Tips for Long Time Artists & Producers - Promoting Music

Update your Bio or Start Writing Your Story
Remember when you were a kid, and you would want to know everything about whichever famous person you were a fan of? What I mean is for example, I was (and always am) a fan of A Tribe Called Quest, so when I was a kid and would see their videos on TV, I wanted to know everything about them. Anytime they would pop up in a magazine, tv-commercials, or some sort of other media outlet my attention would be fixed absorbing as much information as I could about them. Keep in mind this was before the internet in the early 90s. Today of course we have the internet, so I can read and watch videos about them all day long at will.

Tips for Recording Artists

So how do you expect to have any real fans if they know nothing about you? Who wants to be a fan of a hollow shell? People are fascinated by good stories, controversy, and drama on all levels (not just fighting). Producers and DJs can get by with the, "behind the scenes" techniques, however as a Recording Artist your Biography, your Struggle is supposed to reflect in your artform. Art is an expression of something you are, not something you do. Something you do is work, like as in a 9-5, thus no one will find that exciting nor appealing. If you have no story, no struggle, then use that in a creative way such as making fun of yourself.

Whatever you do, do not leave your Bio pages blank or stale. If it's been a while since you've last updated it, then start drafting up a new one, and take your time on it. Get someone un-bias to proofread it for you as well, such as someone outside your area who won't be tied down by local bs and simplicity. Dig into your memory banks and talk about interesting moments in your life. Hurry up before the Alzheimer's sets in! But seriously tell your story, and use your Instagram to illustrate what you're saying instead of random or repetitive moments (which are boring, as we've all seen it, we've all been there).

Use your Social Media Accounts as a Blog
If you're thinking about creating your own Blog keep in mind that a lot of technical and tedious work will have to go into it. SEO techniques are just the tip of the iceberg of what you will need to learn, and will take many months before you really see any results. Furthermore, there were 7 million blogs ten years ago, and now in 2016 it's estimated to be around 140-170 million blogs. High competition is a serious understatement there, but do you know where you can start your own Blog without having to learn about SEO, and where you can get instant traffic? Your social media account, which originally was created for that exact reason. Remember Myspace? It was intended to be personal blog pages, where users could post anything they found relevant and share it instantly with both their real life and online friends/family. Sound familiar? Well that's because Tom figured this out back in 2003. So stop spamming, and start blogging on your social media accounts if you want people to share your posts.

How to Promote Your Music

Once you gain a strong following through solid content/material, then you can begin spamming your audience in-between relevant posts.

Practice Discipline in your Social Media Posts
If you're going to use social media as an avenue to ultimately sell your music, then you need to treat it like other avenues. A good practice to use is pretend the people you are talking to are right there in the room with you. Would you talk to them the same? Would you spam them relentlessly or act superior to them in any way? Do you know what the definition of politics is? Remember, as a recording Artist you are essentially running for MC (Master of the Ceremony). While the times may change, the essentials will always remain the same. But don't take my word for it, just look at E-40 or Too Short, since the 80s they've held office.

Using Hashtags and Engaging your Audience
So you've been using hashtags everywhere, and even managed to manipulate brand or name recognition to generate traffic like you were Jeff Johnson (on The Distinguished Gentleman). However, most of your traffic is useless non-targeted, or just simply not interested in what you have to offer. This is because you're competing with millions of other people doing the same thing, which ultimately means you're spamming.

Online Radio Stations

That is why you need to Engage your Audience. Whatever your hashtag leads to, it needs to grab the visitor's attention. What better way to grab a person's attention than to get them involved. Everyone loves to see their name or be glorified in some manner, as believe me I've used that basic psychology to sell many beats in the past, and it was always successful. Furthermore, don't remove negative comments or opinions you don't agree with. Instead, ENGAGE them in good conversation, you know like how we used to do before the internet. Like I said before, times may change but essentials remain the same, people are always gonna be people so treat them as such. - Home of Independent Artists

Blunt Time with Too $hort - The Original Oakland Pioneer

Too $hort Interview September 2016

On DrinkChamps

Too $hort on why he's originally from South Central LA, and the difference between, "Finesse and Gorilla Pimpin". Then meeting Biggie before he was B.I.G, to not being able to say no to Puffy, "He's a bully man". No surprise that Redman was dispensing weed at the Branson, and still rocking the mic at 50, Too Short is a living legend.

"Now the way you're dressed, walk up to every bitch and say I'm Mike bitch...yo that shit worked!" - Home of Independent Artists

Dame Dash Drinks NORE Under the Table Pause - Clears Up Old Rumors

Dame Dash Interview September 2016

On DrinkChamps

From making his own motor oil for fun, to getting jumped in Paris, one thing's for sure Dame Dash is not bitter. "If I cared about what people thought, people thought Jay was wack, it was a fight every day convincing people he was the truth".

"That's why CBS didn't want the show on Soundcloud, because they couldn't monetize it..." - Anyone catch that when Nore said it? - Home of Independent Artists

Redman Full Interview August 2016 - It All Started With EPMD and a Dream...and Curtain Sheet Room Separator

Redman Full Interview August 2016

On VladTv

It All Started With EPMD and a Dream...and Curtain Sheet Room Separator (You Know if You're Ghetto) And that's how I knew I was ghetto growing up because we used sheets for everything from tying stuff down to room dividers, "Yo...I'm gon do this shit you better start rappin' now!". Reggie Noble

Definitely one of my top 5 MCs, I had Whut Thee Album and Dare Iz a Darkside on tape cassette when it first dropped! Muddy Waters don't even get me started I still know every song word for word till this day! - Home of Independent Artists

40-Water on the Drink Champs - Independent Gold

E-40 Interview September 2016

On DrinkChamps

E-40 reminisces about 2Pac; "I wish he was alive, trust me it'll be some turned around shit out here", to clearing up the old rumors about Biggie, "I wish he was alive too, I was supposed to be on his last album, if you look in the booklet it says shout out to E-40". P&D keeps his profit rate at 83% and the label only takes 17% which needless to say is fucking incredible. 83/17 are you independent artists out there listening? Get a pressing and distribution deal, and don't sign your life away on 15/85 deal. Remember Master P and E-40 were literally selling thousands of tapes out their trunk successfully, and they both went to college in the 80s. Furthermore, he's still going Gold today, and now producing his own liqour. What ya'll know about Moesha's? I was in High School when the show was on and so was 40-Water. Sprinkle me man - Home of Independent Artists

Phil Joseph - Our Father's Land 12" Vinyl SP

Our Father's Land - October 31, 2016

Open your eyes and see, an original Reggae tune by Phil Joseph! Rhythmic trumpet sections mixed with a positive message for all our brothers and sisters through out the world; Phil's voice carries the tune and message graciously, followed by choir accents which reflect the message perfectly.

@TenBandMusic1 #promiseland

"We going home to the promise land" - Home of Independent Artists

Meet Me At the Funktion - Lil Hitt Keeping it Funky with this West Coast Banger

Lil Hitt | Funktion | The Faction 2016

Yeah that's my shit...boooiii

Produced By: Behind Bars Prod. (The Faction Album) (Unity Through Music & Culture) - Home of Independent Artists