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Ryan Leslie Knows How To Connect With His Fans

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One of the biggest questions every artist, manager & label rep asks themselves on a daily basis is, “how can we further connect with our fans?”

Amongst all the teams out there, one of the best examples I can think of (and one whom I mention in nearly every meeting) is Ryan Leslie.

From his initial YouTube videos, to his MySpace push, to his Twitter profile and blog – he’s consistently shown that he’s one of the very few, that truly does “get it”.

Last night, R. Les posted a message on Twitter, telling fans he would purchase & autograph an iPod for any fans that met him at the 24-hour Apple Store in NYC in the next 15 minutes.

And he kept his word.

Peep the video:

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Talking With Dru Ha

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CEO of DuckDown Records, Dru Ha

As CEO and co-founder of DuckDown Records, Dru Ha is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop. He’s helped influence a flood of independent record labels that continue to develop their own empires and hold weight against the majors.

I caught up with Dru recently and had a great conversation with him in which he discussed today’s music business, getting Bootcamp on Twitter, and President Barack Obama.

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Talking With Producer Manager Zach Katz (Part 2)

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This is the second half of a 2-part interview with Zach Katz. To read Part 1, please click here.

Do you focus more on placing J.R Rotem’s music with artists or are you more focused on placing music with film, television and video games?

We do both, but I primarily focus on placing his music with artists.

We have an incredible publisher that helps us, Sony/ATV. That’s one of the reasons to do a publishing deal – to add more people to your team. They have a full film, television & video game department, who I provide music to on a regular basis, and their job is to go out there and to secure placements.

So I don’t do it all alone; I have people on the team who can also help.

But that income is definitely valuable, and the name of the game – especially in this shrinking market – is to capitalize and bring in as many revenue sources as possible.

One issue many upcoming producers have is knowing when to do free production for an artist and when to start charging. Also, once they do charge, how much to charge. How do you recommend they approach that issue?

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Social Networking & Blogging In Today’s Music Business

Ariel Publicity has just launched their Cyber PR Urban blog, as a service to aspiring artists & musicians in the urban music genre.

Cyber PR Urban’s Christina Duren, was kind enough to reach out to me for an interview for the launch.

Below is the transcript of the interview, in which we discussed social media, and how artists today can use social networks to their benefit:

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Jimmy Iovine Discusses The Future Of The Music Business

Here’s an interesting video I found of Jimmy Iovine discussing his views on today’s music industry and his vision on the direction it’s taking. (Note: The video is about a year old)

He offers advice for new artists as well as talking about possible distribution models, what makes a great producer and the future of Interscope and the traditional record label.

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What Are You Doing?

“What Are You Doing?”

That one, simple question is the basis of one of the hottest social networking tools around, Twitter.

For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s basically micro-blogging mixed with instant messaging. Essentially, it’s more or less the same as Facebook and MySpace‘s status field, but it’s meant to be updated more frequently and you can reply to other users as well.

It’s pretty easy to update and follow other people’s “tweets”, as the limit to each message is only 140 characters.

You can stay logged in from the home page, or install a Twitter client (I’m using TweetDeck right now). You can also update via text message or by adding Twitter as a buddy on your favourite instant messaging client.

Check out this video to see how others use Twitter for both business and personal:

Shout out to Aura and CJay who are featured in the video!

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one here. It takes less than 1 minute and you’d be surprised how useful this tool can be.

Artists, DJs, producers, managers, bloggers, journalists, general fans… anybody really can benefit from it. It’s easy to use and takes only a few seconds to update your audience on any news or event you want to share.

It’s also great for general fans who want to stay updated with instant news and have a platform to communicate with others you might not have any other means of contacting.

Make sure to add me  and browse around my Twitter friends; you’ll find a lot of interesting people there.

Catching Up: I'm Finally On YouTube & Last.fm!

So now that I stepped my game up and actually own a computer that doesn’t freeze every time I play media files, I’ve decided to stay fresh with my social networks and have added my YouTube and Last.fm accounts to my Network Badges on the right side of this page.

Moe Arora | makingthemogul.com joins Last.fm & YouTube

Make sure to add me on both these networks at the links on the left of the page or by clicking these links:

– Last.fm

YouTube

While you’re at it; feel free to add me on a few other social networks:

Facebook

LinkedIn

Twitter

MySpace

If you’re an aspiring professional; I highly suggest you get your social networking on by learning about and joining all the above networks as well as others.

Word of Mouse is a powerful force!

Asher Roth – A Milli (By Popular Demand)

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I know you’re thinking, “Another one?! Seriously?!”, but this is the first time I’m posting anything about “A Milli”, so I’m allowed to get away with it.

Probably the most rapped on beat in hip-hop history (if you can think of another, let me know), “A Milli”, has been done by every rapper, singer and any other kind of vocalist there is. Yet, there’s still more coming out.

At this point, if you’re going to do a remix to “A Milli”, it better be worth it.

Well, there’s one more. And yes… it’s worth it.

After being bombarded on his MySpace page by fans requesting a verse, Asher Roth delivers the goods on the notorious beat by Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford.

Oh, and by the way – turns out Chamillionaire just did his own “A Milli” remix as well; in which he mentions Asher Roth around 2:50 into the song.

Check out both of the tracks below, and also make sure to add Asher Roth on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/asherroth.

Asher Roth – A Milli (By Popular Demand)
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Chamillionaire – Chamilli
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Mogul Mobile

As you’ve noticed, I’ve made a few changes to my blog. The site has been growing incredibly (very unexpected) and as I get more into it, I’ve decided to bump it up on my list of priorities.

Amongst the changes;

  • New layout
  • Links to connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter & MySpace
  • A few new widgets in the sidebar to easily browse topics of interest
  • And last but not least.. a mobile version of the site!

Now, you can view a WAP or HTML version of makingthemogul.com (depending on your mobile browser) wherever you are – just direct your mobile browser to mobile.makingthemogul.com.

makingthemogul.com is now available on your mobile broswer

Let me know what you think of the changes and if you have any other suggestions you would like to see implemented into the site.

Also, I’m still trying to find time to randomly browse the net and discover new blogs, so if you have or know of any other blogs that would make sense for me to connect with, please let me know. Keep in mind, this is a music business blog; so rather than sites that are based on gossip or news, or even artist blogs; I’m looking for blogs that are more geared towards the business of music and entertainment. Maybe the personal blog of someone else who works in the business or one that features news involving the industry.

From the list of sites I’m currently linked to; the ones that are most relevant to makingthemogul.com are Miss Theda, Thank God I’m Famous, The Blast and The Corporate Takeover. These are all great sites and if you enjoy my site, I highly recommend that you check them out as well.

Don’t get it twisted though, I like all the sites I’m linked to – that’s why I linked them. I’m just looking for more blogs in the same vein as mine. So, if you have one or know of some, please leave a comment below and let me know.

Thanks