Drew Spence & Mark of the Griffin have Adventures in Poor Taste
I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start. The Producer’s Edge office is counting down to Winter NAMM and we can’t wait to see what all of our favorite manufacturer’s have in store- eh, no pun intended.
As most of you know, I’ve been working on the comic book and web series Mark of the Griffin. It’s about a regular guy who gets recruited into an organization called the AGENCI and grows to become a fearsome vigilante-like detective. I illustrate the comic, create the soundtrack and run around in the web series. It’s been an awesome experience and a well-received project.
I did an interview with the hugely popular blog Adventures In Poor Taste. Check it out. Thanks for all your support and don’t forget to ‘be a Mark’ tweet, share and like.
Oh and one more thing. New music from Domino Grey. This is a special song with an important message to help start the New Year get rolling. A big thank you to RadioWaves.US for adding on. We have a lot going on in 2013, I hope to hang with you some more.
– Drew Spence
Editor In Chief, Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine
There is one day a year where it is acceptable to knock on a stranger’s door and ask for a treat. A lot of us, in and around the music industry, tend to feel and act like every day is Halloween. We wear the costume of someone serious and expect doors to be opened and our grandest aspirations advanced just because we knocked really loud.
I’ve come across many producers and beat-smiths who feel their work is done because a particular A&R has their music. They say things like they are in or it’s a done deal. I ask why? They reply something along the lines of my beats is dope. I say: yes, but why are you getting the exclusive shot? Is it possible he’s heard a lot of dope beats? Is it possible, you are not the only choice for submissions? How good an A&R can he be if YOU are the ONLY music he has to shop?
We say to artists all the time – it takes more than talent, or better yet, it takes EVERYTHING but talent. Don’t expect your ‘relationships’ to give up their contacts or pass you along or give you your big break until you’ve earned their trust or understand that they won’t help you until it helps them more.
Two sides of the Bag
What works? As a person who’s done his fair share of trick or treating I have to say some approaches work better than others. The houses that had no candy or crappy stuff got egged. The people with the quality treats got revisited -sometimes with us wearing new costumes. As a creative, that’s your goal- to keep showing up with new and engaging looks and showing your ability to arrive prepared.
If your goal is to be solicited as a business, then it makes sense to have your house in order and be able to deliver on the promises you make. Smoke and mirrors has always been a part of the game, but we are looking to create a career, not a hustle. In reverse, as a content provider, it is in your best interest to position yourself to receive long work, not luck up on a big break. Put in work if you want those doors to open. Have a happy and safe Halloween. This blog post is sponsored by Big Fish Audio. I’ve been using their libraries for a while now and thought I’d share a one in particular that got our attention in the office.
–Drew Spence Editor In Chief Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine
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Also, the newest Mark of the Griffin is here. It’s a Halloween themed episode called NIGHT ZONE. If you don’t know, Drew Spence from PE Mag has been working on an adventure web series about a regular guy who is turned into a vigilante/detective. Check it out.
Readers, Edgers, Greys and Markers;
Mark of the Griffin season 01 trailer 1
As we speed towards the next issues of Producer’s Edge and Rapper’s Delite magazine, I’ve created a new action-based web series called Mark of the Griffin. Yes, Griffin Avid was delighted about the name.
I play Marcus Griffin, a would be vigilante who gives up on his dreams of making a difference until he is recruited by a shadowy organization called the AGENCI. This is the season 1 trailer and a -1 episode drops this Friday soon to be followed by episode 0.
There is a graphic novel and soundtrack for every video. Music is supplied by EDM artist Domino Grey, Dynamics Plus and the rest of Fallout Shelter.
Episode -1: Failure of an Angry Man with a Gun
Drew Spence EIC
Producer’s Edge Magazine