The music world is characterized by a blend of constants and continuous change; Beat examines the inside of the industry from recording studios to record labels, live performances, music streaming technology and beyond.
Influencers and Bands
If you are a musician in the age of social media and technology, you have it easy, right? The ability to record yourself singing and playing guitar from the comfort of your own home for less than $200 in equipment, the millions of potential fans you can reach through social media, and being able to instantly distribute your music to every streaming platform known to man should make becoming famous easy right? I mean look at Justin Bieber, the pop superstar was discovered on YouTube and makes zillions of dollars now. Or take the yodeling Walmart kid, for example. One video later and he's touring the entire country making more money at 12 years old than I make with three jobs at 23. Hell, look at Fleetwood Mac making a comeback 40 years later and trending at #4 on Spotify artists after that one viral video trend. So it's easy to become famous right?
My Top 5 Regrets
This year gave me a lot of time to reflect about my career as a music producer and especially as an artist. I wanted to share my regrets that may hopefully help future up and coming producers from making the same mistakes I did. I want to draw your attention to things that truly matter in the long-term success of your artistry and producing career.
Global Efforts Synergize Through Music
"We Are The World" Shows Community Unity: The Good... On April 5th, 1985, roughly five thousand radio stations across Africa, Asia, China, Europe and North America simultaneously played “We Are the World,” a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. This song was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and was based on a simple notion: to unite American recording artists and help raise money for famine victims in one of Africa’s most remarkable lands, Ethiopia.
The Past, Present and Future of R & B Soul Music with Jazmine Sullivan
The 2020 Soul Train Awards recently aired on November 29, 2020. The evening of excellence was highlighted by star studded performances. One of the most memorable performances was from the R & B songstress, Jazmine Sullivan. Her melodic flow was soul-stirring for all to enjoy. Fans were able to witness her first performance of her new hits, “Lost Ones” and “Pick Up Your Feelings” from her new project.
What Makes African Music Unique?
Music is a universal aspect of human existence and found in all cultures in the history of mankind. It is widely believed that Africa is the cradle of humanity, so it seems quite obvious that the music became a part of African life long before any other civilization on the planet.
THE DAY I GOT WU-TANG CLAN CHINESE FOOD
Right after college I became a director assistant and treatment writer for directors Diane Martel and Brett Ratner at Rat Productions. Brett just got hired to direct "Money Talks" staring a new Chris Tucker. Diane was a hot new young director at the time which was the Golden Years of Hip Hop. Nas was king... RedMan was Funkoroma and Wu Tang was nothing to F*/K with.
Should I Copyright My Song?
Should you copyright your song or use a third party protection service? According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright protection concerns original works fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated either directed or with the aid of a machine or device. In other words, if you write a song it qualifies for copyright. In fact, under U.S. Copyright Law, getting a copyright on your song is automatic and the process starts with the date of creation. Whether you record, write down or put it on a CD you have an automatic copyright. Now that you have a copyright on your song, should your register it with the U.S. Library of Congress?
I got 17 cent's from my music
My royalty payments from SoundCloud in July $0.17 So at the start of this month (October) I received my first royalty payment from Soundcloud. Before this I really had no clue about the how much money I would actually get. I heard rough estimations online that it would be $2-3 per thousand views. I didn't have to pay as I was on the free trail for a month, so any money I did make, in a way was all profit. I wasn't overly worried about it. Since then, in August, I have paid out for a yearly subscription (90$.) This includes publishing all my music to Streaming sites e.g Spotify and also stores such as iTunes. With any views I get on Soundcloud also being 'Monetised'. Straight away, first off the bat I thought it would be easy when one of my tracks got botted for a few hundred views by an Ukrainian account. But now in October looking back at my first month's revenue (July) it looks daunting and even down right unfair.
New Ideas for Old Songs
Young people are always looking for new music; something more advanced than the music of their parents. Yet, as they become exposed to different types of music over time, and start to study music history and theory, they probably begin to realize there is no such thing as altogether "new music". A successful recording artist would probably consider himself or herself to be extremely fortunate even to add a single new note to musical traditions.
We are Not Unskilled
When we talk about 'The Arts', people tend to only think about large stages and plush red velvet seats or big art galleries with installations that leave many scratching their head. The Arts though, is SO much more than that. It's every paper and magazine, every book, every website, every advert, the television, the radio and even every little thing you buy in the supermarket.
Asian Artists Rising
Yesterday was the official release date for Joji's studio album, Nectar. This completes the drop of 88rising's Holy Trinity, following Rich Brian's August EP 1999 and NIKI's Moonchild from earlier this month. For many Asians across the globe, 88rising is the Crazy Rich Asians of the music industry. I still remember how stoked I was when I watched the promo video “Head In The Clouds: a midsummer night’s dream” for the label’s first compilation album. There was something undeniably fresh and unique about the music and the visuals. In the online Asian community, attending the Head In The Clouds Music And Arts Festival has become #goals, and many of us streamed Asia Rising Forever for comfort amidst the pandemic. Coming from a culture that is traditionally rooted in academics, there is something particularly inspiring about seeing an all-Asian concert lineup in North America. For the first time, Asian artists have an opportunity to be taken seriously and given a spotlight in the mainstream media.
Don't Give Up!
Music is an integral part of life, without it the world would be a mere echo of sadness which stands upon the shoulders of those who remember the sweet melodies that once calmed their souls, without the musicians who make the music we lose something as important as life itself, how many times has a song lifted your spirits, made you cry or feel something, anything at all?