I’m Andrew Dubber (just ‘Dubber’ to most people).
I’m an author of books about technology, culture, music and radio. I’m also a broadcaster, filmmaker, public speaker and lecturer, record producer and festival director. I’ve been an advisor and consultant to many music organisations, foundations, labels and startups, and I was on the Board of Advisors for Bandcamp from it’s earliest days. I’m closely following developments in emerging technologies and the cultures and ethics surrounding them.
I started New Music Strategies way back in 2005 as a blog about independent music business online, and over time it developed into a pan-European digital music and media consultancy group that worked on several major international projects about music participation, music as a tool for social change and independent music culture online.
These days, New Music Strategies has a wider remit and intends to focus on innovation in music more generally, particularly at a time when new technologies are changing the rules for everyone at an exponential rate.
I’ve been a keynote speaker at music industry events worldwide; my blogs and podcasts have, from time to time, reached audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands; and – before it became a toxic hellsite, I regularly posted to an audience of over 10,000 people on Twitter about all sorts of things – including music industry innovation, popular music culture and digital media.
Before taking on the role as Director of Music Tech Fest (which later became MTF Labs), I was Professor of Music Industry Innovation at Birmingham City University. I’ve published fairly extensively in journals and academic books, I’m frequently cited and I spent around 17 years lecturing and researching at universities around the world. That said, my background is primarily as a practitioner in the media industries as a radio producer and presenter, label owner and record producer.
I live in and work from an old farmhouse in a forest, by a lake in a small seaside village in the north of Sweden – where the air is clean and the internet is incredibly fast and abundant.
New Music Strategies is where I tend to stay mostly on topic. If you’re interested in reading something where I absolutely don’t do that, that would be my personal blog.