TopMics artist showcase is a platform for indie artist to exhibit their talents. Their show in Atlanta brought out a few fresh faces and some known ones as well. The event was presented by DJ 3000 of 3000 Ent at Knockouts bar and lounge. The crowd was vibrant as the artist showed love to each other. The special invited guest of the night were DJ 7Thirty and Joe Rugby of Tape Hustlers and previous TopMic winner Golidlox. Salute to the artist of the night, some caught my attention but only a few captured it so I had to shine some light on these artist.
The name is Bob Whyte and I’m from little old Boynton Beach, FL. I have been writing music for as long as I can remember but, I wish I pursued my music career sooner. Some might say I have a trap sound, but it’s hard to put me into a box. I have days where I want to make music for the block and other days where I want to sing like Adele. Some of my influences include: T.I., T-Pain, Future and Birdman. I learned a lot from dealing with multiple personalities but eventually like most greats, I decided it was time to turn into a one man army. I’ve performed from packed clubs as well as in front of nothing but tired bartenders and janitors. The quality of the work speaks for itself and five years from now I’ll be saying I told you so. Be on the lookout for my debut project titled “Whyte Power“. Follow me on social media @bobwhytebrand, Contact me at 561-414-2420. My music is available on SC, Spotify, Apple Music etc. I just want to tell anyone trying to better their lives or who are chasing their dreams to keep doing so no matter what. You will die alone so don’t live with regret, GO FOR IT and DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!! S/O to Keedie’s Corner and Tape Hustlers!!
I’m GrittySound, hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, currently in North Carolina. I have had a love for music since the age of 3 years old, when I first started playing the drums. Later, I began working on my vocals in hopes of becoming a singer one day. Here is some of my music
(click the link) to give you some insight to help you understand my style. Meanwhile, growing up I was also practicing other instruments such as violin, and piano, which I often plays in the background of some of my tracks. Striving for greatness and success everyday, I soon hopes to reach the top. Follow me on social media at; Facebook: Davon Mooring, Facebook Artist Page: @grittysound, Twitter: @GRITTYSOUND, Instagram: @GRITTYSOUNDMUSIC and on
Snapchat: @grittysound. Shoutout to all my Bmore and NC family and Keedie’s Corner for the opportunity. For all the artist out there just remember “faith without work is dead”.
My name is Iczey Kashmere most call me Kash, I am an aspiring singer. I was born in Winfield, AL and I moved to New Orleans around 12. I wrote my first full song at the age of 10. I started writing and it just took off from there. I loved to sing and writing was my passion. I moved to NYC at 18 to pursue a music career and I haven’t looked back since. I have been doing shows this year and I am loving it. I have so many musical influences. I grew up on oldies because my granny raised me. My mother was an 80s baby so my collection is from Al Green to Anita Baker to Beyonce. My first tape was Al Green’s greatest hits. I recently did a show in NYC and I’ll be in Florida next month at the Indie Music Festival. Check out my single “Good Life” and be on the lookout for more!
I want to thank Keedie’s Corner for everything and for showing me love. I want to shoutout my team for being supportive, Contact me at 504-428-9524
. Follow me in social media at IG @IczeyKashmere and Twitter @Iczey. My words of advice is to always be inspired my inspiration. Let your creativity move you.
Other artist of the night were well worth mentioning, shout out to Natural Onxy, B Ford, OG Redd, Shania the Artist, King Redd and Re-ill. When I presented the opportunity, the featured artist promptly responded and I respect professionalism and hunger, so once again, salute to these artist in the spotlight.
By: Keidra Ponder
Seems like last year we witnessed the sprouting of many new businesses and break out artists. Almost as if it was an explosion in creativity and testing the boundaries. For all of those watching, these ideas came out of nowhere, fully developed – but for those that know, understand the polished product went through many ups and downs until it was finally delivered to the public.
The first quarter of 2017, I want you to gather as many small wins as you can. First win should come from meeting and working with the best producer you can afford. Make a connection, decide on a single, and get it mixed and mastered. Seems simple enough, right? Let’s move to the next win.
The second win comes after you created the best song possible with the budget you have. Now you must find at least 5 DJs that will put your music on their mixtapes and play your song in the club. Meet these DJs in person, if possible and develop a real working relationship. Support the record by reposting their posts and showing up to the venues. Do all you can to support these DJs. It may seem small but it’s traction in the right direction.
The last win is to get your neighborhood or city behind you. You got the hot record, you can show your team you got at least 5 DJs rocking with you, now it’s time to get your numbers up. Start with 3 people, grow to 5, and then reach 10 people that will show up when you have an event.
Now let’s put all the steps together, you have a hot song that you can get buzzing in the streets, you got at least 5 DJs that’s spinning the record and putting it on their mixtapes and you have ten fans showing up supporting you at your shows. Sounds like a movement to me, sounds like you’re making waves in your city. Sounds like you’re one more small step from taking off and getting these paid shows. See you on the other side! #3000
#ViewsFromDaBooth is an informative article for artist from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.
As I grow as a DJ and reach new platforms, I still stay true to those artists that first rocked with me. The ones that came to the showcases, got slots on my mixtapes, and came to be a face in the crowd at my many venues, those are the ones that I will reach back to and bring with me to the next level. With that said, in 2017 take care of the basics before you leave the studio so your transition to these bigger stages will be that much easier.
Before you leave that studio, before you walk out that booth, make a clean version of your song! Don’t wait weeks to go back and make a clean version, do it right then and there. Not only does it save time and save you money, but you never know which one of your songs a DJ will like and will want to play on the biggest platform still around, FM radio. Too many times I am ready to play an artist’s song that I am working with, but he or she does not have a clean version of their song. Even worse, they can’t get access to their sessions to even make the clean version, which brings me to the next topic.
In 2017, take more control of your music and your situation. Buy a $50-$75 external hard drive and when you finish that session, tell the engineer to load up that Pro Tools session onto your hard drive. Why? How many of y’all studio hop? How many of y’all can’t get back in touch with the engineer in a timely fashion? So what do you do? You take your hard drive and your session to the next studio and keep it moving. Y’all know engineers are like barbers, if you don’t come back the next week, they act funny, and move slow. Forget the headaches, travel with your sessions so you can get to work at any time.
The last basic I need y’all to get back to, is having great artwork for your lead and follow up single. Before we see you, we see your artwork, which inherently represents you. Stop letting your homeboys do ya artwork. Spend the $50 for great artwork. Hell, if you look hard enough on Instagram you can find great graphic artists that will do mixtape and single covers for $20.
2017 cover the basics. You can’t count to 3 without 1 and 2. Cover the basics and the rest will flow naturally. Control what you can and outsource the rest. Let’s cover the essentials and save time and money. #3000!
#ViewsFromDaBooth is an informative article for the artist from the South’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.