Learn to market yourself in the music industry

by The M on October 17, 2013

Its been a long time that I have written in this blog. But I am back on it. Here to help any and all independent artist with the drive to make it happen.  I don’t have much to say now, but I will leave you with this.

Don’t be fooled by these companies and people selling youtube views, Facebook likes and twitter followers.  It is the biggest waist of your money.  I will have more for you next week.

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Infographic: Why You Need a Website

by The M on June 21, 2013

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About a week ago, a young hip hop artist asked me how can he begin to build his fan base. I was glad he asked me this question because a lot of artists don’t even think about this.

At first I gave him the usual spill, you know, go to open mics, make contacts, talk to people, be yourself, be nice, be humble, get online and promote yourself. But then I thought about it some more. How does an artist really go about getting fans?

When I googled how to get fans, I found articles that gave general information. Information like you should make quality music, be yourself (which I said before), interact with your fans, do more shows, get your music on the radio, do more features and to constantly promote yourself. Good information, but none of the articles I read actually tell you how to get fans.

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Kickstarter

Although it has been around for a couple of years, I’m sure most of you still have not heard of Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website where people (like you and I) can fund any creative project we are interested in. These projects can be anything that deals with art, design, comics, dance, fashion, independent film, food, games, music (yes hip hop and R&B), photography, publishing, technology, and theater.

The idea is that you as an independent hip hop artist, can have your music project funded by people who believe in your project, and are willing to help fund it. They would be actual investors in your music project.

Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter. Just recently I saw Lord Jamar, one third of the legendary hip hop group Brand Nubian, with a project on Kickstarter. In his campaign, he is hoping to raise $5000.00 to complete his new album (Known Associate)and funding for his first video off the album.

Another interesting project I saw, and one I will contribute to (and you should too), was a project by Kenneth Price. Kenneth Price is an Emmy Award winning film marker from North Carolina. His project is to involves raising $25,000.00 to help create a documentary called the Harvard Fellow Documentary, where he will be documenting 9th Wonder’s (yes 9th Wonder, one of the most creative beat makers and producers of our generation) time while at Harvard University.

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Concept design book cover for Vibe’s History of Hip Hop

June 11, 2012

For those of you interested in reading and learning about the history of hip hop, check out the book. Buy it, read it. Learn from it. Respect the craft. Build from it. Done in Photoshop by @KGB4000

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How Independent Hip Hop Artists are Screwing Themselves

May 29, 2012

My father always told me when I was small that if you fail to plan, plan to to fail.  This is what I see happening to a lot of independent artists in my hometown, and artists that share their music on Facebook and Twitter. Young independent artists (and older ones) are confused about how they […]

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