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SXSW Music 2014

Got Stems? Mashups For The Masses

Stems are the isolated instrumental or vocal tracks from a specific recording, and they're commonly used for two things: Remix contests for bands (Radiohead, Linkin Park, etc) and video games like Guitar Hero or Rockband. Until recently, creating remixes with stems was done exclusively by producers, or DJs with expensive software. Music fans are now in on the fun, remixing and sharing their creations, and not only has this introduced an exciting new marketing tool for bands - it's caught the record companies completely off guard.

This workshop will demonstrate and explore the advantages and disadvantages that artists, labels and publishers face when their stems are released to the public.

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  1. How do artists get paid from stem use?
  2. Where do the labels and publishers fit into this equation?
  3. Does making stems available to the public encourage piracy?
  4. Who owns the licensing rights to the stems?
  5. Who owns the mashup and what can legally be done to protect the songwriters?



Kahlil Ashanti, Artist and Industry Relations, Indiloop Media, Inc

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  • Event: Music
  • Format: Workshop/Clinic
  • Track: Branding
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