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Interview with Carlos (delamar.de)

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Name: Carlos San Segundo
City: Darmstadt

Carlos is the owner of a well-known music portal in Germany. He is originally from the agency business, also marketing, website development and is familiar with search engine optimization. Alongside he makes marketing advice for some clients, conducts its great website and has a lot of experience. Have fun while reading!


JB Beats: How did you achieve such a success in the music realm?

Carlos: Music is a passion for most of us, so it is for myself. And that is where everything comes from. Passion and dedication. Whatever you want to achieve in life: dream and go for it. There will be a lot of drawbacks and pitfalls. Failure is your companion all along. But there is your chance – keep on dreaming and pursuing your goals.

JB Beats: On what project/ projects are you working at this moment?

Carlos: Since the magazine for musicians “delamar” did get so big there is only little time for anything else. So you’ll find me here most of my time. Now and then, when the task seems interesting enough, I work as a marketing consultant for clients. And I am working at getting more of an entrepreneur rather than a freelancer in my own business.

JB Beats: At your point of view, what styles of music are the most popular nowadays?

Carlos: Well, if you want to check out what is popular to the masses, there are the billboard charts. But I’d encourage every musician and producer rather to check out which music styles will be popular tomorrow or the day after. Don’t produce for today. Make your music something that will get popular tomorrow. If you try to chase down your fate, you’ll always be a step too late.

JB Beats: What qualities do you need to achieve success in the show business?

Carlos: What I am going to say won’t sound good for most musicians, I know. It doesn’t matter which kind of business you are in. It’s a business and it’s about making money for the industry. That is  how show business works. First: You need to find out how money is made in this business. Then you need to figure out, how you and your music could fit into that scheme.

After that it’s all about dedication. Use all of your free time pursuing your goals. Focus on what you want to achieve and don’t compromise. Don’t get me wrong. Please, please don’t quit your day job until you can live from music.

There are a bazillion of musicians, interprets and producers dreaming of getting big in the show business, maybe as your readers are. What separates the successful from the other is the level of dedication. It takes years for getting successful overnight. Read the bios of your idols, learn from them. Learn how long and how much it took them to get where they are.

Summing up: a good product (music AND image), passion, dedication, perseverance.

JB Beats: What is the most important ingredient for the development of an artist?

Carlos: Depends on the sector. Musically it takes a fresh approach to find out what your potential fans want from you as an artist. I find it very inspiring checking out other fields and genres. You can learn so much from others. Try to cooperate with other artist and make it worth their time.

JB Beats: In your opinion, what is the best way to get signed to the Record Label?

Carlos: Why would you like to get signed by a label at all? Think of a label as a kind of a bank. They give you some money to produce a record. After paying them back all of the loan you got from them they keep most of the revenues. Especially when you are new in the business and have no choice than to take the contract as it comes.

If your first record doesn’t perform as they imagined it would (making them lots of money) they probably drop you. But since most contracts have an option to more than one record you can’t just sign to the next label. Also, if a label has a lot of newcomers in their roster they usually put all marketing on the one that seems most promising and popular to the masses. Remember, it’s a business all about money. It’s the normal thing to do.

In my opinion it’s best to begin as independent artist until you have a real fan base. With a million fans in your back, it will be an easy task to get better contracts, more of the revenue pie and a lot of attention from a label.

JB Beats: How important is it to have connections in the music business?

Carlos: Given a good product: it’s the most important. Get out and meet the professionals. Don’t be pushy, just be there and wait for your opportunity.

JB Beats: What is your advice to the beginner musician / DJ?

Carlos: Great that you want to make music or dj! Learn to hone your skills. Read mags, watch tutorials, speak to other artists and read books.

JB Beats: If you had a shipwreck and got on a desert island which 3 things would you take with you?

Carlos: Hopefully a companion to talk to. A rope and a big knife.


Follow Carlos:

Website: http://www.delamar.de/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delamartv

Interview with Peer Hahnefeld

Name: Peer Hahnefeld
City: On the countryside between Berlin and Leipzig

Peer is a specialized master of Mixing & Mastering online.

Studio Owner Peer Hahnefeld had numerous national & international Top 10 chart placements (including number 1 in the charts), Gold- and Music Awards. He worked for artists in over 15 countries… A graduate of the SAE institute, the principle of his work follows a certain principle: a musician comes to his site and makes an order. Behind his shoulders there are countless Mixing and Mastering compositions for musicians from different areas, ranging from pop music to EDM. Here are only a couple of performers, with whom he has worked: Akon, Sido (Germany).


JB Beats: How did you achieve such a success in the music realm?

Peer: Hi, thanks for the interview. I have no particular formula. I think as long as you keep on being motivated wanting to get better at what you do, things will go their way.

JB Beats: In general, is it recommendable to master your own songs just by yourself, or is it better, if a professional handles this?

Peer: Of course it`s better to let a professional do it, I run a business because of that. :D.
If you can`t find an engineer that can do it better than you, then maybe you should start your own mastering business. ;).

JB Beats: What do you especially have to take care of, when it comes to mastering? Share your secrets.

Peer: For me it`s 50 percent technical stuff and 50 percent goes to the taste and feeling. On the technical side i`m way more on the cutting side than on the boosting side. I rarely boost more than half a db on an equaliser. I primarily cut out what’s in the way to open the stage. In my opinion, this can be done with digital dynamical tools better than with analog tools. For some character and high end shine I prefer the hardware stuff.

JB Beats: At your point of view, what styles of music are the most popular nowadays?

Peer: If you take a look in the charts there are various artists from all genres. So I think a lot of styles can have their place right now.

JB Beats: What is the most important ingredient for the development of an artist?

Peer: I believe in hard work.

JB Beats: How important is it to have connections in the music business?

Peer: It´s one of the most important parts.

JB Beats: In your opinion, what is the best way to get signed to the Record Label?

Peer: Making yourself a name in your scene is the best way to open doors for labels.

JB Beats: What is your advice to the beginner musician?

Peer: Don´t be too unpatient and keep on being motivated.

JB Beats: If you had a shipwreck and got on a desert island which 3 things would you take with you?

Peer: My wife, kid and cats. ;). If I can have a small studio there: my speakers, workstation and converters.


Follow Peer:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OnlineMixing

Mastering Samples:
Website: http://www.online-mixing.de/

Interview with Kung Pow

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Artist Name: Kung Pow
City:  Las Vegas, NV. USA

 

Kung Pow started his music career as a DJ in 2004 and worked throughout California. Later he began to produce his own tracks. Dozens of collaborations, countless releases on Beatport and unusual, fresh and sick EDM sounds make Kung Pow unique. Check it out for yourself! Without a doubt, he will come far.


JB Beats: How did you achieve such a success in the music realm?

Kung Pow: With time…. After 10 years of activity, you kind of look back and you’ve either have kept moving up in music or have nothing to show. I find it hard to have nothing to show after 10 years. After my first year, I kept pushing myself to do more than the year before. 10 years have gone by and I still advanced more than last year… every year. Producing and playing out live, at as many places, in as many cities, and as many states, certainly helps.

JB Beats: On what project/ projects are you working at this moment?

I’m currently planning 2 events in Las Vegas and helping plan one in the Los Angeles area. I’m working on a remix for a pop music artist and working on some more of my own original music. I’m also putting together a compilation for our label, Nuphonic Rhythm, and I’m always on the look out for new talent to possibly work with musically.

JB Beats: What does it need to get attention with your own music? Share your secrets!

Kung Pow: Marketing, promotions and networking is key, to grow as an artist. Having an online presence helps. Releasing music helps get your name out there. Working with other artists and promotion companies definitely helps you do more with your music career.

JB Beats: At your point of view, what styles of music are the most popular nowadays?

Kung Pow: That really depends on what city, state or country your speaking of. Every city is different from the other. In some cities one genre might be popular but compared to another city that same genre might be disliked. I think it really depends on what local artists and local promotion companies are doing in their city that really influences their scene. Every genre of music has its place in certain areas. This is a topic of the Mainstream vs. the Underground. Every event or club usually either wants a mainstream sound or an underground sound.

JB Beats: What qualities do you need to achieve success in the show business?

Kung Pow: Really good people skills, a fan base, marketability and a talent that sets you apart from others. We are in a time where everyone is a DJ. It is now much more affordable to get DJ/ Producer equipment and even easier to learn to DJ & produce because of the new technologies. In the end, your social skills are what you will use the most, to set yourself up for bookings or signing to record labels.

JB Beats: What is the most important ingredient for the development of an artist?

Kung Pow: True passion! Everyone that starts DJing or Producing may do it for reasons other than a true passion for the music and the environment of the music. Without passion those who start may only go so far. There may be no pay or much benefit at all in the beginning. Even after several years there may still be no gain. If you truly have the passion for it… you will continue to do it, just because of the love and musical accomplishments you get from it.

JB Beats: In your opinion, what is the best way to get signed to an EDM Record Label?

Kung Pow: In this business… it really is all about, who you know and how well you know them. Sending demos in online is one way of doing it, but it’s much easier to actually speak to someone in person and maybe hand someone, that is already signed to a label, your music. I’ve signed artists in the past just because someone playing the same show as me, in some city I was booked for, handed me a CD to listen to. It was a CD I total forgot about and found it in my DJ bag months later. We listened to it, liked it and contacted the artists and signed them that same week after listen to the CD.

JB Beats: How important is it to have connections in the music business?

Kung Pow: Your connections is everything in this business. Having the right connections is what you need to gain new and different opportunities. If your connections do not grow, you will be stuck in doing the same things over and over in your career.

JB Beats: What is your advice to the beginner musician / DJ?

Kung Pow: Do it because you love it. It’s not about money or getting women. If you love doing it and you continue to do it because you love it… eventually someday it will pay off and you will acknowledge your accomplishments as time goes by.

JB Beats: If you had a shipwreck and got on a desert island which 3 things would you take with you?

Kung Pow: My plus one! My laptop and my Maschine beatpad.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kungpowmusic
Beatport: http://classic.beatport.com/artist/dj-kung-pow/271194
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djkungpow

*Song Name: Yes Prease
https://soundcloud.com/djkungpow/yes-prease-original-mix