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Brad Tanner (@BradTwistTanner) – D.U.I. (Prod by Certified)


DJ Version

“D.U.I” is Brad Tanner’s 2nd release off of his mixtape debut “Work In Progress” which was mixed by DJ YKCOR. With help from NU Revolution Entertainment LLC. Producer Certified, “D.U.I.” features lyrics telling a story about having fun partying and getting behind the wheels. If you’ve ever drank & drove, or been caught up with the law, you may relate to this song. It’s a great party song as well. With the single release & video for “The Promise”, Brad Tanner follows up with a versatile single, and a mixtape that demonstrates his mic skills. Brad Tanner & DJ YKCOR’s “Work In Progress” mixtape will be leading up to Brad’s first album release “Fly On The Wall” (Coming Fall 2011). “Work In Progress”  is available via Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes & Revolt Radio.

Follow Brad Tanner on Twitter : @BradTwistTanner

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

Kontact & Black Knight (@tact_n_black) – Round of Applause (Prod by Certified)

“Round of Applause” is the 1st Single from NU Revolution Entertainment LLC. recording artists Kontact & Black Knight’s Mixtape “Eye of the Storm.” Previously, the duo has appeared on all of Wordsmith’s Mixtape releases along with his collabo album with Chubb Rock and Vintage Experience. In February of this year, Kontact & Black Knight teamed up with Wordsmith & Whitefolkz to form The NU Revolution Camp; the outcome was a mixtape called “Super Hero Theme Music Vol. 1.” Now, the duo is ready to showcase their skills and remind us how a true group sounds on the mic. Eye of the Storm will be released via Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes & Revolt Radio on June 13th, 2011!

Download : http://www.box.net/shared/fd78i6p95s

Follow Kontact & Black Knight on Twitter : @Tact_N_Black

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 PMPWorldwide.com

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 PMPWorldwide.com , 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 PMPWorldwide.com 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! PMPWorldwide.com 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 SarahjRecords@gmail.com

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 : Sarahjrecords@gmail.com

H. Jones – Certified (freestlye) (Prod by Certified)

Check out this freestyle by H. Jones – Certified (Prod by Certified). This track is off of H.Jones re-released mixtape “The Uprising, Reloaded” Get familiar with #Krownlife

Follow H. Jones on twitter : @HJonesRSE

Brad Tanner (@BradTwistTanner) – The Promise (Prod by Certified) Directed by Paul Adams (Video)

Follow Brad Tanner on Twitter : @BradTwistTanner 

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 http://www.swurvradio.com & 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 SwurvRadio.com,  Artists can submit music by visiting my site where all the details are posted… http://djykcor.com

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 www.DJYKCOR.com for music, updates, news, etc.!

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