Song Submissions – How To Submit Music The Right Way

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So What’s The Appropriate

Way To Submit Music?

As A Record Label & Licensed Station, Artists Submit Music To Us Every Day.

But Do They Really Know How To Submit Music?

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I’ll say there are a select few that do know how to submit music and several others that don’t. Which poses the question, “just how serious are you about your music?” When an artist asks how to submit music to me via social networks or email, I find myself asking, “I wonder if this mp3 has id3 tags?” So what are id3 tags? Wikipedia states,” ID3 is a metadata container most often used in conjunction with the MP3 audio file format. It allows information such as the title, artist, album, track number, and other information about the file to be stored in the file itself. There are two unrelated versions of ID3: ID3v1 and ID3v2. Although ID3 is sometimes referred to as a standard, the term applies only in the de facto sense, as no standardization body was involved in its creation nor has such an organization given it a formal approval status.”

So there you have. Now you know the information on what is proper procedure when you choose to submit music. If you need it broken down even farther, it’s like when you are listening to the radio, driving in your car and you see the digital readout stating the artist’s name, album title and song title. That’s id3 tags. And believe it or not it’s not that hard to create an mp3 with id3 tags. There are several programs like iTunes, Mediamonkey and more that can handle the task. But I’ll even show you an easier way to get your id3 tags in order. Truth is you’ve had the tool in front of you all along. Here’s the info:

If you have windows 7:

Go to the file on your pc
Click on the file name (not double-click)
Expand the browser and look down at the bottom of that page
You’ll see the audio file information
Fill out each section album, contributing artist, genre, year, title, etc.
Click save after each change.

If no windows 7 but XP:

Right click the audio file
Click properties
Click details
Fill out the information

See, simple right? I told you that you already had the tool all along. So now I guess the next question is, “why do I need to use id3 tags in my mp3s to submit music?” Right? submit musicWell if you are similar to most other artists and you choose to submit music to radio stations worldwide, it’s a way for companies like BDS (Nielsen, Broadcast Data Systems) and Mediabase to track your radio spins. Of course you need to be hooked up with these companies. Actually with Mediabase you simply submit music by emailing the song and information to them and with BDS you have to contact them via email to get a username and password to access their virtual encode website: Once again, here’s the info:

Submit to Virtual Encode Steps:

Email “Virtual Encode” as the subject to Client Services department
at clientservices@bdsonline.com for a user name & password.
Include the following information in the body of your email:
full name
company or label Name
contact number
primary email address
& any additional contact info.

Submit to Mediabase Steps:
Email your tagged mp3s to Digitaldelivery@mediabase.com (Include the same information as above).

Of course you’d want to look into getting registered with ASCAP too. I say ASCAP because Dubb Spot Records is a registered Publisher there. It’s your choice whether or not you want to register with ASCAP but I stand behind them. But then again that’s another article. If you are interested in how to get registered please see our article here on our website. So now you are knowledge-full with all of the information needed to make sure that your mp3s have id3 tags and you can submit your music right. Like I said, “it’s fairly simple.” You don’t have to be a computer wizard to submit music, you just need a little knowledge and Dubb Spot Records just hit you with that knowledge. No charge… lol. Alright, no more procrastinating, dig into your PC and get those mp3s straight and submit your music to as many radio stations as possible. You can submit music to our WDSR Yall Betta Recognize Radio station at sendtrax@gmail.com.

Submit Music The Right Way!

Featured Music Rap Artist: Rahat

Featured Rapper Rahat |Music

Is our featured Artist interviewed about his music on Dubb Spot Records.

Dubb Spot Records had the chance to catch up with Rahat and discuss how he developed an interest for rap music, his upbringing and how he feels about the state of rap right now.

musicDSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?

Rahat: I first got into music around the end of eighth grade, so basically first got into it when I was 13 years old.

DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of music in your head?

What got me into music was listening to the band Linkin Park while I was in middle school. I just found their music really interesting and oftentimes while I would listen to them I’d imagine it was me rapping or singing the songs I was listening to. Eventually I set out to become a singer until realizing that I had a horrible singing voice. I went back and tried out rap and I found that I simply loved it.

DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?

Rahat: I grew up in the Bronx and in school I was usually the outcast and was considered the nerd. I was the only Bengali kid in my class so I usually felt alone. Around my neighborhood I had friends of my own culture as well as friends who weren’t. I started hanging out with what would be considered the “wrong crowd” as I got older and I pretty much did what most other teens my age were doing, i.e. couple drugs weed etc. During high school several of my friends passed away in what to me seemed like a whole chain of deaths. My best friend Angel was shot while visiting family in L.A. and this was after he had just attended a funeral for his cousin. A year after that another friend of mine Jezzie died in a car crash along with her baby brother. Another one of my friends Jose commited suicide and as I grew up I just felt really cold and at one point during high school I was taking sleeping pills and I was really just messed up. At the same time I consider myself lucky to have made more friends in high school who I still view as my friends to this day. This was also the time my relationship with my fiancé evolved and now I’m in better state of mind and happier having moved on from all the death that filled up a large part of my childhood.

DSR: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?

My sound is really all over the place sometimes. When I first started I was into the whole boom bap hip hop but slowly I started straying away from that. I would still consider myself to be mainly an underground type rapper, a lot of my songs have a dark undertone to them. Instrumental wise I rap over a variety of different types including dubstep, orchestral, and somewhat pop hip hop but overall even the lighter tracks I’ve done are still pretty dark in their own ways. I rap mainly about my life and experiences as well as the experiences of some of my friends.

DSR: What is the significance of your name?

The name I go by, Rahat, is actually my given name which means calm and peace. Originally I attached MC in front of it and was MC Rahat. I changed it at other points to Mcrc. Back when myspace was the place you would promote your music on I had tried making my myspace url end in mcrc but unfortunately someone else had taken it. I settled with mcrac which just consisted of all the first initials of my name. I had put out a small ep in High school that I was giving out for free and someone actually came up to me and said something along the lines of “oh you guys think your funny naming yourself emcrak?” I personally thought that was hilarious and for a short time I went by that name as well until ultimately settling down with just Rahat, which in my opinion was unique enough in itself and really was just me.

DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?

Rahat: Yes that really irks me as well. I do have some songs that would be considered “Radio friendly” however a majority of my songs are not. I pour out a lot of my energy and passion into my music so when someone tells me it isn’t going to do well because it isn’t suitable for radio play really gets to me. There is a niche for everything and I know a niche exists for the music I make so that’s who I’ve got to target. Not everyone likes what’s on the radio, not everyone can really sound the same. That radio sound idea just really needs to die down.

DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?

I think something that is already being slowly done and needs to be done more is adding more lyrical substance into music. Don’t get me wrong I like the occasional party track but when that’s all you ever here from some artists it does get irritating. I’ve noticed however that more artists are putting more emphasis on the message of their songs which is something I am doing myself. I think the best way to spread a message through music is to attach it to some sort of action. I plan on making music based on certain charities and hope that I can sell some to raise money to help in their causes. I’ve contacted a few about doing something like this and I hope slowly I can do something positive with my music.

DSR: What do you think of the music that came out in the last decade? music

Rahat: I honestly don’t like that majority of it, in terms of mainstream music. There’s a ton of great music that came out in the underground and through independent and lesser known artists. In the past decade everyone was jumping from one bandwagon to another milking it out for all it was worth until you just got sick and tired of hearing the music. I think nowadays your less likely to have someone who listens to certain songs for more than a couple months. It’s almost like music is designed now just to be cool for a couple months until its forgotten about down the road. I still listen to a lot of songs I listened to while I was growing up but a lot of the music that’s been coming out recently just haven’t stuck with me like that.

DSR: How would you rate the music that your music competes against in your local area?

Rahat: Well I rap and it seems like almost everyone thinks they can download a beat off Soundclick and record something at home and call themselves a rapper. I like to think I’m not part of that boat but there is really a huge oversaturation of rappers who I don’t feel take it very seriously. I like to think I have some substance in my music which I don’t see all too much of anymore. At the same token it seems like there is also a hell of a lot of people like me struggling to do the same things I struggle to do as well so in terms of my music relating to them I think I rate myself on the higher end of the spectrum. I’m still local and doing this on my own but I believe I’ve to the music to really take myself far.

DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?

Rahat: The biggest lesson I needed to learn, was how to take criticism. It took time getting used to people not saying completely nice things about my music but eventually I got over it and tried to learn from what it is that seemed to be turning people off. I’m still learning and improving everyday and as an artist that’s what you are constantly doing. Art is never perfect you learn all the time while you do it.

DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?

Rahat: I write all of my own lyrics, as far as beats go I lease them. Once in a blue moon I might work out my own beat but I tend to usually stick to rapping. Right now I am working on a follow up to my E.P. from last year which was titled “The Resurrection”. The project I’m working on right now is a short album and I’m going to be calling it “A Seraph’s Gift.” I hope to release it this spring and hope to also have a music video of the first single “Hero” out sometime soon as well.

DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?

Rahat: Best way to find out where and when I’m performing is to either follow me on twitter or my facebook fan page. Links to those can be found on my personal page of my website. www.utuneslive.com There’s a page dedicated to just my music on the site which will have updates on what I’m doing and links to follow me online.

DSR: Where can we find your music online and offline?

Rahat: Like I said before www.utuneslive.com has a page dedicated to me. There is a soundcloud music player on the page that has some of my songs on it. Some of my older stuff like the E.P. I released last year can be found at rahat.bandcamp.com I plan on updating the bandcamp with the new album once that’s done as well. You can also find some of my singles on Itunes. My song “Here We Go” was the single off my E.P. last year and is available on Itunes. My song “Hero” which is the first single off of my upcoming album is also available on Itunes. You can also fine my songs on Spotify I usually send out updates on this stuff on my Twitter and facebook pages. As far as offline I haven’t got any current physical releases other than a free E.P. I gave out in high school which is no longer available. I plan on doing a limited physical cd release of my upcoming album but just keep the look out on my site for more information on that.

DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?

Rahat: Always keep writing. The more you write the more you stretch your creative muscles. That advice was given to me by my friend Angel. Really just keep writing and never stop. You never lose the artistic value of what you’re doing if you don’t stop.

DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?

Rahat: Just be on the lookout for my stuff and follow me on twitter @Rahat_music one of the songs “War” off my upcoming album was featured on an Indie Top 50 mixtape from Coast to Coast mixtapes hosted by DJ Whiplash. I promise you’ll be seeing more and more of me and my music soon just keep your eyes peeled.

FEATURED RAP ARTIST: SMARTS

Featured Rap Artist Smarts Is Interviewed On Dubb Spot Records

artistDubb Spot Records got the chance to catch up with rap artist Smarts. We discussed the lessons learned along the way, his earliest memories of rap music and what needs to be brought to rap music and how he intends to add to it.

DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?

Smarts: It must have been real early in life. Since I can remember, my parents would always play music all the time, and as soon as the radio would be off, I would miss the songs that were being played. But that’s different now when the radio is off I don’t miss the songs that are being played by some of the artist.

DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of music in your head?

Smarts: The fact that I can do it and thought I was good at it. I thought to myself, “all they are doing is rhyming…i know how to do that too.”

DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?

Smarts: I grew up in the 80’s in Long Beach California. In our neighborhood, gang violence was an everyday thing. We learned how to fight with our fists those days. I’m the middle kid in the family, I’m also the black sheep.

DSR: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?

Smarts: I try to bring emotion to a lot of my music. First I have to feel the instrumental, then I bring those feelings to words through my lyrics.

DSR: What is the significance of your name?

Smarts: My friends would always say that I’m smart. I made it “smarts” once I started drawing graff. Knowing it meant “smarts” means so many things and I felt they described me and my lyrics as well. If you look it up in the dictionary “smarts” is often described as mostly a superficial wound… which I know my lyrics inflict.

DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold of the typical rap artist. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?

Smarts: Radio is a dying form of entertainment nowadays, with good reason. With songs getting played on rotation every 20 minutes I too would change the damn station until I find a new sound, a new beat, a new voice and new music. I’m perfectly fine not being played on the radio. Often times, that’s where some excellent music goes to die. I don’t care what people think of myself or my music, as long as I know I’m being true to myself.

DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?

Smarts: What I feel this industry needs and has been lost is knowledge. The radio keeps pushing the typical artist songs to make us forget that the economy is bad and not to worry and party all the damn time. How can I party all the damn time when I can’t afford it? When I don’t have a job? We artist need to speak about real issues so that we can actually make a difference instead of keeping us down always talking about things I can’t relate to. I’m not a millionaire, so all the so called sell out rappers artist are not in touch with the people who are struggling. I try to educate through lyrics, but still bring my street into it because I’ve lived it and am still living it.

DSR: What do you think of the music that came out in the last decade?

Smarts: I think it is being missed. That’s why the rap artist Nas said hip hop was dead. The music being played on the radio now is intended for a different generation, and I’m fine with that. Let these youngsters have it. It sounds like they want it to just be pop, hip pop, not hip hop. When the rap artist group N.W.A did “f*** the police” that opened my eyes and I’ve seen how powerful hip hop can be. It raised awareness about police brutality. All you hear about in this decade of music is the same song sung a million different ways by a different rap artist, and that makes me sick.

DSR: How would you rate the music that your music competes against in your local area?

Smarts: I try not to rate anything. If you like it, then you like it. As long as just one person likes my song I am content with that. I try to not do what every other artist out there is doing, I just do what I want and worry about myself.

DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?

Smarts: I’ve learned many lessons along the way and I am still learning. I’ve learned that you can make money being fake as hell, that’s why I keep it real as much as I can. But at the end I give the listeners what they want, but I do it my way.

DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?

Smarts: I write all my material, every single letter. I take my time and write all my rhymes down to make sure every bar is where it should go. Respect to those who don’t write anything down and just spit in the booth, but I think you may be limited in the content that comes out. And I think that’s why I think knowledge has slowly faded from hip hop. I’m currently performing songs from my solo album “Political Party” that’s free to download. I also have a project coming out with “the other guys” which consists of myself, rap artist Jon Doe, Slim Pickens, and Beast. Plus be on the lookout on many projects to come out from Darkstarz records.

DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?

Smarts: People can find all that information on my facebook at facebook.com/smartsMC

DSR: Where can we find your music online and offline?

Smarts: You can find my music at the following links:

http://darkstarzrecords.com/SMARTS/

facebook.com/smartsMC

www.reverbnation.com/smartsmusick

DSR: We ask every Artist that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?

Smarts: There has been so many good advice given to me, but from what I gather, I have to look inside myself and know why I’m rapping.

DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?

Smarts: Yes, music is a form of art, and an artist will always have critics. It’s up to the artist to either worry about what the critics say or to keep doing what they love doing. Although I may not respect what a few artists do, I don’t hate them getting that paper.

We appreciate having the opportunity to sit down with rap artist Smarts and discuss his journey through this hip hop game.

Radio Personality Lady Dee Is Featured On The Dubb Spot.

Lady Dee

Featured Radio Personality Lady Dee

 

Guess who stopped by the Dubb Spot this week? None other then the skillful, honorable and respectful Lady Dee, radio personality of the Neo Soul Lounge & Told You.To. If you have not heard about Lady Dee, today we have a special treat for you. Lady Dee is as real as they come. Not just real but a very supportive person when it comes to giving upcoming indie Artist an outlet to be exposed, interviewed and their music streamed in foreign markets. Up and coming Artist definitely need an outlet such as this to further enhance their careers.

As Lady Dee puts it, “We are the tastemakers of the industry.” Dubb Spot Records had the opportunity to catch up with Lady Dee and talk to her about how she got started as a radio personality, what inspires her to provide Artist the opportunities that she does and to walk us through a typical day of such an inspiring radio personality. 

DSR: At what age did you start taking an interest in being a radio personality? 

LD: It all started when I got a boom-box for Christmas when I was just 10 years old. I used to record music, careful not to record the voice of the radio personality, then plugged in a microphone and made my own “mixtapes.” I was also influenced by American radio through A.F.N. Europe. 

DSR: You’re from Bremerhaven, Germany? Is there a big difference in US & German radio? 

LD: Yes. Most commercial radio stations in Germany play a mix of genres & sound very similar to one another. In the US, you have more stations catering to a specific group of listeners or genres. Artists in the USA know which influence radio has. You find up and coming artists telling their fans to call the stations and request their music. Most Germans who discover our radio show like the radio drops and interviews. You would think more stations would do this, but German radio is very different. 

DSR: You are more like a global radio personality. How were you able to capture the attention of so many Artist and listeners from around the world? 

LD: During my time in the US, I discovered the importance of networking, it doesn’t matter what your profession is – if you know how to network, make & use your connections you can accomplish great things. We use the internet for marketing purposes & the English language to appeal to a broader audience. Initially, I was looking for a unique sound for the radio show we created in autumn 2010. By analyzing what works in the US and what “can” work in Germany,  

the blend of less popular urban music mixed with popular urban tracks seem to appeal to audiences across borders. Artists who find us understand that we’re not the media outlet that helps them break through. However, we’re a” tastemaker”- when we discover new music, regardless of popularity – we can share it with an audience that’s open for it. This seems to be a win-win situation for listeners and artists alike, across borders. 

DSR: It’s known that you spent about 12 years in Baltimore, Md. How was your experience living in the US? lady dee2

LD: Before I moved to the US, I visited several times before finally moving overseas at age 21. When you live in the US, you see the country and its people for who they really are and what influences them. You become part of it eventually. My experience in the US was great. I learned so much about myself, made lots of wonderful friends and saw so many different places. I’m still processing just how much of who I am today has been influenced by life in Baltimore. I never thought I would see so much of the world. I got to travel to many US cities, and even got to see the Bahamas and Bermuda. 

DSR: Are there any connections between Baltimore, Maryland & Bremerhaven, Germany? 

LD: Historically, there are many connections between both cities. Bremerhaven was once Europe’s biggest emigration port. The sailing ships (later steamers) took off on a journey that would last several weeks and take European immigrants to port cities in the US. There’s a museum in our town (Deutsches Auswandererhaus www.dah.com) where you are assigned a name of an actual immigrant who boarded a ship here once. At different stations of embarkation you can find out more about that person, why they left Europe, how they traveled and what became of them once in the USA. It’s an interactive walk through this museum you really feel like you’re going on a journey overseas. In Bremerhaven, we even have a “Baltimore Pier” There has always been trade between both cities, today Bremerhaven is one of the biggest ports in Europe for containers & car import and export. Because both cities have such a long history together and so much in common, there is talk to officially become sister cities in the near future. 

DSR: So walk us through a typical day of a talented radio personality such as yourself? 

LD: A typical day – let’s see… I start a few days prior to the show, meet with the team on occasion, otherwise I work from my home office. Here, I visit websites, read music-related magazines, listen to new music and analyze press-kits. I then create a playlist, write a loose script, talk to various people by phone, set up dates and interviews. Finally, I translate articles between 2 languages, send them to various blog websites and interact through social media. On the day of the radio show (Saturdays) I go to the studio prepared, if I have guests, they get a quick briefing. While working out of the studio is fun, I love broadcasting from live events, I like the energy and having to be more spontaneous. 

DSR: With your experience in different genres and cultures of music. Is there anything that you think is needed to enhance the state of music at this point? 

LD: There’s always room for enhancement somewhere, but this is up to the audiences that listen and buy the music. Because if more people ask for more “good music”- the artists and labels will produce that. We all define “good music” different. To me, good music is what touches us as human beings. When listening to popular music, I often miss an authenticity. As a woman, I’m sometimes saddened by some videos lyrics, the image some artists portray. You are what you consume, positive music is said to have a positive effect on our soul. We need more of it. 

DSR: If you had the opportunity to interview any major recording Artist in the world, who would it be and why? 

LD: There are a few I would have loved to interview, they’re no longer among us… out of all legends I would pick 3: Donnie Hathaway, Marvin Gaye & Bob Marley. All 3 are from a generation that has always fascinated me, the wisdom / words they’d share would certainly be inspirational for artists in the game today. Today’s major recording artists I’d like to interview – Mary J Blige. Through her music, she allows us into her life and her struggles, allowing us to grow with her. Her music had a profound impact on my life since day 1. I’m in awe by her depth and talent. 

DSR: So tell us about your radio show and where the listeners can tune in? Syndications, online, etc. 

Lady Dee4LD: You can catch us online every Saturday if you’re in Bremerhaven, Germany you simply tune in to Radio Weser TV 90.7 FM or 96, 95 by Cable. On the internet, we have several streams: 

Radio Weser TV Bremerhaven 

http://www.radioweser.tv/index.php?id=33&L=2 

ToldYou.to 

http://www.toldyou.to 

WIR Medien 

http://www.wir-medien.com 

If you listen by stream from the US, our air times are Saturdays at 8 AM Westcoast, 11 AM Eastcoast. The show is mostly in English, but you might hear me talk about local events, sponsors etc. in German 

DSR: It’s also known that you provide a substantial amount of promotion both locally and globally for upcoming Artist. What inspires you to provide these types of opportunities? 

LD: The promotional part of our radio show is another way of building international bridges and creating win-win situations for artists and listeners. What good is hearing a new song on the radio if you don’t know where to buy it, or who’s behind it? In the future, we hope to provide more services like these through our websites. 

DSR: Do you have a strong online presence and what advise can you give to Artist that are trying to brand themselves and become more marketable? 

LD: Our own online presence is vital to what we do, if someone in the USA takes the time to listen to our program by internet stream, it says a lot about which direction the media has gone. As an artist, you have to understand the impact social media and the internet has on all of our lives today. You can no longer merely rely on one way to market your music. Today, fans expect interaction with the artist. Producers / artists like Diddy understand this and use the internet in various ways, viral marketing though video, contests, interaction with fans like through Twitter and Facebook have become the norm. We know this can be a problem when mixing your private life with business. Many resources are free, how wonderful is that, just use them wisely. 

DSR: Radio stations are a huge asset to record labels and music managers, for the purpose of record sales, exposure for Artist, etc. Do you think that with today’s technology and internet capabilities, Artist are finally getting a fair shake on being discovered. 

LD: My experience is that it takes more than raw talent to make it in the music industry. The internet can be a huge asset for the label and artist that knows how to use it right. Radio stations play what they’re expected to play, a lot of it has to do with money. That aspect of the business is not fair but it’s always been this way. There’s a reason why some artists end up becoming media moguls and start their own label or fashion line – they use their image / brand in various ways. Diddy makes more money selling clothes than selling music. Understanding how the industry works gives you an advantage and is of utmost importance. There’s a lot of talent to be discovered, especially in the US. The ones who turn out the next superstar possess a little extra, they have the discipline, the drive and are not discouraged easily. I’m not a recording artist but in my personal experience I’ve learned if you want to be successful, put together a team of experts, people you can trust & diligently with your interest at heart. lady dee3

DSR: Are there any other talents that Lady Dee possesses that we should know about? 

LD: Although I don’t share many of my pieces, I write lyrics and poetry. What I love best is to travel internationally. I’m very open-minded to different cultures and foreign places. I’m a 

hobby photographer and take my camera everywhere. The best photos I’ve taken were in Bermuda, New York and South Portugal. 

DSR: If you could change anything about the whole music and entertainment business, what would it be and why? 

LD: I don’t think there’s anything I would want to change, it’s up to the people to do that. Music reflects the state of our society. 

DSR: We ask everyone we interview this question. What is the best piece of advice that someone has given to you? 

LD: Just do YOU! 

FACEBOOK: Social Site Or Hate Site? That Is The Question!

What’s Your Purpose On Facebook?

FacebookEveryone knows that Facebook was created as an effort to connect relationships of family, friends, classmates, etc. In other words, being SOCIAL. But what’s the real meaning why such a large amount of people target Facebook? Is it for networking, for business, for dating or because one has such a  narcissistic passion about themselves, that they have no other choice?

Let’s discuss the history of Facebook. How did it start and why?

I’m sure most of you have seen the “Social Network” and got a pretty good insight on how Facebook began but do you really know what it’s main purpose was? Here’s Wikipedia’s insight on how it got started.

Facebook  is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.Facebook image

A January 2009 Compete.com study ranked Facebook as the most used social network service by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade “best-of” list, saying, “How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers’ birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabulous before Facebook?” Quantcast estimates Facebook has 135.1 million monthly unique U.S. visitors in October 2010.  According to Social Media Today as of April 2010, it is estimated that 41.6% of the U.S. population has a Facebook account.

So back to my question of what’s your purpose on Facebook…

I personally use Facebook for some of the purposes outlined above. Yet, my main purpose is for networking, marketing and promotion for Artist that I manage and for the Record Label www.dubbspotrecords.com that I run. I’ve met a lot of interesting people involved in online radio personalities, local shows and events, music production, online magazines, photographers, songwriters, etc. The list goes on. Needless to say, I value being given the opportunity to connect with such influential people in these described professions. I’ve also been blessed to meet tons of talented Artist and try to support them as much as I can. Whether that being the infamous Facebook “like” button, going to their shows, giving them advice if asked for, taking the time to look and comment on their promotional material or even stopping by just letting them know that I see and appreciate their hustle and to keep up the good work. But that’s just me!

But slowly but surely I’m beginning to believe that some people are on Facebook using it for what it can definitely be worth but also for use to dip in on people’s lives and have something to gossip about. Their are so many valuable uses with Facebook, that the list is forever flowing. Others use Facebook out of envy to keep up on what the next man is doing and to show negativity by imposing HATE! That part I cannot understand. If a person is willing enough to expose their information to millions of Facebookers about what they have going on, it’s just not fair to HATE and doubt what that individual is sharing. Everyone in life is known to bend the truth a little bit, in some kind of way but we also know that you may be getting a nice dose of truthfulness along with that. So why doubt or hate on an individual if you don’t absolutely know whether or not what they are saying is true? Give that person the benefit of the doubt, such as they’d probably do for you.

I wear many hats and some may seem to think that a lot of it is slightly fabricated. It’s not all the time you come across and individual that is able to multitask in so many several areas. My experience is vast and my abilities are even more vast. To name a few I’m an Architectural Designer/Contractor by trade (www.vccserv.com), I’m an Artist Manager, I’m an Artist Developer, I’m a Beatmaker, I’m a Music Producer, I’m a Record Label, I’m a Music Publisher,  I’m a Videographer, I’m a Documentary Filmmaker, I’m a Dad, I’m a Father. I can keep going, but that gives you an idea of several task I have and can accomplish in life.

Image FacebookSo what’s the purpose of this article?

The purpose of this article is to let everyone know that uses Facebook, to not be so quick in hating what the next man is doing or doubting what the next man’s abilities are. Especially if they have a willingness to share that information with you. Use facebook for what it is worth. Which is being Social, Networking, Keeping up with old friends and family, Using it as your business tool and Experiencing influential people that are doing positive things for the community. The next time you get an invite to peep out someone’s interview on a website or to check out their music on Reverbnation or whatever, have the common decency to give that individual a certain level of RESPECT. It never cost anyone any amount of money to be RESPECTFUL to the next guy. If you are using Facebook to keep up with trends and tips of the trade for marketing and promoting yourself, be courteous and let that individual know that you’ve been following their posts and information to structure the way you been marketing and promoting yourself online. I’ll guarantee you that that individual will be very appreciative of that and may become one of your biggest fans. Don’t doubt what the next man is doing just because they are doing it a little better than you. Learn from that person and structure yourself to be able to do the same, if not better. Remember Facebook started out as a SOCIAL site, so swallow your pride and be social with these people that you are given the opportunity to meet. And definitely learn to be more INTERACTIVE with these individuals. I can assure you it will become reciprocal.

I’m B. M. DuBB – The One To Love, and that’s all I have to say about the people that use Facebook. Take it or leave it, but I know you feel me! Stop the Hate and learn to Appreciate! I’m out! Peace.

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