Have you experienced Bjork Digital? @laphil @bjork #bjorkdigital 

It is a unique artistic exhibit with a series of experiences that you have to see to believe. The imagery is incredible.  How do we describe it?  Perfectly Bjork!  

I feel like I visited an unknown galaxy far away.  Let me know what you think in the comments below once you go and check out her new Virtual Reality exhibit at The Reef on Broadway near Downtown Los Angeles. 

Was lunch free? Year-End Music Tax Tips for the Self-Employed & Musicians

http://www.daniellewcarter.comWhat’s music to your ears around tax season?  Hmm….the nerd in me likes to know the benefits of deductions.  Isn’t this everyone’s idea of weekend fun?…

Enjoy these tips for educational purposes!  

The below was provided by the helpful customer service team at Sweetwater.  I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I a  tax advisor, so please refer to www.irs.gov and your tax and legal professionals for advice.  

The first article speaks directly to musicians and briefly explains travel, meal, vehicle, and equipment expenses (for both gigging and studio musicians), and whether or not you can deduct them on your taxes. http://www.artstaxinfo.com/musicians.shtml

Here is a “nuts and bolts” explanation of Section 179 (first-year depreciation allowance for equipment) and how to take advantage of it. http://www.section179.org/

The last article features a list of common deductible business expensesThis can be helpful if you are considered self-employed or if you own your own studio. http://www.musicbizacademy.com/knab/articles/taxtips.htm

The Sweetwater company is not comprised of legal experts or tax advisors, so you should definitely discuss these issues with your own professional tax advisor.  Each individual’s situation is different, and these links are for informational purposes only.

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Bruno Mars & The Biggest funnel in the world…

IMAGINE the biggest funnel in the world holding the top talent. They are floating around. Down at the bottom of the funnel are four drops (four songs that get to go on the radio). What are you going to do to be better than Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Dr. Dre and Diane Warren? It is that competitive! Keep the bar high for yourself and stay focused on the creative purpose. The bar is set HIGH!

More key takeaways from the interview with publisher and producer, Steve Lindsey, who took a chance on a young man with a dream. Five years later, we now know that young man as Bruno Mars.

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  • Speaking to a room full of passionate songwriters at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, Steve tells it like it is. The music business is all about the radio right now if you want to make some sustained income. That might change, but today it’s the biggest funnel.
  • The purpose of songwriting is to make people feel like they’re not alone. It’s not about your diary.
  • Storytelling is key. Know who is singing to who, where, when and why?
  • There are two types of songs: the Fertility dance (any love song) and the War Chant (different rhythm, gets males riled up so they can conquer the other tribe over the hill).
  • Initially, Steve heard a song of Bruno Mars (before he was Billboard charting Bruno Mars) and thought he was “wack.” Steve was interested in the second kid (Neyo) who was singing in the background and wrote the demo song. In an attempt to get Neyo signed, he signed Bruno and got “stuck” developing him. The rest is history…both Neyo and Bruno eventually became A-list artists.
  • Bruno Mars wanted to do an old school retro thing. Steve advised, “You can do that. But make sure the lyrics, the language is of today’s times.”
  • Making music is like making a film. You need: 1) A great script: a great song, 2) A great director: a great producer, knows how to bring the song to life with all moving parts, and 3) Movie star: your artist, singer. You don’t need a great track to make a great record. It’s just a part of the movie.
  • Solo your vocal. If it’s not a hit with just the vocal, it’s not a hit. Get the song right!
  • Everyday I handwrite a card and send a thank you note for every meeting that I take. It’s touching, personal and differentiating. It’s opened doors.
  • Steve will be continuing the conversation with his first class @SongSchool starting Monday, October 14 at 7:30PM.

Everyone needs a little helping hand! Set your compass and stay focused.

A daily dose of inspiration to fuel every big ‘old dreamer!

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Danielle Wei-Tsung Carter
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New Pics & New Music! + You might have the answer!

You might have the answer: Be a part of choosing the first single!  It’s time to share “NEW PHOTOS & NEW MUSIC”  Part 1 of “Don’t torture yourself” is now posted for a limited time.  

We’ve been getting a lot of votes for “The Other Room” to be the first single.  What do you think?  We’re loving your comments!

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Backstage at Nola’s featuring Danielle W. Carter and The Sounds of Soul

Also, we have new pictures from the NolasLA show!  LAKMG, a fully staffed and very driven artist development team based on Los Angeles, presented the first Soul and RnB Indie Express event at Nola‘s Los Angeles featuring my band, Danielle W. Carter and the Sounds of Soul.  They really took great care to make sure my band and I were positioned for an excellent show.  They even arranged for a post show interview with local publicist Jerica Williams.

My band was proud to kick off the evening with five original songs!  Now is a fine time to introduce these talented musicians.  Drum roll please….Chris Lee on the keys,  Chuksingh on guitar, Melony Varnado on supporting vocals, Howard Brodwin on drums and Eric Frazier on bass.  This was the very first time performing together as a full band.  I feel honored and grateful everyday to collaborate with such talent.  Big hugs and many thanks!

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Danielle W. Carter @NolasLA, LAKMG presents Indie Express

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  • Save the date: Bacon, funk, soul with my cover band Illegal Download Collection @BaconSocial on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  Let’s dance!  See all EVENTS.  
  • Now Available!  For a limited time, we are excited to share these early years with you Part I of  “Don’t Torture Yourself” under “MUSIC”  (Written by: Danielle Wei-Tsung Carter, Produced by: Abstrakt Soundz)
  • LAKMG Indie Express Interview and Show Video Footage will be posted on my website as soon as they are available.

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Chris Lee, Danielle W. Carter and Melony Varnado Backstage @Nola’s LA

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Danielle W. Carter featuring Chris Lee on piano, Chuksingh on guitar, Eric Frazier on bass, Howard Brodwin on drums and Melony Varnado on vocals @ LAKMG presents Indie Express, Nola’s LA

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Monica, Danielle W. Carter and Melony Varnado

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Melony Varnado, Hank, Danielle W. Carter and Howard Brodwin @ LAKMG presents Indie Express, Nola’s LA

Take A Long Walk with Jill Scott… (Talented Artist, Mother, Author, Poet, Songwriter & Singer)

It’s 1AM the night before my gig with my Funk Soul band, Illegal Download Collection and my eyes are still bright and alert. I left the Song School after hearing Jill Scott guest speak in Ryan Toby‘s class.  More pics and highlights below…

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SAVE THE DATE:  May 29th – Danielle W. Carter is performing live at Indie Express @ Nola’s Los Angeles 

  • When? Wednesday, May 29th  @ 11PM
  • Where? Nola’s Restaurant, near Downtown LA (734 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA)
  • Featuring? Chris Lee, Chuksingh, Melony Varnado and Luis Lopez.
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Jill Scott keeps it so real.  She calls it like it is.  Jill Scott shared insights from her career journey with us, the next generation of musicians. Here are some summarized inspirational highlights and takeaways below.

  • Connect with musicians who can bring the music to life before you even say a word. Work with people who can give you “water to swim.” Great musicians will make a difference. They give you room to backstroke and doggy paddle.
  • Everything in your body has a point of love. There’s a love ear. The music should start with that before you even say a word. Energy flow will guide you through the journey of a song.
  • As a professional songwriter you can lead and influence the direction of music. If you’re following you can lead. Challenge yourself to reach a better place as a songwriter. Write from a real space. Best songwriters are in country music. Listen to it and follow the stories. You don’t have to write like that.
  • Your culture is imperative. It’s uniquely your own and it still translates and communicates to every human being. You have a taste, a tone. Be specific and honor your culture in your craft. Rep your mix. No one else is like you.
  • Confidence. You never know where it’s going to come from. The first hook Jill wrote was for a song that won a Grammy. She was open to taking on new opportunities as she transitioned from poetry into singing…into songwriting and acting. Explore different talents that you have. It could lead you somewhere new.
  • Whoever you’re in the room with, they need you too. They’re a voice for your story. They should treat you with respect.
  • Take care of business.  Come in the door with your split sheets (form that lays out percentages of song ownership and parties involved). Get them signed before you leave. Keep it on file.
  • Choose your battles.  When you’re working with a major label artist and there’s an unspoken standard percentage the artist requests for just being in the room when you’re writing. Sometimes you give a little away to gain the credits and opportunity. Choose carefully, it’s still your business and therefore your call.  Even with a manager beware of tying yourself to someone who’s not getting you in the room or getting you any work.Be mindful.
  • When you walk into a room full of “competitors,” choose to set a supportive energy in the writing room. If you have a team working together, you create better working conditions. You create an experience for that artist. Set the pace. Don’t allow negativity or competitive people to get in the way of you setting a supportive tone. When you’ve all worked as a team the artist can speak on the success of the entire teamwork experience.

Warning: This next section is for ages 21 and up only. Proceed at your own risk…

How do you get good at performing?
Question back to the room “how many virgins are in the room?” In short, the answer is that you have to start somewhere then it gets easier. Don’t hide behind anyone else. Be original to your truth and perspective.

Back on the Disney track, Jill created an open mic night called “Words and Sounds” in Philly. People paid to play. Musiq Soulchild got his start performing during these talent nights. You keep practicing, you keep getting better. Look at how talented he is now.

What’s your writing ritual?
Deep breathing. Most songs come in her dreams. Jill pays attention and stays present. She doesn’t touch the pen until her hand is already moving. The connection with her pen and paper is the best individual feeling. There’s pressure differences and impressions when you write on paper. There’s bold letters, hand drawn stars and underlying. Typing, unless its been a book typing doesn’t have that same voice. Writing. “It’s not pressure, it’s a privilege.”

How do you find your own voice?
Jill used to listen to one record for a year straight.  She didn’t know she was studying but she learned a great deal. That record was “Under the Cherry Moon” by Prince. Taught her a lot about having multiple voices.

  • When you live inside an emotion, you are a character. You act from a different reference point. There’s a voice to each different emotion. Write from the character point. It will position the voice of your writing. You’re never just one way. Bring out the voices in character. Overall, do your best to honor the truth.
  • As an artist, work with people who move you. It could be a beat you heard on the street that moves you. Write with everyone and create your resume.
  • Manners count. “Please” and “thank you” work.
  • Pay attention to every part of you. You’re not the same at the office as you are on the phone with your mom. Write from the perspective of that character. Gives you versatility.

I hope that you feel inspired by the great insights from Jill Scott, a well accomplished and talented dreamer, poet, singer, songwriter, author and actress.  

Are you doing the things your passionate about daily?  Tell me where you are in your journey.  

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THANK YOU to The Songwriting School of Los Angeles and to Ryan Toby!

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Pics Are Here! Wonderful Seeing You @TheMintLA Showcase

The Mint LA, Songsalive! Showcase

The Mint LA, Songsalive! Showcase

It was just last week that Chris Lee and I were playing at The Mint Los Angeles with family and friends. If you had a chance to join us, please leave your comments and “testify” at the bottom of this blog or on my site with your experience. Your comments, few or plenty, make a huge impact on the shows we bring you in the future! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Hello Ladies!  Moni brightens the evening with her fashionable touch!

Hello Ladies! Moni brightens the evening with her fashionable touch!

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Intense discussion after the show!

Good excuse for a mini reunion!

Good excuse for a mini reunion!

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Singer/Songwriters in around Nashville Style Showcase

Singer/Songwriters in a round Nashville Style Showcase

Danielle W. Carter taking in Chris Lee on Piano

Coming Soon!
Season II of “From the Ground Up: Life Of An Indie Artist”
Outdoor photo shoot by Blanco Photography

Special THANK YOU’s to Chris Lee, Amber C. for collecting fav song votes at The Mint, Cynthia C. for your photography skills and Songsalive! for selecting us for Spotlight Member of The Month and the Mint showcase and last but never least PURE+Prive Jewelry Company for the frosting both on stage and off

SET LIST
Find Another Way – Written by: Danielle W. Carter
The Other Room – Written with Anthony Bowman
Talking to Love – Written with Sophie Ilys

How time flies! Show is over and now I am sitting at a small coffee counter overlooking 43rd Street and 9th Avenue in the Big Apple. Taking a careful sip of my steamy mug, I watch thousands of shoes scurry down the worn cemented streets. Sometimes I’m amazed by the simple fact that it is so easy to pick up and leave one city for another, immersed in a brand new rhythm. It feels like a fresh start, or maybe what having a new identity would be like. All of the things that I “had to do” but didn’t have enough time to get to don’t seem as urgent when I step outside of my bubble. There are so many places I’m naturally drawn to that I know I must visit like the UK, Argentina, Peru, etc…Where do you want to go? There are definitely more adventures with my name on it. What could be waiting for you?