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TikTok Creativity and A.I. Pickaxes: It’s Our 100th Episode!


This is a milestone: it’s the 100th episode of the Music Tectonics podcast! In 18 months, Dmitri Vietze and Tristra Newyear Yeager have explored 100 music tech topics and interviewed innovators in Los Angeles, New York, Cannes, France, and isolated at home. They got together on zoom to recap what’s changed in the music tech industry since the podcast launched in December 2018. How has TikTok matured as a cauldron of fandom, and how has worldwide quarantine changed its userbase? How did live streaming go from the strange stepsibling of the live music industry to the sexy stepsibling? Is A.I. more like a job-stealing robot or a new type of pickaxe for music creators? Dmitri and Tristra touch on the Rise of the Podcast, Amazon’s SmartSpeaker dominance, Indie and DIY musicians, a new wave of financialization, and how creatives are redefining music industry success. It’s all in episode 100!

In a Music Tectonics first, we’re sharing video of the conversation so you can see Dmitri and Tristra’s smiling faces (and their #wfh situations), but you can also listen to the audio-only version as usual here on our website or wherever you pod your casts.


Excerpt from our 100th episode about TikTok [Starts 4:22]:

Dmitri: Let’s kick this off by talking about the time since we started the podcast of what’s been going on. I asked you for some suggestions of some of the trends going on, and the first thing you said was Tik Tok. What did you want to say about Tik Tok?


Trista: Well, TikTok has really been played a prominent role in a lot of what has been discussed in recent months…and it is having its ‘Snap Moment’- It’s SnapChat moment. It’s the hot new app that all the young cool kids are using, though, of course, the demographics are shifting under lockdown , and that’s a whole other conversation… Since Lil Nas X , it’s really come to everyone’s understanding about how TikTok can surface songs in such interesting ways.

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The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. Weekly episodes include interviews with music tech movers & shakers, deep dives into seismic shifts, and more.