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producer fran ashcroft…interview

This interview is incredibly interesting. He’s clearly very in tune to music and the way it reaches out. Fran Ashcroft produced for bands i’ve never heard of and The Gorillaz.

Interviewer: The record business is suffering alot from people downloading
Fran: Well that’s what they say! It’s true lots of people download stuff because they can. Lot’s of people used to tape music from the radio because they could. Do you know anybody who kept all the cassette tapes that they taped off the radio in the 70s? I don’t. And the same will be true of downloads, you delete them after a bit….what happens is the stuff that you like and you enjoy and that you would actually put your money down for is the stuff you want to…keep.

I think we’re going to see a big divide between…Top 40 music and everything else. On the one hand, Top 40 stuff will remain in the kind of position it is now with the same kind of money being put behind it…The other 98% of music that’s out there will be able to be marketed to its own particular niche.

EXACTLY!!! I completely agree.

When artists wake up to the fact that if they sold 50,000 albums with a record label, they have a listener base of 50,000 they can draw on. Then what’s the point in having the record label when you can sell it to your fans directly.

I agree though I believe it’s happening now with artists declining to sign with big labels and going Indie or making their own lane to distribute their music. It’s reminds me of a quote from The Office:

“Michael: No, we don’t actually cut the paper. That’s a good question. The paper is sent to us cut, and dyed, from a paper manufacturer, and then we sell it to a business for more than we paid for it.
Abby: That’s not fair. [the rest of the kids agree]
Michael: Yes it is, well, w-w–you need someone in the middle to facilitate…
Jake: You’re just a middleman.
Michael: I’m not just a middle… man…
Melissa: Wait, why doesn’t the saw mill just sell paper directly to people?
Michael: You are describing Office Depot, and they’re kind of running us out of business.
Dwight: We have better service than they do!”

Watch artists come to see this and cut out the middle man.

It’s a question of using the most appropriate tools for the work you’re supposed to be doing.

Autotune anyone? It’s about having tools to your trade and using which ones are appropriate for what you’re going for. It’s NOT about one artist telling the rest of the virtuosic populace that a certain tool is “dead” or out. Let the artist decide for themselves.

Peace and x out the middle love.


wayne x eminem x drake…2010 grammy performance

this needs to be spread around so more people see the FAKENESS that the Grammy’s have become!!
THE SINGLE most important performance of the night…they effed up the sound (yes they broadcasted it this way). in addition to that, whoever was the light technician that choreographed this was not real impressive to me…pretty obnoxious actually.

this performance was really beautiful and seemed to be a good dot of the “i” on the decade. i am just so completely fed up with the grammy’s. they are stuck in a broad “everyone likes what we think is pop” mindset. they are run by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which “is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers.” which sort of makes sense to me as far as the voting…but what about who sets up the performances, and the presentation, and the production, and writing of the show?? they obviously spend more time on certain pop acts opposed to others. also, the indie music scene is rapidly growing (especially with younger people…the ones who care about “pop music”) and i suspect will soon reach the point where it is competing on an even ground with the majors. will the academy continue to ignore us as they do now?…that would be a major mistake imo if they do.
just some things to think about…

peace and evolve love.


lupe fiasco…setting “the record” straight

via: Lu’space

Hi guys…Lupe here…

There seems to be a lot…A LOT…of misconception and misguided info floating around the net…

so for the sake of clarity and so that everyone (HOPEFULLY) will be on the same page let me reaffirm and debunk some things and just turn down the general noise that is surrounding Lupe Fiasco…thats me…

My Third Album is Titled “LASERS” not “WE ARE LASERS” or “LUPE.N.D.”…

MY NEXT ALBUM IS NOT TITLED “LUPE.N.D.”…

“LASERS” is NOT my last and final album…

“LASERS” does NOT drop in 2009…

“LASERS” does NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” is NOT a single off of “LASERS”…Nor was it intended to be apart of “LASERS” project…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” was exclusively done at the request of the Twilight: New Moon Team to be apart of their film, motion picture soundtrack and as a vehicle to promote the film… NOT TO PROMOTE “LASERS”…

I produced “SOLAR MIDNITE”

I’m not SELLING OUT by doing a song for NEW MOON…

People thought I “SOLD OUT” when I did “Kick, Push”…

I LOVE “SOLAR MIDNITE”…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” is NOT a HIP-HOP RECORD…

I’ve done ROCK or ROCK-like records on all of my previous albums…i.e. ” The Instrumental” “Hello/Goodbye”…

I HAVE A PUNK BAND CALLED JAPANESE CARTOON WHICH I SING IN AND PRODUCE FOR…

I DO NOT GO BY “LUPE FIASCO” WHEN I DO SONGS WITH JAPANESE CARTOON…NOR PERCIVAL FATS!!!…I USE MY REAL NAME…

Enemy Of The State was NOT, NOT, NOT meant to be an album…so stop (to the ungrateful among you) TREATING it like one…

Enemy Of The State was short for a reason…I DONT LIKE TO WASTE SONGS…AND IT SHOULDN’T TAKE YOU THAT LONG TO PROVE YOUR NICE IF YOUR “REALLY” NICE…

ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS WATERED DOWN ON PURPOSE…BECAUSE ITS NOT AN ALBUM…

MOST OF ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS DONE IN ONE DAY…

IF YOU DONT HEAR IT FROM ME OR DJ BUSY IT MAY NOT BE THE COMPLETE TRUTH!!!

Its more noise out there and stupid rumor but I really don’t have the stamina…

FNF UP…

peace, and just to set the record straight, love.


no I D …no more albums

Brief interview snippet with No I.D. about the death of albums.

it just started…93, 94…before that there was no albums with 10 producers…it’s a new concept they came up with…they sound like audio compilations.

I actually think that’s a really good point. that music used to be (and SOME still is today) put together by one artist and their producer IN the studio, creating that cohesive feel to an album. i think that’s one of the biggest appeals to the music guys like Ryan Leslie, The Neptunes, and Kanye West make. It has a really consistent, entire feel to it because everything comes from themselves.
i disagree with him in that i don’t think it KILLED music, because i think a number of artists have become quite good at picking different producers to put together a whole album. BUT, there is no way it can match that feel of one producer, one artist (or even the producer being the artist as stated before). keep this in mind as you move forward in making music. become the complete artist you can become. master your craft, and music is your craft. dig?
peace, and bare butt love.