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Like they say, time flies when you’re having fun, the 30th episode of the Jazz Spotlight Podcast is here!

The first thing I want to do today is say thank you to you for listening and for your support. The show, which is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, YouTube and Mixcloud, has now been listened to by people in over 50 countries around the world. Thank you for making that happen!

Before diving into today’s content, I have an announcement to make.

The podcast is changing format and will go from weekly to a bi-weekly show. This means that, from now on, you can listen to the inspiring stories of critically-acclaimed artists and the advice of music industry professionals twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pretty cool, huh? Then go ahead and let others know!

Today, in the spirit of collaboration, I am thrilled to welcome on the show someone who is going to tell us more about different aspects of the music business.

Andrew Read is an Australian double bass player living in the Netherlands who really does it all. He runs the music website Jazz in Europe.com, works closely with people in the performing arts through MFM Media and he’s also the co-founder of the record label Dot Time Records.

In this first part of our two-part talk, Andrew takes us behind the scenes of Jazz in Europe. A relatively new – yet popular – site, it talks about the European jazz scene and features articles and reviews of albums, festivals, venues and books.

In this episode, Andrew tells us more about this great site that has some 10,000 monthly visitors, how it was launched and some exciting upcoming projects.

In addition, he talks about how the music business has changed, social media promotion and the music industry’s next big thing.

Are you running a music site or are about to launch your jazz blog? If so, you’re in the right place – Andrew has some golden nuggets for you too!


Today, You’ll Learn More About:

  • The emotional aspect of Jazz in Europe and the reason behind the site’s launch
  • How Jazz in Europe fits into the online jazz landscape and how musicians can benefit from it
  • Some of JIE’s exciting upcoming projects and how you can become part of them
  • Why you should contact JIE and get your album reviewed (even if you are not signed with a record label)
  • The current state of the jazz community online
  • Why, when promoting yourself online, you should never forget that social media are a two-way communication channel
  • How the music business has changed
  • What, according to Andrew, is going to be the next big thing in music
  • Andrew’s advice for jazz bloggers and those who either run or are about to start a jazz music site
  • And More!


Links, People and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

  • Recently, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog featured an article I wrote about Hangouts on Air for musicians. It wasn’t mentioned in this episode, but I thought you would benefit from it – so here’s the link!


Thank Andrew and give Jazz in Europe a shout out on Twitter!

Are you a jazz fan and enjoyed listening to Andrew talking about Jazz in Europe.com? Make sure to thank him on Twitter!

Two quick things!

Thanks to Andrew, now you can listen to the Jazz Spotlight Podcast also on Jazz in Europe. You gotta love collaboration! 🙂

Live music streaming is a topic that I am going to cover in an upcoming episode (which should be out around mid-October)! So, if you would like to hear more about how to record, stream and promote a gig online – and you would like to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re published – make sure to subscribe to the show.

If you’re an iTunes user, click here. Using Stitcher? That’s great! You can subscribe to TJS Podcast here.

Listen to the Second Part of Our Talk

You can listen to the second part of our conversation, episode 31 by clicking on the player below. There, Andrew & I discuss MFM Media, crowdfunding and promotion for musician, as well as the jazz label Dot Time Records.

Read Show Notes for Episode 31