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  • Why I Became a DJ!

    Photo Credit: Robert Nipcon ***Location: Signature Room, Chicago, IL 

    I’ve been pretty quiet online but productive as usual offline. I have added another trade to my repertoire. I’m a DJ! Let me tell you why...

    Passion

    I love music! And being a DJ, has intesified my passion.  Now I don't just listen, I research music.I stay updated on all the new releases and remixes now. I'm discovering music in a way I never have before. Even listening to the radio has become different. During traffic hour, I listen to how the DJ transitions from one song to another etc. 

    Money

    The first 10 years of my music career, I did a lot of things for free. I just wanted the experience and the opportunity to build my brand but....let’s be honest,f it don’t make money, it don’t make sense. I was simply looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money, and I found a company that was hiring AND training DJs. I immediately applied for the job. I’ve been training as a disc jockey for the past six months. I get to be around music and get paid for it!

    Diversity

    I’ve heard the key to surviving as an artist is to diversify. Diversify your skills thus diversify your streams of income. I would definitely have to agree with this statement. I sing. I dance. I write. I play the piano. I even model. Learning how to be a disc jockey seemed like a natural next move. I’ve always been fascinated by the craft but never looked into it. 

    Education

    XLR. IEC Cable. Subwoofer. Serato. All words I had heard, but did not quite fully understand how to work with. Becoming a DJ, has expanded my musical education and my technology knowledge. I now know what goes into getting the perfect sound mix. Plus I’m familiar with more than just R&B and POP but hair bands from the 80s and even the big band era. It’s important to be versatile in different genres so I can adapt my programming to fit the event and it’s demographic.   

    Career Goals

    Ultimately my goal is to only have artistic related jobs, so this is a step in the right direction.
    It’s been a fun yet challenging experience for me. It’s truly an adrenaline rush.
    And of course I love the fact that I can throw my own music into the mix.
    No more having to persuade other DJs to do it, I’ll do it myself!

    I’m really excited about this new season in my life. Please Subscribe to my newsletter:  http://kimbworld.com/

    To Book me Email: info@MDMEntertainment.com 

    Or Call: 773.253.4986



  • Album Review: "Kimberly: The People I Used to Know"

    My namesake is really embracing her government name these days. I heard she wants people to start calling her Kimberly now. That’s gonna take some time for us to get used to.

    I am a K. Michelle fan. I slept on her music at first, until I tuned into her reality show “My Life” and saw her making her third album “More Issues Than Vogue” . That’s when I decided to check her out. I truly had underestimated the quality of her music. Her catalog is quite impressive. For me, she filled that Keyshia Cole void that needed to be filled, which is basically this generations Mary J. Blige.

    This is her K. Michelle’s 4th LP. She said the last album would be her last R&B project, and she was going country. She even had a country track on that album, “If It Ain’t Love…”. But here she is, with another R&B album, 21 tracks to be exact (tho 4 tracks are interludes). Actually, I would be open to listening to a country album from K., but I’m definitely not mad at this album.

    This album starts out quite explicit, typically I purchase clean versions of songs, but for the sake of this review, I felt it necessary to listen to the rawest version of the album.

    If this album were in CD format, I imagine it would be a double disc. The 2nd half of the album, I felt a shift in the vibe. It reminded me of Beyonce “I Am...Sasha Fierce” double disc album. The 2nd half of the album is slower in tempo, though the content is  still aggressive.

    Overall, this is a solid artistic effort. It’s not just another “by the numbers” R&B album. She clearly used  a lot of her real life experience to inspire this album. K. Michelle is very true to herself and very unfiltered. She is a REAL artist and not manufactured. I love how K. Michelle is not scared to “Go there”. She addresses stereotypes and cultural appropriation on “Kim K.”, her frustrations with the haters on “Talk to God”, her attempt to hide her emotions on “Make This Song Cry”. She truly lets us in. I don’t think there’s anything K. Michelle is going through that she didn’t address on this album!

    Favorite Tracks:

    • “No Not You”: I almost cried listening to this. Her natural vibrato sings about disappointment and heartbreak. There is so much conviction in her delivery, I could feel everything she was singing.

    • “Run Don’t Walk”: Co-written by Kelly Clarkson, it’s this album’s country track. This could definitely be a crossover record. K. continues to prove she can go country when she’s ready. She sounds so natural on this.

    • “Talk to God”: Such great advice to the haters. She both raps and sings on this track discussing how much she’s grown. She is above the drama now.  “If this was church I would make it to the altar. A few years ago I probably would of fought ya”.

    • “Brain on Love”: I love how she belts the chorus. The girl can SANG. She compares love to a drug “..my crutch, my pleasure, and my pain…”.  

    • “Make This Song Cry”. I love hearing a woman’s perspective on giving up her player lifestyle for a man and how hard it was not to cheat on him.

    As you can see I’m a sucka for a good slow jam. Listen to this album and let me know what tracks you were feeling below. Also, let me know who’s album I should review next...

     

  • 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 a paid 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!