dont believe the hype

Warning: Don’t believe the Hype in the Music Industry

This is a broad subject and is so very crucial to everyone on every level in music today. Do not believe the hype, what you hear especially from people “in the industry”. There are many people in the industry who are still unaware that the industry that was.. is no more.

If you watch closely, there are many artists and producers ‘in the industry’ doing exactly what independent artists and producers are doing. Taking care of their business, their own label, marketing, networking, negotiating with labels to enhance what they are doing. They are not giving their music away blindly..

Regarding money, protect your budget. You do not need the ‘latest gear release’. This is just a distraction.

I have seen students jump from PC to MAC or MAC to PC and delay their music career results by 6 months to a year. This is unnecessary. If you started on a mac, stay on one. If you started on a PC, stay on a PC. Think ahead and know exactly what it takes to COMPLETE a music production and recording studio. I have seen other students spend $3,000 on hardware gear to then not have enough money for a computer and inexpensive software to mix and master with. When they enrolled in the music production school they were so upset they didn’t find this info out sooner.

It is very subtle… but every time we see a producer, known artist or anyone in the public eye endorse any type of equipment, business model or new technology, most of the time, it comes off as “You are not adequate with what you have, you can’t do anything until you have this”.

What this subliminally can do is makes your mind wander to this ‘vision/goal’ of reaching something that is so far away from you it seems impossible. Not only that but it gives you the impression that you cannot enjoy the moment and work with the gear you currently have. These thought processes ultimately lead to fear that you will not succeed or you don’t have what you need now to complete your dreams and goals.

See the problem is not us and its not them either… It’s what you do with this information whether you stay stuck or ignore it.. I have seen so many talented students go only so far with what they have learned because this can be the hardest thing to conquer. Throwing money, expenses and fear at your dreams instead of just digging in, getting your hands dirty, trust the process and keep believing no matter what comes your way..  and believe me, everything comes at you to discourage.. (I got robbed of a $6,500 studio equipment, instruments, everything and almost quit everything)

What do you Need?
All you need is a passion and fire to do music; A creative vision and voice that does not try and conform to what the new ‘in’ thing is. These characteristics will last the rest of your life. You’ll be lucky if the last piece of gear you bought lasts another year – especially computers!

Basic Gear List: $2,500 or less
Audio Interface
Keyboard Controller
Headphones (recommneded)
Studio Speakers (Check Studio Speaker Tips)
Software Sequencer (Cubase, Sonar, Logic, ProTools, etc)
Sound Module Software (Reason, Fruityloops, VST instruments)
Drum Sample Library (Free sounds at www.gotchanoddin.com)

The most expensive piece of equipment I think everyone has invested  in last is themselves! Invest in your education, confidence, encouragement – what builds that? Knowledge.

This is why with the little bit of equipment mentioned above The Computer Music Production School guarantees, you can learn to be an artist, producer, engineer, mixing and mastering engineer. Because EVERYONE CAN do it, will they? It’s not a matter if you can be a music producer or artist, its a matter of, do you believe you can? Talent is Never Enough. I will work with someone in a heartbeat with 50% talent and 50% heart rather than someone with 100% talent and no character.

At some point you have to ask yourself “What am I made of?” All education is character building more than anything else. It’s teaching yourself how to learn. This is the focus. The tools are not the focus. Anyone can learn the tools are but forging through personal character is what determines success or failure..

All the time you spend on forums, debates and research should really be spent on writing better songs, learning different chords and scales.. So the next time an ‘industry professional’ or someone at a music store tells you their opinion on what to do with your music, what you need or what the latest fad is… just change the subject…

How can anyone give you direction when they haven’t stopped to listen to what your music dream is?

Focus on something we don’t hear often… Your unique creative voice..
Only then will find what you are truly made of.

When you become a student of the Computer Music Production School, you work one on one with a student advisor to not only mentor you in technical aspects of your music career but also the character aspects. You get artist development according to your personal and business goals. CMPS is the only school around the globe offering training and mentoring with guaranteed results.

If you have been duped by hype or need help with music business networking and partnerships, please take a moment and signup for a free training consultation.

selling beats

Selling Beats and Getting your Music in the Right Hands

As the music industry gets crowded, many people have asked how do I get my beats in the right hands, how do I meet big time producers, how do I get a manager, how do I get on radio, what’s the best way to get signed and many other similar questions…. All of these questions can be aligned with one simple and crazy answer…

The best way to get your beats in the right hands is to not say anything…
Sound crazy yet?

Here’s how it works. First, make yourself a valuable producer, artist, engineer, etc. Take your time perfecting your craft to the next level. Second, know what you want to do and where you want to be. Afterwards, get your business together. Invest time and money in yourself. Have a creative business card, website, myspace page, professional CD demo and most importantly great material. It’s time to retire the writing on scratched CDs. If the package doesn’t have any effort in it, chances are the music will be judged in the same manner. No one will take interest in your career as much as you will so it is very important to have great material AND great looking CD graphics, pictures and business cards.

Next, create different sounding beats, say something different in both the music and lyrics – just be you! People don’t want what is already out there. Always push yourself to your own cutting edge. Have outstanding material that ‘wows’ people. Always have business cards and CDs on hand so it’s easy to hear your work. Keep your integrity with perseverance and the best clients will come to you. You won’t need to seek them. Let who you are do the talking.

Now while you are being you, do what you like doing. If you like networking events, have fun at them. If you like to perform, go to where people perform. Go to the music events that you enjoy and be yourself. Then become friends with everyone you meet. Keep it honest and see how you can help others. After the events, make the connections. Just take an hour once a month to start. Contact every person who gave you a card or CD. Listen to their material. Offer your services free to someone you really like. Or, find out how you can help them in conversation. By being valuable and serving others, you will naturally attract the right people that can help you. People will naturally become interested in what you’re doing when you are genuinely concerned for their well being. This applies to professional networking events, clubbing, live performances or any independent event.

Regarding people you meet, just befriend them. ‘Industry’ connects take time, patience, sincerity, and just being a good friend. Find common ground. Great relationships and friendships take time and the same applies to business connections and client relationships. Always treat everyone like they are important. Everyone is important and successful no matter what stage they are at. If they are as committed as you are, it’s just a matter of time before their outward circumstances of success show the results of their inner success and integrity. People who are without integrity and are in it for themselves naturally fall to the way side.

In summary, just be you and have fun doing what you love. Help others however you can – no stress. Just lend a helping hand when you can. Within a short time, watch your friends and connections grow while you are having fun… Networking and selling your music comes down to your goals, dreams and passions. When you tap into your passion everyone wants to be apart of what you do.

Tutorial: Selling Beats and Getting your Music in the Right Hands
1) Continually learn, perfect your craft and create great music – something you believe in. Be different.
2) Get your business together. Get a logo, good graphics for your demo CDs and test the music on your friends. See how they respond. Use the best response songs as the music to represent yourself.
3) Go to events where you’ll meet likeminded people. Your not out to find ‘industry contacts’ but to find friends with common interest that you can enjoy the journey with. Naturally who you need to meet will follow..

If you need more info on how you can start your music business and better sell your music,