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Donate Your Time, Money, Interest

Projects like Kickstarter are popular in this day-and-age to get a jump on films and even full length albums.  Fans show support by purchasing a “pre-order”, they donate money, the project gets funded and when complete; the fan receives their copy.  Pretty cool idea and I think a win/win for both sides.

What happens a lot though these days, is how much music and how easily music gets downloaded.  You like your Artists and support them, true.  But, how do Artists make money if their music isn’t being bought?  Don’t get me wrong, sales are still made but with so many ways around buying; most find it convenient to just burn, borrow or illegally download.  That’s just fact and sadly, a way of this generation.  My nephew has a grip of songs on his iPod and I would put money that he’s never put out money to buy 5 of the songs on his playlist.  It is what it is….

So Artists make money with YouTube views, touring and maybe radio spins.  A lot goes into a much needed return but, that’s the chance all Artists take who choose to walk this path.  With so much effort, time and money that goes into an Album, by the time it’s complete, the public gets a copy within seconds.

SO, I’d like to ask if you donated $5 (or so) to your favorite Artist, would that suffice the music you casually get?  Would your donation to their studio, marketing, videos, promotions, etc be well spent?  I guess if they’re talented and you’re a true fan – yes.  So it’s  a new way of thinking on how music & money is exchanged.  Not a wild concept to grasp and could be a way to keep independent music alive.

Food for thought…..bon appetit!

(And in case my blog was convincing….Click the donate button below to send any donations to Taurus Entretainment. [Hey, can’t blame me.  Maybe I’ve made a strong arguement]   Thanks!)

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Turn the Radio Off or Up??

So Hip Hop has this gripe with FM.  We say “Turn off the radio” but some still chase radio play.  And some Emcees get spins which helps propel their sales, shows and fan base.  Which makes the hesitant Emcees think, ‘Well, maybe some airplay wouldn’t be too bad.’

I think there’s more than one story here.  The first is the gripe Hip Hop Artists (including myself) have with radio, we know what real Hip Hop is and when radio plays that watered down bubble gum RAP (not Hip Hop) and classifies it as Underground Hip Hop; that’s our first problem.  Don’t claim to spin Street Hip Hop when it has some R&B singer doing the hook.  Real Hip Hop would be Guru, KRS, Chino, Quasimoto, Juice, Jada, The Roots, Jeru, Crooked I, etc etc.  And when was the last time you heard those Cats on the radio – 15 times a day?  Exactly.

Now, there are some Emcees who balance on both sides of Hip Hop and radio play – maintaining their credentials.  I’d say Jay-Z, Eminem, Biggie (R.I.P.), Common.

The next thing is recognizing that radio still is important (if not necessary) to help build your career and following.  How you get on radio and navigate through those waters, is another subject and discussion for another time.  A lot of politics with that but, we can talk about ‘how to’ get on radio.  I think a lot of Cats don’t look at every avenue, they’re only thinking of the one or two local stations they hear everyday.  There’s a lot more throughout the Country and the world.

Here’s some food for thought (and yes, this is digging into my bag of ‘resources’) – think about college radio, independent radio, online stations, blogs, website music reviews, THEN you can build your way up to the big FM stations.  The other thing to remember, even some college radio pays royalties so you’re still entitled to publishing from that.  And the stations that may not pay publishing, you’re still getting exposure which is one of many steps down this long road of the music industry.

OK, I’m done.  Now it’s your turn.  Post a comment below or leave a reply on facebook

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Vinyl or Laptop?

The debate continues with a lot of my (DJ) friends.  Most prefer vinyl and so do I.  There’s something about diggin’ through the crates and finding that record.  Then getting your pitch right and blending in the mix – NO SYNC BUTTON.  I think it’s a skill and shows the crowd that you can run the decks by ear and make it happen.

Now the reality is, we all do shows and tour so to drag all the crates around, would be a chore.  So my same DJ friends do use laptops, Serato, etc.  Contradictory?  Not really, cuzz you can tell which DJ’s got that talent.  And it makes sense to do what’s convenient in those situations.  Now when given a weapon of choice, wax is always selected.  So when there’s shows where DJ’s can setup and get in the groove, the crates are close by.  I think that’s when I notice DJ LOS, Innalect, Nocturnal fuck it up even more.  Funny thing is when folks think they can wreck shop, my Fam who’s competed in DJ Battles and have come in 2nd at the DMC Competition – tear it up right before their eyes.

#Turntablism – When DJ’s speak with their hands, a language understood: Worldwide.

What’s your thoughts, what do you prefer and what does your crew work with?  Let me know….

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Your Last Music Purchase

So when was the last time you bought a song?  Either on iTunes or at a record store.

Here’s what I’m trying to figure out, what approach to have with fans or peeps at a gig.  Obviously this world has gone digital and the majority of the public buys their audio electronically.  So if you could buy someone’s music on CD (at a gig or venue), would you?  If not, what would be most convenient for you – digital download card or weblink?

I got ways to accommodate either request, just taking a poll to see how most purchases are made.  Post a comment below or leave a reply on facebook


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