When it comes to running your business from a legal standpoint, I don't whether artists are not aware or whether they don't care, but it's almost as artists never planned on getting big. As eArtists, we need to keep our digital empire clean from any legal issues. To get off on the right foot, eArtists, should not be using beats that they have not paid. These beats can extremely affordable, but finding the right sounds for your next project can definitely prove tiresome. Listed below are 4 of the best websites to find beats for emerging urban professionals:
Why is it important to pay for your beats?
One because it's illegal, but two, more importantly, if your record goes viral or someone wants to sign you to an industry deal, you can't take action because you're not ready. Successful people aren't successful because they're lucky. Successful people are successful because they plan to be successful then prepare themselves accordingly for that once in a lifetime opportunity. Today, we'll discuss 4 of the bigger websites where you can find affordable beats so you won't have to worry about any legal issues regarding your music career 20 years from now.
This is website is first on the list because it is my favorite and go to website for hip hop instrumentals and beats. When I first began my journey as a recording engineer in 2010, this was where I was pulling my beats from. I love this website because it has a category of different styles of sound in case I want something other than your standard trap beat. Soundclick also has a chart that allows producers to be ranked. This allows me to effortlessly browse different artists and songs. For me this is one of the easiest tools to use.
At first, I wasn’t particularly crazy about finding beats on Youtube. When it comes to beats, I always pay for mine, and websites like Youtube or Soundcloud are not created to sell beats so the user experience is a little different. It has slowly become my second go to website for beats due to the sheer volume of instrumentals on the website. In terms of producers, Youtube probably has the most producers/beats out of any other platform on this list, but is also not organized like Soundclick. This will require you to develop your own workflow on how you find and choose beats but nonetheless, it is a great website.
To become an eArtist is to utilize only high-quality information without wasting time taking action on low quality information that only creates tiny boosts in our businesses. In every industry, especially the Music Industry, it can be difficult to find high-quality resources without paying exuberant costs. With technology advancing so fast, if anyone writes anything down at all, by the time it's written down, it's already obsolete. In this quick resource guide, we're going to discuss the Top 7 Music industry Resources you should be using so you can advance your career as an eArtist.
The created list below is a set of resources that I've gathered over time that I've found create the most impact for today's eArtists. With so much information in the world, it's difficult to sift through it all to find the few worthwhile pieces of information from all the duds. I hope you the benefit in utilizing the provided tools as I have seen. And like always, drop a question or let me know if I missed anything. Let's jump right into it!
HipHopOverload is an extremely useful tool that sends out daily emails on the goings on of the music industry. This platform is all about keeping you informed of the music industry on a grander scale and best of all it’s free. Just sign up for their mailing list and stay up to date on industry events in real-time.
- DJ Akademics
DJ Akademics is a Hip-hop media news outlet personality. He has many platforms, but his most entertaining channel, as well as insightful, is his Youtube channel. Boasting a 1.8M subscribers, the “scared” news reporter that lives in his mamas basement is doing quite well for himself. Subscribe to his Youtube channel for fascinating commentary on music industry events.
- A3C Conference & Festival
The A3C Conference & Festival is a 5 day event held in Atlanta, GA. For the music industry professionals, the conference portion which is the first 3 days is where you’ll find all your new industry connections. From music tech startups to celebrity music executives, this is a toy store of knowledge for eArtists and industry professionals alike. Don’t forget about the 2-day festival. Big acts come to play and the huge emersion of culture will surely give you inspiration to your next idea or project.
Every eArtist needs to have a solid foundation when building their digital empire. This includes having the right tools in place so that you may easily and effortlessly gather information, make informed decisions, and achieve the success that most dream of. Today I'm going to talk about the marketing stack for the eArtist and the tools I use that will not only give you an edge, but will transform your thinking while barely spending any money. Let's jump into it!
The eArtist lives in the digital world. Everything she does should be done through some computer, smartphone, or device. You don't have a brick-and-mortor business that you pay rent for, but you have a digital empire that is constantly growing. The ability to use the right tools, understand how they fit into the big plan of things, while keeping costs down is the eArtists initial task.
What is a Marketing Stack?
Essentially, a marketing stack is a list of tools, software, and equipment that you use to help maintain communications with your audience through sales & marketing. In the case of the eArtist, this will be your entire business. Every eArtist has their own stack but with so many options to choose from, it can be a little daunting to know what software to use. I've listed my marketing stack below as a good starting point.
Why do I need a Stack?
Everyone is using a marketing stack whether they realize it or not. Identifying the right tools you will use will help you focus on strategy so you're not flushing dollars down the drain.
The Ultimate Marketing Stack
Core Marketing Tools:
- Website Builder [Weebly]
Finding this website builder was no easy task. There are hundreds on the internet with hundreds more popping up each day. Your website builder is your central command. Picking the right website builder for you can mean all the difference between a pocket full of money and a head full of frustration. Weebly is powerful enough to provide the capabilities needed for later expansion as well as providing affordable packages that have the budget conscious kept in mind. With it’s easy page builder software, programming is a thing of the past. They offer a free model but of course I paid to remove their branding, but at $8 a month, that’s nothing to run my central command. Pay in a year or 2 in advance and have the peace of mind that your empire will stand as strong as you do.
- Landing Page Builder [GetResponse]
After doing some testing, for an all in one package, GetResponse gives me the complete package I’m looking for when it comes to marketing. Before you’re sending potential customers emails about your company, you have to obtain their contact information. This is done through a landing page. This performs over MailChimp due to the fact the MailChimp’s landing pages don’t let you place videos on the pages. GetResponse has a much nicer page builder and more advanced features, but not being able to place video on my landing pages was the point of no return. GetResponse is also charged at $15 per month so it depends on your situation. Both MailChimp and GetResponse offer great options.
- Email Autoresponder [GetResponse]
I’ve been pretty sold on both of these email marketing platforms. Distribution is your means of how quickly you’re able to spread the word about something and through what media. Without distribution, you have nothing. MailChimp is a fantastic tool because it is free with all of it features unlocked, as of recent. This is includes automation, email marketing, and landing pages. All of which you will need to implement you marketing campaigns. I have always been a die hard GetResponse fan though. They charge $15 per month minimum, but it also includes additional tools like webinars, and CRM. They also offer a free 30 day trial with no credit card so give them a try.
- Cloud System Storage [pCloud & Dropbox]
Your cloud storage is where you’re going to keep the bulk of your digital assets. Organization goes a long way and I’ve come to realize that you need at least 2 storage systems for your business. You need a cloud storage system like Dropbox for when your transferring digital files internally. For example, if I have documents on my computer that I need on my phone, I will use a tool like Dropbox to quickly transfer these files between my devices. When I want to provide files to other people, like through my mailing list, I use a cloud storage system like pCloud. You have to take User Experience into consideration when talking about providing to other people and how you present your files is huge. The great thing about pCloud is, (1) it’s a music streaming player outside of hosting documents and images so musicians can allow listeners to stream and/or download music files and (2) it’s a cloud based so it doesn’t require you to download an app on your phone to access the files unlike Dropbox. Both systems are needed and both system are free.
In the initial stages in becoming an eArtist, your most valuable information will be the resources you consume. Consuming the right resources will allow you to produce much more than you're consuming. eArtists are financial gurus. Learning about finances and business from reputable mentors in the form of books is how eArtists quickly take advantage of the extremely powerful Mentorship Economy. Today I'll share with you 15 books you should be reading or at least aware of to really hone your entrepreneurial prowess.
15 Books you should know about:
Books noted with ** means I listed to the audiobook.
New goal’s this year? It’s the beginning of the year and many have set their eye’s on the ideal body for the upcoming summer season, weight/sports competition, or just want to get into shape. Read these five tips below on how music will help you achieve your goals this year.
Whether we can say or not, each and every song we enjoy or dislike, gives off a different emotional ‘vibe’. This ‘vibe’ is what determines what we’re in the mood to listen to at a particular point in time. While in the gym it is not uncommon to hear upbeat music playing in the background in a gym or see many gym goers with earphones in.
The instrumentation as well as the lyrics of a song have a huge impact on your mood while working out. Depending on the mood of a song, we can block/dampen the pain/outside world momentarily. This is similar to getting tattooed while listening to your earphones. It’s not that the pain disappears, but rather, the mind is being distracted with something else.
While we’re working out, many of us have the tendency to start to slow up and get distracted with the things around us whether it may be our phones, tv’s, other people, and distraction after distraction after distraction. This is not to say we shouldn’t be aware of our surroundings but these minor side quests can really dampen a person’s momentum.
In basic terms, momentum is just keeping the ball rolling. Once momentum is lost, it can be difficult to regain, but music can help with this tremendously. High tempo songs can get your inner biological clock moving to match the tempo of the music. This will in a sense ‘warm’ you up for the workout at hand.
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