Music and Business
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Reason First: Why Young Thug Is Wrong About Eminem and MGK
Young Thug claims that Machine Gun Kelly is the “one guy who murdered” Eminem. This is false and completely irrational. The war of words that the two wordsmiths exchanged in 2018 included some of Eminem’s most inspired and pointed barbs. In one such line, the Detroit rapper asks, “How you gonna name yourself after a gun and have a man bun?”
'When I Get Home' Is Just a Vibe
On March 1, 2019, Solange released When I Get Home, her fourth studio album. In 2016, Solange surprised the world with her album A Seat at the Table, that had neo-soul, funk, and RnB touches. The album was more political than Solange’s previous work, and had collaborations with artists like BJ the Chicago Kid, Andre 3000, The Dream, Common, and many others. Layered with the accompanying visuals and mystifying performances, the album was an instant classic with great replay value.
Organic Reach Marketing
Not too long ago, I wrote an article on the dangers of the internet. While that article covered many aspects of internet usage and abuses, I was and am particularly concerned with what those abuses mean for creative types like me. It has been a bit frustrating over the years to pour so much work into creating music only to be unable to share it on a large scale. I am fond of saying that if algorithms were done away with, creative people would be billionaires inside of a day. Out of six billion-plus people, finding an audience would be a piece of cake.
10 Bands Known for Bad Performances
There's a really weird phenomenon that I've noticed among mainstream musicians. After reaching a certain level of fame, they tend to become pretty terrible during live performances—often due to burnout, drug addiction, or sheer egotism.
An Inspiring and Soul-Baring Journey to Release a New Album Kickstarter Campaign: Why You Should Support It
Hey, October Evans here. I wanted to share some thoughts about why I am writing this and why you should support this Kickstarter campaign... So let's get down right into it, shall we? Cool.
Navigating the Business of Music: An Unabashed, Uncensored Tale (Pt. 1)
For as far back as I can remember, it was always a dream to work in the music business. Starting out at the age of 17, I found myself working county fairs in rural Ohio, helping to setup and tear down equipment for emerging artists.
Top 12 Things Bands or Artists Should Not Do at Gigs!
Having over 35 years experience of playing in bands and musical groups all over the Northern Midwest and all over the East & West Caribbean (cruise ship), I have learned and experienced what to do and not do being a working musician. It really does not matter the type of gig that it is. I've done everything from church gigs, country clubs, theater/auditoriums, schools, bars, clubs, restaurants, weddings, wedding receptions, outdoor festivals, opening acts for pro touring groups, live radio and TV shows, and a three and a half month cruise ship gig.
Who's Got Your Ear?
The word “Influencer” is the cool buzz word in marketing. What is an influencer? It usually refers to a celebrity actor, singer, athlete, or internet sensation. When it comes to music, it’s whoever has the ear of a lot of people for a lot of time. If you ask the record companies who is the biggest influencer of the general public, they will say radio. But this may not be true anymore. Today, it might just well be the nightclub DJ.
Granny’s Basement to the Grammy’s, Can Anyone Do It?
In 2018, the genre of Hip-Hop and Rap has been greatly influential to many of the youth, good and bad. Money, fame and notoriety are just a few of the things that the young minds in this generation seek and envy. But, what isn’t seen? What is it that the role models and idols of this era have that makes any one of these things obtainable?
Debut Single Guidance
The launch of my Debut Single "My Savior" was nothing shy of a true battle. I faced challenges. It may seem like an easy task. I assure you if quality and a spirit of excellence is within you, nothing you do for the greater good will come easily. You will have to fight for it. But anything you are doing in life worth pursuing, for the greater good is worth the effort. I want to share a few tips on how I survived the launch of my new single.
Song Review: 'Plug Love' by Spizzy PM & King Boo
New material from your favorite artists in music can reach consumers in many ways nowadays. Outlets like Spotify, SoundCloud, TIDAL, and other music streaming services are a popular way to consume sounds in today's digital era.
Songwriters Are Doomed
I think the first thing I should point out is NO ONE KNOWS WHY SOME SONGWRITERS MAKE IT AND SOME DONT. If I had the secret answers as to why you "didn't make it," surely there would be a secret answer as to why some do.