Ryan J. Downey

Reporter

Ryan J. Downey is a reporter for Billboard who has also written/reported for MTV News, MSNBC, E!, Alternative Press, Premiere, Huffington Post, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, Current, G4, IFC, Decibel and other print, online and broadcast outlets. He is owner/founder at Superhero Artist Management (Tiger Army, Dillinger Escape Plan) and a former partner at the Blood Company management firm (Skrillex, Chiodos).  

Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Remembered at Somber But Celebratory Golden Gods Awards Ceremony

Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Remembered at Somber But Celebratory Golden Gods Awards Ceremony

The death of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman was announced hours before Revolver Magazine's 2013 Golden Gods Awards and cast a somber pall over the proceedings. His passing, however, also served as a reminder of the spirit of community that has long dominated heavy metal as a subculture, a lifestyle and commercial genre. Here, performers, presenters and honorees - including Metallica, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Rob Halford, Lemmy and others - chose to celebrate his life.
ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

Take advantage of YouTube, Soundcloud and blogs. That’s been the recurring theme all week at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and Friday morning’s “Music Supervision in the Digital Age” panel was no exception, with a few more specifics on offer, too, including the importance of Multi Channel Networks and the necessity of specific targets.
ASCAP Expo: Confessions of Hit Producers feat. Eman Kiriakou, 'Drumma Boy' Gholson, Dan Omelio and Brendan Benson

ASCAP Expo: Confessions of Hit Producers feat. Eman Kiriakou, 'Drumma Boy' Gholson, Dan Omelio and Brendan Benson

At the ASCAP Expo's "Confessions of a Hit Producer" panel today, the big takeaways were to stop worrying about getting a record deal out of the gate and to just start putting things on Soundcloud and elsewhere online, live in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville or Atlanta ("nothing against Des Moines") and that, perhaps most importantly, practice makes perfect.

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