- Final product
- Where to get inspiration.
- How to contact and collaborate with other artists
- Process of production
- Finding the right distribution method – Label vs Indie
- Branding and building up hype
“Mixed” is the latest Hip-Hop/Instrumental EP from SlideBass Records, produced and engineered by musical artists 1SkyeeArc & 7rivon. The EP combines a magnitude of different emotional tones to set a “mixed” vibe for the project.
Where to get inspiration
(7rivon & 1SkyeeArc) Inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time. Sometimes it can feel that you have no inspiration and hours can pass before you actually come up with something, which as a musician can be very frustrating! But, it is important to understand that you shouldn’t rush it and at some point, you will get inspired and get new ideas to make music with. That’s where getting into SlideBass Records helps. SlideBass provides its artists with exclusive musical ideas, such as melodies, chords, and samples, and the best part is, it’s completely free! Once you download the content off of the website, it is deleted forever. You would be the only person to create a project with that sample! This is where we got the inspiration for this EP as well.
How to contact and collaborate with other artists
(7rivon) Now, we don’t want to spam a producer’s DMs saying “Collab bro??” do we? Many collaborations happen through knowing each other well, and genuinely liking each other’s content and figure a collaboration can pan out well. Your best bet is to support the artist for a while and help out with their production to start. Disclaimer that this is not the only way to approach it, but just from a very friendly sort of way. Once you established a connection with them on social media etc., you could begin by saying “Hey, I really love your songs. I have this cool idea for a track, and I want you to have it :)”. You could also remix one of their songs, and help them gain exposure to the original song. Once they get to know you as not only a fan but someone very helpful, you can perhaps ask for a bigger favor, such as asking them if they can listen to your new song. Remember though, try to have some relevance to the original artist, for example, say “I made this song dedicated to you!” or “I was very inspired by your style of music. I wanted to see what I can make of it.” You could then ask what they think about your music, and see if they are interested in hopping on a track you are making. If they aren’t totally convinced make sure to give them all the benefits! (Large royalty split, Primary artist position, etc.)
Process of production
(1SkyeeArc) The whole EP was made in FL Studio, a music/software tool. 7rivon and 1SkyeeArc incorporated multiple unique touches when it comes to the production. They brought in a mix of hard-hitting 808s with bouncy percussion and rhythm to create an EP with a mixed feeling, just as the name suggests! The whole EP was mixed and mastered before submission by 1SkyeeArc and 7rivon to make sure all sounds were properly balanced and adjusted for different audio outputs.
With this EP, 1SkyeeArc and 7rivon really wanted to bring their audience something different, something of great quality and uniqueness.
Finding the right distribution method – Label vs Indie
(7rivon) Finding the right distribution method is crucial if you want to balance the benefits of income and exposure. It’s pretty much common sense. Choosing a big label will definitely help you get more recognition from their huge networks and advertising budget. However, this also means you’re giving away a huge cut from your royalties. Again, common sense. But going indie seems to be a lot more appealing to musical artists nowadays since they have tools like social media to promote. But if you actually think about it; how hard is it to get your first thousand followers? To gamble and spend thousands of dollars on Instagram ads or promotional posts just to get a few streams on your new album? It may sound convincing that you can make it as an indie artist, but if that’s true there won’t be such a thing as a record label. The important decision is about finding the right label. For us, it was easy, we just had to go to our own label, SlideBass Records, and submit our new EP through there.
So if you are deciding to go with a label like us, you can follow the 3 ‘C’s that would definitely help.
As an artist who doesn’t have previous connections with a record label, it is best to check out some of their contract terms by searching something like “Example Records – Contract” or looking through their official website. SlideBass literally states that they take 0% of your royalties, offers free distribution, and gives you the ultimate freedom for being signed to their label.
Now that you’ve decided the label offers a fair deal, see if your music is compatible with the label. Although some may argue this step comes before researching the contract, I personally believe it is better to research your long term benefits first. Besides, most labels are very flexible with genres and can accept your songs as long as it foreshadows commercial success. You should check out their playlists and YouTube Channels, for example, SlideBass Records’ Dystopia Spotify playlist, and see if your songs match their general style of music.
Finally, you decided that this is the perfect label to distribute your song to. What do you do now? Labels range widely in terms of acceptance of demos, and generally speaking, most record labels stress from receiving too much music to go over. Big labels like Republic Records or Spinnin’ Records keep their A&R contacts or demo submissions very hidden, and sometimes even unaccepting “unsolicited material.” On the other hand, record labels like SlideBass Records literally have a giant button in the middle of the homepage saying “SUBMIT YOUR DEMOS HERE.” To maximize your success on establishing a connection with the label, I would suggest you research thoroughly through the internet, from search engines like google (eg. “Example Records A&R Contact”, ”Example Records Demo Submission”) to Demo submission websites (eg. Submithub.com, Labelradar.com) to Question websites (eg. Quora, Reddit, LinkedIn). Once you have collected the information, check over all the contacts and send your track over. Try to keep your email consistent and straight-forward, with all your track information, a little biography about yourself, and a steam/download link to your music via (preferably) SoundCloud. Good luck!
Branding and building up hype
(1SkyeeArc) Branding is incredibly important if you want to achieve success with your music. For the EP “Mixed”, 7rivon and 1SkyeeArc promoted the project via services provided by SlideBass Records, such as social media marketing, video creation, Spotify playlist placements and much more! This is why having label support you can be vital, especially in the ever-growing cluster of Social Media. 1SkyeeArc and 7rivon also ran dedicated promotion campaigns on SoundCloud, which allowed us to gain thousands of streams and engagement. The key when it comes to marketing is that you have to create something that’s different, something that stands out from the crowd and makes people want to engage with your content.
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Helen McCrory, Star of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’, dies at 52
Helen McCrory, the British actress best known for her roles in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and ‘Peaky Blinders,’ has died, her husband, actor Damian Lewis, reported on Friday.
McCrory, who was 52, died “peacefully at home” after “an heroic battle with cancer,” the “Homeland” star said in a tweet.
The London-born actress, who featured as Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise, had a arch, mysterious quality that served her well in villainous roles, including the period dramas “Peaky Blinders” and “Penny Dreadful” and the “Vampires of Venice” episode of the long running “Doctor Who.”
A year ago, she showed up in two miniseries: The Masterpiece production “Roadkill,” in which she played the UK’s Prime Minister opposite Hugh Laurie; and “Quiz,” a fact-based drama about the “Who Wants to be a MIllionaire” scandal.
She was no stranger to political roles, playing Cherie Blair – the wife of British prime minister Tony Blair – twice, in “The Queen” and the TV movie “The Special Relationship,” both times with Michael Sheen and “The Crown” writer Peter Morgan.
McCrory was additionally a refined stage actress, playing strong women from Lady Macbeth to Medea in London’s West End.
“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you,” Lewis said in his tweet.
McCrory and Lewis shared two children together. Talking about the interesting shuffling their lives at times needed to British Vogue in 2013, McCrory attributed her desire to be there for her youngsters for her impressive resumé.
“It’s got to be a damn good offer to coax me away from them,” she told the publication. “Which is probably why the projects I’ve worked on since they were born have been such interesting ones.”
“Helen McCrory will be remembered not just for her remarkable stage and screen performances, but also for her selflessness and generosity,” Lucas wrote. “She and Damian were the motor driving FeedNHS, working tirelessly during the pandemic to raise millions for others. What a tremendous loss.”
IS APOSTLE JP M DINAYEN A TRUE MAN OF GOD OR A MEDIA CELEBRITY
Since the past year we have seen many so-called “online prophets” rising from all over the globe to establish their ministries online. In this outbreak of prophets, we have seen many of their controversial gimmicks starting as small as showing off expensive clothing brands and their lavish lifestyles for all their followers to see (some of which are not really theirs), and ending as big as faking miracles of raising people from the dead or having a telephone conversation with God Himself.
It is safe to say we have seen all kinds of attempts at fame – so in this article we will be taking a close look at South African-based Cameroonian pastor – Apostle JP M Dinayen, founder of Dinayen TV and FOC Prophetic & Deliverance ministries – Could he be part of these “gimmick pastors” or could he be a beacon of hope for us that there are still true Men of God out there…
With allegedly 11 years of being in SA, the self-proclaimed “Apostle of Power” has had many well-publicised achievements in his ministry, which attracted both multitudes of followers and many adversaries. To mention a few of his alleged achievements, it is said that he is philanthropist by nature – allocating not less than hundreds of thousands (in US Dollars) of his ministry earnings to his charity department. But could this really be because he is passionate about helping the poor or is it just another media stunt to look good? We will leave that for you to decide..
It is also said that he is well-known for empowering the youth, according to a recent public statement made by his wife Prophetess Nam Dinayen. She also added that a month does not go by without the Apostle donating funds to more than 12 families. Could it be that he loves the poor that much? Or is it a way to win the public over? Again, we will leave that for you to decide…
After an analysis of his lifestyle, our team found that the pastor is quite well-off, driving a latest Range Rover Sport with a classic Mercedes Benz C-Class and living in a world class estate, our doubts about him began to increase. Where could the money to fund these expensive assets be coming from? Some say he is also a businessman, some say he is a forex trader, some say this is money made from the church but the main question is: what do you say?
He is very controversial on social media popularly known as the “Gucci prophet” with many picture dressed in luxurious brands. He has also been highly ridiculed for his controversial haircuts – with many saying no pastor should cut their hair like he does.
With all this information at hand – ripped jeans, expensive cars, strange haircuts, flashy houses; would you say Apostle JP M Dinayen is a true Man of God or just another social media celebrity?
Feel free to drop your comments below and let us know what’s your take on Apostle JP M Dinayen…
‘Jeopardy!’ taps former champion Buzzy Cohen as guest host for ‘Tournament of Champions’ in next month
Previous “Risk!” champion Buzzy Cohen has been tapped to guest host the show’s upcoming Tournament of Champions.
The fan-favorite winner of 2016 who proceeded to win the following year’s tournament will take over guest-hosting duties as a feature of the growing roster of guests getting behind the podium to fill in for the late Alex Trebek, who passed on at age 80 after a protracted fight with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
As per People, Cohen will guest host the show beginning May 17 through the 28th and direct the tournament that will see returning champions compete against champions compete against to see who is the best “Jeopardy!” player among them.
The outlet reports that Cohen’s extended role on the show implies he’ll be working intimately with writers and producers and therefore disqualified himself from showing up as a “Jeopardy!” contestant in the future. Luckily, Cohen has effectively substantiated himself on the famous game show’s stage multiple times.
“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards told the outlet in a statement. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”
This year, 15 past winners will go head-to-head for the tournament’s grand prize of $250,000 that will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, an office named after the long-lasting host of the show that helps vagrants through different charitable services.
Right now, NFL star Aaron Rodgers is acting as guest host of “Jeopardy!” yet he’ll need to hang up his hosting cap soon to clear a path for an alternate guest judge. In any case, Rodgers recently indicated that he’d take the necessary steps to be made the lasting host of the competition show.
Up until this point, however, the popular game show has not declared any plans to install a permanent host, picking rather to continue to welcome on celebrity guests. In any case, fans as of late appealed to for “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Levar Burton to take on the job.
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