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Dani W releases NEW details about FIRST STUDIO ALBUM HERE!

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Dani W releases details on first studio album! http://daniellewcarter.com

 

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Behind the Curtains with Katy Perry, Big Sean, Brandy Clark…

Enjoy this recap of an all star cast seminar below!

Plus, Let’s Get Together Again!  Save the Dates:

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ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO 2013:  Behind the Curtains

Were you at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo this year?  One-on-one listening and feedback sessions with industry executives, peer-to-peer networking, awareness of imperative regulatory lobbying on Capitol Hill and a solid lineup of acclaimed panelists made for an informative and eventful conference.  If you missed it, you can still purchase the online access to the recorded panels through the ASCAP website.

During the Expo, we heard from accomplished A&R executives such as Tina Davis, who discovered Chris Brown, as well as from artists and producers like Stargate, Ne-yo, Katy Perry, Jill Scott and Big Sean.  Some panelists who represented major international publishers even provided their contact information and were seeking song submissions.  Award winning international songwriters graced the panels to recount golden nuggets from their respective career paths.

An overarching theme of advice was to stay focused no matter what; keep developing your authenticity as a writer, artist, producer, or musician so that your songs stand alone and speak for themselves.  As you do so, the dots will continue to connect and shape your career path as you remain open to opportunities and fine tune your instincts.  Each milestone you reach prepares you for the next.

Many attendees enjoyed the interactive co-writing session hosted by artist/songwriter Priscilla Renea, whom ASCAP reported:  wowed last year’s EXPO by performing some of her biggest songs at the closing Writers Jam: “California King Bed” (Rihanna), “Who Says” (Selena Gomez) and “Love Spent” (Madonna).

During Priscilla’s session, attending songwriters gathered in a large conference room and were placed into separate writing teams.  Each group was given the same instrumental track and a limited amount of time to write the best verse possible.  When the writing time ended, each team had the opportunity to present their melody and lyrics on stage.

Priscilla selected the best two verses in the room and recorded them live.  At the end of the session, the entire room listened proudly to the freshly recorded song.  ASCAP has found this to be a way to engage their attendees and to enrich their experiences.  Going forward, this could be an opportunity to not only add value for attendees, but also to leverage their talent through more interactive workshops.

A special feature of the Expo is the final Songwriter’s showcase called “The Writers Jam”.  This year, talent included Stacy Barthe, Brandy Clark, Brett James, and Tom Higgenson from Plain White T’s.  Each artist/songwriter delivered compelling songs one-by-one, in the round, Nashville style.

One showcase favorite at “The Writers Jam” was Brandy Clark, whose descriptive Country lyrics moved many dry eyes to tears.  She gave very little introduction to her songs, demonstrating the principle of “Show, Don’t Tell.”  Overall, the talented lineup of songwriters shared the power of great songs, reminding us why we love what we do.

Remember iRobot and Catch Me If You Can? Behind the scenes with Producer Michel Shane…

Michel is just like us, an inspired person with big dreams that he developed “from the ground up.”

My eyes are still puffy and I’m on my first cup of coffee. Was it worth waking up early? Absolutely!  I’m sitting at Raleigh Studios across from Paramount listening to producer Michel Shane speak about his career and how he turned iRobot and Catch Me If You Can from a script into profitable international artwork.

Danielle attends Hollywood Networking Breakfast

I’m a recording artist, what am I doing at a Film/TV networking event?  Yes, I will leave the acting to the professionals.  I’m here because I find people fascinating.  Everyone has a different purpose and an interesting life with important messages to share.  A room at any networking event is filled with stories and lessons that translate across all industries.  I’m excited to share the “cliff notes” from this intimate talk with Michel Shane!  This is now yours to enjoy!

“Big Picture” Highlights

– The gift of youth is to ask for what you want fearlessly.
– Be thorough. Michel got his law degree and used it to his advantage to build credibility in the industry.  When he started in the business, he read a 75 page contract and came back with questions before signing with a big wig UK lawyer.  That big wig now runs a hedge fund and they are still friends today because of Michel’s ability to dive into and understand the details of the business.
– Right place, right time is a key to success.  Have the knowledge to support your luck.  Preparation meets opportunity.
– If you say it enough times, people start believing you.
– Why pay more, every dollar spent matters.
– You will have people who are not your friend.  That’s okay.
– “Catch Me If You Can” took nine years to make. He’s still getting DVD revenues.  If his revenues are still significant, imagine how much the other guys are making.  Possibilities are huge.  Believe in your projects!

Financing and Funding
– Market is bouncing back. Used to make pre-sales in order to get funding for movies (pre-sales would account for about 40%).  When market crashed distributors stopped buying.  Now equity from investors has taken the place of largely funding by pre-sales.
Veronica Mars has raised 4MM via crowd funding. It’s brilliant. Free money. You give someone some merchandise and you get free money. It will probably start getting regulated to include investors receiving a percentage of earnings, especially now that larger companies are receiving funding this way as well.
– Equity is the hardest money to come by.  However, there are lots of wealthy investors and a lot of boring business proposals.  Thus, there is an opportunity to make your business stand out.  There is still incentive to invest in films.  Wealthy investors still like the opportunity to enjoy the perks of investing in a project that allows them to meet celebrities in person.

More Tricks of the Trade

– Read 5,000 scripts.  Study your craft.

-Understand how much you can sell your film for. Then make your cost lower so you can make a profit.  As creators, we can tend to overestimate the value of our work.  Get a realistic market price perspective.
– Another way to get your movie funded, focus on talent to make a quality film. When those actors make it, you can leverage their notability to get funding.
– Film commissions and states offer funding for a limited time. This is another way to get your project made.
– Tv is fast versus film. What takes ten years in film takes two in TV.  Netflix is essentially TV. It has as many subscribers as HBO. It’s all about story. Pitch stories that are interesting.
– All the banks have entertainment departments. It’s a high interest quick return for them. There’s no magic or special secret to getting a movie made. You should be proud that you’ve been able to take something and make it happen whether it makes one cent or millions of dollars.

Determination Pays Off
– There was a period of time that was challenging.  Michel like has a family to support. Wife asked when are you going to get a real job and take your heads out of the clouds? He laughed and said “what else am I qualified to do?” Keep pushing for your vision to come to life.
– Negotiate. Even cash flow timing is negotiable. For example, if an investor is going to recoup 100% of money plus interest.  You can still negotiate the timing of who gets paid back when. Once investor gets the initial investment plus interest back, you could receive profit first then investor gets an additional 25%. Otherwise, you may not see a dollar of profit for some time.  Structure your earnings. That’s part of the negotiation.
– Put periods and commas in the right place. Otherwise, it can be detrimental. Get a good lawyer.
– In earlier days, he would read ten scripts a week. Now Michel chooses scripts that he can fight for today and for years down the line.

Persistence and Intuition 
– He was approached by someone with a good movie concept.  Four years later, they started pre production. Unfortunately, because the wrong actor was hired, they had to start over.  Never know how long a project could take and for what reason.  Allow time and planning.
– Partners are valuable. They can keep you humble and can keep your perspective in line.
– Michel enjoys being hands up until it’s time to shoot.  He’s a problem solver.  Know your strengths and what you enjoy and do that part of it.
– Trust your instincts. Always listen to your little voice.  Michel has always gotten in trouble when he hasn’t listened.
– Audi and FedEx spent money to integrate their brands into the film iRobot. This can be part of your strategy from the beginning. Usually you’ll go through the brand’s agency.
– Trust but verify when it comes to everything and everyone.
– If you make a brilliant movie you’re set. Sometimes movies fail up. One film is met with great expectations, but upon release is not so good. Meanwhile you’re working on your next film.  You’re second movie allows people to forgive you for failing on your first.
– Go to your core audience and build it slow. You’re numbers will tell the success story. You can’t beat word of mouth.

100 Million Good Deeds

– Most importantly, remember to GIVE BACK!  Michel shared a tragic and touching story which began the Emily Shane Foundation.  Read more and you can join the global mission to do 100 Million Good Deeds.

The theme of my week is “Showing Up.”   I never know what opportunities could come about from stepping outside of my immediate line of work.  What takeaways hit home for you?

 

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A list of super good live music

I came across this website that lists super good music

I’ve found some great concerts through this site. There are links to the videos too so you can hear them first. Enjoy!

If you have a chance to go see Emeli Sande or ZZ Ward, they are worth seeing live!

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Two Shows You Don’t Want To Miss

The good news is there are two great lineups, one at the Troubadour in Beverly Hills and one at Witzend in Venice, CA.

The bad news is they are both tonight! Here are the details below.

Witzend
Witzend calendar & info

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“GREENROOTS : GreenRoots Productions is an eco-friendly, socially conscious company that organizes live music benefit concerts at premiere venues in the Los Angeles area. What started with an eco-friendly wedding in Ojai, CA has organically grown to include producing events, commercials, films and music showcases centered around creating a sense of community within the artists’ community and raising funds for different local Los Angeles non-profit causes that support literacy programs for impoverished children, Hope for Haiti Now, arts and music education programs, and many more. GreenRoots has put on sold-out concerts with artists including Aqualung, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer, and MTV platinum-selling atlantic Records artist Bruno Mars. GreenRoots has also presented performers including Cary Brothers, Rocco DeLuca, Brendan James, Amber Rubarth, Chris Pierce, Keaton Simons, Lucy Schwartz, Katie Costello, Kina Grannis, John West, and Ernie Halter. GreenRoots has built strong partnerships as a result of following the motto of “Creating community, from the roots up”. From intimate parties and documentaries to jam sessions in Venice and Hollywood, GreenRoots hopes to remind the artists and the audience that the purpose behind the art is participation, locally and globally, because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.”

Troubadour
Calendar & Info

The Teddy Campbell Band – (Set time: 11:10 PM)

The Teddy Campbell Band is the new sound of retrospect. Established in late 2011, the band has already headlined at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles and, most recently, opened up for the incomparable James Ingram. In a world where “sound alike” is all so common, these guys are definitely the uncommon denominator. Their new soul/rock music is a refreshing, agreeable blend of sonic sounds reminiscent of Ray Charles, The Beatles & The Rolling Stones. The bands frontman, Teddy Campbell (The Tonight Show, American Idol, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Herbie Hancock), is no stranger to the music scene.

Ethan Farmer – (Set time: 10:40 PM)

Ethan Farmer, a native of Chicago, Illinois, has established himself as an incredible talent amongst bass players in the industry today. Born into a musical family, he has a natural gift and ability, however his passion and ear for music are what define him as a bass phenom. While his talent speaks volumes on its own, his charisma and authenticity have propelled his career; affording him opportunities to work with a diverse range of artists traveling and performing around the world. Ethan was introduced to music early on, first picking up his father’s bass at the age of five and receiving his own at six. Always crediting “some of the most amazing musicians I know,” his first musical influences came from his family who had a well-known gospel group. At eight years old, he became the youngest member of the family group, The Amazing Farmer Singers, marking the beginning of a life long love and pursuit of music.

Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus – (Set time: 10:10 PM)

Jubu And Legally Blynd – (Set time: 9:40 PM)

What’s in a name? When it comes to Legally Blynd, this band’s name tells more than the traditional moniker…it speaks of the group defying enormous odds to remain in existence, a testament in surviving the music industry. Led by world-renowned guitarist and lead singer John “Jubu” Smith, the six-member band’s sound has a “Curtis Mayfield meets Dave Matthews Band feel. The band is a gumbo mix of soul, blues, country and gospel. A type of music that is so gripping and passionate, that you simply can’t forget it. The band’s undeniable talent in both the recording studio and live stage is matched by their relentless dedication to success.

Shoshana Bean – (Set time: 9:10 PM)

Shoshana Bean is best known for her roles in the Broadway smash hits WICKED and HAIRSPRAY and a stellar performance alongside Brian McKnight on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards honoring Aretha Franklin. She has performed solo concerts around the world and headlined in the Las Vegas Burlesque revue Peepshow opposite Holly Madison. Her debut solo album Superhero peaked at #5 on the iTunes R&B charts in its first week of sales, making it the only independent album in the top 100. Her work as a singer/songwriter has been featured on MTV’s The Hills, Mercy, The Big C and The Bad Girls Club. Her debut single ‘Superhero’ was used to promote NBC’s Monday night line-up and received an independent Music Award for best R&B song. She sang back up fro an endless list of superstars for Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden and has lent her voice to the film soundtracks for Hairspray, Enchanted and Dance Flick, as well as FOX’s Glee and House. Shoshana claims DEAR JOHN MAYER as her latest triumph, a musical she co-created, starred in and for which she wrote the music and lyrics. She is currently recording her as yet untitled sophomore album.

J.P. Delaire – D’l’oHm Project – (Set time: 8:45 PM)

J.P. DeLaire, noted sideman for Prince and Michael Bolton, has released his debut solo CD, In My Life on Tender Girl Music. This collection of original compositions was produced by DeLaire and is a rich musical menu that ranges from contemporary jazz to the Minneapolis funk of his native roots. As member of the legendary musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, DeLaire was schooled in straight ahead jazz and R & B. He has shared the stage with greats including Oleta Adams, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, Donny Osmond and Cherrelle. DeLaire has also worked with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

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