The Music Genome Project conceived by Pandora is the foundation for one of the most successful streaming radio apps of all time. But any serious audiophile who spends more than few days on the service quickly begins to notice the same tracks and artists repeating.
Part of the reason the catalog feels shallow is because its expensive to license new tracks. But another reason is that the Music Genome relies on human experts to evaluate each track, an extremely time consuming process. It’s why Pandora has less than 1,000,000 songs while competitors like Rhapsody have ten times that.
The team behind Clio, a new service for analyzing music, is taking the exact opposite approach.
If rappers were start-ups, New York would be Silicon Valley, the venerable ecosystem know for producing the best talent. Chris Lighty has managed the careers of some of biggest local names: 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, P Diddy and LL Cool J, just to name a few.
Now Lighty has partnered with developer Michael Dizon to create Please Listen to My Demo, a simple service that lets artists submit their music through the web and receive feedback from professional A&R. The best music will not only be fast tracked towards a deal, but will get air play on Hot 97.