Showing posts with label GIST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GIST. Show all posts

Saturday, September 5, 2020

(18+ Rated) : Nigerian female Artiste Damsel HRH Nude Pic surfaced Online

(18+ Rated) : Nigerian female Artiste Damsel HRH Nude Pic surfaced Online

Another Nigerian Artiste known as @iam_damselhrh popularly called  Her Royal Hottest who recently dropped a mind blowing song titled BAMBAM and of recent time posted an anticipation pictures of her forthcoming video has fell a victim by having her  18+ rated Nude Pics surfaced online and this as stirred up alot of controversy online. 

Her personal publicist known as Otunbablogger assured the world for proper investigation toward the matter and press necessary charges accordingly.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

[UPCOMING ARTISTS] 7 Effective Strategies To Utilize Before Releasing Your Single Or Album

[UPCOMING ARTISTS] 7 Effective Strategies To Utilize Before Releasing Your Single Or Album

Artists and their teams tend to be apprehensive and sometimes make errors when they’re planning to release a single or album

Their focus is on the audience. How they will make an impression and get “2 million streams in one day”. So most times, they tend to follow the regular blueprint of “release the lead single + the artwork”, hoping it will surely birth miracles.
Thing is, this doesn’t work for everyone. Especially for up and coming acts trying to string together a fanbase.
Here are seven effective strategies upcoming artist can utilize when planning a rollout for their singles or albums

1. Don’t Release the best single, first.

The usual hype around an album is most times generated by the success or the receptivity of the audience to the first single.
But this strategy can come back to haunt acts who can’t boast of other quality tracks in the album aside the lead single.
This would leave a sour taste on the listener and he might feel unimpressed by the project totally.
Tease with the sleeper hits in the album. Or if you’re releasing a single, tease 30 seconds of the track.

2. Make use of several promotional channels

We’re slipping into a period where gaining attention of fans on social media is now a tough job and most have to implement giveaways to get people to notice them. Or cause controversies.
Months before release, start a mailing list. Drive conversations and engagements by sending a mail every week.
Become active on other social media platforms. There could be fans on these platforms that might like your kind of music. Don’t just build on one platform alone. Spread.

3. Create Diverse Content, Stop Depending on the album artwork to do the magic

“We’ll drop the artwork a week before release and we’ll trend it everyday”
Artists, please don’t. Engaging in this closes you out from the enormous bank of content ideas. The idea itself is boring.
Solution: Farm out pictures and videos of you performing at shows. Videos of studio recordings.
Upload a YouTube video breaking down every song on the album or explaining the story behind the album. People have a heart for behind the scenes, seeing how you came about the song, give it to them.

4. It’s 2020, the power of TikTok and Triller is huge

Artists like Cardi B and Drake have benefited from the immense power of Triller and TikTok. There’s even an article online that says “The best way to write a hit song is to make it TikTok friendly”
Work out a plan for these platforms. This will be part of post release promotion. It’s a way of making your song go viral and also getting user generated content you can post on your social media feed.
If it’s possible, create a challenge urging fans to dance to your song and the winner gets a reward.

5. Don’t leave out press coverage

It’s one thing to put all efforts in recording a high quality album but then you can slip into the category of those who were slept on just because no one wrote a review about it and blogs failed to post a notification of your release.
Months before release, draft a list of blogs and websites you can reach out.
Remember to tie down a narrative when pitching as this increases your chances of being accepted.

6. Harness playlists

Ask around. Playlists are now the best way people get tuned to new music. Mood and genre based playlists on streaming platforms can get you big numbers and in turn people could go to your previous release to feel you more.
Be on the lookout for calls for playlist placement as this is very popular on Twitter. Build relationships with people who have independent playlists on streaming platforms and don’t forget to promote existing music released on social media.
Doing this helps to increase your followership and monthly listeners on these streaming platforms.

7. Host A Virtual Live Performance

A day to your single or album release, you could host a live stream with fans either through Instagram Live or on Youtube.
Majority of your fans stream and thus because they want to interact, talk with you and get to hear you, they won’t hesitate to join you when you organize a live stream.
You can host a Qn A and also play some snippets from your upcoming album.
Releasing a single and not getting the expected results boils down to the quality of the single and the PR efforts. If your content is quality enough, people who listen will connect to it well enough.
So guys,

Did We Miss Out On Any Strategy?

Or Do You Have Any Other Tip That Might Help Upcoming Artists?

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comment section.

Monday, March 16, 2020

[GIST] How To Get A Record Label To Sign You As An Upcoming Artiste

[GIST] How To Get A Record Label To Sign You As An Upcoming Artiste

Let’s start with a very simple explanation: as a fast rising artiste, you should send a demo to a record label 


How do I send a demo to a record label?” is one of the most common questions we get asked at WeSpin, our music growth training platform and community. So I sought out to answer it. Instead of recording a members-only lesson on WeSpin however, I decided to collect the best resources on the topic, and create a available-to-all blog post, inspired by a Gibbon playlist I created recently.
To get a more detailed, hands-on advice, I consulted with Anthony Mansour, the CEO of a Canadian imprint Blue Label Records. Study this article to get better at pitching to record labels. Provide your feedback, and practice your newly learnt skills by submitting your demo to Blue Label using the link at the bottom of this playlist. You may even get signed right here. Good luck!
  1. Write a Great Bio (artiste profile)
    First things first: make sure your brand is properly and professionally represented online. Below is the our WeSpin Recipes Podcast, that talks about how to write a bio. The formula in this podcast episode will help you master your bio, but don’t stop there. Check the consistency of your artist name and social media URLs, the look of your Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages (and other networks you are active on) and post fresh content. Don’t make yourself look like an inactive project.

2. Prepare Your Songs

Remember about producing and delivering good quality. This is the number one thing Anthony from Blue Label Records notices when listening to demos. Make your music release-ready before sending it to a label. Indie record label b-sonic wrote about their experiences in receiving music of bad quality: “Nevertheless, we are noticing a massive lack of quality in the last weeks. Most of the tracks are built on bought templates, sample cd’s, construction kits and Sylenth presets. Additionally the tracks are mixed badly, have no clean frequencies, are over-compressed in order to sound simply loud and were produced without passion. We got stolen tracks and tracks by ghost producers as well. Good mastering is not done only with a few plugins, you should know what you are doing, with or without plugins.”
This gives you a good idea of things to watch out for in terms of the quality of your tracks. B-Sonic go on to describe the difficulties in the industry as well as the perseverance and patience required to overcome them: “Professionals know the process of being successful. Nobody will be rich after one release in the digital stores. Nobody will be rich after a good place in the Beatport charts. Being in the charts in these times does not mean that the release is sold millions of times. “
3. Do Your Research
Know who you will reach out to. We recommend creating a spreadsheet first, with contact details of the imprints you want to target (including A&R’s first and last names where available), and links to demo submission requirements.
David Wimble, publisher of The Indie Bible wrote an interesting article on the Disc Makers blog covering this topic. In the article, he says: “Music blogs and record labels have specific guidelines on how to submit – and how NOT to submit – your music. As the publisher of the Indie Bible and the Indie Venue Bible, the most frequent question I get from artists is, ‘How do I contact the music services listed in your directory?’ The answer is always the same: Whether you’re contacting magazines, music blogs, radio shows, record labels, music distributors, or promotional services, you have to check THEIR SPECIFIC submission guidelines before getting in touch. This is the most fundamental rule of promotion. It is the rule now, and it will be the rule 2,000 years from now when humans have giant heads and tiny bodies.”
That article, titled “How To Submit Songs to Music Blogs, Record Labels, Radio, and Press” also covers things you shouldn’t be doing, such as sending a generic email blast, sending unsolicited material, writing with bad spelling and grammar, and so on. The article also points out that you should know what style of music the service you’re contacting actually wants to receive.

. Be Relevant

In this post from Attack called “How to Get Your Demo Heard”, a key advice is offered that’s universal to many labels and so it’s a tip you should pay a particular attention to: “only send to labels which will be interested in your style of music.” Don’t blast to every label you can find. Be super focused, and spend time to learn a label’s catalogue to craft a personal, resonating pitch.
The article starts off by stating that “Producing a great track is just the first step on the road to success. Sure, you could release it yourself, but if you want to reach the biggest possible audience then linking up with an established label is still your best bet.” The article goes on to explain the importance of proper research as well as appropriateness. The post quotes Andy Daniell, A&R Manager at Defected who says, “The biggest no-no for me is MP3s attached to emails. They clog up your inbox and crash your email program. A SoundCloud stream is far preferable as you can check quickly and download if it feels relevant. Also, private links are nicer…”
There are other points worth considering in the article, many of which I covered in previous points, but the takeaways here are to send the right style of music to the right contact. If you cover those points, remember that labels receive lots of music, so if you are relevant to them, you still need to present yourself creatively in order to stand out. The article quotes Thomas Von Party, ‘A&R Slash Vibe Master’ at Canadian imprint Turbo Recordings, who says, “Being creative about how you present yourself is key. The more you can appear a fully-formed artist, the more likely you’ll be taken seriously.”
5. Think Like a Label
Think Like A Record Label
Think Like A Record Label
Budi Voogt, co-Founder of Heroic Recordings and author of The Soundcloud Bible, shared his insights in a post called “The unconventional guide to getting signed by a record label” where he covers the previous points, and gives us a better idea of how to think like a record label. In the article, he shares an example of an email pitch and covers the tools to use to share your audio files, such as SoundCloud (private tracks only), Dropbox, or the newly launched These are in line with Anthony’s views that you should not attach MP3s to emails.
Voogt first writes about getting feedback and using that feedback to polish your sound. He says, “Send it over to people whose opinion you value, but not your friends or relatives. They will likely be yeah-sayers. You don’t need that. You need hard criticism. Take it all in and work with it.” And then Voogt follows up with a practical guide of how to think like a label. He says that labels are primarily a business, and that business need revenue in order to survive.
As such, he says that “Essentially, all labels are looking for a hit. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a ‘mainstream’ hit, but something that’s good enough and unique to catch a lot of attention. However, with the ease of access and distribution of music in the digital age, labels, as Voogt puts it, are “dependent on the marketing power of artists themselves.”
So they will look out for artists that have fan bases as well as the capability of branding, marketing, and promoting themselves, without necessarily the help of the label itself. Although there is a paradoxical element to this trend, the reality is illustrate with an example given in the article: “Deadmau5’s label Mau5trap stated earlier that they no longer sign artists whom are not totally self sufficient, regardless of musical quality.”

. Send it Out!

It’s time to send your demo. Start small, pitching to one or few labels at a time, and don’t be upset if you don’t hear back. Try with another track later. Do follow up with every contact at least once though, and remember: a rejection is a very good result as well (much better than no response at all). Use this checklist on to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything. it’s a concise and simple list that summarizes several of the points I’ve covered here.

7. Submit a Demo to Blue Label Records

If you are looking for a record label to contact, consider sending a demo to vellyteee Label Records – who helped us compile this playlist. Their focus is on EDM and Urban, but they accept submissions in other genres as well, so just give it a try

Friday, March 6, 2020

[GIST] MI Abaga Announces His Exit From Chocolate City, Announces Self-owned Label, Incredible Music (Video)

[GIST] MI Abaga Announces His Exit From Chocolate City, Announces Self-owned Label, Incredible Music (Video)

On Friday, March 6, 2020, MI Abaga announced the end of his 13-year association with Chocolate City. He has also announced the start of his new self-owned record label, Incredible Music.
On Incredible Music, MI Abaga has released his 10th studio project, Judah The EP – it is also his first release under Incredible Music. You might remember that on September 13, 2019, Pulse Nigeria exclusively revealed that MI Abaga had vacated his position as the CEO of Chocolate City. This came after Chocolate City announced its deal with Warner Music. Audu Maikori stepped back into the role which he vacated in 2015.
In 2007, MI Abaga joined Chocolate City and in 2015, he assumed the role of CEO. Under the label, he released nine projects – five albums, three mixtapes and one playlist. In 2008, he released his criticaly acclaimed and impactful debut, Talk About It. In 2010, he released his magnus opus, MI2: The Movie. While there he won numerous awards and became the most sought-after African rapper at different points. Asides that, it was during that run as an artist that he built his legitimate claim to being Nigeria’s greatest rapper ever.
During that run, he also won two awards at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards – a huge milestone for a rapper in a pop era. It was also during that run that he started the mixtape trilogy, Illegal Music. With the label, he also tried his first imprint, Loopy Music and signed MILLI. While that was ill-fated, MI Abaga did enjoy a stellar nine-year association with Chocolate City. In addition to Incredible Music, MI Abaga has also announced TASCK, an arm that handles Corporate Social Responsibilities. First on the list is MI Abaga’s ploy to impact the social media bill.
You can watch the announcement of his exit below;

Wednesday, February 26, 2020