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Message from the Editor Is Hip Hop Dead?
I have seen this question tossed around on blogs, facebook, twitter and in regular conversations. I think most people that ask this question don’t really know exactly what they are asking are even have a decent opinion of an answer to the question. However I will attempt to answer the question as a true Hip Hop head. Some people say hip hop is dead. I say to those people that hip hop has reached the boundaries & limitations of their understanding of hip hop. It has grown just as you grew from a child to an adult so has hip hop. Hip hop is a fluid entity & takes on the form of the artist and audience. Hip hop is in the souls & hearts of the people this allows for good music to be created. As long as you have the hood, people in the struggle to find their purpose in life and people with a story to tell hip hop will live. Now that hip hop has reached the trailer parks, the suburban areas and the boardrooms it has exceeded limitations of the common poet. I say again Hip hop is dead to those who assign limits and define it as an absolute entity. Hip hop is in the soul and hearts of those that respect self expression it is not in the music itself. In closing I say to those people free your mind by releasing the shackles used to lock down their creativity in the dungeons of their souls. Closed minds have never created anything worth pursuing."STAY JUNKY WITH IT”. Charles “Ace” Turner Editor Send all questions and responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Birmingham Artist Spotlight T roy Martin Jr, better known to fans and associates as "T-storm". (T-storm The Producer. T-storm The Mixing Maniac Aka Stizzy) Born Nov. 12th 1989 to Claudia Saulter(Mother) and Troy Martin Sr.(Father), in Minneapolis Mn. T-storm has been making his way up on the scene since mid 2006 when he first got ahold to his own in house studio equipment. Although T-storm had been writing raps since the age of 12, he had no clue he would be making a living out of it today. T-storm began his musical journey full flegde in 2007, after being kicked off of his highschool basketball team. From there, he was able to dedicate all of his time to music. Joined and split from a group in late 2007, T-storm was then picked up by his uncle's label "Ant Records" where T-storm began recording songs at professional studios as a solo artist. Having a knack for computers, and being so full of ambition, T-storm quickly began learning to engineer his own music, which made it easier for him and the label to develope him as an artist. Being though T-storm was learning to engineer his own music, he was able to perfect his craft a lot quicker over the years. T-storm also attended college for 'Music Production and Audio Engineering' for a year, where he learned the industry standard 'Pro Tools', which brought their recording ability to another level. T-storm became a well known and well respected artist in his city. A well like individual as well. T-storm began putting out mixtapes over the internet and in the streets which created somewhat of a rep for him around his way. By this point, T-storm has teamed up with the late "K-top"(RIP) to began spending countless hours, days, and nights in the studio together coming up with masterpieces. "We were never a group, we were just lab rats together... He was like my right hand man" said T-storm. Working his way up from performing at weddings, sweet 16 parties, festivals, organized events and several open mics, T-storm earned the right to began opening up for major acts all over cities, where he always had his ace "K-top" right with him, performing thier anthem titled "Fish On Em". Opening for artist such as(Twista, Plies, Soulja Boy, Trina, Young Dro, Slim, Trey Songs) and a little bit of touring as well. April of 2009, T-storm's ace "K-top" was gunned down in the streets to senseless violence, which changed EVERYTHING for Storm. "You could say that made me even more determined!!" Storm was so focused after the loss, he began producing as well. Dibbing and dabbing in it somewhat before, he never actually gave it a real shot. He felt now that he had to bring it to a whole different level. Shorty after the big stages and losing his right hand man, T-storm began getting local radio play with a few songs, which made him really stand out from other local artist. Early 2010, T-storm and his uncle took their mission to new heights, when they moved to Atlanta Georgia to pursue a record deal that was offered to them. The deal all went south once they moved there. But it was still a good moved for T-storm. Now with over 500 songs recorded, and radio ready beats, T-storm has already started to establish himself with the majors as a hot young artist AND producer in the Atlanta area! To be continued..... Twitter: @Officialtstorm For Booking, Contact or ANY other inquiries call Unk 404-969-2681:
he voice to be reckoned with TARVORIA the soulful singer, song writer, producer and engineer straight out of the Mizay camp.There's little, if any, denying that Tarvoria is one of the greatest new R&B artist out of the Mizay Entertainment camp. The proof is in the consistent mix tapes, and demand for the soulful singer. The soft spoken Florida native has helped to redefine R&B, and more importantly, been an artist that uses her gift to lift spirits, touch lives and bring her heart, soul and truth to those who are willing to listen. Having worked with such producers as Jim Jonsin (Produced for Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Pretty Ricky), Khao(Produced for TI), Drum Majorz (Produced for Trick Daddy, Trina) and having co-wrote the hook for "I Aint Tryin' To Hear It" by Slip N Slide Recording Artist Dirt Bag featuring Monica, South Florida R&B singer/song writer Tarvoria is well on her way to embark on a successful career in the entertainment business. Tarvoria is well recognized for being “the hardest working female in R&B. Currently, Tarvoria is prepping her debut album "The Me Nobody Knows" for a 20 digital release.
Tarvoria the CEO of Feel Good Muzik is strong willed, creative, independent, humble and focused; all the elements to sustain the ups and downs of the “business” and secure her place amongst R&B greats. facebook.com/tarvoria • www.Tarvoria.com • Twitter.com/Tarvoria • Twitter.com/TeamTarvoria
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nly once in a lifetime does a voice come along so captivatingly stunning that it commands attention from the very first chord until the final note. No need for gimmicks or studio magic to take this artist to the top; true talents speak for themselves and cannot be denied. One such powerful artist is a sultry songbird by the name of Saje. With a raw, raspy voice just as intense and strong as the spicy, peppery seasoning that bears her namesake, this emerging Atlanta-based songstress is well on her way to making a major impact in the world of pop and R&B. And she is steadily gaining exposure via her debut single “I Can Do Better,” which has already been catching wind on YouTube. com, with 20,000 plus hits and growing. “The name Saje means wisdom and I use that wisdom to focus on real life experiences in my music,” expresses Saje. “It’s honest. It’s genuine. It’s from the heart. It’s real life. And it’s relatable.” Born Stephanie Davis in the Ensley section of Birmingham, Ala., Saje has been singing for as far back as she can remember. A natural talent, the family recognized at an early age that she had a gift. So they made sure that little Stephanie stayed active in music, especially her paternal grandmother who sang professionally in gospel choirs during the 70s and 80s. All through elementary and middle school since first grade as well as in church, Saje’s angelic voice had the kind of resonance that would light up a room. Before she could barely even talk, her family would put her on top of the kitchen table to sing for the family. But by the time she reached high school, however, music was not high on the list of priorities for the young teen. “I wanted to be in the school choir but choir was just not for me,” she jokingly explains. “Choir was more for the nerdy-type kids and I didn’t want to be classified as that. I was interested but didn’t want anybody to know I was interested.” It wasn’t until her senior year that music once again gained Saje’s interests. “I was really wishing I would’ve joined the choir when I first got to high school,” she admits. From that moment on, Saje had decided to pursue her talents on a professional level. After high school graduation, she enrolled in the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala., where she majored in business administration. It was there that she cut her teeth in the art of music. She was introduced to local producer Day Nitty, who mostly specialized in rap tracks. But Saje liked Nitty’s musical creations so much that she flipped the tracks intended for rap songs into R&B songs. “When I took Day’s beats, wrote to them and changed them into R&B, he couldn’t believe what I had come up with,” says Saje. “It was challenging but singing over hip hop beats allowed me to expand my versatility.” She continued to record with Day to perfect her craft throughout undergraduate coursework. But by the time she had completed her Master’s degree in business management from Troy University in Troy, Ala., Saje was feeling the need to take her recording career to the next level. She relocated to Atlanta in 2006 and linked up with celebrated producer J Mil, who is also responsible for the sonic soundtrack of Atlanta rap duo Youngbloodz, multi-platinum rapper/ producer Lil Jon and Shawty Putt’s hilarious club banger “That Baby Don’t Look Like Me.” A tag team quite like no other, this tenacious tandem has crafted a catalogue of hits ranging from smooth ballads to mid-tempo grooves to amped-up party music. And with Saje’s debut single “I Can Do Better” is steadily gaining heat from views on YouTube.com, it won’t be long before the world is blessed with the beauty of her musical majesty. “My music tells about the lives of everyday people and the things we go through,” says Saje. “Everything I’ve written about up this point is something that I’ve been through or something somebody close to me been through. I tell the stories that people can relate to.”
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Smiley is a graduate of Alabama State University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and is known for informing audiences of his membership in his acts. Smiley is also a pianist, often playing the piano in his shows, and an organist and sometimes refers to himself playing it at his home church. Smiley has two biological children, but has adopted eight others.
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Smiley appeared as the host of the 2000 season of BET's "ComicView" program. He has also appeared on "Showtime at the Apollo", HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", HBO's "Snaps", "The Nashville Network", "Uptown Comedy Club", and "Comic Escape". He is known as one of the few "clean" African American comics, preferring to use humor rather than vulgarity to get laughs. His original comedy routines often feature the role-play of fictional characters such as "Bernice Jenkins" (AKA Granny Swims, Ms. Johnson or Mrs. Francis), "Lil' Daryl", "Rusty Dale" and "Beauford". Bernice Jenkins has a grandson named Rufus, who's a stereotype of the modern day "Gangsta". He is referenced in "Two Of My Toes Fell Off" and another prank phone call where Smiley calls a pharmacy. Smiley became the morning show personality for KBFB Radio in Dallas, Texas in April 2004. The show features the trademark prank calls, as well as news, information and the latest hip hop music. He has also released several humorous songs based on his bits, such as "Roll Tide" featuring his redneck character Buford, and "We Miss Robert", based on a routine of his in which a friend of a deceased drug dealer performs a rap song called "We Miss Robert" at the funeral, which is actually a song about a woman, performed in hopes of landing a record deal.
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After more than five years on the air, comedian Rickey Smiley can finally be heard in his hometown of Birmingham. Smiley's syndicated radio show made its Birmingham debut Monday on Cox Radio's new WENN 101.9 FM, which bills itself as "Birmingham's Neo Soul Station." "Now the listeners in Birmingham can have our native son back in the saddle again delivering his unique brand of humor," Kori White, Cox Radio's Birmingham operations manager, said in a media release. Smiley, a Woodlawn High School graduate who made his stand-up debut here at the Comedy Club 20 years ago, had another reason to smile Monday. The morning after winning an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her role in "Precious," Smiley's longtime friend and fellow comedian Mo'Nique called into his show. An excited Smiley seemed surprised she had time to call after her big night. "Wait a minute," Mo'Nique corrected him. "Did you think I wouldn't?" "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show," which originates out Atlanta, airs in about25 markets nationwide, including Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and St. Louis. In Birmingham, the show airs weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.
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Actor, comedian, host. Man you all over the place doing it big.
Well my first question for you is before winning the Bay Area Black Comedy championship in 2002, What were some of the things you and up and coming comedians in that area had to do for exposure and how did things ease up afterwards?
RP- Man there’s so much you have to do before people start to know about you. I was in the Navy for 8yrs. I was on active duty but I was still doing my comedy. So it was like my job. In the day I was the Navy guy but at night I was slinging them jokes. I’ve been blessed to be noticed whenever I was doing my thing. One of the first people to notice me was George Lopez. He took me on the road with him under his wings and I was able to learn a lot from him. He was selling out shows long before most people knew him nationally. But before I won in 2002, I lost in 01. But what I like to tell up and coming comedians is that it’s not always about the win. Because that’s the year I met Cedric the Entertainers manager. And we vibe pretty good on some dude level. He was like man I’m going to hook you up. People say that all the time but he really did. He called me 2 weeks later and at that time Cedric had the Bud Lite commercials going. That was when I got to really see what this talent could become. But you know the grind doesn’t really change but you can’t let it beat you. Cause it gets rough and if you not made for it you will be swallowed by it. I’ve seen people who were funnier than me but gave up before their blessings. Do you feel the comedy industry has changed any since the time it attracted you to want a career in it? If so expand on the good and the bad.
RP- I don’t think the game is no different now than it was 50yrs. ago. We tend to get exposed to different things as we go up the latter but I think it’s the same. There are more opportunities for blacks now but with that comes new pitfalls too. But I look at comedy as the last true form of expression. When I’m doing my stand up, I’m the writer, producer, director and I love doing all of it. Now lets talk about the Monique show for a minute if you don’t mind. First of all since this is my first time meeting you in person, congratulations on the show and your position there.
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Has life changed any since landing this gig or is it the typical every day lifestyle of Rodney Perry? RP- Well yes and no. I was already starting to feel the human change. You know when people start recognizing you. I have been on comic view enough times for that to happen now. But there is still a disconnect at that stage because you have some people that remember you for one thing and some for other things. But they haven’t really made that full connection yet and that’s what the show helped me achieve. But I’m really happy doing the show and I love working with Monique. We worked together in the past on a radio show she had and when she asked me if I wanted to take this ride with her I was like hell yea! Lol lets roll! I have a cousin in the industry who was the host of The Queens Of Comedy, is still known for pulling her wig off on national TV and she has more recently appeared on the show. Well the question I have for you is, what happens to take you from the lime light back to fewer appearances and do you plan to maneuver around that?
RP- It’s crazy but I have always been a student of that. I don’t just look at the people making it happen but also the people taking losses. For example Miss Laura. She was at the top of her game with The Queens Of Comedy and who knows what happened. Real life kicks in, a death could occur, a birth or anything. These things can change a persons perspective of what they’re dong and why. Cause this s a very selfish endeavor and it takes a lot of sacrifice to see it through. It could be a lack of a strong support team or any number of things from my observance. Well Rodney it’s been my pleasure sitting here conversating with you. Can you let us know where can we find out what moves are appearances you might be making in the near future?
RP- Well I’m online everywhere. I’m old school so I still have a Myspace. You can follow me on Twitter @rodneyperry, RodneyPerry.com and my Ning site is rodneyperrylive.ning. But Rodney Perry and you can find my facebook and everything. Thank you to for having me here and I to enjoyed myself.
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CJ Tha Stickman
Tha Stickman was born and Raised right here in Birmingham! The gift of mixing started with a turntable from a thrift store back in 1989 along with a tape deck and radio shack mixer, history was in motion! CJ Tha Stickman discovered his interest in deejaying at a very young age of 7, it all begin when he first saw the Run DMC King of Rock video with Jam master Jay and spinning records at his mother card parties . “I was the one who kept the music going, spinning 45 at the age of 13.” Where did the name CJ Tha Stickman originate from? I was deejaying my first event at a neighborhood fun day event in Cooper Green projects for my mom, when the host yelled out we have Da Stickman on the 1s and 2s and it stuck with me every since. So, who’s throwing the best parties at the moment? (Montevallo, AL) “They really know how to party due to the diverse atmosphere and it’s not a boogie crowd; I can’t stand a boogie crowd.” What’s the best event you’ve played at? “I played at a lot of events, it’s hard to distinguish which is the best, but one that stood out more has to be Jam Fest. The artists, jocks, DJ’s and staff put on a great show!” What was your first record you bought? Two Live Crew / Luke Skywalker in 1985. Out of all the tunes you have, which one never fails? Depending on what music is current. When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out? I go home and go to sleep or kick it with the homies. So, how is the nightlife scene in your eyes at the moment? The night life scene can be better, if Birmingham club owners were to put more creativity in their clubs. Birmingham doesn’t have any really nice clubs, but if more owners were to strive like Platinum’s owner clubs will better. How big is you vinyl collection? Over 50,000. What do you think of CDJ’s? It’s apart of this new technology which can be a real DJ treats, but I’m a vinyl junky. When you play is it a pre-planned set? “No its not, it’s done random and on the fly.” What is the funniest thing that has ever happened at an event? “I was deejaying at Smitty City and this guy was going on and on about me playing his record so I put it on without listening to it first. The crowd went booooooo, booooo to an up roar. The crowd wasn’t familiar with his record, but I learned a valuable lesson, to listen to the record first.” Other DJ’s you rate? Everybody is able to hold their own; we can compete with other DJ’s because everyone has the same method by playing what’s hot in their area. What are your feelings on the MC’s? I say DJ’s need to step it up because the MC’s is coming. How long have you been a DJ? 22 years. Where do
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you see yourself in five years? “Having a good time and doing what I love, deejaying.” What’s your favorite music to spin and what crowd? Upbeat and mix college crowd. (Shout out to Alabama and Auburn) Where has deejaying taken you in the world? New York, 106 and park. Any favorite places? “Home is the best place,” love southeast as a whole. (shout out to Florida) How do you keep yourself fresh to compete with the large market you are in? “I keep myself up on music, I’m not a follower and I break records.” Where can your fans go to hear you spin? Pull me up on YouTube or hit me on the web, podomatic.com/ paid in full mix show Do you think Birmingham has a good scene and opportunities for DJ’s? No get these young DJ’s to get off the crab and bucket mentality if I sat a standard don’t come behind me and down play it” example I sat a price for 500 don’t come behind me and do it for 100 just to get a gig. What advice you’ll give to upcoming DJ’s? “Keep doing what you doing and find your niche, most importantly find your niche.” Shout out to go to fans, Go to work ENT. , Serious, Dirty Vegas, Air National Silk, Twist T, Mrs. Tricia, Jay, and everybody in the FAM.
The Dirty 30's Favorite DJ Award and the current Tj's Dj's Platinum Needle Award Holder. Also 2009 Life's Greatest Music Awards Favorite Dj and Currently Nominated for 2 2010 SEA Awards OLD SCHOOL DJ OF THE YEAR AND RADIO DJ MIXER OF THE YEAR. Check him out on dem wheels of steel Tuesday's for Take Me Back Tuesday, Thursdays for the 5 o'clock CutUp on WBHJ 95.7 jamz (Birmingham, Al). Saturday Nights on 103.1 WEUP (Huntsville, Alabama), Saturday Afternoons from 12-4 1120 WHOG (Anniston, Al). CJ goes live and local of the Birmingham club scene As Well as on the road. Having rocked parties and rocked sets from Nashville to Miami and he even blazes up the podcast scene. Check out my mixes go to http://paidinfullmixshow.podomatic.com
DJ Serious was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. At the age of six is when Serious discover his passion for deejaying, “I use to play with my dad vinyl collection all the time when he left for work.” Where did the name DJ Serious originate from? It originated when I started taking deejaying serious because originally I went by the name DJ Rashard. Who’s throwing the best parties at the moment? Any organization such as fraternities, social saving club, and a group of individuals that have a massive following crowd, no one person or company is in control right now. what’s the best event you’ve played at? My first gig was at a local skating rink, when I was six years old called skate haying in Roebuck, Alabama. What was your first record you bought? “The first record I bought was Dis in that / Party, ‘A great record to spin back in the day.” Out of all the tunes you have, which one never fails? A mainstream hit that’s current at the time. When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out? “If I’m still in the mood to listen to music, I love to jazz it out.” So how is the nightlife scene in your eyes at the moment? “It’s weak right now, not just in my city, but everywhere because time is changing with the invention of technology such as mp3.” How big is your vinyl collection? Over 30,000. What do you think of CDJ’s? “It’s to each it’s own type of thing. ‘I would not use it because I was brought up on vinyl not really comfortable with CDJs.” When you play is it a pre-planned set? “No, I wing it, and go with the flow of the crowd.” Other DJ’s you rate? “DJ’s as whole suck because they don’t put any craft or hard work into deejaying. They just download their mp3 off the internet and just press play; they really don’t learn their craft in so many words. What are your feelings on the MC’s? “In general they dope and upcoming MC’s are half and half.’ Some of them are imitating what’s on TV and the other are putting forth effort in learning they craft such as rhyming and articulating their word.” How long have you been a DJ? Over 16 years. Where do you see yourself in five years? “A major producer / record label owner.” What’s your favorite music to spin and what crowd? “Old skool hip hop and a 25 and older crowd.” Where had deejaying take you in the world? “The high light is Manhattan, New York because it was so different
from all the place I been and to actually be there doing what I love is so amazing.” How do you keep yourself fresh to compete with the large market you are in? “Keeping up with what’s on the internet and visiting different events to hear what’s playing.” Where can your fans go to hear you spin? “I keep a list of events on my website so tune into djseriousgotowork.com.” Do you think Birmingham has a good scene and opportunities for DJ’s? “No because the promoters and club owners like to take the easy way out.’ They prefer to hire anyone who is willing to DJ for the cheapest amount.” What advice you’ll give to upcoming DJ? “Learn the craft if you learn it you’ll have more respect for it before you decide to make money.”
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I spin on Technique 1200s (not the CD players), Mackie Battle DJ Mixer, and Traktor Scratch Pro Software ran off a MAC (Ohhhh)!!! I really GO TO WORK on the turntables (1200s), Ya Boy is also a Monster on the Mix tape Scene, not just on the corner and out of the trunk. Ya Boy is in over 100 mom n pop stores, not just in Alabama, throughout the country! I’ve been a Mix Show Jock for stations like WEUP & WBHJ 95.7 Jamz for over 5 years. My current mixes on WBHJ can be heard on Fridays 5p-6p and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 10p-2a on 957Jamz. com. You can also catch me on GOODFELLARADIO. NET from your computer. Outside of Cities in Alabama. I have played in New York City (Manhattan), Houston, Miami, Orlando, & Atlanta. I have played on the same show & stage with artist like Nas, Slick Rick, Alicia Keys, T.I., Young Jeezy, & Rick Ross just to name a few.
• 2007 Mixtape Of The Year Voted By Dirty 30 • 2008 BEST DJ Voted By The Birmingham Area Music Awards & Birmingham Weekly • 2010 Best Skillz On A Mixtape Voted By The S.E.A. • 2010 Best Dance / Party Mixtape Voted By The S.E.A.
Just To Name A Few!
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Online Marketing Tips For The Online PR/Marketing Consultant By Jasmine Johnson
ere are some quick tips on launching and promoting your business or music online.
your goal & develop a 1.Determine online marketing plan Think about what you would like to accomplish, set a budget, and create a strategy.
2.Presentation Get a professional website or blog.
twitter can help to building relationships and increase being found online but you have to learn how to use them or hire someone who knows how leads into sales: 6.Converting Offer an incentive or discount to
purchase your product or service online
Remember first impression is powerful, even in a virtual world.
to improve being found 7.How on search engines
your target audience 3.Identify Think about who might be interested
Submit your URL to all the search engines
in your kind of product or service and who can benefit from it. Then network with those people online and in-person.
Effective marketing tools
E-Newsletter campaign: Choose a company that has a large email data base and invest in sending out a weekly/bi-weekly email blast in a newsletter format to your target audience.
Choosing the right social networks
Social networks such as Linkedin, facebook, and 24
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Use keywords and tagging
Evaluate Once you’ve executed your online marketing campaign after 30-60 days track and measure your results to make sure you can eventually gain a ROI “ Return on investment”, then you can make adjustment as needed.
If you need help with promoting your business or music online contact Jasmine Johnson
“The Online Pr/Marketing Consultant”
SCHIZOPHRENIC WITH JA SMINE P. RAIN
M oving V iolation
ave you ever experienced something that just bugs the crap out of you? I know I have… In my everyday life I encounter things that bother me so much that I need to share them with the world. I’m sure we all have pet peeves… But who knows? My isms may be yours, but we’ve been too afraid to publicly express them. Well… In this monthly column I will be telling it like it is! Yeah that’s right… You heard me! Telling it like it is from my perspective of things. So here is just one of my things…
ver been in the grocery checkout line and before you can even get your cash or credit card out of your wallet, it seems your back is so hot that it is about to light aflame? You turn around and there is some unsuspecting person all up in your grill? They’re standing right up on you with no regard for your personal space. I don’t want you up on me, especially when I’m pulling out my dough. It’s not going to make me move any faster, if that’s your reasoning. If anything, it’s just going to make me utter a few words you may not want to hear with the naked ear. Not to mention, isn’t there a silent rule that one is supposed to stay back a certain amount of feet so a human can breathe? Geez… Most of the time I’m visiting a store, I’m buying stuff I don’t really need to fill a void or to de-stress. Then I have YOU all up on me making it worse. Back up, buddy!! Have you had similar experiences at the checkout line? Send your comments to email@example.com and your experience may be featured in the next issue. Jasmine P. Rain is the author of her self-published book, The Social: How Zune Changed My Life, available on amazon.com. Read her column, Schizophrenic with Jasmine P. Rain, every month as she talks about everything under the sun, including ALL things crazy! Jasmine P. Rain will be interviewing artists-on-the-rise, authors, and shooting the breeze with friends about topics close to the heart. She may even throw in a fashion page! So grab your favorite drink and come into another world with Schizophrenic with Jasmine P. Rain!! ;)
JASMINE P. RAIN Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Be My Friend on Facebook: Jasmine P. Rain Follow Me On Twitter: @JasminePRain birmingham
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Atlanta Unsigned Music Conference
Atlanta Underground Music Awards September 15-18, 2011
@ Georgia International Convention Center
id you know that Atlanta was known to hold one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast? For those that might have been around in the late 80’s to early 90’s that Conference was called Jack the Rapper. Atlanta’s Unsigned Music Conference (AUSMC2011) is here to bring that back to the south and it’s coming up fast! This year the Conference/Competition will be held on September 15th through September 18th and will offer heartpounding entertainment, action packed performances, entertainment workshops, seminars, industry and small business vendors from all over the USA. The Atlanta Unsigned Music Awards (AUMA) was created to acknowledge and honor the achievements of unsigned indie artists, producers, promoters and other vital persons who have made outstanding contributions to the Georgia music scene. Specializing in all genres of music, we focus strongly on those individuals who have made a significant impact within the underground circuit. Because there are so many talented men and women who are consistently unrecognized for their achievements, this awards show is designed to reveal these special people to the public in an intimate formal environment that is comparable to events that are held nationally.
For more info visit atlantauma.com
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The INdustry by
Christina Clark Entertainment
What’s the date?
How to get booked for shows.
The one question I get asked daily by my many Artists and DJ’s “How do I get booked for shows?”. The booking process can be tricky. According to EHow.com A booking agent is responsible for finding work for individuals working in the entertainment industry. A booking agent represents the talent and negotiates a contract with the promoters. Promoters are responsible for booking musical acts into concert venues and are the booking agent’s point person. The negotiation process includes reserving the performance dates for the club and determining the band’s fee or percentage of ticket sales. Most states require a special license for booking agents, with California and New York having the most regulation. (Agents are limited to a 10 percent commission.) The key to getting booked shows is to have great marketing, define your demographic and to have someone on your team who can keep and organize your schedule and negotiate on your behalf. It’s very hard for booking agents to obtain bookings for Artists that Talent Buyers never heard of; so it’s a harder sell. Whereas its easier to book a person who is a Name Talent. So get out there and Market Market! When you have something to book; you should approach a booking agent. Many Artists often tell Promoters they will open for free. Let me tell you a secret; Promoters don’t care about you opening for free unless you can bring more people through their doors. Why would I want to book anyone that’s not doing anything for my business? As a Promoter I need extra bodies through my door. Also, depending on the right show; it can be a good idea to pay to perform as you would on a major tour. It has to make sense. Now there are pitfalls to booking agents. As stated above, Booking agents can only commission 10% of your fee. Now there are times where Agents will put more than 10% on top; which can be a bad and good thing. The good thing is that the Agent can make more money; lets face it 10% of $1500 isn’t that appealing especially with all of the time that is spent negotiating deals. Please always consult with your agent on your highest and lowest booking price. There are many “booking agents” in this entertainment game. The Major Booking Houses that most Name Talent uses are William Morris Agency, ICM, CAA, United and Paradigm. Dealing with these agencies are very corporate and may take a little longer to get bookings done. Now Name talent will also hire independent booking agencies such as Ujamaa, Multi Entertainment, Coach and Mike Lighty. These guys have quicker turnaround time and are able to get your where the bigger agencies can not get such as Nightclubs and Festivals etc.. These Agencies will deal with the Indie concert promoters where as the larger agencies will not.