Slaughterhouse Performs at SXSW 2014

If you have not heard of SXSW, then get on it! This is one of the biggest music events in the country. To be able to see some of the best bands in the world for FREE, is a blessing. There are many events we attended for FREE. We just RSVP the event and get a wristband upon arrival. A couple of the free shows we hit were through Hype Hotel and Quantum Collective. AudioHoundz artist TMAC performed on the House of Vans Stage along-side the Pro BMX Half-Pipe. If you’d like to hear more of TMAC, please visit check his music out HERE.

Love X Stereo put on a great performance @ SXSW. Love X Stereo is an electronic rock band based in Seoul, Korea. Their music is authentic based from alternative and punk rock from the 90’s with using synths and effects. Annie Ko (lead singer/synths), Toby Hwang (guitar/production) and Sol Han (bass) make up the unique sound of Love X Stereo. If you wanna have a good time, dance and hear an unbelievable band…then check out Love X Stereo. Listen to their music HERE

Moon Taxi was AMAZING! The Nashville rock group, who had honed in on a notably compelling aesthetic with their previous album Cabaret, focused on extending the sonic landscape they’d created in earlier recordings, but this time around they amp up the speed and turn up the volume – creating an overall bigger sound. First off…when you end your set with Killing In The Name of by Rage Against The Machine, I don’t care who you are, that shit is tight! If you are ready to get your socks blown off, please check their music out HERE

Keaton Simons and Deantoni Parks brought the Blues back to a whole new level. If you had a click track next to Deantoni Parks….the click would sound off time. That’s how on point he is. Keaton Simons is what LA Times called “A Triple Threat”. He froze the audience with his compelling, soulful songs and amazing guitar skills. The energy that these two brought to the rooftop of the Whole Foods Quantum Collective was captivating. Also, just so everyone knows how good these guys are, Deantoni plays the drums and the bass at the SAME TIME…yup. He has an electronic keyboard programmed to a bass guitar and does both. To hear what these guys do, listen HERE…

AudioHoundz Party Bus 2 (Secret Show)

We had a great time last night at the AudioHoundz Secret TMAC, Konundrum Spitzz, and Mic Jordan Show. Mic Jordan released his NEW Single “Shoot Photos” along with TMAC’s release of “Alien (feat. Kris Searle) and Konundrum Spitzz’s “Get Up Outta My Face”. Thanks to everyone that came on the bus and supported.

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Production Is An Important and Tricky Thing To Do In The Music Business

Production is an important and tricky thing to do in the music business. It has so many moving parts from concept to writing to recording onto performing, mixing, mastering and distribution. Producing has never been a one person job although so many artists/ producers try to make it such. In doing my research for various topics and ideas I came across a few great tips for new and old producers that may “think” they know it all. If you know like I do, anything can spark a new musical endeavor. Many producers fail to come out of their comfort zone and therefore get stuck in an eternal rut of “their” sound which is no more than the laziness of not knowing your equipment and failing to be able to create it how you hear it in your head. This frustration leads to compromise…. and compromise leads to mediocrity…. and you know where that gets you. Here are a few tips to maybe help you see your music as a gift to share and not some personal toy that you have to do what you want with and never spread its joy with those around you.

Read Your Manual: A great producer can get what’s in his head (or the artists head) out into reality. If you don’t know how to work your equipment fully, how can you fully explore your sound?

Don’t try to do too much too fast: Learn one or two things in detail and then build off from there. A lot of times we tend to try and do too much before we are good at one thing and in turn, we are good at nothing.

Sometimes to make great songs you have to cut the dead weight ASAP: Stop holding onto useless parts of your music or areas that you know doesn’t work with a song but sounds good alone. If you are making a song and this doesn’t work….scrap it. Don’t try to force the music together. It’s the quickest way to ruin a good idea.

There are literally thousands of ways to sound good: The key is crafting your talent to a level where you can explore and release all the energy and sounds around you. There is nothing worse than having an idea or song in your head and not being able to release it. Singing the melody or hook over and over in your head gets old fast. You can belt out your favorite songs with family and friends using these best karaoke machines that are compatible with smartphones, tablets and more.

Done right, it doesn’t feel like you wrote the song at all: Stop over-thinking it. It’s there inside you. All that needs to be done is to let it out and capture the emotion you feel on tape. You know what feels right and you know when you are in the groove. Try using this nonchalant approach to writing next time. There is no pressure. That just creates stress.…

The Grammy Awards: HOT IS HOT

With the Super Bowl of music quickly approaching, I feel it’s the right time for an overall assessment of the year’s winners and losers. As always it was another incredible year in music and 2014 promises to be no different. True to form, Jay Z has the most Grammy noms with NINE!!! What did you expect “… next you get the money and then you get the power.” It’s a really simple formula when you think about it. JT, (Va. Beach, VA’s own) Pharrell and Ryan Lewis & Macklemore each had SEVEN noms, while Drake and engineering master Bob Ludwig each had FIVE nominations to round out the top 3. What always amazes and gives me and those around me hope, is that many of the top records, albums, and scores of the year were NOT WRITTEN solely by those that performed them. For instance “Roar” by Katy Perry was written by FIVE songwriters. “Holy Grail” has SIX songwriters listed as well as those listed in writing the sample (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic). “Started From The Bottom” has a host of 3 songwriters although Drake is the only one to perform the record. Basically, what I am saying is that writers keep writing good music and if you work hard and get lucky… it will fall into the right ears. Young artists realize that you cannot possibly do it all yourself. There are others out there just like you that are talented, driven and hungry for success. You must utilize all your resources when creating music. “What you don’t hear, others may and What you may hear, others don’t”. HOT IS HOT. That’s the only result you are trying to achieve. If your heroes don’t rely on just themselves to write and create great music why the hell are you?

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
“Silver Lining” from “Silver Linings Playbook” — Diane Warren, songwriter (Jessie J)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, songwriters (Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw)
“Young And Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby” –Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“You’ve Got Time” from Orange Is The New Black — Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

Argo — Alexandre Desplat, composer
The Great Gatsby — Craig Armstrong, composer
Life Of Pi — Mychael Danna, composer
Lincoln — John Williams, composer
Skyfall — Thomas Newman, composer
Zero Dark Thirty — Alexandre Desplat, composer

Song Of The Year:

“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)”Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Best Rap Song:

“F***in’ Problems” — Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” — Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves” — Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” — W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)…

Tinie Tempah Still Making Waves In The U.S.

Being one of the singles off of his newest album “Demonstration”, Tinie Tempah plants his foot down to continue to represent British Hip-Hop. All-in-all, he is really the first rapper to cross over into the U.S. market. Why is the British accent so hard for Americans to grasp? Well….whatever the reason being, Tinie Tempah has broken that seal and has proved his place in the game with songs like Written In The Stars, Invincible, Trampoline and his latest Children Of The Sun featuring John Martin. I look forward to hearing the rest of the album. Check it out HERE: http://demonstration.tinietempah.com/

Best Workout Headphones For The New Year

Everyone knows that the New Year means “GET IN SHAPE”. So…what better motivation than a brand new pair of Monster iSport Headphones to fuel your workouts. Music is in all of us. What will you be bumpin? Here are the specs of these ultimate workout headphones.

Sound Quality: 3.5. And apparently… they’ll sound best after about 20 hours of use.

Noise Isolation: 5…..What did you say? I can’t hear you!

Fit & Comfort: The cushions are the bomb…that is all…

Cord Length: Wireless – Charge for an hour and a half before you hook ’em up to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re good for about 10 hours of sound.

Durability: 3. These headphones are collapsible and come with a carrying bag. As long as you don’t throw them on the ground you’ll be fine.

The Sweating Situation: They are water-resistant and sweat-proof. That is awesome

Cost: $249.95, on Amazon HERE.…

Best Virtual Instruments for Production


Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Xpanded Realtime Groove Module Virtual Instrument Software

  • Brings many different types of Bass together into one extraordinary-sounding virtual instrument.
  • Trilian’s 34GB library is 10 times the size of Trilogy and features all new acoustic, electric and synth basses.
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Spectrasonics Omnisphere

  • Sophisticated Browser with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images
  • Advanced users can “zoom” into deeper and deeper synthesis capabilities
  • Allows the Arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and MIDI Files
  • Special performance-oriented Live Mode Audio Interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching
  • Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling

Native Instruments Komplete 9

  • Delivers 33 full-fledged instruments and effects, 12,000 inspiring sounds and over 120 GB of premium samples
  • Features Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5, Massive, Fm8, Absynth 5 Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Monark, Battery 4, and the Solid Mix Series
  • Also Includes the Giant, the Sound of the World’s Biggest Upright Piano and Session Strings Production-ready String
  • Ensemble Delivers Stunning Results Without Hours of Fine Tuning
  • KOMPLETE 9 includes the GUITAR RIG 5 PRO software but not the RIG KONTROL hardware controller.

Spectrasonics Trilian Bass Module

  • Intuitive, automatic selection of dynamic legato and release articulations allows for highly realistic hammer-ons
  • Brings many different types of Bass together into one extraordinary-sounding virtual instrument.
  • Trilian’s 34GB library is 10 times the size of Trilogy and features all new acoustic, electric and synth basses.

The Rendezvous Show with Cris and Alysia

As an independent artist, you sometimes wonder…HOW THE HELL DO I GET MY MUSIC HEARD?? Well you can start off by doing your research. There are many outlets, you just have to know where to look.

Cris and Alysia

Based out of NY, The Rendezvous Radio Show with Cris and Alysia is a great outlet for indie artists looking for exposure. They are an online radio show featured on TRS247.com. They have gained a great amount of buzz from not only featuring musicians such as Stevie Nicks, Big Daddy Kane, Gloria Estefan and on their show, but also restaurant owners, professional wrestlers and reality stars.

An artist may be able to build a successful career through extensive touring, online platforms or other means, but having your music heard, your pictures seen and getting media promotions is the key here. This isn’t some crazy rocket science of who knows who will get you in, these are super approachable, genuine people with a passion like you and I. They are here to support and help the independent artist. They offer FREE MUSIC PLAY for Indie Artists as well as numerous amounts of promotional packages.

If you are interested in expanding your audience and reaching a wider demographic, please contact them at [email protected]

Redman and Method Man @ 1015 Folsom

Recently I attended a concert featuring rappers Redman and Method Man at 1015 Folsom, a San Francisco. Before I get into detail, I want to say that this was one of the best concerts that I have ever attended. Normally when a larger act comes to a small venue, the performance is expected to be more intimate, which makes for a much better experience. This was the intended result……result achieved.

The opening acts included Sellassi, who did a pretty good job of holding the crowd’s attention, Equipto, who is a well-known artist in the bay area, and Pep Love who did a great job of bringing everyone in the audience back to a time when hip-hop was about lyrics.

On to the meat and potatoes, RedMan and Method Man started with a familiar hit “Y.O.U.” and quickly established that they were there to represent 1990’s Hip-Hop. After performing a few of their solo hits and also a couple of their biggest duo hits, they stopped the show to give love to the DJ. This may have been my favorite part of the show. The two DJ’s that were backing them up go head to head scratching. After which they resumed the show along with crowd surfing, creating a mosh pit and sharing in everyone’s green activities.

They closed out the show with “Da Rockwilder” and announced there would be a new album “The Blackout 3” along with a tour that would hit all major cities including San Francisco. Needless to say, I will be there to see them perform again. My hat go’s off to you RedMan and Method Man.…

Is R&B Dead?

I read an article recently that proclaimed that R&B was dead. This was very alarming to me as I grew up listening to R&B, and some of my major influences are labeled under this genre, so I wanted to delve deeper to find out the real facts.

Justin Timberlake, no introduction needed to be grossed 1.67 M with his latest album “The 20/20 Experience” and was the highest grossing R&B artist of 2013. This also sparked a tour with hip-hop artist and mogul Jay Z in mid-2013, and a follow-up solo tour coming in late 2013. Alicia Keys reelected an album in November of 2012 entitled “Girl On Fire” which has grossed 669 Kand had songs featured on multiple commercials, movies, and television shows. Along with these two examples, Frank Ocean, Usher, Chris Brown, Miguel and a list of other artists have also reelected albums which have actually made noise recently.

Daft Punk ft. Pharell Williams “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke/TI/Pharell Williams “Blurred Lines” are the highest grossing singles of 2013 so far. All though they have that unmistakable R&B sound, they are not classified under that genre, which leads me to ask the question, is R&B dead, or are artists just failing to classify themselves as R&B artists? This is, in my option the same situation with Nicki Minaj leaving Hip Hop to be classified as Pop. Is she not still a rapper?

This is just one man’s opinion, but hey, everyone has theirs right?…