Music Production

What Is Trap Music?

November 10, 2017
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If you’ve followed artists such as Young Jeezy, T.I., and Gucci Mane, you’ve heard the term “Trap” used often. Whether it was on Young Jeezy’s track, “Trap or Die”, T.I.’s sophomore ablum “Trap Muzik”, or on Gucci Mane’s mixtape, “Trap God”, the word “Trap” has been around for years in Hip Hop. So what is this recent buzz about type of music?

Over the past year, Trap music has become the fastest growing genre of music. The overall music production of this genre consists of elements taken from predominantly Down South Hip Hop, House and Dubstep. This new style of music has been making quite a buzz in the music industry with new producers, dj’s and artists popping up daily.

This pairing of EDM (electronic dance music) and Hip Hop has turned out to be quite the perfect match. Two genres that had previously been on completely different sides of the spectrum are now working together to bring a new energy and sound to the club scene. We now have Hip Hop producers/artists working with EDM producers creating an exciting new genre of music.

With this sudden surge of this style of production, we have been blessed to hear great new music from artists such as RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and Baauer. As with any new trend, we also have to filter out all the generic “Trap Remixes” and tracks that seem to flood websites such as Soundcloud on a daily basis. I’ve seen well known producers as well as bedroom producers make miserable attempts in creating Trap Music.

The question that now looms for Trap Music is whether it will have any longevity. Is this just another trend that will fade away? Does this genre of music have what it takes to last for years to come?

I feel that Trap Music has the potential to last. I feel this way based off the fact that the genre has roots in Hip Hop. Because of this, there are familiar sounds used in its production that can be recognized by even the newest listeners. Nightclubs are a good way to gauge any given genre of music. Dj’s will play music that keeps the energy levels high in nightclubs. Trap Music might be relatively new in the clubs, but many of the sounds used in its production come from Hip Hop tracks that have been playing in clubs for years.

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Music Production

Make Your Own Dance Music Online

November 10, 2017
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With the internet evolving all the time, it is quickly becoming easier for you to do things that you might not have ever dreamed possible. This includes the ability to make your own dance music online, that will have a packed club paying attention and waiting for your next hit.

This process begins with you finding a website that will connect you with the software you need. Online there are hundreds of websites that are devoted to helping you to make the strongest dance music possible. They just require that you do spend some time focusing on the progression of the track and ensure that it gets the heart pounding.

Audacity Is a Free, Open Source editor that you can use on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer. It really is a great tool for people that want`s to start making music online, and is beginner friendly.

The only problem i found with this free software is that one`s you have change the audio and don’t like it, you can not go back and tweak the composer or EQ again. You will have to start over, unless you get a paid tool that is. The tool will convert your finished song into MP3 format, which is not really that good, WAV is better if you want to send it to a producer, But it will help you learn how to make music online, and when you ready, go for a pro tool. Once you have selected between a couple different options, it will be time for you to look at the tutorials that they offer. The goal is going to be to get a deep understanding of how you can create your own dance music, while remaining in the confines of the software you are using.

Typically, these tutorials will touch on everything from the kinds of beats that can be found in dance music, to how you can take compression’s and supercharge the music that you are producing in the process. With the tutorial out of the way, you can then begin to flesh out a track and make it your own. Often, this starts by simply choosing your core instrument and then creating a small track sample. When you have the beat and general sound in place, you can begin to flesh out the song, so it comes across as fresh and vibrant. It will be important that you maintain the flow, for the best results possible.

For example, if you have a hard driven heavy dance beat, you wouldn’t suddenly change it to a ballad as the progression isn’t natural. Sound effects are going to be the next important element that your track is going to need, in order to be successful. Often, this will be tricks like compression in the music that gives it some depth and a life of its own.

Music Production

Have a Dance Music Video – Be a Self-Made Star

November 10, 2017
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With gyrating people, dizzying lights, and sexual suggestions, a dance music videos is absolutely a feast for both the auditory and visual senses. If you are an artist, perhaps you should release one as well!

You can be a self-made artist like Marie Digby (2 million hits on the channels) and Mia Rose (35 million hits), thanks to the popularity of YouTube and Me-Media in general. To shoot a dance music video, you simply need to mix your film making and dancing talents together.

People For Hire

When producing a music video, you have to go one step higher than home videos of yourself and your friends dancing to “Thriller”. The following are the people you must get:

  • The back-up dancers need to remain that way – back-up! They shouldn’t overshadow you. You are the video’s star, after all!
  • The choreographer needs to have new moves to contribute. He must also know how keep your expertise highlighted.
  • The director oversees everything. Pick him cautiously with his expertise and your budget in mind.
  • The cameraman should know his thing. After all, you want all your best shots captured!

Your dance music videos won’t be complete without these people. You can also get optional professionals such as a production designer and director of photography, depending on your budget. You can even get a choreographer who will also serve as back-up, or a director/cameraman in one. But it is impossible to do it all by your lonesome, so don’t even dream about it!

Your Video Shoot

Before you make the video, you have to create a storyboard with the whole concept of what you wish to achieve. Decide which factor you want focused on – your dance moves, or the special effects.

Do not be disheartened if you have to re-shoot scenes. The most famous artists go through this, too. This renders your online dance music video dance music videos as polished as possible.

Video Upload

When you are finally done, upload your video to YouTube. And while waiting for those hits to come, why not shoot another? Watch out, J.Lo!

Dj Life Music Production

UK Dance Music in the Early to Mid 90s

November 10, 2017
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A lot of the electronic house music was produced in Chicago over in the USA during the mid 1980’s. Producers and DJ’s introduced the genre in bars and clubs all over the UK and the rest of Europe by the mid and late 1980’s. The UK took house music, Acid house, Electronic Body Music (formed in Belgium) and created UK Hardcore. The Hardcore sound then incorporated sped up Hip Hop beats, piano strings, dub and sound samples that can only be described as cartoon like. Hardcore opened the door to other similar sounding genres like Happy Hardcore and jungle. Happy Hardcore sped up to between 160 BPM– 180 BPM and included piano and techno sound samples. Jungle set at around 150 BPM to 170 BPM to include Reggae vocalist artists and Reggae sound samples and lost the piano and Techno influence. You would now associate original hardcore with ‘Old Skool Hardcore‘ and a lot of popular songs are still being played out by DJ’s all over the world today in 2013.

By 1992 the Hardcore scene, or also known as the Rave scene was huge and rife all over the UK. Crowds of people in their thousands would flock in to empty warehouses and open land for illegal raves to take drugs and dance to hardcore for up to 10 hours at a time. Of Course there were legal raves such as the famous fantasia which started up 1991 and they in fact counted 30,000 people at One Step Beyond! This really was the beginning of the club and dance scene that we know so much about today. There were so many big name producers such as The Prodigy releasing ‘You Love’ back in 1991 which is one of the biggest dance tracks of all time. Various other big name British producers such as SL2 with ‘Way in my Brain’ and of course one of the most famous acts ‘The Ratpack’ with ‘Searchin’ for My Rizla” who really did bring Hip Hop in to the mix with their vocal and sound samples. Old Skool had become commercial and ‘Searchin for My Rizla’ went straight to number one beating massive acts such as Madonna and Kriss Kross to the number one spot in the charts. Most radio stations didn’t add ‘Searchin for my Rizla’ to their play-list as it was blatantly a song about taking drugs! When dance music finds its way in to the commercial scene it can sometimes mean the end of the underground scene where Hardcore was at the start of the 1990’s and this was evident with the release of Sesame Street – hardcore mix. This Old Skool sound and beat is timeless and still used in today’s dance songs and main steam pop records.

Music Production

How Independent Dance Artists Can Market Dance Music Online in Six Easy Steps

November 10, 2017
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The internet offers countless opportunities for dance artists to market dance music. Only a fraction of those opportunities, however, provide a significant return for the effort.

Knowing where and how to get the best return for your dollar and your time is the key to maximizing exposure and sales. Here are six ways to effectively market your dance music online:

1. Distribution. The first step in marketing music online is making it available for purchase. CD Baby offers one of the easiest, most comprehensive ways of distributing music online. Through their extensive partner network, this site allows everyone from absolute beginners to pros to sell their MP3s everywhere from iTunes to Facebook.

2. Search Engine Marketing. Getting a website online is another key step but not just any site will do. To be effective, a site should incorporate pages that are built around keywords that are commonly searched in the niche market being targeted. For a dance artist, the broadest niche would be “dance music”. This could be subdivided even further to “club music,” “house music,” “electronic dance music,” “electronica,” etc. Sitesell includes all the tools to research a niche market and build a site that organically targets people searching on relevant keywords.

3. Social Media. The biggest social media sites are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and MySpace. Set up artist pages on the sites that are most heavily used by your target market. For music fans, this would likely be Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. Interact with fans on these sites, engage them, and share news of interest. Posts links to the main website and other social media sites.

4. Press Releases. Thanks to the internet, news releases are no longer just for journalists. They can now be used to reach fans directly with news of an upcoming single or show. Find good reasons to send them all the time to keep fans engaged. Use keyword rich copy and link back to the website.

5. Blogging. A blog is a great place to post ideas big and small. Engage fans by commenting on music news of the day, posting career updates, telling insider stories, and sharing photos, videos, and songs. Focus on the dance music niche and label posts with appropriate keywords.

6. Video. Videos are powerful tools for promoting music. YouTube is now the internet’s second most used search engine after Google. Posting to YouTube and other video sharing sites will expose your videos to millions of users. Tag videos using niche relevant keywords for maximum exposure and link directly to your website from the description.

Music Production

Ballroom Dance Music – Not Just for Dancing

November 10, 2017
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Ballroom dance music has become popular not only for dancing to, but also as a form of musical entertainment. Great for a relaxing evening at home with a glass of wine, or a night of lively beats at the local pub, the tunes have become a large part of American and European culture and entertainment.  As a result, ballroom dance music can be heard just about everywhere, most often without even realizing that that’s what you’re hearing.

Popular artists are contributing very heavily to the selection of the genre that is available today. The traditional crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett are still great choices for a lot of the traditional styles of dancing like the Foxtrot. They are now being joined by present artists such as Michael Buble, whose music is used most often for the Rhumba or ChaCha. Even songs by Madonna, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera are great for dancing the Jive, not to mention listening to as you are driving down the street or stuck in traffic. This sport has come a long way since the standard classical compositions were considered a standard requirement.

Ballroom dance music in the past was mostly a choice between one classical composition or another. Prior to the 1900’s most dancing music was specially commissioned by Royal courts or high society to be played by their own private musicians or orchestras for special balls and gatherings. Of course, this is what we would now consider to be songs that fit into the classical genre, but back then, they were brand new and very popular in social circles. Some tunes were even played softly in the background by just a few instruments as a sort of background music for card playing or luncheons, much like out elevator or ‘on hold’ telephone music is today, although the music back then was probably not as annoying when a tune got stuck in your head. The music served not only as tunes to dance to, but also to brighten an environment.

This genre can be found in several different places and quite easily these days for those who are looking for it. Finding some great danceable and relaxing tunes can be as easy as turning on your computer. A lot of dancing music and information sites also have free downloads of classical, as well as popular and current hits. For new releases, iTunes is a great place to purchase the ballroom dance music that you might be looking for. Of course, you can always simply turn on your radio to find some tunes to dance to or to brighten your mood.

Discover ballroom dancing with helpful videos, articles, and and more at: ballroom dancing fun [http://www.ballroomdancingfun.com]. If you’re interested in dancing lessons, this section will definitely help you to decide on the ballroom dancing lessons that are best for you… so you get the most fun from time.