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If you’ve ever been to a music conference, you know that you can learn valuable information from industry professionals, network with the like, and have a good time afterward. There are plenty of the big-name ones that are out of state, out of the country and maybe out of your current financial reach, like SXSW, MIDEM, and ASCAP’s Create Music Expo, but there are also smaller, more affordable ones available. Last Tuesday Zuke Music presented its first networking event, The Music Networking Show, at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton. The event had four panelists from the marketing, social media, and music industry and three artists from South and Central Florida.
For those of you not familiar with how music conferences work, there are usually one or more panels during the day that discuss a certain topic and a concert at night with one or more stages filled with different performing musicians. What made this networking event unique is that Zuke Music took the concept of a giant two-to-three-day conference and squeezed it into one 4-hour night. Now, you may be wondering why networking events are even a thing, other than its obvious advantages. Arielle Cohen, founder of Zuke Music, said that she created the Zuke Music app “to help other up-and-coming music professionals get connected with other reliable people in the music industry”. She was “sick and tired of people scamming other people in the music industry, not having a reliable place to go”.
The Music Networking Show began with a panel which discussed marketing, social media, and networking in the Music industry. Amongst the panelists were Liza Quin, singer song-writer and Creative Director of Artist Development at All Access IDA & IDA records and DJ Slym, DJ, artist manager, and founder of the Network Music Conference & Entertainment Convention. Panelists Katherine Schober, Social Media Manager for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, and Nick Moss, founder of Whitewall Media, contributed with their expertise, creating a well-rounded panel. Afterwards, all the panelists hung around so that everyone could meet and network with them.
Let’s not forget about the show! The talent included Brianna Guinn, R&B/Pop Singer Songwriter, whose performance included an acoustic version of American Boy. Fame on Fire, who became popular on YouTube with their Rock covers of Pop songs, garnering up to over a million views on some of their videos, performed an acoustic set of pop and original songs. The last artist who took the stage was rapper, Slendah, who looked like he slid out of the 70s, with his music ranging from funk inspired beats to trap influenced tracks.
The Music Networking Show was a rare opportunity for musicians and listeners to meet industry professionals and get in touch with new music all in one building in one night. Everyone in attendance left with great memories, exciting connections, and their wallets in tact, if they didn’t run up a large bar tab. Word on the street is Zuke Music may be bringing The Music Networking Show to Miami next, so be on the look out!
- Aixa Baez
Ultimate badd girl M.I.A. is this week’s #WCW (well, more like woman crush everyday, les be honest). After recently making headlines for subtweeting with former bae Diplo, M.I.A went to Twitter again a couple of weeks ago to make a little PSA- this time to tease an unreleased demo. Dubbed “Platforms,” the demo is a quintessential M.I.A. track featuring sick beats and politically-charged lyrics. Hopefully this is just a little taste of an upcoming fifth studio album. Listen to “Platforms” below and let me know what you think!
After much anticipation, Eminem’s compilation album finally dropped earlier this week. We first caught wind of Eminem’s new material over the summer when the trailer for Denzel Washington’s latest film, The Equalizer, included the song “Guts Over Fear” featuring Sia. Since then, there was much speculation as to what exactly Eminem was hinting at as both he and Paul Rosenberg, Em’s manager and co-founder of Shady Records, subtweeted about the then secret album.
To promote the album and give us something to chew on while we waited, Shady released a special selection of cyphers by several of the label’s leading members such as Royce Da 5’9″ and Yelawolf. Commemorating the legendary label’s 15th anniversary, the double disc album includes a CD full of classic tracks by 50 Cent and D12 (among others signed to the label) and another CD revealing all new songs.
I am fully aware that most people out here don’t even buy CDs anymore since you guys just torrent shit now, but I’m telling you not to sleep on this. If you can wait in line overnight for a pair of sneakers, you can definitely drive to Target and cop this album.
One last thing: peep the documentary teaser for Eminem’s “Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story,” set to premiere next month on Complex TV.