Author Archives: Jeremy Silver

The Grammy’s, sales and big data

BBC Word Business report ran a two minute piece interviewing me about how companies are using Big Data in the context of the Grammy’s.
BBC World interview with Jeremy Silver on Grammys 2014


Global Music Industry – Current status update

Can bands make money in the music industry today?

Peter Day's World of Business

Asks Peter Day, the BBC’s legendary broadcaster , whose august tones, crisp analysis and instant authority have led him to shine illuminating lights on almost every sector of the global economy.

In his show this week, he takes a look at the music industry and its love-hate affair with the internet and digital technology.

He speaks to Billy Bragg, Moby, Fred Bolza of Sony Music and Mark Williamson of Spotify. Turns out, I have a few comments to make too about our Digital Medieval state.

Listen to this excellent 30 minute romp through some of the music industry’s current concerns, here.

Piracy persists but there may be a silver lining….

BBC World Service

Musicmetric’s end of 2013 assessment of levels of piracy for major artists prompted a new round of discussion on the subject.

Here’s an interview with the BBC World Service Business Matters in which their commentators from Canada and India made some interesting additional observations.

Download the file to listen to from Dropbox here

Listen to the BBC Radio4 Interview on the World tonight with Roger Hearing here

Top Ten list of digital music lessons learned


Well respected music industry newsletter MusicAlly published my top ten lessons learned from the medieval period of the digital era  this week.

This is largely made up of a series of points about what new music companies should and should not do when getting started; simple advice like don’t get sued.

Reproduced  by kind permission of Musically for your convenience here or to download here Top Ten list.

Or you can read the full story in my book Digital Medieval

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Amazon UK in paperback or Kindle here or  Amazon US here

DIGITAL MEDIEVAL talk in Norwich

I hadn’t been to Norwich for a long time, but was invited to speak about my new book recently as a keynote at Norwich Sound & Vision – which was a fantastic event with loads of energy and some great bands playing. This event was organised by Juliana Meyer of Supapass and the audience was a mix of college students and entrepreneurs. So here is a video of a very informal chat on the subject of Digital Medieval.


Buy the book on Amazon UK here
or on the US site here

Digital Medieval – the state of the art

DigitalMedievalcolorThe first twenty years of music on the web …and the next twenty

Out now!

Are we entering a Digital Medieval period or a digital renaissance? In this new book Jeremy Silver traces the technological and economic story that leads from  the music industry’s losses to the global domination of Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. He tells the story of how the recorded music industry struggled with change, how entrepreneurs burst onto the scene and forced the pace and how ultimately the experiences of artists and music companies on the web, set the tone for the rest of industry to follow.
With over twenty years experience of the music industry and the internet, Silver is one of the digital industry pioneers. His insights and insider account trace the evolution of music on the web from the cyberpunk underground to the mass market mainstream.
Silver argues that the “walled garden” business models of the major platform operators is leading consumers to a state of data-lock which will look more like the dark ages than the renaissance. He celebrates the potential in an enriched, shared and open web while pointing to the perils of allowing the walls of the “walled gardens” to rise too high. Today we’re in digital medieval times – looking forward to the renaissance.

Buy it  in paperback from Amazon UK here or on here.  Kindle here.



Innovation and tech futures

Technology Strategy Board video

recent thoughts around the future of innovation in the UK…