After collecting playlist data to submit to GEMA at last month's PollerWiesen event in Cologne, the project will head to Nachtdigital later this summer.
When we last checked in with GTI—a solution for providing better data to performing rights organizations like Germany's GEMA, so that they can more equitably distribute the money derived from fees paid by clubs and festivals—they had just brought their technology out of the lab for a test run at Berlin's Prince Charles nightclub. GTI's boxes "listen" to the music played by DJs, fingerprint the tracks with over 90 percent accuracy against a database culled from such sources as Juno's catalog and user-submitted releases, and securely transmits the IDs to an encrypted database.
They have now made it into six clubs in Germany, including Robert-Johnson outside Frankfurt and Harry Klein in Munich. And GTI has just announced that they monitored the season launch of PollerWiesen in Cologne, an event with 9,000 attendees headlined by Nina Kraviz and Marcel Dettmann. Off the success of the PollerWiesen test, GTI will compile data at PollerWiesen's next event, in Dortmund, and at the highly regarded Nachtdigital weekender later this summer.
"Geo Track ID simplifies our work with performing rights organizations because we don't have to chase after track lists any more, which could be quite time-consuming," said PollerWiesen's Lars Mueller and Michael Kastens, in a statement. "It makes sure that the right artists get paid for their work and allows us as a festival organization to concentrate on other things."
You can read more about GEMA and German nightlife here.