Releasing free music since 2012, ZigurArtists is one of the top netlabels of its generation. With a varied catalogue and a steady love for Creative Commons licences, they managed to bring back to life a deeply aged Portuguese town called Lamego. Three years after their start, their work includes not only an incredible music collection but also a yearly music festival called ZigurFest. On this latest session, I talked to António Silva, one of ZigurArtists co-founders to understand how the collective started and what they aim for. From their early feature in Monocle to cassettes and talent scouting, there was time to talk about various bits and bobs and, of course, some great music from their catalogue.

You can find more about ZigurArtists on their website, on Facebook, on Bandcamp and follow them on Instagram.

Sax on the Road – Marrakech Nightlife
Twisted Freak – Summer Nights
Late – Start
Mahogany – To Where All the Lights Go

Today, we had a special session about the CC Summit 2015.

“The Global Summit brings together the community of experts, academics, and activists who comprise the Creative Commons affiliate network in a different country every two years.”*

CC Summit 2015 will take place in Seoul next week, from 14th to 17th of October. It’s a once-in-every-two-years event that brings Creative Commons enthusiasts, advocates and users together to share experiences, challenges and expectations regarding CC licences and everything that can be related to them. On this show, I had the great pleasure of talking to Paul Stacey, Senior Project Manager at Creative Commons HQ team and one of the people behind the organisation of this year’s CC Summit. We talked about some of the programme highlights, some of the challenges Creative Commons have yet to tackle and we also took the opportunity to talk a bit about the recently-funded Kickstarter project of writing a book about Open Business models, in which Paul is also involved. During the rest of the show, we brought to daylight some of the best free music on the web, as usual. This time with a lot of new releases!

You can find more about the summit here, and more about the book here.

João Picoito – Heavy Falling Feather [FMA]
One in a Googolplex – Den [Bandcamp]
Red Trees – When the Rains [La bél]
Pasaje a Bombay – Polizón [Solo le Pido a Dior]
三毛猫ホームレス – そばが食べたい (Masayoshi Iimori Remix) [Maltine Records]
Maria Sonora – Luomo Cumbia [Cabeza!]
Tyler Twombly – Club [FMA]
Glassio – Try Much Harder [Soundcloud]
Neon Nite Club – The Dream Machine [Jamendo]
BitBurner – Not Any Kind of Program [Soundcloud]

*from CC Summit 2015 website.
.: Photo by Kristina Alexanderson :. CC-BY-NC-ND

I have been wanting this for years and it finally happened: I did a blocSonic special! Not only that, but I actually had the opportunity to talk to its creator, Michael Gregoire.

I got to know blocSonic when I was still doing this in Portugal back in 2008. Back then, blocSonic was releasing the amazing netBlocs – compilations of greatly-curated free music. Seven years have passed and their commitment towards Creative Commons-licenced music has only increased. Having an incredible collection of original records released in an astounding variety of formats, blocSonic remains not only as one of the most important names of free music, but also an example to independent labels all around the world – allying a great catalogue to an incredible work of marketing and archiving.

During the interview, Michael and I talked about how blocSonic got here and what are their plans for the future. There was also time to find out how long it takes to prepare a release, how a part of Public Enemy got involved in blocSonic and how Michael finds time to run this amazing corner of the web that is blocSonic.

At the time we recorded the interview, the latest volume of the netBlocs series, #48 “Still…”, was not available yet. It is now, so make sure you go and check it!

Vita and the Woolf – Asha*
Nic Bommarito – Apace
Cheese N Pot-C – Old School My School (Featuring CM aka Creative, C-Doc, 34Pro & Kat Wahamaa)
Pimpstrut Local #13 – The Life and Death of The Party (Radio Edit)

*This song is no longer available on FMA, due to artist request.

I had the great honour and pleasure to talk to Julia Reda and find out a bit more how you can help #fixcopyright. Julia Reda is a Member of the European Parliament, having the only seat owned by the Pirate Party. She is also a Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group. Since last year, she has been actively fighting for a copyright reform within the European Union – basically trying to make things more uniform and simpler to understand across the various EU territories. She has looked into the various copyright legislations and compiled a list of things that are confusing, contradictory and need an update that is in line with a society that has internet as a focal point and mean of communication. After that, Julia Reda designed a proposal that has now gone under some changes and is still under discussion. During the interview, we talked about some of her main goals, what she accomplished so far and how people can get involved in this quest.

You can follow Julia Reda’s work on her website, her Facebook page, and on Twitter.

Six Umbrellas – Zombie Disco [Soundcloud/FMA]
Alex OMFG – Hello [Soundcloud/Starfrosch]

.: Photo by ActuaLitté :. CC-BY-SA

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the longest-running freeform radio station in the United States.[1] Every mp3 on the Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. These uses vary and are determined by the rightsholders themselves.[2]

in Wikipedia

It was founded in 2009 and it’s still running. And now, every Friday, I upload a new record to Free Music Archive. Being a curator there is a fundamental piece of White Market’s quest to spread the word on free music. So, this latest session I had the great pleasure of talking to Cheyenne Hohman, the director of Free Music Archive. Not only did we talk about their work, mission and challenges, we also had time to share some cool tracks and share other thoughts on free culture and copyright. As you may have guessed by now, all the tracks we played today can be found on Free Music Archive.

Make sure you like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and download their brand new/revamped app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

Radius System – Impulsion Pt.1 [Lost Children]
Lucas Perný & Miloslav Kollar – Vishnu Meets Funk
Juanitos – Bailando Boogaloo
Breakbeat Chemists – Two [blocSonic]

.: Photo by erin m :. CC BY-NC