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There are many ways to listen to music but this is how I listen to music these days.

1. Listening to Albums not Songs

When one buy/download music, I usually don’t get them by song. I get them in

units of album. The reason behind this is to get to know the artist better. A band

might have the hottest summer track, but can he back it up? Is there more to this

band? or was it a one-hit-wonder. I’m talking about you Passion Pit!

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2. Background Check

How did they become a band? I go to wikipedia to do a little bit of background

check about the band. Bands like BLK JKS, and The Vanguard has a unique story

makes their music more exciting than the rest of the gang.

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3. Memorization

If you were like me in the old days, I enjoyed music for the sound of it. But I never

tried to memorize the album name or even the song name. Once you get a habit of

memorizing album names, title names, genre, and published year your brain will

have an organized database of sounds.

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4. Knowing the Influences

We live in a world where music is no longer original. A different perspective of old

music, a mix of old music is all we got in today’s world. Knowing which band

influences who, and what song did they sample from is not only fun, but gets you

to have RESPECT for the musicians before your time. Influence comes

from all the way back to classical music, to the recent hit of the summer. If you

listened to MSTRKRFT’s recent album, Fist of God, you see a lot of the sounds used

on the Justice album.

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5. Please see them LIVE!

The only way to listen to music at it’s full potential is listening to it live.

Don’t judge a band before you see them live.

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QUICKIE. Allmusic.com

If you are like me and have too many albums to listen to, here is quick way.

Allmusic.com is an internet database of all published music. Most of the albums will

be reviewed by the staff of allmusic.com. But the feature I love the most is the

recommendation feature. Once an album is reviewed, the staff chooses 3 songs they

liked the most. Listening to these 3 songs will give you an idea if you dig this band or

not. If you do, please proceed listening to the entire album.

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DJ Lesson #8 + Jangula at Trash Bar

{$56.00/$719.88}

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DJ Lesson #7 + DJ Needles + Jangula at Lit Lounge

{$106.00/$663.88}

How do normal citizens become fans of your band? For an indi band back

in the pre-napster era, word of mouth, flyers, and stickers were pretty much the

only method to get your music out. The rate of accurate information transaction

were not perfect. Some will forget the name of the band, some will forget the name

of the venue your band is playing, some will simply forget the TIME you are

playing. This transaction is crucial for those fans who aren’t your friends, your

first true fans.

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Jangula is a band I heard through word of mouth. If I haven’t known the drummer,

I wouldn’t been able to catch them live yesterday.

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I had one big problem with this band. Their internet present was sloppy. Check

out their myspace. The picture is not put up right, texts are all over the place, and

the background is a plain white color background. I can’t really tell from one show

how serious they are with their musical career, but the impression I get from

myspace is very unprofessional. Most bands list their tour dates on myspace.

Jangula does not even have that.

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The reason I stress the internet present is because our generation of music listeners

no longer rely on flyers and stickers to get information about a band. All the

information we need should be on the internet. This is what we are used to

and what fans are used to. The better you understand how your fans

communicate, the easier it will be for fans to understand you.

The Roots Ticket + 3 Vinyls + #6 DJ Lesson

{$103.80/$297.88}

In about a month, I have to perform a 6 track mix set in front of our class. We could

use Serato. However, I wanted to do it Old School Style. I went to Earwax Records

in Williamsburg, Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies Record, and Turntable Lab, but found

only 2 of the 6 Vinyls I need. Here are the two vinyls.

IMG_0392I also got the RATM remix by Sebastien.

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In class today, we learned how to EQ Mix. This technique was widely used by House

DJs. Listening to 2 sets of bass drum from one speaker is not a pleasant experience.

To have a smooth transition from one song to the other, the bass drum must not be

too heavy. This is why as you slowly introduce your new song, start removing the

bass of the old song. This sounds easy, and it is easy, but every song has its own way

of entering. Practicing until it sounds perfect is the way to go for this.

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My current mix is a vocal intro following It Ain’t Love by MSTRKRFT. As the first

song starts to end, the clock sound from Warp 1.9 comes in. As soon as the first song

ends, Warp starts at the 1- 2-Whoo-Whoo part. This sounds amazing.

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On this same day, I went to the  Roots concert at Highline Ballroom. Racially diverse

crowd, Genre diverse music, with a bit of dancing made the whole night relaxed. I

was very disappointed at Amanda Diva’s performance. But The Roots pulled it all

together at the end.

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All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman $40/$106.08

big0743293185About a year ago, I didn’t know what to do with my life. But luckily, I’ve met good

guidance from then. A couple of months ago, my desire to pursue a career in the music

business grew. But I didn’t know where to start. I think this book is a good way to start.

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If you know which field in the music business you want to get involved, this is not a book

for you. There is no tip on how to become a better manager, promoter, or agent. This

book simply tells you the BUSINESS OF MUSIC. The book focuses on two sub topics. The

first is the type of jobs involved in the music business. And the second is how money

flows in music. The book is in the MUSICIAN’S Point of View.

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The really helpful information on this book were the ways on how to choose your team.

There is an online directory for all the music managers, promoters, lawyers, and

business managers. When I was looking for a job in New York, I couldn’t get a job from

looking at the job listing sites. I knew I had to do something different. I went on

Allaccess to find me a promoter and lawyer I could work for. I ended up working for an

entertainment lawyer. This book is filled with small tips like these. The most interesting

section was the record deal. I always thought a band’s contract with a major record

company is better longer. It’s quite the opposite. You need to view every album as an

investment. I wish every album could be a great commercial success, but it simply

doesn’t work like that. When record companies invest in a record, they want their

investments returned plus profit. When your first album doesn’t make a profit, you are

obligated to make another album to recover the investment of your first album.

But if you make another DOG album, well you just get bigger in debt with your

record company. The book talks about other situations where you actually create a

commercial successful album, but don’t see much of that profit due to the BUSINESS

of music.

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The book tells you to think smart when it comes to money. For ages, record companies

were messing with great musicians. The only way to secure your next disaster is doing

nothing for yourself. Reading this book won’t guarantee fame, but it will save your ass

from tough situations.