An Enthusiastic Hug

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  1. We just flew there specifically to see Vulfpeck play Tipitinas – one of the closest-to-perfect venues that’s ever existed thanks to its history, sense of community and layout. Re. Half Japanese playing there, you might remember that it was raining buckets that night and there were – at best – a dozen fans present. I wonder who was asleep at the marketing wheel?

    1. I do remember the dozen or so people there. I think that was partly why the hug was so enthusiastic. Also, you may remember, they destroyed their instruments at the end of the last song. It turned out this was because it was the final show of the tour, and they didn’t want to haul all their gear back to New Jersey in their touring station wagon.


Howdy. I'm Michael Donaldson.

I'm a constultant for the music industry, working with emerging artists and labels. I also manage a label of my own, named 8D Industries, and publish + license music under 8DSync. Sometimes I'm a Q-Burns Abstract Message. But mostly I'm just trying to keep these damn cats out of my office.

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I’m Michael Donaldson.

I have strong opinions about music.

Sure, I will be happy to rattle off endless recommendations of obscure bands and point you to my meticulously curated Spotify playlists. But my sharpest opinions are reserved for the music industry.

I am intimately invested in how recording artists and bands administer their song rights, market themselves, and grow their careers. And it’s no surprise; since my first job as a teenage clerk in a mall music store I’ve managed record labels, worked in music publicity, launched a song licensing and publishing company, and spent over a decade touring the world as a major label recording artist.

Now I work primarily as a consultant for artists and labels seeking to navigate the ever-changing 21st-century music landscape. I also manage the ‘exploratory’ record label 8D Industries, publish and license a diverse song catalog with 8DSync, and sometimes find the time to create music of my own.

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