Archive for September 7, 2011

Industry Tips and Advice: How To Move Forward In The Music Business.

Be Professional :
Sounds obvious, right? But this rule is at the top of the list for good reason. You may be getting involved in the music business because you love music, but a lot of people flock to the business because they think it’s just a non stop party. While there are certainly plenty of opportunities to have fun when you’re working in music, but the key word here is WORKING. Getting to the good stuff requires hard work and commitment. When you have a job to do, show up on time, and do it. Show people that you can be counted on to work hard and you know the difference between work and play, and you’ll find doors swinging open.

Be Polite:
Here’s a hard truth: whether you’re trying to break into the industry or you’re already there, working in music involves lots of cold calling/emailing. Some people will ignore you. Some will take ages to get back to you. Some of them might respond to your 10 emails with a single word response. It’s incredibly frustrating. What can you do about it?

Nothing. It pays to stay polite and professional at all costs. If someone blows you off, resist the urge to tell them off. If someone takes the time to help, SAY THANK YOU. The music biz is a smaller place than you think, and your shoddy behavior will come back to haunt you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Some Money:
Getting involved in the music business because you eat, sleep, and breathe music is the RIGHT reason. Going into music purely for monetary gains is a drag, and in fact, there is definitely an argument to be made that chasing profits has come at the expense of good music at many labels. But, don’t confuse that fact with an idea that it is wrong to want to make money in the music business. To able to work in the music business, you need to be able to pay the bills from your music job. Period. Getting a paycheck doesn’t mean you are crossing over to the dark side – rather, it lets you keep doing what you love.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask:
If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Do you want an internship, a job, to work with a certain producer, an opening slot on a bill with your favorite band – the people who can get you these things aren’t mind readers. They’re not going to come along and knock on your door one day to offer you the shot you’re after. If you want something, ask for it. Sometimes, people will say “no.” That’s not a problem, because sometimes, they will say “yes.” Don’t be so sure you know what the answer will be – ask, and you may be surprised what you can get.

Get it in Writing:
Yes, even when you’re working with friends. Even when there is no money involved yet. Beyond the financial reasons, a contract is a good way to clarify working relationships and responsibilities. You’ll be able to get things done a lot more effectively if everyone knows where they stand and what is expected of them.

Say “I Don’t Know” :
If you’re working at your first music business job, or your band is meeting with a label, and you, well, don’t have a clue what everyone is talking about, say so. People often feel a lot of pressure to appear “cool” in the music business, and so they pretend to know a lot of things they don’t. Having the nerve to say you don’t know what something is about is absolutely a lot “cooler” than flubbing your way through a conversation that is over your head – you’ll almost always give yourself away. Besides, if you’re serious about this, you’ll have to learn the ropes eventually. Do yourself a favor and speak up.

Above All Else – LISTEN:
Whatever you’re trying to do in the music business, you can bet you’re not the first to try it. Now, granted, most people who enter the music industry have a life long love affair with music that gives them some level of knowledge – but don’t assume that because you’ve bought a lot of music and read a lot of magazines that you REALLY know how things work. When you get a chance to get some advice from someone who has been around the block, listen up, even if you think it sounds like a sell out. The people who really get ahead in music are the people who never stop learning from those who went before them. About.com

Article: Borders Bookstore Going out Of Business 60-80% Off.

Border’s will be having a sale, 60-80% off on all books For the next 10 days. They are selling all furniture as well, so get your education on and grab some cheap books!!!! ~GetItDone Ray Reyes

Music News: Marc Anthony Lauches Kohl’s Clothing Line

Marc Anthony officially unveiled his new clothing collection for Kohl’s Department store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kohl’s in Jersey City today.

The Marc Anthony Collection includes outerwear, sportswear, suit separates, sport coats, dress shirts and accessories, with prices ranging from $28 for accessories to $225 for a sports coat. Pictures of Anthony’s line feature everything from ripped jeans, leather jackets and scarves to tailored suits.

Kohl’s announced last November that Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez would be launching his and hers contemporary lifestyle brands for the retailer. At the time the two were still very much a couple — a fact that made the joint partnership unique — but even then, months before their separation was announced in July, Kohl’s emphasized that the lines were always thought of as separate and distinct.

Marc Anthony: Nothing ‘Sensationalistic’ About Split With Jennifer Lopez

“We looked at Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony and looked at the awareness that’s out there for both of them, and it’s at a very high level,” Don Brennan, Kohl’s senior executive VP, told Billboard at the time. “They’re both incredibly influential in the entertainment industry, they’re really style icons and that’s what really builds credibility.”

According to Kohl’s website, López’s line is also scheduled to officially launch this month, although no date is listed.

Just days after his Kohl’s launch, Anthony is also kicking off several U.S. concert dates, beginning Friday, Sept. 9, with a show at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. Anthony will then play another eight dates through September. The September 9 show celebrates the 75th anniversary of Hispanic-owned food company Goya Foods. As part of its celebrations, Goya is sponsoring a nine-concert series in cities that includes shows by Marc Anthony and also by the double bill of Marco Antonio Solís and Ana Gabriel.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony’s ‘Q’Viva: The Chosen’: ‘The Show Will Go On’

At each of the shows, Goya will donate foods to local charities as part of its Goya Gives campaign, a series of initiatives the company developed to celebrate its milestone anniversary in partnership with United Way.

Both the Marc Anthony tour and the Solís/Gabriel tour are produced by Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN).More at

Article: Raekwon Speaks On “Built 4 Cuban Linx” and How Having a Classic LP Can Be Not Such a Good Thing.

The Chef reflects on how the classic LP can have repercussions.

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have been performing the former’s classic 1995 debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx at Rock the Bells 2011, but Rae explains that the album is “a gift and a curse.” Speaking with MTV, the Chef explained how people get fixated on a certain style and are less willing to expand horizons.

“It is a gift and a curse, because sometimes people get stuck off of one style I got, and that’s cool if that’s what you love,” he said. “I mean, I wanna be loved regardless by the fans because they help me pay my bills and allow me to still be here, but as long as you know what I’m capable of.

“Of course I get tired of people dwelling on that, but at the same time, that’s me, that made me a Martin Luther King rap n—a, that put me in a certain box,” he continued. “So if that’s what you know me by, as long as you know me from the get-down side. Other than that, all I can do is keep climbing and keep growing and that’s all I been doing.” hiphopdx

Quote Of The Day

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley

Industry Tips & Advice: Street Team Marketing Tip2 Train Your StreetTeam

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