I previously posted about my one EP Release Singles, Savage, but I didnt include the EP Release date. I now have a set date for the Release of my DEBUT EP Release. While Im not sharing the exact date I am giving out hints. If you know me personally or are willing to do background research to find out you know the date! ITS MY BIRTHDAYYYY!!!!
YES so I decided to realease my DEBUT EP on My birthday since its on a FRIDAY and the perfect amount of time from now. So if you know when my Birthday is then you know the date of my release, if not… NOT to worry I will be sharing the date very soon. There are a lot of things to be done between now and then so you will surely find out VERY SOON!
I won’t get excited until I have gotten everything complete and ready, But I will shout it out and let it be known to the world that the purpose … the journey is in full effect and I will not slow down until we have results.
Tonight I’m going to Crowbar to join the Hip Hop League. It’s certainly gonna help me boost my material, my connections, and my knowledge of other opportunities that may arise. The draft is tonight but the League competition portion doesn’t start until January. I been low-key excited about this for a minute😏 Secretly counting down the days. I’m pretty sure me missing King Of The Stage, a Hip Hop Competition here in Tampa Founded by Aych the man with the plan… anyway I was pretty sick I had to work that day; so now I’m showing up to the Hip Hop League although I’m not Totally or Exclusively a Hip Hop artist. But I’m a Golden Ticket Toot toot lol
Let’s assess: I’m new to the game of the Music Business (The creative side has been there since FOREVER) BUT I Write Rap and Sing … I ain’t gone say it out loud but I’m cute too and Put in the right situation I’mma buss my ass to reach my goals. Just as long as ain’t nobody lookin for no pussy we cool🙄😒😂😂😂😂 TMI but had to be said 😂😂😂 I suppose I’m just looking for the right mixture… I realize there ain’t one so I gotta go with whatever’s clever and come out on top! All in all this is going to be a good look. All around positives and I can ease into the Tampa scene without being Obnoxious about it… Which I totally could be😏 Maybe that last statement ☝🏾is exactly what I need… to be Obnoxious??? Should I be Obnoxious 🤔… Whacha think? See ya tonight 😉
Qualah attended Cx1 Djs World Wide Conference Call
A great way to hear whats up and coming and network and make connections. The best part about it is if you have a busy schedule or work during the day you can still tune in to new knowledge when you’re all done with everything.
This is really the approach of getting to the top or the vision or the path. All I’m saying is you gotta consistently participate in something. I really have to be doing all that I can and this is a part of it! I’m happy to be a part of the call Im getting bits of information that someone may need in the future. Im able to here the insides … What we need, what we’re looking for, whats frustrating. I just gotta say I gather a wealth of info from these calls and conferences and events.
So last night I pulled up at the Crowbar to perform live on Da Cypher Open Mic night. The show is usually set to start a 11pm I got there at about 10:45pm. When I get there the list is full of names and you can actually choose what # you are when you go up. Of course numbers 3-9 were full so I had 1,2 or, 10-15 to choose from. I chose #2 which ultimately meant #1. I get up on stage perform Remedy & Weight in that order. So here’s what I saw, liked and didn’t.
#1 They had reverb on the mic. At times I liked it especially for singers but while talking it was a lil weird… Moving on! I sang ok I really feel like I’ve gotta get back on my vocal lessons cuz lately my voice been missin … Like it does the BARE MINIMUM you hear me LOL… Like “Boo I’ll getchu thru but dont be expecting no adele out this MF” LMAO nah but real talk I just know that my voice can do much more and I need to get it together to my level anyway. I just dont wanna be out here thinkin Im soundin good when really I sound like …
I don’t wanna be that singer. SO I CRITQUE MYSELF CONSTANTLY AND THOROUGHLY!!! #ThatIsAll
#2 There are a lot of talented artists in the Bay Area.. Really makes me wonder why Tampa Bay ain’t really on the map. Like whats going on behind the scenes??? Are some of them really fakin, are some people not that serious, are some people not that into it! For all of the people i’ve seen, to be doing what they are doing for the length of time (for some) …. Whats really going or not going on!
They say once you reach 10,000 hours in your industry you become pretty much an expert and from there you should be, by then, at the height of your career.
I see a lot of artist who are always at shows always performing, so what is it?!?!? Have they not quite reached their 10,000 hours, are they choosing to only put on for the city, are they really just getting started, or are they not sure which path they want to take? Are some people just needing guidance but dont want to have it?? A very valid question.
Ultimately I am making this MY BUSINESS. Of which I WILL be earning a living income from. With that being said I can’t see myself sustaining that business while constantly shelling out money and not recouping any of it. YES I KNOW THE SAYING
IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY.
I know the saying to be true, But I also know that spending your money wisely can be the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful business which is ultimately what you are when you’re an artist … You are A BUSINESS!
I just want to make sure I’m successful and I’m not making costly mistakes that could keep me from living the life I want and deserve to live. Yes this is my dream but my dream is also a means for me to accomplish all of the other things I want to in my life. For me it doesn’t just stop at a dream (for myself) I wanna see my people not just doing good but excelling and doing FUCKIN GREAT!
Not judging but observing with the intention to learn from other peoples mistakes, something I’ve never really done but I see the value in it by not wasting my time doing something thats already be proving to not work.
I just keep it 100.
Either way it goes I do like what im seeing. From some people I learn, from other I learn… I’m observing watching listening and learning, at this point thats all I can do. My writing is straigth my art is good, its my business that I’m focused on now!
I love the scene at Crowbar its a nice lil spot. The guy who runs the show seems like a cool dude. He seems to be good people which is always great.
All in all I’m learning I’m grinding I’m pushing the dream. I’m here to stay
Have you ever played with the idea of quitting? I have …. Well not exactly the idea of quitting or giving up but I’ve thought that maybe this isn’t going to work for me which inadvertently leads to QUITTING!
Lets just be clear I have been a singer and a writer for a very long time. The love has never left me. It never will leave me.
When you base your own success on the validation, acceptance or the idea of what someone else deems a success you may never reach that dream.
Perfect solution… Come up with your own idea of success. If that means getting through a show where no ones listening, or getting through a heckler in the audience (i.e. Comedians) then take those leaps or baby steps as they are necessary for YOU!
When we spend our time looking at what others have or are doing … We waste our time not doing what we need to do, to get where we want to be. And this my friend is when we play with the idea of quitting.
There comes a time when we have to drop the fairy tale visions of our lives and get REAL with SELF. What are you realistically looking to accomplish, what can you work towards today?? Not to say that your fairy tale is not possible but usually the dream is point Z. If you are at point “A” you still have 25 more steps to make, to get to “Z” … so be realistic. Look at your own path and set goals and plans according to your own plate.
That my friend is how you beat the idea of Quitting and the idea that “Maybe this is going to work out for ME” typa thinking.
I’ve been there, I’ve had those feelings and thought those thoughts and I always manage to get it together when I realize… Wait are you comparing yourself, your life, or your position to someone else???? Thats when I check myself and I re-recognize that I am ME. I have my OWN journey, My OWN path and I must walk MY path not someone elses.
Tonight I performed at Pegasus Lounge Open Mic. I was satisfied with my performance. Could I have done better .. Well you know I will always find a flaw in myself. I do not CLAIM flawlessness to myself because then I’d be settling for mediocre and I ain’t about that life!
I’ll get better, but I can say I’m not far off from being on point! I just happen to be harder on myself than anyone else.
Don’t Quit Dreaming, Dont Quit Chasing your dreams because as long as YOU believe in YOU, you’ll make it where ever you wanna go WITH or WITHOUT the validation of others.
Last night I hit the streets. On the Ybor strip I took my 1st step to promo my brand with guerilla marketing. It’s was cool to get out there, but I really am going to need a team. All in all I know that ultimately this can be a helpful way to add more to my brand.
I received my 1st Edition of t-shirts and business cards; They are definitely NOT my last and final design plans because there were some issues,but they’ll do for now. It’s so funny gettin out here in these streets to see different peoples responses. There are people who will respond to you positively, people who will rush off, people who won’t care and it’s all a part of the beauty.
The show doesn’t stop because of 1,2,3 or 4 bad responses… The show goes on infinitely until the plan results in and overwhelming response of love.
Im here to stay!
Catch me again out in these streets marketing my brand passing out cards. It’s a long road ahead…. But I’m Ready!
On Thursday I went to the Tampa Music Conference. Man I am so glad I skipped out on work early to make it, there really was a wealth of information to be had. Much of the information is good to hear even if you already know it. You know sometimes there’s always little bits of info that you just may need to hear outlaid from another person. Yea that typa thing; I still gathered a lot of new info as well. I spent $50 because I didn’t know anything about it until the night prior at Da Cypher 11 Year Anniversary held at Crowbar. Which was pretty good might I add…. I was too posted I was plastered to my seat REAL LOW KEY and kinda Anti Social, but I wanted to just take in the scene people watch get a feel of the environment. Of Course I was NOT Anti-Social or Low Key ate the Tampa Music Conference DUH!!! At the conference I met a lotta people Artists, Writers, Dj’s and More I had hella contacts to add to my list, but most importantly what I love about these kind of events is the open SHARING of knowledge for the overall benefit of people who just don’t know!! Why I do a WHOLE LOTTA research sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know so you have to network and collaborate with others to keep up on new info. This event did just that for me!
It was also good to get info from the “Other Side” so to speak. They had an entertainment lawyer, dh’s and Artist managers speaking on the panel and them sharing their frustrations about dealings with artists etc was really a gold mine to me. It gave me insight to the things NOT TO DO. Even if I forget some of the things I really feel like I have made a few connections that I can build upon and simply ask for help and suggestions. All in all the $50 was a great investment for my career. I’m so ready to get to the part when my music is FULLY MY BUSINESS I’m really excited… I’m focused!
Something BlitzM PD of K100 Radio Station told me at the conference stuck with me and I will keep this in mind going forward I explained to him that I made 2 promo songs that I wasn’t intended to profit from … He asked me why would I do that?? He said if you’re not able to profit from it why do it!?!?! That question although very simple the emphasis, delivery and inflection automatically put me in a new thought process… This is a business …. To survive the business you have to make the right moves to sustain your career. I felt a little silly when he said it but every moment since that moment I have thought about it with that in mind. Make the right moves so that ultimately you can make this your business … Your successful business.
Thanks BlitzM and All the other panelist who shared information we would have had to pay 100’s or even 1000’s of dollars for. I’ve always been about knowledge learning and improving I will be able to make several improvements from this 1 event.
Tonight I performed live at Pegasus Lounge in Tampa, Fl. The crowd was intimate and the performers were plentiful. I showed up at a pretty good time this week, Last time I showed up at 11 thinking the show started at 10:30… Boy was I off! So anyway this week I made sure to be there on time. I patiently waited my turn… when my turn came I helped the D.J. find my music on my hard drive.
Immediately after I went up to the mic and proceeded to perform Weight, Remedy and Savage. I DID GREAT :~D But it all went downhill from there. There were a few good performances after me but then a comic came up to the stage. IT WAS BRUTAL. Heckler Station.. I mean he was just totally shut down by the comments. BRUTAL!
I tried to encourage him after but Im pretty sure he gonna go kill himself when he gets home. No Pun Intended! 2 comics in a row both had some dry/silent moments but the 2nd guy just … he just couldn’t get over the crowd. Makes me want to curl up for them when I see people kinda chock (so to speak) on stage. I understand being a comic is a lot harder to please a crowd than a singer but man If I could walk up with my coat covering him until we got out of the place I think my imaginary mind would have. BUT any who Im sure he’ll get better but MAN!!!!
ANYWHO about my performance, as you may know I am a perfectionist so I OF COURSE feel like there are some things I could have done better, but overall I did good. I really need to work on singing on a mic and making sure Im in Key BEFORE getting on the stage. I had about 2-4 key failures lol where I simply did NOT hit the right KEY! Most people say “Oh you’re the only one who noticed” and that cool and all but if I noticed it ….. IT WASN’T RIGHT! IJS you Gotta be together when you get on stage and I mean like a PRO!!!
Tonight was a good night after a slight disappointment (recording session got canceled) I was hoping to start on a new song, but its all good next time!
Either todays was a good session or JWaltTheGreat is just a great engineer and he made me sound better than I actually do LOL!
Today we went in to do Savage… Started out with One Last Dance Mixing and fixing etc. Which I have to say, JWalt had the Vocals sounding really good much better than before. I really liked the turnout. Didn’t quite finish with it, HOPING to get One Last Dance Ready for radio ASAP.
As I am typing this I am listening to Savage on my headphones, it just came to my mind that the music on a song can mask a LOT tomorrow I’m gonna need to listen to the vocals no music. As far as Savage goes we laid the vocals in about 30-45min not even sure if it took that long but for good measure. To be TOTALLY honest I was nervous before I went to the studio today… Why I don’t know I’m not the type to get nervous often, I’ve always been the type to roll with it and if something goes haywire DEAL WIT IT! But today I was nervous. Good thing the session wasn’t so bad.
I have been battling with my voice for a while now. I’m concerned I may have vocal damage. With that being said I took some direction and it worked out. There are some changes and a few more background harmonies that need to be added but the song is on a great path to completion. I will be hopefully be able to share it with you soon.
Anywho I feel good about todays work and I cant wait to tell you about tomorrows session.
Until Next Time Love Like you’ve Never Been Heart Broken and Dance Like Now One’s Watching Peace