Source: Hype Trak

Sango released the third and final installment of his Da Rocinha series. Aptly titled Da Rocinha 3, it combines hip-hop sounds with Brazilian funk like its preceding parts. The producer reveals that the album “is about keeping the funk carioca roots true and paying homage to the ones that helped start it. I want to respect and show Rocinha in a positive light with this record while staying true to my sound.” If you’re feeling the record, make sure to cop the entire release for $1 for all 19 tracks via Bandcamp.

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Ty Dolla $ign’s highly anticipated album “Free TC” is finally here and there is free album stream. The LP is jam packed with industry heavy hitters and veterans including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Didd, Wiz Khalifa, Fetty Wap, and R.Kelly.

The album was dedicated to his brother, TC, who is currently incarcerated. “I called my album Free TC, because I’m on a mission to free my brother TC. He’s been wrongly accused & by releasing this album, I want to raise awareness to the racial & social injustices & mass incarceration that’s going on in our country right now. This is more than just an album; it’s a movement,” said Ty Dolla Sign in a press release.

Stream it above.

5 Common Mistakes Copywriters Make

These 5 Rookie Mistakes are Getting Your Work Overlooked

There is no blue print to the perfect copy but there are general things writers can avoid.  I found a great Foundr interview by esteemed copywriter Joanna Wiebe who gave some tips on how to write engaging content that really resonates with fans, customers, and followers. Here is what I took away from what Joanna had to say on common mistakes writers make:

Sounding Too Polished

The hardest thing for people to do is be themselves in every situation, especially when it comes to business. We have been conditioned to “sound” professional and it is killing our ability to connect with people. Talk normal.

Using “Obvious” Words

Personally, I cannot tell you how many times I see the words “motivating”, “resource”, “platform”, “lifestyle”, and “empowering”. If tons of other entrepreneurs and creatives are using them, you shouldn’t be using them. I have to say I’m guilty of doing this myself. Cracking open the thesaurus as we speak…

Being Simple and Straight To The Point

Being concise is great, but being “simple” may not always work in your favor. Straight to the point is can be dull and it typically will not catch someone’s attention. Wiebe wasn’t necessarily in favor of being long winded but the point she was trying to get across was this: Pack a punch with how you express yourself.

Trying to “Think” of Great Copy

Your best copy is not a thought in your head. Go out and look for words your followers are actually using. Look in forums, Youtube comments, and use words that come up in natural language.

Playing it Safe

Safe is boring and it won’t get you noticed. Joanna said it best- “If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not doing it right”

You can catch Johanna’s full Founder interview here.

Is Original Content Necessary for Success?

 

In a digital age where we are bombarded with a sea of content, it is harder than ever for an artist to stand out. Over the last decade, the internet has also created a heightened sense of instant gratification that consumers expect for just about everything. Originality takes time and money. For most creatives, those are luxuries they just don’t have. Fans and followers to not want to wait more than a week for the next new post, new song, new tutorial video, etc. How is it possible to keep up especially when there are successful creatives that are re-appropriating content from others. I feel like everywhere I look, there’s another remake of an old movie, or cover song of some classic artist. I found a great article that touches on this and really brings this issue to the forefront. Let us know you’re take on it in the comments below.

Is Originality Overrated?

The ease of reappropriating via digital media has changed our attitudes to originality. American photographer Richard Prince had captured the art world’s attention by recycling Instagram screenshots as his own art. He is one of many artists crowd-sourcing ideas from Instagram and claiming them as artworks.

Filmmakers and musicians are under particular pressure to recycle material. TV networks embrace adapted projects because the costly medium benefits from green lighting proven concepts with pre-existing fan bases. ‘You’re bringing an in-built audience to a project,’ said Bell.

Similarly, audiences find comfort in the familiarity of cover songs. Singer-songwriter Nadine Budge said sharing a well-known song is a bonding experience: ‘It’s inclusive. It invites people to join in.’

Unlike other art forms, music copyright allows live musicians to cover one another’s songs. No other art form allows such regurgitation. ‘You’re not going to go out and “cover” somebody else’s stand-up comedy routine,’ Budge said.

But even musicians’ covers depend on the artists’ capacity to bring something new to the work. When The Stetson Family included Bob Dylan’s Billy on their recent album True North – they’re not trying to imitate, ‘we’re trying to interpret’.

There’s an undeniable weight of expectation that comes with interpretation of any great artwork. Audience members often approach Budge after gigs, to offer their critique of a cover song. ‘That’s why you have to add your own voice to it – because it’s going to be scrutinised a lot more [than an original].’

‘You can’t replicate the original, there’s no point, so you just do it your own way,’ she said. ‘Forget that you’re doing a tribute, you’re just singing great songs by this great woman,’ she said.

 

In fact, imitation is a pervasive and practical learning tool. Film and television lecturer Sandra Sciberras said studying and referencing others’ work is ‘crucial’ in all art forms. ‘As a teaching tool, there’s nothing better than dissecting a film and talking about why we believe a filmmaker’s made certain choices,’ she said.

Sciberras, who supervises Master of Film and Television students at the Victorian College of the Arts, pointed out the intangibility of originality. In cinema, she said, imitation is everywhere: ‘In every film, I see influences from the past.’

VCA students regularly reinterpret the techniques and tropes of established filmmakers in the creation of their own films. Explicit homage isn’t common, but student films often carry a ‘similar tone’ to that of their favourite directors. ‘It becomes a process of finding your own voice as a filmmaker,’ Sciberras said.

Ultimately, though, most artists will dream of creating work that is neither adaptation nor homage.

‘As much as I might be influenced by others I actually don’t want to sound like anyone else,’ said Budge, who plays occasional covers but mostly sings original work.

‘Writers will always be attracted to telling their own stories,’ said Bell, who adds that nothing excites an audience like a truly original work that makes them ‘feel like they’ve discovered something’.

No matter how many homages she sees, Sciberras agrees that the drive to originality is profound. As each annual cohort of student filmmakers graduates, no two resulting films are ever fully alike. She believes every artwork is uniquely imbued with the artist’s voice: ‘Who they are as human beings, as people, I can see that in the work. That to me is original”.

 

This article was originally published on Arts Hub

Author: Phoebe

You can read the full article here.

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Erykah Badu has finally hit us with a new song called “Phone Down”. The song is off of her upcoming mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, due on Thanksgiving weekend. Badu also gave a nod to Drake leaving the note “This one’s for Aubrey”. She’s definitely channeling the 6 god on this one.

How To Budget Fluctuating Cash Flow

Budgeting with a stable income can be difficult but budgeting on a fluctuating income can seem impossible. Freelancers, creative types, and artists know this life all to well. I came across a great article that gives great advice on how to budget on a variable income.

This article was originally published on Artist Hub

Author: Chris Enns

How To Budget on a Variable Income

‘Budgets just don’t work for me… my income is too variable.’
‘I can’t make automatic debt payments because… well… variable income.’
‘There’s no way I could possibly do jury duty… don’t you know that I have ​variable income.’

I’ve heard all the excuses many times, sometimes out of my own mouth. But it’s not true. You can do all the same financial stuff that every one else does. You just might have to figure out a way to do it that makes sense with how you spend money.

You’re spending it wrong

I don’t mean that you’re spending it in the wrong places. I mean that you’re spending it at the wrong time.

One of the hardest things about variable income is that you have no idea how much is coming in from month to month so how can you make any sort of plan?

Regular income earners know exactly what’s coming in every month, that way they can make decisions about how much to save, how much to spend, all that fun stuff.

You may not have any idea if this month is going to be amazing or an exercise in coupon clipping.

So what’s a freelancer to do?


Shifting the space time continuum

What if you could know on the first of every month how much you have to spend that month?

Then you could make a plan, right? If it was a lot, you would know that you could save some… maybe chip away at the old debt. And if it was a low month you would know to keep your eyes open for sales on ground beef.

Sounds pretty perfect.

Well, you can.. if you just shift your spending. Instead of spending money as it comes in, you spend what you make this month​, next month.

It’s a trick I learned from the good folks at YNAB. Every month you only spend what you made the month before. It’s still a variable amount, but suddenly you’re able to budget and know if you can afford to save/pay down your debt.


Making the transition

How do you make that transition? How do you handle months when you don’t make anything at all? Patience.

It took me around six months to be able to shift over from living “month to month” to a “live off last month’s income” format.

What you do is slowly save a full month’s income, and when that’s ready you make the switch.

On the month you switch tactics you live off the money you saved up, and then when the first of the next month comes around… you’ll have (hopefully) another pile of money ready to budget and spend.

You need how much you already spend in an average month. If you don’t know that already,  use this handy worksheet to figure it your budget.


Managing dry months

Whatever system (or lack of system) you use there are going to be dry times. But at least with this basic idea of living off last month’s income, you’ll be able to see those months coming. Actually, the dry month isn’t so bad because, remember, you’ll be living off the last month’s income. It’s the next month that’s going to be really rough so you will know to plan a lean time in advance.

Set up an emergency fund to get you through bad times and add a little bit it o it in the months you can afford to save.

Getting out of the uncomfortable comfort zone

You might be sitting there thinking: ‘That doesn’t sound easy at all.’.

Certainly transitioning to a live-on-last-month system takes a little effort to set up. But is it ‘easy’ to live pay cheque to pay cheque? Is it Is it ‘easy’ to deal with the uncertainty of every month wondering if you’re going to make it?

What’s ‘easy’ is assuming that things always have to be this way.

The hard truth is that with a bit of effort you can take control of your finances, however variable your income.

Stream Khruangbin “Two Fish and an Elephant” below.

Source: Late Night Tales

 

Taking influence from 1960’s Thai funk – their name literally translates to “Engine Fly” in Thai – Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. The Texan trio is formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums.

Debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ is out 6th November 2015.

A Simple Technique to Unclog Creative Constipation

 

Create Something You’ll Never Show Anyone Else

“So making songs now that I know aren’t going to be heard by anybody else, it is an interesting thing. Because I think you have to do that now as an artist. I really do.”

— Donald Glover, Grantland interview

 

You might feel your work has gotten less creative over the past few months (or years). You might feel discouraged. Perhaps money turned a fun hobby into a chore.

Maybe you’re completely creatively blocked, or haven’t felt inspired in a while. Or maybe you’re just bored.

If any of this happens to you, I want to suggest a simple exercise:

Every week, set aside a few good hours to create something just for yourself.

By good hours, I mean do it first thing if you’re a morning person. If you’re a night owl, do it at night.

For me, the magic moments and connections happen when I’m just writing in a journal (usually by pen), or when I’m reading a book I’d selected out of curiosity.

I realize that this might sound like a waste of time. Why would you want to produce something that no one will use?

Here’s why it’s valuable:

When you’re creating for someone else — a client, a huge group of users, or for critics — your success is determined externally. And as management wiz Peter Drucker says, “Wherever there is success, there has to be failure.”

When you’re creating something just for yourself, you neutralize any possibility of failure.

And what seemed so difficult becomes easy again.

Source: Medium

Author: Herbert Lui

You Can read the full article here.

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