Artist: Do You Have A Producer Or A Beatmaker

Artist: Do You Have A Producer Or A Beatmaker
By Richard “RJ” JohnsonHere is the scenario, One day you and your boys are hanging out and you guys are spitting some rhymes to the current rap tracks. You guys are sounding pretty good, but you know you especially got mad skills and your boys know it too. So they say “Yo Tim’s brother has a studio and he has got some hot tracks, you need to hit him up”. Fast ForwardYou are in the studio recording a nice joint and after you finish doing your thing he burns you a CD and you are on your way. You play the track for all your boys and it’s straight FIYA. So since it is hot you send it to a few A&R reps at some major labels. To your surprise most labels don’t respond at all and the ones that do respond saying thank you, but no thank you. Then, you contact a couple of managers and some attorneys and they give you a not so favorable review. Now you are angry at the A&R Reps, the Managers and the Attorneys but what you don’t realize is that you recorded a demo not a record. See, Tim’s brother is a beatmaker he is not a producer. Yeah he may have ProTools, Cubase or Logic but he has no knowledge of music production, mixing and mastering. I have recorded and mixed lots of songs for Indie Artist and one thing is common, they don’t know the difference between a producer and a beatmaker. A beatmaker makes the track or instrumental (hopefully he is good at it) and a producer puts the whole song together (music and vocals). If the whole song was a puzzle the track or instrumental would be a piece of that puzzle. I know as an Indie artist it is hard to find an intermediate or pro level producer because I have been there, but one thing you have to do is listen to your competitions production and, if it’s good, inquire about how they got such a good production and mix. You have to get to a point where you can be objective about your songs. I know it is your baby but for the sake of the song you need to be objective. One thing you should always do is when a person tells you they don’t like your song or your song is “ok” is ask them what they don’t like about the song. It could be something as simple as the the strings or the bass line. That will give you feedback on what you may need to work on. Always look for feedback whether is negative or positive. If you use feedback the right way it will help you grow. Remember “It’s all good”.
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Music Artists: Production Is Give And Take

Music Artists: Production Is Give And Take
By Richard “RJ” Johnson Alright, let’s talk about the relationship between the artist and the producer. This can be a great relationship if they both have respect for one another. This can be a strained relationship if they struggle for control and one is not willing to listen to the other. I’ve been in both of those situations with artists. I understand both sides of this because I was once an artist myself and I know artists don’t want anyone messing with their vision. Now being on the production side of things, I understand how important it is for an artist and producer to work together on the artist’s vision. It is important for producers to get the artists to where they want to go and to actually exceed the artist’s expectations. The producer needs to take the production to places the artist never dreamed. What I’ve found most artists do is they hear a song they like and they will have the producer write a song similar to it. What I do as a producer is challenge the artist to find their own sound. There is nothing wrong with being tuned into what’s going on in today’s music, but you don’t have to copy it. Now to truly find your own voice you need to listen to different types of music. Don’t be that guy who only listens to hip hop, pop or country because your music will be one dimensional. Here is a suggestion, you like movies don’t you. I personally like listening to movie scores because they put you in a certain mood. Think about that for a minute. When you write songs you are trying to capture a mood or a certain flavor. If you are angry you want your music to be angry too. If you are sad you want your music to reflect that. If you are happy, what do you want from your music? That’s right, you want your music to be happy. That’s what I get from movies scores. If both the artist and producer listen to different types of music imagine what they have to work with. There would be no limit. Artists, I can’t say this enough, make sure you find a producer that can take you to the next level. Don’t work with someone just because they have ProTools or an MPC. It doesn’t matter if they have a million dollar studio, they need to know what they are doing in order to make your production sound like the big boys. Find a producer you can totally trust with your vision.
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Ezekiel Elliott suspended for 6 games

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  ESPN first reported the development. Elliott was formally informed of the suspension by the NFL on Friday morning. The suspension stems solely from the league's investigation into the domestic violence allegations made by Thompson in July 2016, a league source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. In a statement released by the league, Todd Jone...
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MISSED THE OVO FEST AFTER-PARTY? WE HAVE EXCLUSIVE PICS FOR YOU

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7 shocking secrets about Jay Z and Kanye West revealed in new Channel 4 documentary Public Enemies: Jay Z v Kanye

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  In new Channel 4 documentary Public Enemies: Jay Z v Kanye, childhood friends will reveal how a young Shawn Carter earned money selling drugs on street corners from the age of 14. Meanwhile, model student Kanye enjoyed a relatively sheltered childhood in the suburbs of Chicago. The one-off, hour-long documentary on Channel 4 reveals shocking...
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Rihanna Stuns In Sexy Embellished Bikini

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  Rihanna returned to her home country of Barbados just in time for the Kadooment parade and the Crop Over festival, which kicked off on August 7. Since the 1970s, Barbados has promoted this massive event as one of the best parties in the world. And since Rihanna is a featured guest, you know it's going to be amazing! She looked SO SEXY for th...
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Angelina Jolie Begs Brad Pitt To Help Her Amid Crises – He Refuses To Do So, Here's Why

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  Source: racingjunky.com It looks like Angelina Jolie is going through a rough time lately and she has turned to the father of her children, Brad Pitt for some help. We have learned that he actress made a distress call to Pitt amid her struggles with a few different issues, including public backlash and a dramatic weight loss that puts her he...
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Fetty Wap and His Former Assistant Allegedly Clash Over $250,000 Scamming Accusations

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  Image via Getty Fetty Wap and his former administrative assistant, Shawna Morgan, have reportedly parted ways, and it doesn't appear the two split on good terms. A TMZ report citing unnamed sources claims Fetty fired Morgan for allegedly pocketing $250,000 in booking fees as part of an elaborate scheme. "Sources close to Fetty's RGF Producti...
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor undercard announced

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  Esther Lin, Showtime The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor undercard was announced Thursday. Showtime and Mayweather Promotions announced three bouts for the Aug. 26 boxing event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, including a pair of title fights. In a WBA light heavyweight title match, champion Nathan Cleverly (30-13, 16 KOs) will defe...
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Rachel Ramos gains VP position at Punch TV Network

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  Rachel Ramos has exactly what it takes to be VP and in charge of every aspect of the network. The success of this new key position is vital, as Punch TV Studios transitions into IPO 2.0, and offers stock in the company at $1.00 per share. Rachel Ramos began her career at Punch TV as Receptionist for the Director of Communications in 2009. Wi...
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Shonda Rhimes Moves to Netflix From ABC With Huge Overall Deal

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  "Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. "Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I've gotten the chance to know Shonda and she's a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she car...
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DMX on House Arrest After Failing Drug Tests

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  A judge ordered DMX to be placed on house arrest and equipped with an ankle monitor Friday for violating the conditions of his bail by failing drug tests and leaving the state of New York without court permission. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York told E! News that since his arrest for tax ev...
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Making a Difference: Prison to College Pipeline

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  There seems to be a problem in the black and Latino community where when a prisoner is released from prison, they end up falling right back into the institution. Instead, these offenders should be successfully sent back into the community; this process is called recidivism. Two professors named Dr. Otis Pickett and Dr. Patrick Alexander desi...
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Disney Alum Taunts Kanye After ‘Making Out’ With Kim: ‘He Got My Sloppy Seconds’

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  Disney Channel alum Raviv "Ricky" Ullman , 31, is all grown-up and has the pics to prove it! The former Phil of the Future star took to Instagram on Aug. 13 to share a taunting gallery of pics of himself and Kim Kardashian , 36, shooting an unaired pilot from the '00s. Raviv explained the pics showed him playing a "d**chey MTV VJ" next to hi...
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OJ SIMPSON GRANTED PAROLE

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​ The same year "The Story of O.J." becomes a hit song is the same year he is being granted parole. The football star and actor Orenthal James Simpson has been granted parole from a Nevada prison for a release date as early as October 1, 2017 after serving a sentence of nine years for a Las Vegas robbery. Everyone remembers the infamous Simpson cas...
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