#freeformfriday – Just.Live

Alright folks, real quick but important #freeformfriday post. As some of you know by now, Incorporated Elements is working with the hip-hop group, Just.Live on some amazing new stuff. But, in the meantime, while we work on all that, they’re releasing some really cool new music, videos, merch, and apps to get fans excited for what’s ahead. Do not sleep on these cats. It all begins below…

Just.Live Zombie Game

Zombie (single) – Just.Live

Ric and the Next Great Dynamic Producer Showcase.

 

Here is Ric with his Next Great Dynamic Blog Post! Enjoy!

Hey, all! Just wanted to give a quick update on the Next Great Dynamic Producer Showcase that I was involved in this past weekend. Dynamic Producer is a great company that is really trying to give up-and-coming producers some cool opportunities. They asked me to come up and do a panel called “Beats, Grind, and Life” with Hi-Tek and Kill Will. If you don’t know who those producers are, you NEED to Google them. Not only are they super talented producers, but they are some of the coolest dudes ever. I can’t wait to work with them on some music!

1 Shot Management was there as well to share some of their knowledge and experience with everyone, and to judge the producer showcase competition.  Congrats to DJ Corbett for winning the competition. There was so much great music from all the producers who entered.

It was an amazing experience for me to get to go back to my hometown of Cincinnati, and be a part of this. Coming from Cincinnati, I know that there is a great crop of talent from there, but it was great to actually experience it.

Producers also came from as far as Indianapolis, Chicago, Philly, and other spots. I love the vibe of events like this, where there is a mutual respect for each other, and it’s genuinely fun.

Felisha Booker and her team with Dynamic Producer put on a very professional showcase, but it didn’t feel too stuffy or “industry.”  I loved that. It really was about the music, the respect of each other’s talents, sharing knowledge and experience, and building good relationships. I can see myself doing a lot of work with Dynamic Producer in the future.

For those of you who don’t know, Hip-Hop and R&B music is where I came from, so it has a special place in my heart. To be able to do things that may help new producers in those genres is very fulfilling to me…and to do it in the town where I first came to love music was even better!

Ric

Follow these folks on twitter!

Hi-Tek – @hitek

Kill Will – @killwillmusic

Felisha Booker & Dynamic Producer – @dynamicproducer

1 Shot Management – @1_Shot

DJ Corbett – @djcorbettBLM

In the pic:  Hi-Tek, Felisha Booker, DJ Form, Kill Will

Why A&R’s should just be A&R’s (most of the time)

Okay, so, I’m going to do a quick blog to clarify my statement on twitter from yesterday.  I said that I think A&R people should JUST be A&R people and not songwriters and producers too.  If you are not in the music industry, you may not really have any idea why I would say this.  Here are my reasons.

1.  There really is a lack of GOOD, traditional, skilled, knowledgeable A&R people out there today…and has been for a while.  That is part of the reason bad songs and bad artists have flooded the market, making it hard for people to justify spending their hard-earned money on music.

2.  If an A&R person is a songwriter and/or producer, they may be drawing part of their “salary” from that…like a commission based sales position.  With labels cutting costs these days, many times they will restructure the contract or job description to say that they A&R person will get paid a fairly low salary, but they can make up the money by placing some of their songs on artists’ records…hmmmm, can you say, “Conflict of interest?”

The job of A&R is to find the absolute BEST songs for an artist, NOT to push their own songs onto the artist, so they can still make a six figure salary at the expense of good songs.

3.  If an A&R is truly a great songwriter and/or producer, they probably won’t have the time to be able to become a great A&R too…they’d be so busy writing and producing that their A&R responsibilities would get pushed aside, thus causing the artists they are in charge of to suffer from lack of attention, planning, effort on the A&R’s part.

I can’t say that ALL A&R people should NOT be songwriters/producers too, because there are exceptions where someone may really be that talented to be able to do it all…but that is an exception and NOT the rule.

I’m done.