It was difficult but I finally finished mixing this. Please keep in mind that Selena never recorded this in a professional recording studio setting. It’s a 26 year old LIVE recording from 1991. It wasripped from the original tape that I myself digitally remixed and remastered.
This is a DEMO not an official track.
I’ll release Selena’s solo version later
Where did your favorite artist get their big break?
1. Loco Dice, started his career as a Hip-hop Dj and rapper opening for major artists like Usher, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and R Kelly.
2. Adrian Lux, began his journey of music production when he started taking a class where there were a lot of musically talented people, inspiring him to make Hip-hop beats for his friends to rap on.
3. Kygo, began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 till he was about 15 or 16 when he stopped to begin producing music with Logic Studio and a midi keyboard learning the program from watching several youtube videos.
4. Steve Aoki, while attending The University of California, Santa Barbra ran underground concerts in his house that was just off campus. This became very popular, essentially turning into a concert venue which gained the name “ The Pickle Patch”. Soon after this he went on to create his own record label Dim Mak Records.
5. Calvin Harris, after graduating high school worked in a supermarket and local fish processing factory in order to buy Dj gear. Moved to London to pursue his music career did not receive the attention he wanted and returned to home to Scotland to continue to release music on his Myspace page. About 2 years after that received attention for his music that he was releasing on Myspace from major record labels and signed three contracts with Three Six Zero Group(management), EMI(publishing), and Sony BMG (recording).
There’s currently 3-4 major record labels in the music industry, and they account for about 75% of music sales. These labels are Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, EMI, and Warner Music Group. So, if you’re boycotting Sony Music Entertainment because of #FreeKesha, know that you’ll have limited music choices, but here’s some minor labels with great artists you can listen to. (throughout doing my research, I was actually surprised how many minor record labels had famous musicians. But please note, some of the very famous musicians on this list no longer work with minor record labels & moved to bigger companies/retired/are dead/whatever).
•Melanie Martinez, Bruno Mars, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, AC/DC, Skrillex, Rolling Stones, Paramore (?), & many more
Fueled By Ramen
•twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5, & more
•Chvrches, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, & much more
Equal Vision Records
•Pierce the Veil, We Came as Romans, I the Mighty, the Dear Hunter, & more
Dim Mak Records
•The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Borgore, & a ton of other EDM artists
Neon Gold Records
•Mariana and the Diamonds, Elie Goulding, Foxes, the Sound of Arrows, and a few more
•Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, LMFAO, Natalia Kills, & more
•Selena Gomez, Eminem, Madonna, Katy Perry, & more
Hollywood Records (Disney)
•Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, etc. (please note many of these celebrities have moved onto different recording labels)
Strange Music Inc.
•my friend really likes hip hop music and she told me to put this on the list
Run for Cover Records
•Tigers Jaw, Basement, Turnover, Title Flight, & a couple of others
Two Steps From Hell
•this is actually a music production company, but they’ve made music for Harry Potter, X-Men, and Pirates of the Caribbean
(please feel free to add more, correct me, and anything else. and as I said before, these might not be 100% accurate, and are subject to change).
Hey all, I don’t often have the time to give in-depth comics/art career advice, but I got an email from Tanya this week with some good open-ended questions I found the time to answer, and she graciously agreed to let me post them here for anyone else who might be interested:
What would you say are the three most important things you have done to get yourself to where you are today?
1. Starting a webcomic. This gave me a real taste for being my own boss (i.e. managing my time and producing consistent work on-time), and built the foundation of what would later become my readership. Some of the friends I made in online/webcomic communities in 2004 are still friends today.
2. Showing up at a convention, visiting publishers’ booths, and asking if they had anyone available to look at my portfolio. This will not always work, and I was turned away from several annoyed publishers (especially at crazy-busy conventions like San Diego), but I tried it at a small local convention (Stumptown) in 2008, and there was an editor free at the Oni Press booth willing to take look, which is how I got an invitation to pitch material to Oni Press.
3. Interning at Periscope Studio. I got hands-on experience helping to flat, ink, draw backgrounds, etc. for comic artists while I was a college student. I could ask them questions I had about “breaking in” and get a variety of responses from a pool of freelancers who had each built their own unique models for successful art careers. It was really striking to me that among the 25 members, no two were the same. There’s no road map for success in comics, but they had each found their own path to it, so it inspired me to find my own. The Periscope internship isn’t around anymore, but any opportunity to work alongside an established professional can teach you a LOT. Take any opportunity to visit an artist’s studio, and work WITH other people in person whenever possible. I also had a sketch group with Emi Lenox and Angie Wang for a couple of years, and I would learn so much just watching them pencil and ink at a café table and telling each other about the pens we were using or what artists we were reading.
How did you get your first paying job in the art industry? What was your role and who was your employer?
I belieeeeeve my very first job was illustrating a comic for an author who found my work online when I was a junior in college (thank you portfolio site and Deviant Art). He had a day job but was passionate about writing comics, and he asked if he could pay me a page rate to illustrate one of his scripts. I liked the script and we negotiated a good page rate, which allowed me to draw 14 color pages over the summer and earn as much as I would have earned at a summer job. It’s worth noting that aside from this project, virtually every big, paid job I have ever received has been through a friend (an editor asks a friend of mine if they are available to illustrate a comic, the friend is not, the friend recommends me to the editor, the editor contacts me, and I get the job). That’s why I think it’s reeeeeally important to hang out with other artists in person whenever possible, be outgoing and kind and make friends with new artists, and remember that they are not your competition, but rather your friend group and a network of people that you can help and that can help you.
It’s official, the Most Powerful Voice in the ‘Music Industry’ is Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift, illustrated her amazing clout last week when she forced Apple, the world’s most valuable company with $740 billion in market cap, more than doubling that of Google, to abandon plans to withhold artist royalties for streaming music during the three-month free trial period for Apple Music.
Swift approached Apple via social media last week and stated, in an open letter to Apple, she threatened to withhold her latest album, “1989,” from the service. Taylor wrote, “I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing,”
Quick thinking Apple executive, Eddy Cue, @cue (who oversees Internet services including iTunes and Apple Music), responded with Taylor Swift that day and later posted on Twitter that the company had changed course.
That was truly “a watershed moment” and a rare victory for musicians who have seen their earnings from recorded music steadily decline in the digital age. Especially as Apple is also the largest sales, profits, and assets among the world’s biggest technology companies.
Importantly, as Taylor Swift has over 59.4 Million Twitter Followers, over 71 Million Facebook FANs and with YouTube, Instagram, etc. – Swift has more than150+ million followers or subscribers. Indeed, a huge and highly engaged community of raving fans globally.
And she is truly a ‘jaugernaut’ and thundering through the music and entertainment world and recklessly devastating ‘traditional’ Music Labels, established Industry Players like: Apple, Spotify, Pandora, etc.
Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s REDand 2014’s 1989).
Importantly, Taylor totally understands that each social network that she joins, she instinctively develops, plans, integrates unique ways to engage with her fans, whether on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Taylor strategically uses social media marketing to report sentimental and emotional stories about how her fans’ lives intertwine and integrate with her own, thereby growing her social media empire, fiercely loyal fans and her expanding bank account. She gets the importance of ‘social proof’ and authenticity, and develops a fan loyalty other brands would love to have.
I often say to ‘old school’ Music and Entertainment veterans (iTunes Included), she is a social ‘prodigy” – as a 25 year old women, Taylor understands her millennial audience better than any other Music Industry veteran, because she grew up in the “sharing” culture.
In fact, many of her fans weren’t even born when “Napster’ crushed the Music Industry 20 years ago the first time, unlike today’s senior management of Labels like: Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Group (now a part of Universal Music Group (recording) and Sony/ATV Music Publishing (publisher)) and Warner Music Group – collectively known as the “Big Four” majors.
As Taylor wrote very famously, in The Wall Street Journal in July 2014 about her thoughts on the Music Industry, Swift said: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”
In the United States the share of the population using the Internet will increase from 83% today to 87% by 2017. (So, I don’t see Taylor’s rapid ascension slowing down over the years to come either)
Effectively reaching the connected audience (especially digital natives) requires the ability to create highly engaging experiences. Digital video has quickly become a critical component of these experiences, and Taylor Swift gets this!
Today about half of worldwide Internet users watch video online. By 2017 almost two-thirds of them will be watching online video. Some 2.2 billion people (76% of Internet users in the United States), watch streamed video. By 2017 that number will be 85%.
In summary, Taylor Swift intuitively gets it’s the golden age of the ‘empowered’ consumer and fan (millennial audience), with the demand for digital experience increasing and becoming the norm, I am positive Taylor will continue to find new ways to develop even a bigger global tribe, sell more merchandise, generate even more BUZZ via social media, utilize even more mobile marketing, streaming and build a vast database of fans who buy more of her music, CD’s, DVD’s, Calendars, jewellery, accessories and go to her events.
Bottom-line: Taylor Swift is inevitably going to soar to ever-greater heights over the next decade and become the next ” Unstoppable Juggernaut”
Hello Nathen, the TWC is well-acquainted with your presence by now so I don’t think you need the most proper of introductions. Suffice to say you have done a great deal for this community by way of providing personal support, in addition to your fountain of lyricism.
Thanks Bee, I am super excited to be added to the ever growing list of TWC writers on the “Breaking Down the Wall” project :)
Gimme your best!
Who is Nathen Surman? (There’s even a gif for this question :)
Who am I?? Haha, Just an ageing Aussie bloke with a penchant for writing is all ;)
As a youngster I was always buried face first in books and found very quickly the magic contained therein - the vocabulary grew, as did the desire to mold the written word in my own fashion
I’m deeply fascinated by psychology and find myself analyzing the way people behave/react to different situations and this has shaped my own processes when it comes to dealing with life’s curveballs
I am deeply in love with music. All forms. Studied classical vocal at the Conservatorium in Sydney and was a member of the Australian Youth Choir for almost two years). I also auditioned for Australian Idol and advanced to stage 3 but my song choice ‘Mi Mancherai’ didn’t see me advance any further.
I am a text book Scorpio. Passionate, jealous, observant, loyal and possessive. Oh, and vengeful so don’t piss me off! Hahahahaha!!! *ahem*
I am a lover, no doubt. I am always looking for ways to help those around me have the best of whatever they are after and sometimes drive people away with my over-enthusiastic sense of positivity (sorry if I come across intense, it’s how I roll…) I love everyone and truly don’t believe I have ever hated anyone (disliked a few, but never hated)
I’m super excited to be visiting the States and can’t wait to see as many of y'all as I can in the short weeks I will be there!!!!!
In case you haven’t noticed (or talked to me in person) I prattle on a bit…. so I’ll shut up now.
Don’t be silly! No way are you getting off that easily, we’re only getting started. What brought you to tumblr, initially, and at what point did you become aware of the mighty TWC?
There was a friend of mine back in Sydney before I came to Canberra who is an artist (painter) and she has a tumblr. When I first got here I wrote a ton of poetry on FB but it wasn’t received well by my 'friends’ who have zero class. So I created an account and copy pasted all my pieces to tumblr!
poetrybyashley (who has gone AWOL) was my first real contact, he featured me quite heavily - he thought I didn’t know it was him but I’m not blind.. He ran a competition and I entered. Came 2nd. This was the beginning of my growth within the writing alcove of Tumblr
Hmmm, the TWC eh? I guess my first real interactions were after silentrhymes passed away. I was struck by the sense of urgency to let all those I appreciated for their love and support know how I felt. I thought perhaps many others might feel likewise so I began the #sharethelovechallenge, aiming to provoke tumblites to share their love for each other through poetry (as poets it seemed right..) I expected a few submissions but thanks LARGELY to our dear Wolfie the challenge produced over 200 submissions within a week!! This is when I became acutely aware of the sense of Community here and plunged headlong into getting to know as many of you as I could <3
On getting to know people: Are there any writers that seemed especially larger than life? Were you intimidated by anyone?
Larger than life? Certainly! Bettie, Wolfie and Monkey. Their reputations preceded them :P
Intimidating? no. It is very hard to intimidate me, in fact if you are someone who comes across as such i will usually go out of my way to connect with you haha
There was one exception of course…… You, my dear sweet niece <3 But not for any intimidation of your personality, it is your writing which made me nervous. You write with such an “old soul” I swear, if the concept of past lives is true you my dear write with the heart and emotion of all of yours. I read a great deal of your writes and never even hearted them because quite frankly I was scared of what to say if you messaged me with any thanks or hello’s!
Currently I am enthralled with Scherezades writing - sdfghjkjhgfdfvghbnj!!!! Gosh can that woman control the written language!!!!
There is such a vast and varied array of talented writers on here i feel i simply must shout out (in no particular order) to - Readyfornothing, Jayarrarr, Contrarycate, Looking-for-jillian, Lizletsgo, Leowritespoems, Brittany-cormier, Mikefrawley, Thoughtsunrehearsed, Loqui, Wolfie, Bettie, Monkey, Cherokeeghostrider, lzlabs, shamanfox, Exahele, S-emi-colon, Megwhoa + Battlingsunlight (grouped together for obvious reasons ;) Theresidentmama, Kittygory, Milkshakesandheartaches, Wordrummager, Melliecotton (I must stop here or continue ad infinitum - but rest assured, I don’t follow you if I don’t love your poetry <3<3<3<3<3<3)
I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS!!! NEVER STOP WRITING!!!!!!! <3<3
Keeping said vast and varied array of talented writers in mind, do you really think that there is a 'clique’?
There are going to be cliques here, but not the same type as in school. The cliques here are forever merging and becoming super-cliques as “circles” of followers overlap and add each other - I have follows who didn’t follow any of the above until I recommended them. All it takes is communication <3 Why do you think I message so many of you regularly?? PROMOTE!!!! Talk to each other; tell your “circle” about others you have discovered and in no time there won’t be cliques, just one ginormous TWC
Overall what do you think that this hodgepodge community of writers has to offer?
I’ll dispense with the gushy sentiment and say it plain. The TWC is the best thing to happen to me since getting off the streets. Simple.
Never have I found such a nurturing environment filled with the most outstanding examples of what humanity is capable of. Seriously, the rest of the world could learn a lot from our little 'hodgepodge’ <3
And it’s also a great place to write ;)
Who has influenced your writing? Any other external influences (favorite poets, authors, etc.)? Anyone you would consider a must-read?
All of the aforementioned TWC family (and unmentioned also..) I have grown so much in the past 12 months, i look at my posts from Feb last year and compare them to what i have been writing lately and the difference is staggering. It is all because of you guys. You push me to try new things with words, new flows, new techniques. Some i cant grasp, others i can and they become integrated into my style.
External?? Hmmm. Shakespeare of course. but my fave poem of all time is The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes (haven’t read it??? WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!??? GO NOW!!)
Non poetry, well Colleen McCulloch is a stand out for me, and ugh! CS Lewis!! Sheer brilliance <3 (The Screwtape Diaries is an entertaining yet exquisitely intellectual take on demonic rationale - highly recommend) Also Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable” (if you love the musical, read the novel.) and “The Last Day of a Condemned Man” (also he wrote some very nice poetry….
The Grave said to the Rose,
“What of the dews of dawn,
Love’s flower, what end is theirs?”
“And what of spirits flown,
The souls whereon doth close
The tomb’s mouth unawares?”
The Rose said to the Grave.
The Rose said, “In the shade
From the dawn’s tears is made
A perfume faint and strange,
Amber and honey sweet.”
“And all the spirits fleet
Do suffer a sky-change,
More strangely than the dew,
To God’s own angels new,”
The Grave said to the Rose.
But the all-time greatest piece of literature ever written imho is Homers “The Illiad” - I’ve read it easily more than 50 times and I just can’t describe how perfect a blend of poetry, history and myth it is. Best. Ever.
Anything else you would like to add?
There is actually Janie, over my time here at the TWC I have witnessed a heartbreaking amount of despair from our beautiful family members. Anxiety, Depression, Heartbreak, Abuse, the list goes on. I’m not sure if it is a symbiosis between art and pain or the comfortability tumblr affords us to express ourselves more openly but I just want everyone to know -
You are special
You are loved
You are most certainly worthy of all you dare to dream
You are alive. Embrace that life.
My inbox is ALWAYS open for anyone who needs a friend (look closely and you will find the vast majority mirror my sentiment)
You never have to be alone with your pain, TWC stands for Tumblr Writers COMMUNITY and we are exactly that. A community looks after its own and we are here for you. all you have to do is ask <3
To borrow some words we will all recognise - Dig Yourself…..
Share the love my friends
Retenir encre dans votre stylo, Et amour dans votre coeur….
Well, that’s the end of the line, folks. If you have any more questions for Nathen, I’m sure he would welcome them. Thank you, Nathen, for putting up with the interview process. I know this one was particularly drawn out.
Thanks Bee, it’s been a pleasure - don’t stay away too long love!! we miss you terribly <3