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By Dr. Motte

The world is mourning right now. The UK in aggregate voted to leave the EU. It will have massive implications. I have a stake in this decision, because my two children are British as is my wife. Many others closer to the center of Brexit are more impacted, and I feel for them.

The UK leaving the EU will mean travel limitations and barriers to employment, which are beyond significant inconveniences. Worse are the financial consequences for the additional overhead and constraints in trading. The worst part is that culturally, our new norm is a new low. We’re living in tacit acknowledgement that the majority of our fellow humans would rather segregate than unify. Many tie the decision to leave the EU with low intelligence or unwarranted fear. Others claim more severe xenophobia. In any case, we are taking two steps back, and it will take decades to repair and right the course. This is what we are grieving over. What could have been if we all came together not just in the EU but all over the world? There is a possibility that this referendum amounts to nothing and the UK remains in the EU, but the damage has been done as we start drawing lines on the basis of where people come from.

Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty bummed, and so is my family. We’re not the only ones. Brexit is such a huge global bummer that it set the world record for the number of times the word ‘bummer’ was used to describe how people felt after the results posted.

Bummer trend

From a Google analysis of the word bummer.

My only hope is that people will continue to stand up for what is right. More and more people around the world are taking a stand and many are taking stands different to each other. It all gives me faith, because it means people care and are not happy with the status quo. Our humanity gives us meaning and vulnerabilities. Only by working together can we enrich ourselves fully since we’re all connected. I am committed to the forces of tolerance, unity, and peace. We will eventually overcome the isolating rhetoric, fear-mongering, and misguided nationalism that prevents us all from progressing to a better place.

David Starfire sent me his latest album, and I’m digging it on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It’s been raining in the Bay area for more than a week, and everything is dismal. My family of four with a three-week old newborn is sick. It sucks when all of us are ill. It’s like the walking dead and grumpy. Thank god I have some good music to bring me back to life and shine happiness on us all. David’s sound has exotic themes and sounds with a cutting edge break keep me jazzed and piqued. It cleared up my sinuses too. Check it out below.

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It’s a good day for artists on Pandora. Today, my Music Maker team at Pandora released an exciting new product called AMPcast where artists can record a message on their mobile phone and send it through their Pandora app directly to their fans. AMPcast is part of the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) that our awesome team manages at Pandora.

AMPcast lets artists craft more spontaneous, timely, and fun messages. They can attach an image from their phone to their audio message and place it before or after a specific song if they choose. One of the coolest things about this feature is the personal context that artists are giving to their music. Hearing the story and meaning of their songs in their own voice makes me appreciate their music more.

Artists can also use AMPcast to easily promote whatever is important to them. Each message can have a CTA link to click through to a tour announcement, a specific show, a new release, a boxed set, a friend’s creative project, a personal/social/political cause, or just about anything they care about. Since these messages are authentic and coming directly from the artists, it doesn’t feel like an interruption or an ad, but rather an enhancement to the way I’m connecting to the artists’ music. The fan engagement of AMPcast artist messages are also off the charts – orders of magnitude on a completely different level than an ad with click-throughs as high as 18% for new music releases and close to 10% on tours and show announcements. See the press-release for more details. As artists capture their fans genuine interest with these messages, they will be able to materially impact their bottom line with this level of fan interest.

AMPcast is groundbreaking and unique to Pandora. It’s particularly exciting given the massive number of artist-to-fan connections in Pandora. There have been over 65 Billion Thumbs on songs from Pandora listeners to date, and each one is a preference statement that lets us target the right artist message to the most interested fan. More than 100M active listeners tune into their favorite stations on Pandora every quarter and most of them are in the US. What better time to speak to a fan than when they’re listening to your music? It’s all about intent and context. Given the magnitude of Pandora’s audience, it’s no exaggeration to say that we’re building the most powerful Artist Marketing Platform on the planet, and there’s much more to come.

Check out the video here for AMPcast below, and if you’re interested in trying it out when the Beta is more widely available, sign up here.


Stumbled on a beautiful song, Light the Night by Tracey Chattaway. She composes wonderful, lush, cinematic soundscapes.The textures and layers to this joyous progression are sublime. I’ve been listening to it in the evenings frequently to unwind from an intense day. Sometimes I listen to a double dose when I need it. There some inspiring and highly motivational parts to this song. It’s a sweet instrumental that makes you feel like the night is indeed lighted. Well done Tracey Chattaway.

I saw a share from Hugh McIntyre on my Twitter feed. It was a video someone submitted to him on Fluence. It’s as a cool, trippy, chill tribute to Germany and Berlin. I dug the groove, vibe, and nature of the song. Timing is everything. I may have missed this interlude if I didn’t catch that share from Hugh. It makes me think we should have more ways in Fluence to surface up great tunes to more curators who would appreciate.

Germany Cradle Me…there’s a life inside you gave to me.

The imagery and soft tones of the video spoke to me. Maybe it got to me in the right frame of mind. I was just speaking about Berlin earlier in the evening with Nazlee at Beckie and Mark’s place in the Mission. My time in Berlin was special. I look forward to going there again. I hope you have a chance to visit and experience the culture and beauty of Germany.

UPDATE: video was taken down. I redirected to SoundCloud.

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