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Meet KB “The Playmaker” Barrell The Man Who Is Responsible For Bringing Street Teamwork Back To The Music Industry

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In the age of digital promotion and marketing one very important factor that all major music labels are now coming to understand is that…”Visual street promotion and marketing techniques are part of the promotional future.”

In the late 90’s throughout 2010 Rap music street promotion companies made a huge impact when it came to making the public aware of a new release. Now there are “Pop-Up Shops” and autograph signing sessions, personal appearances, and on many occasions “Pop-Up performances” by new artists. Even placing advertisements on car windshields has exploded nation-wide. One of the top executives in this field of promotion is Mr. KB “The Playmaker” Barrell.

Mr. KB “The Playmaker” Barrell’s company “Customs By Theplaymaker”  is based in the city of Milwaukee and he services several major cities in the Mid-West region including Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Topeka, Cincinnati and many other smaller markets surrounding those central areas.

It seems as if these old-school promotional/marketing efforts instituted by companies such as “Def Jam” and “Loud Records” 20 plus years ago have now taken center stage again within the Rap music culture. KB “The PlayMaker” Barrell has never stopped catering to the streets and is at the top of his game in 2021-2022 with his non-stop street promotional efforts.

The company is currently promoting the following hit artists not only from a street promotional aspect, but they also combine the digital aspects to further the “up-close and personal marketing touch they specialize in: “T-Rell”, “54 Baby Trey”, “The SpeedKnot Mobstaz”, “Looney Babie” , “Glasses Malone”, “Gwapo Chapo”, “Kokane”, “Prince Party”,  “Esc Deez”, “H1 Da Hook”,  “DJ Battlecat”,Lil Saucy  “Compton Yellaboii Tha Duke”, “Shantii” “The MT Twins” “Big Unc” “Dolpha Rasza” “SpeedKnot Mobstaz” “Glocc Sinatra”, “Comedian Bankhead”  and the late “King Von”

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The playmaker is also developing his own line of dolls called “RAPPER FIGURES” which will have the likeliness of some of your favorite artists, He is also in the final stages of opening Milwaukee’s 1st and only artist development facility called “ THE COMPOUND”  this will be a safe place for up and coming creatives to hone their talents. The facility will be equipped with a full service internet & social media marketing team, Podcast area, Practice stage, Photo & Video area, Full service graphic design and print department, Tour and Merchandising setup along with consultation and Music education courses.

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ASTARRBOY on How to Disrupt the Music Industry in 2022

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It’s easy to lose motivation, especially when attempting to break into the music industry, but maintaining a positive mental attitude is just as crucial as producing a strong physical output. But how are you going to accomplish it? Let’s hear it from Arman Changulyan, a well-known hip-hop musician throughout the world. ASTARRBOY is his showbiz moniker. He was reared in and around Los Angeles. When he was 14-15 years old, he began recording tunes! It began as a pastime, but as he began to release songs and gain popularity on social media, he realized it might turn into a job. When he was 18 years old, he released his debut song. ASTARRBOY values feedback on his work but is unconcerned with song criticism. It motivates him to work even harder!

Use social media wisely

According to ASTARRBOY, if you’re seeking to break into the music industry as an artist, you should market your songs in any manner imaginable. He has about 26,000 Instagram followers. He has over 100 thousand streams in over 70 countries after posting his tracks on Spotify and Apple Music. One of the most effective methods to spread your message is through social media. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, in particular, are wonderful candidates for musicians to market their music online because they are free! You may also market your content to a certain demographic. His humble background taught him to be thankful for what he has now while being humble. At the age of 19, ASTARRBOY began releasing songs. Because of his songs and prominent social media presence, he has enjoyed significant success as a musician. His next move will be to develop a YouTube page where he will upload additional music videos as well as behind-the-scenes films of his profession and personal life.

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Creating your press pack 

Of course, you want to get recognized because you want to be successful and have record labels sign you, but you’ll need a CV just like everyone else seeking for a job. Your press kit is your CV as an artist. According to ASTARRBOY, this is the portfolio that encompasses everything about you as a performer. Among the artists with whom he has worked are 24Hrs, Vory, Nessly, Guap Tarantino, and others. People he used to listen to are now his collaborators. A press pack, according to him, should include your demo CD, a history of the act, styles and influences, a typical set list, and a high–quality photo. Because you’ll be sending it to record labels along with your demo CD, it has to be polished. He feels that in the music industry, contacts are more crucial than in any other industry. He enjoys receiving praise from his peers and working on songs with them.

Play in front of crowds

To begin with, you can’t be too fussy about where you want to play your music if you want to get recognized, according to ASTARRBOY. Take advantage of anyone who is ready to give you time to perform. Any experience is beneficial, so attempt to secure a regular slot at a venue to boost your local profile. Playing at a range of locations also allows you to better understand the sort of crowd you draw to a venue and adjust your performance accordingly. If you’re just getting started, look for smaller engagements like Open Mic evenings before moving on to bigger venues.

Convey maturity 

It’s crucial to be professional as a person, especially while attending music events, in addition to sounding well when you play. Always come across as professional, according to ASTARRBOY, if you want to create relationships with people and be noticed in the music industry. If it’s a performance, be on time, courteous, and well-rehearsed. Shake hands to show that you’re confident and courteous.

Practicing your skills

When it comes to practicing, you must put in the time if you want to be noticed — even the finest singers, for example, take frequent warm-ups to aid with breath control and pitching. ASTARRBOY suggests that you consider not just how much you practice, but also how you practice. During your practice sessions, make sure you’re attentive and productive. If you’re a singer, practice vocal exercises on a daily basis, and if you’re a musician, keep practicing those scales! Getting a trained tutor who is knowledgeable about the instrument will also assist you in building an exceptional approach that will help you stand out.

Staying motivated 

ASTARRBOY feels that if you don’t have any true ambition, you won’t get very far in the music industry. Never expect someone else to get you recognized on your behalf. There are hundreds of people who could be willing to help you. Begin by advertising your music online, and then consider taking it to the next level to gain recognition.

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“Edurk Black Pablo”: Taking over the music industry with indie label “Awol GCode Promotions”

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“Awol GCode Promotions” has become one of the rising indie record labels in the music industry.

Over two decades, “Edurk Black Pablo” has paved the way for several indie rappers in the music industry. As the co- founder of Awol GCode Promotions, and original member of the rap group The Dayton Family, the Flint, Michigan born rapper’s musical journey began when he was just ten years old. “Michael Jackson inspired me to pursue music, and many others like Eric Breed, Run D.M.C., Kool G Rap, Awesome Dre, Bootleg, Gangsta Nip, Scarface & Tupac played a crucial role in encouraging me to become a rapper.”

In 1996, The Dayton Family signed a major record deal with Relativity Records. The group then dropped their debut album “FBI” in October of the same year. The album succeeded and peaked to #45 on the Billboard 200 Charts. It was the beginning of their journey to “street success”.  The Dayton Family then earned two Gold Albums, by being  on albums from Master P’s (Down South Hustler) and 36 Mafia’s (Chapter II World Domination).

 While on the road to stardom, Edurk had to serve time in prison, lost his parents a week apart from each other,  and lost his brother years later.  Edurk remembers how hard it was being in the music industry as an independent artist. He says there were times in Chicago when he and the group had been scammed by a “janky concert promoter” and also when group members “Bootleg, and Ghetto E” got kidnapped and attacked on 79th and Halsted. Edurk says” it was one of my worst memories he ever had growing up”. He also shares about how he almost “gave up on life, but decided to move on, because God has a plan”.

Since bouncing back and overcoming the trials, and tribulations of life Edurk has managed to achieve tremendous success along the way. One of his notable memories during his music journey was going on a 50 state tour with the “Insane Clown Posse”.

Currently, Edurk has released the hot new single and music video for “Tear Me Down”, that features  R & B singer T. Rell, and down south rapper Ziggy Zig-Zag.  He also has songs currently on radio air waves (ranked as high as #60 on The Top 150 Independent charts and #161 on The Top 200 Global charts) and music videos trending on video channels worldwide.

Edurk and Awol CGode Promotions are currently on an 8 city tour with Gucci Mane’s new artist “Enchanting” that started May 7th and ends in late June.

Edurk’s new single will drop July 1st, and will be produced by platinum producer “”Faided Beatz”  and he and The Dayton Family will be filming their self-proclaimed street documentary titled, “Dope Dayton Ave” this Summer/Fall (produced by “Flint City Media”).

Check out “Edurk Black Pablo and Awol GCode Promotions” on YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCcobyUQrkxCRgqpEubk-Q.

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Jake DeMichele is a LoFi Mastermind

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Earlier this year, American-bred musician Jake DeMichele announced a debut album on the way for 2022, but gave scant details about the project, leaving listeners to speculate about just what the ambient breakout artist had in store.

Fans need no longer worry, as DeMichele’s first studio album, Floating, has arrived in grand fashion.

In the hands of a lesser artist, the formal rigidity of Floating would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s five tracks is a testament to DeMichele’s breathtaking compositional skills. The producer builds much of the record around a theme of repetition; melodies and rhythms start off simply, and DeMichele adds layer upon layer of complexity as they progress. The album as a whole is itself a repetition of structures and forms of arrangement that shift from track to track. But, like all great songwriters, DeMichele knows how to surprise the listener — and the surprises on Floating are some of the producer’s best yet.

Take the opener, “Cloud Cover.” The song begins with sweeping, sweet syth arps the drift over a rolling drum beat as the space around them fills with harmonic textures. But as soon as this pattern is on the verge of becoming predictable, DeMichele switches gears to a lyrical, brassy melody and kinetic bassline. He then brings the song full circle by combining the two ideas into a glimmering, crystalline climax.

The songs on Floating are like expertly crafted puzzle pieces that interlock and fold into each other to form one complex, complete unit. The album as a whole fits in this analogy as well. Just as each song is a collection of parts that fold into a whole, so to is the album made of individual songs that add up to make something greater than the sum of its parts. The way the energy flows from track to track is hypnotic, and the album moves form uplifting, soaring choruses to mysterious and sombre bridges with confidence and ease. There’s a refreshing amount of dynamic variation throughout, and the melodic and harmonic movements of Floating come across like narrative.

All in all, it’s hard to say what the best thing about Floating is. Maybe it’s the funky flutes and steady shuffle of the title track, or maybe it’s the cascading keys that open up “Crisp Air.” It might be the deliciously crisp guitar tone of “Night Walk” and “Rainy Drive,” but it could also be the intertwining counterpoint of the album’s closer, “Sundown.” The sound design is beautiful, the arrangements are subtle and nuanced, and the overall effect is triumphant, even bordering on transcendent.

Suffice it to say that Floating sounds like the soundtrack to a science fiction film that we wish we could see, and DeMichele has produced one of the most entertaining albums of the year.

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