When it comes to the whole debate about the value of record deals and Indie vs Major – everybody has an opinion. I can rant and rave about where I stand on this topic, but I think AllHipHop.com founder, Chuck Creekmur has discussed it in more eloquent manner than what I would have ranted.
I may still discuss it in the future; because it’s a topic that has many sides to it, but also because it’s a topic that most aspiring artists need more insight on.
Briefly, let me just say, artists need to stop focusing so much on “getting a deal” and focus that energy on “achieving a goal”. One does not always equal the other.
Anyhow, here’s Chuck’s great writeup:
Producer Manager, E, of The Trafficker Management
Can you introduce yourself a bit and tell us what it is that you do and who you represent?
I go by the name of E. I own and run The Trafficker Management.
We manage several producers, most notably: MegaMan, Tommy Gunnz and Boi-1Da. We also manage one rapper, Richie Sosa.
What’s the big difference for you as a manager, representing producers vs representing artists?
I would say managing an artist is a bigger challenge then managing producers.
The reason I say that is; with an artist there are more politics involved. It’s a lot more work and it takes a lot of patience. When handling artists you are not just selling a sonic product but a visual one as well.
Remember, an artist’s career is a lot more complicated than that of a producer. With producers, if they are talented then their beats can be sold.
My theory, is a great record will always find a home, no matter if it is a unknown producer from England or Timbaland. But don’t get me wrong, I do believe producers have a certain image to uphold. I also believe they should be out and about making sure people put a face to their beats.
Tha Bizness: Henny & Dow Jones
Producers, Henny & Dow Jones, better known as, Tha Bizness, have been making a lot of noise recently – namely, for their production of Young Jeezy‘s smash hit, “My President (Is Black)“, and Young Money‘s debut single, “Every Girl“.
As producers whose work is quickly taking over your iPod’s storage space, I asked them to share some insight for Producers Week.
Welcome to Producers Week!
Producers Week is a one week themed “event” on MakingTheMogul.com that focuses on the producers.
Throughout the week, I will feature several hit producers and producer managers, offering insight into the business of music production.
Whether you’re just starting out and want to learn about how others started their careers, or you’ve been producing for a few years and feel like you still need further insight into the industry or a bigger opportunity – Producers Week is for you.
This is my first event of the kind on makingthemogul.com, so I welcome any and all comments/suggestions on how to make it better for the next time.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!
Now that Producers Week is completed, below is an index of all the features:
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.
Today marks a truly unfortunate day, as Shakir Stewart has passed away.
Just earlier this year, Shakir was named Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings. Prior to his promotion, he served as Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam since September 2006 and as VP of A&R the two years prior.
Shakir passed away earlier today as the result of a suicide. More details are available at the moment, however given the unfortunate nature of this situation, I choose to leave it at that and simply extend my prayers to his family, friends, colleagues and all those who have had the privilege of being around him.
The music business lost a great man.
Rest In Peace.
This isn’t a “new music” blog, but I’m in the mood to share some new music with you so figured I’d do that today since it’s Monday and nobody feels like fully waking up on Mondays.
Sarah MK – Good Life (Remix)
Check out the new track from upcoming singer/songwriter, Sarah MK. Let me know what you think of this song in the comments section.
David Sides – Love In This Club (Piano Cover)
Check out his other covers. Talented dude, no lie.
Naturally 7 – Wall Of Sound
I wanted to show you another segment of their performance, but couldn’t find the video anywhere.
I finally got a chance to see these guys perform live at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and believe me; they are INSANE! This video, or any other video really does not do them justice. If you’re not already familiar with their name, I’m sure you’ve seen their YouTube video that was spreading like wildfire last year all over sites like Facebook.
Don’t call them beatboxers though; these guys take it to a whole different level.
Dondria a.k.a Phatfffat – Promise (Ciara Cover)
I know this video is old, but it’s still hot! I thought homegirl was lip synching for a minute. Forward to 1:00 in, if you want to skip the talking and get straight to her singing.
I first met Bu Thiam a few months back in Atlanta. After speaking to him for a bit and seeing the types of moves he was making, I immediately thought of featuring him when I first lauched the site.
As co-CEO of Konvict Muzik, Bu is definitely a mogul in the making.
During my discussion with Bu, we spoke about his entry into the game, career aspirations and the rumours of Akon‘s country album.
Oh yeah, if you’re thinking he looks familiar, that’s because he’s also Akon’s brother. But don’t think he got his position just because of that. Bu makes his own moves and is steadily rising as one of the music game’s biggest executives.