Earwaxx Sessions week 14 Channel Zero and Horror Fam
words by Drew Spence
The energizer showcase keeps showing and we like who shows up
In a previous post [Located here] I went in to detail about why it is important to put rappers over your music- more important than trying to sell a beat to someone you don’t know for chump change. Working on a career starts with working in the field you have an interest in. It’s an old saying (maybe not that old since I stole it from Griffin Avid) that
“Whatever you want to do for money, you will first do for free.”
It’s a simple truth that you cannot claim to do something, and even be good at something you have never done. But that’s what we, as hobbyists, do too often. We say we are producers– yet we haven’t produced anything or anyone. Moving on from semantics and word-definitions we touch the reality of your resume.
Presume to resume from you resume
You can create a nice logo or banner for your website. You can write a nice bio that tells the world how great you are. What counts is what you can do. What you can do is backed up by what you have done. What you have done is what ends up on your resume. Yes, before you get a career, you get the job. Before you get the job, you’ve shown an ability to do the job. That’s your portfolio. That’s your catalog. That’s the show your work part of the answer.
The Waxx Museum to see them
Last night was week 14 of the ongoing showcase Earwaxx Sessions. [Read the opening blog post here]. The line up included a hard-rocking metal band called Go Deep and the rap collective Horror Fam as Channel Zero and Swerve Boyz. Horror Fam is a deep roster of artists that center in Amityville New York. I came across them a few years ago by their manager and mentor Bone. They have dropped numerous mixtapes, videos and pretty much rock out as an army.
The forming up formula
They also figured it out. – How to crowd the stage with friends and fam, but make it work by everyone knowing the songs and performing as one mass. That energy translates to the crowd and they put on an awesome show. The Earwaxx Sessions continues to be a party that we are all invited to. More than that, they have become a community conscious organization that puts on food drives for the holidays. They have been featured in the paper (Long Island’s Newsday) and the their sponsor list continues to grow week by week. Connect and get involved here.
Connecting the Dots….
So how does this all relate? After their show, while they were making their way through the crowd. One of the artists said ~ You know we did some of them songs at your studio right? Yeah, I was reminded that I have done something– that I am connected to a large body of artists that are putting in work. It’s really all the stuff I’ve done before that makes the doings of tomorrow easier. That why I say Pursue a place and be patient for a paycheck. No one wants to pay for potential or possibilities. The current state of the industry is Risk Management. No development, no investing, no betting or hoping that someone pans out. You need to think the same way and start your journey today. Get involved with your local talent and be a part of what’s happening. For Long Islanders, Earwaxx Sessions is a perfect launch point and networking system. Find your resource and become a resource.
You can catch the vid bits on the Earwaxx Instagram
and some clips @ the DynamicaMusic instgram page
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Krudmart Grand Re-Opening with Craig G and Buckshot
Producer’s Edge digital was invited to the Krudmart (@Krudmart) Grand Re-Opening hosted by Buckshot (@Buckshot) with special guest star Craig G (@MC_Craig_G). The Krudmart event took place in the Setauket location in Long Island NY. Craig G, the golden age rap master, with classic records like “Droppin’ Science” and “The Symphony” was there to meet and greet and explain why he’s in full support of an independent footwear movement. Buckshot broke the line down and explained why we need more options for gear-wear and how important expressing your own individuality can be.
Big Earth, a store owner and independent retailer has made the boutique experience affordable and accessible with a cultural center that doubles as a sneaker store. DJ Cut Supreme (@cutsupreme) was on hand and handy behind the decks keeping the Boom Bap on tap. He was joined later by Craig G’s tour DJ, Callie Ban, who utilized his style of blending the classics with the original records that were sampled.
Big Earth stepped up his hosting game by getting free pizza and drinks and after sundown we went a block down to the Country Bar (ignore the name for now) to see Buckshot and Craig G perform some of their biggest hits. You can imagine what happened when “Who Got Da Props” came on. Craig G went in and covered every inch of the bar with his energetic set and even went freestyle, rhyming about the people at the bar. All in all, it was a solid event and I have Krudmart bookmarked as a place to up your style at. You should bookmark them too. http://krudmart.com/
EarWaxx Sessions Week 4 recap
Going…going…STRONG! And a legend surprises all.
words by Drew Spence
I would never say that I hate on something, but I am a skeptic. I mean, when news about the EarWaxxSessions first hit my Editor’s desk I said “Every damn week?! These kids crazy. It’s Long Island; you can’t get kids offa that couch and outta that house EVERY week. Nah, son, they need to do this joint monthly.” I was wrong and I can admit it.
Crowd still strong? Yes.
Still enthusiastic? Yes.
Still well-organized and starting on time? Yes.
Tight Acts? Yessir
So, now that I see this engine has got no quits in it, let’s recap, rewind and reflect on week 4 for Long Island’s freshest artist/producer/talent showcase. The night opens with hosts @ChadLaw & @Rah_licious welcoming the crowd at exactly 10pm. [Yep, they be starting on time] After a few barbs and well-deserved attention to the lovely Rah_licious, ChadLaw brought out Fallout Shelter for the opening producer showcase part. Conflict of interest aside (ahem), it was a live hybrid-set of beats, bumpers and skits. The energy of rap arrived right after as Keez, YRA, CASTLE HEAD and the crowd that is Frank Buick by himself, tore up the stage. Shaun Sutton got the ladies going with some sultry R&B. A.T.E BOYZ and AMA rounded things off before a surprise appearance by rap veteran and Juice Crew member Craig-G dropped his science for a new generation that’s more trappy than backpacky. It was an angry old man showing showmanship and why you still want a few veterans active in every war. Now that they’ve added guest appearances to the mix, there’s no telling what you’ll get next week.
Why should you care?
Every artist and entertainer needs a place to show out and the EarWaxxSessions is providing a dope atmosphere by having a dope crowd assemble to enjoy and support good music. If you was thinking of doing it, get it together and do it there. Finally, we have a growing spot that combines generations, genres and future greats. Make Tuesday more than the day that follows Monday. They have.
Born-on-date a little early? Don’t know as much about hip hop as you should? Read into the history and career of rap veteran Craig G. There’s a lot more than the legendary verse on Marley Marl’s posse cut “The Symphony” and his own rap classic “Dropping Science”. Oh and if you are a fan of those battle rap leagues, this guy was doing it when it was raw.
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EAR WAX SESSIONS
Talent on display in a new weekly showcase
Artist/Producer Showcase & Open Mic
The Challenge: Bring together a whole host of talented folks, put their gifts on display and watch the networking and sharing begin. Create a music scene on the disconnected island where quality connects can collect.
The Clear Choice: Every Tuesday going forward, you bring yourself down to the Amityville Music Hall. Take part and be a part.
Who’s Doing the Damn Thing?
Alex Yake taps MSFTZ Ent and brings together a huge cast of talent. The event was run by hosts: the engaging frontman @Chad_Law and the sexy and stylish @Rah_Licious. DJ Shuttle kept the tunes on point with a mix of today’s hottest joints and some popular classics. Wristbands were bandied about so all ages were welcome at the watering hole.
So what’s it like inside?
The Amityville Music Center is like a slice of Manhattan. You know what happens when you wander down any side avenue of the culturally rich east side and pop your head in a funky bar. The crowd is mixed in mind, but matched in mutual love for all things musical. You’ll get that here, at the AMC. It’s a long bar with a dance floor and stage. There’s an outdoor patio to cool out, cool off and chop it up with your new friends. There are vendor stations where you could peep some fly dresses for your missus by Claudana Designs. [if you was drooling over hostess Rah_Licious in that white joint, yeah Claudana did that] There were tables with slick tees from Brand Rockstar, Dinner Land and I Seen Thos. There was also a huge table in the back with numerous business cards.
From freestyle to fashion, the Ear Wax Sessions delivers front and center.
The night started off with the producer showcase as Mike Marshian played his bangas followed by beats_by_lawrence who did a live show, manipulating his music via controller. A few crowd cyphers broke out and yeah, beats is in the building. The performance section started strong with Civil Satellite and ending just as strongly with a set by One Take Carter. Afterwards, the open mic section, where events usually fall off, was thankfully populated with artists worthy of attention. So all in all, it was a great night of music and entertainment. Bookmark your Tuesday nights for the Ear Wax Sessions.
So yeah, as we sit around the campfire and wonder what it would take to change the dire direction of music and return Long Island to a launching point for talent…the Ear Wax Sessions says ‘bring it’. And you should do just that. Bring yourself for the pure enjoyment of talent. Bring yourself to share your work and passion. Bring yourself to perform in front of a supportive crowd. Bring yourself to network and tap into undiscovered resources. Bring yourself to be part of Long Island’s best showcase for talent.
As Local as Local News Gets
What’s the point? Well, this is the kind of event that’s needed locally to connect artists to a supportive network. There are lots of places that do not have an active music scene or any engine in place to develop and push talent. This event and these kinds of showcases are vitally important for the future of our art. Supporting the arts is supporting yourself. Git down, come on down.
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The Cop Shop has been one of hip hop’s staple in Long Island in the 2000′s. Weekly in store events, autograph signings, you name it, the Cop Shop had it. Sadly in 2009, they closed its doors. Luckily for us, Eddie has decided to throw an event to bring it all back for one night only. I hope all of you can make it because i sure will be there. For more information head over to their Facebook page.
D.A. The Future is Now!
Rapper turns front man and wins In the Groove’s Battle of the Bands.
We have recently been extolling the virtues of adding live musicians in to your production system. The idea of having live instruments mixed in with your electronic and sampled foundation is nothing new to our music. While most producers are content to have samples replayed, there is a whole ‘nother universe behind working off of a live chemistry. On the Rapper’s side, there is the idea of performing a show to something other than the stale and unchanging dat-tape or worse, performing on top of their own record. As part of this new identity, D.A, The Future, a young and up-coming rapper, has embraced the idea of adding a full band [A.D.D. = Always Determined & Dedicated] behind his sound. Chapter one begins with winning a Battle of the Bands in Long Island City New York.
You knew things would be different once the host did the roll call and asked “Is long Island in the house?” and the place roared. The performance was tight and solid. To be honest, it might have been over once D.A. hit the stage. He came to win. The band played to win and so they did. It was a four song set, including “It’s all so Clear” and “I’m addicted to You”. DJ Shuttle worked the wheels and did the hype-man honors while interacting with D.A. The crowd participation was brand new and fresh – it was actually very …Churchy. Yeah, there was a lot of stomping of the feet and hand waving- all while rocking.
The host and judges for the night have a band of their own (Scarlet Fade) and are all related- yeah, some kind of 2012 Partridge Family. Ali, the host, kept it moving between sets and Jordan, Jaimee and Jake struck the perfect balance between showing natural emotions and critiquing the performances. They offered helpful comments to the bands and left each group feeling like they won for simply being there. The judges took note of DAs’ commanding presence, the power of Shea’s voice (they all mentioned her standout talent) and the killer violinist [Classique]. They never saw anyone play the violin and jam-on-it like an electric guitar.
Afterward it was something to eat next to the 5 Points and we took time to honor the legend. Kings from Queens indeed. Congratulations to D.A. The Future and everyone that helped make this win possible. The event was sponsored by Local recording studio Tonic Couture, the musician’s one stop shop Sam Ash and New England’s School of Groove.
While I was there, I connected with another band called Johnny Hirsch. They play all over the city and sound like a mix between Steely Dan and Jamiroquai.
As we got to talking, they asked me “What do you play?” and I said “Um..everything. I’m more of a producer who…” and it dawned on me- about how much we really are a one-man-band. Now of course, I’ve been around for a minute and play a bunch of instruments (horribly), so I’m NOT suggesting you go out and take lessons for four different instruments, but I am saying respect their nature enough to study the musical context and consider the idea of bringing in a true player instead of noodling around on your keyboard for every instrument. I think D.A. is forever changed by the experience of performing in front of a band and I think every producer will be changed for the better when you unlock your own musicianship by influencing and being influenced by actual players.
There is a great article by Phil Clendennin in Producer’s Edge [Issue 04 Teddy Riley Page 32] that touches on voicing traditional instruments in our workstation keyboards. It’s really a great read. Here’s my parting shot: Next time you’re in the studio creating a joint, try turning your room into a stage and see what happens. Stay Productive.