Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Its about personality, not just beats

I am a techno junkie and I root for the Internet or online method for most things, but I have to admit that I have sold far more beats in real life face to face in person with clients that I have been able to online.  Not only that, but  in person I almost can name whatever price I want for the instrumentals and people will still be willing to buy them.

I have given this some thought and realize that no matter what you are selling, the product itself is not nearly as important as the brand created around it and the experience of the people purchasing your product.

This I believe is what causes the disparity between online instrumental sales and sales prices.  Online some producers are selling top notch beats for $1 or 50 cents a piece.  This has got to be harming not only the image of that producer, but that of all other producers trying to make it.

The more experience I gain in life, the more I realize success comes from differentiating yourself from others, even in the littlest things...  Those are what make for memorable experiences, and repeat customers

The problem with hitting the streets as a musician

Every musician I know is usually caught up with trying to get a major break by hitting the streets and attempting to perform at every event they can.  This looks good on the surface but let's analyze it a little bit to see if there may not be any more constructive alternatives musicians can engage in to get more bang for their buck.

To go to these events, artists travel long distances, paying for gas or bus fares, and also the food, sometimes accomodations and who wants to go to a clud and not drink.  Artists usually pay their own door fees with no discount and take on all the risks associated with the club life.  This is true especially for hip hop music promoters trying to get exposure.

My core philosophy is that hitting the streets is the way of the dinosaur and us little guys can't afford to waste time and money travelling to open mics that might only land us 2 to 25 fans, when we could for that same amount of money put out press releases online that get us credibility in the industry and possibly thousands of views, comments, shares and new fans at the end of the day

Going to each open mic and venue ends up costing my crew on average 50-60 dollars and that's in town.  We may get to a club with 100 people and only engage with about 10-30 because, let's face it, no matter how good you are, there are other performers coming on before or after you and you're not special..  your 15 minutes burn up quick.  best you can do is pass out CDs and flyers.. encuring another cost to the expedition.

My latest strategy has been to stop acting like a caveman or tupac in 1995 and use the tools that have been made available to us thanks to the hard work of hundreds of scientists, engineers and computer nerds.  The internet.

FOr that same 50-60 dollar investment, I can outsource the writing of 3 press releases and have them syndicated across the web to generate my website tons of traffic, comments reviews, subscribers and fans who I can connect with on a regular basis.  This is the new wave of success.. and its better to get on early while most of the competition is busy trying to buy out the bar.

The point of making music for me, is for people to hear it.. and not just anyone, but those people who will actually appreciate my music, so it makes more sense for me as an artists to directly reach those people using the most efficient outlets available.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Easy way to leave a professional impression as a musician

Ever hear the first few seconds of a song..  and then recognized it immediately?
I'm sure it happens all the time.. i'm just being rhetorical.. 

Of course this happens to you and anyone else who ever heard a song in their life.

well.. you see.. when you make an album on someone else's beats..   no one will ever remember you like that...

so the moral of the story is...  There are beats al over the web for the low..  be a pro..

check some Fly beats here and let me know what you think

Why I make beats - Beat maker's anthem/poem

I don;t make beats to impress others

I make beats to impress that within myself

I make beats because I enjoy to do so on my own

in the solitude of my own person

in my home, in my headphones

I make beats so that me and my homies can rock out

& spit fire & shit, you know, real nigga shit

I make beats because it fullfills me

& I chose to share them with others

People who will appreciate my beats too

& rock out with their homies, spittin fire & shit

you know, real nigga shit

I make beats just to make beats

& if you like my beats, then you're welcome


Lazy rappers use other people's beats

There is never a good excuse to put out a product as an independent artist with somone else's beats... no matter how much you like them.

the main problem with this is that the whole time the song will be playing, your listeners will be hearing the words of another song... and you will be helping the other musician be more memorable and half the time I hear an amateur remake...  i just wanna hear the original song.

don't sell yourself short.  if you're not a well known musician with a ton of music ascribed to your own beats and unique sound... you should never try to rock out on someone else's beat.

there are many places online (such as this website) where you can get beats for damn near free...  just spend some time and find your own sound..  you'll be rewarded.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shine on ma level - Gutter rap Instrumental