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#MusicMonday: Tony K – Drive

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Drive_Artwork_TonyKThe latest song and music video “Drive” from Hip-Hop Artist Tony K is a motivational track that tells people who are chasing their dreams to not lose their Drive!

“No matter what road blocks come your way you have to keep fighting for what you believe.” says Tony K.

This latest offering from Detroit native Tony K is a song off of Tony’s upcoming mix-tape titled Waste Land coming May 2015 visit tonykofficial.com to get a free copy of “Drive”!

Listen to Tony K on SoundCloud

Top Story: Get Ready Detroit! Odd Hours “Khaleesi” EP and Video Release Event

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Khaleesi is the fourth release from Detroit post-punk band Odd Hours. It comprises the Khaleesi single, music video and remixes by artists like Tunde Olaniran, Eddie Logix, Lol-lo-Lohanz, and others. The EP with audio single, remixes and video are being released on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios in Detroit.   

The release event is an art exhibit centered around the video and EP release,  with art created for, and inspired by the song and video. These pieces include the set installation of 400 hand-cut acrylic pieces in the shape of reflective crystalline daggers, and a seven-foot tall black metal throne, which were used in the “hell” set of the video.

Visitors can also observe brand new video installations by Beste, and of course scattered Vietnamese hell money along with the new video Khaleesi. The video itself includes a speedboat ride with Beste’s 70 year old, bandana-clad grandfather, and the band throwing fifty pounds of hell money into a raging bonfire. “From the way we look on stage, to using my grandfather in our videos, we want to be dark and sexy, but also confuse you by being weird and playful,” says Beste.

The video mixes striking visuals inspired by the 90’s punk/Americana look of artist Ssion and the luxurious, cold, gothic look of the black dance scene in the 80’s movie “Legend.” The name of course is the made up name for “queen” from the HBO show Game of Thrones.

The Khaleesi music video was produced by Odd Hours and Gold House Media, directed by Kevin Eckert, with art direction from Tunde Olaniran.

The new Odd Hours music video “Khaleesi” includes:

Ritual hell-money burning

A disguised septuagenarian grandfather driving a motorboat

A petulant ruler in her golden money palace

Custom-built seven-foot black steel throne, in hell

A pure black, kilt-wearing guardian

The newest single from Odd Hours

Odd Hours is the dark, sexy and avant-garde alternative to the 4/4 dance and friendly folk-based indie pop being hoisted by mainstream and indie radio.

The video release event is at 7. p.m. on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios, 2707 14th Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216.

Music – The D List: Tony K – Zombie

tonykzombieEver been or seen someone drunk or high? Then chances are they are not themselves they are more like Zombies and this is what you will see in the latest offering from Detroit native Tony K. This track is featured on Tony’s mixtape titled YNOT released today.

Join Tony’s mailing list at www.tonykofficial.com to get a free copy of the mixtape!

 

5 Ways To Market Your Small Business

Marketing for small businesses isn’t an easy thing to do and due to the limited resources available you need to be very creative with the way you market. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable options that can help you promote your business and help your business expand.

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1. Guerrilla Campaign

A really cool way to market your business is to run a guerrilla campaign around town. This means that you use material cleverly and in places where it looks like your posters, for instance, have taken over or shouldn’t really even be there in the first place.

You can look for great tips from some successful guerrilla marketing campaigns at the Tweak Your Biz website. The best ideas are the most outrageous ones and you should really be creative with your business name and the field it operates in.

2. Social Media SEO

SEO (search engine optimization) is a very cost effective way to market and you should definitely utilize it on your business’ website if you haven’t already. But you should also make sure all of your social media platforms are taking full advantage of SEO as well.

Look up some clever tips on how to best utilize it and use it efficiently to market your business. The great thing about using social media SEO to market your business is the way it allows you to reach a wide audience without costing a fortune.

3. Give Out Vouchers

People are very mindful about their spending these days and with a voucher campaign you can attract a lot of new customers to your business. There are two ways you can go about with vouchers.

You can add your business to local voucher magazines that are mostly available in many different locations. Or you can use the voucher programs provided by different online listings. For instance, with Google Places listing it is possible to add a coupon system for your business to use.

4. Make A Promotional Video

One nice way of marketing your business is to make a promotional video. You can then use this video on your website and different listings online. For example, Google Places allows you to add video content to your profile and actually ranks profiles with varied uses of video and image a lot higher in the rankings.

It is also a nice way to promote your business during the networking events or workshops and can let people know what your business is all about in an effective and quick way. You can find examples of corporate promotional videos at the corporate.videojug.com.

5. Organize A Workshop

If you really want to get people excited and talking about your business you need to organize a workshop. Use it to highlight your expertise and the areas that your business can really help people solve everyday issues.

If your business is all about a product then use this product in the workshop in creative ways to get people interested. The key thing is to teach people something during the workshop and not just promote your services and products.

David loves the marketing industry and is always trying to think new ways businesses and freelancers can use marketing to their advantage. He is also a big fan of magic and loves to try and figure out the secrets behind magic tricks.

 

Lil Wayne – “It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America”

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If social media are supposed to help spark national conversations, why do so many turn so ugly?

This comes up in the wake of the Lil Wayne stomp-on-the-flag controversy, which set off a torrent of abuse from Facebook posters who said he desecrated the flag.

Even after he attempted to explain himself — no desecration intended, he said on Facebook (45.6 million “likes”) — some critics kept up with the abuse, even to the point of wishing him dead from a seizure.

It started over the weekend when video footage showed the rapper, who’s been hospitalized several times recently for seizures, walking all over an American flag while shooting his new music video for God Bless Amerika in New Orleans.

Read Full Article – Lil Wayne and the flag: No desecration intended.

The D List: Miguel – Candles In The Sun

 

The Process of Winning a Grammy Award

The process of winning a Grammy award starts with a submission and goes through a process of screening, nominating, voting and more.

  • Members of the recording academy and other companies submit recordings, music videos and other music related videos and things according to what is and is not eligible. Eligibility is based on what year is considered worthy of recognition during the awards.
  • After the recording companies have submitted everything, there is a screening process. The screening involves a review process in which more than 100 experts go through to make sure the submitted videos and recordings meet the qualifications. Different qualifications are placed on each field or genre; for example, the requirements for jazz are different from the requirements for Gospel and the same goes for Rap and Classical. The screening process is not a judgment screening it is only a screening for eligibility and a screening to place the recordings in the correct genres.
  • After the screening process comes the real judgment, or the nomination process. The first ballot round is sent to voters. Voters are only allowed to vote in their genre of expertise. The voters can vote in about 20 categories in their genre or field then they may also vote for 4 categories of the General Field. The votes are then counted by an independent accounting firm. For specialized categories there are special nominating committees who determine the nominations by national nomination of voting members.
  • After the first round of voting is done there is a final voting in which the ballots are sent to voting members and the finalists are chosen. During this round Recording Academy members may vote as well. The votes are then, again, counted by an independent accounting firm.
  • The results of all the votes are then shared at the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. The results are actually sent in sealed envelopes from the independent accounting firm and they are not opened and revealed until the announcers are on stage at the GRAMMY Awards. The ceremony is shown by telecast.

The awards are given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The GRAMMY award is a true honor because the winners are based on votes by people in the industry, not on record sales.

It is quite a process to be nominated, voted for and to win a GRAMMY Award and that is because Grammy awards are the most highly esteemed awards that are given in the recording industry. 

Author Byline: Nicholas Wells represents GRAMMY award-winning musical groups and helps people to learn about trademark fees.

Music Spotlight: Mao Wang Zi – PAIN

When I met you film making was your main passion, not music, why has creating music become so important to you?

Film making is still my passion, but it seems that with every new medium I start it enriches my art just a little more. With the music I make I still incorporate my passion for film in making the visuals for the music video. It would be like how a director also acts in his film. Rap became important to me initially as a way to vent if that makes sense. A lot of music has developed this way including the blues. I just had a lot to say, I guess.  My life came to a point where I just said; I want to get this off my chest. I still do, which is exactly why I’m going to keep going for a while. I’ll still make films but I just have a new canvas to work with. Music is important because it seriously does help and can influence and bring forth moods and tones of our inner selves. I remember when I was going through some hiccups in life, I found myself listening to other artists that had sad songs like Annette Hanshaw.  The fact that someone else felt these sorrows was a major relief to me. I hope I can also help people in this regard and/or enrich their lives in any way I can.

I love the video for your single, Pain. Was it a challenge being the director and starring in the video?

Yeah, it was challenging, but more so  in Taiwan.  When I filmed the first day in Utah, it was a breeze. I got to use my favorite cinematographer, Jason. We just have the connections directors dream of.  He reads me. I read him. And I trust that all his shots will be near perfect. However, in  Taiwan, we filmed the monster shots. It was tough because finding the foreign actors and a cinematographer that I felt could do as good was really hard. This shoot was also the most expensive. We needed costumes, a cool setting, torches, and the costumes. So although being in the videos is more challenging, it’s not all that hard if you can find great people that know what you want.

You don’t come across as someone that is into Hip Hop, who are your musical influences?

Haha! It’s true. I really don’t fit into the cliche type I suppose. What’s more important is that I be myself.  So I do suppose that’s why there are so many sub genres of hip hop.  I am definitely not gangster rap.  I just can’t see myself being anyway else. I would have to live with myself knowing  I have not been myself. That would suck.

I tend to go towards artists that bring out messages or stories like Lupe Fiasco. I love Wyclef’s stuff too. His music brought so many visuals to me. I won’t deny that I was influenced by Eminem. I’m also old school, so some of my favorites are Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Das EFX, and the Pharcyde. There are a lot of underground guys I really appreciate too. I’m really influenced by guys like Johnny Cash, he’s rap isn’t he?

Why should we support your KickStarter project?

Well for most Kickstarter supporters, it’s about helping bringing someones creativity to life. That’s the beauty of it. What’s great about it is that through Kickstarter these aren’t handouts we’re asking for. The pledges are backed by rewards of your choice and there are options to support as little as $1. Of course, in the end it will depend on content and if the backers can see themselves enjoying the kind of music we’ll put out.  I’m a passionate guy. I love being creative. I love making art.

Support Mao Wang Zi’s KickStarter Project

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Black Music Month Spotlight: Tyrand

Name:

Tyrand

Why is celebrating Black music important to you?

It has so much soul.  No matter what type of music it is; jazz, R&B, or gospel they all have stories to tell. This is music I’ve listened to since I was born.  

What do you think of the current state of the music industry?

The music industry has changed a lot. It’s more digital now which isn’t a bad thing.  For artists, it’s actually easier.  Now you can reach fans through online media.  It’s also easier to be more independent.

What is your favorite song currently?

Right now my favorite song is Adele “One and Only”.  I really like that song.

What do you love almost as much as music?

I love film production.  A lot of people don’t know that I actually directed and edited a few of my own music videos, which I also do for other artists as well.

Who influences you most?

Most of my influences come from older artists. Teddy Pendergrass was a big influence. He was one of the first artists that I remember listening to as a child.

A world without music is…?

That’s hard to even imagine lol! But it would be a world without a lot of emotion. I think music brings emotion, like when you wake up in the morning you can listen to a certain song and it can change your mood for that whole day.

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Flint Stuff Spotlight: “Beat To Get Freakkky” Music Video Casting Call

Bed Roc Records, an independent record label in Michigan is currently casting a music video for female rapper Pasha’s new single “Beat To Get Freakkky”.  The casting is for female/male dancers, models and extras between the ages of 21-35.  The wardrobe will consist of biker and or rave style clothing for various motorcyle scenes .  No bright colors (whites, reds  and yellows) are allowed.  

Date: May 5, 2012

Time:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Flint, MI

Contact:  Please submit two photos (1 headshot and 1 full body shot) to btgfcasting@gmail.com. Also include Name, Age, City, Email and Contact Phone#.

Compensation: There is no compensation for this video but snacks will be provided on set and participants will receive the chance to be seen on major Music Websites and Blogs that have featured artists like T.I., Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and more!

Flint Stuff Spotlight: D Fro – Delirious Days

This music video, made by D-Fro (a producer/MC out of the Owosso/Flint area) and directed by label mate Tim Evans, promotes you to never give up on yourself, even if the world around us wants us to sometimes. D-Fro is an advocate for self-discovery and awareness of world affairs. Check out more at www.fb.com/dfromusic.

Note: Original video has been removed

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Simone Battle Likes Gay Boys

Simone Battle is one of the latest singers to get the boot from X Factor. Paula, L.A.,  and Nicole never saw much in her from her first audition and neither did I, but Simon loved Simone and chose her to be one of his final 5 picks! However, after her live performance of “Just Be Good To Me” by the S.O.S. Band (which was also sang by past X Factor contestant, Cher Llyod, on the U.K. version of the show) on last night’s show Simon sent her home, though home may be just where her music career starts.

Before leaving, Simone’s last words were a promo for her music video and single, “He Likes Boys”. It’s a track that I can hear Katy Perry singing, but it’s not right for Simone at all. I’m not sure what’s right for Simone. She a pretty girl (minus the clunky heels), but other than that there’s not much there as far as a music career is concerned.

Watch the video and tell me what you think.

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