Open letter to the music biz…

Hey, music biz, here’s a hint on how to get people to pay for more music…PUT OUT GOOD FULL ALBUMS, and people will buy them!  Consumers can now preview 90 seconds of songs on iTunes, so you had better be putting out good artists who make good albums.  I know that the model of iTunes and digital downloading in general is single track download based…but, music lovers still want to buy full albums…IF THEY’RE GOOD.

Stop spending so much money to pay “Famous Producer X” to produce one good single for you, and then you don’t have money left in the budget to spend the time and effort to make the rest of the album good.  I’m a producer, so I know what it really costs to make an album.  Our production company could produce full albums for the amount of money you spend on a couple songs sometimes!

Consumers aren’t stupid.  They are more careful with their money now than ever before, so make it worth it for them to spend money on your artists.  It would only make sense that if a person likes an artist, they would love to have as many good songs by that artist as possible.  Therefore, if you try to make sure there are 10-12 really good songs on an album, people will buy them.  If you make one or two good songs, and throw together 9-11 mediocre or bad songs, then people won’t pay for them.  Duh!  In this age of being able to get either one song or a whole album, consumers need to feel like you care enough about them spending their hard-earned money that you will really try to put together worthwhile full album projects.

I realize that music is very subjective, and what one person loves, another person hates…but, AT LEAST DO YOUR BEST TO PUT OUT THE BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT WITH EACH ARTIST.  If you do that, then you can be assured that art has been represented.

But, maybe I’m just old-fashioned…and proud of it.

DJ Form

PS – small note to consumers and music listeners…if you want record labels to put out good albums with good artists…stop supporting the crappy artists out there who are just trying to shock you, arouse you, or be some sort of circus freak show, just because a lot of other people are listening to them.

2010 was great, but 2011 is going to be better!

Just wanted to drop a quick note to thank everyone for all of your support of me (DJ Form) and Incorporated Elements in 2010.  We experienced some great things this year.  Just a couple were:

1.  I did the All I Ever Wanted World Tour with some of the greatest people on the planet…not to mention the amazing fans who came out to the shows.

2. Eric and Nate moved to Nashville to join Incorporated Elements and complete the team.

3. We teamed up with Miles McPherson to start an amazing studio, where we’ve already worked on tons of projects.

I could go on for a long, long time about all the great things that happened for Incorporated Elements this year, but it would probably bore most of you.

We are really excited about 2011, and can’t wait to share the news of some of the things that will be happening.  We can’t really say anything yet, but be on the lookout as the new year hits.  We’ll start posting stuff as soon as we can.

thanks! and everyone have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Ric

DJ Form

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Ooh Ahh still strong on the iTunes charts!

Grits - Ooh Ahh

Grits’ hit ‘Ooh Ahh’ is still on the itunes hip hop/rap charts, sitting comfortably at #32. It has been as high as #28. We’re working hard, trying to get it to break the top 20! Thank you all for all the support so far-keep spreading the word!

Ooh Ahh climbing the iTunes charts!

With the debut of the new MTV show, The Buried Life a few days ago, there has been a huge resurgence of the song “Ooh Ahh” by Grits.  This song was co-written by Ric “DJ Form” Robbins and produced by Incorporated Elements.  It has already been used in such films as “Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, among many, many television shows.  But, with “Ooh Ahh” being the opening theme song of The Buried Life, it has begun to climb up the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap download chart.

We would love to see it break into the top 10, but we need your help to do it.  If you would like to support Incorporated Elements and DJ Form, consider downloading “Ooh Ahh” by Grits from iTunes and asking friends, family, and music fans everywhere to do the same.

Even if you don’t go download it, we really appreciate all the support we’ve been given from you all so far, and we look forward to continuing to connect with more and more of you out there!  Below, I’ve posted some links to some videos using Ooh Ahh and one new song.

Thanks!!!

The I.E. Team

Ooh Ahh from Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift

Kobe Bryant highlights with Ooh Ahh

The Ooh Ahh Dance? 🙂

Here We Go video – another Grits hit by I.E.


Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls (Incorporated Elements Remix)

Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

Another remix from the Incorporated Elements crew. Throw this on your iPods and enjoy the vibe.

<a href="http://incorporatedelements.bandcamp.com/track/sean-kingston-beautiful-girls-remix">Sean Kingston &#8211; Beautiful Girls (Remix) by Incorporated Elements</a>

<a href="http://incorporatedelements.bandcamp.com/track/sean-kingston-beautiful-girls-remix-instrumental">Sean Kingston &#8211; Beautiful Girls (Remix Instrumental) by Incorporated Elements</a>

DJ Form’s Top Songs of 2009

(based loosely on my iTunes Most Played Playlist, and some others that I just really like)

Not all of these were released in 2009, but this is the year that I really listened to them.

I’ve split this up in two lists, since my tastes are so widely varied…

Most of you will think I’m weird, because I have such a wide range of musical tastes.  I feel like I’m missing some really good songs on here, but I just can’t seem to think of others…please respond with at least your top 10, and that may help me change some of mine by jogging my memory!

Pop/Rock/Etc.

  1. Cry – Kelly Clarkson
  2. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  3. Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  4. Revelry – Kings Of Leon
  5. Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
  6. Fearless – Colbie Caillat
  7. That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  8. Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
  9. Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
  10. Don’t Let Me Stop You – Kelly Clarkson
  11. I Told You So – Carrie Underwood
  12. One Time – Justin Bieber
  13. I Never Told You – Colbie Caillat
  14. You Belong To Me – Taylor Swift
  15. All The Right Moves – OneRepublic
  16. Got Dynamite – Demi Lovato
  17. Fireflies – Owl City
  18. If I Can’t Have You – Kelly Clarkson
  19. Uprising – Muse
  20. Sober – Pink

Hip-Hop/R&B

  1. Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna
  2. The One – Slaughterhouse
  3. How Low – Ludacris
  4. Auditorium – Mos Def
  5. Boyz With Tattoos – The Bangz
  6. So Fine – Sean Paul
  7. Mad – Ne-Yo
  8. Get Your Money Up – Keri Hilson
  9. Pretty Wings – Maxwell
  10. Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
  11. Single Ladies – Beyonce
  12. Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
  13. Blame It (remix) – Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, T-Pain
  14. Swagga Like Us – T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye, Jay-Z
  15. Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
  16. Forever – Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Eminem
  17. Whatcha Say – Jason DeRulo
  18. Teach Me How To Jerk – Audio Push
  19. Crawl – Chris Brown
  20. House Of Flying Daggers – Raekwon