NBC’s Californians A blast from the past for a little chuckle! Ever had a conversation about traffic in the Los Angeles? CLICK HERE for a “knee slapper.”
Beyonce’s album release is all the rage because she DID NOT promote it. She let everyone else do the talking starting at 12AM on Friday the 13th. As a major artist not promoting your album is a big deal!
The irony is that indie artists have been dropping albums with no promotion for decades with no comparable press reaction. As an emerging artist, is it possible to top that release? It has yet to be seen but we can focus on making quality music and letting it go viral online.
“What If You Don’t Like Beyonce’s Album?” Basically, you’ll be hooked once you watch the videos and take a second listen. The buzz and sales growth of this album is undeniable, especially in this evolving music climate.
There are some things in life that you just can’t take too seriously. At the end of the day, life should be fun! Love the process. R. Kelly(no matter how you feel about him today) finds the fun in improvising. He is given four random topics to write about on the spot. A reminder that there are no rules.
As many of you know, we are in the studio making the first studio album! So grateful to everyone who joined VIP thus far to support and help make this happen! We are uncovering a unique fusion of sound for the Dani W Project, including Funk Rock, Hip Pop, and more. Excited to share this project with you!
What’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
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.
+ STAY IN THE LOOP ON THE FIRST ALBUM: Soul, Funk & Rnb
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.
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!