Friday, November 13, 2009

Got To Meet Adrien Grenier At The Troubadour

I had gone with my girlfriend to see his band  The Honey Brothers. I had no idea from watching Entourage that he was really in a band. Let alone the drummer! But we were sitting in the bar-- I had just told the bartender what a Caribou Lou was (still one of my favorite drinks)! Then me girlfriends face kinda goes blank and she whispers turn around... and guess who's standing RIGHT beside me!!!  It was kinda surreal meeting him- not to mention he's almost as tall as me. (I had always figured him to be short!) Anyways as everyone else realized he was in the bar it filled up with all the ho-bots trying to be that lucky groupie! Then 5 minutes later his lady friend steps in and they retreat back upstairs where the bands hang out!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Going To See Tech N9ne in Hollywood!!!

I had argued with my girlfriend about her coming to this show with me for the whole week beforehand. Luckily I was still working at John Kelly Chocolates at the time (West Hollywood) So After I got out of work around 6 PM I had a few hours to kill before the doors open let alone see if she could get out of the meeting she had for work!

STRANGE MUSIC once again brings you one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Beginning October 2009, we proudly present the “K.O.D. TOUR 2009”! The “K.O.D. TOUR 2009” will bring together some of the most unique forces in independent Hip Hop. TECH N9NE pairs up for this outing with his Strange Music cohorts, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob. Joining this unique tour will be the collective known as Slaughterhouse along with Stevie Stone, and Glasses Malone.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I was an extra in ULTIMATE SPIKE GIRL 2009

Kind of a funny day. Got there about 8 A.M. and stood in line outside for maybe an hour maybe an hour and a half. Thats where I met Micheal Knight (A producer friend)! So then they put us strategically in places and actually make us kinda travel to a certain point and then we're left to act like actual bar patrons. But, they wanted us constantly to MOVE! I probably got tapped by producers every other 10 mins while they were filming either sit with people or look like were conversing! By the ending of filming a few of us that were closer to Stacy Keibler got to meet her. I also got like $88! Later Michael an I went to WINK down on Hollywood Blvd to have a few drinks and b.s. --pretty good day if ya ask me. Oh and I told ya dad I'd be on tv within being here in 3 years-- did it in 3 months!!! 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Major / Indie Label Info


2220 Colorado Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-865-7642 Fax:310-865-7068
CONTACT: Andre Young / Dr. Dre
Mike Lynn / A&R
Angelo Sanders /A&R


P.O Box 60234 Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773-973-7736
Fax: 773-973-2088
A&R: Rick Rubin, Dino Paredes


1710 Broadway 16th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-381-1540
A&R Harve Pierre / A&R
Sean Combs, Shannon Lawrence, Conrad Dimanche


PO BOX 78386
Atanta, GA 30357
Phone: 404-351-7387
A&R: Scarface


2220 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-865-4500
Fax: 310-865-1406
A&R: Frank Cooper


1867 7th Avenue Suite 4C
New York, NY 10026
Phone: 404-351-7387
A&R: Ken Bailey


825 8th Ave. 29th flr.
NY, NY 10019
Phone: 212-333-8000
Fax: 212-603-7654
Diana Fragnito, Rob Stevenson, Karen Kwak


32575 Folsom Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: 248-426-0800


825 8th Avenue 29th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-333-8000
Fax: 212-445-3616
A&R: Shalik Berry, Shawn Carter, Damon Dash


151 Lafayette Street 
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-324-2410
Fax: 212-324-2415
A&R: Marc Labelle, Riggs Morales, Marshall Mathers


P.O. Box 1114, 
Blue Springs, MO 64013
Phone: 816-229-4700 
Fax: 816-229-4741
A&R: Dave Weiner


105 W Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
A&R: Kevin Zinger


825 8th Avenue 29th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-333-1330
Fax: 212-445-3662
A&R: Irv Gotti


23 East 4th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-979-6410
Fax: 212-979-6489
A&R: Bryan Leach / VP

If you want your label listed email with your info & logo. 
I'll be sure to attach a link to your own domain as well!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Producers: Tired Of Artist's Wanting Free Instrumentals?

Many producers get frustrated dealing with artists who constantly ask for free beats. It's time to turn that frustration around and turn it into an opportunity.

There are many reasons why artists ask for free beats, maybe because they haven't got any money at that point in time, maybe because they don't see the value in paying for beats, or maybe they think they are too good to pay for beats, they should just get everything free (yea right, too good huh, Jay-Z pays for beats, you better than him?). Whatever the reason, accept the fact that their understanding may not be the same as yours, and you shouldn't get disheartened.

What you must not do is let the opportunity pass, as just because their financial situation or understanding is at that point right now, it doesn't mean it will be like that forever, and if you let them go, you'll never find out!

What you should do is create a relationship with them, and you do that by saying "sure, you can have a free beat, just join my newsletter for helpful and valuable information and you also get a free beat too". Now, you probably don't want to word it like that, but you get the gist of it. So you create a page on your website with a mailing list sign up form and direct any artists who want free beats to this page where they can sign up and get a free beat delivered to their email address. As long as you keep in regular contact with your subscribers (offering valuable advice to them, not just a bombardment of sales emails and beat special offers), then you will be in the forefront of their mind and when they are ready to buy beats, they will almost certainly come to you because you've been a valuable source of information to them over the weeks/months/years.

But I don't want to give away a free beat!

Well you don't have to, but it does help seeing as that is what they're looking for, so it's a very good incentive for them to sign up. If you don't want to give a free beat then there must be another good incentive for them to sign up. It can be anything from "top 10 recording tips for the perfect rap vocals" to "how to write lyrics to blow your audience away", whatever it may be, make it valuable. Share your experience and knowledge in the industry and you will be rewarded.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Gods Gonna Cut You Down" (FREE DOWNLOAD) Johnny Cash Hook

So my homie LBS told me to flip the Johnny Cash song and he'd spit something to it- so I quickly went to the song pulled the parts I liked and flipped the track and emailed it to him. He said when he got from Iraq possibly. Well time went by and it just sat until he sent the text message one day that he was retiring from the mic. As I kinda figured he would. So now it's a FREE DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How To Copyright Your Music

There is a TON of misinformation out there about this topic. The good news is that the answer is simple. As soon as you fix an original song to a fixed, tangible medium, you automatically are the owner of its copyright. What this means is that when you come up with a song that is original, and doesn't have any samples of other people's songs in it, all you have to do is record the song, or write down the lyrics and music (you can just write out the chords and melody), and you are the exclusive and sole copyright holder. You now have all the rights that go along with being the copyright owner.

It's important to note however, that if you write with someone else, or with an entire band, you must determine the fractional ownership of the song. Many people split it 50/50 between the person who writes the music and the person who writes the lyrics, but you can divide it any way you like. R.E.M., for example, when they had four band members divided all of their songs four ways (25% each), no matter who wrote what.

Even though you have copyright simply by fixing an original work in a tangible medium, there are some other things you should do to protect this work in case there is a dispute. The best way to protect the work is register your songs with the library of congress. Following this link will take you to the site where you can download the necessary forms:

Additionally, you should submit your work to the performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) with whom you are affiliated. For more information on performing rights organizations, check out the resources on the Artists House site. Registering with the Library of Congress, and submitting your song(s) to a PRO gives you great security that if someone claims to have written your song, that you will win in the dispute.

This leads me to my next point. You might have heard of people mailing themselves a song. This is called "Poor Man's Copyright," (I used to do this!) and the reason people do it is because it sets a date of creation. In other words, if you write a song and mail it to yourself, as long as you don't open the envelope, you have some form of proof - because of the postmark date - of when you created the song. This way, if someone claims to have written it before you, you can just pull out your unopened envelope and prove your date of creation. Of course, with laser printers being what they are it's certainly possible to forge postmarks, so, the best way to establish the date of creation is by registering with the Library of Congress.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Why Wouldn't I Sell My Beats Online?

As a music producer in the Los Angeles area I have seen a lot of artists as well as labels and big time studio's come and go. For some people they were just done with the music business and decided to do something new while others were pushed out. I am one of the lucky ones I have been producing since the age of 21 and I am now 32 years young. Things are different from the times when albums sold 8 million copies without even trying, so what happen? I feel that the fans and the artists and in some cases the producers have been neglected.

Major record labels have been getting greedier finding new ways to rape artists and producers. How can you blame the Internet for record sales being down? As of today there are 600 million people on Facebook if only 50 million of them brought albums that is still good money. Major labels do not know how to connect with the people anymore. Let's face it the music on the radio sucks and the labels have lost control and they do not know what to do next.

That is why as a music producer you have to be up on your game right now. Since 2001 I have seen so many producers, be it know or unknown make the transition to selling beats online. For some major producers they looked at it as a smack in the face and this showed me they know nothing about making money they only know how to make beats. It's not their fault the labels kept them busy so they would not figure out how the system works. Now you have these once hot producers stuck with nowhere to go sitting on millions of dollars worth of beats. These once hot music producers, have no idea how much money is online so some choose to bash the whole Internet.

The one thing I have learned in my life is you cannot let pride keep you broke. Some producers feel they have to come online and sell beats for crack head prices. That is up to you and how you want to brand your product online it's all in your marketing. The myths about selling beats online are started by people who never even tried to sell beats at all. This is the best time to get beat sales online and offline like never before. Recording artist, out number music producers online 500 to 1 so you always have new clients. You just have to know how to communicate with them and build trust. The Internet allows you to be everywhere every time twenty-four seven three sixty-five days out the year. Now tell me wouldn't you like to be apart of that?

I have been in the presence of billion dollar Internet marketers from around the world and they say the same thing before you decide to sell any products online have a plan. I agree with that 100% as a music producer that has seen 16 year olds sell beats online and make any where from $8,000 to $15,000 a month they all had one thing in common they had a plan.

In conclusion, like it or not the Internet has changed the music business as we know it. This has to be the best time ever to be a music producer no more working on other people terms and being told what you can and can't create. Remember life is about taking risk and daring to be different nobody remembers the gimmick they remember where the gimmick came from.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Made the big move to Los Angeles!

Well, Im here... been looking for a job relentlessly!!!  I found out where I live Im really close to my grandpa (mom's father).  And while here my great uncle Joe passed so now I am looking at my first funeral ever-- in order to meet my family. Scary thought! 
Well hopefully everything goes alright!  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my beautiful girlfriend Heleen!!! She's so passionate and supportive of me, its a complete shock compared to the last the two girls I dated. She's strong minded and has a heart of gold, and has my back no matter what-- I never thought I'd find someone like her!  I love her so much!!!  I scheduled some headshots to get my acting career started as well! Maybe I'll post them soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Reputation Is Everything!

How to master social networking:


Click here to: Get 1000 Twitter followers  Guaranteed to follow you back and stay following you no matter what! 

Use Mp3songplays & get at least 1000 to 5000 plays & views a day & get a full custom Myspace flash design.

Create a Facebook fan page and connect Reverbnation & Soundclick on a landing page directly on your fan page. Aim for 3,000 - 5,000 fans.

Establish your name in Google it brings in tons of money!

If you need help with Twitter, Facebook, Myspace email me I will be more than happy to help you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

AbandonLandon & Count Juicy collab with ThRob UGLY on "I'm Gud @ Maf"

AbandonLandon & I were listening to new beats I had made recently-- and we were heavily listening to The Lonely Island's cd so we heard this beat and started chanting 'Im Good At Math'-- so the more we chanted it after Count Juicy (we were drinking heavily) showed up we decided this is how its gonna be spelled! We recorded this track from midnight till about 6 in the morning and layed down a REALLY rough cut-- then took a few days and AbandonLandon mastered it-- although his mix was REALLY quiet I've since adjusted all the levels and made a shitty video! haha. Enjoy.

I'm Gud @ Maf FT AbandonLandon & COUNT JUICY by ThRob UGLY

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I created my very own Twitter account! "Follow" me @ThRob_UGLY

I created my very own Twitter account today! Be sure to "Follow" me @ThRob_UGLY as I tweet about my life stuck on this farm! Or out on the road working! I'll definitely try to keep ya laughing!