This post has nothing to do with the music business, but I just wanted to share it with you guys.
If you ask 100 independent artists what they need in order to take their career to the next level, most of them are likely to say that they need a good manager, or that they need a booking agent.
Problem is, about 99 of them probably don’t understand what a manager and booking agent really does, or when it’s the right time to look for one.
Former major label A&R, Scott Austin, breaks down the roles of booking agents and managers for you in the 2 videos below.
In the video below, producer, Isaac “Ike Dirty” Hayes III, discusses the current state of A&Rs and the need for record labels to recruit A&Rs with a musical background.
Music production can be incredibly challenging to get into; especially when technology has made it possible for nearly anybody to have a fair shot at it. But whether you’re learning to produce in a music school or learning on your own, nothing can replace real, live examples of music you listen to every single day.
Earlier last week, I met with producers Dow Jones & Henny of Tha Bizness. During our conversation, we began discussing blogging, social media and different ways of using them effectively to not only connect with an audience, but also to educate others making their way up.
Seeing that Tha Bizness have their own blog, I suggested making a video walkthrough of some of the hits they’ve been creating.
Being the forward thinking guys they are, they were open to the idea.
In this impromptu video, the man himself, DJ Toomp, discusses the business of production and making it as a producer.
I’ve been waiting for this album for years. And when I say years, I mean, before his YouTube channel became a hit and before anybody knew who Cassie was.
I remember first hearing his music before he signed with Casablanca; some artists I knew had signed a deal with NextSelection at the time and R. Les was working with Cory Gunz & Latif. Back when I was jamming to “Me & U” before the Bad Boy stamp (I’ll leave that story for another day).
If you’ve heard R. Les’ album, you already know that the music is incredible. But there’s more to it than just that. I truly love this project because it’s a solid example of something I feel very strongly about: real vs fake.
Sorry for the lack of updates this past little bit. I was in Atlanta for a bit, where the weather was so incredible, I’m trying to remember why exactly I came back to cold & snowy Montreal.
My trip was a mix of business & personal; as I went to take care of some work as well as celebrate my birthday with my fellow Feb 9’er, DJ Hotsauce (who shall now be known as Sawce, along the style of Rick Rawse the Bawse).
The entire trip was incredible and let me tell you, Southern Hospitality is very, very real! (Major shoutouts to Sawce & DJ Jelly)
Probably the funniest moment of my trip, was when I was walking into a venue to watch a live showcase and someone outside yelled out, “Yo! Are you Moe? You’re on Twitter right?”.
I’m sorry, but that right there is some cool-ass sh*t. Being recognized in a different city, and solely based off of Twitter? Eff yeah! Anyways, I digress (I still feel special though).
There were several people I was looking forward to meeting with, however due to the fact that many people were in LA for the Grammy’s and other scheduling conflicts, it didn’t work out – for this trip anyways.
Rather than shouting out everybody I met with (there are too many and I know I’ll end up forgetting a bunch), just know that everybody I met with down there is good peoples and it was a blast.
I’ll be back sooner rather than later, so I definitely look forward to meeting with everybody I connected with & all those whom I’ve yet to do so.
Interestingly, I kept getting the same comment from several people while there: that I need to update my blog more often.
I definitely intend to.
This counts as one.
As we enter February, my homie Bullet is nearing the release of his highly anticipated mixtape, The Lost Jabbawockee.
Here’s a video of him and producer, Slot-A, messing around in the studio while their engineer, SuperSteve, mixes Mr. Robotic.
Stay tuned for The Lost Jabbawockee coming this Spring!