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As I’ve mentioned in a few of my earlier post, I am starting to learn more about the production end of music. So here are a few beats I have made myself and hope you will be able to use them on your mixtapes.

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Beats    I have always enjoyed making music, and have noticed that finding quality beats online can be difficult. So I am writing this article to share with you the best source I have come across for beats. GoonOnTheTrack.com is the most reliable resource I have found that consistently has quality beats ready for recording at anytime.

I have been a recording artist for 8 years now and have searched all over the internet for beats, and I’m usually disappointed. There are a lot of sites out there that offer beats, but most of them are really not worth your time.

I have spent hours trying to find a professional site to download rap beats from but usually just give up after a few hours because there are so many beatmakers whose production sound amateur.

Recently I started to take matters into my own hands and make my own beats. I’ve made a few decent beats, but I am far from being a professional. That is why when I found a good site with quality rnb beats I had to share it with other artists. RnB beats can be some of the hardest to find because most beatmakers only make hip hop or rap. And it’s even harder to find beatmakers that are familiar with making pop beats.

I’m sure there are a lot of artist facing this same problem, and that is why so many of us are starting to take a stab at making our own beats. But now that I have found a reliable source filled with quality downloadable beats I have been able to focus more on my writing and recording sessions and less on trying to learn how to make my own beats.

 

Home Recording Studio Setup – The Basics

home-recording-studio    Where do you start when setting up you own home recording studio? You can spend thousands of dollars before you ever hit record, when taking on this project you will have to ask yourself some questions, first am I really going to like this? Meaning are you going to gut your basement and build a full on recording studio? If so, doing this can be fun and rewarding if done right. You can build a huge studio in your basement with sound proof walls, control room and so on, then rent out studio time to local bands to recoup some of the money spent building the studio. However the out of pocket cash can be pretty large. Or you could just take the slow and steady approach.

There is no need to put a financial strain upon yourself, just start out slow. Ask yourself why am I considering making this? What am I going to do with this once setup? Do I really need this? These are important questions to ask yourself. When I first started out building my studio I went through the same sort of thoughts you are going through. You may be shocked by how much you don’t have to spend to get a good setup. Do not rush into anything.

First place to start is with an entry level studio, so this only requires the basics. I would recommend you get a good digital recorder, mic (at least 2), drum machine, and a digital effects processor. The great thing about digital products is they have really come down in price over the past few years. There are great digital recorders on the market for $150.00 and up. Products like foxstex, tascam, boss and zoom these are just to name a few. As far as mics go I would not spend a lot of money on a mic to start out. Yes it can make a difference on the recording but to start you don’t have to go with the more costly mics.

Hopefully I have successfully given you some insight on building your home studio. In closing, build your studio slowly and make sure it is really something you are going to use rather than spending a lot of time and money only to find out you don’t want to do this.

Closer To Getting A Record Deal

0Record Deal    Do you have that extraordinary talent, along with guts and the x factor that record companies are looking for? Well, if your answer is yes and you just don’t know where to start in getting a record deal, you are unsure of what your should and should not do. This article is meant for you.

There are actually many ways that recording companies find their talents but for you to reach out to them maybe a little difficult. So this article is intended to help you get a closer to getting a record deal, although these tips may not be a sure fire way to get a record deal but these tips can be your steps to getting noticed which in turn will increase your chances of getting signed.

A. Promote yourself

Promoting yourself to get noticed can really be the turning point in your career. In recent years more artists have looked to You tube to really get that added exposure for themselves or there brand. Also never under estimate the effects of world of mouth. Giving out some of your music to people that may have connections in the music industry should never be underestimated.

B. Charisma

Make sure you have what it takes to be a music professional, the key word is professional.  Enuff said…

C. Talent and creativity

Always be looking to develop and further your talent. You’ll definitely need to create your own signature sound, make sure you got what it takes to be in the music business. Most often, the chances of getting a record deal depends on your signature sound, your talent, how you attract people, and how skillful are you when it comes to music.

D. Work Ethic

Record companies are always geared towards artists with good work ethics. So it is a definitely plus if you are serious about the business and ready to put in the time and effort that is required to be a force in the industry. No company wants to waste their investment on someone who is not serious about it.

E. Representation

Record companies take artists with managers who contact them seriously. Not saying you must have a manager, but having a professional manager with the right connects can help.

Free Beats

FREE BEATS    As modern recording artists working with a tight budget, using free beats can be a real life saver. When it comes to studio time and beats things can get a bit costly. This is why so many of us are always on the lookout for free beats and instrumentals. When you have exhausted the use of covered instrumentals for your mixtape, finding original beats you can use is always a plus. The only thing about most free beats and instrumentals is they are usually not 100% free. Which means you can not just download them without first finding out what restrictions or limitations are before you just start recording your music in the studio. In most cases free beats and instrumentals can only be used for non-profit projects. This means you should not look to earn any money with your final material. Which really isn’t a limitation to me, because you are still able to get more exposure and keep pushing out new material so you are able to stay relevant in this ever changing market. Using free beats also gives you the opportunity to test a producers or beatmakers sound with your fans, so you can get some much needed feedback before committing to buying any of their beats. Since I too am a recording artists who is willing to use free beats and instrumentals, I have found a great site that has made several beats available to me to share with you. Just remember these beats are all for non profit use and are exclusive property of http://www.goononthetrack.com.

Link to free beats: http://www.goononthetrack.com/free-beats.php

So You Want To Be A Recording Artists

IGM_Recording_Studio_dtwp_mic_1280x1024    Beginning a musical career can be difficult, and damn near a up hill battle if you don’t know how to break into the mainstream industry. Everyone has a dream or goals, but if you don’t know the right people to contact or the best professional approach, you could be left on the outside looking in and unable to get your foot in the door. If you are looking to take your career to the next level, you will need to know what kind of people to consult and where to go.

Spending time with a music consultant can really streamline your efforts. There are companies that will assist you in determining how to best go about presenting your music you have written or someone has written for you. Music consultants can also help you improve your stage presentation, because your performances are directly related to your ability and your presentation, so having someone to assist you with that aspect can help move your career in the right direction much faster.

Upcoming recording artists like yourself surely have felt overwhelmed at times. So speaking with a music industry consultant to help you understand everything you will be involved in and help you keep a fresh perspective on what will be required of you as you make your journey to the top can be very useful. Their input can be very helpful when you need more direction towards setting your goals and accomplishing them.

As new recording artists, the business end of the music industry can be confusing, so knowing the right people who can give you insight on the other end of the business spectrum can increase your chances of succeeding. A music business consultant is another excellent way to get a leg up on your competition so you can further fulfill any goals you are trying to achieve.

There will be many highs and lows during your journey as a recording artists, as stated in the previous article perseverance and determination will be the key to your long term goals. As well as keeping these above suggestion in mind while beginning your recording career.

Determination Plus Perseverance Equals Success

PerseverenceandDetermination    Unfortunately most people lack determination. Now that may be a bold statement to start off an article with but it is apparent that majority of people can’t handle boredom. This means most of us are unable to stay focused on one thing long enough to become good at it. Because we live in a world of convenience and immediate gratification much of society expects instant results. Now as upcoming artists we know that getting instant results or immediate results is just unreasonable and unrealistic. It takes determination and perseverance to be successful in the music industry where there is so much competition to get recognition from industry professionals.

Most aspiring artists don’t achieve their goals because they see becoming a successful artist as hard work, instead of a labor of love. You do not have to work hard to be a success, hard work is only a state of mind. Normal people view their work as hard so it ends up being hard. Every artists enjoys creating music so we can share the end result with our fans and listeners. But most artists really don’t enjoy the marketing of their music or having to be sharp at public relations. This is because they don’t understand doing something, not necessarily because you enjoy it but because it is an important piece of a jigsaw or a means to an end is just as important as being in the studio. You must be so determined to succeed that even the aspects of the music industry you’re not necessarily found of, you are able to see the importance of consistently being dedicated.

As far as perseverance goes, you must not be afraid to fail. I have heard many artists throughout the years state “failure is not an option”, but highly successful people are those who have failed many times but who have tried again and again and again. It has been scientifically proven that only one in ten thousand people will, having failed three or four times, continue to try again. No one said becoming a platinum selling artists would be a walk in the park and only took talent. “Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent,” said Calvin Coolidge the 30th President of the United States. You have to remain focused in every aspect of your career and along the way during this magnificent journey. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.

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Healthy Eating Habits

healthy-food    Healthy eating habits, how often do you hear this spoken of amongst recording artists and musicians? As recording artists and musicians, many of us neglect or just forget how important having good eating habits can be. Many of us are usually on the go so we just grab what ever is convenient and call it a meal, but with all the time constraints and obligations we must meet we can’t afford to neglect our health. The music industry can be very stressful, when dealing with managers, record execs and continuing to meet our obligations with the fans.

In the moments when you are faced with stressful situations, what you eat will determine your energy level. The body needs more nutrients to sustain energy levels while under stress. Stress also affects how your body absorbs nutrients, one important vitamin the body needs during stressful times is Vitamin C. A great source of vitamin C is an orange, how often do you stop to just enjoy an orange? The lack of vitamin C during stress causes your energy level to drop and you become tired and listless very easily. And no artists can afford to be tired and listless during a performance.

Many artists look to boost their energy or alertness by drinking lots of coffee, but coffee can also add to stress and definitely isn’t a healthy choice. You may get some temporary relief when you drink coffee but it is not an overall good practice. Instead of drinking coffee or even sugar filled sodas, try keeping some fruits around. Fruits and even vegetables are the best source of nutrients to give your body the energy boost it needs. As artists we spend long hours on the road going from one venue to the next, and this is a great time to relax and replenish the body with the nutrients it needs for the next performance or interview.

Concert-Stage    Healthy eating habits is usually over looked by many artists, because there are so many other obligations we must keep in mind. But it is our responsibility to keep our bodies working and functioning at top levels. When you think of nutrition you may only think of athletes, but artists should be taking nutrition and health just as serious. Being under all those hot lights on stage can zap your energy quickly, so practice good eating habits and be mindful of what you are putting into your body. Be sure to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drink less coffee, sodas, and alcohol.

Overall healthy eating will keep your energy level at its best and help you to deal with the stress you face as a modern recording artist.

The Importance Of Copyrighting Your Music

copyright    When you copyright your music it insures you protection from the music you create being plagiarized or misused. This is essential so you don’t discover your music is being ripped off. Copyrighting comes with a few fees, but it gives you some peace of mind.

When you write a song and wish to claim it as original writing by you, it is important to submit it to the US Copyright Office. Some people simply send a copy of the CD to themselves via certified mail to prove the date and time. This is known as a poor man’s copyright and does not carry much weight nor is it enough to claim ownership. A copyright needs to be approved by the government to make it legal, so be sure to submit your material via the correct channels.

You will need to submit the appropriate form along with your song. As Performing Artists this usually requires the Form PA for Performing Arts.  This form will cover all your original lyrics and once submitted will protect your song from being plagiarized or misused. So copyright your music by registering it, first fill in the Form PA then make a check out to “Register of Copyrights” in the amount of $45. Next put everything (CD, form and check) in an envelope and mail it to:

Library of Congress
Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

If you would prefer to deliver in person their owers of service and location are:

Hours: Open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., eastern time, except federal holidays.
Location: Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. near the Capitol South Metro stop. Access for disabled individuals is at the front door on Independence Avenue, S.E.
Directions

So copyright your music!

Steps To Finding The Best Instrumentals

beast instrumentals for your album   First off, you will find a lot of articles or post like this one all over the web, but they are usually written by producers or beatmakers who are trying to sell you there services. So since I am an artist like yourself, you can be sure you are getting quality information without being pitched a service at the end. As artists finding the best instrumentals is the number one priority and can’t afford to be compromised. Choosing the best instrumentals is an important step towards becoming a professional songwriter and recording artist. The music we use is as important as our vocals and the space we record in. So no matter how determined we are to succeed in the music industry or how creative we are as artist, the choice of tracks we use can be the deciding factor in what is going to make a successful album.
So lets talk about some steps to consider when making the final decision on which instrumentals work for you.

First, identify your style. OK, I know that sounds obvious, but many artists spend more time experimenting with different styles and never just pen point the best style that works for them. A lot of artists just go with what is popular at the moment when looking for the best instrumentals, but never consider what truly works with their voice and writing style. Don’t just buy something because it has a lot of cool changes or dynamics in it and because everyone you know is using that same formula. Instead find something that is going to compliment your style and your goals as an artist.

Second, find a mentor or someone who is consistently success with their own music. Now I’m not saying go out and try to be like someone else or become a copycat, but one important step is to find a few great artists to model after. These are people you can collect ideas from and it is from this collection of inspiring ideas that your own personal style will come from. This will also help you to identify which sound is most suitable for your specific style.

Lastly, open the lines of communication between yourself and the producer or beatmaker you are wanting to work with. Developing an online relationship with them  can lead to an abundance of creativity. There are sites where you are able to contact the producers you are inspired to work with when buying instrumentals, and I would suggest using those services above all others. When you utilize this step you will be able to get insightful information from the person behind creating the tracks that inspire you the most. If you follow these steps you’ll be able to achieve more long term success in this industry and blow past the pack of wannabes.