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Is Technology ONLY for White Folks?
I realize that this isn't really true, but sometimes I wonder?
Today as I sit here as 2012 is quickly turning into 2013, we are surrounded by all kinds of technology at our disposal, I won't go thru the entire litany, you all know the deal, but I would like to share with you a few observations, that lead me to ask the question...
--Today it is quite possible with a minimal hardware/software investment, for talented individuals to create high quality recordings, without financial investors or record labels. Yet I see people advertising (not really they are begging people online for money using sites like "kickstarter") claiming that they need to raise money otherwise they won't be able to create a recording. This is nothing short of a bold faced lie, because with the recording equipment that they have right in their own homes all they need do is "hit the record button," and I am often tempted to report people I see doing this to the Better Business Bureau. These people DO NOT need one stinking cent of YOUR money in order to make a recording.
--I log into Facebook and each time I do I get dozens of messages from artists begging me to "like" them. The mere fact that someone has to "beg" me to like their music will guarantee that I am not going to like their music, but it is also a guarantee that I won't even listen to their music. I figure that if someone has to "beg" you like "like" their music that is a pretty big clue that their music is no damn good.
I think that artists should focus on the following:
1. Create great music, and fully utilize the available technology to record in as cost efficient manner as possible.
2. Use the technology (YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Online Radio, Their own website, etc.) as a cost efficient distribution mechanism for their recordings, and use these mechanisms to release new music as often as possible (weekly?....yeah, just like James Brown used to!!!)
3. Do as many live shows as possible, and put them online as either live or recorded streams, to let their fans around the country & the world, know that they sounds just as great live as they do on their recordings.
4. Use the technology to solicit honest feedback from their fans on the quality of the music they create, to publish that feedback and react to what their fans are telling them about the quality of the music & then release more music, based on that feedback.
--While at the same time I see many Black artists using the technology to either beg people for money online or to beg them to "like" them.
To me that doesn't seem like a "winning gameplan," for those Black artists?
Anyhow.....the reason why I am making these observations at this time is because I want to point out some Black folks right here on Soul-Patrol.com who IMHO are making good use of the technology available to them.
They are doing a live "Sounds of Philadelphia" concert in Chicago this week and they will also be simulcasting that concert both live and via replay right here on the internet, for your viewing/listening pleasure.
It looks to me like a pretty cool partnership between the concert promoter, the artists and the internet uplink/downlink provider (all members of Soul-Patrol.com) Naturally I am quite pleased to give you a link where you can sign up to view the concert here online
My hope is that you will check this concert out online and that over time we will begin to see many more artists taking advantage of the technology in this manner to distribute their work. It's cost effective and nobody has to beg for either money or for someone to "like them."
You can scroll down and get some more info about the concert itself and if you do check it out be sure to let me know what cha think of the performances during the show.
Oh and if you know someone who would appreciate knowing that there are a few Black folks out there who are taking advantage of the technology in a positive manner, be sure to let them know about the link above as well.
Thanks on advance...
Press Release: Sounds of Philly Live Stream Tour, From The Windy City of Chicago Featuring The Original Blue Notes Revue
I like this. I like this a whole lot. In fact I would say that this is a much better use of your money than any of the hundreds of "kickstarter campaigns" that flood my inbox on a daily basis.
--Here is a case where someone has put together something of value (a live concert) that you can attend (if you are in the Chicago area) or if you aren't in the Chicago area, you can participate in the concert experience live (via the internet.)
--The folks who are behind the event are all members of Soul-Patrol.com (the artists, the promoters, even the uplink/downlink provider.)
--It's going to be taking place at an iconic Black History venue (Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago.)
--You could even give this away as a Christmas present to someone, who digs the music who lives anywhere. (hint)
Take a look and let me know what cha think? I'll be sending this out and trying to make as many people aware of this event as possible all month. If you feel so inclined.
I would ask you to do the same as well.
The end of the year concert brought to you by Wilkes Productions and Divergent Music Group have partnered with Turner Online Presents to live stream the end of the year show for "Sounds Of Philly" coming to Chicago Harold Washington Cultural Center, starring one of the most successful R&B /Soul groups of our time the Blue Notes Revue singing their all time greats "If you don't know me by now", "The love I lost", "Wake up everybody", "Bad luck" and many more of your favorite hits. http://bit.ly/T85ip2
If you are moved by music, music, music and enjoy live shows then, this is the concert you've been waiting for. Divergent Music Group and Wilkes Productions have teamed up for this presentation. They've already brought you artists like DaQuan, Herricane, Aundriel Dawkins and Destinee Maree Now they are bringing the legendary Blue Notes. Live stream will be telecast from http://bit.ly/T85ip2 where you will be granted back stage access and impromptu interviews of the stars for the night for just $9.99. http://bit.ly/T85ip2
If you can't attend this concert because of location, that's not a problem. This concert will be live streamed for everyone to watch in the comforts of your homes! @ http://bit.ly/T85ip2
--Co-starring Destinee Maree - performed at the Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards in Las Vegas, NV
--Also Chicago's own William "Steel Bill" Payton and the Soultry Men of Soul
--The beautiful voice of Brittney Mone' singing your favorites
--Also from Chicago, Tracee Adams and just added The Funk Brothers from Motown
EOS Expressions of Soul Band
On Saturday December 29th, 2012 live show starts at 7PM
Live stream may be purchased in advance at http://bit.ly/T85ip2 for just $9.99
Tickets to attend the show can also be purchased at http://soundsofphilly.eventbrite.com/#
The concert is sponsored by Wilkes Productions and Divergent Music Group
Look for future endeavors from the artists who have worked with producers such as Clarence Brown & Dennis Atkinson of Mastamindz Productions, DOEBOY, the winner of the IStandard producer showcase, Grammy-winning team of David Frangioni, Jon Secada, Mark Hudson, Lucas Prata, and Rudy Perez
This tour and more will be an ongoing event for all to see and hear. We will be bringing future shows to you in all regions of the world, with varying artists. We want you to decide where!
Also, watch for the anticipated debut of the Got Skillz event! This will catapult the careers of talented singers, models, dancers, and more! Will it be coming soon to your state? Find out by contacting us at the following:
Official website: http://www.divergentmusic.net
NOTE: Angelica Joni will not be appearing
Email: Info@ DiVergentMusic.net
Copyright © 2012 DiVergent Music Group/Wilkes Productions
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