Here’s the list of songs I used last night, all of which were videos (which will be the norm from now on). Enjoy!
Florida Georgia Line – Cruise
George Thorogood – Bad To The Bone
Jason Aldean – Take A Little Ride
Blake Shelton – Boys Round Here
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Florida Georgia Line – Get Your Shine On
Big & Rich – Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
Cristol – Country Twerk Mashup Continue Reading
Here’s the tracklist for the set I played the other night. It wasn’t very busy so I took the opportunity to mix it up a little. Soundchecked with Hollywood Undead. Enjoy!
Hollywood Undead – Comin In Hot
DJ Change – Drake & Wiz Khalifa vs Cage The Elephant – I Did it Overnight (Hiphop Rock Mashup)
Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot
Tinie Tempah – Till I’m Gone ft Wiz Khalifa Continue Reading
Co-DJ-ed with a friend, DJ Luck-E. Sound-checked with the Rick And Morty song, and they played old-school tracks until it was time to play dance music.
Rick Morty GET SCHWIFTY Trap Remix
5 & A Dime – Sit On My Subwoofer
Ludacris – My Chick Bad Remix ft. Diamond, Trina, Eve Uncensored
Alpa Chino – I Love Tha Pussy
Toxic – Britney Spears
DJ Change – Drake & Wiz Khalifa vs Cage The Elephant – I Did it Overnight (Hiphop Rock Mashup) Continue Reading
The Following is the playlist for a set I DJ-ed recently. Went from 9pm to 2:30am, used I’m On One to check levels before getting started. Place got busy around midnight, a fairly normal night and as always loads of fun. Enjoy!
I’m On One – Drake Ft Lil Wayne, Rick Ross
DJ Change – Drake & Wiz Khalifa vs Cage The Elephant – I Did it Overnight (Hiphop Rock Mashup)
Outkast – Ms Jackson
KRS-One – Sound of da police
The music of the song Havoc B by Enter Shikari would be great for the opening credits/scenes of a violent spy or gangster movie, an action thriller type. I’ve always thought since I first Continue Reading
I originally intended to keep track of the playlist at the wedding and post it here afterwards, but I didn’t bother to and I didn’t ask my buddy who dj-ed to keep track either. We just had a good day and he played the music. He put on a Pandora Wedding Songs playlist before the ceremony, then we played our playlist, and then we ended with more Pandora. Continue Reading
These are the lyrics to a song I’ve been working on for a couple years now. The first verse came to me one day in the shower, to the tune of Tom Petty’s Last Dance. Obviously I was single at the time. The second verse came to me one day while I was away from the wife for five weeks. Anyway, just think of the harmonica part at the break. It just needs a verse in between these two to connect them, and/or something to end it. Other than that though, I think it’s perfect so far.
More songs Moose and I might play at our wedding (we figure generally dance music throughout the day). After the wedding we’ll post the full playlist that we actually played, in order.
Shaggy – Angel
Dead or Alive – Spin Me Round
Mashup Germany – Life of Bad Touch
Alcazar – This is the World We Live In Continue Reading
These are some of the songs Moose and I put on the playlist for our wedding (in no particular order):
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance
Psy – Gangnam Style
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Gary Allan – Nothin’ on but the Radio
Elvis – Always On My Mind
Cascada – Every Time We Touch Continue Reading
Today’s music rant- stupid lyrics. Mainly two songs I’ve heard recently- Harder Better Faster Stronger (the Kanye West rapes music version) and Lose Yourself by Eminem. I know they’re old songs, and I try to ignore them but they played at work and so here’s my take: Continue Reading
Bold title, I know. Don’t get me wrong, I love music. But I don’t believe that anyone who truly loves music could possibly claim that they’re happy with the industry today, or even for the last 70 years or so. And it all comes down to one single, seemingly-innocent-yet-all-too-emphasized issue: The music industry is just that- industry. They’re about the money, not the music. That’s the problem. In order to sell albums, they must de-complicate everything creative and pander to the lowest common denominator. That’s where boy bands come from; that’s where idiots like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Kanye West come from… Continue Reading
It doesn’t matter where you are, you’ve probably seen most of these issues in your own scene if you’re an active part of it. “This band’s selling out. They think they’re hot shit since they went on one tour. They act like they’re the best, blah blah blah.” That’s just one of many issues I see between bands today. Hey, you left a cd in my car from that band that traveled through. “Shoot that piece of shit.” Really? They gave us free cds just because we were the only ones who showed up, and they’re actually really good. “Shoot that piece of shit.” Well that’s the problem. You’ve shown a complete lack of respect for them, and so now I have no respect for you (as a band), and that is the issue we’re facing. Bands don’t want to respect each other’s craft. No, you don’t do things the way I do, and I wouldn’t classify you as the same genre or sub-genre as me, but the real question is, is it working for you? Continue Reading
Just a short post, since I haven’t been very active in a while; There are two books that I would say are absolutely essential for any band looking to get ahead in the business, as well as two more that I personally think are great resources;
1. The Artist’s Guide To Success In The Music Business by Loren Weisman (www.artistsguide.net/)
2. Music Law by Rich Stim (published by NOLO) Continue Reading
2014. What a shitty year for music. Country is completely nonexistent, rock is headed straight in that same direction, and pop… well pop just lowers the bar every year so there’s really no surprise there. Actually there is. I’m surprised that the drooling masses didn’t buy up the shit at the rate that they used to. It’s because of this that NO albums have been certified platinum this year. Maybe there’s a small glimmer of hope for humanity after all. Continue Reading
As a band or artist, there are many different ways to promote yourself, one of which being the press kit. Some people say that in this day and age a press kit is unnecessary, as one can book and promote themselves via email and social media. But in my opinion, having a well-built press kit can help immensely in presentability and professional appearance. Many industry professionals, as well as media people, are used to seeing traditional press kits and could very well base their consideration of you solely upon it. Plus, if nothing else, it can’t hurt you to have one on hand even if you never use it, right? Continue Reading
This is the consolidation of my first two posts that were literally just about links to other great sites and blogs about music production, recording, and business, with three new links added. Continue Reading
This post is a long one; literally my post about getting signed followed by my post about the RIAA. Since I haven’t posted in a while I figured I’d put these two together, so that all my info about what it means to get signed is in one place. Continue Reading
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is the subject of much debate in the music world, whether you’re an artist/musician or just an avid music listener/enthusiast. These are the guys who sued Napster, had Kim Dotcom arrested by the FBI (illegally, I might add, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Dotcom#Dotcom.27s_arrest_in_New_Zealand), constantly and consistently screw artists and bands out of their rights, and will “legally” fine you thousands of dollars for downloading/sharing music files in any manner. Continue Reading
This was going to be the post where I got together with a few local musicians and discussed the problem of bands not getting paid enough or at all for shows because other bands will play for less or free, so venues don’t want to put out the extra money, even if you can bring in more people and put on a better show. We discussed this briefly, but the discussion quickly changed to the problem of creating a music scene in an area without one, another issue many people have different opinions on (as well as it being a big issue in our area). Both topics are covered here. Special thanks to Kevin Black of Homewrecker (https://www.facebook.com/Homewreckr) and Andrew Thorson (https://soundcloud.com/andrew-d-thorson) for meeting with me and making this post possible.
This isn’t a how-to of illegally downloading music, this is so that artists are aware of how easy it is to not get paid for their music. Basically, if you post a song online, it can be downloaded for free. Youtube is the easiest to download from, soundcloud is super easy as well; whether you provide a download link or not, songs can be taken right off of almost any website. Be aware of this when you post your music online; post samples of your songs, not full songs if you’re really looking to sell the song. Another thing an artist/band can do is upload a slightly different version of a song- maybe without a drumtrack, or an instrumental-only version. Another method is to voice over the song, such as near the beginning and end, the music might lower in volume and a person can say (right over the song) “You’re listening to XX by YY from their album ZZ.” Another thing you could do is to put up a demo. Just some ideas. Continue Reading