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Sunday, December 10, 2017

FL "$1,000 Bands"

The ATL ("FL") are an American Southern Hip Hop duo from Atlanta GA. Comprising members Stand Out and Alveo Da Great (ADG).

FL "U & I"

The ATL ("FL") are an American Southern Hip Hop duo from Atlanta GA. Comprising members Stand Out and Alveo Da Great (ADG).

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017


 July 17th, 2017  

If you’ve watched the Music Marketing Blueprint then you know that the MMM model is focused on driving traffic, building a fanbase, and selling music, tickets, and merchandise DIRECTLY to those fans.


There is this assumption that even though I am making the argument that you can generate a substantial income by selling music directly to your fans, obviously streaming must fit into this somehow because everyone knows that physical sales are on the decline and for the most part “nobody buys music anymore, right?
well, errr, not exactly…
While streaming may have its place for some artists, it is not really a part of the MMM strategy because I don’t believe that it serves independent artists well to release their entire catalogues to the streaming platforms. While there is a benefit to having a presence on these platforms, (for purposes of engagement and music discovery), if your goal is to SELL albums then making that album available to your fans for free will certainly hurt your chances.


I realize that this flies in the face of so much of what you hear out there, but I think this is yet another example of independent artists copying what major label artists are doing because they simply don’t know what else to do. Streaming has its place, but it’s minimal in the “Direct to Fan” model.
But why is selling albums important? Isn’t the whole point that we no longer need to worry about selling music because streaming has replaced it?
In short, no. As independent recording artists, we absolutely need to stay focused on selling albums (and other items) directly to our fans if we are going to succeed.
Because here’s the thing that a lot of people miss . . .  There is an “all or nothing” dichotomy in the traditional music business.
Record labels are not in the business of developing thousands of artists and making a small amount of money from a large number of sustainable careers. They have shareholders to appease and as such, they are in it for the big wins. In order for that to happen, they need to go where the market is and attempt to dominate that market. That means that they cannot ignore streaming.
But in order for something like streaming to be lucrative, you need to have tens, even hundreds of millions of streams. Multiple articles (like this one and that one) have recently broken down examples of artists getting incredible numbers of streams only to make (give or take) about $5,000 per ONE MILLION streams (this number will vary). So to make even the equivalent of the average American salary, you would need to receive approximately 10,000,000 streams per year.
Insert tumbleweeds here…
10,000,000 streams only happens as a result of a heck of a lot of interest and awareness. There are only two ways that is likely to happen…
  1. Do what the major labels do and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hope of creating national awareness for your music and brand.
  2. Experience the musical equivalent of being struck by lightning and get really, really
Unfortunately, most independent artists can’t afford to engage in six figure branding strategies, and luck… well, that’s not a strategy.


And here’s the thing…
The average dollar earned per LISTEN is infinitely higher when people PURCHASE our music in album form, rather then if that music is listened to via a streaming platform like Spotify. This is especially true when you are an independent artist who is not benefiting from millions of impulse or curiosity-streams or being added to untold numbers of playlists as most mainstream artists are.
Just to illustrate the point, as most of us are aware Adele chose not to release her album “25” to the streaming services initially. Despite the stated reasons why, this was almost certainly so she (and the label) could maximize profits. Fair enough. Of course, after sales died down the album was released to Spotify and the like.
According to the old interweb, Adele’s album “25” would have needed to be streamed 16 Billion times in order to make the same amount of money she made in initial sales of that album (which was $115 MM dollars).
So I tallied up all of the streams that “25” has received on Spotify over the last 13 months since the album was released on the platform (let’s just call it a year to make the math easy) and it appears that “25 has been streamed 1,468,340,709 times as of this writing. That’s nearly 1.5 BILLION streams. Not bad right?
That would mean… and get ready for this…
It would take 10 YEARS and 10 months for her to make the same amount of money on Spotify as she did in album sales. I’ll give you a moment to get your jaw back into position.
Furthermore, just under half of those streams were generated from a single song (Hello), which she still could have released to Spotify as a single without releasing the album. If you remove “Hello” from the equation this would increase that figure to over 21 YEARS.
If album sales generate more money than streaming… and you have a loyal following of fans that will support you when you ask them to (which you WILL need in order to succeed as an independent artist regardless) . . . Why in the world would you release your entire album to the streaming platforms when doing so would likely kill any incentive to buy that album?
Answer: You shouldn’t. At least initially, and/or in its entirety.
Now, none of this is to say that streaming does not have its place. 30 million songs in your pocket (the most recent number posted by Spotify) is fantastic for the consumer and as such, the platform can’t be ignored completely. Moreover, music IS being consumed on the streaming platforms, and money IS being generated. It’s become a necessary part of those “all or nothing” major-label branding campaigns. And there is also value there for independent artists in terms of music discovery, fan engagement, and the chance that you might get lucky and get added to a few big playlists. After all, you don’t want your fans NOT to engage with your music just because it can’t be found on their favourite listening platform.


Instead of releasing the entire album for streaming, my advice would instead be to make just a single track or two available. As such, you can insure that your album will generate maximum profit when sold directly to your fans. And in time – as album sales slowdown – you can consider releasing more (or all) of the album to the streaming platforms.
Note*** This is accomplished with digital music distributors like CD Baby by declining streaming distribution on your album, and then re-submitting a single or EP exclusively to the streaming platforms.
So in short… despite what the recent studies from BuzzAngle and Nielsen revealed about the predicted growth in the music industry in 2017 – which was pinned directly on the 10% growth in streaming that we should see by years end – These statistics have little bearing on the average musicians chances of actually making a living from their music.


Look, here’s the deal. If you are one of those artists who believes that “the cream rises to the top” or “if you build it they will come” and you are just not interested in actively marketing or promoting your music and brand, then honestly… stick with streaming. Get your music up there because you are counting on success to happen of its own accord. I mean it sincerely when I say, “good luck with that”!
But if you are a musician who embraces the value of marketing and is willing to take deliberate action to influence your chances of success… Here, in a nutshell, is a basic approach to generating income from your music that I think will serve you much better . . .
  1. Put all of your focus into creating an engaged audience of email and, to a lesser extent, social media subscribers and followers.
  2. Be so interesting, entertaining, and exceptional that you effectively EARN the right to ask your followers for a bit of financial support every few months. Ask your fans to show that support by purchasing albums, merchandise, tickets, access to a membership site, or by backing a crowd funding campaign.
  3. Release 1 – 3 tracks of each album to the streaming platforms (so that you have a presence there) but withhold the majority of the album until sales have slowed down and you have moved on to promoting the next album.
  4. Seek additional revenue streams from touring and licensing when possible.
  5. Feed your music business with paid advertising so there is steady growth regardless of touring activity.
If the ideas expressed above resonate with you and you would like me to show you HOW to build the system described above and generate income from direct-to-fan sales instead of relying on streaming revenue (which tends to pale by comparison), then consider joining me on July 26th (just a few days away) for the release of Music Marketing Manifesto 4.0. Everyone who registers on launch day or shortly thereafter will receive a special Early Bird DiscountClick here to learn more.
Thanks for reading and be sure to leave me a comment, with any questions, feedback, or just to say hey.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jarius Lovett a/k/a "Standout" | F L

Jarius Lovett, better known by his stage name "Standout", derived from his mannerisms and unique style of dress, is an American hip hop recording artist and native of Atlanta Georgia's infamous "Zone 3." Although born into a city known for the "glitz and glamour" and the "good life," Standout's upbringings were the complete opposite of this over the top perception, and resemble nothing short of a hard knock life. Standout encountered several rough patches during his childhood from witnessing his mother's drug addiction and victimization to domestic violence, to battling the struggle of having an estranged father. 

However, Standout's roughest encounter was the passing of his mother a few short years after giving birth to his younger sibling, which marked the beginning of a downward spiral. After refusing to cope with the loss of his mother, Standout dropped out of school, and turned to alcohol as a mechanism to fill the void, and to shield feelings of pain and resentment. Knowing that he couldn't continue to live his life in sadness, pain, and loneliness, Standout decided to take a turn toward greatness and utilize music as an outlet to tell his story, and as an avenue toward rehabilitation.

Standout's dreams and passion for music began at the age of 17 when his natural talent as a rapper became more apparent. Standout's ability to creatively freestyle, and effortlessly compose unique and catchy hooks and lyrics is something that he credits greatly to his family, and musical influences including "King of the South" rap legend T.I., and Billboard Music Award Nominee, Future. Standout recently had the opportunity to work alongside Future on his original track, "Money in DA Air."

Music is something that has always been and will remain a passion of Standout's. Although intrigued by the fame and money, Standout is a firm believer that his passion and love for music will always overpower anything that life may throw his way. Standout is truly an artist that stands out!



Rod 404-379-7549
TC   618-799-3583


F L (Fam Life) are an American Southern Hip Hop duo from Atlanta GA.

Comprising members Stand Out and Alveo Da Great (ADG).





Alveo Deshawn Seabrooks | F L

Alveo Deshawn Seabrooks, is an American hip hop recording artist and native of eastside Atlanta’s, Decatur “Where it’s Greater”.  Alveo’s upbringings mirrored a distant dream to many youth of today’s society: Two parent household, adequate housing, and steady income. From the outside looking in, it appeared Alveo had it all, and the likelihood of becoming another statistic by either disenfranchisement or death was practically impossible.

However, there was one thing that was missing in Alveo's life which ultimately led him down a coarse path…time. Alveo’s were parents ideal, however, demanding work schedules resulted in large periods of time away from the household, which forced Alveo to conduct his life in a manner in which he pleased. Alveo made the decision to pursue the “street life” in an area infamous for violence and gang culture, and consequently experienced life’s most trying and hardest situations associated with a “street” lifestyle.

Alveo was faced with a plethora of unimaginable learning curves, trials, and tribulations when he decided to travel life’s hardest roads. Alveo soon decided it was time to make a significant and positive change in life, and shifted his focus toward his inner talent and love, music. Alveo began nurturing and molding his craft at the age of 13, when his exceptional writing abilities and wordplay became more transparent. Alveo has made appearances at a variety of showcases, and continues to earn support and positive feedback from his peers.  Alveo far from the typical “swag rapper” flooding today’s industry, and  prefers to top the rap game with his unequalled wordplay and crucial abilities. Alveo credits his growth as an artist some of the industry's most talented and greatest musical influences including, but not limited to: Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, Jeezy,  2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, 2pac, Eazy E, and Ice Cube.

Although Alveo chose to take the road less traveled, it has made all of the difference in his life. Alveo is now focused on his daughter, providing a more secure and desired life for his family, and not falling victim to the “street life.”


Rod 404-379-7549
TC   618-799-3583

F L (Fam Life) are an American Southern Hip Hop duo from Atlanta GA.
Comprising members Stand Out and Alveo Da Great (ADG).