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Metamorphosis of a Streaming Service

My life swings between insane adventures and intense business undertakings like a Hollywood movie. After riding a motorcycle around the world, I founded Sweden’s biggest rock radio station, Bandit. After years traversing Africa by beach-buggy, I threw myself back into the thick of Western business to start Radical. But a music/tech startup and a drive across Africa have more in common than one might guess. Both are challenging, costly, require 100% commitment, are often more lonely than glamorous, and both require the ability to change course or die (literally in Africa, financially in business) when a better path presents itself. Continue Reading…

Why We Need Pirate Radio For The Twenty-First Century

At the end of the movie “Pump Up the Volume,” Christian Slater’s character, pirate radio DJ Hard Harry, exhorts the kids who’ve come out to support him to start their own stations and “talk hard.” The film closes with a montage of students in basements, each broadcasting to their own audience, spreading their voices and the music they love. Continue Reading…

Streaming Won, But Where’s The Innovation?

Although music streaming, the most disruptive technology currently being used in the industry, is well on its way to becoming the dominant method through which listeners consume music, it has not yet even come close to unlocking its full potential, despite having been around for close to two decades.

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Streaming Music is Already Profitable…
An industry insider debunks the myths and reveals the future.

Just how bright is the future of the music industry really?

A new generation has spoken and Access (streaming any music in the world from ‘The Cloud’) will win out over Ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files) just as Personal Radio (interactive Internet radio streaming) is replacing AM/FM. This is no longer debated by the informed, but accepted as a matter of time. Yet how often must we read that leading streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify are still losing money despite tens of millions of users and hundreds of millions of dollars invested? Journalists world-wide extrapolate from this semi-truth that it is impossible for legal streaming to make money, when the fact is that Pandora and Spotify could be profitable today. Continue Reading…

Bandit is Back!

I love life despite having lost my mother as a boy and my arm as a young man. My world is one of exotic travel, high adventure, and challenging projects. Still, some events stand out more than others, like riding a motorcycle around the world in the 80s, starting Bandit 105.5, The Rock Home of Stockholm in the 90s, and driving a beach buggy through Africa just recently.

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Why the World Needs Radical

My associates thought I could write a good blog on why the world needs Radical. There’s only one problem; it doesn’t. What the world needs is clean energy, a bit more compassion, and The African Academy for Gifted Girls (a dream nonprofit project of mine), not another music site.

But no one denies that music has played an integral role in human development since earliest recorded history. And few would dispute that today’s musical landscape looks more like a minefield than a sun-drenched beach or snow-capped mountain. So lIet’s talk instead about why the Music Industry needs Radical.

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We Are Radical!

We are Radical, and we are about to rock your world with the best radio station on the planet.

While Pandora has done a great job with its music genome system trying to guess what you want to hear next, its days at the top of the hill are numbered. Because like its competitors, Slacker and Last.FM, it falls short of delivering you real control. You get a better radio, but no play-on-demand.

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