Groups and crews bust up all the time. Here are 3 things you can avoid if you don’t want to end up out on your ass.
1. Arguing about money that hasn’t been made yet
Some people start stressing and trippin about anticipated success. They get weird when they think that things are finally about to take off for the crew. This anxiety causes some folks to suddenly claiming unreasonable percentages of earnings owed to them when this imaginary flatbed of money finally pulls up in the driveway. I’ve seen some people get individual representation that’s separate from the group. Many crews and groups have boken up just before a record deal was about to happen because a lot of this Read the rest of this entry »
Pursing a passion outside of the ordinary doesn’t come without haters, detractors, and just plain ol negative people. These people can sometimes be strangers, friends and even sometimes family members. Sometimes those voices can chip away at your confidence. Here are 5 reasons why your should follow your own inner voice.
1. Your dream is yours, not theirs.
Some people don’t understand you vision even when you explain it to them. Most times they’re not educated on the career you’re pursuing anyway. Most of them once had a dream of their own that was not fulfilled or they just gave up on it. Most people that are living out their dreams understand the struggle and commitment it takes to make it. Your experiences are uniquely your own.
1. Treat the newbies with respect: I hate it when I see people mistreat those underneath them. I can’t tell you how many times some ambitious youngster that I helped out in the past created or connected me with an opportunity that was hugely beneficial. Your influence could be just the thing to spark the next mogul, and it can be a big pay back for you in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
File this 8 part video series under “inspirational”. If you don’t know who Derek Sivers is, he is the founder and former president of CD Baby. A highly successful service that revolutionized the way we buy music on the internet. Derek was and still is a musician and he has a lot of jewels to share about staying focused, knowing when something isn’t working, and living out your independent, entrepreneurial dreams. Collectively this series is about 50 minutes but it’s a great motivator. Check it out. Read the rest of this entry »
“If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.”
When I share great quotes with people I usually tell them that they’re not just for their benefit, but that they are reminders for me as well. See we’re creatures of habit and most of us need to break some of the bad behavior patterns that are keeping us from the success that we desire. And it doesn’t matter how you measure that success. Rather it be wealth, or just completing that project that you’ve been taking way to long to finish. Read the rest of this entry »
1. Don’t think that heavy marketing and aggressive promotion will be the solution to all your problems. Your music must be great. No amount of marketing will make people care about bad music.
2. Don’t be afraid to be different. Biting someone’s sound and style may get you noticed short term, but the artists who have a lasting affect are those who dare to stand out and create something new. Read the rest of this entry »
Seth Godin is a marketing mastermind, and I’ve been checking him out for a few years now. This is not my first post on him. I just feel that some of his words of wisdom can be beneficial to anyone trying to succeed in any career. It’s words like the ones contained in this video, that inspire me to make this blog a tool that improves your life after you visit it. Apply them when thinking about your craft.
They say how your spend your time is as important as how you spend your money. Very true. There are lot of people who seem to stay busy doing a lot of little things but at the end of the day never complete any of them. This post is about time management. By effectively examining how you spend your time each day, you can see just how much you waste and make the necessary adjustments to become more productive. Here are 5 ways that worked for me.
1. The “To Do” list: I live by my list and try to check mark as much as I can everyday. The app that comes with my phone makes this easy to manage. Sure there are things that may pop up that will cause you reorder the priorities of your list, but at the end of the day, those check marks make you feel like you’ve made some accomplishments. Read the rest of this entry »
Truth of the matter is, Will Smith most likely has just a fraction of the rap talent you have. Take one look at this interview segment and you’ll see why he crushed everyone else. HIS GRIND IS RELENTLESS! This man will not lose. .
Hope it inspires you as well. Go out there and get it, fam!
The music business model is ever changing. Even if you’re an artist that’s signed to a label, you have to learn how to manage the business of being a successful artist. In this aritcle, producer, John Snyder goes further into depth about these 8 qualities of being an artist entrepreneur.
1. Wants to work for themselves, doesn’t want to work for someone else 2. Can communicate and is organized about it 3. Isn’t afraid of taking risks Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re an independent hip hop artist, why do continue to do this? I’m referring to music of course. Is it because you love what you do, or is it the fame and potential riches that drive you? Is it a little bit of both? Would you do it if there was no money to be made in this game?
These are rhetorical questions of course and I’m not just asking you these questions, I ask myself these questions to keep my artistic focus in tact, because if you’re human, you are susceptible to distractions. Read the rest of this entry »
Seth Godin is a marketing genius and a best selling author. If this video doesn’t inspire you to go out in the world and find your voice, you should check your pulse. Take the time and check it out. It’s well worth it.
Today we lay, Unsigned to rest. For so long he fueled our hopes and dreams to make it in this thing we call the Music Industry. We tried and worked so hard to free ourselves from being associated with you, Unsigned. Because of you, some of us signed some real fucked up contracts and damn near lost our souls and minds to remove your name from our artist’s bios. Read the rest of this entry »