Friday, September 29, 2017

Prince Peezy and Lala Chanel Shine in their Moment of Spotlight

Hip hop and R&B duo Prince Peezy & Lala Chanel have been hard at work upon their upcoming EP "Project X". But while that has kept them fairly busy, they have gone on to release a new single titled "Lit", grabbing in the attention from all of the inter webs. When they were asked why people should care let alone check out their music, they responded with “We just do what we love, we put our life in our music, and we do it for ourselves. We hope that our fans & the world connects.”

They differentiate themselves from other artists or bands for that matter, because they are a hard working group that is ready and willing to lead the coming age of the indie artist, according to them with how they see it that is. They will have their moment in that Florida sun, as that is where they come from and will continue to reign.

Prince Peezy and Lala Chanel go into discussion about the "Lit", single and the EP to follow it, as well as further plans to play some showcases as well as more music coming soon!

1. What inspired you to get into the hip hop & R&B genre and scene?

Watching and listening to other talent before us we've always been inspired by all types of music from the beginning.

2. What's the driving force behind you and your music?

The driving force behind our music is our everyday life , our struggle, and what we had to overcome and just living life.

3. Why take this as a duo act as opposed to a solo act?

We were a solo act until we collaborated on a track, winning the internet's best talent, everyone thought we were a group, our vibes matched so well, that we built Prince Peezy & Lala Chanel.

4. Where did the idea for calling this act Prince Peezy & La La Chanel come from and how does it represent you and the music you create?

Lala is short for my first name and Chanel is my middle name . Prince was my child hood name given to me by my god father and when I joined the independent label Peezy was then added, to make it what it is now.

5. Do you like how hip hop has evolved?

Yea and no rather not go into it.

6. What are your aspirations outside of hip hop & R&B?

Pop, building a bigger brand and team and helping others.

7. "Lit" is your most recent in terms of new music, why was this song picked out to be made into a single? Will it be receiving an accompanying video?

The record "LIT" gained a lot of attention after every show and DJ's wanted it, so we decided to release it as a single and the music video is available on VEVO and YouTube.

8. Will "Lit" be included on the upcoming EP release "Project X"? Or it will remain as a single?

 "LIT" will remain as a single , our upcoming release "Project X" has enough bangers on it already.

9. Where are you in the recording process of the new EP?

The new EP "Project X" is fully recorded and is in the final stages of being completed.

10. How would you describe the overall sound of the new EP?

More hip hop with a bigger pop sound.

11. When did you start writing for this EP?

Last year in March.

12. Do you feel any pressure whatsoever about this EP, in terms of wriing, recording, and getting out for everyone to hear it?

Yes, we want everything to go right and for our messages to be received the way we meant it and we're also planning to build a tour around this release as well.

13. How is the vibe in the studio?

Very chill not much pressure. Just bringing together creativity mostly.

14. When can we expect the new EP to be released?

November 4th 2017!

15. What else you got going on besides this release?

A few music video releases as well as new show dates.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former NFL player reads to elementary school children in Atlanta

Former Buffalo Bills NFL player Darius A. Robinson will read Shop, Shop, Shop to a group of Clayton County elementary school children in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept 28th. The book reading is part an 18-month nationwide tour by author of Shop, Shop, Shop and founder of My Little Banker, Raeshal Solomon.
Shop, Shop, Shop is a colorful character-based book and tool parents can use to start the conversation of money with their children. On the back of the book are questions that parents can use to review the lessons in the book. My little banker is the blog/website teaching and encouraging financial responsibility and literacy through the author and Raeshal Solomon's books.
Raeshal Solomon is a young single mom, enthusiastic about combining her love of creating with her love of money management. Raeshal believes she has a knack for helping people understand the skills of money management. She is eager to share her knowledge with parents, so they can teach their young children these easy to learn skills. She says “I am excited to change a whole generation through financial literacy.”
In the past three years, Raeshal has expanded her business and knowledge. She has spoken on stages and created a blog site where she and guest bloggers write a weekly post about family and finance. Raeshal is no longer just an author she is also a speaker. She visits elementary schools where she read her books and answer questions about money and the writing process. Raeshal also speaks to parents on topics like “How to teach your child about money,” and “How to move forward from your past to create a financial legacy?” She is quoted in the press and interviewed on several podcast and online platforms.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Indie Artist Spotlight - Prince Peezy & La La Chanel

Hip hop and R&B duo Prince Peezy & Lala Chanel have been hard at work upon their upcoming EP “Project X”. But while that has kept them fairly busy, they have gone on to release a new single titled “Lit”, grabbing in the attention from all of the inter webs. When they were asked why people should care let alone check out their music, they responded with “We just do what we love, we put our life in our music, and we do it for ourselves. We hope that our fans & the world connects.”

They differentiate themselves from other artists or bands for that matter, because they are a hard working group that is ready and willing to lead the coming age of the indie artist, according to them with how they see it that is. They will have their moment in that Florida sun, as that is where they come from and will continue to reign.
Prince Peezy and Lala Chanel go into discussion about the “Lit”, single and the EP to follow it, as well as further plans to play some showcases as well as more music coming soon!

NP: What inspired you to get into the hip hop & R&B genre and scene?
Watching and listening to other talent before us we’ve always been inspired by all types of music from the beginning.

NP: What’s the driving force behind you and your music?
The driving force behind our music is our everyday life , our struggle, and what we had to overcome and just living life.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

10 Tips to Keep You on the Music Career-Building Path

1) Good music isn’t good enough music.If you think your music is ‘good’....then just keep it as a hobby. The music marketplace doesn’t need more ‘good ‘ music, it needs truly GREAT music, which is a lot easier to get people excited about, and to market. The low cost and advertising hype surrounding the making and manufacturing of music has given musicians the illusion that their music is worthwhile. The sad fact is that in this new millennium mediocre music is commonplace and increasingly more difficult to promote and sell. These days not only can everybody and their sister make bland music, they are making and releasing bland music; so the marketplace is flooded with mediocrity. MUNDANE might be a good name for a band, but keep it to yourself!

2) Know thy audience. ( note: see my updated article on this topic at this website)The minute you decide you want someone to listen to your songs, you have entered the music business. If you don’t know who would like your music, why would you make it in the first place? Art and commerce not only can work together, in today’s marketplace they must work together. Gone are the days when a musician’s talent alone is all that is needed to succeed. These days record companies develop new artists through time-tested career development tactics that start with finding the right niche to break the artist from. Spend a lot of time asking yourself who your average fan is, and get to know everything about their lifestyle, ages, sex, and income levels. Do that, and a whole universe of inspired opportunities on how to reach them will open up to you.

3) A good idea is worth more than a big budget.Getting a music career off the ground is not only hard work; it also costs money. But the simplest ideas can deliver big payoffs. Look around where you live, and find simple ways to get your career moving. Create Podcasts to entertain and inform your fans. Or, are there schools nearby where you can play live? Are there non-profit organizations that need volunteer entertainers for fund-raisers? Is there a fair or festival coming up that showcases local or regional talent? How about a retailer or service company that might be approached to distribute and sell your music? THINK!!!… Ideas come to us when we give ourselves time to think. Watch for any bad habits you may have (watching too much TV, too much partying etc.). Use your time creatively and challenge yourself to come up with one original music marketing idea a week! You will be surprised how many good ideas you can come up with, and most of them won’t cost much money at all, if any.

4) Being nearsighted may make you blind.If you don’t know clearly where you are going, you can easily lose sight of your goal, and miss an opportunity that may come your way. Don’t see only what you think needs to be done with your music. Find out as much as you can about how the music business is set up, and how it works as an industry. See the broad picture, and how all aspects of developing your career are related. Remember that every job, responsibility, and profession involved with creating, developing, and marketing music is related to another part, and they all need each other and work together for the mutual benefit of each other. Do you have a realistic plan for yourself that puts the whole picture into clear focus?

5) Get the job done, and get the job done well.Do what you say you are going to do, and don’t use any excuses for not getting things done. Everybody you meet in this business, who agrees to help you in some way with your career, may also benefit from your success. When an opportunity arises to get your foot in the door, keep it there.  If you treat people unprofessionally, they will remember you. If you treat them professionally, they will remember you. You decide what kind of reputation you want to establish. Also, whatever you do, make it the highest quality you can. Your competition in this business is every successful musician out there. Are you as dedicated to perfection as your competition? Remember, the music business has enough flakes, so don’t become the dandruff everybody wants to get rid of.

6) Weave a thread of consistency in everything you do.Like it or not, as a musician you are part of ‘show biz’, and as such should be very conscious of developing a clear, honest, and definitive IMAGE of who you are, and what your music is about. If you believe you don’t have an image, go ahead and let the music business create one for you...but don’t complain when they call you something you are not. Only you know what is inside of you. Be sure your artwork, press materials, live stage appearance, and your songs reflect who you are, so that every time you work on a part of your career development, you are thinking consistently about any and all aspects of your image.

7) Work with people, don’t work on people.The music business is built on relationships. Don’t take advantage of people. Nurture the contacts you make, and spend time building these relationships within the particular music scene that exists for your music. Learn who the key players are in each area of music marketing; the distributors and stores, the broadcast media, the press, and the live performance industry. Give them solid business reasonsto want to work with you. Once you have them on your team, communicate with them regularly, and become a team player who is genuinely in it not only for yourself, but for the mutual benefit of each team member.

8) Expectations kill.Expectations are different from goals. They imply that you deserve something because of some inflated, premature ego that has put you on your own pedestal; when in reality you haven’t even built the stairs up to a pedestal yet. You’ve met people like this. When any early recognition comes their way they absorb praise like a sponge, and become impossible to work with. Nothing is ever good enough for people like this. They ‘expect’ recognition and can easily get sidetracked into abandoning any plans or goals they have set for themselves. They may rest on their laurels, waiting for some invisible momentum to carry them to a new level. A sure way to fail as a musician is to get the reputation of being difficult to work with, and a pain in the ass. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot; you won’t look good limping about in front of your mirror.

9) On the road to success, there are many detours.Anticipate trouble and find a way out. If there are any guarantees in the music business, you can bet your amplifier that stumbling blocks to success abound. Knowing that problems will arise, and finding solutions to your problems is half the challenge. The other half is implementing your strategies and tactics consistently and professionally. Many ‘wanna-be’s’ give up when rejection arrives. Rejection is a coat of armor that must be worn at all times. For every yes, there will be countless no’s. Learn from the rejections, the missed opportunities, the failed promises, the lousy reviews, the insensitive label personnel, the crooked agents and managers that you may encounter. Turn every negative into some kind of a positive. See what can be learned from the bad experience, so that the next experience might be good.

10) Stop and smell the roses.Doing music and nothing else is a bad idea! Too many musicians forget that to grow as an artist, experiences are what matter most. It is so easy to get carried away with your music to the exclusion of everything else... friendships, family, the other arts, nature, and other interests are essential to keep the creative juices inspired and flowing. Do things you have never done before. Go out and eat a gourmet meal, read a poem, hike or go fishing. In fact, go out and do the one thing that you feel is the last thing you have any interest in....that should give you something to write about. Music is a business, no doubt about it, but music is also an art, and as an artist you need to nourish your soul as well as your pocketbook.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

10 Reasons Why Most Demo Recordings Are Rejected

                                                                             Original Article By Christopher Knab

"Getting a deal" has long been the goal of many would-be artists and bands. For mostly naive reasons most new artists and bands feel that by securing a recording contract with a significant major or independent label, success will be guaranteed. (talk about naivete). Even in this new era of "do-it-yourself" career building, many musicians figure all they have to do is send off their demo to a label, and a recording contract will come their way.

The following list of "10 Reasons Why Most Demos Are Rejected" was gathered together after years of listening to comments made by Record Label A&R reps at music industry conferences and workshops; as well as from personal interviews with reps, and from many interviews A&R reps have given to the press. In addition, I can verify that these observations are true from having personally listened to thousands of demos over the years.

Since there is little I can do to stop anyone from "demo shopping," (which I truly believe is a waste of time these days) the least I can do is try to improve the odds that your music will get listened to if you do send out your demos. This list will look at the most common mistakes musicians make when either shopping for a record deal, or trying to get the attention of A&R Reps with their demo recordings.

10 Reasons Demos are Rejected:

1. No Contact Information on CD, CDR and/or CDR container. Put your name, address, phone number, email, website URL, MySpace/Facebook address, on all submissions. 

2. Lack of Originality. Just because you can record, doesn't mean your music is worth recording.

3. The Music Is Good, But The Artist Doesn't Play Live. This applies to all genres of music except electronic and experimental music. 

4. Poorly Recorded Material. So you bought ProTools... so what... most submitted recordings sound horrible.

5. The Best Songs are Not Identified or highlighted on the CD or the CDR. (Send only 3 or 4 songs and highlight the best ones.)

Sending Videos In Place Of CDRs. Keep it simple. In the demo world all anyone wants is to check out your songwriting and musicianship. If you want to send a link to a video you have put-up on YouTube, that would be a better idea then sending a video disc or tape.

7. Sending Unsolicited Recordings. You sent them, but they never asked for them... which means they will probably mail them back to you.

8. Sending The Wrong Music To The Wrong Label. You didn't do your research to find out what labels put out what kind of music, did you?

9. Musicians Can't Play Their Instruments Competently. This is so basic, but you would be astounded at how incompetent most start-up musicians are. 

10. The Music Sucks. This criticism is as old as music itself. You may think your music is the greatest thing since frappacinos, but most demo recordings the industry receives are as bad as the first round contestants on American Idol.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Southern Soul and R&B Artist Is Ready For Success

Pensacola, Florida's Ebony D. Weatherspoon aka Raven Salve’ is ready for success, and she wants you to know it. The 28-year-old Escambia, County, Southern Soul, Gospel and R&B singer is creating a strong buzz with the release of her hit single "Jelly Roll." The single is off her freshmen album "Lets Dance The Mix" released earlier, in February 2016.

 Now she's planning on creating more than a strong buzz with the upcoming release of the EP “Metamorphosis,” set for release by July 2018, and distributed by Tune Core. A single "Rock With Me" is scheduled for release by November 2017.

 When asked why people should care about her music, Raven Salve' is quick to respond, "People should care about me and my music because I care about me and my music.  How can I expect anyone else to care if I don’t? My music expresses how much I'm encouraged by others and how I draw strength from them. Since God made me as a one of a kind person with my own distinctive approach, I have been set apart from other indie artists.  My exceptional style accentuates my personality and that's what produces the uniqueness of the symphonic soul sound."



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Re-Thinking an Artist's Image: Creating a Signature Style

Original Article By Christopher Knab
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Many talented emerging artists are confused by the issue of an image and don't have a sense of their own style. So, they either copy things from other people, or are just bland. Few artists actually have a true, distinct style. In today's entertainment environment, the first impression is as important as ever. However, style is only one aspect of an artist's first impression. Working with artists such as Usher, Beyonce, and Jessica Simpson has taught me that there are many things related to the way an artist comes across to others.

My theory for building a compelling rockstar image is that you have to look within, harness what really makes you great, and then express that to the fullest. A style or look is just another form of self-expression, similar to the way you express yourself on stage or in the studio. It's capturing that same energy, and applying it to the rest of your life, including your look.

Everything you do can be viewed as a form of self-expression - from knowing yourself so deeply that your expression comes from an authentic place, to your live performance, to how you walk into a room, conduct yourself in meetings and interviews, and to how passionately you live your daily life. These things shape the way that you are perceived. And of course, style and a look play an important role too.

Entertainment is a business of first impressions. People make a decision of
what they think about you in the first few seconds of seeing you. But here's the key - People don't get an impression from you; they get an impression from the image you project. That's why talent is not enough to make it in this business. Many musicians have talent. But if they're not doing all they can with it - if they're not packaged in a way that it truly connects to others - it won't work. They won't attract the industry attention they deserve.

It's important that you define your look, just as you have defined your sound.  This creation of a signature style involves the following 3-step process:
Educate yourself so that you can dictate your own style: Start to notice what you're drawn to and what you like. Notice what styles work on certain people and what doesn't. Pay attention to advertisements on TV and billboards.  Notice movie posters. Flip through magazines. I'm not an
advocate of following every trend, but if you don't know what the trends are, how can you decide to take part of them or not?

Create a point of view and direction by uncovering your imaging themes: Think about your favorite rockstars. Notice their defining characteristics and traits. Then get clear on your own gifts and quirks. Rockstars accentuate their strengths. How can you? A combination of your favorite rockstar's traits, along with your own defined uniqueness will form a Point of View and Direction.  An image is formed when you consistently put forth a clear direction.

For example, if your favorite rockstars are Kid Rock, The Police, Sheryl Crow, Joannie Mitchell, Ani Difranco, and Bono, the traits you most admire in them are their rebellious nature, sunny personalities, and home-made qualities. Your own strengths and quirks include your sensual nature, love of wild animals, and heritage. It's then about taking pieces of all of these themes and putting them together to form "your own" rockstar image.

Illustrate your themes and direction in the way you dress, accessorize, and act: Once you have a clearly defined direction for your image, the next step is to portray that in every part of your look and in everything that you do. For instance, what's the belt buckle, hair style, or color combination that clearly represents the new image that you want to project? Your photographs, website, and other presentation materials should all reflect your new image too. Then decide how you can express your new direction in your live performance, studio sessions, and daily life. Live your artistry in all that you do. So now that you have your own style, it's time to go shopping. Happy hunting.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artist Video Of The Week

Artist Video Of The Week 

Each week we pick one artist's video to promote in our newsletter. These decisions are made solely on the fact that we fill these artist should be known. If you would like to submit for our artist video of the week please send your media kit or information to the email below:
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The X Factor What It Is And Do You Have "IT"

What exactly is the “X factor?” You hear professionals in the entertainment industry referring to it. You hear artists alluding to it, but you rarely hear anyone defining “it.” If you are an aspiring music artist or an entertainer, it’s important that you know what “it” is because in the mind of the most seasoned and powerful industry professionals, having “it” is what determines if you are worth the investment of endless amounts of time and money.

In order to properly and accurately define what “it” is, we will approach the subject from two perspectives: emotional and visual.
Visually, it goes beyond good looks. Good looks are often confused with the “X factor.” This can be traced back to the advent and popularity of music videos in the 80’s, which created a greater emphasis and need for artists that could give “good face” or in laymen’s terms, were photogenic.
But good looks only get attention. People who have “it” can maintain attention beyond a quick glance, or even a double take. They have something called magnetism. Magnetism is a combination of personal qualities such as: a sociable personality; self-confidence; charm; inner peace; comfort with one’s sexuality; rebelliousness; obvious intellect; a unique viewpoint; intensity or focus; authority; or sense of humor. In some instances, it is truly indescribable, but very recognizable to those who have seen “it” before.

Emotionally, those with the “X factor” have a way of pushing our buttons psychologically. They make us feel good or inspired. Pissed off or aggravated. Challenged or validated. Regardless of how they affect us, they engage us emotionally and the “X factor” that lives within them, speaks to something inside of us, often times, something that we are not even in touch with.
Those who are talented and would like to pursue a professional career in the music industry as a commercial music artist must understand that for many of you, no matter how hard you work, your success and destiny have already been predetermined by the natural presence, or tangible amount, of “X factor” that you were born with.
If you have “it,” then it’s a matter of harnessing and directing the power of “it” to make “it” more easily recognizable to others. For many however, there is nothing to tap into. It’s nearly impossible to get “it” as you get older if you didn’t have “it” when you were younger. Maturity is a nice quality to have, but it will never be mistaken for magnetism.
In my opinion, and in accordance with the laws of the “X factor,” it is only appropriate that Michael Jackson is the top selling music artist of all time. As a child, he didn’t just have “it,” he had a whole lot of “it.” He had so much of “it” that he was able to infect his four brothers with “it.”

Throughout his teen years and well into adulthood, the immensity of his talent was intensified by the high abundance of “X factor” that his father identified and helped him to develop. We have yet to see the level of intensity and focus that he displayed as a young star. He was truly destined to become the King of Pop. Other star music artists who have “it” are: Prince, Madonna, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Bonjovi, Bono, Bruce Springstein, Barbara Streisand, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Missy Elliott, Bow Wow, Bebe & Ce Ce Winans, and Yolanda Adams to name a few.
Of course there are many music artists who have achieved success without having “it.” Often times these individuals are driven and committed and are able to achieve their success as a result of hard work, determination, sacrifice, good timing, great marketing, or exceptional talent. These fine attributes may ignite attention, but without the “X factor” working for them, public interest and attention tends to diminish over time.
Compare Prince to Whitney Houston. both entered the music industry around the same age (18) and both have a tremendous amount of talent (albeit in different ways). While the world was hypnotized by Whitney’s talented gospel like voice that was stored in a model’s body (a phenomenon that she helped to usher in), Prince’s magnetism garnered interest and attention from many of those who didn’t know quite what to make of him.
People tried to define him: Is he black or white? Is he straight or gay? Is he a rocker or an r&b artist? Is he a Christian or a freak? It really didn’t matter. What mattered is that he had “it,” and “it” is what kept us intrigued. He, like Michael Jackson, has so much of “it,” that “it” tends to overshadow the immensity of his talents.
Whitney Houston on the other hand, with all of the grace and charm that she learned to fabricate while at the Wilhelmina Talent Agency, did a fine job of creating the illusion of having “it.” She did however, have a high abundance of all the other qualities that are often mistaken for the “X factor.”
Those who have “it” carry “it” with them from the cradle to the grave. Bad career decisions; a bad marriage; life’s mishaps; lack of fame; lack of money - none of those things can affect or eradicate “it.” “It” should not be confused with attitude, which is often projected. “It” is not forceful and temporary. “It” is subtle and consistent. “It” is a serious advantage that is afforded to only a small minority.