Philly Mixtape http://phillymixtape.co Showcasing extraordinary local and legendary talent while taking a bold look at today's current music news and trends. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:46:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Must Listen Monday http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/must-listen-monday-24/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/must-listen-monday-24/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:38:35 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3919 Just when you thought it was time to stop adding tracks to your summer playlists….today’s Must Listen Monday comes along featuring a buffet of new tunes that are not only quite delightful, but some are gaining loads of summer music buzz.  Among the buzzworthy beats is “Body On Me,” a tribal-kissed new banger from Rita Ora and […]

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Just when you thought it was time to stop adding tracks to your summer playlists….today’s Must Listen Monday comes along featuring a buffet of new tunes that are not only quite delightful, but some are gaining loads of summer music buzz. 

Among the buzzworthy beats is “Body On Me,” a tribal-kissed new banger from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. There’s also dance diva Jade Starling‘s banger,”Better and Better” getting the Chris Cox remix treatment, Hailee Seinfeld delivers a bright ditty called, “Love Myself,” Brian McKnight mysteriously reappears with the bedroom-laced, “Uh Oh Feeling,” and even Ms. Kylie Minogue makes the list with the jazzy, “Absolutely Anything and Anything at All,” which is serving as the lead single from the upcoming UK sci-fi movie, Absolutely Anything. 

But, if there’s one diva who’s creating the most heat, it’s everyone’s favorite moody chanteuse, Ms. Lana Del Rey. Over the weekend, the songstress served up “High by the Beach,” which is the lead single from her hotly anticipated Honeymoon set. The deep, dark ditty is classic Ms. Lana, but contains a slightly different funkier feel than some of her earlier offerings. 

Get “High by the Beach,” then get lost in the rest of these Must Listen Monday tracks, which are always guaranteed fresh from Philly Mixtape‘s headphones to yours. 

Puff…puff….go. 

Lana Del Rey/’High by the Beach” 

Brian McKnight/”Uh Oh Feeling” 

Charli XCX/”X-Ray Specs”

Kaskade/Rae Morris/”Call My Name” 

Kylie Minogue/”Absolutely Anything and Anything At All”

Rita Ora/Chris Brown/”Body On Me”

Robin Thicke/Nicki Minaj/”Back Together” 

Hailee Steinfeld/”Love Myself” 

Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Ed Sheeran/”Growing Up”

Jade Starling/DJ Laszlo/”Better & Better”/Chris Cox Rewerk

Calvin Harris/Disciples/”How Deep Is Your Love”/Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix

Calvin Harris/Tinashe/”Dollar Signs” (Not a new release, but you need this in your headphones right now.) 

 

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Music Tea w/ Singer/Songwriter Megan Burtt http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/music-tea-w-singersongwriter-megan-burtt/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/music-tea-w-singersongwriter-megan-burtt/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:58:13 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3880 Talented. Gorgeous. Strong. Those are just a few of the words that Philly Mixtape can come up with to describe not only just the music of lovely singer/songwriter Megan Burtt, but also use them to describe the up-and-coming flame-haired chanteuse herself.  Currently, the Colorado native and Berklee graduate is gearing up to release her second full-length […]

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Talented. Gorgeous. Strong.

Those are just a few of the words that Philly Mixtape can come up with to describe not only just the music of lovely singer/songwriter Megan Burtt, but also use them to describe the up-and-coming flame-haired chanteuse herself. 

Currently, the Colorado native and Berklee graduate is gearing up to release her second full-length album, The Bargain, which is set to hit headphones everywhere on August 25th. However, it hasn’t been an easy road for the singer as the recording process for The Bargain came with a price. In 2013, the sweet songstress contracted a serious illness that forced her to abandon plans in her music career and to seek treatment back home in Colorado. As Ms. Megan fought her way back to perfect health, she began writing songs to process and document the life-altering experience.

“The songs on this album are about my journey out of a health crisis, many of them dressed up in love songs… which all have something to do with that journey. The word “bargain” I find very provocative because as people we are constantly bargaining – making choices, deciding how and when and why we should show up to our lives. Every day, every dollar, every relationship, every journey feels like an exchange of something to someone, usually yourself,” Burtt explains.

Lucky for you guys, you will get to hear from Ms. Megan herself as she was kind enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for quite a festive music tea, where she spilled on her Berklee background, what kept her strong during recovery, and she also comes up with the one word that describes her unique, soulful artistic sound. 

Take a seat at the music tea party table with the lovely Megan Burtt below. 

PM-Kicking our spillage off, tell everyone how you got your start in this crazy music business…

MB-I suppose by default. It unfortunately comes with the territory of wanting to share your music with the world.

PM-Now, you got your music study on at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. What was that experience like for you?

MB-Oh, Berklee. I wanted to be as far away from home as I could, so Boston was a nice coincidence. It’s an interesting place! I’m forever grateful for the friendships and relationships I made while I was there – I really attribute any success I’ve had to the network I gained there. It’s one of those places where you really decide if music is something you’re up for. I worked hard, I left with incredible drive and a lot of humility. Looking back I appreciate that I had the years to sink my teeth into songwriting. I think it was there that I really became a songwriter.

PM-You’ve also dealt with some unfortunate health issues along the music road. Care to tell everyone a little about that? How are you feeling these days?

MB-I feel great! It was a chapter in my life that’s really ended and what lingers from it is more what I learned about myself than anything negative or a physical hinderance that has kept me from chasing my dreams.

PM-What has made you so strong in your recovery?

MB-Gratitude. Learning to believe in my potential, and learning how to trust and show up for myself.

PM-Which music artists have inspired you over the years? 

MB-Lately I’ve been really trying to pay closer attention to creative production and records that sound really unique and undeniable. The new Emily King album is pretty slammin! 

PM-The one album you absolutely can’t live without is…

MB-D’Angelo/Black Messiah

PM-The one T.V. show you can’t live without is….

MB-My pop culture education is pretty pathetic.. I don’t know what I have one. I have a bit of a guilty pleasure for Orange Is The New Black.

PM-How about….your favorite song of the summer…

MB-It’s not new, but new to me-“Light Hits The Room” Laura Marling has been on heavy rotation in my life lately.

PM-Describe your sound in one word…

MB-Colorful.

PM-One last broken tea mug. What words of wisdom would you give to someone who right now decided to sign up in the music business?

MB-Recognize that you’re a small business and find a mentor who can help you run your music career like a business with a storefront.

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Show Review/The So So Glos Displayed Fine Music Truth at Union Transfer on Friday Night http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/show-reviewthe-so-so-glos-displayed-fine-music-truth-at-union-transfer-on-saturday-night/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/show-reviewthe-so-so-glos-displayed-fine-music-truth-at-union-transfer-on-saturday-night/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:06:56 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3931 This past Friday, Desaparecidos performed in front of a packed house at Union Transfer. but it was opening act, The So So Glos, who stole the show. From the angular guitar riffs to the maniac bass lines, this band is full of energy and punch. Watching them set up their tattered DIY banner and test out their instruments […]

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This past Friday, Desaparecidos performed in front of a packed house at Union Transfer. but it was opening act, The So So Glos, who stole the show. From the angular guitar riffs to the maniac bass lines, this band is full of energy and punch. Watching them set up their tattered DIY banner and test out their instruments themselves in front of a thousand people was as intimate as it was anxious. Who were they? How would the crowd receive them? And were they ready? I saw SSG open up for Alkaline Trio back in April. They brought their Brooklyn roots with them then and they brought them again now.

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A clash of punk mixed with a bit of pop/surf/island, SSG are making fans at every show along the way. The Desaparecidos show were particularly a hard crowd to win over. It’s not often that a punk band here is praised in Philly (though it’s alive and well in Jersey). Let’s just say the band won over the crowd, got them riled up from nothing, and put on a killer show on energy and power alone.

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SSG took the opportunity in front of a crowd who’ve never heard of them to play a lot of new material. They played a few tracks off of their latest album “Blowout.” You could hear some diehards singing along. It really were those newer songs though that got my ear listening. Their song “A.D.D.” (guess what it’s about) is going to be a hit when it finally gets released. Singer/bassist, Alex Levine, took a short segment to talk to the crowd about the band’s song “Speakeasy” as to what it was about before they went into a killer rendition. He was a great storyteller despite being a bit anxious himself with the crowd.

SSG is a band to keep your eyes on. Having been in the game for a few years now and about to release a new album, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Show Review/Ezra Furman Owned the MilkBoy Stage on Saturday Night http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/show-reviewezra-furman-owned-the-milkboy-stage-on-saturday-night/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/show-reviewezra-furman-owned-the-milkboy-stage-on-saturday-night/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:18:40 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3909 Electric chaos is the word I’d use to describe Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends show this past Saturday night at MilkBoy. It was a family affair but you know…the dysfunctional kind. First song “Cherry Lane” was a rough start between the sound going haywire and Ezra’s guitar breaking multiple strings. The packed house paid no […]

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Electric chaos is the word I’d use to describe Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends show this past Saturday night at MilkBoy. It was a family affair but you know…the dysfunctional kind.

First song “Cherry Lane” was a rough start between the sound going haywire and Ezra’s guitar breaking multiple strings. The packed house paid no mind as all faces were eager for Ezra’s return. I met a young lady who came all the way up from Virginia, having seen them perform in D.C. the day before. She told me it had been so long since they had been in the states, having toured Europe and then readied the release for Perpetual Motion PeopleEzra’s newest release (3rd album, but 6th if you count his albums with The Harpoons…of which I do). Everyone in that space had a similar story. These are true fans and they are growing in numbers.

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His backing band, The Boyfriends, were more of a staple than hired guns with saxophone solos throughout, a jack-of-all-trades keyboardist/guitarist, and a bassist who really looked like he was your boyfriend. By the 3rd song the band had gotten comfortable and the crowd upfront were getting wild. By the last song everybody in that venue was dancing: a mix of 1920s swing to and psuedo-mosh-pit (really just one guy and a few fist pumps here and there).

Highlights of the show included their newest hit single “Restless Year” that was too short you just wanted it to be played again, “Wobbly” a strange awkwardly catchy tune about feeling…awkward, the sing-a-long to “Lousy Connection,” and huge admiration and applause for “Mysterious Power,” a song from his previous band The Harpoons.

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The best part…I’ve never seen a band at MilkBoy where the crowd demanded an encore, trapping the band in the middle of the crowd until they went back on stage…only for them to play four more songs including “I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die.” 

Philly’s own Danny Newport opened the show as well as Chicago-based band, J Fernandez. As I usually say but mean it more than any other time…you really should’ve been there. We missed you.

 

 

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Mixtape Music News http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/mixtape-music-news-66/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/mixtape-music-news-66/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:59:38 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3907 1.Britney Spears introduces her kids to Skrillex… Is Britney Spears making new music with DJ Skrillex? Well, we don’t know the answer to that question (yet), the beat guru did stop by Britney’s Piece of Me show in Las Vegas and posed backstage with the singer along with Spears two sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston, […]

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1.Britney Spears introduces her kids to Skrillex…

Is Britney Spears making new music with DJ Skrillex?

Well, we don’t know the answer to that question (yet), the beat guru did stop by Britney’s Piece of Me show in Las Vegas and posed backstage with the singer along with Spears two sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston, Spears’ brother, Bryan, and his daughter.

According to Billboard, Spears’ kids are huge Skrillex fans, and were delighted to get to meet an idol. (Your mom’s Britney. Go figure.) 

Check out the pic below. 

2.Kelly Clarkson takes on Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”…..and it’s heaven. 

Just when you thought you didn’t need another Kelly Clarkson cover in your music life, the diva done did it again.

During her Salt Lake City Piece by Piece Tour stop, Ms. Clarkson magically treated fans to another dazzling cover, this time taking on the classic Bryan Adams ’80s jam, “Heaven,” to beyond heavenly proportions.

“I chose this one because this is my husband’s — one of his favorite songs. And he’s here tonight,” Clarkson exclaimed when announcing “Heaven” to the audience. Watch a fan-made clip of Clarkson’s performance below.

3.Annie Lennox’s daughter is fine after kayaking incident, but boyfriend is still missing..

In a bit of sad music news for your Monday, Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann (daughter of Annie Lennox) and boyfriend Ian Jones were involved in an unfortunate kayaking accident in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., this past weekend. 

While Tali was examined at the scene and did not need treatment, Jones is still missing, officials have confirmed to People.

The kayak the two were in capsized around 9:30 a.m. local time on the Hudson River near the Staatsburgh State Historic Site, according to Dutchess County Sheriff’s Captain John Watterson. Watterson also said that the river’s strong current and alcohol may have played a part in the incident, and that there is a chance that Jones may have drowned. The search for him continues. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Lennox during this difficult time. 

4.Demi Lovato proves she a “Cool for the Summer” diva down under…

Not that we need anymore reason to vote Demi Lovato‘s “Cool for the Summer” as this year’s best sun-kissed anthem, over the weekend the diva performed her summer smash with an all-female backing band on The Voice Australia.

The 22-year-old singer was joined by a six-piece band of divas, all looking very colorful in 80s-inspired garb complete with hot pants, heels, and since it’s summer, of course, there were some fur coats thrown in as well. Needless to say, Ms. Demi and her brood of broads owned the night.

5. Prince throws major shade towards pretty much every record contract out there…

The music shade is real on a Monday. Well, if you’re Prince it is.

Speaking to a group of 10 journalists at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, the “Diamonds & Pearls” crooner reportedly voiced his concerns about the current state of the music business.

“Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word — slavery,” Prince said at the press conference, according to NPR. “I would tell any young artist … don’t sign.”

The Purple One- who recently announced that he’ll be releasing his new album HITNRUN through Tidal — also took the opportunity to speak about working with Jay Z and the music streaming service. He also broke several tea mugs about how record contracts turn artists into “indentured servants,” claiming that new, young music artists have little say over how record labels use their music and profit off of it through online streaming.

“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves. Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves,” Prince is reportedly quoted as saying.

Unfortunately, cell phones and recording devices were reportedly banned from the meeting, so no audio of Mr. Paisley Parks’ words are available. But since this is Prince, we can bet that there will a lot more coming from this story.

6.This…

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Madonna Summer Groove of the Day/”Into the Groove” http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/madonna-summer-groove-of-the-dayinto-the-groove/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/10/madonna-summer-groove-of-the-dayinto-the-groove/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:17:16 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3901 “You can dance…for inspiration”  It’s those simple, yet meaningful words that take us, um, into “Into the Groove,” which is fingerless black lace gloves down not only one of Madonna’s best dance singles, but one of the best singles of her lengthy career.  Recorded for the classic 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan,”Groove” was featured on the […]

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“You can dance…for inspiration” 

It’s those simple, yet meaningful words that take us, um, into “Into the Groove,” which is fingerless black lace gloves down not only one of Madonna’s best dance singles, but one of the best singles of her lengthy career. 

Recorded for the classic 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan,”Groove” was featured on the re-issue of the Material Girl’s second studio set, Like a Virgin, and released on July 23, 1985 by Sire Records (!) as the album’s fourth single outside the states. Madonna’s inspiration for the disco-kissed ditty actually came when she was stalking, err, watching a sexy Puerto Rican Papi across her balcony. In an ’85 interview with Time magazine, Madonna went on to explain, 

“When I was writing it, I was sitting in a fourth-floor walk-up on Avenue-B, and there was this gorgeous Puerto Rican boy sitting across me that I wanted to go out on a date with, and I just wanted to get the song over with. I ultimately did go out with him and the song was finished just before my last date with him, which I’m kinda happy that it did not continue… The dance floor was quite a magical place for me. I started off wanting to be a dancer, so that had a lot to do with the song. The freedom that I always feel when I’m dancing, that feeling of inhabiting your body, letting yourself go, expressing yourself through music. I always thought of it as a magical place – even if you’re not taking ecstasy. Hence that came to me as the primary inspiration for ‘Into the Groove.” 

Upon its release, the groovy dance track was met with great reviews, appreciated by contemporary critics as well as authors, who unanimously called it “Madonna’s first great single.” The song was am across-the-board success, reaching the top of the charts in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, where it was Her Madgesty‘s first number-one single. However, In the U.S, the song was only available as the B-side of the 12-inch single of “Angel,” which kept it ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 according to the rules at the time. But by the end of the crazy ’80s, “Into the Groove” was honored by Billboard as the Dance Single of the Decade

Of course, the Susan inspired accompanying video is also a fun romp, laced with various clips from the film, with the lyrics often matching the images. The reason that this was done was because there were already five Madonna videos on full force diva rotation on MTV, and Warner Bros. did not want the audience to be saturated with any new video. 

In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, the living legend herself pretty much sums it all up..

“‘Into the Groove’ is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it.”

We most certainly do. 

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Mixtape Music News/Sunday Evening Edition http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/09/mixtape-music-newssunday-evening-edition/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/09/mixtape-music-newssunday-evening-edition/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 22:29:01 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3884 1. Miley Cyrus throws major music shade towards Taylor Swift in Marie Claire… Let the music hoops holding begin–it looks like there might be some, um, “Bad Blood” boiling between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. In a recent music tea with Marie Claire, Cyrus broke a few shade-y tea mugs talking about Swift’s “Bad Blood” […]

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1. Miley Cyrus throws major music shade towards Taylor Swift in Marie Claire…

Let the music hoops holding begin–it looks like there might be some, um, “Bad Blood” boiling between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

In a recent music tea with Marie Claire, Cyrus broke a few shade-y tea mugs talking about Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, which features the pop star’s character Catastrophe violently destroying her enemies.

“I don’t get the violence revenge thing,” Cyrus told Philly Mixtape’s avorite mag. “That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”

Uh-oh. While Taylor has yet to respond to Miley’s music shade, we can most likely expect the “Style” diva to write a lil’ song about it, because as we all know, that’s her thing. Perhaps this will lead to the inspiration to a ‘1989’ follow up? Only Taylor time will tell.

Stay tuned.

2.Are there some postmortem beats coming from Aaliyah? 

August 25th will mark fourteen years since R&B goddess Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a place crash in the Bahamas. While that date always marks a sad day in the music world, there may be a silver lining as long-time Aaliyah producer and bestie, Timbaland, broke news on his Instagram about some unrelated music from the fallen “One in a Million” diva.

In his post, Timbo had this to say after being asked if there was indeed new music on the way.

“Well the answer is YES!!!!!!!!” the famed producer and rapper confirmed. He also added that a “sneak peek” of the new ‘Liyah grooves is coming soon and included a picture of the diva’s face in a bed of white clouds.

Miss you, boo.

3.Iggy Azalea’s second album is in the works…again.

With social media shutdowns, failed singles and a canceled tour, the music struggle for Iggy Azalea has certainly been real this year. Now, it looks as if things may be turning around for the diva-from-down-under- as the “Fancy” bitch dropped several new details about her next album in a series of tweets sent out to her fans yesterday.

It was reported that the “Pretty Girls” spitstress checked in from the studio to provide a positive status update about the upcoming release, confirming that she’s already done recording six new songs. She also noted that the new album would be a much shorter length that its predecessor, The New Classic, and that a new single would be released early next year.

Do you thinks she can retain her chart status? If not, at least she gave us “Fancy.” You know you still like it.

4.Ice Cube and his son spill ‘Compton’ tea….

Straight outta Mixtape….you hear it first.

O’Shea Jackson Jr. the son of legendary rapper, Ice Cube, was set on portraying his father in the upcoming new flick,  Straight Outta Compton. But the two-year audition process certainly wasn’t an easy road for Jackson to travel down. But lucky for him, he is already Cube’s spitting image, and early reviews of the film suggest that he’s got his father’s mannerisms down as cold as Ice.

The buzzworthy film, which captures the explosive rupture of iconic rap group, N.W.A., is also O’Shea’s acting debut, and judging from the looks of it, we can bet it certainly won’t be his last.

The dynamic father/son duo sat down side-by-side and spilled all the ‘Compton’ tea with the Associated Press, including Cube’s review of his son in the role, in which he says, “He owned it.”

Check out the full interview right by clicking here.

5.Meryl Strep takes on Lady Gaga…

It’s the forty-five time Oscar winner singing “Bad Romance” as part of her just released film, Ricky and the Flash.

Does it really need an explanation?

6.What’s Spotify up to now?

Spotify is up to something…again. 

Could the streaming service be readying to offer premium-only content in the near future?

In a recent published report in Digital Music News, it’s been confirmed that the popular music streaming service is looking to make certain releases available only to paying members or offered for a hot music minute to non-paying users.

In fact, Spotify recently tested this model with Muse’s new 10-minute track, “The Globalist,” which is serving as the lead single from their upcoming set, Drones. Muse’s new banger is only available to paying Spotify subscribers.

Sources also told DMN that the rollout of premium-only content on Spotify could begin early next year.

Both Warner Bros. and Sony declined to comment on the music matter, and Universal Music hadn’t responded to Billboard’s request for comment at time the news was published.

Stay tuned for more details on this one, kids.

 

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Forgot About Friday/R&B Baby Makin’ Groups of the ’90s http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/07/forgot-about-fridayrb-baby-makin-groups-of-the-90s/ http://phillymixtape.co/blog/2015/08/07/forgot-about-fridayrb-baby-makin-groups-of-the-90s/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:35:23 +0000 http://phillymixtape.co/?p=3864 While last week’s Forgot About Friday list lived that random dance diva life, this week’s list is all up in those R&B baby makin’ groups of the ’90’s. We know the slinky decade was full of nostalgic feelings, but none were as surprising as the feeling that came over you once those bangers served up […]

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While last week’s Forgot About Friday list lived that random dance diva life, this week’s list is all up in those R&B baby makin’ groups of the ’90’s. We know the slinky decade was full of nostalgic feelings, but none were as surprising as the feeling that came over you once those bangers served up by Dru Hill, 112 and Soul For Real started tickling our music “G” spots. While groups like Boys 2 Men succeeded in making lots of babies, there were others, well most of them, whom ended up just delivering just one or two hits and then literally fell of the music map.

We could sit here all day day and reminisce Mary J. style as to what happened to each of these next R&B acts, or we could take a more civilized route and press play on each of these sexed-up tracks and ponder the times they each owned a spot on our knockin’-da-boots mix tapes. 

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Whether they were breaking hearts on “Cupid,” breaking headboards on “Dance With Me” and “Everywhere,” or missing Biggie Smalls alongside Diddy and Faith Evans on “I’ll Be Missing You,” 112 represented ’90s R&B in all of its upstairs-to-the-bedroom glory. Of course, no 112 collection is complete without their ’01 summer groove, the slinky and delicious, “Peaches & Cream.” 

Dru Hill

Similar to Boyz 2 Men but with more rough edges and bleached hair for days(ahem, Mr. Sisqo), the boys of Dru Hill ruled the charts with budior beats, “We’re Not Makin’ Love No More,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and the So So Def rewerk of “In My Bed,” which we will never forget to bob our heads to once it starts having its way with us in the headphones. 

Bel Biv DeVoe

Poison” and “Do Me.” NEVER forget. 

 

Hi-Five

We certainly liked the way that Hi-Five played the kissing game with us…but were devastated when they left us and fell off the face off the music map.

 

After 7

Ready or not….you definitely forgot about the short-lived career of these baby makin’ music boys.

 

Soul For Real 

While it would be so much fun to figure out just what the hell happened to the “Candy Rain” crooners, it’s a lot more fun to get lost in their delicious ’90s groove. Classic. 

 

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This Monday will kick off the 25th (!) annual International DJ Expo at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, which is all set to be an explosive four days packed with music, workshops, music, events, parties and music business seminars. One of those seminars will be led by Adam Weitz, executive producer of A Sharp Production, who will be teaching everyone in attendance how to write their own success story…and how to make it stick. The esteemed Mr. Weitz has spent the better part of his two decades not only perfecting his day-to-day business skills, but passing his infinite wisdom to others out there who are in the creative process of building their brand.

Adam will take his knowledge front-and-center at the convention this upcoming Wednesday, August 12th, but before he schools all of those who are attending, he was gracious enough to take time out of his schedule to sip some music business tea with Philly Mixtape, where he spilled about the early creative process of A Sharp Production, just how to make it through those dreaded rough business days, and just what it takes to make your brand work in the rapidly changing world of today’s music business. 

If there are any readers out there (Philly Mixtape included) that are looking to build a brand, a business, or just need some inspiration, this is the music tea for you. Read on and get to know the very well-respected Adam Weitz and all of his credible business advice below. 

PM-Kicking our music business tea off, spill for everyone about how you got started in this crazy business…

AW-As a third generation entertainer, I started singing at the age of five and began performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, and corporate events in my Father’s wedding band when I was thirteen. I first learned the DJ craft in my early teens, and after having developed my skills in Live music and DJ Production, I took these abilities to a whole new level when I started A Sharp Production.

PM-What was that early creative process like starting A Sharp Production? 

AWI incorporated both the live music and DJ backgrounds for many of the events we worked.We offered a DJ production along with a band for very reasonable rates, and the clients loved the intermix of both elements at their events. At the time, the adults commonly would respond best to the live element while the children seemed to prefer the DJ. As time went by, both groups had an affection for the DJ production, and the adults love when we would add even one or two musicians to a party to add the live element while, at the same time, not requiring an entire band at the event.

PM-Now, this is something that all new entrepreneurs face-those tough days when it seems like the whole world seems to be crashing down around your business. Any words of wisdom you can serve out for those young entrepreneurs out there who face those dreaded days? 

AW-With the opportunities of working for a production company in the past, I had built the foundation for success and was able to buy out my partnership. As words of wisdom, I recommend learning to understand money and how it works. Success in this industry can be a flash in the pan. Sometimes the economy is great, and you feel like you’re on top of the world. Other times, the economy can stink, and people are only going to want the very basics. Everyone will still have parties, but you have to watch your money. This becomes an easily misconstrued variable. We must remember it’s not only about entertaining. It’s about understanding business.

PM-What would you say is the one thing that has kept your company strong after two decades in the business? 

AW-Our construct of business for the employees and sub-contractors we house is a good mixture of a corporate environment for potential growth as well as future areas we develop. We encourage our employees to work for opportunities to grow. By allowing employees to reach for new goals, we keep their interest and maintain the motivation they have to learn new things. With this in mind, they get better, and the company runs more efficiently. Offering rewards to those who accomplish these goals motivates others to follow in certain employees footsteps. This is the same mentality we must keep with our clients
as well.

PM-What are some of the biggest mistakes you see fresh-on-the-scene companies making today? 

AW-I see many companies who are all sizzle and no steak. They put up fancy websites with a lot of pictures and videos which may not be theirs exclusively in order to win a contract with the client. They get in over their heads and don’t perform with the integrity that they should. I advise them to offer what they know and deliver it with true professionalism. If they decide to offer something with which they are not familiar, the result could be a disappointed client. Despite the years it may take to build a business, nothing can destroy it faster than word of mouth from clients who expected something you didn’t deliver.

PM-Let’s talk about this year’s International DJ Expo. Can you spill for everyone about what you’ll be presenting at this year’s convention? 

AW-This year, I will have the honor of presenting a fantastic, one-hour seminar on the subject of understanding the essence of being an Unconditional Entertainer in the service industry. I think it’s important for younger members of our entertainment family to attend a fresh course in some of the most important daily routines and practices they need to incorporate in order to represent discipline before their employees, so they will know a certain way of doing business in your company is essential. Leadership, among everything else, is vital to the longevity of a good business. Therefore, I believe attending a seminar on becoming an Unconditional Entertainer is important.

I will also have the honor of performing on Wednesday night up on the stage with Big Daddy, and I get to watch my headline entertainer Jay Berkovitz go for entertainer of the year.

PM-What do you hope everyone in attendance will gain from your seminar? 

AW-I hope they will get a healthy idea about running a business, working with others, and communicating in a way where everyone focuses in the same direction. I also wish to help others get a clear idea as to whether or not they are truthfully representing their business or masquerading for inauthentic purposes.

PM-Besides your presentation, what else are you most looking forward to at this year’s expo?

AW-I always look forward to seeing my fellow colleagues from around the country who have come from near and far to visit the exhibits, attend the seminars, and learn new lessons. I very much enjoy networking and meeting people who are new to the industry! I think it’s great that this industry has grown strong, and one of the things that I truly enjoy is being able to re-establish old connections with people who I haven’t seen in a few years that, unfortunately, couldn’t attend last year. It is very important to incorporate new network relationships, and since things can be done so well digitally now, there are people
who can offer services to help out on your parties from thousands of miles away. This is a great opportunity in today’s modern era of entertainment.

PM-Let’s go out with a little music. The one album you can’t live without is…

AW-Billy Joel’s The Stranger. I am a huge fan of his music, and that
album, in particular, is one of my all-time favorites.

PM-One last sip. Your favorite summer anthem of all time is….

1,2,3,4(Sumpin’ New) by Coolio is my favorite for two reasons – one because he used the song “Fantastic Voyage” [by Lakeside] as a back beat, which is a great disco song, and two because it reminds me of going to the beach when I had downtime and I was able to party it up myself and enjoy the relaxation of being at the shore!

For much more on A Sharp Production, groove on right here.

For more info on this year’s 25th annual DJ Expo, put those headphones on and go right here.

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Calvin Harris/The Disciples/”How Deep Is Your Love”

Sadly, Mr. Harris isn’t rockin’ his Armani skivvies, but the sun-soaked clip is still worth every bit of your music while.

Matt Nathanson/”Gold In The Summertime”

The indie-crooner strikes all sorts of summer gold struttin’ the streets of NYC in his latest visual offering. 

Randy Houser/”We Went”

Looking to put a little country music twang into your weekend? Look no further than the latest offering from Randy Houser, which features all sorts of down home drama. Giddy-up. 

5 Seconds of Summer/”She’s Kinda Hot” 

Ready…set…shut up and swoon for 5 Seconds of Summer’s latest video. 

Britney Spears/”Pretty Girls”/Live In Las Vegas…

….without Ms. Azalea. Enough said. 

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band/The Daily Show

The legendary rocker says goodbye to the infamous talk-show host. And it’s everything you thought it would be. 

Spice Girls/”2 Become 1″

Because the impending news of the gals upcoming 20th anniversary tour is making us crazy. And because it’s Friday. 

 

 

 

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