Guess WKYS couldn’t see the future when they put together their annual list of the DMV’s hottest ten rappers. Well, Da Phuture is here now, blowing up the airwaves and getting outstanding feedback for his hit Stupid Dope Moves. Our co-founder and music connoisseur Khari Gzifa has nothing but love for the song so of course we put the video in the OnStage Showcase. Shout out to the team at 368 Music Group who have Da Phuture aimed straight for the top!
The success Ryan Leslie has enjoyed in his music and recording career is no surprise to any of his early fans. The talented artist has hit-winning song credits, a Grammy nomination, and is about to release his third solo effort, “Les is More” in July 2011. In so many ways, Leslie’s career is a blueprint for emerging artists in the DMV and everywhere else as well; study your craft, put real time into studio work, associate with industry players you can learn from and be willing to apply those lessons, then go out and grind! We first saw his video “Glory” on the great website TrackHustle.com and wanted to feature it as well. Raw power here… the talent is not surprising but his ability to put it out there is stunning! Hit the comments link below and tell us what you think.
Open mic events are a dying platform for emerging artists trying to create a buzz for their music. Think about it. You participate in an open mic at a local venue on the slowest night of the week and most of the attendees are other artists and two or three of their friends. No talent reps are present, no promoters, no managers from other venues. You pay for your drinks, do your one or two songs and sit down. What did you gain?
If you aren't being paid to perform, the real play is in videos and social marketing. It’s in viral presentation. New artists should concentrate their efforts on the Web and sites like OnStage and sites similar to Daytrotter that exclusively feature your music before a viral audience of thousands. Yes, do free shows. Put together some demo CDs, put up a few free downloads, but don't be enticed by open mics. That's yesterdays business model.