How To Take Over The Internet And Make It Look Easy

I definitely didn’t want to be the only one who hadn’t blogged about this. Last week, Wick-It the Instigator dropped his new mixtape: The Brothers of Chico Dusty, a mashup record of The Black Keys & Big Boi. I hope you’ve heard it by now. If not, listen below.

It’s been only a week since it was released, but now it’s everywhere. I’ve seen it on just about every music blog that I’ve ever heard of plus a few more. Long time readers know that I have mentioned Wick-It on this blog before. But I have to mention him again. This new record is a case study for how to get attention to yourself and your music. Once again, I want to quote Justin Boland over at Audible Hype. He poses the question “Is Touring Really Necessary…?” then he lists the 5 Core Ingredients for Success Without Touring. Please go read the entire blog entry I just linked. Now, you can’t neglect your live show either, but Justin’s ingredient list is below.

1. Great Music
2. Easily Accessable
3. Prolific Output
4. Evangelist Fans
5. Low Overhead

What Wick-It has done with his career aligns with this perfectly. He had a great mixtape for free download. If you went to his soundcloud or the mashville bandcamp page, you could easily get even more music. His fans have been the ones pushing it to different blogs beyond regular word of mouth. He spent nothing on marketing, and did it in a home studio (which you kind of have to have anyway if you’re a DJ/producer).

It’s been surreal to sit back and see all of the attention that the mixtape has gotten for Wick-It. I’m proud though. And it’s a teachable moment to all musicians, artists, bands, & DJs…even bloggers, actually. Including myself, I think all of us can learn from Wick-It’s example (& Justin’s blueprint) if we want to take over the internet with our music. Wick-It made it look so easy, but it took a lot of hard work to build the overnight splash.

What can we do in the new year to follow this example?

Bed Intruder Song Wick-It dubstep remix

Around Nashville if you’re a DJ playing electronic music and you’re NOT playing dubstep, you almost don’t matter. I say almost; there are exceptions. I admit that I’ve been fighting the trend within my own music. However when you’re on the floor and someone plays a dubstep track, you can’t deny the feeling in your chest when the bass hits and crushes you. So imagine my surprise, when I was at the Mashville 3 Year Anniversary party and Wick-It played his remix of the Gregory Brothers’ Bed Intruder Song. It’s a must listen. Check it out below.

Oh and here is a dubstep bonus. I’m all about embracing technology while still respecting the original craft and artform of turntablism. So when my friend Seth of Details Details sent me this video he found, I was blown away. Respect to JFB.

Labor Day Weekend with Derrek Phillips Manufactory

Derrek Phillips' Manufactory - Offering

I just played one of my favorite shows ever this past weekend. It was at the 5 Spot in East Nashville along with Derrek Phillips’ Manufactory. This is one of my favorite bands in town. They let me sit in with them for a couple of songs. It was very cool! I wish I had been able to record the performance or get some kind of evidence! Hopefully next time. Check out this video of them to learn more.

Also listen to their record, Offering, on bandcamp.
<a href="">In Awe by Ropeadope</a>

As for the show and for my set, I had a lot of fun. Everything sounded great. I was glad to finally get that show under my belt after all of the reschedulings I had in Nashville in the month of August. Working with Jed has been more and more fun as we continue. Also on that night, there was some bachelorette party going on at the 5 Spot. Those kinds of things always make it more entertaining when I do a show. I sometimes wish there were a bachelorette schedule that I could book my shows around. 🙂 Looking forward to the next one!

Mashville Rolls 9 Deep

9 Deep Mashville at The End Quiet Entertainer

9 Deep Mashville at The End Quiet Entertainer

It’s time for me to shut up.
For all the times I complain quietly to myself about feeling left out or slept on, this is definitely not one of those times. On Saturday, I’ll be one of the DJs as part of 9 Deep, this weekend’s Mashville event. Mashville is the monthly DJ event showcasing great DJs in the area. It’s always an honor to be a part of a such a fun event. Definitely come check it out. Also, check out the Mashville blog plus their bandcamp page.

247 is Nashville’s Secret Weapon


247 is a good friend of mine here in town, but more importantly he’s the hidden force behind a lot of great things happening in Nashville! 247 has done a lot of production for other artists around town, including my friend Spoken Nerd. I’ve told you about him before because he’s one-third of The Billy Goats. Also, he appeared on the Machismo EP.

One of my favorite things he’s done was his project with BlackatSylvesta & Ugly Lovely called Out of Place. 247 is the main lyricist in the project. You can get their entire Genetic Defects album for free by going to the Out Of Place Bandcamp page. Or just play it here.

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He’s been doing a lot of video production as well. Recently, he began an online interview series highlighting some of his favorite artists around Nashville. You can catch interviews he’s done with James Fate, Bobby Exodus & Spoken Nerd on his youtube channel. Finally, I was able to “take my talents” to 247’s place and shoot an interview video plus a live performance featuring Jed Smith on drums. Take a look!