HIVE Music Discovery App -- Helping Artists, Labels, and A&R

Artists, A&R, record labels, and music brands -- Hive Music Discovery app is the latest in music promotion and discovery. Learn more about this growing music promotion app...

Jamie XX and Floating Points Team Up for New Mix

Jamie XX & Floating Points

I was looking for some new mixes to jam to over the last few days and luckily Jamie XX and Floating Points have us covered with 2 hours worth of music. This new mix was created for NTS Radio and does not disappoint, with selections ranging from Armand Van Helden, David Byrne, Gerry Rafferty, and a few other recognizable tunes. Not much more to say here except kickback and enjoy some good music.


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6 New things to look forward to in August 2016: Remixes, Videos, Albums

6 New things to look forward to in August 2016: Remixes, Videos, Albums

It’s tough finding the best things to listen to this summer so we decided to help you out and put together the top 6 things you should be looking out for this August.

Rae Sremmurd – “Rae Sremmurd 2”

Rae Sremmurd 2 comes out later this month! The hip-hop duo are set to take the world by storm with their debut follow up. “Look Alive” and “By Chance” have been big bangers so far.

Headkrack – “Turn Me Up”

The Atlanta based rapper has had a pretty big year so far with the release of his visuals for “The Stick Up”. Now he’s back, better than ever, with the sequel. Check out “Turn Me Up” below.

Dreezy ft. Gucci Mane – “We Gon Ride”

Dreezy teams up with Gucci Mane in the visuals for “We Gon Ride”. It’s no surprise that you see Dreezy cruising around with her posse before encountering Gucci at a local jewelry store. Watch it now!

Skrillex & Diplo feat. Kai - 'Mind' (Happy Colors Remix)

Your new favourite remix right here! Uplifting, happy, and exciting. What more can you ask for from Miami Dj Happy Colors?

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey - 'Closer'

Hit makers, The Chainsmokers, are on quite a roll right now and “Closer” is The Chainsmokers at their peak! Take a look at their latest single featuring Halsey.

Graffiti Royale - "Raised"

Graffiti Royale - Raised

Graffiti Royale delivers their second new single called "Raised" -- a story of growing up in NYC told through the voice of Quez Dreamer; the band's MC. The tune is backed by sunny samples, soulful guitars, and explosive drums, which is the perfect soundtrack for the end of summer.

Leading up to the track's release the band has been setting up lemonade stands around New York City, giving away free lemonade, free download cards, and engaging with the community. Pretty cool idea, so be on the lookout if you are in NYC.

Stream the new single below and be on the look out for new stuff from the group.


Hive Music Discovery App -- Helping Artists, Labels, and A&R

Hive Music Discovery - Helping Artists, Labels, and A&R

Many of you by now have probably seen my posts on social media about Hive - Music Discovery app or even read the original article about the first launch in April. It's been a few weeks now since the team gave the app a slick new face lift, added some updated features (including a festival scheduler), and tweaked the way the app worked slightly -- but I wanted to share for those who may not follow my Twitter or Facebook page.

We are definitely stoked on the response from music lovers, labels, brands, and the artists who saw the value in what the app is looking to achieve. This makes us happy knowing we are on the right path to give deserving artists a better chance for discovery with music fans, labels, and more.

Add Music

One of the biggest change besides the smoother design, is the ability to add songs to the Hivesphere (look at me making words up), which then each week, the song will get filtered into a package of 50 news songs that app users can discover. This limits the user getting burned out from listening to too many songs in one session. So now, each week you get 50 new songs to discover! Plus, there other playlists to check out between each week's new songs in case you are craving more goodies.

So you added a song to Hive, now what? Once the track is live, you get to see how it is ranked for that week's uploaded songs and the percentage of Hive users who liked it (by swiping right).

A&R Reports

We also are creating more detailed reports on song statistics for artists, labels, and A&R reps who are scouting for new talent. This has been something we are really excited about as we can filter out all the clutter on the Internet, allow budding artists to actually be heard and get some instant feedback to the music.

With the app, we are also mindful of what artists are being posted. We do not mind signed artists looking to premiere new music, helping them test a new style of music to see how audiences react, etc. but we also do not want people sharing acts like Drake, Imagine Dragons, or artists of that popularity all the time. Hive wants to help the amazing talent out there that gets lost in the mass amounts of music and put them in front of new audiences, share their music and stats with A&R/labels to help them get signed, and generally increase their visibility that can be rather difficult to do.

Some Stats We've Seen (So Far):

Within the first three weeks of Hive 2.0, we saw some serious engagement without a massive marketing campaign.
  • 6k songs discovered each week 
  • 20% of songs added to listener's playlist
  • 25% conversion rate on driving users to links
  • 200k new fans reached on Twitter each week

Partnerships & Promotion

Additionally, we are working hard to secure more partnerships and promotion opportunities with labels (indie, major), band managers, festivals, and of course cool brands that love helping the music community. We've already worked with a few names you might recognize below who curated some special playlists of their artists for users to discover. But, we are also looking to provide anyone we work with valuable insight into artists performance and help people engage with their content as well.

Hit City USA
Disruptor Records

Red Bull Sound Select

So, what's next for Hive? 

  • We are continuing to improve new features and reporting to really get the most valuable song statistics we can for artists, labels, and A&R
  • Android version of the app coming soon
  • New artist, label, and brand partnerships
  • And much more!
If you are an artist, A&R, label, band promoter/manager, PR agency, etc. we would love to talk more with you about how Hive can help. Check out this quick product demo if you want to see it in action before downloading or reaching out. 

You can email for more info or reach out to me personally at

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A-Trak & Tommy Trash - “Lose My Mind”

A-Trak & Tommy Trash - "Lose My Mind"

DJ/Producer A-Trak linked up with fellow DJ Tommy Trash, which is their first new tune together in a couple years. The two creative minds combine forces and bring a few different styles of music into "Lose My Mind." This is a perfect summer jam that I'm sure will be a hit to the festival and club scenes. Stream below.


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Stefan Alexander - "Skeleton"

Stefan Alexander - "Skeleton"

While I may not post on the blog often as I'd like to these days, occasionally a song stands out and I must write about it before I forget. Stefan Alexander's song "Skeleton" is a song I couldn't ignore and have replayed a few times tonight already. The song has everything blended in from pop, electro, tropical, and R&B -- plus with a high pitched chorus that you'll find yourself singing out loud right along with Stefan. Stream the NY resident's song below and stay tuned for more.


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Justin Rose - "No Biggie"

Justin Rose "No Biggie"

Queens rapper and producer Justin Rose is a new name looking to be your next favorite hip hop artist. He is prepping for the release of his mixtape Water White, due for release this Friday. While we wait to check out the full project, he released this unique track called "No Biggie." The beat has a pretty hypnotic sound, which is what hooked me in. His vocal style caught me off guard a bit at first, but his approach to the vocals is what kept me interested. Not your typical New York rap, but worthy of your ears. Listen below.


Damaged Goods - "Where Do You Go?" ft. Jesse Boykins III

Damaged Goods is back with a mellow electronic-pop tune called, "Where Do You Go?" featuring vocals from Jesse Boykins III. This would be a first for Damaged Goods on the blog,but Boykins has been featured before. Better late than never right? Stream the new song below and add it to your Summer playlists..


Catching Flies - "Change of Hearts"

Catching Flies - "Change of Hearts"

A few years back, electronic producer Catching Flies caught my attention with some cool tracks. Plus, there was sort of a mystery behind the artist at the time, which was also alluring and made me hit the play button on his Soundcloud. Yet, as with most new artists, I lost track of him and his music. Thankfully, I got a PR email about his new song and my memory of Catching Flies came right back. The new song is called "Change of Hearts" and is the perfect mellow summer jam with a sample you might be familiar with. Stream the tune below.


Consequence - "Don't Forget'em" ft. Kanye West

Consequence featuring Kanye West

Early today, rapper Consequence shared a remix of his song "Don't Forget'em" that features Kanye West. The original song can be found on Consquences' debut album, Don’t Quit Your Day Job! which is close to being ten years old. Somehow this song was never released to the public previously, but now we can all enjoy, especially those classic Kanye bars and production. Stream the tune below.


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ZHU - "GenerationWHY"

ZHU - "GenerationWHY"

California producer and mystery artist ZHU has already dropped some bangers for music fans in the last two years or so, but now he is gearing up for his debut album. While we wait for that, the electronic artist released a new song and title track, "GenerationWHY." Once again, ZHU brings the heat and releases a summer anthem that is ready for your pool parties. This will be on repeat for the next few days.


Ryan Hemsworth - "How It Felt"

Ryan Hemsworth "How it Felt"

It feels like it has been FOREVER since I posted, apologies. But a new Ryan Hemsworth song could not be ignored, so thought I should share. His latest is called "How It Felt" and is certainly a bit different from his other music. Yet, this is a good thing because this new track is wild. So many layers of sounds and instruments, plus a really unique drop after a subtle buildup. Peep the new track below.


Clams Casino Returns with "Blast"

Stream "Blast" by Clams Casino

New York based producer Clams Casino blew up a couple years back and produced some amazing instrumental albums as well as songs for other artists, but as of recent was pretty quite. Now he is back with an upcoming new project called 32 Levels and released a new song called "Blast." He once again builds a truly atmospheric beat with a haunting backdrop, something Clams Casino has perfected over the years. Stream the song below and stay tuned for the full project out in July.


Chance the Rapper - "No Problem" ft. Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz

Chance the Rapper  - "No Problem"

Chance the Rapper has been a buzzing name recently with his most recent announcement of Chance 3, reporting to be released tomorrow. Getting ready for that big drop, the Chicago rapper debuted "No Problem" featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz over on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show. I wasn't sure how I'd feel having Weezy and 2 Chainz on this one, but I think it compliments it pretty well. Could use a bit less of the autotune, but whatever. Definitely pretty stoked on the new mixtape. Stream the track below.


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