Saturday, 26 November 2016

Guest Post: Vincent Hill on Performing the Perfect Cover Song

The art of the cover version is explained by Guest Blogger Vincent Hill (musicskanner.com).

It's with great pleasure that I present a first for The New Beatmaker: a guest blogger, Mr Vincent Hill.

In his own words, Vincent Hill loves Music and Dance.  He keeps himself updated about the recent music and dance trends and likes sharing his views by writing.  He is currently working with Music Skanner: musicskanner.com.
Vincent Hill

Performing the Perfect Cover Song;Vincent Hill 

Many musicians nowadays are performing cover songs because people like hearing someone else’s interpretation of a song.

However, there are specific rules that you should follow if you want to make a great cover song.  For many, these rules aren’t difficult, but they do require some practice.

If you use everything I will mention in this article, you can be sure that your cover song will be successful and impressive!

Chosen by Lee TNB (thenewbeatmaker.com Editor and Chief Writer), Jacob McCaslin's take on a Marvin Gaye's classic is the quintessential cover version. 

Bring something fresh

If you sing or record a song in its original form, people won’t necessarily like it.  While most people do like simple covers, mostly because they want to hear a different voice, others love it when you change a song in a very special way.  You won’t be able to appeal to everyone but try to be as creative as possible.

Pick the right songs

Not all songs fit your voice, and you shouldn’t try to sing the ones that you simply aren’t able to. If you are unsure about what songs you want to cover, you can try using the music skanner website (musicskanner.com); it should help you get started with the correct choice.

Great respect for the original song

I’ve heard covers that simply butcher the original song and give it no respect.  People notice this, and ultimately, they hate that specific cover.  You should have massive respect for the original song, even if you don’t usually listen to that sort of music.  Respect the original artist and song, and people will grow to love your cover!

Respect the original artist and song.
- Vincent Hill, musicskanner.com

Singing with a band

Cover songs get better with more original sounds that you have.  This means that cover songs which are recorded by bands usually end up the most popular and loved.  You can start by simply singing, but I recommend you find and join a band so that you can release amazing cover songs.

Remembering your lyrics

You need to know the song lyrics perfectly if you don’t want to be ridiculed for your performance. Sometimes, lyrics can’t be adequately understood in the original song.  If that happens, you should do your best to find the original lyrics and learn the song entirely.

Encourage people

Start with encouraging yourself; tell yourself that you are good and that people will love your covers. Then, start encouraging your band, so they perform even better.  Lastly, you can try encouraging people to listen to your songs, although this won’t be necessary if your cover is amazing.

Have fun!

Most of all, have fun! Recording cover songs isn’t a business, and you shouldn’t pretend it is one. Music is supposed to make you have a good time, and it should be respected as such.  Even if something doesn’t work out – don’t forget to have fun!

*Remember to research and adhere to applicable laws in relation to cover versions.

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Soundcloud Sessions 15: REKS and Alchemist, Cor Stidak, BläpDëli and more

Soundcloud Sessions 15: REKS and Alchemist, Cor Stidak, BläpDëli and more

A collection of some of the best and brightest, from hip hop to house

Featuring brand new and absolutely jaw-dropping collabs from favourites REKS and Alchemist; Cor Stidak and Ren Rok, Sense and Radius and Quelle Chris and Sleep Sinatra and more.

On the solo front we have alumni including Phashara aka Corry Banks, Sev Seveer, Evil Alex and more.

Welcome back to Lester, Nowhere too, with his sophomore spot, fresh from last month.

From hip hop to house, until next time, enjoy.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Jessamyn Rains 'Land of the Living' Lee TNB Stone Tape Remix: Indaba Music Competition Entry

Jessamyn Rains 'Land of the Living' Lee TNB Stone Tape Remix

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The song style and subject matter brought to my mind films such as 'The Others' and podcasts such as 'Midnight in the Desert'.

I was inspired to turn the vocals into a message from 'the other side': whereby you cannot hear exactly what is being said, but it still connects with you on an emotional level.
I was inspired to turn the vocals into a message from 'the other side': whereby you cannot hear exactly what is being said, but it still connects with you on an emotional level. 
The bassline especially was reshaped to act as a 'wall' between the listener and the vocals.  The vocals were distorted in a number of ways to further build this wall or a veil between 'the other side' and 'The Land of the Living'.

A slightly psychedelic folk intro gives way to a second half inspired by UK 90's rave and drum 'n' bass.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did creating.

All elements (aside from electronic drum sounds) are samples from Jessamyn Rains 'Land of the Living'

Electronic drum sounds: Native Instruments MASCHINE

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Carlo Muscat: 'Explorations' EPK

The New Beatmaker Favourite Serves up more Classy, Contemporary Jazz 

 
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From the longtime The New Beatmaker favourite:

'Explorations’ is the most recent album project led by saxophonist and composer Carlo Muscat. It will be released on Saturday 20th August and will be available for purchase in physical format from CDBaby and in digital format directly from Bandcamp. More to be announced soon.

For further information, visit the official website www.carlomuscat.com

Bandcamp | bit.ly/1Wp0HQH
facebook.com/carloamuscat 

instagram.com/carlomuscat 
twitter.com/carlomuscat
SoundCloud | bit.ly/11dCu7g 

Booking | booking@carlomuscat.com
Contact | info@carlomuscat.com

Video & editing by www.paulrobion.com'

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Soundcloud Sessions 14: Mike Regal, AR Wesley, Vapor Eyes, Tokimonsta and more!

A Mammoth Selection of Hip Hop, Ambient, Trap, Jazz, Folk and More

Featuring regular favourites like Mike Regal, AR Wesley, Mad Satta, Ackryte, walkingshoe and more; and a warm welcome to artists new to the fold including singer-songwriter Theo Kandel and diverse beatmaker Lester, Nowhere.

Enjoy!



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Monday, 4 July 2016

SHAR THE ANALOG BASTARD: 'THE LOST BEATS'

11 rewind-worthy tracks mixing classic and contemporary styles to great effect 



Featuring '11 raw beats straight from old samplers like the SP1200', 'THE LOST BEATS' mixes the classic boom bap drums of the 90's with a spacey, wonky vibe akin to TNB family like Lanzo
to great effect.

'NIGHT KARMA_' mixes 50's sci-fi film snippets with twisted Indian samples; whilst 'LXST LXV3' is a heater that is begging for a Ghostface, Styles P and Beanie Sigel triple-threat feature.
'LXST LXV3' is a heater that is begging for a Ghostface, Styles P and Beanie Sigel triple-threat feature.'
Whether a longtime fan, or this is your first time enjoying the sounds of SHAR, 'THE LOST BEATS' is a great find.

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Monday, 2 May 2016

650MB+ of Samples free from ModeAudio

Well Respected and Trusted UK Sample Pack Powerhouse Just Loves to Give Back! 

 UK's ModeAudio: 650MB+ of free samples for signing up to their newsletter

A word of advice for new beatmakers in regards to buying sample packs:

Do not just take a software company's PR blurb as gospel.  If they do not offer even a small amount of samples which you can download for free at no obligation to buy, then take your money elsewhere.

This isn't so much a warning against nasty, unscrupulous companies who will promise you that all you need to sound great is buy their sample pack (although there probably are some companies that operate in such a way - mercifully few and far between). 

Rather, it's to make sure that, before you part with your hard earned cash, you are buying the sample pack that is right for you.

Example (albeit extreme to make a point): a pack may promise 'hard-hitting kicks'.  If you buy said pack without downloading a free selection of samples from it to ensure that these kicks are just the type that you are after, you may end up trying to fit ACDC-style heavy metal bass drums into your minimalist tech workout.  Good luck with that.

This is where companies like ModeAudio excel.  The UK company has just upped the ante on an already generous offer.

Just sign up to their newsletter via email to receive a very handsome 650MB of samples as a thank you.

From the guys at themselves:

'ModeAudio is a dynamic group of producers who share a bursting enthusiasm for making the very best royalty-free music loopssamplessynth presets and field recordings packs available.
When it comes to inspiring your music, we know that only the highest quality audio tools will make the grade. This is why attention to detail is our top priority when creating each and every one of our sounds - trust us, we’ve spent hours on the finer details of a single kick drum sample!

Put simply, we love making sounds and our releases are designed with one thing in mind above all else - to enhance the sheer explosive fun of making music!

Check out the full ModeAudio catalogue of sound packs right here:


By signing up to our newsletter will receive a free 650MB download of our sounds spanning loops, samples, MIDI files, synth presets and more (producers are of course free to unsubscribe at any time):


If that's not enough for you, the guys also have a neat little blog which a new beatmaker (irrespective of particular niche or genre) should bookmark as a go-to guide this very moment.

A recent post that really struck my attention - being a bit of a golden era hip hop lover - was a wonderful appraisal and deconstruction of the great DJ Premier's production style.  Click here:

https://modeaudio.com/magazine/masters-of-sampling-dj-premier

In the mood for audio?  Then check out ModeAudio.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

'Prince In The 1980's'; 'The First Time I Heard Prince' (Okayplayer)

Prince Rogers Nelson aka 'Prince' (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016): The Music World Mourns the Passing of a True Genius

Prince In The 1980's



No amount of words from myself will do Prince's legacy and contributions to music and popular culture anywhere near the justice it deserves.

Therefore, I will not even try to.

I do, however, recommend the wonderful documentary above - featuring members of Prince's legendary The Revolution and esteemed writers including Paul Gambaccini - which looks back at Prince's - parden the pun - most purple patch.

?uestlove, D'Angelo Bilal + More Talk About Prince

 Equally essential viewing below thanks to Okayplayer.

 

As is to be expected at such a terrible time as this, many in the beatmaking community are creating musical tributes to one of the most - if not the most - influential musical artists of our time.

A special 'Soundcloud Sessions' featuring the best of these tributes shall be forthcoming.

Prince Rogers Nelson, thank you.

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016).

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Announcement: BeatTips Sales Drive and the BeatTips Music Series

Please help in any way you can: a great read and a great cause.

I've made no secret of the influence that Amir 'Sa'id' Said has had on thenewbeatmaker.com (see here and here).  So it's with understandable excitement and commitment that I share the following press release:

Please act now folks! :)

Announcement: BeatTips Sales Drive and the BeatTips Music Series

New BeatTips backed music series poised to help beatmakers advance their careers in music; to be funded by sales of The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling.
By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)


Dear BeatTips Community,
Today kicks off a week-long sales drive of The BeatTips Manual and The Art of Sampling. For more than 10 years, The BeatTips Manual has been a beacon of music, business, and cultural knowledge, and it has helped countless people in their pursuit of more skillful beatmaking and a career in music. This has earned The BeatTips Manual a reputation for being the most trusted name in beatmaking. And none of this could not have been achieved without you, the BeatTips community.

As an independent publisher, I’m entirely self-funded and I rely solely on the good name that BeatTips has earned in the market place (as well as pivotal relationships that I've developed) for all promotion. ‘The BeatTips Manual’ sells well consistently each year, and I have always sought to re-invest the bulk of sales revenue back into BeatTips. Specifically, I have looked for ways to help members of the BeatTips Community advance their music careers. In the past, this has meant direct gear and recording grants. Now, I’ve created the BeatTips Music Series, a series of music projects that will be produced exclusively by members of the BeatTips Community. Over the next 12 months, I will assemble at least two BeatTips Music Series projects; and I will leverage the BeatTips brand, my good-faith name, and key relationships that I've developed with music insiders and popular online music publications to promote these projects. To be eligible for inclusion in any upcoming BeatTips Music Series project, you must have purchased either The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling prior to your beat submission.

At this moment, I'm also in negotiations over my new book deal. In my current deal, their are clauses that grant me marketing resources and bonuses if I hit specific sales bench marks directly from BeatTips.com. As it stands now, I need to sell 500 more copies of The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling (any format) this week to reach my goal. Therefore, I'm asking for your help. If you're a regular BeatTips reader and you have not yet bought The BeatTips Manual or The Art of Sampling please do so now. If you've bought The BeatTips Manual before, please consider buying The Art of Sampling; and if you've bought The Art of Sampling before, please consider buying The BeatTips Manual. If you've bought both books before, please consider one or both again as a gift for someone else.

To achieve my goal of establishing the BeatTips Music Series as a viable pathway to a career in music for beatmakers/producers everywhere, and to expand my book deal to allow me to better facilitate this goal, please help me out with your support today.
Best Regards,
Sa'id

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The BeatTips Manual by Amir Said (Sa'id).
"The most trusted name in beatmaking."

Friday, 25 March 2016

Nomadikh MPC 1000 & MPC 2000xl Tutorials; EVO Album

Educational Videos and Great Music, Care of New Jersey Beatmaker

New Jersey's Nomadikh clearly believes in giving back, as he's blessed youtube with a series of easy to follow videos entitled 'MPC School'.


'MPC School' shows how to use iconic MPC hardware: the MPC 1000 and the MPC 2000xl.

Another series on the MPC Renaissance should be coming soon.

If that's not enough, his 'EVO' project has serious replay value.  Check out snippets on Soundcloud and enjoy in full on Bandcamp via the links below:

'Through a dense patchwork of clipped soundbites, diverse atmospheres, and headknock beats, EVO
showcases a new dimension of Nomadikh's repertoire Enjoy!'

Enjoy indeed.

'MPC School': youtube.com/user/Nomadikh
'EVO' Mix: soundcloud.com/nomadikh/evo-beatmix
'EVO' Full: nomadikh.bandcamp.com/album/evo

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