5 Workflow Tips From ill:Gates

ill.Gates shares very insightful tips that have helped him go from a bedroom producer / dj to a touring full time artist. These tips are some real gems so put aside 15 minutes and soak in the knowledge.

How To Market Your Music

Curtiss King, the host of this video, breaks down something we all want to know: how can we market our music, build a fan base, and make a living doing what we love? All these questions and more are answered in this compelling, in-depth video. Check it out if you want to up your game today.

Bobby McFerrin plays the audience

In just 3 short minutes, Bobby McFerrin, 10-time Grammy Winner and most known for “Don’t Worry Be Happy” plays the World Science Festival audience like an instrument. He uses the pentatonic scale to show how our brains are wired. Providing just a little guidance, he is able to create a choir following his musical command.

Getting that Label Deal

Here’s a great video talking about how to get that one thing you’re chasing if you’re a hip-hop artist: a deal with a big-time record label. Charles White, a man with years of experience in the music industry, gives his top 5 things you need to work on in order to get signed. This video is a must-see if you’re looking to take that next step in your career.

Kendrick Lamar: “Don’t Be Afraid”

Kendrick Lamar, one of the biggest rising stars in hip-hop today, had some words of wisdom on Hot 97 radio. He talked about his past, and how he didn’t always want to be a role model for people, but now has accepted that he must be a good example for those that look up to him. He also talked about the music industry, and that it’s not as important to be commercially successful as it is to have an avid fan base, no matter how big. He preached to always stay true to yourself as an artist, one of the best pieces of advice that can be given.

Inspiring true story told by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

This story, told by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, is a testament to the impact music can have on one’s life. McDaniels was one of the pioneers of hip-hop music and culture and member of Run-D.M.C., the first hip-hop group to have a gold album and the first to earn a platinum record.
He talks about his struggle with depression, how the music of Sarah McLachlan saved his life, and the wild connection that drew the two artists together.

Game changing workflow advice from Mr. Bill

This is a great tutorial that gives advice on how to combine all the aspects that go into finishing a track before you are sick of hearing it 😉 If you have solid ideas and tight production elements but are having trouble navigating the most efficient way to get to a finished product check out this tutorial by Mr.Bill.

Rapsody’s Quest to Inspire Others

Very intriguing interview here with hip-hop artist Rapsody. Perhaps the most interesting thing Rapsody brings to the table here is that her main purpose for becoming a rapper is to inspire and be a role model for others. She especially seeks to be a symbol for young women who aspire to enter the music business. In addition to her comments on her influences, upbringing, and music, her remarks on breaking stereotypes and following your heart are very encouraging and inspirational.

Producer Builds Song On The Spot

Pretty incredible musicianship and production skill on display in this video. Nicki Minaj’s go-to producer, the Grammy-nominated Snipe Young, constructs an entire beat from scratch in the span of mere minutes. The song is a banger too! I’m gonna have to see if they ever released this; may be posting it in the future! It’s tough to beat production like this.

Kanye West Sampling Technique Tutorial

Fans of Kanye West should find this video compelling. It gives an in-depth look at the techniques, strategies, technology, and theory needed to mix together samples of different keys and sources in a similar manner to Kanye. There’s also a lot of good information about music theory and Ableton Live software in general. If you’re just starting out in production, or even if you already have a good knowledge of sampling and beatmaking, this video should be very helpful and interesting.

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