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  • 8 Questions to Ask Before You Say "Yes" to Performing!

    Sometimes, we as artist get so excited about booking a gig, that we forget to ask some very important questions. Hold off on saying "Yes" until you get the basics covered. Here's my list of the top 8 questions to ask.  

    1. Is this paid a gig? 

    • This is always the first thing I ask. And if there is no money involved, find another way you can capitalize on this opportunity. Will there be press at the event, will it expose you to a region that you have never peformed in, will others in the artistic community be present for you to network with? Whatever you do, make sure you know how you will benefit from this performance before you say Yes. 

    2. What Equipment will be available? 

    • I always like to know the type of microphone that will be available, especially since my show tends to involve alot of movement. Do they have a handheld or a headset and is there a cord attached?  Also find out if there will be a microphone stand. Typically I like to bring my own just in case. Knowing what kind of equipment the venue provides will help you structure your show accordingly. 

    3. What format should I bring my music in? 

    • In the past couple of years, I have been providing my music on a flashdrive and DJs/Sound guys seem to always appreciate this format. But you still should alway ask ahead of time. Most systems do not have CD players anymore. I have found that venues typically request the music via email prior to the show and also ask you to bring your tracks on a flash drive and an mp3 player for backup (you can use your phone). 

    4. What does the floor plan look like? Is this show indoor/outdoor?

    • It's always good to know what kind of stage you will be on, IF there's stage at all. If so, find out how big it is. Try not to rely on online photos of the venue, they can be very misleading. If you have the opportunity, visit the venue ahead of time if they are not able to provide you with measurements of the stage. If you will be performing outside, ask if there is a platform with a covering or will you be on concrete/grass. Never assume. 

    5. Is there a spot for me to set up my merch?

    • If the venue is not going to provide you a table, bring your own! I've done this various times. Also, bring a lamp and an extension cord, in case you have to set up in a spot that is not well lit. Bringing merch should always be allowed, especially if your'e not getting paid to perform, this is an opportunity for you to make some money.  

    6. How much time do I get to perform?

    • Most people ask for like 1 or 2 songs, but I like to go based on minutes because most of my tracks are medleys. Find out how much time they are going to allot you to perform. Also if you're doing the gig for free, keep the set short. If I'm donating a performance, I like  to give a maximum of 5 minutes. It's what I call a teaser, give the audience just enough to fall in love with you but leave them wanting more. 

    7. May I have a soundcheck?

    • You think this would be a given, but most event planners don't even think about this until you ask. So ask! Because most of the time they're just expecting you to walk in and hit the stage. So get there early! And if for any reason you cannot get a sound check, at least make sure you introduce yourself to the sound guy and build rapport, and do not hesitate to ask them to adjust your sound during your show. I have literally stopped singing mid-song because there were sound issues, then once we got it right, I started the song over. As an artist you put a lot of work into your rehearsals, we don't spend all that time just to have the show screwed up due to sound. Um, no. 

    8. Am I required to sell tickets?

    • If this is something that the venue makes mandatory in order for you to peform and if you don't meet this requirement are you prepared to pay out of pocket to make up for your lack of ticket sales. Most venues only do this if they have no promoter and no marketing budget so they try to get the artists to do it for them. If you have a huge fan base that always comes out to your shows than this is a no-brainer, but if you are knewer to the game and are still building your audience, I would not recommend booking a show that requires to you sell tickets. 

    I hope my list has helped you feel better prepared to accept that gig. Please comment below and let me know of any other questions you feel are necessary to ask before performing and I'll join in the discussion! 

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  • New Song: Only Remix

    My New Remix is here! 

     

    "Only" was a song originally recorded by Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil Wayne. When I first heard the song, I immediately thought I could put my own "Kim B. Twist" on it. I like to take dirty and explicit songs and fiip them. 

    My incredibly talented rapper friends are on it: Etha and Demontrae., of whom I haven't collaborated with since 2013.  Make sure y'all watch the lyric video because these brothas are spitting bars. 

     

    "Only" is a song about being selective about who you let in your circle. It's about being around people on your level. 

    Press play below to listen to the song. When you are done listening please click “Share” and share with your friends on your favorite social network because it really helps spread the message. THANK YOU!

     

    Thoughts?

    What do you think of "Only Remix?” Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • My Video Release Party! - One on One (Always)

    I knew when I filmed my video "One on One (Always)" it was a bg deal, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to throw a party or not. Many ideas went through my head, first I thought I should have something small and intimate for about 25 super fans, then I thought maybe I should just have an online release party. With all the uncertainty, I decided to ask none other than my fans themselves. 

    So I posted on Facebook, asking if I should have a release party or not, in less than an hour, I received an overwelming response of "YES!" But with all those people engaged and wanting to support, I knew I didn't want to have an intimate party any more, it had to be...BIG!

    After debating on a variety of places, my friend Derrick Duff Sr. reached out to me. Since he was already throwing an event in two weeks, why don't we team up? His Annual Pink and Black (Breast Cancer Awareness) event was going to be October 9th, which is the exact day I had in mind for my party! I knew that couldn't be a coincodence. I decided to take him up on his offer. I knew through this party I would get exposed to more local fans and have access to a huge venue plus my fans would get exposed to Derrick Duff Sr. annual events. It was a Win/Win situation, he even re-did the flier to accomadate me. 

    The night went great! A nice size crowd showed up and everybody was very supportive. Relatives I haven't seen in years even showed up and I got to reconnect with them. I ended up performing around midnight. I decided to do:

    • One on One (Always)
    • Permission/Kim B. Day

    The crowd wanted another song, but yall know me...I never give away too much at one time. Despite some sound issues in the beginning of the performance (Derrick had to hand me another mic) it went pretty smooth. 

    I would post the performance video but unfortunately it came out darker than I expected, and I'm trying to do this thing where I only put out high quality videos, so it may never see the light of day. But I'm going to play around with the brightness and see what I can do. But hey you should have been there if you wanted to see the show that bad! (wink, wink)

    After the show it was the.......VIDEO! Take a look: 

    Overall I had a great time and I am VERY happy I ultimately decided to throw a party and not just have an online extravaganza! Stay tuned, I got more events, videos, and music coming your way before 2015 ends!

    Check out the gallery below and PLEASE share this blog and comment. I love hearing what yall think!

     

     

    For more photos, please visit my "Pics" page!

  • New Song: One on One (Always)

    Kim B.'s New Single is here! 

    Our generation is so distracted by so much technology and we're always updating our social media profiles. It's real easy to start neglecting your life offline and the people you love. 

    This song is about spending quality time together, face to face, no distractions. 

    Listen below and see how it turned out.

    Watch This First...

     

    Press Play, Listen and Share

    Press play below to listen to the song. When you are done listening download the song and please click “Share” and share with your friends on your favorite social network because it really helps spread the message. THANK YOU!

    Or BUY it from iTunes!

     

    Lyrics

    Verse 1

    Tell me why you don’t answer my calls

    You seem like you don’t even care at all

    Last time I checked you still wanted me

    So baby why can’t we express all our needs

    Hook

    One on One with you is all I want

    Can we spend some time put down your phone

    Look me in the eyes tell me I’m the one...always

    One on One with you is all I need

    Anything you want boy it’s in me

    You’re everything I wish for in my dreams...always

    Always…..(2x)

    Verse 2

    I’m not sure what you got on your mind

    But all I wanna do is spend quality time

    Quality Quality Oh!

    B Section

    Baby what’s wrong with that

    Don’t act so stand offish

    Oh you wanna play mad

    Now you know I'm that kind of chick

    Who can see you through

    Holding back can’t stand up to this

    So do what you do

    I can change our night in one kiss

    Chorus

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     Thoughts?

    What do you think of "One on One?” Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • How to Create a Great ReMix!

    In the past two years I have been doing remixes/covers to popular mainstream songs. Though I have my own collection of original songs, I do enjoy putting a Kim B. twist on other artists’ songs. Plus the process of writing and recording a remix is a lot faster (and cheaper!) than doing original music. Putting out remixes helps me keep my fans entertained in between my original recordings.

    Here are my TOP 4 TIPS for creating a great remix!

    1. Research what’s HOT!

    The song should have been released in the past year and should still be relevant. I typically go to Billboard.com to check out what is currently hot. The more recent the songs release, the more likely you are to create a buzz with your remix of that song.

     

    1. Pick your peers! (or not)

    You can grow your fan base if you strategically remix songs by artists who are in the same genre as you are. I have remixed songs by Beyonce, Rihanna, Omarion, etc. All these artists are Pop/R&B singers and their fan demographics are similar to mine. On the other hand, you may want to remix a song of an artist who is NOTHING like you. I only recommend this if you are looking to reach an audience who normally wouldn’t be interested in your music. In the end, it all depends on what you are looking to achieve with your remix.

     

    1. Be creative and not identical!

    I’ve seen some artists do covers and do it in the same key, same exact lyrics, same vocal arrangement, and same tone as the original song. Big mistake! You want to give fans a reason to listen to your version. People want to hear something new. You should put a new twist on the song while still maintaining elements of the original song. Female artists consider covering a song that was originally sang by a male. Male artists vice versa. When I remix, I tend to customize the lyrics but keep the same vocal arrangement. *(Check out my remix to Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” called “Kim B. Day”.Also check out Anita Bakers cover of Tyrese’s “Lately” ).

     

    1. Block out the others!

    Don’t listen to anybody else’s remix before creating yours. If you hear how someone else re-made the song, it will be hard to get their way of doing it out of your head. You don’t want to let their version influence your creativity.

     

    These are the tips that have worked for me. I hope they help you out as well, however, different things work for different artists. If you have some more tips, please leave them in the comments. Also, be sure to leave links to your remixes/covers, I would love to hear them.

     

    God Bless,

    Kim B.

  • Kim B. Rocks Elgin at JB’s. (September 22, 2012)

     

    So, Gremlen Studios put together a showcase that featured a lot of rappers and………..ME! LOL

    Once again I was the only female performer and singer, I’m not complaining, just simply making an observation. I have been the only female at shows for quite some time now (even my dancers are males) so I’m used to it. I’ve actually embraced it.  No biggie!

    I open my set with a Kim B. original “…Makes Me Wanna Dance” Though it was my 6th time performing this song, it was my 1st time doing it without Knu York. I missed his presence and energy, but the show must go on! So I cut Knu York’s part out of the song and filled it with a dance break (typical Kim B. fashion right, lol) which the crowd seemed to really enjoy.

    Another 1st for me last night was adding a costume change. Okay, so it wasn’t a full wardrobe transformation (I simply change my top and through on my gloves and shades.) But it was fun to do while my dancers entertained the audience and showed their skills.

    Both outfits consisted of a white top, anyone who’s been at my shows for the past year may have noticed this strategic color choice. Whenever I know I’ll be performing in a low-light setting, I wear white to make sure I stand out on stage and camera. It’s been a pretty consistent image this year for me and my dancers. I think it works!

     

    I ended my set with a Kim B. original “Thank God”. At first, I had planned to place my latest single “Cry Myself to Sleep” in the show, but after much thought I decided that it would not fit the tone I was going for that night so I switched it with “Thank God”. I really felt led to sing it and I didn’t care if it was “risky” because the song is a representation of me – Kim B, and everything I believe in, so…why not sing it?

    The audience couldn’t have been more receptive though, by the end of the song everyone was repeating “Thank God” after me. What a wonderful sound to hear. I loved it!

    So my entire set went over well, and when I was done total strangers were coming up to me, hugging me and complementing the performance. In appreciation, I gave out free Cds in exchange for email addresses for my newsletter. I’m really excited to connect and keep in touch with my new friends and fans!

     Well that’s about all for now people. I hope you enjoyed my review/wrap-up of my show. I plan to make blogging a habit from now on. Thanks for reading, please leave comments and feedback. Love you all.

    God Bless,

     Kim B.