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Table of Contents Fashion Hot CommodiTees Contributers BSocial Interactive Magazine Paulette Carter Youthful Leadership and Drive for Sucess Topping The charts Top Ten Albums Dec 2011 Featured MUA Rene Beauty Through My Eyes Out the boxx A dope band with a swaggered out look Nate Mason Biography & Interview Creative Voices Brenda P. Lewis LeRhonda Renee Carter Michael D. Harding LaCrystal Jones Top ten “wth” for 2011 Ted’s Top 10 Brian Moore “fade Proof” What it means to engineer Dariane “Jenisis” Hudson Behind The Beauty NEXT LEVEL FINANCIAL Newsletter Health Yogurt CLASSIFIED Businesses
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Youthful Leadership and Drive for Sucess
Talk of Fame101 President Paulette Carter
Paulette L.A. Carter young christian woman hailing from Detroit, MI. A soon to be first time big sister. Business Administration major, concentration in Management, sophomore at Clark Atlanta University. I came to college to better myself and further my education. My goal for my future is to become a very successful entrepreneur as well as lawyer and make a difference in the world! I write poetry and songs. I sing and play the piano, beginner level. I love to play video games, basketball and watch sports/wrestling. I love taking pictures/modeling and doing make-up! • Swagnumette Model for Robert “Rob” Curry (Day26) and Real Hustle Music Group (#RHMG) in Detroit, MI. <@rob_day26> • Currently interning for Island DefJam/DTP’s (Ludacris Disturbing Tha Peace Label) new RnB group “Untitled”. <@Untitleddtp> • An assistant for Cookie Irving, make-up artist at DivaliciousBrowz and Make-Up Bar in Atlanta, GA. <@ DivaBrowz> • Executive assistant for Lisa Watts’s 4sk Management <@Lisa_4sk> in Atlanta, GA • Business relations manager for Just Jerk Cafe <@ Justjerkcafe> also in Atlanta, GA! • Intern for Meltingpot mediaInc • Artist Promoter/Marketing Agent for BSocial Interactive online magazine. <@just_tonnines> • Intern for Cire Entertainment <@Cire_Ent> <@ Cire_Entpr> www.cireent.com • Artist Manager for David “Lyric” Taylor <@ DaveLyric>, Antonio “Leeadrian” Marthini <@IamPerfiq>, Edward “EBaby” Poe <@ebabymusic313>, and Kimeray “Prawfet” Wells <@KimerayWells> I started this online magazine for the benefit of others. To keep the world updated on the latest talents in the music, fashion, radio, and educational fields. I love to promote and support those who are talented and determined. We all are destined for greatness but together we can take over! My contact information is listed below along with a few sites to check out with previous articles and interviews done by me. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. 7
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Topping The charts
Top Ten Albums Dec 2011
Topping the Charts Dec 2011
Hot Albums 1. Drake of 2011 Take Care
Michael Jackson Immortal
Jay Z and Kanye Watch
Lil Wayne The Carter IV
Top ten artists topping the charts for Dec 2011 according to Billboards.com
Snoop Dog and Wiz Kahlifa Mac + Devon Go to High School
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Anthony Hamilton Back to Love
Mary J. Blidge My Life
II The Journey Continues
Amy Winehouse Lioness
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Rene Beauty Through My Eyes
RENE M. MUA
Did you have any setbacks and what did you do to keep going?
The makeup artist behind the name...
The biggest struggle in becoming a MUA is that it’s not cheap at all. Even if u try to start out using the cheaper products, the amount of products and equipment you need is costly. I’ve been lucky enough to have a very supportive family that has had a helping hand in my start.
“Well, I’m from the east side of Detroit, the 3rd of 5 kids. I’m a single mom with the most awesome 5yr old little boy any parent could ask for. My personality is........hard to explain. I really love to laugh and I’m super sweet, but a tad bit fiesty at times. I have a tendacy to be very direct. In my spare time if I’m not playing in makeup, it’s a great chance that I’m watching “Investigation Discovery” which is my favorite station in the world, or just listening to some music (huge jazz and neosoul fan). Did you always know you would be a make up artist? If so, explain how you knew. If not, when did you know this is what I want to do? I didn’t know I wanted to do makeup until maybe 21/2 yrs ago. I’ve been doing it professionally now for about 11/2 yrs. I use to always do people’s makeup before we went out and found myself watching movies or looking in magazines and focusing more on the makeup than anything else. I don’t remember if it was my sister or one of my sister/cousins that asked me why don’t I just become a makeup artist, so I did. How strong is your passion for being a MUA? Becoming a MUA was the best decision I ever made because I absolutely love it. I’ve never done anything before this that I was excited to do whether it be doing someone’s wedding, prom, or just a “look” for the day, it makes my heart smile to see and hear someone say how much they love my work.
What was your most challenging design? The most challenging makeup for would be special affects I’m not experienced in it the way I would like to be What would you say to someone trying to become a MUA? For anyone trying to become a makeup artist I would say don’t let what people say discourage you makeup isn’t for everybody. There are people who will have something negative to say. The best bet is to ignore them. Be sure this is what you want to do because you will have some really long days sometimes, but it’s so worth it if this is really what you love. And never be afraid to express yourself creatively. There’s a million and one MUAs. Make sure you try to stand out somehow. Last but not least and most importantly, keep faith in yourself and your skills. Would you change anything you’ve done up to this point? The only thing I would change at this point would be the fact that I didn’t start doing what I do sooner. I wasted a lot of time on jobs that didn’t matter. I work now, but its at a place where they sell tons of makeup and I’m surronded by other artists. Finally what would be your greatest accomplishment? I don’t have a greatest accomplishment so far. I love my work, so I take pride in everything I do and I appreciate my clients for choosing me as their artist. So, I guess providing a service worthy of someone’s praise to the point of referrals would be it.
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Apple has added all of its most advanced features to iPod touch. Just for the fun of it. Share good times with friends over FaceTime. Shoot scenes in HD. Or play games on the highest resolution iPod screen ever. In fact, iPod touch has so much technology, you’ ll forget it’ s an iPod.FaceTime on iPod touch lets you hang out, catch up, and goof off with friends in an entirely new way. With just a tap, you can see what your friends are up to literally. Witness a prank in action. Or watch your friend on the other side of the country crack up at your stories from last night new iPod touch to new iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And all you need to get started is an Apple ID and an email account. You can choose an email account you already have or, if you prefer, set up a new one. You’ ll never see fun the same way again.The Retina display on iPod touch brings out the awesome in anything on it. That’ s because it’ s the highest-resolution iPod screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPod models. In fact, there are so many pixels, the human eye can’ t distinguish individual ones. Which makes graphics and images stunningly sharp, and text amazingly crisp. Just like the printed page. With iPod touch, you’ ll always have a great HD video camera with you. Say you’ re at a party and you see someone popping and locking. You’ re ready to capture the moment in all its glory. In high-definition 720p video. You can record video in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor. With iPod touch, you don’t just play your music. You hear it, and see it, in entirely different ways. Let Genius search your library and automatically create a mix just for you. Or give Genius playlist a go, and Genius will use a song you really love to find other tracks from your library that go great with it. You can also view album art in Cover Flow. Or shake to shuffle for a fresh take on your music library.Your favorite movies and TV shows are now playing 12
Out the boxx
A dope band with a swaggered out look
Out The Boxx
Consisting of a wide variety of artists and musicians, â€œOut The Boxxâ€? was born and is running hard! A dope band with a swaggered out look, a unique sound, and a game plan. With members who come from a wide range of different genres and musical backgrounds; Out The Boxx has many different personalities on each song they play mixing jazz, gospel, rock, pop, neo, soul and hip-hop. Their level of musicianship on each song they perform is impeccable. The band is currently working hard on live shows, production, and get this ... a clothing line. You can find their fan page on Facebook by
searching Out The Boxx or follow them on Twitter @ LifeOutTheBoxx or check out their website lifeOutTheBoxx.com. Out The Boxx is making serious moves and is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the music and fashion industry. Yosh:bassist, Solomon: keys, Kidd: drums, Jonathan: trumpet, Kenny: Sax, JP: guitarist, Moxxi: vocalist , Imani-Grace vocalist
Biography & Interview
Nate Mason “Nate G’s”
Interview by Paulette Carter PC: How old were you when you first started rapping? NG: When I was about 11, but I didn’t start taking this sh** serious until I was about 20. I’m 25 right now. PC: Where did you get the nickname, “Mr. Perfect”? NG: 5 years ago while in the studio working on my mix tape, everyone complimented me on how perfect my songs were. I just like for my recordings to be perfect. I’m a perfectionist! PC: What artist of today would you be interested in collaborating with? NG: T.I. and Bruno Mars TO SEE THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW LIVE, YOU CAN GO 15
TO: (Youtube.com: Nate G’s Interview) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7KMdWpo8K8&context=C28880AD OEgsToPDskJPWFQYoyOzerC8VeAJrePT SUBSCRIBE TO TalkOfFame101’s YouTube and like us on Facebook!! Follow us on twitter: @NateG’smusic @Talkoffame101 @talentedp Bio Being able to describe a true go getter describes Nate G’s. Born Nate Mason, he was raised in the streets of Chester, PA. Even though he was raised by a Christian family, he still grew up around a bunch of hustlers and drug dealers. His uncle and cousin were notorious for being two of the largest drug dealers in the city of Chester. With his family being affiliated with gangs and drugs,
Nate had no other choice but to be affiliated with the streets. At age 11, he became gang affiliated with the ‘Fairground Killas’ (F.G.K). With him being affiliated with the FGK, he got into several situations that almost ended his career as a rapper before it even begun. He was involved in several gang fights, got arrested a few times, and faced a couple of life threatening situations. If living the street life was not bad enough, he suf-
fered a major loss in his life, his grandmother Rosie. “My grandmother and I were real close. I remember a lot of good times that I spent with her. I miss her!!” If losing your grandmother wasn’t bad enough, In March 2003 his cousin Rasheed ‘Bagh’ Ward died, and in November 2003 his Uncle Lamar ‘Dic’ Bishop died. Both his uncle and his cousin were murdered in the same year. To release some of his anger due to all the deaths that was happening in his life, he begun to write down his thoughts. His thoughts started to come together into poems. From his poems it started to turn into raps. Before he knew it, he didn’t need to write down his poems to clear his mind. He could just speak his mind and they became into a lyrical masterpiece. With the street life being so tempting he knew that he had to do one thing that his uncle asked him to do, graduate from High School. So in June of 2004 Nate graduated from Chester High School. “The day that 16
I graduated from high school I knew that my uncle was looking down at me, pleased to see that I graduated.” After being through all of that: the drama, the losses, and graduating high school; he decided to put all the foolishness behind him and grow up. So he did a year at Clark Atlanta University. While he attended Clark Atlanta University he transformed his dorm room into his own personal studio. He had several of his classmate’s produce the beats then he would go into the room set up the room so that it would be as sound proof as possible and start free styling at any beat anyone would put at him. While attending Clark he produced his first single “So fresh, so fly.” He started to focus so much on his rap career that he focused less on his school work. Because rapping was taking up so much of his life he decided to withdraw from Clark and move back to Chester to go back to what he knows the best, expressing his thoughts over beats. Since then Nate has
dropped four very successful mix tapes: Mr. Perfect, Perfect Storm, Perfect Murder (datpiff.com), and It’s So Perfect(datpiff.com). You can find his latest hit single (Swaver) on iTunes and you can also watch the video on Worldstarhihop.com. Nate has had a very productive year in 2011, doing an impressive 16 music videos. He is steady traveling getting his brand out there, reppin’ his squad SS GANG and his new found independent label Mo Muzik. He is determined to achieve his goals, and make his dreams a reality. Nate has done collaborations with up and coming artists such as: Giovanni, Young Chief, Shake, Young Ryda, and Young Phill just to name a few. His productions consist of: Myke Maj Beatz (produced for Lil Wayne, Kardinal Official, Barrington Levy, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Mims, Shaggy, and Wyclef Jean), Antmo Beatz (engineered for Guru), TMumbles (produced for Peedi Crakk), Young Tone the Beat Bully (Jahlil Beats younger brother, produced for Meek Mill, Young Chris, Lou Williams, Rick Ross), and many other producers.
Creative Voices Love Love is something you must process in order to give. Love is something that must start in you in order for it to work through you to others. Love will change your heart , your will and your life. Love builds you up not tear you down, Love is a giver, not an abuse. Love will allow you to give your life for others. Love is a word of action, you can say it but until you show it-it is not in affect. Love that allows you to do these things can only be gained in knowing our Lord and Savior, because until you know Jesus and his loveYou have no love. He said it (Father forgive them). He showed it (Death on the cross). He lived it (Resurrection). Brenda P. Lewis My Grandma This is the hardest poem I’ve had to write. I’d always hoped you would be within my reach, within my sight. When I think of how I can’t reach out to touch your face, It sends me back to a painful place. A place I thought I would never be, Because you would live here eternally. I still pick up the phone to give you a call, It hurts when I get no answer at all. No words can express the way I feel, Your death to me doesn’t seem real. No one’s love can be compared To your gift of love you taught and shared. I am honored to have been blessed with your grace. Thank you for not complaining when I crowded your space. You gave me so much in so many ways, I miss you more with each passing day! R.I.P Alice Irene Batchelor LeRhonda Renee Carter
When I first laid eyes on you, emotions I couldn’t control Thoughts filled my mind that sent a tingle through my soul When you opened your mouth and released your angelic tone, I caught feelings for many reasons unknown! The first time we talked was the start of something pure I now behold this addiction that seems to have no cure Even on your bad day you can’t help but look good The sense of warmth you provide and the comfort you give Surrounds my body and releases my fears Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually you are what I crave Getting dressed 2impress is all for you every day and even though you say it’s not needed I do it because it makes me feel complete and when I reveal how I feel to you and the world No one can say that I am an unfit girl… Making you happy is what I’m here to do The days we are away, I miss you like crazy and the days we are together I can’t help but to get lazy because, it’s an excuse to be closer to you, Being wrapped in your arms becomes so peaceful As we lay together while sleeping I feel so equal Not rushing into too much or giving too many emotions Just wanting this to stretch out as far as the ocean! As our minds seem to bump and thoughts float all over the place Keep this one thought in mind…. I’m here to stay and wouldn’t want it any other way!! Michael D. Harding
Dear Jane It’s time to wake up And put on a happy face, it’s my version of makeup. I look to your side of the bed you’re not there, But something is and it’s just little strands of your hair. I put on my slippers, Let the blinds up light shine through the windows, Then I walk pass, you head to the bathroom let out a river, Don’t do my zipper, You walk in with a temper, I’m like what? I’m a man, I don’t need to use tissue. What are you my mother? Now, cuz you sure is acting like her. What are you gon’ do, shoot me...you don’t have choppers like a biker, You didn’t give birth to me...we married and that’s what I think you lost sight of. We have a major problem here and I’m tired Of acting like it’s minor. Everything I do you get pissed like the river I just let out. You tell me to go to hell head south. Since all I say is for the birds like bread crumbs, You’ve flipped the L-word upside down now it looks like a seven, To find the right one is rare am I ever gon’ be well done, We was clearly special now we just incoherent. Wait are you pregnant? Come on tell me, preach to the choir Ms. Reverend. Let me know what the news is, ‘Cuz not knowing has become such a nuisance, If you gon’ continue to put on a show well I won’t be a tourist, Now I have other plans let me grab my blueprints, Go ahead cry and view this, Only love you ever had leave out...trust me I didn’t want to do this. Our relationship is blown everyone can see the plumage, And I’m not gon’ stick around and look foolish. I’m being straight forward so you don’t have to deal with hearsay, This is good-bye Dear Jane.
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The easier it is to forget him Who has already forgotten you.
“The Sweetest Word” The sweetest word I’ve ever heard And irritating all the same Reminds me of a Shakespearean line What’s in a name?
The Latest Poem U Inspired The longer he stays away The easier it is to forget him A woman’s intuition is a dangerous thing She knows things That may or may not be true She believes things That may or may not be so But what she feels Is unmistakable When phone calls stop When texts go from 100 to 0 She knows But what she doesn’t know Is why And why doesn’t she? Because the phone calls have stopped And the texts have gone from 100 to 0 And all in a matter of 2 days But the longer he stays away The easier it is to forget him Its not what she wants to do Its what he wants And when you love him But that’s not enough The only other thing to do Is to let him go Because the longer he stays away 21
I hear it twenty or thirty times And that’s just in an hour My nerves are bad but I’m not sad I’ll just go plant a flower Ah well that didn’t work for me I never believed it would It’s 8 p.m. and time for bed As all little boys should The sweetest word I’ve ever heard And irritating all the same I hear it now a dozen times When did Ma become my name? LaCrystal
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Top ten “wth” for 2011
Ted’s Top 10
Top 10 “WTH” 2011 Black Friday, or what I like to call “Occupy Best Buy” movement which seems to have become common place. You have people pitching tents, with kerosene heaters and a flat screen TV outside of Best Buy 5 days before Black Friday so they can get a deal on … a TV or kerosene heater. WTH!!! If you can afford to be off work for 5 days, in a tent, outside of Best Buy, then you can afford to pay full price for whatever the hell motivated you to line up that early in the first place. I’m just saying!
8. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. These two will lead right into my topic for number seven By Ted White but we will get to that shortly. 72 Well folks it’s that time of days of marriage. year. You know, the time “What the Hell?” when we start to reflect on all These two made that has occurred over the last all that money © Daniel Raustadt | 365 days. I am talking about for 72 days of Dreamstime.com the ups and downs the dos marriage. I can’t and don’ts that take place in figure out what is worse, how a given year. 2011 like any much they got paid for that BS other year was filled with a or the fact that they can get few head scratchers. I would paid for that BS. When I say like to take this time to let you paid, I mean paid. Rumors know my Top Ten memorable have it these two may have 9. The Lions made the or questionable events of the playoffs. Not only did they made as much as $17 million past year. Whether around dollars for that debacle. How get in they kicked the door the block or around the down and ran in. On Christmas is it, no one can actually say world, 2011 has presented us for sure what these people are Eve, with not only the City with enough head scratching known for, yet they make that of Detroit but all of Michigan moments to make you sit back watching and a powerhouse kind of money? I mea n we and ask “WHAT THE HELL?” like the San Diego Chargers know Kim because she boned coming in, we had all the Brandy’s little Brother, and 10. Let’s start with the ingredients for a typical Lions Kris is now and NBA star who spectacle that has become let down. Not this year. The is not actually a NBA star. “What the Hell?!” This leads Lions opened up a can on the Chargers exorcising the demon me to my next topic . . . of the 0-16 season from 2008. Not only did the Lions victory 7. Basketball Wives. This one is wrong on so many levels. make for a great holiday it As if the first one wasn’t bad forced me sit back and ask “WHAT THE HELL?” enough. In 2011 we were
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given Basketball Wives LA. “What the Hell?” Is Shaunie O’Neal trying to mimic David Stern and break these ladies up into Conferences like the real NBA? What’s next Basketball wives, Eastern Conference? Basketball wives Central Division? How about this, get some actual wives on the show. Basketball Babies’ Mommas, probably wouldn’t pass with the execs. Hell, Evelyn Lozada from the “Miami” crew has bounced her NBA boo’s to catch and engagement ring from Football/Reality Star Chad Ochocinco. Reportedly, these two will soon be staring in a show of their own.
5. What do Air Jordan gym shoes and Ammonia have in common? Well, up until this past weekend nothing, at least not until my friend showed me a YouTube video of Fox 26 in Houston. The video shows hundreds of people as they line up to get their hands on a rereleased pair of Air Jordan’s. A young lady on the video was distressed at how the crowd had to stand out in conditions so cold that their children might catch . . . wait for it . . .”ammonia.” No, I didn’t forget to spell check, she said ammonia. “WHAT THE HELL?” Where do I begin? First off you were not forced to expose yourself to such 6. The NBA Lockout. “What deadly viruses as ammonia, the Hell?” What was the in the frigid cold of Houston, point? As soon as the League Texas for a pair of gym shoes. opened for business, Chris In the same video, another Paul forced his way out of individual took the time to New Orleans and to Los lick the bottom of his newly Angeles. Although he ended purchased Air Jordan’s as he up with the Clippers, it was yet proclaimed himself to be a another example of an NBA shoe connoisseur. Y’all, we player forcing his way out of have got to do better. a small market city to a media capital like Los Angeles. 4. In no way do I mean to This after the Commissioner diminish this next “What the rejected Paul being traded Hell?” moment or the men to the Lakers in what many responsible for making it believed was a fair trade. The happen, the assassination of NBA immediately brought its Osama Bin Laden. Thank You credibility into question after Mr. President and Seal Team further damaging the rise in 6. All I could do when I heard popularity it gained from the the news was smile and say NBA finals last summer. “What the Hell?” followed by a Thank You! 24
3. Occupy Wall Street. “What the Hell?” No, I really mean it. What the hell? I know they are united. I know they stand for something. But exactly what the hell it is, I don’t know. What is the end result? Pro lifers are against abortion. Anti war protesters are against war. Ask someone you know to tell you © Biansho | Dreamstime.com what the goal of Occupy Wall Street is and let me know how that conversation goes. 2. Herman Cain. “What the Hell?” or should I ask, “How the Hell?” did you think this was going to end. The United States is 2 years removed from electing its first African American President, and you didn’t think your past would come a knocking? “What the Hell?” You had to know you were going to get a back ground check. 1. Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. What else can you say but . . .”What the Hell?”
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Brian Moore Producer/Engineer Brian Moore In-depth interview with Rosalyn Pressley Ros: So Brian, tell us a little about yourself. Brian: Let’s see, well, I don’t have any kids. I would like to have one one day. Then I can have them get me the remote, cut the grass, and play video games with lol! Ros: So, how would you describe yourself, personality etc...? Brian: I would say I’m very sexy (Ros: LOL). What’s funny? I am sexy, lol. No, for real, I think I’m somewhat of an introvert. But when it’s time to get in the public eye and work, I’ve learned to flip the switch. This allows me to be a people person in the public. Especially, when I’m working with various artists! I can’t afford to be passive and shy when it’s time to get busy. I have to be able to communicate well for a great product. Anyone in this field needs to be able to do so. It comes with the territory. Ros: So, what exactly is your job as a Music Production Engineer?
the vocals, and sound FX, it’s quite fun! But that’s the easy part. Capturing the performance doesn’t end your day. There is still the production work to be done. This involves listening to the recordings multiple times and mixing down until you have a cohesive production. If you don’t do this correctly, you’ll ultimately have a recording that sounds like crap. Believe me, you can tell the difference. One of the best mixed albums that standout to me is Jay Z’s “Blueprint”. Whoever mixed that did a damn good job, sonically amazing. There are some others also I can think of like Outkast’s “Stankonia” album. Ros: Did you always know you wanted to be an engineer? Brian: No. Originally growing up, I wanted to emulate what I saw. Run DMC, LL, Big Daddy Kane, etc... led me to want be a rapper. I wanted to be on stage “spitting hot fire” LOL! Then I realized that I wasn’t all that good at writing lyrics or raps hahahaha. I could give ya one good one, but a whole album, wasn’t going to happen. However, it led me to an artist promotions career. I did that for about 4 years actively! Those things combined with my creative ear, experience, and passion for music, directed me towards engineering.
Brian: Everything from operation of the boards to making sure that the levels are good. Ensuring that everyting sounds good in the booth. Also, helping the artist to give his or her best performance. It’s challenging of course. All artists aren’t created equal so sometimes, they require fades and instrument levRos: So when did you exactly hit the point when you els to be raised to enhance said to yourself “I want to be an engineer”? their sound, lol. I can’t have the artist coming out the studio Brian: It’s always been in my blood. I’ve always sounding like a flock of geese. wanted to create music! When I was young, I would All in all, being in the studio draw stage setups, who does that? I was nerdy My behind a large sound board can Grandfather was a drummer, so I had a solid foundalook intimidating but, it’s not tion to grow from also. Looking back, that was one that bad. Once you understand of the reasons I expressed how much I wanted to the placement of your tracks, know how the music was created. Visually, I wanted PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONNINES ELLIOTT 27
to understand. I always had a drum machine and was lucky to grow up in a time when music on the radio wasn’t as segregated as it is now. Now, you see like 2 or 3 urban stations, Top 40, and a few other genres. The stations I listened to then had a broader spectrum of music. I listened to everything from KISS to RUN DMC and believe me there was a lot of good music in between those two. Today radio play kinda keeps the listener in a box. Ros: Did you have any setbacks during your growth or pursuit to be an engineer? Brian: Growing up trying to be a rapper was difficult. Plus, remember I said writing wasn’t my thing? LOL. So for me, it was either rap or get a job.... I got a job! But, I did not lose my passion or focus on the music industry. Ultimately, working my way into promotions. I did realize along the way that, I did not want to be the person in front of the camera or on the stage. I learned that the business side was way more important. But, that knowledge came with time and experience. Ros: With that said, did you or do you wish you had courses like the one you just completed? Would that have furthered your career? Brian: Of course! If I had the classes and training at an early age, it would have made a world of difference. There was a young man in the class with me. He said that this was his option for the summer and he was only 16. I thought this was a brilliant move for him. If he sticks with it, by the time he reaches 21 he could be a monster! He would also have plenty of time to grow with the industry, starting so young. When you get older in age it’s a crap shoot. I have things I can fall back on within the industry’s business side in case things go south. Diversity is a must. 28
Ros: In a yes or no answer, do you think there are enough music or entertainment learning programs marketed and made available to today’s youth? Brian: NO! Ros: How do you like to challenge yourself? Brian: I think the challenge for me is not to hender my
own progress. I want to allow myself to be great. A lot of people can’t do that because the may fear success or the unkown. I’m looking success and the unknown in the face and saying “Bring It”! Ros: Would you change anything you’ve done up to this point? Brian: Well, if I had the opportunity to acquire the training and knowledge I posses now at an earlier stage in my life, I would do that. Fresh out of high school or during high school. I would never change my history and experiences with music, because I had a ball! I’m about to have another ball now!! Ros: Given the opportunity, would you teach or mentor young people/students? Brian: Of course, there needs to be an emphasis on music and how you create good music! Today, many of you have no clue about using a real instrument. Most only know drums and keyboards. There is a plethora of music, instuments, and sounds used to
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create good music. Kids don’t really think about those things. Many school districts do not have the funding to support and facilitate this course of learning. If and when I get the opportunity, it would be my pleasure to provide these young people with some direction and knowledge.
Ros: What local artist would you like to work with? Brian: There are a few camps of artists that I would like to work with. Off the top of my head, the Shady Camp, Royce Da 5’9”, and Ms Corona. Ros: So, what would you say to someone looking to
be a music production engineer? Brian: Run! LMAO! No, for real, I would say that they need to study! Not knowing the business is the number one reason why people fail in this industry. Knowing how the money is made with writers, producers, and artists. For example, R Kelly and Missy Elliott should never be broke because of all the music they’ve written past and present. Everytime their music is played, they are getting residuals. The problem with some of these artist trying to break in is, if you only make music for your momma and your homies, those are most likely all the people who are going to by your stuff! You gotta go outside of your neighborhood and you have to expose yourself as an artist. Some of the best selling records come from artists who have exposed some of their personal life in their music. Ros: Thank you Brian for sharing a little of yourself with us and the readers. You’re an inspiring person and we wish you nothing but success!
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