Creatives No.1


I’m trying something new — a weekly newsletter about the business of creatives.

Musicians, actors, comedians, writers, and artists are trying to find their way in a business that has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Almost all creatives now experiment with different technology platforms, distribution paths, and ways to grow their art-driven ventures. And that is what I spend the bulk of my day working on at Chromatik and beyond.

So I figured it would be fun to send around my top 11 weekly highlights for creatives. It’s not really meant to be all-encompassing or “breaking news.” Rather, I’m hoping it sparks interesting thoughts around the creative process.

If you dig it, please consider signing up and sharing the newsletter with your friends on Twitter (click to share) or Facebook (click to share).

I’ll send around an email midweek and also post the links here on my blog. Would love to hear what you think in the comments below!

1. At Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie (New York Magazine)

We live in the age of the selfie.

2. The Nerdist Podcast: Paul Williams Returns (Nerdist)

Singer-songwriter Paul Williams joins Chris Hardwick to talk about his upcoming book, Gratitude. He gives an incredible glimpse into Muppets history, addiction, and his thoughts around new music distribution.

3. King Kendrick and the Ivory Tower (Foreign Policy)

What hip-hop can teach academia. Seriously.

4. Neil Gaiman Reads Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (Open Culture)

Neil Gaiman reads Dr. Seuss. If you haven’t heard the story of Green Eggs and Ham recently, it’s worth it.

5. One Man Has Written Virtually Every Major Pop Song of the Last 20 Years. And You’ve Probably Never Heard His Name. (CelebrityNetWorth)

A look at one of the most influential and powerful musicians in pop music over the past 20 years, Max Martin.

6. Surely They Can’t Be Serious (Grantland)

The unlikely rise of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Hollywood’s majorly hated, hugely successful kinds of the modern-day spoof.

7. In Conversation: Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels (Vulture)

An inside look at Lorne Michaels. He discusses SNL, diversity, Lassie, and when he actually laughs.

8. Storytelling Lessons from World Wrestling Entertainment (Harvard Business Review)

Pro wrestling is perhaps the only 24/7, 365-day-a-year fictional storytelling machine alive. What can we learn from it?

9. Spotify: How A Busy Songwriter You’ve Never Heard of Makes It Work For Him (The Guardian)

SEO for music, via Spotify. Matt Farley has composed and digital released over 14,000 songs over the past six years. In 2013 alone, he grossed $23,000.

10. Learning to Think Outside the Box (NY Times)

Can creativity become an academic discipline?

11. How to Write a Bestselling Book This Year – The Definitive Resource List and Hot-To-Guide (Tim Ferriss)

The master of lifestyle design walks through what writing a bestselling book today looks like. Challenges, marketing, publishing, and the creative process.

(Header Image Credit: JK Chapman)

  • ryan delany

    i like this idea, matt. keep me in the loop


    • mattdsandler

      Thanks Ryan! Will do.