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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I do believe so! Not only is more vibey R&B surfacing, I am also seeing trends of the 90’s fashion and hair styling returning. Remember baby hair gelled to the scalp in little swirls and dark lipstick?! Takes me back to Nia Long and Love Jones the movie. Confession…I kind of LOVE to dance and sing 90’s music…really though..like a lot.
The album, the album! My first solo album is still in the works and I am still brainstorming an album name as well. In the meantime, love to stay inspired by checking out fashion, culture, indie music. I’m really feeling Solange’s Saint Heron collaborative music release under her new label Saint Records. Read more about Solange’s label in Billboard’s Exclusive Interview.
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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.
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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.