#MusicMonday Creatives .. Depression and Investing in yourself  

  
Toggling between sm platforms to deliver info,   Part 2 of my Chatting about all things creative, art and business driven..

  
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VOL. 1 SMOKE AND SPIRITS

Altered Visions Of Space Justin Imperiale

Gloria’s Muse (the Yoga song) (Remixes) Blaze

Mood Keys (original mix) V.P.S. Projects

The Look (scott Wozniak Mix) Daniel Daizochio

Negro Music Glenn Underground

The L.O.V.E. Song (from Chicago to New York) Vick Lavender feat Peter Jericho

Life Ancestral vybez

Sweet so far torqusto & boghosian

Difference (Suges Remix) Darque feat. Kaylow

Tears For Chiyo (Manousos Remix) Joe Clausell

Jezebel (Instrumental) Professor Jezebel & Imoto

Just A Little Bit (Sean McCabe Main Vocal Mix) Sean McCabe & Stephanie Cooke

new mix in the world wide webosphere

Djs, Producers & or Gadget Geeks Gift List

  
 For those of you who are traditional gift givers .. Here’s a list of ideas for  gifting those who are djs, producers and or gadget geeks (as they are normally one in the same). 🤓

  
Pioneer Controller Ddj – Sb

I bought this unit for my godson and was actually surprised at not only the price but how well it functions. You might want to upgrade to the Serato Dj software to get the full effect of the board.
  

For the Dj who is doing more than aspiring Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 interface. I say more than aspiring because you would want to own cdjs or turntables in addition to a computer to have this unit function. I’ve found traktor to be easy to use and producer minded for those who are interested in making their own music. 

  
The king of desktop hard drives with a whopping 6tb, wd is my favorite hard drive brand, and I’ve had quite a few different brands. This is for the producer especially, who is working with wave files and multi instrument  projects. Of course the Dj or all around nerd will find this helpful in keeping photos, documents and videos. Wd My Book for Mac (I’m drooling).

    
    
I stumbled on these girls in the thick of the night, and thought I’ve havent owned a pair.. yet. Sennhieser is an industry standard for musicians and producers a like. They have extended their brand to accommodate average gadget folk as well. I’m keeping an eye on the bottom pair. 

   

  I received this tiny in the mail in November. It’s the second of three versions with softer more intuitive drum pads and a little red jog wheel that modulates sounds. Lite, durable and plug in and play with any sound program. Akai is an industry standard, allowing you to get the ideas down wherever you might be sitting at the time.   

  

I purchased the 3rd of this Magma Dj Bag foursome to be able to carry my controller and accessories in. It’s padded and waterproof. Perfect for not just digital djing but for the gadget nerd on the go. I was delighted to find that it’s actually a decent piece of luggage in general. I suggest you roll your clothes up for best fit. (Lbs)  They aren’t cheap dates but neither is the gear they will carry and more importantly protect.

Ok let’s lighten the load just a bit before we dive into a few more pricey effects.. 

 

You can never go wrong with a gift card from a music outlet iTunes, Amazon and bandcamp are all easy gift fixes. For the electronic dance selector Traxsource is the go to. Though I’m advocating for people to buy hardcopy in support of independent artists, this is a quick and easy way to make a djs day. 

If you wish to go a step further reference my December picks  

You can also refer to my last blog if you’re interested in supporting Chicago music.

Lol no guessing as to where this screen shot came from. Your girlfriend or boy friend may be an older collector or be a newbie. The older albums have amazing art work why not add it to the walls of the media room. In set of 2 it’s a cheap date. (If you support Walmart ;)) 

Alright let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of what my studio vision board is focused on..

I’m certain your married to the person you’re considering purchasing these gifts for OR you’ve got goals to seal that deal lol.

This is not amateur night ..

 

I watched a video on YouTube the other night and the resolution of the video was so supreme I had to read every comment to find out what camera was used to film. For videographer, social media manager or film maker ready to be seen in another league of imaging the Sony AX100. (You’ll want to peep the specs on this investment)

  I am a fan of Joe Clausells masterful equing. It mimics playing an instrument. I’m not a fan of big boards that cost a lot and can’t be easily ported. I love this girl she’s definitely in the near future for me. Hand crafted to isolate the highs, lows and mids on any device you plug in to it. The price cannot be beat and I hear the sound is clean.. The  Bozure isolator is my choice to add intensity to the tracks you spin.

I know what you’re thinking.. wtf is this? For the musician, producer and or label owner who understands the investment in his brand and business, who wants a in brick and mortar approach. A quote for hard copy vinyl pressings. 100 pieces will get you started  in the direction of seeing your profits and separating the amateurs from the pros. Dream big and focus on that one piece worthy of being held in your hand and in bins in Japan.. United Record Pressings. This quote generator gives you an awesome opp to compare prices and get the best fit for your release. 
You may have seen Erykah Badu play around with this on stage during her shows. For the Dj who is interested in adding adding live performance to their set or more natural musicality to their tracks. I’m excited about becoming more hands on with this girl. Roland Sonic HPD 20  yesness for 2016.

Finally a bit off the the path but fly nonetheless .. A black owned company has developed an all star type sneaker to align us with conscious intent. For those who are interested in putting dollars in the African American community for Christmas, Kwanzaa or just to be a part of collective economics..   
 For  Kwanzaa Hit this site up!!!

             2 sides for the same winning coin  

              Dj . Producer . Multimedia Artist    

                                   For balance  
   

              Imaging . Branding . Social Media
The idea is to further the creatives, by engaging in the business of marketing and branding. #consult

#Tunetuesday Chicago “taste makers” under acknowledge the home team musically.. Continuously.

  
I’m learning a lot. This is a great thing although painful at points. I constantly battle with my love and hate for Chicago. As I have said before, it has never really embraced me. I don’t quite fit in any of the categories this city likes to unfortunately box it’s natives in. At this point, I can no longer afford to give a damn. I am quietly focused on creating product that supercedes the spaces Chicago has made for itself. I sit back and watch the never ending stream of Chicagoan’s post info that overly acknowledges the shiny and “popular” underground musical artists around the globe, but not it’s own. I cannot say much about my past being any different, as I used to be one who mostly championed for the others. As I sit daily and work on my original music, I become more aware of the self hatred that plagues this city, specifically. Yes this goes beyond our art and music scenes of course. Right now I have to be direct. I won’t go as far as to name names, though I could just for the draw. (I could follow the footsteps of spike lees strategic plan to film his movie in this hot bed only for publicity.) That in itself could be seen as self hatred. Shooting a fellow colleague down for lack of acknowledging some of the artists who frequent his events, who he sees daily via FB, who have giving up on him as he has them, for one reason or another. WE step over our talent everyday because we “know” and grew up with them.  As if they are simply “playing” with their crafts. FB doesn’t help with its algorithms crowd hoarding for likability. Many work tirelessly while struggling with a lack of self confidence, which is only perpetuated by the recycled oppression of our peers. I most certainly could go on.

Instead of badgering those who will remain stuck until they NEED their creations to be acknowledged by their “family” to sustain them, I will acknowledge a few of the projects I’ve discovered this year. Yes I know some of these cats personally or by association which makes me most proud and encouraged by their movements. 

 Junius Paul  a powerful bassist and a crew of Chicago talents lay down dope tunes that exceed the typical one box for genres ..  https://grownkidsradio.bandcamp.com/album/raws-chicago


I sit with this big brother / mentor weekly. Dj Inc knows music and teaches while continuing to put smooth & soulful product out.. 
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/djincmarquealjordan

I stumbled on this gem while I was at Gramaphone in the spring. I purchased this piece of vinyl, with beautifully orchestrated sounds sure to help you escape your average day..

https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-moment

Yes..  I’m growing up with this kid. I can’t remember not knowing Avery. The storytelling and delivery in this project most certainly demands your attention. He’s really a one man band whose sound moves through the musicians on this project.  http://www.amazon.com/Booker-T-Soltreyne-Rekkid-Explicit/dp/B00XPI889Y

Not just soulful house, The Architect leads you into spaces of soul, rnb, jazz and more.. Vick Lavender has been building .. http://www.juno.co.uk/products/vick-lavender-architect/561500-01/

I know I’m missing tons. I picked full projects with the hopes that you will dissect and understand the many lanes covered by these musicians and producers. I’m finding it hard to keep up with new music while focusing on learning production, as well as the business that furthers music artistry. I’ll go back to being quiet (kinda ;))  and hopefully my projects will start to speak to the labor I’m enduring to create these fruits.

Stay tuned.. 

You can sample  some of my #sightandsound “leaks” on Instagram.

  

#tunetuesday Conveyor of Good Music .. Monique Bingham ..

  
Everyone has their favorites. Whether you specifically express it or it just becomes obvious in some physical form. I have more than a few people who I champion for musically. If you’re following any of my social media sites (most visible instagram) you always see these people based on birthday salutes and random postings from me.

In Chicago during a period where house music had more venue acknowledgement, I used my platform as a Dj to expose people to those artists that I loved (not just what was known to be popular). To this day, based on those who associate artists with me, it has been effective. This is one of the reasons why when some of Chicago’s soulful house lovers (note I didn’t use HH) hear Monique Bingham, I’ll get a text or tag in posts. Some have even asked what’s the big deal?  

 
 
As a child your parents fashion everything about you (good and not so). Musical taste is no exception. My mothers love (combined with radio programming during this period) of Quincy Jones productions became etched in my memory. When you think Quincy during the late 70’s / early 80’s you may think Michael Jackson. Mike would be the tip of the iceberg. People like Patti Austin, George Benson, Ashford and Simpson, Minnie Ripperton, and Marvin Gaye (to name a few) were all found in association with the mastery of Quincy Jones. (Hmm Quincy is most certainly worthy of a future post) The genres that he fused together gave way to my never ending search for similar soul driven sounds. It is most certainly the reason why, in my adult life, I was lead to  Masters at Work and of course Ms.Bingham.

You should easily be able to identify the blues, soul and jazz (at least) when you hear Moniques delivery. Couple the voice with her detailed songwriting (storytelling) and the right instrumentation / arrangement, and you have a sound that pays homage to periods beyond her body of work. This sound is rare but most necessary in today’s music industry. I think the first tune I got hooked on of hers was either PURE from Blue Six or We Had A Thing  from Abstract Truth (on vinyl). Songs of self love and love and loss, true to my personal state (at the time) and the never ending plight of humans but specifically black folk. That was well over 15 years ago and she continues not to disappoint. I still consider her to be “The Electric Blues Mama” based the genres she is mostly found under and how she paints a story and drives it home with her deeply felt phrasing. Monique is currently giving birth to new tunes that are reigning in Africa and spreading globally.This has once again shed light on the fact that her music has no expiration date. It continues to reinvent itself and its torch carrier.

 Purchase Monique Binghams anthology here ..

http://moniquebingham.com/release/1121/ 

I’m sitting here thinking about the possibility that you may not have any references to real house music, soulful house and or even true soul music, as scary as that sounds. This is a part of why those who craft and convey sounds (Dj / Producer / Sing / Song write / or Musician) need to be held at a higher level of esteem as archivists / history carriers.

 Monique Bingham, without question, conveys the gift that keeps on giving, ask the babies deep in the bottom (Africa)! 

This is why I continue to champion for Monique. Vessels of good energy deserve the highest of accolades…

New Mix Interplanetary Radio..  Monique Bingham Mix Vol. 2
  
Monique Bingham Mix vol. 1

Salute Mo!