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Really feeling "this is what love sounds like", I'll be checking you out 4sure.
This is What Love Sounds Like is powerful. You're a gifted heart. I am inspired.
Looking forward to the Be Jealous video.
The Be Jealous video is in the process of editing. The behind the scenes is at youtube.com/jtriptv
this is what love sounds like--pretty good job man--see ya--nj.-------i got a song titled /chillin' with jesus/ it might give ya an idea maybe--i did it as a unique thing--kinda experimental.--i used an alarm clock and a desk bell.
be jealous--snoop dog might get jealous--better watch it--ha ha--pretty good rap--see ya--joe.
Snoop Dogg's not better than me anyways so I wouldn't worry xD Thanks for the support. The "Be Jealous" music video is coming out on YouTube this weekend.
keep me posted/i'll check it out--nj.
hey skidzz--even though i am not a rapper writer--i been a poet for a lot of years--i listen in on a rap once in awhile--louisville is one of my favorite places--not been there for awhile--but i got friends in KY--great place--i like all music to a certain degree of course--there are lots of great folks on BJ and about any kind of music you can think of--welcome aboard--cheers--joe.
Roy- I need some tips for promoting. My songs only have under 19 plays since I started Broadjam and I want to get widely known. Any tips for spreading my music? I don't want to constantly spam, but I don't want to just sit there and let everything go to waste. I have a song on my profile I'm sure everybody would like, called "This Is What Love Sounds Like" I really want it or "Be Jealous" to head to the top of the rap charts! But with no plays, that's pretty impossible. Just if you have any tips or want to listen, comment back please. Thank you
Skidzz, Thanks for the good question. On any website, including Broadjam, promotion is key to song plays. The best way to increase traffic on Broadjam is to connect with others artists, stream their music, participate in the blogs, enter the contests (some are free) and leave comments for others. Each of these steps put your name and image on another page on the website and will increase traffic to yours. If no one knows about you, then visitor traffic will be limited. I listened to your two songs and suggest you connect to some of the great rappers/producers/writers on Broadjam. Dee Wone, T-Bone, Charlie Mac, B Rob, etc. You never know what might happen when you make a new connection. ......Hope this helps and best of luck, Roy
Thanks. It did.
Skidzz, thanks for asking that question because I'm pretty new to Broadjam and haven't quite figured out my way around yet either! And Roy, thanks as always for the information!! I plan to put some of those tips in action because so far I've just been submitting to sync opportunities but I'd love to get more involved in the "community" here:)
A tip of friendly advice while participating in blogs Skidzz.
1. Remain neutral. Under no circumstance are you to focus on potential problems or point out obvious shortcomings that may draw attention to negative PR. For every bump in the road for one said artist... That very same bump makes for smooth sailing with another... The important thing to remember is if you ever see a tipped scale, is that each member is here with the very same goals as yourself... To be heard... To be noticed... And to be appreciated for what they bring to the table... Mozart or not.
2. Grease the wheels... Nobody is interested in a negative critic. People have put their hopes and dreams into this obsession we all know as music. If some one is a member here... chances are is they feel they have something to offer. Regardless of your opinion on the matter... Offer nothing but support for their cause. Anything less will create enemies to your own cause. Denial is a powerful enemy to us all... Don't underestimate the loathing you'll inspire for pointing out obvious facts or projecting potential falsehoods. Keep them to yourself... Stay positive.
3. Remain humble. The second you even hint that you may have more to offer than another artist, fact or fiction... You make yourself a target for anyone that takes offense to that, which will be anyone who can't offer what you're selling mind you, cause yes... they joined this site for a reason too... The reality of your skill set doesn't matter when it comes to a peer vote or politics. Its "all" politics and no one likes being looked down on... People watch what happens in the blogs and often judge without looking between the lines as many could choose to. If they perceive you as a threat to their own success or even feel like you'll prolong it... They'll destroy you with their votes if you compete here. Remain positive... Offer nothing short of support regardless of your perspective on that "about to be mentioned 90%"... Cause their vote counts too.
4. Offer assistance and useful feedback "always". Everyone wants to make it in this business... Fact is, its a 10% business... and that means 90% of the people reading this rant aren't gonna make it in this business no matter how many hot cars are parked in their driveway. Unfortunately... A poser'c vote will count just as much as a professional's vote on this website. Don't blow it off.
What I have found is that there is strength in numbers... Align yourself with collaborators and fans that have common goals and the same expectations as yourself... Hone your craft... and more to the point... Help others do the same. In unity you'll find strength. Especially here... As rocky as this site can be with lofty reviews and inconceivable verdicts when it comes to the voting system... The sense of community found here can be profound if you let it.
5. Don't respond to negative energy or personalities. This isn't high school... Its worst. People in this business are intelligent, passionate, and often emotional... Don't become prey to a bored mind's bait. See your goal... Focus on your goal... And ignore the white noise in the background... It didn't exist yesterday... And it doesn't need to exist today. Push forward always. If its not for you it doesn't exist... Don't respond to it as if it did.
6. Genius will always be challenged by mediocre minds. Under no circumstances are you to allow yourself to sink to their level. Apologize for offending said person if you must... And walk away. This is the internet. Don't feel the need to react to every idiot with an IP.
7. If some guy by the name of Protilius gives you advice... Realize it comes from the experience of doing "all" the wrong things previously... And its happened to many others before him. Don't make the same mistakes. Focus on your goals... Focus on the music... Focus on the positive... Because in the end... Its the only thing that will help you reach your goals.
Everything else... Is background noise. Just be respectful... and take every "Review," every "submission score," and every "personality" you find here... with a grain of salt and two shots of Scotch.
If you chose to blog, review, or comment here... Just do yourself a favor and keep in mind that this isn't just about your dream... It is, or... Used to be... About all of our dreams.
A mistake I made long ago was "not realizing that."
You want more plays? Realize people want to be noticed... They want to be appreciated... and they just want to be respected for what they bring to the table. They're not all rockstars... But surely they all have strengths to be focused on.
Start there... Because your plays don't start with you. They start with your fans.
Good luck... I hope this is useful to you.
A very bitter and angry industrial producer:
Ps... This is coming from an artist that almost broke 50,000 plays on this website alone... and deleted it all for the sake of simply starting over after making a lot of mistakes...
Just ask Roy. Good luck again. Stay positive and keep reviewing. You'll get your plays:)
A lot of good info!
That was amazing. You hit the nail on the head with a heavy hammer but gentle enough without bending it. You actually straightened it up completely. It's an advice to all of us!
Keep them coming and God bless!
That was very good advice protillus.
High praise for your advice, humility, and willingness to share. Your words are in my archive for current and future reference. Keep on steppin' Skidzz.
Broadjam has helped me get a lot of attention and plays by doing peer reviews. I have had several number one songs on the broadjam folk rock chart and help sell a lot of copies of my album. I have been with BJ for several years and peer reviews really help you. Including myspace plays I have over 250,000 plays and starting a spring tour. Peer reviews tell you how your music can be fine tuned and get people to listen. Dennis Logan
Thanks for all the comments. You guys are truly what makes this community tick. And thanks so much Protilius, as always, you rock.... Skiddz, there are several people here you can connect to immediately. Many of these have hundreds of connections, so you are on your way.
Here are few tips that we post every so often.....Best of luck.
1.) Get involved in reviewing. Top 10s on Broadjam provide good exposure and to qualify for them, reviewing is required. Also, listening and reviewing makes our ears keener and exposes us to other writing and producing styles. Therefore, improving our skills as writers.
2.) Connect to like artists and others as well. Not only doesn't if give you more exposure to them, your photo is on their profile and you are in touch with any updates they post. It seems that the most successful on Broadjam have hundreds of connections. I'm sure it's not true across the board, but it certainly doesn't hurt to add another connection.
3.) Listen to a lot of music. Every time you listen to a song, a link is sent to the notification page of your connections and this provides more exposure for you.
4.) Update your profile regularly as it will send notifications as well. Add a new song, photo, bio or update your news. We recommend doing this weekly.
5.) Get involved in contests, especially the 6-Pack which will begin soon. It brings lots of exposure to the participants and many friendships and collaborations have come out of this.
6.) If you have an interesting thought, contribute to the blogs. Lots of folks read and it's likely you will find others with similar thoughts.
7.) Use the comments section of Broadjam as a tool for announcements to your contact list. I wouldn't overuse it, but it is an effective way to communicate with your connections (and theirs).
8.) There are lots of other things, such as music licensing, contests, hosting, etc., that you use on the site as well. Some of these cost money, however all of the above doesn't cost anything. Put a plan together with the above tasks and update weekly, monthly, etc. It's extremely important to update your profiles regularly, not only on Broadjam, but every site that you are on.
9.) The most important thing one can do, on Broadjam or any other site, is collaborate with other artists. If you write songs with 50 other writers, you now have 50 other people pushing your music and increasing your exposure. If you look at the Top 10 songs at anytime in history, it's rare to find a song that was written by just one person. It has happened, but the greatest songs have come from songwriting teams. From a technical perspective, your name is now appearing in more search results and you therefore have more relevance to the search engines (not a huge point, but important enough to note.) More importantly, it makes us all stretch when we write with someone new.
Good 411! Thanks all!
What a great thread. Thanks for all the terrific insight!
Wow! Thank you Skidzz for prompting this conversation! And thanks Protillus and Roy for some truly positive, helpful advice. The first few steps into the digital realm of music and promotion is overwhelming to say the least. I feel like I have a better set of tools for focusing on a positive shared experience.
This was very helpful for me in me moving forward with my mission. I hope we all can achieve our goals and continue uplifting one another. Thanks!
Thanks for all the advise, its a real eye openner and helps out alot, thanks again
Love this site, the talent is amazing here, I am proud to be a member and, another one of mine (kelly myers) and Jose Hendrix's songs just made the Latin Rock top 10 again - we have THREE on the top 10 list - thanks to those who are supporting us. I look forward to connecting to you too. http://www.broadjam.com/browse/songs/top10/?l0=g&l1=1071&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website 1
I would say use some of the social websites, too , to promote your music. Most everyone these days has a Facebook account(or other social site). Copy and paste your songs up on your profile once in awhile- let your friends know about your music- they'll be impressed to see what you're doing. Hopefully this will generate more plays as your network "grows".
Everyone, Thanks for your contributions to this thread. Getting connected with others is key on any site, including Broadjam.....Best of luck, Roy
(Response to Protilius) Very well said my friend, there a lots of folks out there that can learn much from your post. I remember I was pretty rude in a review I did of one of N.Jones' songs :) I learned a lot from that.. I learned that music is NOT a competition, its a gift, and we should help each other the best we can to promote it. Thank you ALL for your support and inspiration, I'm proud to be a part of this community! ---Austin
Yo bro, been a while since I've been on broadjam, but you remember me? I was asking a bunch of questions. My pic used to be my mask. I got 2 new songs updated on my page and would love to hear your opinion!
I've been recording for a while, I have about 24 songs. But every time I record I always have problems with fuzz and "pffts(as in certain syllables making that type of sound)" but mostly fuzz. I have tried audacity to remove it, and it does the job, but it puts in a sort of "digital" sound in the background. If you have any tips on how to imrpove this please tell me.
S.....When tracking down a problem like this, I usually start at the source. The microphone and the input into it. Obviously, after I've checked to make sure the room is quiet I would check the mic and change it out if possible. Also, you might try using a pop filter. Take a coat hanger and make a circle out of it. Stretch a nylon over it and this will save you a few bucks. Remember, if the nylon is too thick, it can alter the sound.....If the noise still persists, then change out the mic cable. If it's still there, then follow the signal path and remove anything in the path to determine the source of noise.....It may be that the noise is not coming from anything in the signal path or the room, it may be that the levels are not properly set. Overdriving an amp can create noise. Always remember to let your amplifiers do the amplification work, unless of course it's a noisy amp.....Hope this helps, Roy
Maybe some of our other members can chime in and provide some advice as well.....Best, Roy
Hi Skidittles, Roy makes excellent points on trouble shooting. By trouble shooting as he suggests you can determine what ISN'T causing the noise, thereby learning what is causing the noise. Troubleshooting is all about the process of elimination. That said, maybe you want to post a link to show an example of the fuzz sound. Maybe readers here can easily identify it...
Great thoughts Mike...Thanks for your input....Roy
Hello! Please check me out this is no spam, just going for publicity!
Hey Sikk whas crackin?!?!?! check meh out on Youtube! btw I love every beat u've made!
Deuce....sign in. or else. jk
If anyone wants to collab soon comment!
How long you been rapping? Ain't bad. What recording software do you use? if any.. Kinda sounds like what me & these guys used to do when we recorded our jams with a tape recorder and we would just crank the stereo.
Umm I've been rappin' about 6 months. When I make songs I normally use Sound Recorder or windows programs to record, then I mix using virtual DJ. If I want to make a really simple fast song, I use adobe audition.
Adobe Audition is actually supposed to be a good program to use for making music but if your serious about it then I would try out these DAW's:
Otherwise if you want to make your music sound really professional then download a good software through a torrent. If you don't have the money for shit, give it a try. Just so you know, it is illegal, but everybody does it from time 2 time.
If your interrested or/and if don't know how just hit me back. Peace
ight. Yeah normally I have real problems with fuzz, but I just learned some tips. If they work, i don't know, but I might use those softwares.
Chyea, those 2 links I gave you are free 30 day demo's and they take you straight to there company website to download for the public so you can't get in trouble with those. But with torrents, the internet company that you use like Charter or whatever are the ones that can find out about it but I guess it rarely ever happens. Can get Risky tho.