Mark Nguyen from Planet LA records in conjunction with NARIP hosted an inspirational event to bring Artists, Musicians, Songwriters, local brands together at the Gibson Guitar Center.
Gibson artist Anahita Sky headlined the live performance, followed by Dani W and Mary Bee who shared a song and announced the #Ukeladies Tour in Hawaii which will begin early September 2017. Join Dani W‘s mailing list for more updates.
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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.
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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!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
Pleasant surprise! Random story about how I ended up in VIP at Lianne’s concert. My friend’s cousin (who I met a couple days prior) texts me at 9PM. He has an extra ticket to see London singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas. The concert is going to start in 15 minutes! I grab a quick dry kale salad…it was so dry!!…and jump into a cab downtown. As I walk up the dimly light steps into the concert venue, I hear Lianne singing. As I wait by the steps/entrance, a couple who is leaving asks if I want to take their VIP passes since they have to go. Yes please! My new friend and I head on up to VIP for some photo opps, then down to the ground level where the root of the crowd energy is already boiling. What a fantastic and surprising night! In the flow of life; some things you can’t plan.
Lianne La Havas was great live. The tone of her voice was rich with a nice edge. Great energy from the audience. The stage setup was simple. Acoustic set, good songs with strong lyrics and a powerful voice. The entire concert hall was singing along. It’s good to know that pure music from someone’s heart without all the gimics is still appreciated. I am inspired by tonight’s show. Can’t wait to write more songs for my project and with other talented artists.