Imagine this year, you are finally in your dream city. The city you have wanted to live in since you were a little girl. The day the lease starts, feels like the day you are reborn. You are free of your parents and free from hiding from people that you used to know. You can finally reinvent yourself. You thought college was your new start but classes and a part time job got in the way. So when you graduated you saved for a year and finally moved to the city Frank Sinatra sings about. Thinking I can finally become the new me.
But a year in to the new city you finally realize, everywhere you go there you are.
The First Step is Acceptance
Turns out self reinvention takes a little bit of effort. Who knew? I have always wanted to be a musician. I can’t believe that I’m admitting that. I know may never be a super star but I would like to begin my journey of becoming a local musician. I want to become the person I have always wanted to be. To become an artist, I should probably rub shoulders with the local musicians. I want to get to know the subway buskers, coffee shop artists and broadway stars(a girl can dream).
How I’m Getting Involved in Local Music
Go to open mic nights once a week and speak to the artists
When I see someone busking donate and connect with them
Find and follow local artists on social media
Join a local choir(it doesn’t have to be religious)
Connect with local industry professionals on Linkedin
Follow and connect with other local music bloggers
I will keep you all updated on my adventures in the New York City music scene. If you are an artist or music industry professional who wants to connect. Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Take a trip to outer space in two minutes and fifty-two seconds? I think you can with AMEA’s music video for Space(ships).
AMEA is a Texan R&B singer with Native and African roots. Her music video for Space(ships) is a beautiful representation of both cultures. Upon first listen I was like “oooh I like this”. The intro starts out cool and sultry but then the music begins to pick up and that’s when I start to do a little dance. There was definitely some strong head bobbing(what I like to call it) at my desk at work. Whatever, my coworkers should be used to me dancing at my desk by now. I really love this track ya’ll it is the perfect blend of R&B and Afrofuturism.
“I wish I could buy me a spaceship and fly”
The visuals in this music video are impeccable. I love the colors and I especially love that it feels like I am going on a journey in this video. The elements and shapes are constantly transitioning and morphing into different objects and people, I like that effect.
All in all 10 out of 10, two thumbs up, I mean how other ways can I tell you that I love this record and the video. Go check it out!
Aeriel is an an upcoming R&B singer songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Her debut single Be Down is a good sign that she will be doing big things. Her sweet smooth vocals over music that sounds like it could be from the 90’s but has a nice twist in the chorus.
“Low expectations help with disappointment”
The debut single is about Aeriel missing a lover from her past although he is not good for her. Something that we can all relate to. The lyrics start out with “low expectations help with disappointment”. I’m sure what we all tell ourselves when dealing with something we are not suppose to. The song is a bop for sure from the lyrics to the beat it is good. It will have your shoulders moving constantly moving from left to right or maybe that’s just me. The music video for Be Down is beautifully done with Aeriel rocking cornrows and showing off some of her dance moves. I loved the song from the first time I heard it. Be Down is on her new EP Sad Girls Club coming soon this year. I’m excited to check out her EP when it comes out.
Check out Aeriel song Be Down you will not regret it !
I have been trying to learn the piano for years now. In fact I even have playing piano for 30 days straight on my musical bucket list. I started taking piano lessons in high school and even though I enjoyed them. I never really dedicated time to practice. Practicing can be tedious sometimes and the songs I practiced although some were beautiful, they were just not the contemporary songs I enjoyed. Neither were they songs you hear on the radio. Fast forward to present day I am a college graduate who can’t really afford piano lessons. So I have turned to the beautiful world of the internet to help me learn piano. Through my online search for piano instruction I stumbled upon Flowkey which is in a word AMAZING!
What is Flowkey?
Flowkey is a great online app that teaches you how to play songs on the piano and it does so rather quickly. Flowkey is for everyone no matter the skill level. It uses your computer’s microphone to listen to you play the piano and provides feedback. The website has many features, for instance it allows you to focus and loop through any section of a song you like. Flowkey also has a slow motion mode and a fast mode as well as it allows you to play either right or left hand. The website has a robust song selection and has courses if you want to dive a little deeper in your piano learning. If you want to access all of the songs and the courses Flowkey has to offer, you have to purchase the premium version of Flowkey.
What do I think?
Well I have already said I think the app is amazing but that is because I truly think it is. Flowkey is easy use and it has great interface design. I enjoy that fact that it really emphasizes on teaching you songs. I am a returning player so I know how to read notes and some music theory. However Flowkey does have courses on reading sheet music and introduction to piano. I have not checked out those courses but if the main app is any indication the courses should be great. What I like about Flowkey the most, is that it makes learning to play piano feel like I am taking a sneaky little fast track to success. It makes practicing a lot less tedious and boring. This app will definitely help me in my 30 day challenge of playing piano. I have only been using the free version so far but the premium version is not that expensive. Flowkey’s most popular plan is 12.99 a month for three months. This is a lot cheaper than traditional piano lessons. My mother who paid for my piano lessons in high school can attest to that. Although I do enjoy Flowkey I am not ready to make the investment just yet. I do have a little bit of a problem sticking to things. But I am having good time using the app this so I am sure I will take the leap and pay for it soon.
Flowkey 10/10 would recommend to a friend 🙂
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5 Artist Managers: What they look for in an Artist
I have always wondered what it took to become a successful artist. In college I took some music industry courses and I learned that a big part of being an artist is the manager. Every artist needs a manager willing to go to bat for them. In order to do that you need to attract a manager. I reached out to some artist managers and asked them “What is it about an artist’s music or musical ability that makes you want to represent them as manager?”
More so than finding artists to represent in a business capacity, I’ve always been a music fan first, so this process is exactly the same as discovering a new favorite artist – just follow feeling. For example, when you hear a new song or demo for the first time, if the magic is there, you can feel it – it’s one (or many) of the various feelings you get when you listen to your favorite song – and if you don’t sense it, you keep searching until you find it…Once you do, the next challenge is to distinguish whether that magic exists outside of that one song or demo – it’s that same criteria that answers the question of “but do I actually like that artist?”. The indicators I look for are versatility, depth of sound and unique yet distinct elements that really give an artist their own unique sound…if all those (or traces) truly exist, you’re onto something.
In my case, A R I Z O N A’s magic swept me off my feet almost instantly as a fan – the most special part about finding A R I Z O N A was the fact that I wasn’t even a manager looking for talent in the first place…at the time, I wasn’t even an manager at all – I was just an advertising wig with a music industry background who had never truly given much thought to the artist management track…but the magic I discovered on Reddit that night was undeniable – and that same gut feeling told me I was not the only person who would appreciate the music. Nearly two years later, and now on the eve of a debut album with our incredible partners at Atlantic Records & Artist Publishing Group, I couldn’t be happier that I followed that feeling.
Interesting music makes me wanna wake up early and do my job. I find the vocal instrument the closest to the soul so I tend to sign artists that I think has something in the voice that I haven’t heard before. And of course, let’s not forget the good song. Always looking for that perfect song.
Being based in a small but extremely cosmopolitan Asian country (Singapore), where it is a hodgepodge of cultures and influences from around the world (we are a society made up of 4 main different asian ethnicities but we all speak English as our first language!), artists that we choose to manage need to firstly have a distinct voice and clear identity.
Good music elicits an emotional response, and artists I would work with must be able to comfortably deliver the music they are making to gather that emotional responses from their audience (no matter how big or small their consumer base is, and regardless of whether it is in their recorded material or their live performances)
Lastly, I know this might be pretty obvious but music taste is relative, and as a music manager, I need to be totally convinced about the product (the artist and the music)… so i have to be able to put the music on a playlist, on repeat 24/7 and not wanna pull my hair out… ie. I must love the music inside out!
This quote from Jamie Oborne sums up this post perfectly.
Sofar Sounds provides intimate music shows for people who enjoy live music without the background noise. It is for people like me who are usually the weird ones at the show actually listening to the music not standing around talking to people. Sofar Actually stands for songs from a room.To be able to attend a Sofar Sounds event you have to sign up on their site and either apply to attend the show or purchase a guaranteed ticket. The difference between the two are guaranteed tickets are not available for all shows and have a set price where as when you apply to attend a show you have the chance to pay as much as you want.
I opted to apply to a few shows and finally got into one in Columbia Heights. The thing with Sofar Sounds is you do not know where exactly the show is or who the artists are until they email you with details the day of the event. I enjoy this element of surprise it allows me to find new artists and be open to new types of music.
The Venue was Chinese Disco in Georgetown DC. A beautiful venue it gave me modern rustic hipster bar vibe. I loved the place and would go back just to be inside. Most of us sat on the floor which is customary for most Sofar Sound shows. some people sat in the back on chairs and in booths. I had a nice spot right up in front by the artists.
The Sofar Sounds Artists
Lauren Calve was the first artist of the night she is blues rock Americana Singer/Songwriter. The host of the even introduced her as his favorite voice in DC and she definitely deserved that introduction. Her voice is that amazing I’ve never heard someone sing like that live. The best way I can describe it is someone taking you through a journey with their voice. She played 3 songs my favorite was when she brought a friend her and a Weissenborn and sang Whiskey. I can’t find the song online but I think I remember her saying she just finished recording it.
The Galaxy Electric
Next we have the Galaxy Electric a cool duo whose music I can’t really describe I think it is psychedelic electronica music. Whatever the music is I love it. The duo consists of Jacqueline Caruso on Keys, and Vocals and Augustus Green on Bass, Synth, and Beats. The duo is great I especially love how Jacqueline really grooves and dances while singing and playing the keys. Augustus really nails it on bass and with his mustache. My favorite song of their set was Temporal I don’t have the words to describe it because I am not familiar with that type of music but it makes feel like I am floating. Check it out here.
The New Schematics
The New Schematics is not a band local to the DMV but from Nashville, Tennessee it is ok I still love them. The New Schematics are an alternative Indie rock band similar to that of Kings of Leon and the Killers. I enjoyed the lead singer and the drummer Danny who was killing it on drums. What I like most about them is that for their song Drug they got in the middle of the audience and made everyone sing along to their song. I am sucker for things like that. My favorite song of their set Born Without Borders.
I will be going to many more Sofar Sound shows in the future they know how to pick good and varied artists as well as a nice venue. I especially enjoy that people have to be quiet during the set because ain’t nothing worse than noisy people killing the vibe.
I have met people who feel as though Hip Hop and R&B is strictly for the turn up. Obviously those of us who are true fans know that this is false. Hip Hop and R&B can be quite relaxing music, HeyFranHey is a social media influencer and podcast host who created this beautiful relaxing Hip Hop and R&B music playlist called The Cool Breeze.
This playlist is for chillin’ maybe for a nice bath with candles or for sitting by the window drinking tea. HeyFranHey even takes you through a breathing exercise mid-playlist. This music is great for the soul so sit back relax and let the music take over.
My top three favorite songs from the playlist are:
Podcasts are a great way to find out about new music. The podcasts do not even need to focus on music. Another Round is one of those podcasts the hosts of the podcast discuss topics such as pop culture, gender and race. A while back Another Round talked about Latin Culture and had on a guest Antonia Cerejidio to talk about Latin Music. Antonia Cerejidio created this incredible playlist that takes you through Latin music through the decades from Selena to Don Omar. The playlist Round’s Musical Timeline of Latin Migrations and Explosions
I was familiar with some of the music on the playlist. Many of us know who Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin are but I didn’t know who Romeo Santos or who J Balvin were along with some of the other artists on this playlist. Some of the songs are completely in Spanish and even though I do not speak Spanish I still enjoy many of those songs because you can feel the music. From top to bottom a great playlist it will make you want to dance and cry.You will learn about latin music artists from the past and present. Even if you don’t listen to Latin music or don’t speak Spanish some of these musicians will become your favorite artists you don’t understand.
I first came across Angelica Garcia’s song Orange Flower listening to one my favorite Podcast’s of all time NPR’s All Songs Considered. If you don’t listen to this podcast and you like finding new music check out this Podcast. According to NPR Garcia is originally from California but moved to my great homestate Virginia when she was in her late teens and that is when her music career began. Which I find kind of funny because usually people move from Virginia to California to start careers in music.
Am I halfway to red? And halfway to yellow?
I fell in love Garcia’s song Orange flower as soon as it I heard it. It is a blues rock song that I totally jam out to in my bedroom playing a little bit of air guitar. Garcia sings about what sounds to me an irritating boy who doesn’t know what he wants out of a relationship and keeps sending her mixed signals. “Am I halfway to red? Am I halfway to yellow?”is one of my favorite lines of the song. Check out the awesome quirky music video down below. The song is great, funny and you will want to make Angelica your best friend.