Hip Hop Beats: behind the scenes
In this serie of blogposts we’ll take a look at some important middle men that may stand between the artist and his fans, hopefully helping the career of the artist. We’ll discuss their function, how to negotiate and make a deal with them, and most of all, how to avoid their pitfalls. In other words: welcome to the amazing world of showbizz!
As a beginning or independent artist you may wonder if a publisher, agent of manager is necessary, and most of all if you ever will confronted with one. Well, they may cross your path: at a certain point in your career you will be confronted with someone that will want to discuss about the rights you own on your music. Don’t get me wrong , there are plenty of honest and motivated people in the music business. The point is,you have to be able to distinguish the good ones from the bad guys.
A true story called “Hip Hop beats Reality“
In four blogposts I wil tell you a true story. Now, I’m not a writer and it’s not my ambition to become one. I’m happy being a composer of royalty free music and hip hop beats but it’s important to be warned about the things that can happen to a beginning and unexperienced artist. A mutual friend introduced me to a young hip hop artist with talent and ambition. The artist told me he was very happy to have found a publisher what shared his ambition and that was willing to help him rocket his career. He was in need for some cool hip hop beats and I decided to lend him a hand. At first, he did not tell me about the details of his contact with his publisher. To be honest , I think he did not even read them or at least did not realise the impact of some of the articles to his artistic freedom and income. Later on, when things went wrong, he emailed me a copy of his contract. It took me only a minute to realise this contract was extremely unfair to the artist.
With this story in mind, I’ve decided to write some blogposts that will hopefully help the beginning and independent artist to open his eyes to the pitfalls of the industry. Don’t let these posting discourage you! Remember the saying “knowledge is power”. A better informed artist is in a better position to negotiate and defend his rights. It’s your career so you should be in control of it!
In the next four posts you’ll get the full story – a hundred percent real life experience. In further posts I’ll give you some more info on how to negotiate a fair deal. The story below is about a hip hop artist, but of course it goes for every single artist out there.
Read carefully! It will help you with YOUR career!