Producers and Beatmakers worldwide are finding out how hard it is to promote their music online.
There are only a handful of blog outlets available for beatmakers. The niche is super saturated with people fighting for attention.
Producers can try to stand out on Reddit, Stumbleupon or even SoundCloud but it is a slow process and it requires patience.
If you truly want to get your music in front of a targeted audience you have to flock to where they are at. Audiovisual blogs, like the ones listed below will help you get your name out there.
I originally thought about compiling a list for beatmakers after frequenting the bigger audiovisual blogs (think Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need, Heed The Sound, Délicieuse Musique and countless others) and finding small remnants of instrumentality.
Below I have carefully compiled a list of YouTube channles for Beatmakers. I wrote this with instrumental hip-hoppers in mind (boom-bap, jazz hop, chill hop, trip-hop, etc beatmakers).
Beats & Culture
Beats & Potes
Dealer De Musique
Dope and Bagels
Le Sons des Chefs
Never skip the intro
S(w)ingin' In The Rain
Wave of Good Noise
If I missed any channels, please let me know in the comments section below.
Image Credit: Robin Velghe
I wanted to put together a simple resource for those that handle blog submissions. Finding out what sites post your content is vital to your success as an artist.
There are tons of hip-hop blogs available for artists that crave blog coverage. It seems like a new blog pops up every week.
The process of submitting music to these outlets is very stressful. I have spent hours upon hours searching for email addresses.
I know how it feels to email people and not get a response but I also know how it feels to receive an email with a post link.
The simple Excel tracking sheet includes the Post Day, the Name of the Blog and the Posted Link. You can access the Excel file by clicking the Download Now image below. Enjoy.
If you find this resource to be helpful, please share it. Knowledge reigns supreme here. The goal is to make your job easier not stress you out.
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Music is strong and very emotional. Sometimes in life you will come across a creative being that is truly blessed. Box of Wolves is a talented graphic designer, UIX designer and musician that resides in Canada. This productive beatsmith yearns to create music that encompasses his mood. The transferable magic that he creates resonates with his growing audience. Check out the interview with the prolific genius below.
First and foremost, where did your name, Box of Wolves, come from?
Actually, it was username/moniker I went with when I first created by Soundcloud account back in 2011. It was meant to to an alias for uploading monthly mixes for my music blog (thevenomblog.com). Soon after I started uploading my original work and decided to stick with the moniker.
So doing my research I notice that your music is classified as Chillwave, Synthwave, Nu Disco. Would you mind sharing your influences with the masses?
Well first and foremost, I really love music and I'm into everything except country. When I listen to a song or an artist and I really like what I hear, that's all that matters to me. Listening to music in a more critical perspective is how I determine this. Songwriting, style, elements used, rhythm, you know, all that stuff. But when I work on my own music I like to give off a feel good/nostalgic vibe most of the time. I'm a 90s kid and I've always had a weakness for summer beachside or poolside music (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime", or even Queen Latifah - "Weekend Love"). Now while that nostalgic feel is what I visualize, but in terms of style I'm very influenced by artists like Washed Out, Goldroom.
I really like the Goldroom - "Till Sunrise" premix that you did. What inspired you to remix the track?
Thanks! Goldroom released the vocal stems of the track 2 weeks before the actual song was released to see what people can come up with without hearing the original hence the "Premix". I really loved the vocals and I thought I could definitely do something with it as if it were my own track and based on the lyrics I knew the song was meant to have a summer sunset vibe. So that is what I did. I constructed my elements around the vocals like I normally do with my own songs so it doesn't feel like just another remix, but a song of it's own. There's no rule that says a remix has to be dance or super altered to be different from the original.
You are a creative being that also excels at graphic design. I notice that you use Fiverr as well. Describe the joy associated with creating artwork for customers?
It's quite amazing really. Doing that gig thought a lot of thing about myself. The way I view myself creatively and managing my time between working full-time as a software designer, doing music, fiverr and my personal life. I didn't think I'd be able to handle it all without being stressed or running out of ideas or creative juice, but I did. As of yesterday, I have completed 801 covers on fiverr. I think that's quite an achievement for something only meant to be a hobby. I get more experienced with every cover I design, both in skill or creativity. It's also given me the opportunity to work with some really great up and comers.
Music is a powerful medium that has a huge impact on one's mood. A lot of your work is instrumental and void of vocals. How do you speak through your music?
And that's what I'm trying to achieve. Being able to put the listener in that nostalgic state with my music. Sometimes you can achieve that with the composition of your sound. It does not have to be complex or over produced. I'm more visual with my music. That being said, my 2 most recent official single have vocals but that's because they work with what I have composed, not because I have to in order to get a complete track out. To me, mood and visuals and vibe is everything.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview UK beatmaker Cypria. Cypria talks about his latest release Broken Dream Boulevard, being a record label owner and shares 5 tips for marketing an instrumental hip hop release. Check out the interview below and follow Cypria on Twitter.
Recently you released Broken Dream Boulevard. How does this project differ from your previous projects?
Broken Dream Boulevard is definitely a little darker than my previous stuff. I mean, my stuff has always been really soulful and upbeat but for this one I wanted to show people the diversity in my beats. I can make the uplifting soulful stuff, I can take a darker sample and flip it and I can also sample jazz and make that sound dope.
During the process of putting the EP together I was listening to less hip-hop and playing stuff like Marvin Gaye, Sly & The Family Stone, D'Angelo ect, and I think that meant I wasn't tangled up in what other producers were doing and that's why the project sounds so different.
The process of releasing music is very stressful. Some artists judge success by sales, while some artists judge success by fans acquired or reach. How does Cypria judge success?
I don't really care too much about sales at the moment I just want to reach people. To me, the best way of judging success is by listening to what people are saying about your stuff. The Sunday Soul Sessions was by far my most successful project so far in terms of how many downloads/plays it got, but it was the things people were saying about it that really gave me a feeling of accomplishment. With Broken Dream Boulevard the comments I've got off people so far have been amazing, which is great because to me it's my best material yet.
The instrumental market is saturated with beatmakers. How do you remain sane given the amount of healthy competition?
Honestly I don't really worry too much about the competition. I mean in the last couple of years I've noticed it's harder to get music recognized because of how many people are doing it now, but I think the main advantage that I have is my originality. That's 100% the most important thing to me, in the past I've been compared to people like Apollo Brown or 9th Wonder on occasion, but I honestly believe that there's nobody else out there that sounds like me. I'm self taught and I've spent a lot of time working on my sound and that's why I think people hear my music and can recognize that I made it.
Some may not be aware but you are the founder of Lunatick Records. How do you balance the artist and record owner dynamic?
That's right, it is actually very difficult to balance the two at the moment. I recently graduated university, I DJ a few nights a week in local clubs and I'm working on trying to build a career in journalism. So between all that I barely have time to make music or run the record label.
I think the most important thing I've learnt is not to overwhelm myself. It's OK to kick back and watch a movie every now and again instead of worrying about my music or the next release the label has. You've got to find balance if you want to do a lot, and time management is absolutely key.
Would you mind sharing 5 tips for marketing an instrumental hip-hop release?
1. Have a signature sound.
2. Find a great team to help you out.
3. Think about what makes you stand out, it's not just your music.
4. Write a plan. Without a plan you plan to fail.
5. Be relentless. You better be prepared to work hard if you're going to be a success as an independent artist.