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Get Familiar with E-Skillz (@E_Skillz)

After much success with his first debut mixtape “Mr. Nobody”, Topp Dogg Hill / SkyHigh Recordz Recording Artist E-Skillz  links up with DJ YKCOR again for his upcoming mixtape “Mr. Somebody”, which drops 6/20/2011 via Coast 2 Coast. Skillz has been showcasing his mic skills with latest singles “What Up” & “Sex & Success”. Look out for his mixtape coming soon & be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Follow E-Skillz on Twitter : @E_Skillz


Get familiar with Sarah Johnson (@SJManager)

1. Introduce yourself to the world!

What’s good, its Sarah J! Super producer manager. I’m also the Corporate account manager over at

2. I first learned about you through Twitter, How important is social media in the music game now?

Your online presence is sooo important if you are trying to get into the music game! Its a great way to brand your production company or product and touch people all over the world. I believe in establishing the relationship first before you send your music thru Twitter links. Much more effective! It helps to have your own website, blog, producer page on a premier producer site such as , create Youtubes of yourself making beats from scratch. Anything that’s solid marketing & promo to keep your name out there!

3. I noticed you offer great advice for up & coming musicians. With the game constantly changing, how do you stay up to speed on how to be successful in the industry?

Thank you! 90% of the game is really based off relationships!
Its really important as an up n coming artist/producer to constantly travel, go to showcases & conferences so you can be in A&Rs faces. Stay on their radar to the point they are reaching out to you!
Its important to study the current music trends & soundscan #s etc to see where the music is heading. Definitely an interesting time in the music right now!

4. How is managing Artists and Producers different?

I have one group that I’m managing right now, on the side from the producer aspect. Status Blak, a 4 man R&B group out of Detroit. They are really dope. A lot of work goes into creating the perfect records for them,getting the vocals just right ,working on their image, LIVE shows and local buzz. I find myself motivating them and the producers I work with to get the best product from them. Communication is key though…Just keeping that in the forefront is important. Finding your artists/producers WORK & EXPOSURE is the main focus everyday.

5. Personally, I prefer to not do the Beat Store thing, & try to secure my placements privately. I feel like it makes a better working relationship. What do you think is the best way to go about getting major beat placements?

My advice to new producers trying to get those big placements are: Make your trax sound as Universal as possible, come with full concepts and referenced records, its easier for the labels to see the direction. Don’t just chase major placements….Create a few catalogs of “sample free” tracks to submit to different licensing opportunities. Get your sound circulating out there so labels/artists reach out to YOU because they love your sound. Get an account on where the traffic is already built in and you can market to the world your production!

6. What separates a great “producer” from a “beat maker”?

A producer can run Nuendo, Cubase, Logic, Protools, huge consoles, actually run sessions and develop an artist vocally etc. A beat beat maker might not be able to play real instruments like most producers can. A producer can usually take artists and music to a whole other level & create those hit records on a consistent basis!
A beat maker may get frustrated that it takes so long to get work, and end up burning out.

7. I’ve noticed over the past year that mixtapes are becoming the best way to release music to the world as an independent musician. How do you feel about submitting beats or placing beats on mixtapes?

I feel the way the music climate is right now, with less releases, its important for producers to keep their name relevant in the game by having a few mixtape joints out in the market. Its nothing wrong with it. It actually makes the artist want to reach out to you when its album time.

8. How important is it for Producers to register with ASCAP / BMI?

Very important to become a ASCAP or BMI affiliate. They are the worldwide leaders in performance royalties & advocacy for songwriters, musicians & music publishers.

9. How important is it for Producers to promote & market themselves? I always try to brand my beats & make sure I have a great signature that can be recognized from other producers, is this important?

Yes, very important to market yourself as a producer! is the largest online producer community right now where producers can dump tracks directly to major artists working on their projects. They can also showcase all of their trax, and sell directly to potential buyers that log on to PMP everyday!

10. What advice can you offer an up & coming producer that is just starting out?

Take time perfecting your craft. Come out with a unique innovative sound. Learn how to play real instruments.  Network with different artists or develop your own artists with your production. Get some dope songwriters on your team to bring your blank tracks to life! Don’t be afraid of mixtape placements, its a great way to build your discography.

11. What makes a producer great?

What makes a producer great is being able to make classic records. Someone that is constantly reinventing their sound. Not afraid to try new software or samples. Someone who can take criticism well. Structure full songs. Knows what a great mix sounds like.
A great producer knows how to grind and has a strong work ethic! Also able to adapt to the current times in music NOW!

12. You manage producers / artists, are you taking on new clients?

I always have my ears to the streets! You never know where that new hit or super producer is going to come from!

13. How can we contact you?
Best way to reach me is on Twitter @sjmanager or producers can send beats to

14. Shoutouts?

Yea Big S/O to Certified for this dope interview. Shout out to my PMP fam and all of the up n coming producers & artists pursuing the music!

Follow Sarah on Twitter : @SJManager

E-mail Sarah :

Get familiar with DJ YKCOR (@DJYKCOR) (Interview)

If you know me personally, than you’d know how much respect I have for the DJs. DJ Ykcor is one of the label NU Revolution Entertainment LLC’s DJs, and a great friend / mentor to myself.

1. Introduce yourself to the world!

DJ Ykcor aka White Shadow

2. How long have you been DJing for? What inspired you to start DJing professionally?

DeeJays like Dj Ran, Jay-Ski and Revolution are DeeJays that inspired me to start DJin’ Theres a lot more but I would say those 3 were my main influences.

3. What types of music do you like to spin & why? Which artists / musicians are you currently pushing / DJing for?

I spin a little bit of everything and currently working with Nu Revolution LLC, Bmore Original and Top Notch INC.

4. Tell me about any mentor’s you had. What specifically have you learned from he / she & do you incorporate anything from he / she into your own style of DJing?

I started DJin’ by recording shows from some of my influences and listening over and over trying to make the sounds they did while scratching, then I just put my own flare on it after I figured it out, It wasn’t untill 2 years after starting that I actual seen a DJ in real life…

5. How important is Twitter & social networking to being a DJ?

Very! Its really the only way to get your music to the masses anymore, Labels and Commercial Radio sure fucked that up… So thats all we got.

6. You currently have Internet radio shows on & others, how did this affect your career? How can independent artists get into rotation on your shows?

I have a show called “Class Is In Session” every Saturday at 8pm est on,  Artists can submit music by visiting my site where all the details are posted…

7. You are from the East Coast region, How does this affect your taste in music? Do you have a particular sound that excites you over others?

I like all music and don”t really have any preferences on region, Just as long as the shit ain’t wack!

8. I’ve noticed that you’ve been affiliated with various DJ coalitions & websites over the past year or so, why is it important for DJs to get involved in Coalitions.

Thats a 50/50. “Some” Coalitions are beneficial to be a part of and then some are not. It all depends how you personally feel about them and what they stand for if you wanna be a part of one.

9. How do you learn about new breaking music? What’s your #1 source for finding new music?

It all depends on what your looking for… We get music from Labels, Artist, Record Pools, etc…

10. Shoutouts?

Shout Out to Everyone who is a part of my movement and Everyone that supports what I do and Appreciated how Hard I work to do it on a daily basis.

Follow DJ YKCOR on twitter : @DJYKCOR

Click here to preview his latest mixtape “Class is in Session Vol.3

Check out for music, updates, news, etc.!

Get Familiar with (Interview)

Artists, Producers, Businesses, etc. all need quality graphic design & web work done, So I figured why not introduce one of my graphic designer’s, Livia Lucie ( to the world! Livia created my last mixtape
cover for Beat Kings Pt.1 & has done artwork for Wordsmith, Harmony Muzik, Effie, & others!

Livia, please introduce yourself :

Aloha! I’m Livia Lucie, I’m 20 years young and from the, not so sunny, UK. I’m a self taught graphic designer and I set up my own design business, three29design, in September 2009. I started design by working within the music industry but I’m now branching out, especially when it comes to working with local businesses.

How did you become involved in Graphic & Web design?

I always said I’d never have an office job but things change. I originally had planned to train to be an officer in the Royal Artillery but things didn’t work out for me. I used to enjoy messing around on photoshop after I found the program in my dads office. I’d spend hours just clicking around, creating things and teaching myself the program until one day someone asked ‘how much for a…?’ The thought of creating an income from design had never crossed my mind before.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when working on a project?

Inspiration comes from so many different places. Music plays a big part of it, especially as I tend to listen to a clients music if available so that I can get a feel of their style. I also draw inspiration from life in general, things I’m interested in, hobbies, friends and so on.

What is your favorite part of doing Graphic & Web design work?

I love being able to just be creative as a job! Especially on the projects that are different to most, which make me learn and try out new things. It’s a job down, a happy customer and more knowledge learned.

Who is your primary clientele?

I work mainly within the music industry, whether it’s for record labels, producers, artists or DJs but I’m also branching out to local businesses more and more.

Does Twitter & other social networking sites help your business?

Everything started for me through Myspace but now that’s pretty much dead and buried Facebook and Twitter play the biggest part. It keeps you connected with previous clients as well as establishing a connection with potential clients. Twitter especially helps you to show the person behind the business as well which is important otherwise things could get boring.

What was your favorite project you’ve worked on to date, and why?

To this day I still love the project I did for To The Republic. The thing that makes it stand out the most for me is that it’s for a rock band, which was very different to the hip hop based work I was used to doing. They wanted something very different to my usual work, which made me step out of my comfort zone and think outside the box. It had me biting my nails at first but everything turned out great!

What is the most challenging part of your work?

I always find when people come to you with no real brief and just say to do whatever I think will work is soooooo hard. There’s nothing to go from and nothing specific to work towards. It can make your mind run wild but there’s a big chance of the client not liking it if you do that. Oh, and deadlines that creep up on you!

Have you ever done work for anyone famous?

No A-Lists but maybe some B-list celebs 😉 I’ve had enquiries from celebrities before but the problem is they expect things for free due to the exposure you will get. In my opinion, the majority of the time, exposure isn’t a form of payment, it may work out great and bring me loads of clients or it may do nothing at all. It won’t guarantee to pay my bills.

What seperates Three 29 Design from other graphic design companies?

My work is very young blooded, I’m extremely motivated, completely self taught and have high hopes for the future! I’m also super friendly 🙂

How can we contact you? Shoutouts?

You can follow me on Twitter, my personal account is and my business account is Also, be sure to hit that LIKE button to connect with me on Facebook at And of course, visit the website for more information, the portfolio and to email me:

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to every one who has chosen to work with me. There’s so many others you could have worked with and it feels great that you picked me and my work. It means a LOT!

Check out some of’s work:

Contact :

Twitter : @TheEvilFrog, @Three29Design

Facebook :

Get familiar with Brad Tanner (Interview)

Brad Tanner – The  Promise (Prod by Certified)

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