Rappers, when I first began my career I was like many of you in that I unfortunately could not afford to pay for studio time. I had so many song ideas and I was eager to get started but without a studio I started to doubt to possibilities. However instead of quitting I started reading anything I could get my hands on that talked about building my own home studio. Piece by piece I used money from my job to slowly build up my bedroom with the bare essentials. As I've gotten older I've kept this mentality close to me and although I can afford alot of the 'toys' now I actually prefer to pack light and keep my setup mobile. Here is how you can have my same setup for less than $1000.
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Rappers, have you ever asked yourself "Am I Marketable?" It's a question that will either excite you or be a harsh slap of reality. I read an article by Funkworm at IndieHipHop.net a few years ago that helped change my career drastically. The article title read "Sure You Can Spit, But Are You Marketable?" in this AM911 we discuss what exactly it means to be marketable and how to determine if you are truly marketable.
Rappers, there are many ways to stand out from the crowd but none stronger than power of consistency. You will outlast most of your competition simply by showing up, having the right attitude, and PROPERLY utilizing the power of consistency.
Rappers, there are many ways to build a legitimate fan base. One of the most GOLDEN opportunities to win over new fans that a lot of artists overlook is in their interviews. Here's how your radio, podcast, blog interviews can actually help tremendously when it comes to building a following for your music.
Rappers, disappointment is inevitably going to come your way while in pursuit of your goals. The real danger of disappointment is when it transforms into depression. There are healthy and unhealthy ways to combat your career setbacks, here are 8 healthy ways to combat your disappointments.
Rappers, sometimes it's very easy to get discouraged about what critics have to say about the state of the music industry. You hear them say all the time how "There's No Money In the Music Industry!" However have you ever asked yourself, what industry EXACTLY they are referring to? Does it REALLY apply to you as an independent artist? I answer those questions and more in this episode of AM911.
Rappers, when we start out we all have big dreams we want to accomplish. We all have goals that we make major sacrifices to accomplish. Some of our peers don't make it, and I believe I have the answer why in this AM911.
Rappers, we already know how important album covers are to our promotional push. Album artwork is what helps potential fans make a decision of whether or not to listen to your music. Here are some important tips to consider when creating the artwork for your music masterpiece.
Rappers, there is this often unspoken philosophy that many rappers have that is slowly but surely killing their social media presence. In this AM911 I share with you why I don't believe in the myth of the follower count ratio.
Rappers, being apart of a Performance Rights Organization is one of those things we hear on a consistent basis that we should be apart of, however many of us are unsure what their role is in our career. Here's a simplified explanation of the role and difference between PROs ASCAP & BMI.