Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shit You Need To Know Before You Get Your Mixtape Hosted

The Truth About Mixtape Hosting

I received hundreds of emails from music artist asking me do they need a Dj to host their mixtape so I decided to write this article because I’m pretty sure that question comes across every artist mind at sometime when they’re about to drop a mixtape.

When it comes to mixtape hosting it should be used as a marketing tool in my eyes and what I mean by that is having someone like Trapaholics ,or DJ Drama host your mixtape would be a smart move because they are branded Dj’s with a huge fanbase and they will push your mixtape to their fans and connections which can get you heard by thousands if not millions of people fast.

I honestly wouldn’t pay a no name Dj at least at first because the whole goal is to help your branding and get your mixtape more exposure and if that DJ doesn’t have a fan base and established connections so how can he really help you out.

In the new digital music business anyone can get their music project out to the world with ease.That doesn’t mean your’re going to become an overnight celebrity,but nowadays you can have a dope video or dope song an go viral online in seconds and getting that type of exposure to me is more valuable they some Dj hosting your mixtape.Plus if you notice everytime an artist releases a Dj hosted mixtape they drop a no dj version within the next couple of weeks.

A lot of people think it’s annoying to hear a Dj yelling the same shit on top of songs so people like to listen to the artist lyrics and some Dj drops drown the lyrics out.  What I’ve also noticed is a lot of these new Dj’s just slap their name on a project make a low quality mixtape cover for it and call it a day.

Now don’t get me wrong their are good Dj’s out there and they don’t just work with anybody to make a quick buck they work with artist who have quality music that they believe in.These are they type of Djs you want to work with because not only will they just host your mixtape they will push the hell out of it thru our their advertising platforms
My final thought  is I believe having a Dj hosting your mixtape was more valuable back in the day then it is now.I think in 2016 and beyond independent artist should spend their money more wisely. I would spend that money on professional production,industry quality mixing, and professional  artwork like mixtape covers to Itunes designs. All of those thing are better investments than paying a Dj to host your mixtape.

So do you need a Dj to host your mixtape?No but if you’re trying to get exposure fast using a branded Dj is a smart idea.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3 Things Musician Need To Focus On To Blow Up In 2016

Are Your Ready To Take Your Music Career To The Next Level This Year?

It's about to be a new year and a ton of new artist broke into the music game without a label.This year it's your turn.Here 3 thing you need to focus on in 2016 so you can turn your music into a professional career.
You spend months, even years, recording material for your mixtape – don’t throw it all away with poor planning and rookie mistakes. - See more at:
ou spend months, even years, recording material for your mixtape – don’t throw it all away with poor planning and rookie mistakes - See more at:
ou spend months, even years, recording material for your mixtape – don’t throw it all away with poor planning and rookie mistakes - See more at:
ou spend months, even years, recording material for your mixtape – don’t throw it all away with poor planning and rookie mistakes - See more at:

 Your Promotion – It doesn’t make sense to spend all your money and time in the studio creating your mixtape and then turnaround and not invest any money in your music marketing and music promotion. A good rule of thumb that successful artist follow is investing the same amount of money on the back end promoting your music as you spent creating your music.Nowadays marketing isn’t as expensive as you think.

For example you can get targeted Facebook ads for 2 cents a click that means you can get your music in front of 2,000 new faces for only $20 dollars.Another good way to get more listeners is to do some cross promotion.What I mean by cross promotion is for example you just dropped a hot single that has a nice buzz locally and online,what you would do is find 3 artist in your area or someone with a nice following online and have them get n the remix

It’s crazy how many indie artist don’t use this tactic (I think its an ego thing) look at all the big artist they drop a hit song and then they drop a remix with artist who have a  buzz also.Why because it gets you in front of a wider audience and your song will get more exposure.

One thing you never want to do is ask for Free promotion it will just make people think your cheap and that you don't take your craft seriously.You should have a monthly budget to spend on promotion hell you waste $20 a week on swishers,liquor,clothes etc $20 spent on Facebook adds will get you in front of 2,000 plus music fans .

300 Dbi Quality Graphics
– We all know the truth so you might not wanna hear what I’m about to say,but in the digital music industry a having a professional mixtape cover is just as important as the music.It’s all about image and your appearance in the music game.With some many artist releasing music it’s a must you stand out  when people are searching on these mixtape sites there are thousands of artist music to choose from so how do they decide who to listen to? They pick the artist who has attention grabbing artwork.WHY....

Their mind is subconsciously  thinking if they can’t grab my eye with their mixtape artwork they probably can’t grab my ear with their music.Which in reality makes sense.So don’t kill a good song or mixtape with dollar store graphic make sure your graphics are sharp,professional,and represent your brand the right way. Don’t try to find designer who will make you a mixtape cover  for  free because any designer who creates hi quality professional work isn’t gonna do work for free this is their career and how they feed their family.

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Consistency – Don’t get me wrong there are one hit wonders popping up left and right, but if you want to have longevity in the game you have to be consistent one mixtape isn’t gonna make or break you.You have to keeping dropping quality music and investing in your craft.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

What You Need To Know Before You Sell Music In Online Stores Like Itunes

In order for you the artist to be able to distribute their music to online digital stores, there are a couple of things you have to take into consideration:These sites have certain requirements and your audio files, cover art design and metadata has to meet the store specs before you can post your music on these sites.

Today we’re going discuss getting your mixtape cover or single cover in the proper format so it can get your mixtape or single uploaded to mixtape websites and digital stores worldwide. 

Your Design Needs To Be In The Correct Format
If you’re about to buy a mixtape cover or single cover here are a few requirements  you need to meet to make sure your can get your project uploaded with no problems.

-The image file should be JPG or GIF
-Size should be at least 1600x1600 pixels
-It needs to be a Gif or Jpeg
-The artwork needs to be at least 300 Dbi even with black and white designs
-The artwork needs to be a perfect square

Requirements For Formatting Text On Your Artwork

There are certain guidelines these sites and digital stores have when it comes to the text  your artwork if you want to distribute your music through their site.

Here’s Is A List Of Things You Can’t Have On Your Artwork If You Want Your Music To Be Accepted By These Music Sites
-You can’t have logos or names of digital stores on your cover design
-No cutoff images or text.stickers from your artwork from a scanned copy of physical CD
-Contact info like email addresses,website urls, Facebook links etc.s
-No pricing.This just means that you can’t put a price on your cover no matter what.
-No extra text beside artist name and the title of the song.New single or exclusive track etc is not allowed

Matching Text.
When you selling your single or album through digital stores it’s mandatory that your text on your artwork matches your album title and artist name.if not they will reject your art

So if your dropping a single off your upcoming mixtape or need to make sure your artwork text only promotes that single

For Example :
You’re dropping your new single “Makin Moves“ off your upcoming mixtape “ I’m Everywhere”. When you get your artwork created you have to make sure you have your graphic designer only put your artist name and the song title of the song Makin Moves.You can’t put new single off I’m Everywhere mixtape.You have to make sure the cover art  text matches the release information

Also you can’t use images of artist who aren’t actually on the song you’re.So if you’re doing a cover song for an artist for example you can’t put their picture on the cover because you are performing the song not them..

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So don’t get artwork that isn’t digital store ready because once you try to get your music distributed online you’re gonna run into a lot of problems.Click Here to check out who we recommend to use for all your graphic needs.