Category: "music"

Feb/04
2012

I attended Midem this year with reservations about what to expect because last year was a disappointment. After the first day of the conference my mind was changed and I’m glad I went.

The conference was moved to a new location. It was smaller, more refined, digital and focused on person-to-person and artist-to-fan music management. There were several events that offered insight on how to pitch music to major labels and the media. There were group meeting sessions where aspiring artists and entrepreneurs learned how to market, package and promote their products. The sessions lasted thirty minutes and consisted of attendees asking managers and C.E.O.’s what they could do to improve their own business.

One of the best events was the Direct 2 Fan camp. This was indie artists with little budgets explaining how they developed a fan base and made money off their music. The best speaker was Cellist and composer Keating Zoe. She has no label, no deal and makes allot of money from her grass roots digital marketing approach. During her thirty minute session she was friendly, candid and informative…I liked her style.

Another big event was the Midemlab business start-up pitch session. New companies would pitch their idea to a panel of peers to gain funding to expand their product into new territories. There were over twenty companies and each had interesting ideas, but only one would be selected a winner and possibly become the next Spotify. All the attendees were given a list of the start-ups so after the conference they could choose which companies interest them. There were only three that interested me, but I’m going to wait a few months to see how well they do before pursuing membership.

The Midem party line-up is legendary. Over the years I’ve seen shows from Hank ShockLee from the Bomb Squad, LL Cool J, Sugar Hill Gang, and numerous others. This year the concerts were focused more on rock and pop music. The only show that really surprised me was the DJ Jazzy Jeff show, the second to last day. On the concert schedule it listed “Wale” from Maybach music performing. When people arrived at the party they found out the Wale wasn’t there instead it was DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skillz aka Madskillz as the hype man. Jazzy Jeff pumped the party up! He played a mix of tunes from the old to the new school while Skillz kept the audience hyped using call and response on the known tracks. Half the crowd had their camera phones out recording the show or taking pictures. It was my first time seeing Jazzy Jeff live and now I know why he’s one of the most requested DJ’s in the world.

I’m back in Amsterdam working hard on the new album. The project is moving along nicely and to keep the creative juices flowing I’ve been video making. The videos “Grimey” and "Defying Gravity” are on my website, youtube, vladtv and most other music sites. I’m currently working on a clip for the song “That’s Life” off the Grindin Muzik album. The video will be shot in the next two weeks if the weather allows.

I say that cuz it snowed a few inches yesterday and the city is covered in white. According to the news the weather has remained at -8 degrees Celsius for the last week and it isn’t going to get any warmer. I go outside wrapped like a mummy and still feel the cold. Rain, sleet, hail, or snow nothing will stop my plans to blow. Watch the new videos by pressing the link and check back for updates.

Til next we speak, Stay Warm

Tha One an Only

Jan/06
2012

It’s a new year full of new possibilities. Before we get into all the good things in 2012, let's recap some of the interesting points of 2011.

2011 was an interesting year to say the least. There were protests, insurrections, and revolutions by oppressed people desiring change on every continent. The occupy movement which started on Wall Street and spread around the globe demonstrated that people could organize in peaceful protest.

There were environmental disasters like the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti. Mass fish, bird, other wildlife and a lot of celebrity deaths. R.I.P Heavy D! In between all this there were great moments in sports, media, music and entertainment.

Also there were massive illegal, unsanctioned, detainment and assassinations without people ever being tried in court. While most Americans were eating Turkey and stuffing, the president was reviewing a bill which abolishes the Constitution and institutes martial law. Under The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) Section 1031 which has been changed to Section 1021 gives the president the right to assassinate any US citizen suspected of being a terrorist. No proof…suspected. Google Bill NDAA for more information and watch the Obama No Longer President, Now He Is A King video to better understand new laws that effect everyone.

2012 started out right! I finished the video to my song “Grimey” off the Audio Bully album coming later this year. There are also new tracks “Thro Yo Hands Up" and “Last Drink" with Burgaman. I’m currently working on the video to “That’s Life” off the Grindin Muzik album, while preparing for Midem.

This year just started and I already feel like its a race. The hustle don’t stop till my casket drop. That motto doesn’t change only my clothes do. Support independent Hip-Hop!! Check the video, leave a comment and tell a friend to tell a friend.

Till Next We Speak, Be Well

Tha One an Only

Aug/09
2011

Whats poppin people,

I’m doing more shows now than I have in the last year. This is partly because of all the promotion my team has been doing and partly because of the new music. There is a absence of lyrical artists and I’m on a quest for power to fill the vacuum. Most of the songs on the radio or even on the underground circuit are auto-tune heavy and filled with simple nursery rhymes. I spit hard, metaphor heavy, rhymes with substance and the industry is finally taking notice. Check out my new song "Redlight City" describing what it's like to go out in Amsterdam on a Saturday night.

I have a show on the 16th of August at the CC Muziek Cafe in Amsterdam. The club has a wide stage, good sound system and is in a nice location. It’s going to be one hour of non-stop Hip-Hop, that rocks the block. Then there’s a show at the Little Stage in Berlin on September 3rd. Its going to be a good show cuz I haven’t been back to Berlin since the Popkomm conference in 2006. I like the city of Berlin. It's easy to travel around, the people are relaxed, and they have a wide variety of nightclubs. The last time I was there I went to this club called Delicious Donuts that had long island ice teas so strong that two would make you see double. You can read about the whole experience by clicking here

 

Jul/12
2011

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Life goes back and forth between moments of tragedy and triumph like the swing of a pendulum...here's a few of those experiences.

Tragedy struck last month when a massive tornado went through my hometown Springfield, Massachusetts. Its the first time a tornado hit Mass. with such force that it destroyed large parts of downtown and my mom was caught in it. Her car took allot of damage, but luckily she got away with a few scrapes and cuts. It was strange because I didn’t know anything about it until I saw a clip on World Star Hip-Hop (WSHH). Some guy recorded the tornado touching down with his camera phone and the clip went viral.

While I was finding out about the situation back in the U.S. there was another tragedy going on closer to home. Someone very special to me found out she had type one diabetes. Which means the pancreas stopped processing sugar (glucose) so she has to take insulin injections three times a day. I’m not going to get into all the drama that led up to the discovery that she had the disease. Lets just say, it involved a lengthy hospital stay after which I had to take care of her for a few weeks.

I had sympathy for the life changing event she was experiencing, but angry at the situation. Its mind boggling to think science has found ways to use stem cells to reduce wrinkles and numerous other cosmetic breakthroughs. Yet they can’t find the cure (or won’t release the cure) to Cancer, Diabetes, and Aids. While I was learning about diabetes I came across allot of information that seems like modern science has the cures. The problem is there’s more profit in keeping people sick, using expensive medication than making them better. Think about it...if they cured any of the above listed diseases pharmaceutical companies would lose billions of dollars. They can suppress the symptoms of a disease indefinitely...but only cure it once. (food for thought)

All the stress was poured through my pen and became some very dark music. I wrote several new songs for my upcoming album Tha Audio Bully. One of my favorites is called "Trick or Treat" which I’ll post on Soundcloud and maybe Myspace next week. I also wrote songs for the EP I'm working on with NLZ called Tha A. In between writing for those projects I would write new verses for the "Vinumous Chronicles 16 Barz" weekly video series. I feel a sense of triumph that the series has reached week 13 and gains more fans daily. If you like Hip-Hop, watch an episode here; cuz it's worth watching.

While I’ve been making new music my older music has been promoted through several internet outlets with positive results. My aggressive digital campaign to gain a fan a day has worked better than anticipated. Now that the buzz is building I’m shopping around for more beats for the various projects. I get a lot of people emailing me beats that are okay but not complete or ready to be on a album.

I appreciate the effort BUT before sending me a beat make sure the beat is ready for recording. Don’t send me a beat just because you think the beat is dope. Get critiques from people outside your circle. Also make sure the beat is complete, equalized and polished so it doesn’t need major mixing after the vocals are laid down. If your professional and got beats that fit my style, send me a message and we’ll do some business.

Until next time, be safe

Tha One an Only

May/22
2011

What’s poppin people,

Time is short and my work list long...so let’s get into the update.

The album is coming along at a steady pace. I've been writing more than recording just to get all the ideals out. When I do record it’s all done in a four or five hour session. This method keeps the song with the same energy. When I used to stop and take a few days off, then come back to a song, sometimes it wouldn’t have the same feeling as when I first recorded it.

Aside from recording I’ve been video making. The Vinumous Chronicles 16 Barz series is going strong. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s the scoop. It started April 17th and goes on until August 28th 2011. I spit a 16 bar accapella every week for twenty weeks. The bars are a mix of verses from my upcoming album Tha Audio Bully and some I wrote for the series. The videos are uploaded to my YouTube page and since it’s already up to its sixth week. You can start watching now! Watch the week six video here.

I've been to a few parties since we last spoke and had a blast on Queensday. There was a carnival at the Dam Square on Queensday which had a shooting game. They give you a air rifle with ball-bearings and you have to shoot stars off of hooks. My skills with a rifle are almost as good as I am with a pen. I got nineteen out of twenty shots and won a big yellow duck. The duck is cool (check the pic) cuz when you rub on its butt it quacks. I didn't find this out until I was home after parting it up in the city. When I sat the duck on the couch it started to quack and scared my cat.

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In between the music and video making I’ve been going to school. One more month left and it’s summer vacation. I can use it cuz, the classes have gotten harder and I’m slowly getting smarter. My plans for the summer are to make $money$ and do some traveling. I love Amsterdam but I’ve been in Europe for a while and there’s still some parts I want to see. Life is a series of experiences big and small. What a person learns from those experiences and incorporates it into their life builds their character. (food for thought)

Until Next We Speak, Be Well

Tha One an Only