First Annual Legends Beyond Gala: Music & Moguls

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First Annual Legends Beyond Gala: Music & Moguls

Please join us for an incredible evening, wherever you may come from. Visit http://www.legendsbeyond.com for more information and ticket sales.

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MUSICIAN, WRITER, AND PRODUCER LAUNCHES NEW FILM INSPIRED WEBSITE, ‘THE LONDON TAYLOR EXPERIENCE’

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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R&B MUSICIAN, WRITER, AND PRODUCER LONDON TAYLOR LAUNCHES NEW FILM INSPIRED WEBSITE,

‘THE LONDON TAYLOR EXPERIENCE’

JUNE 11, 2013 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – London Taylor, a popular recording artist, writer, and producer is pleased to announce the launch of his newly redesigned website, http://www.londontaylormusic.com in conjunction with Sinematic Music. The London Taylor Experience is devoted to providing entertainment fans with a long form cinematic music experience. This was a passion project for Taylor with an all-star web team led by Two Lions Media.

http://www.londontaylormusic.com has an innovative design that reflects Taylor’s mission to provide fans with creative freedom through film, music and entertainment. After receiving wide praise for his music video, “No Panties” feat. Nicole Murphy, he has a distinct vision to produce music videos in the form of an actual film. He shows seventeen “mini-series” that combine in to one cinematic music video. Sinematic Music visually connects the listener to Taylor’s music through film based on authentic real-life experiences.  All of the videos are a direct creation of Taylor’s inspired vision that leads as a trend in the industry and will create an innovative movement among other artists. For most people, music is an essential part of everyday life.  Music can deliver vital information, just as the news does.  Since people are adapted to a rich universe of offline sound, it’s important that the digital user experiences should mirror this same familiarity.  The site will feature live streaming performances, tour announcements, as well as the ability to unite with his strong connections in fashion through an e-commerce component.

In conjunction to the website, Taylor plans to launch an app that will allow fans to connect with him and the London Taylor Experience on the go from their mobile device.  The app will keep fans up to date through push notifications delivered to their mobile devices in order for them to stay connected to him and his every day life with new music, live streams, as well as fashion updates.

“The whole process has been interesting and I hope that this new site will give my fans a new perspective of my artistic process musically. I’m a strong believer in working hard on the things you love, and seeing where it lands you. I feel that at this point, if you’re not doing movie music, you might as well not be doing music.  This is the next level of innovation where music is going.” –London Taylor

About London Taylor

Raised in Houston, TX, London Taylor is of Puerto Rican and black descent who began his music career at just 7 years old when he wrote his first song.  He soon discovered a desire to pursue his passion, and began writing and producing songs.  He plans on releasing a brand new single through the London Taylor Experience in the very near future.

For further information, or for interview requests please contact Courtney Manlove at (818) 253-4060 or courtney@cre8tiveimpact.co

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Sleeping With Fate – Full Movie

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This is a full-edited cut of “Sleeping With Fate,” a film starring and co-produced by my good friend Vonn Harris (click for his Facebook Page) back when he lived in Baltimore. Being his breakout film, he also starred in Razorblade City, which soon was being sold all over the globe. Since this film, he has appeared in films and television shows like “Girls,” “Lincoln,” “Tower Heist,” and “America’s Most Wanted.”

Feel free to watch and share the clip to show your support of the arts community and the talent we enjoy to see make their way to the top. I enjoy seeing people do what they love, even when the budgets are low. It goes to show that you can be creative in any situation to reach your goals.

DISCLAIMER: May not be suitable for all audiences due to language and content

Staying Relevant in Music Through Content

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The modern paradigm is here today, gone tomorrow. When what you want to do is stay in the public eye, in people’s minds, you don’t want to be forgotten. That is why the traditional album format could be working against you if that’s where your focus still lays.  If you’re an itinerant musician and you want something to sell at shows, a CD is the easiest route, but certainly not the most modern approach.

There’s just too much information today in the music industry. And no matter how big of a story you have, you can be trumped by somebody else or just plowed under by the detritus coming down the pike. Your album is in the rearview mirror only moments after it’s been released unless you keep it relevant. You have to create constantly now. That’s the only way you can stay in the public eye.

Look at the public. It used to be that the mail came once a day, you got it when you arrived home at the end of the day. Then, you could only check e-mail with a wired connection through your AOL. Now, you go to dinner and everybody’s on their phone, constantly. They just cannot stand being disconnected.

But that’s what many musicians are today, disconnected from their audience. Your fans are not tweeting about your latest release, because it was most likely months ago!

It’s almost like you’re making a movie. Right when a film has been playing in the theaters for a week or two, it’s gone and on it’s way to Redbox!

But let’s forget about the movie business, which is challenged so greatly and doesn’t realize it quite yet. Let’s focus on music. The number one thing a fan wants is more music by his favorite act. But rather than deliver said music, today’s bands put out an album and then lay low for a few years, while their functionaries try to convince everybody who doesn’t care that they should. Forget about the new audience, focus on the old. The old will sell you to the new. If you satiate them.

And the way you do this is via new music. But it’s not only music. It’s connection.

You’re better off answering e-mail, responding on Facebook, making news on Twitter. There’s no thrill like getting a Twitter response from your hero. You tell everybody you know. Virility is rampant. Forget the newspaper, that’s where news goes to die, it’s there last. News is for today, tomorrow is for brand new news.  It’s not the media’s job to keep you in the public eye, it’s yours!

Soon, there’s not going to be anywhere for you to buy a CD. The world has already started the transition to streaming. There’s nothing you can do about it other than make phenomenal music. We live in a direct to consumer society.  Amazon, Google, and Apple already know it and are adapting to be able to react quickly. Some musicians unfortunately don’t know it yet. They want someone else to do the work for them. They don’t want to take risks, they don’t want to fail, they don’t want to try new ways. The new way is your bond between you and your fans. If he or she doesn’t think you’re living in their house, you’re doing it wrong.

Throwback Thursday Music

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I remember this song was always on repeat when I was younger.  This was the first “love song” I thought was the greatest.  It’s also the first song that made me fall in love with Ja Rule’s voice.  I had to post this to give him a strange congrats for recently being released from jail.  Come on Ja, stay straight and make some more music!

 

Ja Rule – Always On Time ft. Ashanti – YouTube.

Rules of the Stage for Live Performance Musicians

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Independent bands play countless shows in small venues with local promoters and club owners. Communication, respect and networking are essential for getting the most out of every gig. Gaining new fans, establishing relationships and executing an amazing show, that not only sounds, but runs smoothly, is your mission.

When you get to the gig, prep for your performance, get on and off the stage, keep in mind these rules, and seize the opportunity you’ve been given. Remember we’re all in this together.

1. Survey & Prep.

When you first arrive at the gig, find your contact, establish the load in door, equipment & merch areas. Sometimes, when the stage is big enough, back lining your guitar cabs can come in handy. Most of the time there’s a pre staging area where all the bands’ gear can congregate in order of each performance slot.

Once you’ve completed your load in, start putting together any rigs and equipment that you can. Remember, the quicker you get on stage, the more time you’ll have for sound check, and assembling your sets pre show can save you a ton of time.

Now introduce your group to the sound team, learn their name, be cool because he’s/she’s your everything once you hit that stage. Nothing worse than pissing the guy off before the lights even go down. Remember, they’re the last line of defense between a great sounding show and a terrible one. After you’ve loaded in, prepped as much as you can and met with front of house sound, settle into your merch area and start networking.

2. Coordinate Stage Set Up (if playing with other bands.)

It’s go time, the band before you plays the last note, sound guy flips his iPod on and you begin your stage loading. With all the preparation from prep, you might even have time to help the band before you move things off the stage. Remember, they just played a rough set, so help them out.

Now, try and work as a chain. Help your drummer on, after all he most likely will have quite a few pieces. Singers, help your guitar players. Guitars, have all your effects pedals together, maybe even on a board all wired up; get on that stage, ready to go, as fast as you can. 

Help the stage hands out with any mic placement, number of vocals, anything you can do to make the set up move as quickly as it can. Having a printed out stage plot can’t hurt either. Don’t forget, the sound & light engineers are working all night, every band, make their life a little easier, it’s not just about you.

3. Get a Proper Soundcheck.

Granted, sometimes in the mad dash of getting on stage the time for a “proper” soundcheck isn’t always there and at times, there are occasional show delays. However, you should have plenty of time to get your stage sound where you need it to be. Singers, command the stage. Make sure anyone that doesn’t have a mic to talk back to FOH (or if you’re privileged enough to have a monitor engineer) gets what they need. Communicate for them if you have to. Then play a few bars of a tune, get the feel for what it’s gonna actually be like and clearly relay your requests.

Sometimes it has to be done, but try your best to refrain from monitor adjustment requests after your performance has begun. The crowds hate it, unless of course you have a monitor engineer off stage that you can communicate to without the crowd knowing. 

4. Engage, Execute, Entertain.

During your time on that stage, sometimes more, sometimes less, every second counts. Enjoy it! Bask in the feeling and reflect that energy back to the audience. No matter how difficult it is, if there’s 1 or 1,000 people there, perform like it’s your last. If you’re having the time of your life, so will the crowd. After all, everyone is there for live entertainment. Treat it as such.

Frontmen / women, take note of all bands performing, so you can give shout outs, and if your gonna do it, do it for everyone. Nothing looks worse than to call out just a couple while leaving the other bands out. Have some grasp on the show you’re a part of.

Now “GO Ham” as some of my artists would say. You’re there to entertain!

5. Get Off the stage!

You’re done, it’s over, you’ve finished your set. Now GET OFF THE STAGE. There is nothing worse and I mean nothing! than dinking around on the stage once you’ve completed your set. Drummers, don’t start tearing down your stands and slowly putting away your cymbals one by one. Guitarists, you don’t need to wind up all your precious cables while neatly placing them in your cases. NO! Just get your gear off of that stage, and do it NOW! Remember, you’ve got another band anxiously waiting for there stage time and the clock is ticking away at their soundcheck window of opportunity. There’s PLENTY of time after you get off the stage to neatly teardown and put away your gear.

While there’s a lot more that goes into a show, by following these simple rules, you can truly get the very most out of every gig you play, while being respectful to all the other musicians trying for a successful night as well. We’re ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, let’s act like it