See Things Differently
San Francisco based Fuzz (Beta), is a good example of a hybrid record label and social network service (SNS). On the surface the site looks and feels like another SNS (think HayStack, PureVolume etc). However, dig a little deeper and the services they provide are extremely well thought out.
Three features stand out:
Fuzz is well thought out by people who obviously have good experience in the music industry since it offers several key features that are critical for artistes and labels. Furthermore, it serves as an interesting guide to how labels may evolve to empower artistes to reach their audience, whilst offering additional services to artistes who may be prepared to do a more advanced distribution deal.
Fuzz is US-based and apart from IndieStore & Last.fm, there appears to be very little happening in the UK to match these services.