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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

@skopemag Gets To Know Nashville’s Iam_Phi

@skopemag Gets To Know Nashville’s Iam_Phi

We are so excited today to have an authentic emcee coming out of Nashville, TN by the name Iam_Phi. Iam_Phi is looking to strike a nerve in the digital world with the release of two singles “Still Not Free” and “Lie To Me.” We got to chat with him about Thanksgiving, his music making process, other Nashville artists he respects, and so much more!



Stoli: Where are we talking from today and are you excited for Thanksgiving next week?

Nashville TN yes I am.

Stoli: How does your family celebrate the holidays and what makes a family special to you?

Well most of my family past so I won’t be celebrating unfortunately.

Stoli: Offer us a brief history of how your passion for music became Iam_Phi?

Lost my sports scholarships football basketball and track getting put out of school, went to jail twice being in the streets so I turned to music.

Stoli: Coming up how much were you exposed to music through your home and amongst friends/family?

All the time that’s all my mother did was listen to music an sing.

Stoli: Nashville has a rich history in music like country & hip hop. Who are 2 artists that you respect and listen to?

Kings of Leon and starlito.


Stoli: I am really concerned that Spotify & streaming will make it hard to earn $$ through recorded music. How do you see this?

It’s more ways to make money in this business so I don’t see it affecting the plans we have in motion.

Stoli: When you are going to create new music who do you work with and what kind of environment and mood are you in?

Mostly I work alone with my little brother he is not only my manager but also my engineer I don’t need a certain space or place to create I just create.

Stoli: You have 2 new singles “Still Not Free” and “Lie To Me” that you are putting out. How do you choose these songs and when did you write & record them?

They were written and recorded a few months ago but I felt still not free is needed in America today so that’s my way of giving back and lie to me is about a female so I guess I was in my feelings.

Stoli: I love “Still Not Free.” What does that song mean to you and if you were to do a music video what would that look like visually?

Due to all the police killing our people putting out the truth and waking up our people.. probably would look like a protest of human rights etc that us as a whole weren’t and aren’t allowed.

Stoli: For me, my children inspire me to strive for success, what or who inspires you?

My kids.. the people who believe in me so far as my camp.. the people I lost and me and my drive is the only thing that can’t really help me make it

Stoli: When you are not making music, what else do you attend to?

My kids and doing anything dealing with getting me out.

Stoli: What is coming up for Iam_Phi and where you @ online?

Tar 1 the actual album is dropping the e.p. is out on Bandcamp now for purchase and download .. YouTube iam phi… Instagram@iam_phi fackebook etc

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rupaul's Drag Race Blog Favorite Queens


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Shantay Who Stays?
Written by Randy Ward

For the next few entries, I'm going to focus on my favorite queens from all Seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race. These choices are my opinion. Don't get upset if some of your favorites didn't make my list. Now...bring back Ru's girls. (In no particular order)

Ongina


Ongina, (35 from Los Angeles) was in the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race where she placed 5th. Known as the sweetest queen of her season, she was not your typical drag queen. She is short and bald. Constantly surprising the judges and viewers with her high fashion runway looks, Ongina is not a queen who likes wigs. For the majority of the show, she would appear bald with a fashionable hat. Not a look many could pull off. For her, it works. Ongina is best remembered for the episode, in which, she won the challenge and came out as living with HIV. Courageous and beautiful. Great qualities for a Queen. #Ongina




Tammy Brown 


Tammy Brown, (37 from Corpus Christi, TX) is one of the most eccentric queens to grace RuPaul's runway. And that is saying a lot. Zany, quirky, and one who definitely marches to the beat of her own drum, she used that uniqueness that is only hers, to draw your eyes to her whenever she is on stage. Let's face it, you never know what she's going to do. Even though she didn't last long on Drag Race, being told to "sashay away" on episode 2, Tammy isn't a queen that can easily be forgotten. And she doesn't just lip-sync. Tammy is also a recording artist with 3 albums under her belt. Her latest album, Popcorn, was released in 2015. #TammyBrown




Darien Lake 


Darien Lake, (45) was the fourth runner-up in Season 2 of Drag Race. She was the first "bigger" queen to make it far on the show. Darien came across as very funny and quick-witted, but don't cross this gal. She can be as sweet as sugar and can turn around and read you to filth. Darien seems to be one of those queens you either love or hate. (Shout out to Roxxxy Andrews) Darien has definitely proven that big girls can be gorgeous and glamorous. #DarienLake




My next few entries will be about more of my favorite queens. Some of my very favorites will have the entire entry to themselves. (Hint Hint Bianca del Rio). And remember "If you can't love yourself, how the Hell are you gonna love anybody else?"

Friday, November 17, 2017

10 Steps to Success for Indie Artists


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Step #1

Realize that no one is waiting for your music. If people are going to become fans of your music, you must approach the promoting of your live shows and the promotion of your CD releases with the same planning and professionalism as the artists whom you admire have promoted their music. Marketing music has changed radically in the age of the Internet and social media. That technology has the potential to take your music to the world. But knowing that it is up to you to let the world know about your music, is an important first step to take as a responsible independent musician.

Step #2

Avoid telling people in the music business that your music is "good". It is a much overused and weak word. A&R reps, music directors at radio stations, the music press, and buyers at distributors and stores presume you think your music is "good," because you put it out to begin with! When they listen to it, they will decide if it is the kind of "good" music that they feel can get behind and be proud of supporting from their position of power in the music industry. And let's face it, it is the public who will ultimately decide if your music is “good” by buying it or not. That’s not say, you shouldn’t talk up your music. But use your words; shape an elevator pitch that accurately reflects what you and your music are about.

Step #3

Use the Internet and all its tools to your advantage. Besides having your own domain name and website where you promote releases and shows, you’ll probably want a presence on the main social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But don’t over-commit your time. If you spend all day working on social media, what happens to your music? It’s better to skip some social media rather than do a poor or infrequent job of staying in touch with your fanbase. And of course, you’ll want to make access to your music easy through YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes Store, CD Baby and the like. Last, but definitely not least, build and use an email list to stay connected with your fans. Permission-based marketing using emails to your fanbase is a proven winner—these are folks who said they wanted to stay in touch!

Step #4

Thank people who help you. You might be surprised how often music reviewers, DJs at college radio stations, and club bookers don’t get thanked by artists. So, make their day by sending a card, a small thank-you gift, or simply by giving them a shout out on the tray card of your next CD. Some artists tend to feel they are owed something because of their talent. Guess what... they aren't. Being grateful and thankful are essential qualities for success. Cultivate them and watch the doors open.

Step #5

Play gigs outside of the usual clubs that cater to your genre of music. Branch out a bit, consider gigs at schools, fairs, festivals and perhaps parks in the summertime. So many artists think that the only valid venues to play are the clubs. Look around, start noticing where you see performers playing music, and ask yourself if that venue isn't a valid one for you. Give your fans more than one place to see you perform while finding new followers. And at every gig, be sure there is an email signup sheet. Did I mention staying in touch with fans via emails is golden?

Step #6

Listen to other kinds of music beyond your own particular genre. There is much to be learned from other styles. All music offers a vast reservoir of new melodies and rhythms to experiment with, and to incorporate into your unique sound. If the future of music promises anything, it is the ongoing mix of old and new styles coming together in profoundly new ways.


Step #7

Remember that the record labels don't know what they are looking for, but with any luck, they will recognize it when they hear it. Work on developing your own signature sound rather than trying to shape something to please A&R people or future fans. Strive to find your own true identity through your music. And don’t feel like that once you’ve established a musical identity that it need be set in stone. Great artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young have continually reinvented their personas and music throughout their careers.

Step #8

Create great graphics. How many logos do you have in your brain right now that are recognizable symbols for legendary bands? You want to build the same kind of “brand awareness” for your music by creating a memorable logo and graphics. Make sure the logo is legible/identifiable in a wide range of sizes and that you use it everywhere your name appears: posters, flyers, press releases, letters, business cards, stationery, websites, and CD covers.

Step #9

Stop making the same foolish mistakes over and over. Insanity has been described as repeating the same habit continually while expecting a different result. As a musician you may find yourself not wanting to rehearse, yet frustrated that your musical abilities never progress. Or, as a songwriter, you may get upset when you keep backing yourself into a corner with an awkward rhyme scheme, yet find yourself continuing to use it. All of us at times get trapped in creative dead-ends, but the way out is not through repeating the same moves that got us there in the first place. Challenge yourself to find new inspirations, and develop at least one new creative technique a month.

Step #10

Don't ever stop making music. One sure way to gain some level of success as a musician is simply to not stop being one. There is no one timetable or path to success. Most artists termed "overnight successes" are in reality years in the making. If you find yourself approaching the creative act of making music as a chore, what is the point in that? Some of the most successful musicians out there are people who simply never stopped making their own music, performing it regularly, and finding a comfortable way to go about doing the business of their music. They could not not make music. Are you that passionate? Would a part of you die without your being able to make your music? If so, just keep doing it, the rest will follow.