Category: brand partnerships

Listen Shortlisted for 2 Clio Music Awards

Get the tux out of storage and take your gown to the dry cleaner: Listen has been shortlisted for 2 Clio Music Awards! Both nominations are for our work with Microsoft and Childish Gambino, where we brought artist and brand together to collaborate on an incredible VR album release and concert experience, PHAROS.

This was one of our most ambitious projects to date in the Microsoft Music x Technology program, and we’re thrilled to see our work recognized. Read more about PHAROS and the Music x Tech program, and root for us at the Clios on 9/27 in the Partnerships & Collaborations and Digital/Media Music Marketing categories.

Listen at Cannes

Musicians aren’t following culture; they’re defining it. This week at the Cannes Lions fest, Listen founder Brett Volker is leading a discussion on defining culture through brand and artist collabs (one of our sweet spots). He’ll be speaking with BBC Worldwide’s CMO, Jackie Lee-Joe, and Managing Director of SBTV, Mark Cranwell, about the ways in which their brands have successfully partnered with music artists to empower both creation AND consumption. These two UK media heavyweights sit at different ends of the British entertainment media spectrum, and together possess a wide-angle view of not only how culture is consumed in the UK, but also how brands and artists can – and should – collaborate.

With over 20 years of international marketing experience, as CMO of BBC Worldwide Jackie oversees the entire portfolio of BBC brands and programs, and their overall marketing strategies – from BBC Earth to Doctor Who. As the Managing Director of SBTV, Mark is tasked with growing the music-centric business across their three main pillars: digital agency work, broadcast TV, and film, both at home in the UK and soon, North America.

We Talk To Forbes About The Rise Of The Interactive Music Video

Our co-founder Steve Milton spoke to Forbes about some of our Music x Tech collaborations, and the rise of the interactive music video. Article after the jump.

Skype Lets MKTO Bring the Fans Into Their World

As part of our ongoing work for Skype, we’re helping the brand connect fans and artists through The Ones to Watch with Skype Tour. For the latest episodes, Skype checks in with MKTO, the latest pop band heating up the charts.
Tony Oller and Malcolm Kelley, both former stars of Nickelodeon’s hit show Gigantic, are no strangers to the spotlight. But as part of the Ones to Watch with Skype tour, the boys are experiencing their first time on the road as a headlining band. Skype caught up with MKTO in sunny Orlando to let the band’s biggest fans get closer to the boys they love.  In the videos below they answer questions about their biggest inspirations, their days on set, and how to rise above the haters. There are smiles, tears of joy, backstage hangs, and you can watch it all below.

Turnpike Troubadours Skype with Friends and Fans From the Road

For the latest episode of Ones to Watch, Skype got to catch up with Turnpike Troubadours in Madison, Wisconsin. As a self-proclaimed ‘red dirt’ band from Oklahoma, Turnpike Troubadours are all about staying close to their roots. But it isn’t always easy to stay connected with the ones you love while you’re on the road for months on end. So Skype sat down with the boys to learn more about their beginnings and meet some of the people that helped pave their road to success. Watch below as Turnpike Troubadours use Skype to have a group video chat with their booking agent, Jon, and friends Tim and Jason.

And let’s not forget about the fans! Perhaps just as important as those early influencers in a band’s career, the fans are what make it all happen. And no one knows that better than Turnpike Troubadours. In their second Ones to Watch episode, the band connects with some of their biggest fans over Skype video calls. Below you’ll see them answer questions about their album covers, song-writing process, and more . Check it out!

Listen composes music for Skype at X Games Austin 2014

Check out our latest composition work for Skype at X Games Austin 2014. High energy music from Listen was included in videos featuring pro skateboarder Mitchie Brusco and BMX rider Chad Kerley, who took fan questions via Skype video chat and did some tough tricks upon request!

Listen + Skype @ Bonnaroo 2014

Last weekend the Listen crew was on the ground supporting Skype at the amazing Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which took over a farm in the town of Manchester, Tennessee from June 12-15. Nearly 100,000 people attended, and Skype was there to give each of them a chance to get closer to their favorite artists on the lineup.
The Skype Recording Booth, situated next to the Bonnaroo’s iconic ferris wheel with Xbox’s Game Stage on the other side, allowed Bonnaroovians to stop by throughout the festival and record a question for Bonnaroo artists via Skype video message. Selected fan questions were then featured in artist Q&As dubbed Chatting With Artists, which are viewable via Xbox Live and on Bonnaroo’s YouTube channel.

A few of our favorite sessions include CHVRCHESDamon AlbarnCage The ElephantReal Estate, and Umphrey’s McGee.

Skype is also offering a chance to win 2 VIP passes to next year’s Bonnaroo just by signing up for their music newsletter – click here to enter!

The Skype Music Room @ Sasquatch2014

Now that the dust has finally settled from the Sasquatch! Music Festival, we’re ready to reflect on the weekend and the memories we helped make with the Skype Music Room. On day 1 of the festival Irish singer-songwriter, Foy Vance, came by the Music Room to record a Skype Video Message and flex his electronic dance muscle.

Australian rock band, Cloud Control, joined us on the second day of the festival and answered some fan questions using Skype. Watch below as they talk weird fan gifts and meeting Grumpy Cat. They also stopped by the Music Room and we got to see firsthand their gifts in commanding a crowd- it was epic!

The indie rock band, The Lonely Forest, kept the energy and good vibes going for the third and final day of the festival.  They had everyone dancing in the Skype Music Room and invited their fans to play along.

Most importantly, the weekend was a huge success thanks to all of the Sasquatch fans that came to check out the Skype Music Room. We had a great time and saw some fantastic Video Messages remixed in the dome. So what’s next for us? Bonnaroo! If you’re going to be there stop by the Skype booth for your chance to ask artists questions using Skype Video Messages. See you there!

Listen creates The Skype Music Room for Sasquatch 2014

At this weekend’s Sasquatch! music festival, we’re constructing an interactive space that combines original music, mind-bending projections, and uses people as the content. The Skype Music Room allows festival goers to create music in real time using Skype Video Messages as beats through our Digital Sound Interface, easy enough for anyone to use. Check out the video above for our demonstration with Sydney-based indie rock band, Cloud Control. The Skype Music Room lets you be part of the Sasquatch experience in a unique way—whether you’re at the festival, or checking it out from home. All you need to do to become part of it is send a video message (hopefully a fun, friendly one) to Skype_Sasquatch or click here.

Your video can then be turned into music and projected onto the walls of the Skype Music Room for everyone to enjoy.

See you there!

Listen composes music to support Audi A3’s unique #paidmydues campaign

Audi A3’s  campaign, #paidmydues, focuses on people determined and working hard in their respective fields, providing them with a platform to tell their stories of struggle and accomplishment that have transformed their lives.
#paidmydues was launched by a live-streamed, full day event from Santa Monica Airport’s hanger 8 on May 7th, gathering an Audi-curated group of 15 creators, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and performers who have paid their dues. Featured creatives include graffiti artist Madsteez, freestyle rapper Oddisee, comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, chef Jordan Kahn, comic book creator Jim Mahfood, DJ Dam-Funk, and animators Oh Yeah Wow, among others. Their stories, creations, and performances encouraged others to do the same with a contagious objective to share the inspiration with others.

With branded content, comes branded music. Listen stepped in and created original music to:

  • Tie multiple stories together through an original main theme track and six variations in different styles
  • Create music congruent to Audi’s branding
  • Connect with Audi’s target audience

We were happy to “pay our dues” with this project in the ongoing pursuit of helping brands utilize music to strengthen the connection with their audience.

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