands try out a pay what... FULL ARTICLE AT Tech Dirt ...

Five great weekend reads: Benedict Cumberbatch rules! Eve Babitz, Hollywood legend; fraternities on...

Dave Allen, a founding member of Gang of Four, has been living in Portland and working for ad agencies and writing a series of intelligent essays. He's joined Beats Music, the streaming music service, and wrote about why he made the move. Mohsin Hamid will be at Powell's City of Books at ...

Free Culture Is The Response To The Ethical Failings Of The Old Entertainment Industry

The second post is by Dave Allen -- whom we've written about before. Allen, of course, was a member of one of the seminal post-punk bands, Gang of Four, and has been very involved in both the music and tech worlds for years. He's always fun to talk to, because he always makes me ...

Gang Of Four's Dave Allen Wants To Rethink The Music Industry » Radio » OPB

It is likely, no matter what Dave Allen does for the rest of his life he will largely be remembered for one thing: helping create the seminal punk band Gang of Four. But what if he helps create a new, more robust music industry? That’s what he believes is possible with his new job. On ...

Dave Allen blog-debates David Byrne about Spotify

) continues, most recently with Dave Allen (Gang of Four) responding at length to David Byrne’s OpEd last week in The Guardian (RAIN comment here ). If these dueling disquisitions were an endurance contest, for both the writer and reader, Allen would take the lead in his blog ...

Are classical music concerts too long?

I think of Dave Allen, who played bass with Gang of Four back in the day and now works as a digital strategist for the branding firm North, as a sort of practical philosopher. One of his frequent topics is music, specifically popular music, and how musicians can survive and thrive in the ...

State of my Industry: 80+ Influencers on Where Business is Heading [INFOGRAPHIC]

In the entertainment business, the recording industry is playing catchup with digital pure players and “needs to speed things up”, says Dave Allen, Gang of Four’s bass player who has just joined Beats Music. Hollywood studios too had to give up the keys to the kingdom, echoes Peter ...

Executive Shuffles: Beats Music, Caroline International, STIM...

Dave Allen, founding member of Gang of Four, has been hired by Beats Music. Billboard reports that Allen will serve as an Artist Advocate, helping artists see the benefits of the streaming service. Aslak Klever is now Caroline International‘s Head of Operations for the Nordic ...

Weekend Perspective: Week of Feb. 24 – 28 – RAIN News

And Dave Allen, iconic founder of Gang of Four, joined Beats Music as official evangelist. Radio station groups named in the HD Radio patent lawsuit got a reprieve from the deadline to file a defense response. Settlement talks are apparently in the works...

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