@Geminidotboi interview

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Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

2pac, UGK, Outkast,8ball&MJG E40, Snoop, east coast, West coast, I love all good music with a message




What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

New Single (Another Notch) Video coming in April




What advice can you give other upcoming artists?

Stay focused and have faith. It's a up hill battle.





How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

its a everyday struggle doing everything yourself takes a lot out you.





Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
Oh yea! First time I preformed was at 7 years old. I always did talent shows for fun. Preforming is definitely a part of me.




Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?
My fam in Detroit Sweetlife, P.A.M. they cooking up now be on the lookout 2014 is in for real music.

@JJKNOX INTERVIEW

At what age did you decide to become an artist?

I was about 24 when I decided to seriously pursue music, but I was tinkering with it and had a vague idea since I was 19. 

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

I like a lot of the more artistically eccentric MC’s. Andre 3000 and the earlier Kid Rock, are big inspirations, as well as Kanye West and Redman. Generally the people who feel the most genuine and original in their lyric patterns. 


What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

I’m working on expanding my sound to incorporate different genres. I want to create a body of work that is inclusive to all demographics, lots of energy and an original perspective as well as fresh use of words and seldom explored concepts in this category of music. Eventually a fully furnished mix tape. 


What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

The advice is, don’t look for too much advice. You have one chance to try and become something that allows you to be happy, once you know what that is don’t waste time reading stats and bios. Just go do it. Never stop attempting to get the life you want.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Everything that happens to or around me is now kindle. Everything is a possible song. But I soon I hope to have a way more exciting answer for that question.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

I have, for a very small group of people who never asked me to.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

Infu, who was kind enough to contribute a verse to the song REPEAT. He’s a remarkably smooth MC who has catchy cadence and effortless flow. Also probably the most genuinely nice guy I may ever meet in this industry. Zanets produced the track REPEAT and he is so damn creative, I’m honored to have worked with him as much as I have. Dj CapOne and North P are two phenomenal producers who I am also working with.


NEW MUSIC @JJKNOX

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JJ Knox - Repeat (Ft. Infu)
Produced by Zanets

www.twitter.com/itsmeinfu
www.twitter.com/jjknox
www.twitter.com/zanetsbeats

https://soundcloud.com/jj-knox/jj-knox-repeat-ft-infu

Musicians Stop Neglecting Google Plus!

Musicians Stop Neglecting Google Plus!



Are you using Google Plus to market your music? Do you understand how to use it?

Don't worry a lot of recording artists do not use this Social Media platform.

You may not have the time to learn how to use another social media platform. The layout may confuse you. You might not understand the benefits of Google Plus.

The reality for a lot of recording artists is that utilizing social media is very time consuming.

Engagement has been pounded into our minds. We have been told that we need to tweet, post on Facebook, share content on Instagram, post new material on streaming sites and record videos.

The process of promoting our music is more stressful than recording the music (Tweet This).

Where do we find the time to learn how to use another Social Media platform? Where do we find the time to record new music?

I, like you, was very skeptical about Google Plus in the beginning. I thought that it was poorly designed and inferior to Twitter and Facebook.

You may have read that Google Plus is a ghost town or that it sucks.

At the conclusion of this article I guarantee that you won't be skeptical about joining Google Plus. Shortly I will address Why You Should Stop Neglecting Google Plus.



Google Plus is the Second Largest Social Networking site in the World

Google Plus is the second largest social networking site in the world. It sits right below Facebook and ahead of Twitter and YouTube. Let me repeat this once again. It is the second largest social networking site in the world!

The Communities are Awesome

One of the staples of Google Plus are the personalized communities. These communities are awesome because your niche audience is already there. You just have to share quality content. I will share some communities that you should join now! It is easy to find communities all you have to do is go here.

HINT: Type in Music in the search field, you will thank me. Also, take the time to respond to other artists and their music. Provide some insight to help them perfect their craft.

You Can Create Your Own Circles

The ability to create your own circles is awesome. It is like having a Twitter List on Google Plus.

You can get creative with this and place fans into certain circles. You can even name the circles and share content exclusively with that particular circle.

You can always encourage these fans to share your content on Google+.

HINTThis post by Dustin Stout will help you create the perfect Google Plus post. I have used it before and it really works (Evidence).

Google Hangouts (Visual Storytelling)

Google Hangouts is by far the easiest way to connect with your fans and increase your visibility. Google Hangouts can be used for visual storytelling.

You can use Google Hangouts to share expertise.


You can also utilize Google Hangouts to answer questions from YOUR fans.


There are so many things you can do to connect with YOUR fans via Google Plus. You could premier a new song, hold an interactive Q&A, stream a live concert, invite fans to watch you practice for shows, pick contest winners, record personalized birthday songs and much more.

All you need to get started is a computer with a webcam or a smartphone. So start Hanging Out today!


HINT: You can always share your Hangouts via your Google Plus channel and your Youtube channel.



I know you are tired of new social networks popping up out of nowhere. You haven't even mastered Twitter or Facebook.

I just want you to do something very simple.

Just take the time to create an account and just browse through the communities, that is it!

Observe how others are using Google Plus. If you feel like you like the layout and the interactive potential then add it.

If you do not like it delete it.

Remember that Google Plus gives you the opportunity to flex your creativity.

Additionally, utilizing Google Hangouts can help you build your YouTube subscribers and put you in front of your fans.

Give it a shot.

Circle me on Google+ if you do decide to add it and I will teach you the ropes.

What is stopping YOU from embracing the power of Google Plus? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
- See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2014/03/musicians-stop-neglecting-google-plus.html#sthash.AoO55c1G.dpuf

Music Marketing Question: What Do You Struggle With?

Music Marketing Question: What Do You Struggle With?



Are you struggling to market your music? Are you finding it difficult to find fans that identify with your brand?

Trust me I have been there. It is the main reason why I stopped rapping. I felt like I was treading water. I felt like my feet were stuck in cement blocks.

I knew that I had to expand my knowledge on music marketing. I made a vow to never release an album again that was poorly marketed.

This desire helped me find my niche. My niche revolves around helping you achieve your goals.

I miss rapping yet I truly feel like I could provide valuable content for those that struggle with marketing their music.

I do this for the artists that are truly frustrated. I do this for the artists that did not have a budget. I do this for the artists without connections. I do this for the artists that are intimidated by using social media.

I gravitated towards helping others because obscurity sucks. We put so much time, energy, emotion into our music and we just want it to be heard.

It is depressing to put 110% into something and receive little attention.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read the content that I provide. I want to thank you for the Retweets, the Likes, the +1's, the Shares and most importantly the comments. I have a confession though.

I haven't asked you about your problems. I haven't answered questions for you, my audience.

Hopefully you can forgive me for my selfish tendecies and take the time to highlight your struggles in regards to marketing your music.

I would love if you share this blog post with other recording artists. I want to know what you struggle with. This information will help me write to YOUR needs in the future. Thank you for your time and consideration.

What do you struggle with the most in regards to marketing your music?
- See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2014/03/music-marketing-question.html#sthash.ZXVo1I6l.dpuf

100 Marketing Masterminds That Every Musician Should Follow On Twitter

100 Marketing Masterminds That Every Musician Should Follow On Twitter



Musicians nowadays have to understand the power of marketing in regards to sharing their music. The industry is constantly changing.

Artists did not have to worry about marketing in the past. They just released the music and let the record label do all the work. The label set up the shows, the label dictated the image for the artist via Artist Development, the label shelled out money for video and more.

Artists today are not afforded that luxury. They have to develop a DIY attitude to build relationships with their fans.

Artists need to understand the power of marketing. Where do artists start? In order to understand marketing you have to study marketing.

Below you will find a comprehensive list post of Marketing Masterminds that you should be following on Twitter. Twitter is awesome because of the 140 character limit. These Marketing Masterminds tweet valuable content! I utilized my Music Industry Giants and Source of Information Twitter Lists to compile this list.

The list post will contain influential bloggers, music marketers, marketers, marketing companies, A & R's, record label owners and more. Check out the list post below.



9th Wonder

Aaron Lee
Andrew Apanov [Dotted Music]
Ann Handley [Marketing Profs]
Ann Tran
Anyextee [Amalgam Digital]
Ariel Hyatt [Cyber PR]

Bedlam the Showoff
Big 7 [NiMarketing]
Bob42jh [Cult Classic Records]
Bob Baker
Bob Lefsetz
Breezy B. [Exclusive Public]
Brian Clark [Copyblogger]
Brian Garrett [Future Star Music Group]
Brian Thompson [Thorny Bleeder]

Candice Nicole [Candice Nicole PR]
Chad Horton [Rapzilla]
Chris Robley [CD Baby]
Chris Rockett
Chris Seth Jackson [How To Run A Band]
Chris Voss
Chris Yates
Corbett Barr [Think Traffic]
Culture VI

Danger Dan [Mindfeederz]
Daniel Aguayo [Digipendent]
Daniel Rothamel [Two Plus Media]
Dan Zarrella
Darren Rowse [Problogger]
David Hooper
David Meerman Scott
David Roads
David Sherbow
Debra Russell [Artist's Edge]
Dj Booth
Dj Infamous
Dj Pain 1
Dozi [Get Go Productions]
Dru Ha [Duck Down Music]

Edmund S. Lee
Eric Alper
Eric Smith

Francisco Rosales [Socialmouths]
Frenchie Boi

Greg Calloway
Greg Rollett
Guy Kawasaki

Hendrik [The Positivity Blog]
Hip Hop Facts
Hip Hop Golden Age
Hubert Sawyers III

Illmind

Jaden Social
Jamal Edwards [SB.TV]
James Blute
Jay Baer [Convince & Convert]
Jeff Bullas
Jeff Sheehan
Jesse Jess
Jessica Northey
Jim Tobin
Joelle Park
John Chow
John Oszajca
John Paul Aguiar
Jonathon Taylor [Yancey Media Group]
Jon Morrow [Copyblogger]
Josh Niemyjski [Sphere of Hip Hop]

Karen Yankovich
Kay Crawford [Media Monsterz]
Ken Mueller [Inkling Media]
Kevin AnR Shine [The F.I.R.M.]
Kim Garst
KushAndWizdom

Laura Christianson [Blogging Bistro]
Lilach Bullock [Socialable]
L.I.R.I.X.
Lisa Davis

Mack Collier
Madalyn Sklar [GoGirlsMusic]
Mahendra Yadav
Maria Myraine [The MC Media Group]
Mario Mendoza
Mari Smith
Marketo
Matt Whitlock [DroptheR]
Meddafore
Michael Brandvold
Michael Chibuzor
Michael Hyatt
Michael Tolle [Mello Music Group]
Michele Weisman
Michelle Galas [Groov'EarthRecords]
Music Marketing World

Nick Zaher [MOSologist]

Pam Moore
Paul Porter [Rap Rehab]
Philip Rood [Rapzilla]

Quinelle Holder [The Fader]

Real Robinson IV [SoulBound Records]
Russell Simmons [Global Grind]

Sandi Krakowski
Sarah J
Sarah Mitchell
Seth Godin
Shake [2DopeBoyz]
Shawn Carter [Roc Nation]
Skid [SkidsRow]
Social Media Examiner
Solveig Whittle
SpinSucks
Stanford Smith [Pushing Social]
Steve Wildeman

Tony Guidry
Troy Edwards [3HP Records]

Wendy Day [Rap Coalition]
Wes Davenport
- See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2013/06/100-marketing-masterminds-that-every.html#sthash.fQ8ZoM5u.dpuf

5 Ways Recording Artists Can Use Smartphones to Reach Their Audience

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5 Ways Recording Artists Can Use Smartphones to Reach Their Audience



Do you have a smartphone? Are you using your smartphone to stay engaged with your audience?

Technology has advanced at an alarming rate.

When I was younger, I wanted a beeper. When I got older, I craved a flip phone.

Do you remember beepers?

Today, you will find me with my iPhone. I use it for everything. Writing blog posts, writing rhymes, tweeting, Facebook, etc.

You can leverage technology and use it to your advantage.

I created this post to empower you to think outside the box. I want you to use your creativity to win the hearts of your fans.

You don't need an expensive DSLR to engage with your fans. You have to stop using this as an excuse.

A lack of resources should never be a barrier to connecting with your fans. Think about your fans.

Think about cultivating long lasting relationships. The information in this post will help you extend the reach of your posts on Facebook. This information will help you stay visible on YouTube.

This information will give you the power to personalize your tweets as well.

Below I have provided 5 Ways Recordings Artists Can Use Smartphones to Reach Their Audience.



1). Create Customized Videos for Your Fans


Why This Works: You are building a relationship with your fans that extends beyond a song. Cater to your fans, thank them for taking the time to listen or purchase your material.

People love to feel appreciated and this technique works. This technique also gives you the opportunity to let your guard down and talk about your life. Be Vulnerable! Be Transparent!

2). Take Pictures With Your Fans


Why This Works: You are building trust with this idea. You are giving your fans something that lasts a lifetime, a picture.

3). Share Studio Footage


Why This Works: This idea works because you are inviting fans into your world. You are giving them behind the scenes footage of the creative process. Your fans will appreciate this.

4). Share Your Talent With Your Fans


Why This Works: This idea works well if you pay attention to your audience. Ask your fanbase for ideas, gather the ideas and record videos.

You can ask your fanbase for topics, words, etc. Do an impromptu freestyle with topics from your fans.

Do a guitar solo or make a beat on the spot.

This idea also gives you a chance to share your talents OUTSIDE of your niche. If you are a talented chef, share cooking content with your fans. If you are an accomplished dancer, share your best dance moves.

You can also provide tips and offer feedback to other artists that look up to you. The possibilities are endless.

The goal is to cater to your fans and give them a reason to remain your fan.

5). Personalized Birthday Songs


Why This Works: Okay, people love to feel special on their day of birth. This idea gives you the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment with them. Refer to Idea 4 and really create some creative videos.



Be creative. Be caring. Be strong.

Your fans really matter. You can use free resources to stay engaged with your fanbase.

Remember that your smartphone is more than a device that you talk or text with. Stay engaged with your fans.

Stop letting Social Media conquer you, conquer Social Media (Tweet this Quote).

Have you tried to engage with your audience using your smartphone? What has the response been like? Please share in the comments.
- See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2014/03/5-ways-recording-artists-can-use.html#sthash.4t0HGGSC.dpuf

How Detailed Subject Lines Increases The Success Of Your Music Blog Submissions

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How Detailed Subject Lines Increases The Success Of Your Music Blog Submissions



I remember starting my recording journey 12 years ago.

I recorded in my parent's house and I built a make shift studio that consisted of a mattress pad, an old Dell computer and a Shure SM58.

I remember the feelings associated with completing a song. I remember using Cool Edit and thinking that Peter Quistgard was a God.

Did you use Cool Edit?

I wanted to share everything that I recorded with my family and friends.

That excitement led me to post music online at Mp3.com and SoundClick. I thought I had truly made it!

As time progressed I started to get bored with the same routine. Record, upload to mp3.com and wait for people to check out my music.

Back then I did not care about shares or plays, I just focused on getting my content online.

Boredom set in and I accidentally found Rapmusic.com one day and I finally found a place that catered to my interests.

But at the end of the day I still wanted more...

My Introduction to Music Blogs

A few years went by and I started to grow tired of the same routine. I decided to conduct a Google Search one day hoping to find places that accepted music submissions.

Luckily I was exposed to Hip Hop Infinity, 2Dopeboyz, RockTheDub and other sites. I decided to overcome my fear and submit to these music blogs.

This was the beginning of my music blog journey. I started submitting my music to Hip-Hop Blogs and the rest is history.

Over the years I have experimented and failed. I have spammed inboxes. I have burnt bridges by running my mouth when blogs did not post my music. The lack of wisdom resulted in bad email etiquette.

Do you remember your first email submission?

Today I have a solid understanding. I now understand the importance of building relationships and how to craft email submissions that garner attention. I've learned how to use detailed subject lines that garner blog coverage and exposure.

My Secret Formula: Detailed Subject Lines

If you want a blog to feature your music you have to get their attention first. If you want to book a show, you have to capture the promoter's attention.

I learned this the hard way, detailed subject lines are very important.

What is a detailed subject line you ask? A detailed subject line describes the content within the email body.

If you have submitted music before then you might be familiar with this formula: Music Submission: [Artist Name] - [Title of the Song (produced by. X)]

The formula above works but it does not give the recipient all the details about what's inside the email. Bloggers know this is a music submission but what is the song about?

The formula above is used by everybody, the point of this post is to help you think outside the box and stand out.

Subject Line Examples

This information and blog post is useless without examples right?

I have provided some ideas to spice up your music submissions. I will use Supastition's recent release Honest Living to .

✔ Supastition releases introspective album 'Honest Living'
✔ Supastition Delivers a Mature Perspective on 'Honest Living'

Which one do you like better?

Why This Works: The simplicity makes it work. The recipient is informed about the artist, the mood of the project and the name of the project. This subject line also delivers a promise (introspective album for the first example and mature perspective for the second example).

✔ Supastition premiers first video from 'Honest Living'

Why This Works: Another simple format. The recipient is informed about the artists, the video and the name of the project. This subject line is also incomplete. When I read this subject line it intrigues me. I know that Supastition's project has 10 songs on it yet the email doesn't specify which song.

✔ NC Native, Supastition teams up with German Beatmaker, Croup for 'Honest Living'

Why This Works: This formula works because of location. You have to remember that music bloggers are not fixed to one location. You have domestic bloggers and international bloggers. Location breeds commonality.

✔ NC Native, Supastition is embarking on 20 City Promotional Tour. Would Love to Perform In Your City.

Why This Works: This subject line works because it is promoter centered. Location is provided as well.

These are just a few examples of detailed subject lines (simple ones at that).

You can keep your pitch simple or your can construct a complex pitch (an informed pitch would be the best though).

The first step in getting noticed is building a relationship. Refrain from submitting music until you have researched what blogs you would like to be featured on.

Focus on crafting subject lines that people want to read. You don't have to follow these 100%. I just want you to think of ways that you can stand out from your competition (other artists).

Why detailed subject lines work?

  • They are descriptive.
  • They help you stand out.
  • They can be personal.
  • They highlight your music.
Additional Resources That Will Improve Your Subject Line Crafting Ability

Here are some additional resources that will improve your subject line writing ability. You can thank me later haha.

5 Tips For Identifying & Connecting With Music Bloggers For Music Coverage
How To Get Music Blog Coverage
9 Helpful Tips For Musicians Looking For Press Coverage
Five Music Industry Email Mistakes
How to Triple Your Odds of Getting Music Media Coverage
5 Ways to Get Your Music Noticed by Music Bloggers
3 Tips For Getting Bloggers To Write About Your Music
How to Write Winning Email Subject Lines that Get Opened!
6 Simple Steps for More Blog Coverage
The Importance of Descriptive Email Subject Lines
37 Tips for Writing Emails that Get Opened, Read, and Clicked

Understand that your email subject line is similar to a blog headline or Newspaper headline. I added some additional resources related to headline writing for musicians that blog consistently.

If you frequent this blog you will notice that I use a lot of list posts (thank you Copyblogger). Recently I have been enamored by the work of Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, James Clear and Henneke Duistermaat. So expect less list posts.

How To Write Magnetic Headlines
10 questions to help you write better headlines
How To Write A Write A Magnetic Headline (In Under 15 Minutes)
How To Write Award Winning Blog Headlines



You will achieve great things. Your music will receive the proper coverage it deserves.

I need to be honest with you. A lot of artists record good music. A lot of artists have connections that may speed up the submission process. But you are creative. You are truly a star.

Note: Your music is still your best marketing tool. Keep crafting good music. The ability to get others excited about your music is a skill in itself.

If you feel like writing detailed subject lines is too hard, consider hiring a publicist.

Continue to educate yourself and if you have any questions please email me.

Have you had success with your music submissions? Do you utilize detailed subject lines? Share your thoughts in the comments.
- See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2014/03/how-detailed-subject-lines-increases.html#sthash.bky2RoBW.dpuf