Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sweelinck - Variations on Est-Ce Mars

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) was a Dutch organist and composer. His father was also an organist. The family moved to Amsterdam shortly after Jan's birth, and his father took the position of organist at the Oude Kirk (Old Church) there. Jan also was organist at the same church after the death of his father. Sweelinck was one of the first major keyboard players in Europe, and he helped establish the Northern German school of organ playing as exemplified by J.S. Bach.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Buy Hip Hop Beats That Effectively Reflects the Emotions of Your Lyrics

With many recording artists style, swag, rhyme scheme, execution, and delivery finding the right beat that matches their overall persona as an artist can sometimes be a matter of trial and error. When an artist sought out to buy hip hop beats they sometimes find themselves stuck with a track that did not work for them. As a recording artist/producer myself I've made that mistake in the beginning of my career. I've purchased instrumentals and recorded on them just to find that it was an utter waste of time and dissatisfaction. Even with one of my best beats I've created my style didn't match the vibe and emotion the track was emitting.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Choosing Between a Plastic and Brass Trombone

Introduction to the Trombone For Beginners

The trombone is a very special musical instrument. It is usually made using brass and it is shaped into a kind of long "S" shape. The sound is produced by vibrating one's lip area with the mouthpiece and also shifting the length of the telescoping tube slide up and down. Though most trombones employ a slide, valve trombones have three valves like a trumpet instead of the slide. The two most widely used categories of trombones include the tenor trombone as well as the bass trombone.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Branding and Dynamics - A Band's Map to Success

I was a hippie, a product of the 60's. I could tell another hippie very easily. If I saw a guy with long hair driving an old Volkswagen bus with a peace sign painted on the sides, I knew exactly what he was about. We had a sort of communication of the counter culture. That is branding. I know you hear that a lot. And I know you have heard that branding is more than just creating a good band name and logo. There was an entire identity of the counterculture that pervaded the country. This culture had more or less a single identity. Or I should say a single consciousness held by many thousands of young men and women. We were one. Long live peace and love. Well your band is the same.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet Timbaland's Best Kept Secret

A few weeks ago when I was in Los Angeles I was introduced to a very talented singer/songwriter named, Lyrica Anderson. Lyrica is currently signed to Super Producer Timbaland's Mosley Music Group and has written songs for artists like Hannah Montana, Demi Lovato and Charece.

Originally we had planned to do a video interview, but due to her schedule and label meetings we weren't able to make it happen. However, I was able to do a phone interview with her when I made it back to Dallas.

Kelland: Where are you originally from?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DjBooth - Introduce Your Audience to New Talent

DjBooth.Net is an online destination for DJs, artists, and music industry taste makers to network, share, listen to new music releases, and stay up to date on the latest DJ technology.

The site which mainly caters to the hip-hop community has been around since 2003 and was created by two DJs, Brian "Z" Zisook and Dave Macli.

Below are the results of an interview I had last week with "The Booths" Co-Founder Brian "Z" Zisook.

How did start?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lady Gaga's Rise To Fame

The music industry is always buzzing in today's world. Teenagers in particular are keeping up to speed with the latest music artists. I'm going to go through Lady Gaga's (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) rise to fame, and where she is today.

Lady Gaga is an American pop singer, and was born and raised in New York city, America. She studied at the "Convent of the Sacred Heart", and briefly studied at "New York University's Tisch School of the Arts", before she decided she would like to do a musical career. She first began to perform in the rock scene of Manhatton's Lower East Side, and by 2007 was signed with "Steamline Records". While she was employed there an artist know as Akon noticed her outstanding vocal capabilities, and signed her on with his label, "Kon Live Distribution".

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kingston MTD Andrew Gouche Signature Bass

MTD Kingston AG

A renowned bass guitar builder and a great bass player, already longtime friends, joined forces in 2010 to design a special, signature bass that bears both their names. The result is the new MTD Kingston AG 5-string electric bass.

Michael Tobias, the MT in Michael Tobias Designs, has been designing and building some of the world's greatest electric basses for over 35 years. He started Tobias Guitars in 1977, sold the successful company to Gibson in 1990, and continued building basses for Gibson with Tobias/Gibson serial numbers until late 1992 when he moved into a consulting role. A year later he started his custom MTD line in upstate New York where he currently turns out just 10 handcrafted, custom instruments per month, including 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-string electric basses, acoustic basses and a few electric 6-string guitars. The Kingston line is manufactured in Korea to his exacting specifications.