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Getting a Good Mix

For all of my indie artist out there doing things on a shoe string budget!!!!! One thing you should not scrimp on is your MIX. Your mix should be able to stand up to any other song that’s on the radio. Your song is only as good as the weakest component. So here are some of the most common things that I hear when people are sending records to me for airplay. 

1. The bass is overpowering the song. If the bass is loud and sounds muddy or like a “broken” speaker 9 chances out of 10 it’s to loud and/or their was a limiter placed on the bass track to make it louder …..THIS IS A NO NO

2. Your lead vocals are to loud. Contrary to what people think your vocals should not stick out like a soar thumb!! They should sit pretty within the mix. Adding some reverb to the lead can help it GELL

3. Dry lead vocals if the track has a ton of effects and your voice has no effects on it ei (EQ, REVERB, DELAY ect.) Your vocal will not blend with the music

4. Muffled vocals…. If I can not understand what you are saying in your song your vocals need to be EQ”ed to take some of the bass from your voice.

 

Hope these things help make your mix better

 

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Stock Music

There are so many beat makers out there looking for a rapper or singer to get on their beats. If you want to make money in this industry know that there is more than one way to skin a cat. If you’ve never tried it before try STOCK MUSIC

Stock Music is basically this, when someone is looking for a unique sound or s 30 second clip of music to go along with their music, film, video ect… they may not have the means or know how to create it so people who do will allow them to download their sound or clip for a small fee say .99 or so if you clip is good you will make good money off of what you’ve created instead of letting it sit in your memory bank collecting dust

Here are a few sites to check out that you can post your sounds

http://www.stockmusicsite.com/

http://www.stockmusic.net/

http://www.audiomicro.com/

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Film and TV – How you can make money

There are so many ways to make money in the music industry….. Here’s one you may not have considered Film and/or TV. Over the years it has becoming increasingly easier for unsigned artist to participate and even thrive within this field. So let’s talk about what you need

1. MUSIC – I know you are already making that so that should not be a problem

2. A place to find out about what music directors are looking for hear a few to get you started

A. http://www.affixmusix.com

B. http://www.broadjam.com

c. http://www.taxi.com

3. Once you’ve signed up ( 2 out of the 3 above are free to join) READ the posting for in its entirety for what music supervisors are looking for

4. See something you think you’ve got the right material for….. submit

Believe me when I say this could open up a whole new world of opportunities for you

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Spotlight Friday’s – Fyre Squad

They are a hip-hop group from Middlebury College in Vermont. They opened for Wale on April 21st at Kenyon Arena. Give it up for the 6 members  hailing from various parts of the country (New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and New Jersey)
Last year, Andy “Singz” Singley  and Nolan “Killa T” Thompson  decided to start a band. As time went on, the band grew, and a distinct hip-hop style grew with it. Unfortunately Nolan eventually left the group.
Now, Fyre Squad has six members, nine singles up on YouTube and a definite presence on Middlebury Campus. In addition to Singley, the band features the talents of Osaze “Oz” Riley , Joe “Breezy” Ortiz , Ola “Big O” Fadairo, Frédéric “French Toast” Camara and Evan “E Miles” Auguste.
The music of Fyre Squad is undeniably hip-hop with its strong beats and intelligent raps, but each song integrates varied styles and influences.
“It’s an amalgam of sorts,” said Fadairo. According to Fadairo, because the band’s members come from various parts of the country, they each have different tastes and musical inspirations. He cites up-and-coming rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar as a personal influence, while other members draw ideas from the work of artists such as Drake, T.I.,  and Lupe Fiasco. The combination of these diverse styles mixed with each member’s individual take on the music results in a memorable, nuanced and artful interpretation of hip-hop that is becoming harder and harder to find.
As a fairly new band, Fyre Squad has been quick in establishing itself. By making good use of Facebook for publicity purposes, the band has used the social media platform to build hype for events, gain support and post links to each new single just after being released.
With over 100 “likes” in a matter of months, word is certainly spreading. Just last month, they played a party at  the KDR Social House on Middlebury Campus— one of their first public events on campus — and there are sure to be more to come.They also were the opening act for a WALE concert on April 21st in Kenyon Arena. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, because you will definitely be seeing more of Fyre Squad in the next few months. In the meantime, check out their Facebook & Youtube page and see for yourself what all the hype is about.
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Does the sound quality of your MUSIC matter

To answer this question in a nutshell YES. In the era of digital this and digital that everyone and their grandmother has the capability to buy a $99.00 program put it on their $600.00 computer and press record. So ANYONE who has half a brain can make music. BUT the difference between a person just making music and someone who is trying to get a deal is the quality of what they are doing. Sooooooo even if you have a message if the recording is piss poor than no one will be able to understand where you are going with your music. Plus these days record companies want your demos to basically be radio ready. So here are a few tips to getting the best quality you can

1. If you are recording at home – and you really don’t know what you are doing. Make your home recording a ruff draft to practice how you are going to lay down what you’ve done. Then go to a professional studio to record the final version.

2. If you insist on recording at home and not going to a large studio to rerecord see if you can find an engineer who will mix your record so you can at least have the proper levels…..

3. Pararos around someone engineering website on mixing or grab a few books from your local Barnes and Nobles about mixing I always enjoyed the “Mixing Engineers Handbook” it can give you tips and advice on how to get the best sound out of your equipment.

4. Befriend an sound engineer they can always give you feedback about what you are doing even if they don’t mix the record.

 

Hope this is helpful

 

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How to engage your audience

So may people use spam as a way to promote their product!!!! This is the wrong answer. Most of the time people who get unsolicited e-mails will either delete the message before they open the attachment or send you a nasty gram asking you not to spam them. If you try these steps I am confident that you will get better results

1. Know your target market

2. Find out where your market is online

3. Engage them …. ask them questions about your product, what they like and dislike

4. Create conversation

5. Then make them your fans!!!!

Trust me you can’t build a fan base unless people are actually listening to your music

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Spotlight Friday’s – Young Kong

Young Kong grew up loving music. He listened to artist such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Backstreet Boys, 2 Pac and Biggie. At first it was DJ lessons at a center that was a bit of a hike from where he
worked. Once night at a friend’s house, his friend convinced him to work on a song and what developed was a single titled “Crank Dat Dy-Lan”. Young Kong didn’t know that that recording would create a buzz in the local rap scene. Everywhere he went, someone would say that they heard that track. Young Kong’s next single “Wickity Whatafter” actually gave his first single a boost and received quite a calling on myspace. His music was being played on DJ Lord Rave, DJ Iko and DJ King Assassin internet radio stations.
Young Kong is proud to announce the release of his third single “D Boy Dancing” which is off of a yet to be released CD titled “Kong Appreciation”. This single tells his audience that he’s showing his true self and no one else. You can hear the progression and improvement from his first single. This song also significant to Young Kong because he put a lot of time and money into it. It has a great beat, great rhymes, great use of electronics and is an overall great song.

“Kong Appreciation” is set for release sometime in 2012. Young Kong has worked with Flaco Da Gre

at from FiyaHouse Productions. He is also featured on KD aka Han D Man’s mixtape, “Im N Da Streets Not Industry Vol 2 and DJ Cannon Banyon Presents: The Indie Top 50 Vol. 62 “I would really like to thank all of my fans and the people who believe in me because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have gotten this far”.

You can listen to and/or purchase his music by logging onto the following websites:https:/

Young Kong is currently working with A & R Select based in West Hollywood, Ca. for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities. For additional information, please contact them at:

323-924-5897
www.arselect.com

Link To My Mixtape Close To Fame
http://www.purevolume.com/YoungKong/albums/Close+to+Fame+