Dru Paris Is On The Come Up In New York’s Forgotten Borough

When it comes to being musically inclined, Dru Paris becoming a known presence in the music business and is making a name for himself. From innovative and vanguard lyrics to impactful performances and styles, the music’s speaking for itself and people are listening. Don’t sleep on Dru Paris because the musician might just have something ready for release that’s purely unexpected.

The 23 year old up and coming artist from the forgotten borough of Staten Island, NY is on the path to putting it on the map along with New York’s well known music neighborhoods. To date Dru Paris has released his debut EP titled Prolific and his debut music video for the single “Tonight.”

What’s expected from Dru Paris is his newest project that will be released in the new year. “One of my goals is to do a major show next year. It doesn’t have to be with a major artist per se, but someone with some notoriety,” he points out.

Official website: www.druparisofficial.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/druparisofficial

Featured Artist | Dru Paris | Source: http://rblmag.com/dru-paris/ 


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IMTR: How To Game The Immitter To Work For You And Your music

WE’LL ANSWER

How does the Immitter algorithm work?

How does Immitter provide digital marketing to new artists and bands?

What is the best strategy to take advantage of Immitter’s digital marketing services?

LETS GET STARTED

Normally a company wouldn’t tell you how to game their algorithm for world domination but we at Immitter know, knowing how to play the game is only half the battle.  The other half is, well…plain old elbow grease.

IMMITTERs algorithm is fairly straight forward and it goes a little something like this…Each song submitted to the IMMITTER can collect 1 point per day, per computer.  In plain english:

Users can stream songs daily, in unlimited amounts, but regardless of how many times your song is streamed during that day, your play count will only increase by one for each unique listener.

I like to look at it as, each fan can only add one point to your songs per day and 7 total points through the week.  A true fan should get you 5 to 7 points per week.  Get it?

OKOK.  Now that you know the value of streams and how fans can impact those streams lets do a little pop quiz.

You have just uploaded your first song to the IMMITTER and within no time you get a little fan-traction.

Fan A streams your new song 10 times on Monday and 3 times on Wednesday and 100 times throughout the weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

Fan B streams your new song once on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and lastly, Sunday.

Which Fan added the most “points” to your new song during that week, Fan A or Fan B?

If you answered Fan B then you’re Bad Ass!

Fan A might’ve streamed your new release an exponential amount of times in comparison to Fan B, but fan A was only able to add 4 points to your new song while Fan B was able to add 7 points.

IMMITTER is all about consistency, “What have you done for me lately?” is your new mantra.  Are fans coming back to listen to your songs daily?  If they are, those are your true fans.

Each week our team combs through the TOP50 most streamed songs with a fine tooth comb and selects the TOP most songs to be added to our digital distribution campaigns. Our digital distribution channels currently consist of organic Twitter, paid Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube advertising.

Once your song is selected you will receive an email to notify you of the good news, and to possibly ask you for additional information and creatives to help assist us in our digital marketing efforts.

So for starters…as a rule of thumb; Drive enough traffic to your songs to rank in our WEEKLY TOP50 charts.  There you’ll have a good chance of being selected for FREE digital marketing campaigns the following week.

Let’s talk a little bit about strategy, shall we.

Let’s imagine there’s a new Gospel artist that goes by the name Holy John. Holy John just released his first gospel record and is excited about getting more people to discover The Word of John!

His friends tell him about a really cool website called IMMITTER that helps new emerging artists amplify their digital distribution and create even greater fan awareness online.  Holy John decides that he’ll give IMMITTER a shot and uploads his first-hit-single.

Now that Holy John has uploaded his new song to the IMMITTER, he should:

A) Execute a small social marketing plan to guarantee a consistent increase in daily streams.

B ) Relax and wait for the streams to roll in.

C) Post his new song link on his website and tell his friends to check it out!

If you guessed A then you’re well on your wAy!

Holy John needs to make sure that he is planning for success and taking the necessary steps to make sure that he is fully involved in driving daily targeted traffic to his new release.

Got it?  Okay, moving on.

For this next part I will make up a new term, lets call it “Link Kill”.

Link Kill is the opposite of what you want to do as a new emerging digital artist / band.  Every time you post a new link online, your goal should be to give it life by consistently targeting and distributing that link to as many new people as possible.

Holy John should create a small marketing plan that involves a combination of adding his new album link to his official website, tweeting his new link out daily to his ‘holy fans’, creating timely and relevant posts on Facebook that include the link to his newest release and reaching out to his mailing list to ask subscribers for first born children.

The last thing you ever want to do as a new emerging digital artist or band is kill a new-born, wide-eyed, fresh-faced, chubby-cheeked link.  Don’t be irresponsible, no-one asked you to bring that link into this world.

Advisory : Please do not ask for first born children, it’s just a metaphor and YOU WILL end up behind bars. 

Lets take a second to compare how competing websites such as Reverbnation, Soundcloud or Bandcamp get things done.

A typical day on these sites consist of spending all day and all night driving new listeners to your music, after a while you start to notice your music is getting a really good reaction and to your surprise, you wake up one morning and you’re on the charts; things are on the up!  Then a week goes by, and then another week and yet another week and…NOTHING HAPPENS!!!  Sure you might’ve got some basic streams and a download or two but for the most part, forward momentum seems to have ground to a halt.  Landing on those charts are meaningless.

IMMITTER takes chart ranking a step further by recognizing rising artists and rewarding them with paid digital marketing and distribution to their favorite social networks.  There’s a certain degree of confidence and accomplishment that comes with scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and stumbling across an advertising campaign targeted around you and your music.

Gaming the IMMITTER is fun, its fair and has a whole lot of upside.  We invite all new artists to game the crap out of the IMMITTER algorithm, because chances are, if you’re only doing an average job of driving traffic to your music, you’ll be 100% further than the competition.  90 percent of success in this game is just showing up.

Let’s hit it out the park, together !

LESSON COMPLETE

Strategy: Coding Your Way To The Top

WE’LL ANSWER

  • Why is having my own website beneficial as a new artist?
  • What are the basic building blocks of a website?
  • How can I use html to build my very own website?

LETS GET STARTED

Social media has really saved your butt.  You should be very grateful. Social media allows you to have a presence on the internet without needing to know how the internet aaactually works.

Long before social media the only way to have a home on the web was to buy a domain from a domain service provider and erect a website on top of that domain.

Don’t get it twisted though, just because a website is the traditional home of the internet doesn’t mean that a website isn’t just as valuable to you now as it was back then.

A domain is your own unique home on the internet complete with an address, similar to the address of the house or apartment that you live in now.  A website is all of the furniture that you move into your house.  Some people pay a moving service to move in all of their shiny new furniture, while some of us, well lets just say, we’ve all strapped furniture to the back of our cars at one point in our lives. That’s the difference between paying a developer to create a website for you and dedicating time to develop one yourself, either way, having your own home on the internet is key to establishing your music brand online.

Lets take a look at an example.

A new rap group called FreeStyle recently dropped their new full length album.  FreeStyle decides to market their new album digitally for the first time.

Let’s explore the best strategy for FreeStyles new release.

A.  FreeStyle creates a Facebook fan page to get the word out about their new album

B.  FreeStyle uses some digital distributors to get their newest full length album on Spotify and Apple Music

C.  FreeStyle releases a new website called FreeStyleMusic.com and then uses calls of action (a fancy way of saying commands) to direct users to learn more about their brand on Facebook while also providing links to their new album on Spotify and Apple Music

If you chose C, then the answer was either really obvious, you’re really good at multiple choice or you just know your stuff!

Social media and streaming websites are both great strategies for creating awareness about your music brand but aren’t very good substitutes for being homeless online.  Think about it, a website allows for you to store links to your various digital marketing initiatives, preside over similar brands online that don’t have a website URL and allow other brands online to link directly to you.  As your music brand receives more and more relevant searches and inbound links your websites ranking position in the search engine results will begin to skyrocket.

Increasing your ranking in search engines is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO, meaning, the search engine is now more optimized to recognize your brand.

Now that’s how you get…above the competition.

A website is also a mutable object; unlike feed based websites, a webpage always contains your most important and most relevant information.

Similar to how a car consists of an engine, a staring wheel and tires. A website is founded on a series of building blocks, the most basic being:

  1. A Domain – that you can get for a fair price from services such as  www.hostgator.com or www.godaddy.com
  2. HTML – to add copy and formatting to your page
  3. CSS – to style your page with colors and pretty fonts

Hiring a developer to build your website is a good idea if you’re a beginner, you can look to resources like https://www.upwork.com that employ thousands of freelance web developers just waiting for projects to work on.

As a new digital artist, doing a little coding yourself could save you precious time and cash that you could use to reinvest into your marketing budget.  At the bare minimum, knowing how to read code, embed code snippets or make small changes to the HTML on your website could set you light years ahead of your competitors.

A website consists of a head and a body, sound familiar?  The head contains all of the instructions that the body needs to survive.

HTML is written using a “markup language” and is delineated by tags written using angle brackets.  Any copy you add to your webpage is basically surrounded by an opening tag “<>” and a closing tag “</>.  Tags tell the webpage exactly what type of content is in between the opening and closing tags so that the webpage knows exactly how you would like that content displayed to visitors.

The 5 most important tags to familiarize yourself with are:

  1. <h>The header tag</h>
  2. <p> The paragraph tag </p>
  3. <br> The line break tag</br>
  4. <a href=”link URL”>The link tag</a>
  5. <!–This is a comment tag, and is a great way to track your steps –>

Now that we know a little HTML, let’s use this time to build our very first website.  

Open your favorite text editor and type or copy and paste the following.

<!–DOCTYPE declares the type of document we are creating is an HTML document–>

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

<head>

<title>Immitter presents [ARTIST/BAND NAME]</title>

</head>

<body>

<h1>Hello New Music World</h1>

<p1>[My/Our] name is [Artist Name/Band], thank you for visiting [my/our] first website</p1>

<br></br>

<p1>Learn more about our music here <a href=”[http://www.linktosocialmediasite.com]”>mysocialmediapage.com</a></p1>

<br></br>

<br></br>

<p3>brought to you by <a href=”https://www.immitter.com”>www.Immitter.com</a></p3>

<!–Now save your newly created text document to your desktop using the “Save As…”option and be sure to change the extension of your document to “.html”–>

</body>

</html>

Be sure to update the information within the [brackets] with your own information and then navigate over to http://htmledit.squarefree.com and simply copy and paste your newly written code into the top text box and watch your code magically appear on the bottom half of the screen.

You should now be looking at your very first website.

There are many resources online to help you learn more about coding your very own website, http://www.W3Schools.com is one of these resources, and a good starting point.

Now that you know a little more about how a webpage works, how using your webpage as a digital home can have a positive impact on your digital marketing and most importantly HOW TO CODE, you can now have a hand in building your very own home on the internet.

LESSON COMPLETE

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Q&A: How do I kindly approach Know it all band mates that don’t know it all?

Hey just answered this question on Reddit.com, and then it hit me…This happens all the time in bands, groups, collectives and labels.  So here’s my ever so humble answer to “How do I kindly approach Know it all band mates that don’t know it all?”.  I hope you find meaning in it, but most importantly i hope you find application.

QUESTION

Looking for some input on this. Two of my band mates own all of our PA equipment, but they don’t really seem to know how to use it properly. We’ve played a few shows with the PA and were fine for the most part. We received some constructive criticism about vocals/keys being too quiet and other small things. Today, a few of us went to practice early to work on some of these problems. We have a digital mixer (X-Air for the iPad) which includes a nice suite of effects, equalizers, compressors, etc to make us sound great. Our keyboardist and I have a solid understanding of how these effects/EQs/etc work so we were asked to help set it up. Our guitarist, who owns part of the equipment, begins telling us how to use these effects but after listening to him I realize he has no idea what he’s talking about. When me and our keyboardist finished mixing everything it sounded much better than before.

After practice starts, our guitarist starts messing around with our settings between songs and just makes a mess of things. For example, when EQing the vocals we rolled off the boomy low end. Guitarist complained the vocals were too thin (they weren’t thin; he’s used to the vocals having a lot of bass in the PA) so he starts messing with random knobs (he turned off our HPF and messed up the compressor so it wasn’t compressing anything [our female singer isn’t the greatest at controlling her dynamic range; the compressor helps with that]). He plays his guitar through the PA (he uses Bias FX on his iPad). The low end from his guitar conflicts with the low end of the vocals causing the PA to distort. There’s a few other things but I don’t feel like explaining. The keyboardist and I fix the settings when he’s not looking lol.

How should I approach my guitarist, who owns the equipment, to stop messing with our settings? I don’t want to be a dick to him because I like the guy and everyone else in the band, but its pretty damn frustrating.

ANSWER

Hi, just came across this post. What i think the most logical thing for you to do is to first have an awesome conversation with him about his vision for the music. His role. What does he want to contribute to the band…By your question, and to an outsider that is very involved in developing artists, it seems like he’s going for a specific, dare i say unique sound? I think it would be best if the whole band got together and talked bout the sound that you are trying to produce on these records. I don’t have the answers. But i do have some solutions that might give you some possible insight into why he’s “fucking shit up”. It’s crazy because to him it seems like he feels like he’s making things “better”. Talk about the sound you are trying to create, the feelings you’re trying to convey, and after that conversation, your life will change. You might not want to continue working with him, because in all do respect, ownership over equipment isn’t a good reason to stay in a band that you are getting bad vibes from, it’s borderline…using? Option 2, you might come to a mutual understanding and start creating music that is a compromise of both sounds, which might even come out sounding very unique and different, all positives in todays music game. I hope you take my advice, to the extent that only you guys can take it and maybe one day, we could be looking at an epic band with a great fusing of sounds and energy. Maybe even a band to talkk about for EONS. haha. Best of luck bud. Ps. Shoot some links to your music, would love to check em out.

Thanks for reading.

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Strategy: The power of exclusivity as a revenue stream

WE’ll ANSWER

  • What is music exclusivity?
  • Why is music exclusivity the new digital wave of the future?
  • How can an emerging musician use exclusivity to build buzz and make money online?

LETS GET STARTED

The new music industry can be exhausting for a new artist or band. Consumers are being blasted with new musicians, trying to get their new music, in the face of new fans, every single day.  This often leads to new emerging digital artists and bands feeling the pressure to release all of their recorded material all at once, you know like how Netflix does it.  But is this the best strategy for an emerging digital artist or band?  Exclusivity makes sure that whatever music you put out is part of a larger digital brand strategy.

Let’s take a look at a fictional alternative rock band called RockYou.  RockYou, just recorded their first 7 song LP, and they’re extremely proud of their final product.  Since their guitarist Erik is the “technology guy” in the band, RockYou appoints him to get their new LP in front of the faces of some new fans.

Lets take a look at what type of release strategy would work best.

A.  Uploading the entire 7 song LP on Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Immitter.com

B.  Uploading the 7 song LP to just one social music website

C.  Releasing 1 song per week from the new 7 song LP on Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Immitter

If you guessed C.  You were “C”orrect.

By holding back from releasing the entire LP at once, Erik helped his band extend the life cycle of their newest LP from one week to 7 weeks across 4 music websites.  Not only are avid fans waiting eagerly to see what RockYou is cooking in the kitchen for next week, but RockYou can now market fresh new material to new fans over a longer time period without the risk of their LP becoming stale and played out – That’s the power of exclusivity.

In the past the traditional label system used exclusivity as their main sales weapon.  You remember it, don’t cha?  Promote the crap out of the single to the masses and get the most curious fans to purchase the CD in exchange for experiencing the rest of the album.  That was a brave world for consumers because most people just wanted the single they heard on the radio, only true fans really cared to experience the album cuts.  And then, Napster came along and unbundled the album allowing fans to pick and choose the songs they wanted for FREE!  Yikes.  Fans 1, record labels 0, artists -1.  Ever since that fateful day, artists and bands have struggled to make money digitally recording music, lets call it the great unbundling.

But alas, all is not lost.  At a time where everything is available for free, exclusives are refreshing because they bring the mystery back to the music.  When everybody and their mama’s music is available for free online the fandom game isn’t as fun anymore.  The corporations know; Apple, Spotify and now Amazon are jumping on the exclusive band wagon. Fans who subscribe exclusively to these music streaming services get a chance at having the “worlds” recorded music at their fingertips.  The only problem is, as an emerging artist, the payments from these services are so small you’ve virtually been cut right out of the revenue, ah-gain.

As important as it is to be on all streaming platforms, it’s equally important to create your own exclusivity for your own music brand.  Websites like Bandcamp and Immitter have exclusivity tools that allow emerging artists to become their own self-sustaining Spotify and Apple music while keeping a large portion of the subscription revenue for themselves.

Todays digital musicians are seen more as brands as opposed to real people.  A brand is basically a business with products that a lot of people recognize.  Fan subscription tools now allow your most loyal fans to subscribe directly to your brand (for a small recurring fee) in exchange for exclusive access to your brands history of recorded music.

Lets take a look at another example

Sam is a part of a goth girl group called, Vampgelica.  To date Vampgelica has released 3 LPs containing 10 songs each.  Vampgelica decides to use an exclusive fan subscription tool to lock 5 songs from each LP that are exclusive to the Vampiress nation.  15 songs are now freely available (for free download and stream only) to new fans, who are just ready to sink their teeth in, while die hard fans and supporters would…

A.  Feel like a bloody-mess if they were left out in the sun without access to the additional 15 Vampgelica songs.

B.  Forget about the exclusive songs that they do not have access to and instead watch re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If you chose A, you were right!

Super fans, as we call them, want 24 hour access to your brand at all times (why do you think gossip magazines are still so popular?).

In the digital era it is completely possible to charge a small fee to your super-ist fans for the privilege of accessing your entire discography, as well as uninhibited access to any of your future releases.  As a developing artist or band, your fan subscription revenue now goes directly to your bank account as opposed to making the corporations even richer.  Super fans 1, Artists 1, Corporations 0.

Now that you know why it’s important to embrace exclusivity, lets review some basic guidelines that can help you build a successful exclusivity campaign.

Avoid bundling digital releases

Your goal as a digital distributor (yes you are that too) is to spread the buzz of your newly released EP or LP over the course of a couple weeks, maybe even months.  Don’t be the flash in the pan, make your fans crave for more.

Offer your super fans an exclusive club to belong to

Whether you are using exclusive mailing lists, exclusive fan only shows and digital performances or exclusive fan subscription tools, making sure that your superfans feel like they are getting an experience unbeknownst to outsiders is something that they’ll appreciate, heck, they’ll even pay you for it.

LESSON COMPLETE

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Immitter Goes Secure

Here’s a really quick update for you.  Now when you visit Immitter you will see a conveniently placed lock to the left of the https://www.immitter.com URL.  While no one was watching we secretly updated our website to a secure server.  This move was a necessary precursor to allow emerging artists and bands to start taking direct payments from fans through Immitter.  In the next couple weeks we’ll touch more on exactly what type of payments you’ll be able to take and what this means for your bank account, but for now, take comfort in knowing that Immitter values your privacy and security.  Bring on the payments!

An Evening Interview With Dru Paris

Hey Immitter Family,

I’m going to start conducting interviews with our artists who are currently scaling the Immitter charts. First up is Dru Paris, a 22 year old out of New York City whose song Do What You Do is #4 on our playlist.

Hilarie Naymick xx


Dru Paris Performing
Dru Paris Performs on the show circuit in 2016
How would you describe your music?
I would say it’s New Age Rap/ R&B/ old school Hip Hop, and I think it carries its own aura.
How long have you been pursing music as a career?
 
I’m 22, and when I was 14 I started to lightly pursue the music industry as an actual dream or goal. I really started to take it seriously when my brother passed away when I was 17.
Can I ask how he passed?
 
It was an unfortunate circumstance. He got in a dispute with another guy, I think it was over a girl, and he ended up being fatally shot.
That’s awful, I’m sorry for your loss. How did that take a hold of your life?  It obviously had an effect on your music.
 
Yeah, I don’t know if I can site any one person who has influenced me through excellent action, but I know that I am heavily influenced by the negative actions of others. With my brother, it was such an unnecessary way to leave this earth, he had his whole life a head of him…It showed me to take the higher road and never let my anger or temper get the best of me. Just appreciate what I have and keep going with my head held high.
That’s invaluable, in the music industry and in life. But since we are talking about influences, can you tell me some of the artists who you have been inspired by or simply just love their tunes?
 
Well, I love Post Malone, a favorite song of his would be Go Flex.
Drake is amazing, Bria’s Interlude is definitely one of my favorites.
And I can always listen to John Mayer.
A huge part of the last decade of upcoming musicians have been influenced by him. From all genres really, because I hear him cited as a major influence from all walks of life as far as artists are concerned. What are some favorites of his?
 
Oh, well: Vultures, Gravity, Neon, and probably Stop This Train are the ones that immediately come to mind.
And what do you hope to accomplish with your music Dru, do you have a message that you would like future fans to take away from your songs?
 
Just that you don’t need to come from money or some big, well connected walk of life to get your music heard. Just keep going and see where everything leads.
Shout out to Immitter and Jermaine Kelly for being awesome, by the way!

How Immitter Works For You

Immitter is an automated music marketing machine for unsigned and emerging artists and bands.

We make it easy for you to be an artist by taking away the B.S and getting you and your target audience, straight to the music!

When you stream or buy from IMMITTER, you’re not just helping an artist rise up the charts or taking home a bit of music; You’re supporting an artists ability to continue recording and performing.  We’re a small idea, but hope we can have a big impact on your music-life.  Join us.

Here’s more about The-Internet-Music-Transmitter.

  • Easily upload singles to an album to create an EP or Album length project.
  • All users can stream music ad infinitum once songs are uploaded
  • Sell individual songs or entire albums.
  • Songs can be listed for free, for sale, not for sale and can be downloaded just as easily.
  • Songs move up and down the charts depending on the amount of streams received per week.
  • Songs are limited to one play per day per computer, meaning that one, unique user can only increase your play count by 7 throughout the entire week.
  • All songs are ranked weekly and displayed on the global chartbuster located on the homepage from highest to lowest rank.
  • Top charting artists promoted daily through email and social media campaigns.
  • All songs can receive song feedback from users through native comments pane.
  • Add songs to playlists in 1-click.
  • Completely redesign and customize your profile, album, playlists and songs pages, using basic html.
  • Embed anything.  Youtube videos, Soundcloud clips, instagram photos, mailing lists, countdown timers etc. directly into your profiles and digital albums.
  • Insert messages and links to communicate with your target audience on your profile in your albums and on screen during song playback.
  • No interruptions, No Ads.
  • Instantly receive payment via paypal (immitter receives a small commission of 20% – that’s lower than iTunes).
  • Optimized for mobile, looks great on any device.
  • Increase traffic to your pages with options for paid marketing.
  • Completely automate your music marketing with Immitter PRO teams and services.

 

A solid foundation of support from all angles

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First and foremost, to all of the legacy IMMITTER artists out there currently reading this message, thank you.  Thank you for your trust, thank for your patience. To all of the newcomers, we welcome you with open arms, let’s all join forces and be stronger.

We want to start a monthly, open conversation between us and you regarding everything music.
We want to hear from artists about their career goals, the highs and lows, what you are currently doing to promote your music, how you feel about the music business (both independent and major), where you think the industry is going and how you are navigating those tumultuous waters, and most importantly, how Immitter can help.
We’ll start doing these conversations biweekly and hopefully begin to establish a stronger relationship with the artists whose music is sponsored through Immitter.
Our goal is to have anyone who wants to get feedback, not just from us on the business end of it all, but to bring musicians together so that they can form a solid foundation of support from all angles.
We will let you know the time and date of the the first…
Immitter Heart-to-Heart
 
And we can’t wait to hear from you!
Hilarie xx