HitMakers Share The Specialized Intuitive Art Of Crafting The Perfect Song

first_img Twitter Photo: Antonio EspinoIn busbee’s breakout session, he made sure he had context for each group member’s aspirations and personal background, so that his advice would be as tailored as possible. Even then, he reminded the group that at the end of the day, everyone’s feedback is based on their opinions, so it’s important to know your north, and put yourself in the other person’s shoes to best understand where they are coming from and how to move forward, which is sound advice for any professional relationship.Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & MoreRead more Hit-Makers Share The Specialized, Intuitive Art Of Crafting The Perfect Song Hit-Makers Talk Crafting The Perfect Song hit-makers-share-specialized-intuitive-art-crafting-perfect-song Photo: Antonio EspinoTheir stories all underscored the importance of perseverance, believing in yourself and really putting your work out there, as you never know when the right person will be in the right place to hear or share your song. “You start with nothing, then all of a sudden, there it is,” Stevens underscored. all of them have a “song mountain,” as busbee, who received a GRAMMY nomination for co-writing with Maren Morris on “My Church,” put it, of tracks that may never see the light of day, but helped them learn, make mistakes, improve and grow as creatives.The insights made clear that not only is there not one path or five hard-set rules to becoming a hit songwriter, there is also no formula to making great songs. Even GRAMMY winner Jerkins, who began making his mark in the late ’90s with his work with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child (with “Say My Name in 1999 and “Lose My Breath” in 2004, among others), agreed that each session is different.They all agree that building good rapport and understanding with each artist you work with is vital to the process. For example, when Jerkins met with a then-up-and-coming Lopez in the 1999, while they had just met for the first time in the studio, and she had yet to release music, he asked himself what might she want to say to a man that he could express for her in the track. He wanted to express vulnerability in a way that felt real to her experience, and her debut hit single, “If You Had My Love,” was born.”No one knows what a hit is until it happens…I truly believe that if is meant to be, its meant to be,” -Rodney Jerkins”No one knows what a hit is until it happens,” Jerkins said. “I truly believe that if is meant to be, its meant to be.””We couldn’t be doing anything else. It’s passion, passion meets you at the door,” added Stevens, who began as an aspiring singer/songwriter in Nashville and at one point switched to his “back-up career” of hair styling, until, as he puts it, fate had other ideas, and now he’s become an in-demand songwriter in both pop and country, working with the likes of Lady Antebellum to Selena Gomez.His comment, and similar ones from the other mentors, all underscored the importance of not giving up on your dreams, and not letting your fears get in the way of using the skills and passion you were meant to share with the world.”Nobody else is going to get what’s yours,” busbee said. He added, “You never know who’s going to make the decision that changes the course of your life.”After the discussion, which left the audience visibly inspired and excited to create, the group broke out into work sessions led by each mentor; who gave individual guidance to demo songs presented by each participant, allowing them the space to ask more specific questions to their work and aspirations. Facebook “No one knows what a hit is until it happens,” GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins, aka Darkchild, explained during a highly informative industry event hosted by our Los Angeles ChapterAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 13, 2019 – 1:17 pm Yesterday, April 12, a large, diverse group of musicians, artists and music lovers began the annual trek to the desert for weekend one of Coachella. Working with this creative, inspired energy, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy brought together songwriters with an impressive roster of hits to share their wisdom with aspiring songwriters and artists for a hands-on Craft Session at a beautiful house in Palm Springs.During the first half of the intimate event, songwriters busbee, Rodney Jerkins aka Darkchild, MarcLo of Monsters & Strangerz (part of team behind Zedd’s GRAMMY-nominated “The Middle”), Sarah Hudson (who has written for Camila Cabello, Katy Perry and others) and Shane Stevens went deep into the art of crafting the perfect track and the things they’ve learned along the way in their quest to navigate and excel in the music industry. They discussed the weaving journeys each took that led them to their first hit and eventually to where they are today, as successful songwriters and producers. News Email last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online from July 28, 2019 to August 4, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington Police Dept. National Night Out 2019 by Lizzy HillBeware the fund scam by Ryan LaRocheWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunThis good guy has never been better by Mike BurnsOtherWilmington woman battling rare blood vessel condition with breakthrough treatment (Boston 25)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Samsung to Invest ₹500 Core in India to Ramp Up Mobile Production

first_imgSouth Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly looking to invest ₹500 crore in India to increase mobile production in the country.Press Trust of India citing industry sources said the company is also to make use of the Indian government policy in this regard. The proposal for the aforementioned capital investment have been cleared by the Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY).”Samsung is working to invest Rs 500 crore in its mobile production facility in India. It had approached government in this regard to take benefit of policy announcements and other incentives. The investment proposals have been cleared at Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY) level,” a source told to PTI.The report also quoted the spokesperson of India as saying that the company is planning to increase its presence in the market.”We are looking at strengthening our manufacturing presence in the country, to fulfil our growing needs in the market. However we are not able to provide further details at this stage,” said Samsung India spokesperson.Samsung, the current market leader in the smartphone market, seems to be looking at the expansion of its production capacities in the country. Currently, the Noida facility is involved in the production of 35-40 million phones annually. Samsung Galaxy S3 is also being produced at the Noida factory. Although there were reports that Galaxy S4 will also come in an Indian-made version, not much has been said about it.According to a report from research firm IDC, 32.7 percent of the total shipment in January-March 2013 period has been shipped by Samsung.last_img read more

Knowing the art of advertising

first_imgThe members of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) – the women business wing of apex business body FICCI organised an interactive session with advertisement guru Prahlad Kakkar and one line punch guru known more Amul butter punchlines. Titled ‘Advertising the art of being creative with strategy’, the session was held in New Delhi on December 7.”Advertising can be a massive tool for social change and in advertising, any idea is as good or as bad as your level of determination to make it work. It is having a passion that matters, howsoever illogical it is, you just have to believe in yourself. When you are passionate about something, two and two becomes 22, when you are logical about something two and two becomes four,” said Ad guru and filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar while speaking at the session. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking of women in entrepreneurial roles, Kakkar stated, “Women have a built-in strength to go against the odds and prove men wrong. Women are way tougher than men mentally. They are ferocious in their loyalty and value system. Unlike men and institutions that look for Return On Investment in any venture, women focus on value system – a core element that builds a strong enterprise. The one single defining idea about women is their passion. That’s where they have an edge.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBharat Dabholkar – a well-known theatre and ad personality and the man behind Amul billboards said, “People in India are extremely creative. I don’t know how they do it. But I cannot. Advertisements work if it is a simple idea, if you make it very complicated then people won’t like it. To make an ad viral, you have to keep it simple so that people can put their own inputs to it and make it more interesting.” Talking about his journey in the advertisement, Dabholkar recalled his works. He further talked about how he created many memorable campaigns and got awards for brands advertisements like Ceat, Frooti, Appy, BOI, to name a few. But his most memorable was Amul as it gave him intense creative satisfaction and huge recognition. FLO President, Pinky Reddy, who was also present at the event said, “FLO is the most appropriate platform to connect, learn and grow. We, at FLO, recognise the success stories of true achievers and provide a platform for the members to be inspired by them.” Concluding the session Reddy thanked the guests for their interesting session and said, “Both Prahlad and Bharat are exemplary leaders in their own creative domain. They have been successfully harnessing their innate creative abilities and converting them to strategised outputs. It was fascinating to hear about their journey, to learn about their challenges and understand their creative pursuits. The right perspective and the precise skills for an effective brand positioning was key takeaway from the event.”last_img read more

Pro on the Go

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read April 15, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Check out the iPhone App Store on a daily basis and it’s likely the most popular apps will have titles such as “Plants vs. Zombies.” iPhone apps for small-business people and field professionals are never going to win the app store popularity contest. But, niche business apps are of growing interest to app developers, and user searches for them will be rewarded with some powerful solutions designed specifically for the challenges of different professions.A case in point is Multi-Educator’s Formulator Series, a collection of more than two dozen apps targeted at professionals in the architecture, electrical, waste management, building, engineer, HVAC and real estate segments. The Architecture Pro Formulator, for example, provides iPhone access to more than 400 formulas that architects use daily as well as information from the International Building Code and Americans with Disabilities Act code. Architecture Pro is a $17.99 download, and Multi-Educator’s other apps for various building professions range from $3.99 to $17.99.”They’re great for anyone working in the field who has an iPhone or an iPod touch,” says Multi-Educator co-founder Marc Schulman. “We look at developing applications that can add value where people are out doing their jobs.”Having started with software for the original Macs back in the 1980s, Schulman is an old hand at developing for Apple devices. So it’s no surprise the company will adapt many of its apps to the iPad, too.In the coming months, Multi-Educator will be looking to provide electricians, architects and other pros with the ability to do price quotes and invoices directly from the iPhone/iPod app, Schulman says. “A lot of people may not realize these devices rival desktop computers with the power they provide,” he adds. “We want to help professional people take full advantage of that.”last_img read more

Women Made Incremental Progress in Tech the Past Few Years Infographic

first_imgFebruary 6, 2016 While some significant strides have been made by women in STEM and the startup world, there is still a ways to go toward gender parity in the industry.Silicon Valley is a stronghold of the tech industry, but it is actually Chicago and Boston that can claim the highest number of women-founded startups, according to a recent infographic presented by Coupofy.com. Thirty percent of the Windy City’s tech startups were launched by female founders.Related: The 4 Biggest Myths Discouraging Women From Tech CareersIn 2009, just over 9 percent of tech startups in the U.S. had at least one female founder, but as recently as 2014, that numbers has doubled to 18 percent. Notably, industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter have been hiring women at a significantly higher rate than their male counterparts during the past two years.While this growth is encouraging, this is still much progress to be made. In the world of tech investing, only 7 percent of U.S. venture capital firms invest in businesses with female CEOs. A little more than 19 percent of female founders receive seed and angel investments while about 80 percent of their male counterparts can expect the same.  Related: U.S. Is No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs, But There’s Still Room for ImprovementSome 56 percent of women leave tech positions because of factors such as an unsupportive company culture or no room for career advancement.For more information on the top women tech executives and women-run VC firms, and ways to create more opportunities for female founders, check out the infographic below.  Click to Enlarge Enroll Now for Free 2 min readcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

How to Survive the Silicon Valley Bubble

first_img 6 min read Is the tech industry headed toward another bubble? Everybody seems to think so. Maybe it’s just click-baiting, maybe it’s just fear-mongering, but the pundits and talking heads are predicting that the utopia is crumbling. We’re either inside a growing bubble, or it’s already bursting. Consider the following prognostications:Related: How to Prep Your Startup for the Collapse of the Tech BubbleBusiness Insider: “Silicon Valley’s Denial is Over: Everybody Thinks We’re In a Bubble”LA Times: “The Silicon Valley Investment Bubble Starts to Deflate”The Atlantic: “The Great Silicon Valley Bubble Machine”Vanity Fair: “Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It?”TechCrunch: “What The Tech Bubble Means Outside of Silicon Valley”NYPost: “Silicon Valley Leaders Foresee Tech Bubble Burst”It all sounds pretty ominous. But is it true? You get to decide, but you can’t deny that things are changing. Things are changing big time. And, as we know, change requires adaptation. After analyzing the situation, I put together the following list of adaptations that you should consider implementing as soon as possible.1. Stop relying on valuation.Valuation is one of Silicon Valley’s mythical metrics. Valuation has produced those much-talked-about unicorns, which are as fleeting as they are legendary.Instead, valuation is a vanity metric, and oftentimes, it is meant to enhance the confidence of shareholders and entrepreneurs rather than accurately represent the company’s value. Investor Bill Gurley, in fact, has called the delusional behavior around unicorns “hubris” — an ancient Greek term for excessive self-confidence and pride.If you’re craving a high valuation in the first place, you’re probably making a mistake. But if you do gain a generous valuation, view that number with skepticism.2. Understand that your customers are your best investors.What exactly is “bursting” in the bubble? Simply put, it’s investment money. The ultimate goal, therefore, should be investment independence from traditional sources. And one way to accomplish that independence is to get your customers to “invest.”Okay, so that’s not exactly investing. You want to increase your customer base, which increases revenue, which increases the company’s total value. In other words, focus on your customer base more than you do on large, one-time investments.And understand that there are many strategies to increase appeal and increase revenue quickly. One such example is pre-selling to your customers and releasing a minimum, viable product. With this two-pronged strategy, you can expand and grow more quickly than you think. Related: Will the Tech-Startup Bubble Burst in 2015?3. Don’t depend on traditional VCs and investment models.This suggestion goes hand-in-hand with the above suggestion. Suddenly, bootstrapping makes a lot of sense. And while it’s not easy, no one ever said bootstrapping would be easy.The thing is, soon, you might not have a choice. When bubbles burst, investment money disappears. That leaves you with one option for your startup: Pull hard on the bootstraps.So, before you boo-hoo about your loss of top-dollar funding, consider the advantages of bootstrapping.It’s fast. You can start right now. No waiting, no pitching, no slow-going. Just start.It forces you to launch your MVP (minimum viable product) earlier.It makes you lean and efficient.It forces you to watch every penny.It generates quicker cash flow.It inspires creativity.It’s incredibly exciting.It preserves capital.It produces a realistic valuation.It becomes profitable, faster.It preserves your equity.It enhances profitability.Is it painful? Of course, but so is a bursting bubble with no escape route. Either way, you’re in for some pain. As for bootstrapping, there is profitability on the other side of that pain.4. Try to make some money. Fast.Investor Bill Gurley, quoted above, said this: “I have a feeling there are more people working in Silicon Valley for companies that don’t make any money than there were in 1999.”If he’s right — and remember, he was just expressing his feeling — then something needs to change. Many VC-backed companies have been content to ride on the bankroll, simply waiting until the time is “right” to make their money and become self-sufficient.For many startups, that time is long gone. As the bubble bursts, the investment money is going to fly away, and many startups will be revealed for what they are: just startups.Every startup that is now relying on investment should start trying to make some real cash. I recommend doing intensive marketing, investigating growth-hacking possibilities and putting your time into methodical content marketing. You’re going to need it.5. Diversify outside of tech.If tech bursts, everything changes. The ripple effects of a second dotcom explosion will go far beyond the Valley, disrupting even international tech economies.Smart startups are realizing that tech as an industry is kind of a misnomer. If you’re referring to any contemporary product or service, it’s tech. Even a company that delivers razor blades to your doorstep is backed by a technological platform.And, that’s the point. While you can innovate and build in the tech space, realize that there is more potential than simply building a snazzy SaaS or slick app. Seek to broaden your startup beyond its technological toolkit. In other words, offer something that non-tech industries will value.ConclusionOne Silicon Valley player who doesn’t believe the bubble is bursting is Marc Andreessen. His VC firm has a lot to lose in clout and respectability if Silicon Valley pops to pieces.Andreesen has said, “I think we’re in a bust. We’re in a long-term technology bust. I think technology has been undervalued since 2000, and we’re still undervalued.”Maybe he’s right. Hopefully, he is right. But on the more-than-likely chance that he’s wrong, let’s play it safe, play it smart and work hard to shore up our livelihoods and our brilliant innovations. Let’s prepare.What are you doing in the face of an impending technology bubble burst? Related: Mark Cuban: Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 17, 2016last_img read more