Knowledge and disipline

As I sit here and work the hours away, "doing what I love". I discipline myself, I make lists, 3 things I have to get done no mater what, then a list of 7 things I can get done in no order. The 7 can only get done after I do my 3 prior. For myself, I make the 7 all fun things, as a reward to getting the 3 done. Yes fun, but not like hey let's go outside and skateboard, no fun as in the creative side of my work, that I enjoy. Also I set aside a time almost every day, to learn more, learn more about my business, about other like it, hell learn more just about business. With learning, I gain knowledge, and with knowledge I can more of everything, as I will now know, how's, whys, do's and don'ts.

I have a great book as well I highly suggest, and I am not even all the way through with it yet.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Book by Dale Carnegie

Great book. Also a big thing for me, is to find out what am I not doing? what am I uncomfortable doing? those are normally the things I should be doing, and what are the barriers internally blocking me from doing those things I avoid. When you find those out, you have to break the barriers and get to it. Well that's enough out of me, go get it done, and check for more soon here.

Nef

 

Heat Seekers drum and sound packs

Hello all you amazing and beautiful people out there.

I have started, a great kickstarter. I will be raising money, to create an online business selling drum sounds, synth sounds, producer sound packs, have an online blog, tutorial videos and more. With this being said, it will cost estimated 5,000 to start up this company, with marketing, website, sounds and other various costs. I am asking you to help donate with you're hard earned cash to support myself, and the movement that will be behind me. This is a new and fast growing industry, of selling sounds to producers and providing what they need for their music.

Here is the link

Pete Rock and SMoke Dza on a new video

Purchase Don't Smoke Rock on iTunes: http://apple.co/2g8Gnns

You are now watching the official video for "Limitless" featuring Dave East by Smoke DZA x Pete Rock, from the album Don't Smoke Rock, in stores worldwide via Babygrande Records. Video directed by Salvatore Rubino for Reel Culture Media.


Socialize With Smoke DZA:
Website: www.smokedza.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/smokedza
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smokedza
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kushedgod
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/DZAVision

Socialize With Pete Rock
Website: www.peterock.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/peterock
Facebook: www.facebook.com/realpeterock

About Babygrande Records
Established in 2001, Babygrande Records is one of the premier independent labels that pioneered the landscape. The company is currently celebrating its 15th year anniversary. Babygrande has maintained a unique perspective within the industry, prospering during the most volatile period in the history of recorded music. The label has been influential in launching the careers of new artists while at the same time working to nurture the careers of seasoned veterans.

For more info on Babygrande Records, please visit:
www.babygrande.com
www.twitter.com/babygrande
www.youtube.com/babygranderecords
www.soundcloud.com/babygrande
https://www.facebook.com/bgr2001

M-dot has a new innovative video like no other

Back with another leak from the upcoming album 'egO anD The eneMy' set to be released on 1/27/17, M-Dot and his visual team take the aforementioned single "Give it to me" to new heights both literally and aesthetically. Almost a year after the release of the innovative and interactive 360° experience "123 flow" (over 2 million views between Facebook/YouTube), Victor Keys (director) and M-Dot have offered up an imaginative twist on 360° video. While on tour in Northern California, the two created the "Give it to me" video with shots that come to life in a sublime fashion as they wrap around the screen in a 'little planet' perspective. The visuals showcase various parts of the trip including radio station interviews, an appearance at G Koop's Fuzz Deluxxe Studio (G Koop production credits include "I Got The Keys" for DJ Khaled/Jay-Z/Future), a quick visit to a skate park, elevated Pacific Coast views, bridges crossed (Bay Bridge/Golden Gate), downtown San Francisco, and other palm tree laden streets around the Bay Area.

'Give It To Me' is the 4th video released off the highly anticipated "EgO anD The EneMy" (2 part release, Disc 1: due out January 27th, 2017). Albums' will feature production by Hi-Tek, Large Professor, Marley Marl, Buckwild, Khrysis, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, 7L, !llmind, Da Beatminerz, Snowgoons and MANY more....

Produced by Jon Glass
Cuts by LP2
Mixed by Jon Glass at Surefire Studios
Mastered by Black Dog Mastering
Directed by Victor Keys

In the natural habitat

Im sure you can understand, whether you are doing a job that you actually enjoy, in the kitchen making some amazing food, making music, playing games or really whatever you feel the best doing. I am sure you can relate to this.

Music is something that comes natural to me, and no I don't mean I can get on any instrument and go wild, but when I am in the studio making music I enjoy, man that is unstoppable. Making this video I forgot I was even recording, and you can even tell, just zoned out going with the flow.

For me music is where I escape, this plays a huge role in my life, if music is your thing that's awesome, maybe it is something else, but as humans we all have that sweet spot. Sometimes it's a hobby we really enjoy doing, remember if you have that special thing you get lost in, do it as much as you can. This is a therapy for our minds, our soul and really our whole life. The more you do it, the more people notice how happy you are around you which makes for a better lifestyle for you and others.

Remember it's all about getting in the sweet spot and going into a whole other dimension.

Ask yourself if you don't know what your sweet spot is yet, what makes you happy and never feels like a waste of time.

Until next time have an amazing and productive day and life.

 

 

New tips for up and coming Hip Hop artists

Found at

http://www.stopthebreaks.com/independent-promotion/how-to-create-marketing-plan-independent-hip-hop-artists/

How To Create a Marketing Plan For Independent Hip-Hop Artists

One of the key goals of Stop The Breaks and Indie Hip-Hop Grind is to, not only inspire and motivate, but also provide tangible marketing and promotion advice for independent hip-hop artists grinding around the world.

As independent artists working hard on making music, it’s easy to neglect other integral aspects that will lead to your success such as marketing your music, promoting your brand, networking with the right people and plenty more.

One of the first steps all independent artists should be taking for their career is creating a marketing plan which provides a comprehensive overview of all their promotional and marketing efforts as well as their overall goals in the rap game.  

 

 

So you’re probably asking yourself, why do I need a marketing plan? Well, a few reason really:

  • for yourself – having a marketing plan can be useful as a reference point for your own career, you can track your success against the plan as you try out different things
  • for your team – whether that’s your manager, publicist, promoter, giving them a copy of the marketing plan will ensure everybody is on the same page and working towards the same goals
  • for investors and sponsors – these people might be interested in putting money into your career so having a thorough marketing plan to give to them will make you look like a better investment than someone who doesn’t
  • for record labels – more and more labels these days are looking for artists who can build their own fanbase, market their music and promote their own brand. Having a marketing plan is the first step for all these pints. 

So let’s take a look at what goes into creating a marketing plan for an independent hip-hop artist:

1) Artist/Project Introduction

  • Brief introduction to the artist – think of it as a bio. Don’t write too much info about yourself, this is just an introduction so focus on the key points and move on. 
  • If you’re also focusing on marketing a particular album and mixtape with this plan then include a summary about the project.
  • This introduction should provide the reader – whether it’s an investor, a label or some stranger on the street – with a strong overview of who you are. 

2) Goals & Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • What are your goals for the music industry? Where do you see yourself in the next year, 5 years, 10 years?
  • Your goals can include anything – you might want to release a single before the end of the year, get played on radio in the next 6 months, feature on a website like Complex, start up your own independent record label, etc.
  • The main thing is that you have a goal, a timeframe and key performance indicators which you can use to track your success to date – e.g. you spoke to a blogger about lining up an interview, 55,000 Twitter followers, half a million SoundCloud plays, etc.

3) Achievements To Date

  • This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your past accomplishments and prove that you’re really serious about this. 
  • You can list your key success and milestones in your career so far – sales numbers for last project, an interview you did for a publication, successful live shows, awards, etc.

4) Target Audience

  • Ask any marketer – knowing your target audience is the most important thing in any marketing plan. Do you know your audience? 
  • Do you speak with fans who come to your show? Do you speak to them on social media? Do you know their demographic – are they just in the US or are they worldwide? Are they based in Europe, Australia, Japan?
  • The more you know about your audience, the better you’ll be able to market your music, merchandise and overall brand to them. 

5) Branding

6) Press Kit

  • Super important but underrated aspect for independent rappers – having a standout press kit to help them get featured on publications and websites
  • A press kit typically includes:
    • Artist biography
    • Contact information
    • High resolution press photos
    • Tour dates – make sure these are up to date
    • Promotional videos – tour videos or music videos will work well
    • Links – website, social media profiles and streaming platforms like SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc.
    • Press reviews and interviews
  • How will you distribute your press kit? Via your website, social media or physical hand to hand? 

7) Touring

  • Like we said: the most important and reliable revenue stream for independent rappers is touring so focus a lot of your time and energy on this section.
  • You need to do a lot of research and provide as much info as possible on past performances as well as your touring goals: are there any venues that you have a relationship with? Where have you performed before? Have you gone on tour with other rappers? If so, which ones and how did it go?
  • Labels and investors want to know that you’re a reliable artist who can tour regularly, understands which venues work the best for them and whether you can fit in with other artists’ touring strategy.

8) Radio Promotion Strategy

  • Don’t get it twisted – the radio game isn’t dead, it’s very much alive and remains the best channel for mass exposure for rappers. 
  • Do you know which radio stations you want to target? Don’t just create a list that includes Hot 97 and Power 105.1 – do your research and figure out the station’s formats and where you fit in. An independent rapper won’t be interviewed on Hot 97’s morning show but Real Late with Rosenberg might be a possible avenue to pursue.
  • Have you received any support by your local radio stations? Do you have any relationships with the hosts, DJs or people behind the scenes? If not, get on it. 

9) Fanbase Engagement

10) Website & Social Media

  • It’s 2016 – you need your own website. Period. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all those social media channels are great because they provide access to potentially millions of fans but at the end of the day, you don’t own that platform.
  • One of the reasons why having a website for an independent rapper is so important is because it’s a marketing platform that you own and manager completely. You can do whatever you want to do on it – sell merchandise, collect email addresses, provide daily updates, post up touring videos, interact with fans using discussion boards, etc.
  • In this day and age, your website and social media channels should form the bulk of your marketing strategy, no doubt about it.

11) Distribution & Retail Strategy

  • Distribution and retail strategy basically means how you get your product or service through various distribution channels to your fan. What’s your distribution strategy for your music? How about for your merchandise?
  • Is your only distribution method via your website and mixtape hosting sites like DatPiff? Do you plan on partnering up with distribution companies to get your music into retail stores and in front of more people?
  • If you are intent on distributing via retail stores, research and identify distribution companies who tend to work with independent rappers, then figure out a way to approach and build a relationship with them. 
  • As far as going direct to retail stores yourself, you need to identify independent music shops that will support your music – just like researching radio stations, does your music make sense with what they’re offering?

12) Sponsors & Investors

Great new post I found about recording DJ Mixes

How to record and share your mix with Serato DJ

RECORD YOUR MIX

Serato DJ can capture recordings of the mix output for most controllers*. Click the REC button to open the Recording Panel in Serato DJ. This is located in the top left hand area of the main screen.

*Recording is not possible for the Numark MixDeck and MixDeck Express.

 

Ensure the Recording source to record from is selected as MIX (for audio only) from the drop down menu.

Then select the Rec Location. You can save your recording to either the internal drive or an external hard drive. 

 

If you don't choose the Rec Location, you will find recordings from Serato DJ are saved in the following hard drive locations on your computer. 

  • MyDocuments > MyMusic > _Serato_ > Recording (PC)
  • Users > Music > _Serato_ > Recording (Mac)

To start recording your mix:

  1. The recording meter shows the signal level that will be recorded to disk. Adjust the recording level using the gain control to ensure that your songs aren't clipping. You can see if a song is clipping by seeing red bars in the recording meter. (For optimum recording levels, attempt to have the meter in the high end of the yellow region during the loudest parts of your tracks).
  2. Click the REC button to start recording. The REC button will be lit red and flashing, and the Elapsed Recording Time display will keep a count of the recording time.
  3. When you are finished mixing click the flashing red REC button to stop recording.
  4. To save the recording to disk, type a filename into the text field, and click SAVE.
  5. The recording is automatically placed in a crate named “Recording”. If the crate does not already exist, it will be created automatically.
  6. To start a new recording without saving, simply click the record button again.

Recordings can now be loaded onto the decks, renamed, and managed like other files in the Serato DJ Library. 

UPLOAD YOUR MIX

We recommend uploading your mix with Mixcloud, a free online mix hosting service.

1. Sign up to Mixcloud here.

2. Click Upload in the top navigation bar on Mixcloud:

 

3. Choose the file you wish to upload.

TIP: If you exit Serato DJ without saving your recording, it will be stored in the "Recording temp" folder instead. 

4. Give your mix a unique name.

5. Click Upload.

To enter the track list on Mixcloud, you can easily find the 'Artist' and 'Track' names of all the songs in your set in the History panel of Serato DJ.

 

SHARE YOUR MIX

The easiest way to now share your mix is by using the share buttons on the Mixcloud page, once your Mix has been uploaded.

 

If you wish to take it a step further, you can add a track listing to your mix by using the Serato Playlists feature.

Serato Playlists is a way for DJs to export their playlists from Serato DJ and share them online through their Serato profile. Click here to learn how to use Serato Playlists.

Starting a new life with music

My life, has always had music in it some way or another. As a child hearing my parents music, my brother and sister playing instruments, myself trying a few even myself and of course getting headphones for the first time. Headphones was when I really found my escape with music, I could go into a whole new state of being at this very point, crank the volume and drift away. This at some point a long the way, lead into playing around on a friends turntable and I would continue to ever few months play around with turntable. Then of course I became a trouble maker and got lost in a whole new way with drugs and alcohol, I was in a very dark place and was very destructive to myself and all others around me even ones who cared. I finally got locked up and went through a program in county jail. I got out and my main focus was to stay sober and rebuild what I had torn down.  Had the chance to go speak at high schools, Group homes, and all over the place, talking about drug addiction and alcohol abuse and what it can do to someone and where it can put you in life. After some times of doing good and setting up a foundation I] found music again but in a whole different way. I started to CREATE! I got into DJing and learning production, I did it the hard and long way, and taught myself for the most part. I have been on this path and become more serious over the years, took some time off and had to do some deep spiritual and self work, and recently have been rocketed into a whole new existence. I cooked in restaurants for 10 years as well and finally lost my job, which was one of the best things that could have happened. Now i have life by the balls, and do whatever the fuck I want. With that being said, of course it has not been the easiest thing, but when I lost my job, I had prayed to god that morning to show me whatever he had in store for me, and 5 minutes after leaving my old job i knew, IT WAS TIME. Music is now my job.  This is what i had wanted for a long time, and thought I had to wait. Now I have the freedom to work as music as I possibly can. It has given me new eyes as well for hard work, how valuable my time is, and what it is like to own a business. I know this is just the start but i have already had so much fun, and can already tell this is where I need to be at this point. People say the sky is the limit, Fuck the sky, i see stars and the universe has no end in my book. Only time will tell where music will bring me, but have faith in my life today.  It has been very cool to be able to go out and DJ at all these new places, meet a ton of amazing and talented individuals. Work with some great artists, and create new music. Some of the best things That have been happening might sound small but are really huge, when people have come up and thanked me for making the party that good just by doing what I do. Until next time,   

My life, has always had music in it some way or another. As a child hearing my parents music, my brother and sister playing instruments, myself trying a few even myself and of course getting headphones for the first time. Headphones was when I really found my escape with music, I could go into a whole new state of being at this very point, crank the volume and drift away.

This at some point a long the way, lead into playing around on a friends turntable and I would continue to ever few months play around with turntable. Then of course I became a trouble maker and got lost in a whole new way with drugs and alcohol, I was in a very dark place and was very destructive to myself and all others around me even ones who cared. I finally got locked up and went through a program in county jail. I got out and my main focus was to stay sober and rebuild what I had torn down.  Had the chance to go speak at high schools, Group homes, and all over the place, talking about drug addiction and alcohol abuse and what it can do to someone and where it can put you in life. After some times of doing good and setting up a foundation I] found music again but in a whole different way.

I started to CREATE! I got into DJing and learning production, I did it the hard and long way, and taught myself for the most part. I have been on this path and become more serious over the years, took some time off and had to do some deep spiritual and self work, and recently have been rocketed into a whole new existence. I cooked in restaurants for 10 years as well and finally lost my job, which was one of the best things that could have happened. Now i have life by the balls, and do whatever the fuck I want. With that being said, of course it has not been the easiest thing, but when I lost my job, I had prayed to god that morning to show me whatever he had in store for me, and 5 minutes after leaving my old job i knew, IT WAS TIME. Music is now my job.

 This is what i had wanted for a long time, and thought I had to wait. Now I have the freedom to work as music as I possibly can. It has given me new eyes as well for hard work, how valuable my time is, and what it is like to own a business. I know this is just the start but i have already had so much fun, and can already tell this is where I need to be at this point. People say the sky is the limit, Fuck the sky, i see stars and the universe has no end in my book. Only time will tell where music will bring me, but have faith in my life today.  It has been very cool to be able to go out and DJ at all these new places, meet a ton of amazing and talented individuals. Work with some great artists, and create new music. Some of the best things That have been happening might sound small but are really huge, when people have come up and thanked me for making the party that good just by doing what I do. Until next time,