Don't ever give up.
When J-Z is not selling tickets to his shows that is the power and honesty of the people. It also shows us that people won't buy, listen or share your product unless they like it. No matter how popular or famous you are. I like Jay-Z and I'm sure he is looking into what's going on. However, we all, as artist, need to look at this and even go back to our unreleased projects make sure it is GOOD.
Everybody likes music to some degree. The higher you in this type of work the more you will find that
music is loved by the honest and the dishonest. Music is like the sun. It affects all of us.
While working with a client on a track she had a melodic line in the original piano version of the song that she really liked. However by the end of the construction of the track the vibe of the main melody no longer needed the original piano line so i got muted it from the track. She loved the vibe of the track but noticed the line she created was no longer there. She insisted that I put the line back in the track. I told her that the line is good but it isn't supporting the main melody any more. She insisted that the line be put back so I put the line back in using another sound to satisfy her need for the line. I did tell her that she may be getting in the way of what the song wants versus what she wants. Sometimes we get in the way of something really good cause our thoughts are what matters and not the natural development of the song. We finish the track and right as I'm starting the mix she calls and says "your right. The song has outgrown that line". It took a while but she got it. Our music will shine much more brighter if we let it do what it wants and not what we want. Sort of like raising kids. At some point let the kids make their own decisions.
A good new song is like a fresh piece of gum. If the gum is really good you chew more intensely. Even tell your friends how good the gum is and you try to obtain it again. A good song makes you want to know more about the artist . You want to find more music about the artist so you can have that first high of listening to the song again. This is how new artist are made. Especially artist that tend to last in this industry. I write songs and produce them. I've been studying the art of a good song for years. It's like gum. You have to write like gum my friend so the listener will want another piece.
The Cori Jacobs Experiment Tikle-Ish
This project is dedicated to the life and drums of Travon potts A.KA. “Tray Drums”. I miss you bro! Why do I feel like I can call you for a gig like right now?
1.Why is this Funky [Dedicated to Tray Drums. Journey in peace my brother]
(Feat. Travon Potts - Drums,
Taiki Tsuyama - Bass, Ash Jangda - Guitar)
This track is dedicated to the life of drummer Travon potts. Tray played drums for my project for years before making his transition. He is featured on this funky, and what jazz heads call, “Playing Out”. The turn arounds on this song
go in the same direction but hit minor 2nd-dissonant tensions through out. Taiki Tsuyama is way funky on this. Old Strings and all. It ends with a blazing guitar solo by Ash Jangda.
2.Tikle-Ish (feat. Jasmine Lee - Vocals,)
The title track is a about the end of a relationship. A friendship is created and a bond is solidified. Lifetime friendships can come from tumultuous times. The first verse talks about being embarrassed but the love is there. It features the sultry vocals of Jasmine Lee and the rap vocals of yours truly. :)
3. The Growth of Tiana Jacobs
We’ve all said things that we shouldn’t have. This is my apology to a family member.
4. Your Africa is showing (Taiki Tsuyama - Bass,
Gorden Campbell - Drums, Joel Van Dijk - Guitar
The big guns are pulled out on this track. Gorden Campbell (Prince, Ledesi, Earth wind & fire and everyone else) is so tight on the drums he makes the programed percussion seem real. Taiki Tsuyama locks with the drums effortlessly in this 4/4 track with 6/8 turn arounds. Joel Van Dijk (Special Forces, Aloe Blacc & producer) nails the guitar solo and extra parts to a “T”. The band made the synth solo at the end so much fun. I am grateful to have such great talent on this project.
I’ve already started the next project. It’s all about the FUNK!!!
Non-creative people need a business model. They need to know where to go and where not to go. Why? Because while they appreciate creativity they are not familiar with the source of creativity. There fore they study what has been done time and time again and use that as a business model. Creative people are free as the wind not conforming to any rule. Thus the dawn of Hip Hop where radio station and labels told Russell simons that people don't want to hear a beat and someone rhyming over it. "It hasnt' been done". Now that beat with rhyms is the rule. You keep following and looking for a business model instead of following your instinct. You want to be told how to think, how to write, how to mix, how to everything. Cause you only know how to follow. Once you break out on your own. You could be the next big thing.
Sometimes you have take your self out of what you like to give the song what it likes. Some people like guitar so guitar is in every composition and in every song they write. So when asked to do something else they may be lost cause they've been taken out of their comfort zone. By leaving your comfort zone you actually raise your value.
I'm a keyboard player but I've been known not to use keys on songs. I'll use guitar or strings instead. Our job as producers is to give the song WHAT IT DESERVES.
I've recently had a friend transition from this life into the next. It is hitting me slowly but it is hitting me. I will never share the same stage with him in this life again. I will never laugh and hear his jokes and stories about growing again. I will never hear his drum playing again. That is what makes me sad. However, I celebrate his life and spirit that he has left behind. Thank you for being my friend Travon Potts
I'm a musician/spiritualist
Some of my thoughts are not my upbringing but my experience through life. I'm open to learn so feel free to comment.