WHAT IF? WHY NOT?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com How long is a ball of string? It’s always something going through my head when around experienced creative types with proven track records and being challenged to think differently. Come up with ideas. It forces one to be at the top of their game. It’s not the time to playContinue reading “WHAT IF? WHY NOT?”

TIME FOR HORSE RACING TO GET REAL

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s like music festivals. There are so many around these days that music fans are spoilt for choice. There’s also a pecking order attached. The bigger the flapjacks appearing on the bill, the greater the magnet to be there. Very often just to say that you were there. An InstagramContinue reading “TIME FOR HORSE RACING TO GET REAL”

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com There was a time not really that long ago though time often flies on unexpected wings at a worldwide music conference in Munich when us executives listened to a panel of young Facebook execs explain how we could use the social media platform- very new at the time- to sellContinue reading “SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.”

ALGORITHMS IS NOT MUSIC, OK?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Let’s try to make some sense out of all this. Or at least find solutions. We know the problems. One major problem: Unless a (Sir) Lucian Grange, or a Simon Cowell, Jimmy Iovine, Jay-Z, perhaps Daniel Ek- or any of the other big Poohbahs in the music business- and thoseContinue reading “ALGORITHMS IS NOT MUSIC, OK?”

SIMON FULLER AND THE SAME OLD STORY OF NOW UNITED

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com My daughter Taryn was fortunate enough to work for Simon Fuller. It was for what was then his fledgling artist management company called 19. This was when the company was busy trying to break the very poppy UK group SClub7. Actually, the pop group had made it. Kinda. They hadContinue reading “SIMON FULLER AND THE SAME OLD STORY OF NOW UNITED”

THE SHUCK AND JIVE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” AND “THE VOICE”

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com And so “American Idol” and “The Voice” had their finales a day apart from each other. Who won? Anyone care? Really? Having watched each sporadically and appalled at the lack of talent on both shows, the programming/content/whatever proved just how much the world has changed and as Pete TowshendContinue reading “THE SHUCK AND JIVE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” AND “THE VOICE””

MUSIC: NEXT STOP: ASIA

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com When one of the very very very few people you respect and with a globally proven track record writes to say, “The music industry has never been in such a mess”, one not only listens, there’s a certain sense of vindication- that what you have been saying and questioningContinue reading “MUSIC: NEXT STOP: ASIA”

WHY IT’S GOT TO BE MUCH MORE THAN SOME SONGS AND LOOKING AT THE CHINA ENTERTAINMENT MARKET WITH THOSE WHO REALLY KNOW IT

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com Writing this with a repeat of Britain’s Got Talent flickering in the background and some random Spotify Playlist playing what could be described as “coffee shop music” while thinking about one particular well-known name dropping music blogger who is clueless about the world outside of America writing incessantly aboutContinue reading “WHY IT’S GOT TO BE MUCH MORE THAN SOME SONGS AND LOOKING AT THE CHINA ENTERTAINMENT MARKET WITH THOSE WHO REALLY KNOW IT”

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? WHAT’S MUSIC SAYING TO YOU

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com It probably started with Chris Cornell: Slowing down an uptempo song and giving it a new twist just as he did with his amazing version of “Billie Jean”. Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones had given the world a slice of slick, danceable pop aided by a hugely importantContinue reading “WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? WHAT’S MUSIC SAYING TO YOU”

WHEN ARE MEN GOING TO SAY #USTOO?

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com It was only a matter of time before #MeToo broke the sound barrier and entered the music industry though I must say that from where I was, I never saw anything untoward going on, certainly not in the UK and not in the Asia Pacific region. The U.S. IContinue reading “WHEN ARE MEN GOING TO SAY #USTOO?”