Getting started in the music industry can be intimidating. Especially when we've been lied to for years about how to start a music career. The music industry wants to keep the creators as uneducated as possible especially when it comes to marketing so that they can sell us the dream, keep our earnings, and leave us in the dark with how they do it. I had a depressing wake up call when I was first getting started over ten years ago and since then I've positioned myself to be in control of my opportunities, earnings, and happiness. I needed to make this video to address some myths and to show you what can be possible in your life with music. Enjoy!

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In late June, Lil Nas X dropped “Panini,” the follow-up single to his monster hit, “Old Town Road.” Produced by Take A Daytrip and Dot Da Genius, the track became Lil Nas X’s second-biggest hit to date, debuting at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Take A Daytrip’s David Biral and Denzel Baptiste sat down with Genius to break down how the song was made.

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DamnBrandonT interview aka Brandon Thomas on the Producergrind Podcast. We linked up with DamnBrandon to talk about what he has been doing since his breakout hit with OG Maco "U Guessed It" which includes working with artists like Kanye West, Madonna, A$AP Rocky & more. He told us why he never officially signed to OGG, QC or any label and remains independent to this day

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3:14 Evolving with the Atlanta sound
6:20 Brandon links with hustlers for financial support
8:17 Getting paid $20K per beat
10:10 Building a fan base from Parties!!
11:27 How we became successful and remained independent
12:47 Who's in OGG?
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26:00 Dealing with flaky artists
30:11 What does a universal shift feel like?
33:52 OG Maco slapped Brandon over U Guessed It record???
37:56 Brandon tells Kanye hes not going to send him beats
45:19 Traveling helped Brandon become more confident in his music
48:46 You have to do what you want to do
49:20 Becoming more of a music director
50:33 Pro's and Con's of being Independent
51:50 Don't try to remake a song that made you big
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Man what an amazing experience! I visited Vancouver, CA and locked into a studio space with 30+ up-coming music producers. Our conversations were endless. We discovered the power of literally "saying our goals out loud" and the importance of being VERY clear about stating our specific goals. Having a vision is one of the keys to reaching success. So instead of saying "I want to be a successful Grammy winning music producer", you can be specific and say "I want to have 3 major label placements in the next 3 years with Drake, Kendrick and Beyonce + a Grammy nomination + a publishing deal worth $500k + generating an average of at least $5k in monthly residual income". From my experience, having specific goals and visions is a major key! Also, what happens when you deal with "shitty" rappers who do bad business and don't want to pay? Well, it's simple. You don't deal with them and move on + find rappers who DO GOOD BUSINESS! They're out there, you just need to find them. The lesson here is to be mindful of what you put your energy into and to commit your focus to seeing the POSITIVE pathway to your goals instead of focusing on the negative.

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Before his memorable producer tag laced multi-platinum hits, Mustard built his brand producing catchy club bangers for West Coast artists like YG, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tyga. For the latest episode of 'The Cosign,' Genius recruited the producer-turned-label exec to share his expertise and review music from today’s rising West Coast artists.

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