(sidenote: we are using the male pronoun for the article but everything can be applied to women too)
Let me break it down like this: there is no way you can win on your own. You need associates, comrads, connects… TEAMMATES.
When you look at an artist, you often see his « day ones » as they say nowadays. But are the friends coming together beneficial to the artist?
This article is to guide you folks out there on how to be more organised and move as a team. Here are the different aspects of a click that came to win.
THE ARTIST: he is the one with the talent, the one all eyes will be on. The main event. A successful artist can write hits and perform them to entertain an audience. He has a charisma that attracts people to listen to his every word and impatient to see him. He can nail any style and would sell anything he presents to you.
THE PRODUCER: also known as the beatmaker. He is the hitmaker. He knows music because that’s his life. He creates instrumentals every day to perfect his craft and knows exactly what the artist’s voice would sound nice on. He can produce any style and deliver in a short matter of time.
THE ENGINEER: he makes everything sounds perfect. My advice: get one that learned music engineering because if he fails at making you sound clean you are doomed as an artist.
THE MANAGER: the negociator of the crew. the manager is the middleman between the artist and anybody that wants to collaborate with him. He gets the music to the different outlets (DJs, media, radio, etc…) and places (clubs, shows, on cars, etc…). He handles the contracts, find sponsors and make sure the image of the artist is spread properly.
THE DJ: most of the responsibility of a hit record is made by the DJ. Because if the DJ cannot spin your record anywhere and get a good response from the crowd, you will have to go back to the studio and rec another track. A good DJ has a large fanbase that follows his craft and respect his judgement of a banger.
THE CAMERAMAN: that is the one who captures the priceless moments and put them out immediately. He knows how to edit videos and at least produce small videoclips (for studio sessions, freestyles and hood clips). They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the cameraman/photographer is there to broadcast the stardom of the artist.
***BONUS*** THE VIXEN: look at any commercial that really caught your eyes. What did you see? A beautiful woman. Everybody is attracted to a nice face and a nice body (thick girls included). They will take notice at any eye candy and memorize what she has to offer.
Once you get a little bit of fame a couple of things will need to be added up in order to be top notch in the industry. Let me tell you what they are.
Last but not least, there is a couple rules to go by as a team. Let me share with you the main ones.
1- Everybody knows his/her role and never tries to stumble on another one’s job.
2- A good associate is available 24/7.
3- If there something to get done he knows in advance and gets it done.
4- Everybody moves in an orderly fashion (nobody wants to follows bums)
5- EVERY TEAM GOTTA HAVE A NAME TO BUILD A BRAND
Hope this article was helpful for any small crew that wants to enter the scene. Start slow and good luck.
TEAMWORK makes the DREAM WORK.