In the iCloud Era Who Can You Trust to Find Music?
As we continue to make deeper moves toward an entirely digital music future, finding the music that you love is not as simple as tuning to a radio station. Digital curators have emerged to share their expertise via blog post, playlist, tweet, and status update. Who's doing a good job of picking today's hits? Are today's tribes of listeners more aware and sophisticated? Who is reaching the most people?
Elliot Aronow is the host/producer/publisher of OUR SHOW with Elliot Aronow and the Creative Director + Co-Founder of RCRD LBL. He is also a VJ/curator for ISH PICKS, a daily music discovery program on Youtube's new original content channel MY ISH.
On the style front, he writes a weekly "Dapper Don with Elliot Aronow" column for Playboy.com and was recently the subject of a feature in Fast Company.
Before all that he helped launched Gnarls Barkley, edited at the FADER and consulted for clients including MTV, Spin and Def Jam. He looks handsome in a bespoke suit and yes, you can touch his hair.
Peter Gaston is the Special Projects Director at SPIN, working on branded content, artist relations, and creative services for the company’s marketing department. Peter has been with SPIN since 2003, having previously served as editor of SPIN.com and Interactive Director. A product of (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville, Maryland, and a grad of Hamilton College, Peter DJs around NYC and Brooklyn, although no longer under his old-school alias, “The Husky Gentleman.” Without the music biz, Peter would probably be happiest hosting his own culinary travel show.
On air, online, in print, and everywhere in between, Miss Info breaks down entertainment gossip, news and lifestyle cues with credibility and razor-sharp wit.
As News Director for the biggest hip hop radio station in the country, HOT97 FM, Miss Info speaks to two-million listeners every hour with her news segment and then dishes out the "Miss Info Celebrity Drama" report every night on the top-rated Funkmaster Flex Show. She also shares her scoop internationally on BBC-Radio 1's legendary Tim Westwood Show.
But Miss Info's reach goes far beyond a radio signal. In 2007, she created the blog, www.MissInfo.tv, featuring breaking news and exclusive interviews with everyone from Rihanna, Kanye West, 50
Cent and more. MissInfo.Tv has been named one of the best blogs on the web by Entertainment Weekly, Vibe Magazine and XXL. She maintains a constant interaction with her readers and her more than 100,000 Twitter followers, and recently hosted VH1's first ever "Hip Hop Honors" live web companion show.
Originally hailing from Chicago, Miss Info started her career in New York City as a writer and editor for The Source, Vibe, XXL, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. Her hip hop
knowledge was then enlisted by MTV and VH1 where she wrote and produced for MTV News, and VH1's "The Fabulous Life...".
Miss Info appears regularly as a music and web expert on VH1 ("100Best", "Best Week
Ever," "All Access"), MTV, BET and more. She has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.
I do marketing for 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade and XL Recordings.