Happy March! It’s National Women’s History Month, National Music in Our Schools Month, National Caffeine Awareness Month and National Sauce Month. Not like we shouldn’t celebrate gender empowerment, arts education, double espressos and generous heaps of BBQ sauce everyday. :)
First things first, Water & Music now has over 300 subscribers! Thank you all so much for joining me on this winding, improvisatory journey of music, media, tech and life. I sound like a broken record at this point, but this is incredibly important to me: please introduce yourself if you haven’t already, simply by replying to this email!
I just wrapped up a successful week in the Netherlands, acting both as a moderator at FastForward
and as a voracious consumer of Dutch food, art and culture. In addition to moderating panels on the Future of Radio and the Future of A&R and meeting lots of like-minded music folks, I wandered gapingly through modern art exhibits at the Stedelijk
in Amsterdam and at Boijmans
in Rotterdam, bar-hopped until sunrise and probably ate my weight’s worth in Dutch-Indonesian snacks. If you’re interested in reading my FastForward takeaways, check out the first link in the “My writing” section below.
Time really does fly: I started writing Water & Music just over a year ago on Tinyletter, and one of my first-ever issues
was about the inaugural installment of FastForward. It was during that trip that I began fully embracing my identity as a music writer and forging a more concrete vision of what I wanted my voice to be in the industry, which largely mirrored the community at the conference: young, confident and progressive, yet thoughtful, generous and holistic.
For those who have been following my writing from the start, I hope I’ve been able to unearth at least one new insight for you about the underlying dynamics of music-tech and the unsuspecting connections and convergences between music and adjacent industries—and thanks so much to many of you who provided support, guidance and feedback along the way. For those who just joined, I hope you’re as excited as I am for the investigations in store (my Evernote doc of backburner ideas is fast overflowing). In terms of music content, I’m also hoping to explore more long-form writing, do wider takes on cultural innovation and work on more artist-centric features in addition to business/tech trend outlooks.
As always, on to the next adventure!