True Hip Hop heads know that Rap is not Hip Hop, it is an element of Hip Hop. There are far and few artists who undeniably represent Hip Hop as a culture and all of its elements. What seems to be lost in today’s day in age is the element of knowledge…Hip Hop legend and pioneer DoItAll from Lords of the Underground has taken a pledge to formally give back to the communities and boroughs of society by running for Councilman-At-Large for Newark, NJ. 25 years ago Hip Hop was introduced to The Lords, and now 25 years later “Chief Rocka” is rocking the political realm.
On May 8th be part of history in the making, be part of unity, and be part of change! Vote B5 for DoItAll Dupre Kelly Councilman-at-Large for Newark, New Jersey!
The Message, “When you love your city you can change it!”
MJ: First and foremost, salute to a strong and prominent 25 years in Hip Hop, and the entertainment business as a whole! For those who don’t know you have starred in some Indie Films as well as Law and Order, Oz, and even the Soprano’s! So why politics? What possesses a renowned and celebrated Hip Hop artist to open the door of politics?
DoItAll: Thank you! My decision is an accumulation of many things. One being a Hip Hop Artist. That allowed me to travel the world and to be able to see firsthand how different countries and different cities use the culture of Hip Hop to galvanize people in their communities. Another decision was based on my time being around elected officials in the great city of Newark NJ. That allowed me to be a fly on the wall and learn who was working on the people’s behalf and who was not. Lastly, the decision was based on a conversation that I had with Tupac Shakur over 20 years ago about how Hip Hop Artists need to become as popular as we can so that we would be able to go back to our perspective cities to create big and better youth initiative programs and to be able to start nonprofit organizations as well as run for political office. A goal so we can directly and effectively vote on Laws, Ordinances, policies & issues that concern the residents.
MJ: You mentioned on the radio how early on in your music career about that profound conversation with Tupac. I think of the irony with that conversation as Tupac was extremely political with his rhymes and known for preaching to his fellow artists about coming together and changing the world. If he was still with us how would that conversation flow today? I can envision Tupac being one of your biggest supporters!
DoItAll: Tupac would have most likely have followed his own advice and entered into politics himself.
MJ: You have a powerful campaign followed by patrons of every walk and culture of life from our youth to seniors. Can you share some of the immediate changes you plan on developing in the city of Newark?
DoItAll: I will fight for the city to make a greater investment into our youth. For example, the city had a summer jobs program that was under funded. 5000 young people applied and only 2500 were placed into jobs. In our city every child deserves to have the opportunity.
MJ: Aside from the campaign you have other endeavors heightening this new year. Tell us about those.
DoItAll: I have a few film projects that are on hold until the campaign is over as well as a 25-year anniversary tour and music coming with my group Lords of the Underground.
MJ: As a fan I have to say thank you! Thank you for continuing to create timeless music and blessing fans with 25+ years of longevity!
DoItAll: We’re still at it. We just came back from Switzerland. We do about 60-100 shows a year!
MJ: Let’s take it back to music. As a vet, what jewels can you drop for up and coming artists? What would you say is needed for them to truly embrace the essence and elements of Hip Hop?
DoItAll: I would say Hip Hop was always used as a platform where you could tell or showed people how you and your family, friends, loved ones or your peers were living the culture. The narrators of the culture are the rappers. I would tell these rappers to narrate what they see and how they are living the culture. I would also tell them to be mindful of the influence they have over a weak or impressionable mind and deliver a message. Utilize your platform to inspire.
MJ: Are you hopeful the DoItAll for Newark Campaign will encourage and empower those artists to become more involved within their communities?
DoItAll: Yes. I pray that I am the spark for artists who are more popular than I am. I want them to go back to their communities to do great work.
MJ: As we wrap up, please let everyone know how they can donate to the campaign and continue to support you and “Raise The Torch”.
DoItAll: People can donate to the Doitall for Newark@ Movement by Texting “Doitall” to 973-846-2211 (wait for a quick text back). Donate from $1 to $2,600. If anyone donates anything over $2,600 I will have to send it back.
MJ: Thank you for taking the time for our readers, it has been an honor! It is refreshing to experience a political campaign with a candidate who is genuinely for the people, his community, and the city as a whole! This is far from new for you. You have been giving back to the city of Newark for over decades and providing countless platforms for growth and success! I vote B5!
DoItAll: Thank you! Just remember when people love their city they can change it!
http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=23313715 DoItAll Live on ESPN
City Of Newark Conversation with Doitall Du Kelly. Questions and comments are welcome and will be addressed live!Hit Share!!!
Geplaatst door Doitall For Newark op dinsdag 1 mei 2018
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Five Music Industry Myths That Damage Your Music Career
Music Career Myth #1: You can’t make it if you’re older than a certain age.
Reality: Companies and bands who are successful don’t focus on age. There are tons of professional musicians 30 and older in all aspects of the business. Your age only matters if you make it matter.
The music industry functions just the same as any other business. You can become successful at any age as long as you have a strong work ethic, dedication and a lot of value to offer.
Learn what the music industry seeks in musicians and begin strengthening these skills (more mentioned on this in a moment). This is what attracts people in the industry to you.
Music Career Myth #2: Fans don’t purchase music any more.
Reality: Fans do buy music these days, but old business models for selling it do not work. To sell music to your fans (and make good money), you must:
1. Know how the industry works right now (rather than how it worked decades ago).
2. Think creatively and outside the box. This will help you find new ways to sell your music to fans.
Music Career Myth #3: Before you can build a career, you must become an excellent musician.
Reality: There’s a lot more to becoming a great pro musician than simply having “great musical skills”. A lot of musicians in the music industry are not high level guitarists, singers, etc… and many highly talented musicians never build successful music careers.
What you need to learn here: work on both your musical skills and other aspects of your music career at the same time.
Note: Becoming a pro musician does not require going to university. Going to college for music only helps you build your musical skills. Doing this will not help you grow a career in music. There are tons of people who get music degrees and never make good money in music.
You can also find many other effective ways to become a better musician other than going to university. Taking lessons with a virtuoso guitar teacher will help you master the instrument much faster.
Question: “But Tom Hess, what if I get a degree in music business?”
Answer: Professors who teach music business usually are not successful in the music industry. They are simply educators. They teach you about the music industry, but not how to grow a career in the music industry. For instance, in classes for music business you might learn how contracts are made, how tours get promoted and how royalties work. This information is good to know, but it won’t help you:
*Actually get a record deal of your own.
*Go on a tour that makes money.
*Get deals for publishing your music.
*Join the band you want to be in.
*Earn a huge income through music.
*Sustain success in your music career for a long time.
You accomplish these kinds of results by working together with a music career mentor who has already achieved massive success.
Music Career Myth #4. You need to live in a “music city” to be successful.
Reality: This is a very dated myth that is not true. It’s not the city that matters, it’s YOU.
You can work together with music companies who live very far away from you. Learn the principles that grow successful music careers and live by them in your own career. This leads you to success regardless of your location.
Music Career Myth #5. You need good connections to achieve success.
Reality: Connections often do not lead down the path of music career success. If I introduced you to the lead singer of your favorite band, would this do a lot for you? Not likely… unless:
1. You have tons of value to offer above most other musicians.
2. You’ve developed a reputation in the music business for being someone who is loyal, hard-working, and trustworthy while also having a strong mindset for business. People in the music industry WILL inspect your reputation before they begin working with you in any capacity.
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher online and a music career mentor. Tom also trains musicians on how to succeed in the music business. On his professional musician website tomhess.net you can read many more articles about making it with a music career.
By T. Hess
Why Most Musicians Don’t Get A Record Deal
Tons of musicians fail to get record deals because they build careers based on myths about the music industry. Don’t make their same mistakes. Educate yourself about the music business and focus on building personal value to offer to music companies.
Here are 3 mistakes most musicians make that keep them from getting record deals (and what to do instead):
Mistake #1. They Only Focus On Their Musical Skills And Songwriting
It’s a mistake to spend all of your time practicing your musical skills and songwriting when you want to grow a music career. These elements are important, but record companies look for actual business value in musicians they work with. They can find good musicians anywhere… what they want is someone who has the total package of: musical skills, business mindset and other skills beyond raw musical abilities.
Set aside time each week to learn about how the music industry works. Find a mentor who shows you what to work on to make yourself a valuable asset for any music company.
Mistake #2. Their Mindset Is In Direct Conflict With Record Companies’ Goals
Many musicians think that record companies are out to “screw” musicians and otherwise condemn capitalism, businesses and money. Companies can smell this mindset form a mile away and never work with such musicians. Musicians who become successful understand that music is a business. They do not believe there is anything wrong with earning a living doing with music and are glad to work with others in the industry so that everyone prospers. These musicians seek to add value for others in order to get value back. Everyone wins.
Focus on becoming a musician who offers tons of value to other people in this business. Develop a win/win mindset by making sure there is “something in it” for any company who might want to work with you. One way to offer value is to build up a list of fans who you can easily contact. The bigger the list, the greater your perceived value in the eyes of a record company.
Mistake #3. They Have Too Many Unknowns About Them (Risk)
When the following things are unknown, it makes you a risk for any music company: your work ethic, loyalty, win/win thinking, track record of previous successes or relationships with other people/companies in music. Record companies are reluctant to work with musicians when they don’t have this information.
Seek out ways to demonstrate your value in these areas to help companies understand that working with you is a worthwhile endeavor.
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By T. Hess
Seven Things Musicians Do In The Wrong Order
To grow a successful music career you need to understand:
*The right steps to take to become successful in the music industry.
*How to take each step in the best, easiest and most effective way to get the results you want.
*What order to take the steps in, so you can build your career most quickly.
A lot of musicians do the correct things, but at the wrong time (and in the wrong order). The try to build their music careers while basing many of their decisions on fear, incorrect assumptions and tips from amateur musicians rather than proven professionals.
The following music career mistakes make achieving success in this industry very difficult:
Mistake #1: Contacting Music Companies Too Soon To Try To Get A Record Deal
A lot of musicians want a recording contract, but only a small percentage of them really know what music companies are looking for. These companies invest tons of money into musicians similar to how people put their money into a stock on the market.
You have to give these companies 100% proof that their investment will pay off for many years to come. When you can do this, music companies feel comfortable investing in your career because they believe it will help them earn money. When you contact them too soon, before you can provide proof of your potential to help them succeed, you are simply wasting your time.
You don’t have to have massive accomplishments before you can contact them, but you do need to make sure that a company can completely trust in:
*Your desire to achieve big things
*Your ability to work hard on a consistent basis
*Your ability to persevere
*Your mindset for business
*How well you can sell music to your existing fans
Mistake #2: Only Focusing On Mastering Your Instrument And Neglecting Your Career
Tons of musicians are afraid of growing their careers because they don’t think their musical skills are good enough. They feel like they need to master their instrument completely before they can even think about getting into the music industry.
1. It takes a lot more than musical talent to grow a career in this industry. When you spend all your spare time practicing your instrument, you lose time you could be spending to work on growing other areas of your career.
2. There’s no such thing as completely mastering a musical instrument, because you will always find new things to improve.
You need to get started growing your career when your musical skills are around an intermediate level or above. Continue getting better musically while developing your music career at the same time.
Mistake #3: Waiting Too Long To Find A Music Career Mentor
The majority of musicians do not have any training for how to achieve success in the music business, because:
1. They don’t know that music career mentoring exists.
2. They don’t have enough ambition to pursue success in this business.
When you work with a music career mentor, you are investing into your future (not merely spending money). Mentoring helps you make tons more money than what you invest into it. This is how:
*You no longer have to guess when it comes to how you should grow your career. You save tons of time and money working with an experienced mentor than you would simply guessing about what to do next.
*You find out the best way to promote yourself and your music. This gives you a massive advantage when working with/without a music company.
*You discover how to create opportunities in your music career without any outside help. This makes your career very stable and secure, while giving you complete control over how much success you want to have.
Disclaimer: You might be aware that I have a music career mentoring program to help musicians become successful. So maybe you believe everything above was written just so you will join it. This is only partially correct. Of course, I want to help musicians like you succeed. However, the benefits of working with a mentor can’t be denied whether you work with me or not.
Mistake #4: Not Training Yourself To Have The Right Mindset At The Start Of Your Music Career
The way you think determines how far you get in the music industry. Have a poor mindset, and you will never achieve great success.
Fact: your mindset consists of much more than simply thinking with a positive attitude. When you train yourself with a success-oriented mindset, you train yourself to:
*Push through in the face of challenges where others would give up.
*Turn problems into massive opportunities for success.
*Do the hard work other musicians don’t do, so you can achieve the big results most musicians never get it.
To do these things you have to train your mindset from the very beginning of your career and build a solid foundation from which to expand.
Mistake #5: Not Building Up A Local Following Of Fans
Music companies are way more interested in musicians who have a huge local following than those who have a moderate internet following. It’s harder to grow a loyal fanbase in your local town than to attract thousands of people all over the world to check out your online videos/channel/etc. Plus, it’s very difficult to fake a local following versus having a lot of likes on Facebook (for example).
Mistake #6: Waiting Too Long To Get Freedom Of Time And Money
Let’s face it: you need to have freedom to be able to accept certain opportunities in your music career as they present themselves. This means you need both time and money.
Too many musicians don’t consider this until it is much too late. They spend the majority of their time working at normal day jobs while keeping their music career as a side hobby.
The majority of day jobs require you to spend full time hours working every week. This makes it nearly impossible to grow a music career and make money at it. Many musicians get stuck at their jobs and never end up going into music.
Get back control over your time and money as soon as you can (by starting early in your music career).
Mistake #7: Planning Your Music Career From The Start Instead Of The End
You need to plan your music career by thinking from the end and working your way backwards. Think about what your highest goal is and the final step you must take before you achieve it, then work backwards from there. This gives you the precise path you need to take to get there.
The majority of musicians don’t do this. The try to plan out the steps they have to take from where they are. This is a good way to get stuck and not achieve the things you want.
An experienced music career mentor shows you how to design a strategy to reach your musical goals as fast as possible.
Get the music business training necessary to become successful.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a recording artist, composer and a touring musician. Tom also mentors and coaches musicians worldwide to make it in the music industry. Go to his musician development site to get free music industry advice and learn more about the music industry.
9 Tips for Buying Rap Instrumentals Online
Nowadays, the popularity of buying rap instrumentals online is on the rise. As a matter of fact, it has been bringing artists and producers together from all parts of the world. If you are looking for some tips to buy rap beats online, read this article.
1. Music Licenses
First of all, you should know the difference between different music licenses. Basically, there are two types of licenses: exclusive and non-exclusive. With an exclusive license, you can use the instrumentals for your projects.
On the other hand, a non-exclusive license allows you to use it only for your projects, but the rights to sell the instrumental still remain with the producer.
2. Know which licenses you should buy
You should be ready to spend more money to buy exclusive licenses. You should go for this type of license if you are going to release an album. On the other hand, if you want to record a mixtape or demo, you should go for the other type of license.
Often, owners of instrumental sites get carried away and charge an unreasonably high prices for their beats. At the time of writing this piece, they are charging up to $1000 for exclusive rights. Of course, the price tags are based on the talent and popularity of the producers, but we won’t recommend shelling out too much for a track.
4. Buy from trusted Sites
5. Look for the symbols
Aside from this, the site should also feature third-party trust symbols, such as PayPal Verified, BBB Certification, Shopping reviews, and other antivirus certifications.
6. Email the site
It may sound crazy but some instrumental sites won’t get back to you if you email them. You may not want to do business with someone who doesn’t even bother replying you through email. Trusted sellers will reply within a few days if not hours.
7. Look for testimonials
Testimonials are not essential, but they help a lot. As a matter of fact, testimonials will help you have a good idea of the trustworthiness of the site.
8. Avoid producers on Soundclick/MySpace page
Good produces always have their own websites. It sounds weird if someone is selling a good beat but using SoundClick or My Space as a medium. Therefore, we suggest that you avoid these sellers.
9. Google the Site
You may also want to search for the site on Google. As a matter of fact, this will give you a pretty good idea of the reputation of the site. If you find bad comments or something unusual in the search results, go back and look for some other site.
So, these 9 tips can help you buy instrumentals from the right site. Hopefully, you will have a great release.
If you have been looking for instrumental beats for sale, we suggest that you check out rapinstrumental now. You will find a great collection of beats on the site.
By Shalini Madhav
Getting Contracts Right Before Hiring a Professional Music Producer
Hiring a professional music producer or a TV music producer can be a bit of a legal minefield, so you will need to do your research or get advice before you put pen to paper on a contract. Here are just some of the main terms and types of contracts and licensing agreements that you will need to know about when you start negotiating a record production deal.
How Music Producers get paid
Music producers are usually paid on a flat fee basis or through royalties. A producer’s flat fee is usually calculated based an hourly rate and the number of tracks to be recorded. The up-front fee can be anything from $250 to $10,000 per track, depending on the producer’s own experience, the level of success to date of the artist, and on whether the recording is being made for a local independent label, or a major international record company.
Producers can also be paid royalties from the sales of a recording, in which case they will be paid a percentage of the revenue generated from sales of records, CD’s or downloads. As a general guide, a producer can expect to be paid in the region of 3-4% of the sales value of a recording, or 20-25% of the artist’s royalties. Where you see a track that is labelled as “produced by” that will usually mean that the producer had a major creative input into the work and is receiving 50% of the mechanical royalties, the other 50% going to the songwriters or the lyric writers. The mechanical royalties are a the royalties that are paid to a songwriter every time a copy, for example a CD, is made of their song.
The difference between major label producer deals and indie producer deals
If you are a musician and you sign up to a major label, you will have the advantages of the funding that a major label can provide as well as the networking connections and the reputation and influence that a major label can supply. However, with an indie producer deal, you will have a far closer relationship with your producer and your producer is likely to be far more committed to you and your product. It is likely, though, that an independent producer will ask for a higher percentage of the royalties, based on the high level of artistic input that they will have in the making of the recording.
The fees that a professional record producer will charge will depend on their experience and the level of input that they have into a recording. The split between upfront fee, flat fee and royalties will be negotiated separately for each recording production deal. At the higher end of the market, a record producer will expect to earn $2,500 to $12,500 per master, at the lower end of the scale it could be between $400 and $1,500 per track. A producer who is well-known for making hits will be able to command much higher rates.
When an artist hires a producer independently, the upfront fees are usually much less than they would be for a major record company. The producer’s royalty fees will also often be based on the value of net sales, rather than on a share of the artist’s royalties.
When you are considering hiring a producer, you will also need to be aware of the various copyright issues, which can be quite complicated. There is a difference, for example, between a musical composition and a sound recording. A musical composition usually consists of the music and the accompanying words and the work of the author is registered as a work of the performing arts. A sound recording, on the other hand, is the combination of a series of musical, spoken, and other sounds, the author of which can be the artist, the producer, or both. The difference between the two types of copyright will play a part in the negotiations of a record producer’s contract.
The licensing of beats
A producer may also provide you with the beat of a song and that may be provided under an exclusive license, or non-exclusive license. The beat can be best described as the skeleton of a song. It will typically include a drum loop, some bass, synth, and sometimes a hook, or a chorus.
Under a non-exclusive beat license, the producer retains the right to the underlying beat, even though you will own the rights to the finished work. The producer also retains the right to license the same beat to other artists. You may also be restricted on how many derivatives you can create using that beat. An exclusive beat license will usually allow you to gain full ownership of the sound recording and use the beat in as many derivative recordings as you like. The terms of an exclusive beat license can vary though, if you wanted to use the beat in an audio/visual recording, for example, you may have to negotiate a synchronization license as well.
There is also an important distinction between a work for hire agreements and a non-exclusive license. In a work for hire arrangement, you are paying for the producer’s time to write a beat for you and that beat becomes your property. In a nonexclusive license agreement, the producer retains the copyright of the beat and the right to license it to other people.
In many cases, a producer will prefer to retain the rights to their beat, but when they do sell a beat on work for hire basis, they may ask for both an upfront fee and a “back-end royalty, which will be a percentage of the revenue generated from the future sales of the finished sound recording.
Hiring the right record producer can make all the difference to the success of a recording and a good professional producer will be able to take you in new creative directions you have never even thought of before. It is important, however, that you understand the terms of a record producer’s contract before you sign it and that the producer is a person that you feel comfortable that you will be able to work with.
If you are looking to hire a professional music producer for, major record labels, independent record labels, TV commercials, TV networks, TV shows, feature films and signed recording artists, please visit Hire Professional Record Producer
By Neil Savin
Finding the Best Singer to Hire for Your Event
It can be easy to focus just on your own style of music but you want to think broader. Think about the profile for the guests who will be in attendance. Think about their backgrounds and their age group. What will appeal to the masses that are going to show up? You want it to be delightful music to their ears!
You may be thinking it is your wedding or party, so you should get what you want. Hopefully, you aren’t going to make it all about you. If the music isn’t appealing, many of your guests could leave early. When it is enjoyable, they are going to listen, sing along, and dance the night away!
Easy to Work with
You don’t want to work with any singer for hire that is difficult to communicate with. They should be open about what they can offer and what they can’t. They should be able to quote you a price to show up at a given location and to perform for a given period of time. They should be able to share you with examples of their past performances.
Ask them about the songs they can offer and if they have a list you can see. It can be useful to go through it with the singer for hire and let them know certain ones you do want played and any you definitely don’t. If there are certain meaningful songs you need played at the event, ask them if they are willing to learn them. They should be able to do so to make it special.
Talk to the singer for hire about any specific needs you may have. Do you need them to show up early to get set up? Would you like them to do several sets of the same songs or a completely differently line up? Are you playing to feed them and what will the break situation be? They may have some terms too that you have to agree to or they won’t come to sing for you.
Be willing to negotiate when it comes to specific needs. If you are too difficult to work with, you aren’t going to get any decent singer for hire to agree to work with you. They often have enough work coming their way that they can be selective. They can turn down work if they feel it isn’t going to be a good fit. They love to sing and they want it to be fun, not a hassle.
Take your Time
Don’t be in a rush when it comes to a singer for hire. Take your time to find someone who is a great fit all the way around. You want it to be a fun event and not something you are stressed about. Work with them to provide solutions to anything that may be a barrier. Evaluate your options so you don’t have any regrets in the end about who you hired.
Ask plenty of questions so you know the who is out there and what they can deliver. Once you find the right provider, get them secured for your event so they don’t slip through the cracks. Make sure you share your own experience so that others can benefit from it as well. When you find a great singer, sharing that information with others can create more business for them.
If you need a great musician for any event, Neil Kristopher is a wonderful choice in the Manchester area. You will get a variety of great sounding music and the entire event can be customised to fit your needs. You may have a certain song you would like to have included, and that can be done for you. Not all musicians are the same, don’t hire just anyone to take on the task. Please look at http://www.neilkristopher.com/wedding-singer-midlands/ to learn more about the music, the person, and packages available. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Book early as availability books up quickly!
By Neil Kristopher
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