Water & Music

By Cherie Hu

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.

Category: Music

Open in iTunes

Open RSS feed

Open Website

Rate for this podcast


The fine print of big ideas in music and technology, hosted by journalist Cherie Hu and featuring a curated selection of young leaders, thinkers and innovators from across the music business. This is an ad-free audio companion to the eponymous email newsletter.

Episode Date
Episode 2 (ft. Dan Runcie): How hip-hop and venture capital are blueprints for each other's futures
Trapital founder Dan Runcie joins this episode to discuss the wide variety of shared opportunities—and problems—between hip-hop and venture capital. What are the similarities in how independent musicians and tech founders navigate their respective funding landscapes, and what alternative funding models are emerging to serve their needs? How do record labels and VC firms make investment decisions, and how could they potentially improve (e.g. pattern-matching biases)? How are third-party music distributors like UnitedMasters similar to tech accelerators like Y Combinator? At large, will the convergence of music and venture capital actually increase the value of recorded music itself—or only exacerbate current issues of wealth disparity and diversity in the music industry? After diving into these questions, we each share our carefully-selected picks for the latest overrated music news.
Mar 11, 2019
Episode 1 (ft. David Turner): Pop music was never "behind" on streaming—and Ariana Grande is proof
Fellow music writer David Turner joins the inaugural episode of the Water & Music podcast! We unpack Ariana Grande's record-breaking, rapid-fire release strategy, debunk the stereotype of pop music as "lagging behind" in the streaming era, debate the pitfalls of manufacturing virality and flooding the market at all costs, and emphasize the importance of giving fans multiple entry points to participating in your story as an artist. As part of a new segment, we also share one piece of recent music-industry news that we think is over- and/or underrated (hint: our answers this time around involve Fortnite and holograms).
Feb 25, 2019