Artist Tips PT. 1

Artist Tips PT. 1

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog |

ARTIST TIPS PART 1 Music is an interesting field to be in.  Most people learn as they go, and a lot of people who have the knowledge don’t particularly like to share.  I guess there’s fear that giving the information can eat away at their pockets and fan base.  The thing about it is, there’s so many people in the world that everybody can have a secured place in music.  Most of us do music for the love of it, but we all would like to have the opportunity to do what we love to do, all while being able to do it full time and take care of our families.  Although I’m not the biggest artist in the world, I do have some tips that could possibly help you out and save you a lot of frustration and headaches. Who are you? Figuring our who you are is the most important step in the right direction.  Most people will say, well I know who I am, but the fact is, who you are and who you aspire to be are two separate people for the time being.  In figuring out who you are as an artist, you’ll not only find peace in music, you’ll find your sound and lane.  That’s a major discovery because most times, artists that are either just starting out, trying to reinvent themselves, or trying to catch the next wave, are constantly listening to the new sound and trying to replicate it.  The issue with that is, it really leaves no room for improvement because it’s not yours.  Sure you can build on it and make it a part of who you are, but you won’t be able to sit back and say, that’s my sound. In music we all take bits and pieces from our favorite artists and songs, and are influenced by them, but being influenced by, and copying are two different things.  As a singer, sometimes I may hear a note, or a run, and I’ll practice it until I get it, but most times I don’t use it in a song.  I just appreciate it and want to know if I can do it.  It helps me think of new runs that I’ve never done and heard before.  That’s what listening to music should do.  It should inspire us to do something better than what we just heard. Finding out who you are is essential to your growth as an artist. Who’s your target audience? Although it sounds better to say that your target audience is 100k people,which range from all ages, genres and areas, if only 19k like it, then your chances of capitalizing is only 19%, whereas if your target audience in a solid 50k of targeted people, you have a 50% chance of winning them over. Those odds are a lot better than 19%.  Now you continue...

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Reminiscing (feat. Young C & J-South)

Reminiscing (feat. Young C & J-South)

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Blog |

Reminiscing – indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Remember when we growing up and we would play tag, hide and go seek, street basketball, open chest, throw em’ up buss em’ up, etc?  Or how about when we were out of school for the summer, when the chores were done, we would stay outside all day playing any and everything we could think of?  Or how about this game that wasn’t dangerous back then, but can be considered dangerous now with all of the trigger happy people in the world, called ding dong ditch, or depending on where you’re from, nigga knock? Well, I’ve just released a single a few weeks ago called Reminiscing. (I know a few weeks ago and I’m just now posting about it.)  Reminiscing features two of my friends, Young C and J-South.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that this song came out the way that it did.  Neither one of these guys slacked off on their lyrics, delivery or their ability to walk people down memory lane.   I believe that you all would really love this song, especially if you love music from the 90’s.  It has that 90’s feel and I think that sound needs to make a comeback, so I’m presenting it to the world in hopes that it will catch on again.  There’s an old saying that says “History repeats itself.”, therefore, I’m trying to get a head start musically by bringing out this sound that almost nobody is doing anymore.   The instrumental is produced by Tone Jonez.  If you’ve never heard Tone’s beats, then you probably have and just don’t know about it yet.  The guy is a remarkable producer and his sound and quality is absolutely amazing.  Of course you know the record was mixed and mastered by me, so no need to go into detail about that, and again it features Young C from Riverside, CA and J-South from Atlanta, GA.   Feel free to check it and grab your copy on itunes, google play, and stream it on spotify as well.   Let’s bring music back.   Thank you,   Jason...

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The Truth About Brake Lights

The Truth About Brake Lights

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog |

What’s up beautiful people?  Jason back with another update.  I promise I will do better about updating my blogs and vlogs  as well. Early this week I said I was going to make a blog and explain in detail where Brake Lights comes from and what it means.  A few of my really close friends know the story, but most people don’t so I’m going to try to make this short in typing, and do a video about it and go more in detail there. Most people think, Jason is just doing R&B.  He’s completely forgotten about God and he’s just doing his own thing, when in fact, I’m just doing what I was supposed to have been doing to begin with which is, be Jason.  However, Brake Lights has an interesting story and it goes a little like this. September 8th, 2016, my dad went to the hospital to have surgery.  My wife and I went to sit with my mom while the surgery was going on, and what was supposed to take a couple of hours, lasted hours longer than anticipated.  We waited, waited and waited some more until finally, the surgeon came out smiling.  We were told that my father was being transported to recovery and everything went well.  Finally they allowed us to go into his room, and he was lying in his bed praying and thanking God for a successful surgery.  He looked good.  My wife and I brought balloons and a card to him and he was just glad that it was over.  We stayed there for some time until finally, we had to leave so that I could get some rest for work in the morning.  So we leave and I’m excited and thankful that my dad is ok.  I figured I would be able to sleep well, go to work, leave work, pick my wife up and go see my dad. I thought that this would be my schedule for the next week or so until he was released, but it didn’t happen that way.  That night that we got home from my dad’s surgery, my mother called me, and it must’ve been close to the next morning and just after midnight or so, but she told me that my dad had to have another surgery.  This was going to be his second surgery in less than 48 hours.  Long story short, they performed the surgery, but my dad was rushed to ICU afterwards.  My dad ended up staying in ICU for almost 2 months. One night, my brother came in town and my in-laws did as well, and we all went to the hospital to check on mom and dad.  Dad is still not responding much, but he’s up.  By this time, he has a tube down his throat and he’s heavily sedated.  We all were in the room, and...

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Blog |

My family, my family, my family! New Beginnings! It’s been a loooooooong time, but I’m back.  For those of you who don’t know, my family just relocated to California.  I haven’t really been pushing the music like that due to getting settled in, getting over jet lag, starting a new job, and everything else that comes along with moving.  Now we’re pretty much settled and I can actually put some time into the music again and do what I love to do. I’m wrapping up the album, not really wrapping it up, but back working on the album, and it’ll be pushed back slightly but we’re still on schedule for a summer release.  I’m extremely excited about it considering the reviews and radio spins Brake Lights has garnered. I was nervous about moving though.  For one, I don’t like flying. Two, I’m scared of heights.  Three, I’m a Georgia boy through and through and always wanted to represent for my city and bring a new sound to the area.  I was scared that I was going to have to start all over again, re-branding myself, meeting new people, and of course that’s going to be a task in itself considering my work schedule, and truthfully, I’m 30 now so I don’t have the energy or the time I had when I was 23 building my brand.  But I  accepted it for what it is and I’m willing to put forth that effort to make it happen. Now making new music, with a new sound, in a new state, I believe that I’m on track in producing something great that will last for ages!  I want to encourage everyone that new starts are difficult and sometimes scary, but put your best foot forward and make it happen.  We have to understand that in business and any aspect of life, we have to be prepared to move in the direction that the wind is going in.  Don’t fight the wind.  That’s an uphill battle.  As Bruce Lee said once, “Be Water”.  Water adapts to whatever is holding it, but it’s still one of the most powerful forces on earth once it gets moving. Let’s finish this year out strong.  I love you and enjoy your weekend! Don’t forget to subscribe and sign up for the email list.  Follow me on IG and Twitter as well! IG – @jstephensmusic Twitter –...

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Support!

Support!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog |

Good afternoon family, I know that a lot of you have been seeing my posts lately regarding my new single “Brake Lights” which features my wife Brianna Stephens.  I’ve been posting it like crazy and trying to gain quite a bit of traction prior to the release of the song. I feel that this is the best song that I’ve ever done, and I feel like this will be the best album that I’ve done as well.  I’m just asking for your support.  I’m just asking that when it drops on iTunes on 1/29/16, that you all put $.99 to the side to download it, tell friends about it, repost it, leave comments about it on the iTunes page, rate it 4, 5 stars, etc.  I’m really making a big push and I want you all to understand exactly how long this song has taken me to make and get it to the point that it’s at.  I started working on this song in September of 2015.  I didn’t finish it until late December.  I went back and listened to it, and tweaked it some more at the beginning of this month.  I’ve worked this song for 4 months.  That’s a long time for one song.  Normally, I would have more than half of my album done within 2-3 months, but I took time because for one, this song is really special to me for reasons that I won’t go to deeply into.  Another reason is because I wanted to give you all the best quality that I possibly could.  Music that doesn’t sound like anything else that’s out, and something that reminds you of the good days.  So with that being said, I’m asking that if you follow me on instagram, twitter and Facebook, whenever you see me post about the song, retweet, repost and share it on the social networking sites.  We’re 11 days away and I’m extremely excited.  Tell your friends, family, coworkers, etc about the song, and please, sign up for the newsletter via the website to get free music, updates, and more.  The email signup form is right below this post, in the right corner.   Thank you so much for your help and support,   Jason...

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Success in Music Tips: Part I

Success in Music Tips: Part I

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog |

What’s up good people?  Let’s jump right into it. Often times I hear this question.  “How can I become successful in music?”  Easy answer.  You have to need to be successful.  When you NEED something, you do what you have to do to get it.  When you need groceries, you don’t sit around WANTING groceries.  You do what you have to do and go get it.  Am I right?  Right.  You see, there’s a difference in wanting and needing to be successful.  With that being said, I’ll explain in more detail now. Mindset – Once your mindset has shifted, everything else will fall into place.  The thing about the mind is that it’s much like a computer and you have to program it to work a certain way.  You have to get out of your comfort zone and do some things that you’ve never done.  My take on it is, if you keep doing the same thing and it’s not working, then why keep doing it?  Why not try something else?  If it doesn’t work, what have you lost?  Also, doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of INSANITY!  You definitely don’t want to be labeled as insane. Value Yourself – as much as I hate to say this, you do have to place value on yourself.  If you don’t, you’ll be easily taken advantage of and always wondering why you can’t get ahead.  If you’re a singer, make sure that you have prices set for set lengths at concerts and features.  Producers, make sure that you have prices for leasing and exclusives.  Whatever price you set, you want to make sure that you don’t overcharge and you don’t want to undercharge either.  You have to find a good medium in where you are at the current state of your music career and where you rank amongst those that are there with you and ahead of you.  That’s called benchmarking.  As you benchmark, your prices will eventually go up as time goes on and the demand for what you do is increased. Get Seen – YOU CANNOT RELY ON SOCIAL MEDIA SOLELY!!!  YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND BE SEEN! Build Relationships – This is one of your main keys right here.  Without relationships, you’re just running around aimlessly trying to make something happen.  You build relationships with all types of people.  Other artists, producers, audio engineers, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and just people in general who support you.  This will be your key network.  You’ll always have someone to go to regardless of the day or time.  On top of that, these relationships eventually and usually turn into friendships and friends don’t let friends put out back music.  End of discussion. Balance – I often times see artists spend so much time on their look and not enough time on their...

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