Archive for November 10, 2011

New Music: Betty Wright, The Roots, LiL Wayne

Found this gem on Nah Right Check It out this song gets a G.I.D thumbs up.

R.I.P Heavy D


Article: Tommy Lee Teams Up With DJ Aero and Starts Doing Electronica Music.

It’s slightly after 10 p.m. on Saturday in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s far North Side, and I’m speaking with DJ Aero and Tommy Lee in their tour bus parked behind the Aragon Ballroom. The DJ duo has just finished playing an hour and a half set and is taking a needed break before performing again in the early hours of tomorrow morning. In 30 minutes, Deadmau5–the man who has been appointed electronic music’s de facto ambassador to mainstream audiences and Lee’s good friend–will take the stage to a sold out crowd of eerily young-looking ravers clad in neon and faux fur.

But until then, the two are musing on the current state of the music industry, and two things are blatantly apparent:

  1. These men are (almost) complete opposites.
  2. They have an equal amount of appreciation and disdain for the effect that technology has had on the music industry.

Long before they became electronica’s odd couple in 2005, DJ Aero–real name Chester Deitz–and Lee were leading lives that would have likely never even put them in the same room, let alone lead to a fruitful artistic collaboration.

At the time, Deitz was a 28-year-old director of operations for Buffets, Inc., traveling the nation to help open new locations for the corporation’s various chain restaurant. Lee—the notorious partier who began his music career when he joined Motley Crue at 17 and is tattooed from pectoral to second knuckle—however, is the personified antithesis to all things corporate, and has likely never spent a day of his rock ’n roll life working in an office.

Tall and lean, Lee is dressed in a wife beater, black jeans, black sneakers and black hat. He’s talking about how the music industry has changed during his storied career and at 49, he is as enthusiastic, demonstrative and excitable as ever.

To Lee’s left, in stark contrast, is a stoic Aero; calm, composed and thoughtfully articulating each point. It’s easy to imagine him seated at a board room table deftly navigating the financial stipulations of his next restaurant opening.

Their styles may differ, but their main concern about the current and future state of the music industry—electronic music, in particular—is unified: technological advancements have given artists the capability to explore a seemingly infinite sonic universe, but the result has been tons of music that all sounds the same. As Lee puts it, technology has become a “double-edge sword” in the world of music. (Over the span of 30 minutes, he uses this term three different times.)

At best, it may seem curious for one of rock ’n roll’s most iconic superstars to attempt a crossover into electronica, and, at worst, a shameless attempt for a formerly great drummer to recapture lost stardom by becoming yet another celebrity DJ.

But at its core, electronica—and the countless subgenres it encompasses—is solely a series of complementary percussive beats interwoven with mixing technology. So, if there were any member of a rock band to be intrigued by electronic music, it would only make sense that it be the drummer. And, if there were any rock drummer to transition into this genre, it would only make sense for it to be Tommy Lee; a man whose entire life has been a literal and figurative “fuck you” to the status quo.

“I’ve always been fascinated by technology and what you could do (with it),” Lee says in between puffs of his cigarette. “Once I started realizing what was possible, that’s when I lost it…I was like a little kid with a lot of fucking buttons to play with.”

So, in 2000, after spending all of his adult life as a member of Motley Crue, Lee was “dying creatively” and looking for an artistic venture that would fuse his rock roots with his affinity for other musical styles.

From that creative urge emerged Methods of Mayhem, Lee’s rap-metal group that featured appearances by Fred Durst, Kid Rock and George Clinton among others. But when Mix Master Mike, production artist for the group, had to leave for a Beastie Boys tour, Lee’s group was without a DJ. DJ Aero then sent Lee a video of his work, and the relationship was born.

Now, 11 years later, the two are opening for (arguably) the most notable EDM act in the world. But despite the traction the pair has gained, Aero and Lee have made it a point to combat preconceived notions about electronica that exist from within and outside the DJ community. Source: thesmokingjacket.com

Industry Tips & Advice: The Terms of Publishing Contracts

Ron Sobel, President of North Star Media, talks about the terms of a publishing contract. A few of the key elements are how many songs the songwriter is giving the publisher, the duration of the ownership, and the percentage of ownership. Sobel explains that publishers seek to have 100 percent of publishing for the life of the copyright.

Quote Of The Day

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.


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