Dec 8, 2011 Front Page
Gary Fuston has a very deep passion for music and the arts which has opened many doors to the online community of networking with other artists and bands by introducing their new music releases on his radio program on GHP RADIO, “G. House Jazz & More” and “GHP RADIO Electro Chill Lounge”.
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Dec 5, 2011 Front Page
I’m excited about this opportunity and I’ll tell you why: Internet radio listening spread to 39% of all U. S. broadband households by early 2011, and smartphones account for a significant portion of their internet radio listening. And it’s not just early adopters or rabid fans, either: the massive growth of services like Last.FM, Rdio, Spotify and Pandora in American culture is real. This means that luckily, as old-school FM radio declines and the saturation of online streaming music services expands, today’s indie artists have opportunities to promote their music unlike any other in history according to madeloud.com and a Parks Associates survey. Smoothjazz.com is the #1 result when searching “smooth jazz” on-line and has the largest gathered on-line community of jazz enthusiasts in the world with 7.5 million listeners and 300,000 unique site visitors per month as well as 45,000 email JazzBlast subscribers and nearly 10,000 Facebook followers!! Both of my smooth jazz singles “Pearl” and “MR.” have been added to their playlist, so be sure to join the world in listening to my music on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio.
Tags: anthony clint jr., korg M50, Logic Pro, mpc, music producers, music workstation, new single MR., Nikki Ruth, Pearl, smooth jazz, smoothjazz.com, tina e clark, www.clintproductions.com, www.tinaeclark.com
Nov 29, 2011 Front Page
MR. Team AC/TC… Making Music Like Magic!
(Indie Music Biz Radio)
Indie Music Biz Radio (IMBR): You worked with songwriter/producer Tina Clark on her first smooth jazz single “Pearl” from the EP “Nikki Ruth”..Were you at all surprised when she asked you to join her on this latest single “MR.?
I was probably more excited than surprised when Tina asked me to join her on the single “MR.”. lol She was extremely happy with the way “Pearl” turned out and gave me obvious hints that she would be bringing me in on future projects of hers. So I was excited and honored when she asked me to be apart of “MR.”!
IMBR: We understand that the process was a little different this time, in that all of the tracking was done in Logic Pro. Do you think that she had a hard time adjusting due to her habit of creating on external music workstations? lol! Did it present any challenges for you?
LOL! Well, there’s definitely a learning curve when switching to a DAW (digital audio workstation) from an external music workstation such as a keyboard or mpc. I believe producing this particular record (“MR.”) took a little longer due to Tina working in Logic Pro for the first time. She was practically producing music in Logic Pro while learning how to work it as she went along…no time for manuals!! HA! However, she’s a fast learner. I think she’s getting the hang of it! Lol On my end, it was definitely easier for me to collab because everything was in the same format. When editing and explaining transitions, we could both pull up the session in Logic and immediately be on the same page. I love that!
IMBR: Part of her musical signature is themes. Whenever you hear a Tina Clark instrumental, there is always a melodic theme. Does that make it easier or harder for you to co-produce with her? (If yes or no) How?
Yes, definitely! Her having themes in her music makes my life a thousand times easier because I know where I am in the song. LOL It’s basically a chorus for me..which most songs have. So if she says “you know, let’s make the second verse/improv 8 bars longer” I know exactly where that second verse/improv should come in at. Omg, it makes composing music sooo much easier! Lol Have you ever heard a jazz record and you have no idea where they are because it’s all just improv?…Of course, it’s amazing to listen to, and even play live! But when you’re the one playing piano, recording over someone else’s improvisation…you may get lost…a lot! Lol So I love to have some sort of structure in a song.
IMBR: In terms of capturing her ” vision” for MR…how did she communicate that to you?
She simply told me what she wanted and where she wanted it in the track. Most of the time it was her doing a demo of what she heard over the phone! She also gave me a couple examples of the style of piano playing she wanted, which always makes things easier to grasp when I can actually HEAR them as a musician.
IMBR: MR. is very sensual..who’s idea was that? lol..because she is a little reserved in person. Were you surprised at the sensuality of the track?
LOL! It is pretty sensual isn’t it?! I was a little surprised because it is definitely more sensual than some of her other works. Believe it or not, it was her idea! She wanted this track to be emotional and reeeaally smooth. It was up to me to help create that…so I stayed up late playing piano with the lights dimmed in my home studio..eyes closed and everything! Lol Because I really wanted to FEEL what I was playing to help create the sensuality in “MR.” From what I hear, that was a success! Ha!
IMBR: Every song on this project has a story behind it, did she tell you the story behind MR.?
Yes, every song has a story behind it…she told me a little bit about the story behind “MR.” If I remember correctly, it has to do with a relationship Tina’s mother had…since this entire project revolves around her mother. Like any other relationship, it had it’s romantic times, it’s happy and smooth times, and it’s rough, stormy times. We wanted to capture all of that musically!
IMBR: You are actually co-producer on this entire project. She really likes your work huh?
And the two of you seem to work well together..what do you attribute that too because she doesn’t trust or work with a lot of people?
Yes, I am! Pretty dope, huh? Lol Yeah, I believe she not only likes my production work, but she likes the fact that I am a trustworthy, reliable and consistent businessman. Not to mention, I’m a really cool guy to work with! LOL It’s a mutual feeling..she’s a great person to work with!
IMBR: Tina talks often about how professional you are as a producer! What do you say about that?
Wow, that says a lot by itself actually! Unfortunately, there are A LOT of unprofessional people in this industry. So when you find the ones who ARE professional, keep them close. Lol Really! I believe my professionalism comes from growing up watching my parents run their own business…personable and professionally! I like to handle my business the same way.
IMBR: Hey Anthony, Thanks for taking out time to talk with us!
Oh, it’s no problem at all! Anytime…you guys are great. Thank you for the opportunity!
IMBR: You are available for other projects, how can you be reached?
Yes, definitely! Go to HYPERLINK “http://www.clintproductions.com” www.clintproductions.com and from there you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!
May 4, 2011 Front Page
If you are an Indie artist/songwriter/musician/band or music producer.. I want to give you the opportunity to co-host the music marketing minute podcast with me. That’s right! Each week I am going to choose a different guest co-host to feature at the beginning of each music marketing minute .
All you have to do is tell us who you are, your web site address and give a big shout out to the music marketing minute in 10 seconds or less . If you are interested in being my special co-host for the week, please submit your shout-out mp3′s (with or without music) to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 16, 2011 Front Page
In the very first Music Marketing Minute podcast, I gave you an overview of some of the creative things that you can do as an artist to break through all the clutter or the social media noise. If you didn’t hear it, I strongly encourage you to give it a listen. As you know most Artist are doing what everybody else is doing when it comes to the internet, but if you want something different, you’re gonna have to do something different. And the number one thing is to always BE ORIGINAL! Although the tools that everyone is using may be the same, you’ve got to discover how to use them in a way that’s gonna set you apart and that will cause you to lead from the middle of the pack.
Feeding online content to your audience was the focus of the first Music Marketing Minute in the form of songs, mixtapes, videos and articles. Now days this can be done very easily without having a huge marketing budget. Technology has leveled the playing field for Indie and Unsigned artists. It’s a fabulous time to be an Indie! After all, an Indie band did get “Band of the Year.” So here are some”no excuses” things you can do right now with what’s in your hands. At this time I will elaborate only on using video and mixtapes because I feel that these two mediums will help you create a buzz very fast if done correctly.
I absolutely love the power of VIDEO! With it, you can be as original and creative as your mind allows. For instance, if you don’t have the means or budget to do a music video, think about a video blog or vlog, webisode or your own TV channel via You Tube or Ustream and chronicle the making of your next CD or songwriting session or even rehearsing. If I were to do that it would be called “The Making of Nikki Ruth” because ‘Nikki Ruth” is the title of my next full smooth jazz project. You can use a flip video which is very inexpensive or the camera of your choice as long as the quality is good. The point is to invite fans and supporters into your world. Strategically build a relationship with them, after all marketing is more about relationships than anything else. Then upload that video to a one-stop distributor like Tubemogul, which I love, love, love! It’s FREE and it has a plethora of other places that it will distribute your video to with an account.
To create even a bigger buzz, release a mixtape (no matter the genre) and give it away. Mixtapes are no longer for just hip-hop. Asher Roth struggled to attract attention as a white rapper even though he was signed to a major label. After releasing a dope FREE mixtape, Asher Roth finally got noticed and started getting interviews, features, cover stories and bookings at larger venues.This will give people an incentive to buy the rest of the music on your album.
Hopefully I have stirred your creative juices, so when you jump up out the bed and put your swag on..you will go and make it happen!