It goes without saying that Cutty Forever dropped a project (EP if your into semantics) that the whole city has gotten behind and supported, His EP "Forever" has been shared on multiple social media accounts and has been on the playlists of fans and fellow artists. It's safe to say whether or not you follow Cutty Forever's accounts, the impact of the EP is hard not to notice. Read more the track review here: Track2Track : Go Ask 'Em
But Ima gangsta nigga,
And as with any project that drops, visuals are a key driver of not only marketing but also potentially revenue. It's with this that Cutty Forever has dropped his first video to his Forever EP for the track "Go Ask 'Em". The video was directed by King Spencer, who has collaborated with Cutty Forever on multiple videos. It's this familiarity and rapport that helped make "Go Ask 'Em" the visual to a song that has so many vivid lines. The video features Cutty Forever and his crew in their element as they represent and even do a few stunts on the hood of a swervin car. The video also features local staples in the music scene which includes; DJ Wallie Mayne, Chubbs tha Barber, and Mr. Mista to name a few. Cutty Forever makes it clear that the them is his Familia crew who are not hard to find. And as Cutty Forever states in the opening lines of the video, "We all got on the same mutherfuckkin chains, nigga. We move like a unit"!. Nigga. Familia!"
So checkout Cutty Forever's video to the track "Go Ask 'Em":
This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with the popular boy band group the Hansons, which was hosted by the wonderful people at 36 Degrees North. The Hansons touched on a Number of topics from booking shows, to getting your music to the right people, to how to engage with your audience.
Here's the full audio:
Here's a few Takeaways from the event:
- Find a band or performer that has the lifestyle you want and that aligns with where you want to be in the future. Then do the RESEARCH. Find out why their music and is working. Look for patterns. Do they drop multiple songs a year? Do they only drop albums? Are they selling their album on their site only? Is their whole catalog on streaming sites? It takes research. And after that it takes doing. Trial and Error to be exact. DON'T BECOME A PROFESSIONAL STUDENT!
- Everyone wants to be a millionaire living in huge mansions, designer clothes, and fancy cars. Record companies use to give crazy large advances to artists, and they usually were looking to recoup this advance through record sales. Hopefully the first album's record sales, but don't be surprised if it was the 2nd album's sales that were still paying for the first album's advance. But the days of big budget advances from record labels is a thing of the past, especially for new artists. So how will artists make money in this new digital age? Touring! This is your baby for. This goes for any artist these days, so protect it.
Here are some other tips Hanson came up with: Have a Destination Concert with your super fans. For example; people like to go to the Bahamas. So why not have a destination concert at the Bahamas where your super fans can come and party with you? Heck their already going to be going there. So a concert of their favorite artists is a plus many super fans are willing to pay for.
The smaller snowball of revenue is royalties received from streaming such as Spotify. Apple Music, and TIDAL. But they have traditionally saw very small margins, especially for smaller artists.
Next is YouTube. It's funny how music videos use to be a marketing tool that most labels used to help promote a single and hopefully generate more album sales. They use to be a black hole to the record label's bottom lone. But with YouTube (Make sure you have MONETIZE setting turned ON) music videos have become a revenue generator and has actually created some millionaires in the process. Some don't even sing at all. Yep the person uploading those cat videos is a millionaire because of Aunt Sue with the cats.
Radio. But lets be honest Radio isn't what it use to be. Streaming sites have killed the radio.
Merch. Every chance you get you should sell merch. It's a huge part of an artist's income. Especially when touring. Merch is that tangible item that concert goers love to get after seeing an awesome concert. So always. Always have merch available no matter how big or how small a venue you are performing.
Super Fans. Yep you read that right Super Fans. The people that have been listening to your music since your first mixtape dropped. The fans that have been to multiple shows and stood front row to sing every song. Super Fans. But How Do You Know Who Are Your Super Fans? Data. From Where? Streaming Sites and Social Media. In this new data driven age. Those that know the numbers win, and those that don't. DON'T. Analytics pages are now accessible to artists from apps such as Spotify or Instagram and are helping artist identify who's been listening and viewing their content, how long, and if they have come back for a second or third helping. Now that's data that you can use to build a fan base and one day plan one of those Destination Concerts we were talking about earlier. It also shows you where your Super Fans are. Have a big following in Topeka, Kansas. Why not have a concert there? On Spotify and TIDAL you can even have customers purchase tickets right in the app. Here's an example how Grammy Award Nominee Brent Faiyaz built his career off of streaming:
Last but not least. To really make it in this industry you have to have a TEAM. Nobody does it by themselves. But one person can do many roles. Two people may have to do the same role. But there are roles and they need to be filled. But what are the roles? Here's a few the Hansons pointed out as key roles to have in a Team:
Artist- Of course you need an artist because somebody has to play the music.
Writer/Publisits - You gotta be able to get your music out there, and this role does just that. From blogs, streaming sites, podcasts, magazines, TV, etc the list goes on.
ASCAP or BMI - you want to start making money? Well these are the collection companies that help you get paid from Spotify or from YouTube. Of course they take a little bit for there service. But hey it's better than not getting paid at all.
Manager - This is a key role to the success of your career. The manager has to be that shark that is there to fight for you. From booking shows, to managing your schedule, even making sure you have the right food in the dressing room. They are necessary! They will also take up to 10%. Why? Because you want someone who is just as vested in your career as you are. So that means they need some skin in the game. Better yet money. The more money they get you. The more money they make. And make sure it's only if your in the green. And not a flat fee.
Music Attorney - This is also a key role. Especially when contracts get thrown around. A good attorney can save you millions when it comes to bogus record label contracts. You heard of the term 360 deal? Lawyers are another necessary piece that is vested in your career because you pay them. But not your uncle that practices family law. Naw. You need an entertainment lawyer that has experience. Ask for references. And a good lawyer can point you to other people that can help complete your team. But the one thing about lawyers is that they don't care if your in the green or not. They want their money.
The Hanson's were even gracious enough to lend us some practical advice:
Know who you are? It's easy to get lost in the chase of fortune and fame. Know who you are. And the rest will fall in to place.
Perform everywhere. No stage is to big and no stage is to small. You never know who will be in the crowd during a performance or who knows who. Plus the world just got that much smaller with the internet, so every performance give it your all. And be humble and willing enough to perform anywhere. Even at a pizza shop.
Don't catch yourself waiting! It's never going to be the perfect time. It's never gonna be the perfect situation. It might be raining. Your flash drive might not work. No matter what the 'it' is. DON'T WAIT. DO!
Hope you enjoyed the podcast and the article. And thanks to the Hansons and 36 Degrees North for hosting the event.
Let us know what was your major key you took away from the Hanson interview.
They say "when in France do as the French do". And when in the 'H' do as the swangers do. And we not talkin about dirty dancin'. Urban dictionary defines swangers as: "83 or 84 elbows chrome spoke rims that goes on a slab(car)." But definitions are always up to interpretations, and one artist by the name of Ray June is showing his interpretation of the Houston car culture that is swangin' in his latest video Swervin.
Ray June is an artist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who created the phrase Troopy Life. But it hasn't taken long for Ray June to prove that this is more than a phrase, it's a lifestyle. You can catch some of his Troopy Life appeal on the Troopy Lifers that support Ray June as an artist and as an entrepreneur. So let's get into Swervin:
All these Jim Carrey's talkin they don't really know me,
From the first 4 bars it's easy to see why Ray June choose "Swervin" as his lead single. What I enjoy about this track first off is his flow. He embodies the swangers lifestyle and takes his time and creates his own cadence throughout the verses. Swervin is the 1st track off Ray June's recently released album Stay Troopy, Vol 2. Which is an 8-track sequel to the Stay Troopy series. The track highlights Ray June's ability to both rap and sing as his melodic auto-tuned voice can be heard throughout the chorus and bridge of the track.
The video to Swervin was shot by videographer Thraxx The Shooter who's artistic vision elevated the track to a new level. The video features synchronized choreography (which the pointing elbow was an impressively subtle stunt move) and shots of Ray June having fun with his friends. One of the best visuals of the video is of Ray June riding on the back of a swervin' Impala, and whats even more impressive is when the Impala is swervin in reverse surprisingly Ray June is still able to deliver a player performance. This is video is a must watch!
So checkout Ray June's latest video Swervin.
It's Friday! You made it. I made it. We all made it! Those days are gone of hurrying home from school on Friday to catch 106 & Park's Freestyle Friday competition. Where stars were made. OK maybe not stars. But at least it was a platform for artists to get their 15 minutes of fame. Who could forget Jin?
"Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, we gon' do it like this, okay?
"YOU BETTER LOSE YOURSELF IN THE MOMENT." This is from the chorus of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" that played at the end of 8 Mile as character Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr. walks back to finish his shift at his job after defeating rival MC and reigning champion Papa Doc. 8 Mile is a classic MC battling movie that is always brought up during any rap battle. So it's no surprise that the very beat used in the freestyle scenes of the movie would also be used during Lessons in Fresh Freestyle Battle that happened at the Tulsa owned and operated Chimera. The two competitors were Mr. Burns (aka Earl Hazard) and Bezel365. Both competitors are revered rap battlers that have been known to rip apart their competition. But what would happen when they went neck to neck?
"It's better to ask for FOREGIVENESS, not PERMISSION." This was the approach Tulsa artist Dial Tone and videographer VideoHero took when shooting their music video "Laser Quest" at the AHHA Tulsa. The art gallery located in the heart of downtown Tulsa had recently opened an exhibit called "The Experience" which is just as the title says "an experience" and a must see. But unbeknownst to Dial Tone, VideoHero, and AHHA Tulsa this would also be the perfect location for "Laser Quest."
Some think Wednesday's are boring, That's until Jarry Manna started Wave Wednesdays, which is a day that the artist Jarry Manna dropped exclusive content to his loyal fanbase. The Local Waver has seen some major success and all without a major deal. When we say major were talking about the million streams on Spotify. Yea, Major! You would think he has nothing left to prove right? Wrong. Jarry Manna is proving that if the majors won't open the door than the WAVE will get him to his beach. And as his recent release states, he's here to "Collect"!
World Culture Music
Production: Papa_74126, George Young, 2Peece, Deaneaux, John Mooreland, TK Nasa, Charity E. Vaughn
Midnight has always been associated with images of a world that lives by more than what's 'Right'. A world where the rules get bent, and where certain codes are followed. You know the things that are easily done by the camouflage of the night. But what happens when the when that line between day and night gets blurred? Some call it "Midnight in Broad Daylight". For T3DA it means "Broad Day Gang", which is a recent release that explains just who T3DA is.