Sunday, February 28, 2010

DJ Drama Calls Shawnna's DTP Departure A Bad Move - Official ImGlobalNow Blog - Global Grind

I came up on this article over at about Shawnna leaving DTP just before dropping "Battle of The Sexes" with Ludacris. It's rumored she's going to T-Pain's Nappy Boy Records.

I think it may be a bad move but I don't know all the circumstances. I'm sure this album is going to be hot.

Click on the link below to read what DJ Drama thinks about the move.

DJ Drama Calls Shawnna's DTP Departure A Bad Move

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Friday, February 26, 2010

Beat Maker Chris Henderson:The Anatomy Of A Grammy | NODFACTOR.COM

Yo, I was looking for something good for you to to remember the music game is still a hustle. I came across this interview with Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Henderson.

He's responsible for one of the biggest hits in 2009, "Blame It" performed by Jamie Foxx and T-Pain.

Here's the link to the interview below.

Chris Henderson:The Anatomy Of A Grammy | NODFACTOR.COM

Its a great story for beat makers who are on a serious grind and need just a little bit more inspiration to keep going.

Sometimes you just gotta keep going...

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin,The Hot Instrumentalist

P.S. Check out the video below. I know its "old" now but its still dope!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sell More Beats Online In 2010

2010 is going to be the year of the movers and the shakers. We're almost in March so time is waiting for no one.

If your goal is to sell more beats online then you need to check out my review of And definitely sign up for the free lessons.

This is some really good material and you can really use it to sell anything online as well as beats.

Check out my review and let me know what you think. Click the link below to read it: Review By Mello Melanin

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beatmaker The Dream and Christina Millian's Baby Name

I found this while searching the Net. I'm a fan of The Dream mostly because of his song writing skills. He's written and produced for lots of artists and he has a successful career as an artist.

I'm kinda late though. I didn't know him and Christina Millian were kickin' it.

I wish them well...

Check out the link below for the story on their new baby's name.

The Dream and Christina Millians Baby Name

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Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Monday, February 22, 2010

Want To Make Beats Online But Don't Know What Path Is Best To Take?

Here's an interesting article I came across about how to make beats online. Enjoy...

Want To Make Beats Online But Don't Know What Path Is Best To Take?
by Brendon Zahrndt

Okay. You have decided that a career in music is in your future. You may even have enough lyrics for multiple cd's. One of the most important things for you to believe is that you have the talent to make your life the life you know you deserve. You simply have to take action now and get the ball rolling. One of the most successful ways to get your music career started is to produce your own music with your own lyrical content. Contrary to popular belief this can be done very easily.

The biggest mistake in taking this step would be to go out and spend an inordinate amount of money on music maker software when you should allocate your funds elsewhere early on in your career. There is music software that I suggest you look into that will help you make beats online rather than waste money in a studio right off the bat. Remember--there will be time for all of those are only getting your feet wet here. Stick to a budget that makes sense. I'm talking under $50 for starters for your software. I used Sonic Producer to create shell music for some videos I was creating.

The nice thing about it is the learning curve is very short and you can get 24/7 support. When you are ready to record the last thing you need is to spend the next 6 months learning how to make beats online because the program is too sophisticated. Again, your music production software should be easy enough to learn quickly yet respected enough to make great music. The one I use has tutorials for days that are simple. The learning curve is quick. Having music that converts to mp3 is important because you will undoubtedly be rehearsing with your mp3 player.

Believe it or not, there is some music software out there that won't let you convert those files you create and won't tell you that either. Don't get burned here. You need untagged music as well. This program will fit any genre. Most important of all though, is taking action. Most people get caught up with outfitting themselves with products that are highly overpriced, setting them behind. Be smart! You can get your music career going very quickly without breaking the bank.

I have seen some of the best never get out of the holes they create from themselves financially. I have also seen products hit the market that were overpriced and much too complicated to learn in a day. Studio costs are insane. If I could make beats online from the comfort of my own home without spending $100 per hour to record, I would. Wouldn't you? Now it is time to take action. Good luck.

Brendon Zahrndt is a music lover. He believes that the easiest, most cost effective way to get a music career going is to make beats online. He also believes in taking 'smart' action to get your career going.

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Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Caged Animal

Okay since this is my blog and I am the Hot Instrumentalist, I am rightfully allowed to vent.

I don't know what my problem is. I feel like a caged animal needing to get out and be free. I think I'm about to bite someone!!!

I gotta get some lyrics down on paper. I gotta get some beats put together. I gotta do sumpthin'.

There is an old parable in "The Good Book" aka The Bible that talks about the story of the 5 talents and how if you bury your talent it will be taken away from you. Now a talent in biblical days was a form of money but hey, its almost the same thing.

Our talents will bring us money... IF used correctly.

Its also been said as "use it or lose it".

So what I plan to do is take action. I'm going to have to do... something. Something besides my 12-hour J.O.B.

I must get outta tha cage!!!! NOW!!!!!!

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Continuing on My J Dilla Musicfest

I've been bumpin' Dilla pretty hard for the last few days. Today I listened to some Jaylib songs. Took me back for a minute too.

Dilla, we still noddin' our heads down here!

Nice joints! Should be required listening for any Hiphop beat maker.

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Independent Music Mind State Series Coming Soon!

After posting on my blog a few days ago and some of the responses I've gotten, I'm going to put together a series called Independent Music Mind State. This will be a series of articles, blogs, podcasts and videos dedicated to pointing out the benefits of being an independent musician and the mind frame needed to be successful.

Be on the look out....

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy B-Day J Dilla!!! Check out this Mega Mix of Dilla's Work

I came across this today. Ironically its J Dilla's birthday when I found it.

Check out this tribute to one of Hiphop's Greatest:


Long Live Dilla!!!

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Monday, February 8, 2010

Hiphoppa Super Producer J Dilla Lives On

Yo, I just wanted to big up my man J Dilla also known as Jay Dee (R.I.P.). It's been a few years since he passed away and I want to celebrate his life with so many other people around the globe.

This is for you Dilla!!! Donuts FOREVER!!!


Rock out to those 2 joints!

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Patti Labelle Salutes Queen Latifah at BET Honors

1st Photo: Queen Latifah (left) accepting BET Award from Taraji P. Henson
2nd Photo: Patti Labelle honoring Queen Latifah
Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images North America


I was flipping though the boob tube last night after a long day of work and I came across a classic scene.

I was right on time to see Queen Latifah be presented with the BET Honors Media Award. It was cool to see 3 awesome ladies present her with this award.

First was the beautiful and talented Taraji P. Henson. She was actually the presenter. She gave a nice speech and said some great things about Latifah.

Then Jasmine Sullivan sang a awesome tribute to Queen and I thought that was pretty cool.

I wasn't ready for the next artist though who is a Queen in her own way.

Yes, I'm talking about Patti Labelle. The one and only! She sang her hit song, "If Only You Knew" to Queen Latifah and it made me realize just how far Hiphop Kulture had progressed.

Now Patti is no stranger to working with Hiphop artists. She was probably one of the pioneering Soul singers to work with rappers. She worked with Big Daddy Kane on his "Prince of Darkness" album in the early 90's.

The fact is the Hiphop Kulture had been disregarded as the stepchild of the music industry for so many years by our elders.

"Its not going to last"
"Its a fad"
"Its not real music"

And so on...

To see Patti with all her grace showing so much love to Queen Latifah made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And Patti was lookin' good too!!!

At the end she did one of her signature microphone tricks that make all of her performances classic.

So congratulations Queen Latifah for all of your accomplishments and being blessing by a legendary songstress like Patti Labelle.

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Friday, February 5, 2010 Showcase Your Beats Online is a membership website built with the music producer or beat maker in mind. Members put their beats up to battle other members as well as can have their beats sold without having a merchant account, right online.

RocBattle's battling system fosters competition and when you have competition, you produce better beats.

The site allows helps you market your beats to customers. For a few dollars, you get a banner ad and customized mp3 player that you can place on other websites and blogs all across the net.

Site highlights: Battling system, networking with other producers, ability to post your beats for sale all over the Internet.

Props: Being one of the first automated battle websites, RocBattle has allowed a way for its members to make money as well as showcase their talents.

Wack Factor: I must be truthful. I have not used this site to its fullest. I do know however that some producers are making money through this site. You can look at the Top Selling Producers on their site and see for yourself. Alot of the top selling producers on RocBattle have their own independent websites that they sell beats through as well.

Basic membership is free but its only a few dollars a month to get an Exclusive Membership which will allow you to post more beats to upload and sell. They also give you marketing tools like banners that you can post on social networking sites, blogs, and other types of websites as well. All you need is a Paypal account and if you need one its simple to set up.

For any music producers looking to get some recognition and sales, RocBattle is definitely worth checking out.

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Systemize Your Music Business

We’re in the second month of 2010. Yes, I said it: the second month!

How are you coming with your New Year’s Resolutions? Even better than Resolutions…how about your GOALS?

I set some goals for 2010 and it’s been a crazy month so far. What I’ve learned and working to apply in my business is systems. Systemizing your business helps you put it on autopilot. Successful businesses are run by systems and those systems are run by people.

What is autopilot? It simply means your business runs without you, the owner, being there. Just let that sink in for a minute.

A true business is one where the owner doesn’t have to be there for it to operate. In fact, in some cases, the business will run better if the owner wasn’t there.

This is done by systemizing your business.

How do we apply this to the music industry?

Let’s say you are an artist who wants to start a label. You really don’t want to be a day-in, day-out businessman, you just want to write, record, and perform music.

You need a team of people around you to help you realize that vision. You need a personal manager, a business manager, and an entertainment attorney. You will also need a booking agent when booking shows gets to be too much for your personal manager.

These people help manage you as an artist. Now as far as your label is concerned, you are going to need to systemize recording your music as well as mixing and mastering it. Once you have that completed you need to find a good distributor.

In the meantime, while all this is going on, you still have to have a marketing division so that fans will know who you are.

The most successful artists have done this WELL! Look at artists like Jay Z & Ludacris who own labels but are still artist. They have their companies on autopilot. Another example would be the Rolling Stones. They have been in the game for years.

Even though they don’t own their record label, they still have their careers on autopilot. They only have to focus on recording and performing music. People are hired to run systems that do the other parts of the business.

Wouldn’t you like for your career to be like this too?

So how to we systemize?

Make a list of all the tasks it takes to operate your business. You really have to break your business down. In the food industry, McDonald’s is the perfect business model.

Actually, McDonald’s is the perfect business model for any industry.

The owner of a Mickey D’s franchise doesn’t have to work the register, cook the fries, flip the burgers, and work the drive-thru window. McDonald’s has its systems in place. When you buy a McDonald’s franchise, everything is already set up for you and anybody can operate it.

You should think of your business the same way. A good business system can be duplicated, packaged up, and sold.

It’s good to have an exit strategy as well for your business. At what point would you sell your business?

Jay Z and his partners built Roc-A-Fella Records from the ground up and sold it. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons did the same thing with Def Jam Recordings. These businesses were valuable because they were systemized.

Truly systemizing your business is the way to be financially free in the future because it frees up you time to do the things you really want to do.

There is a business saying that holds true and stands the test of time:

“Work on your business and not in it”.

This means delegate the mundane, time consuming tasks that need to happen but suck up all your time. You should be using your time to be creative and grow your business.

Start by brainstorming everything you want to do this week.

Pick the top three tasks so you won’t get overwhelming trying to systemize your whole business at one time.

Take those tasks and break them down step by step. From this list, you create a procedure manual anybody from off the street can pick up and implement to run that particular system in your business.

That’s how you know when your business is truly systemized.

Let’s Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist