Miami Music Week is a annual event that happens near the ending of March that includes festivals, parties, concerts, and so much different music inclusion In society. So it’s no surprise that we attended an event solely to showcase the different music here in Miami. Housed in the Flamingo Theater Bar in Downtown Miami, this event had a whole lot going on.
There was the talented tattoo artist and painter named Mreeuh Chang painting a masterpiece near the entrance.
“I Am Civilized Apparel” had a kiosk set up. I also got the chance to talk to some representatives of the company. They create clothing to be focused to all cultures, encouraging difference, with great clothing, and they were also selling candy which was very delightful.
Felisha Monet took the stage, she spoke about tidbits of her life and the industry. She originated from New York but moved to Tallahassee to pursue her career goal of being in the media. There, she was working in retail and while doing so was offered the opportunity to bless the radio with her voice. And its only been an uphill slope from there. I asked about the choice of music of the radio and she answered gracefully with what Mike Hall called “The algorithm of getting the music you want to the radio” Basically stating that the music that we criticize so much is in our control to stop airplay. Speaking about the process that it takes, A random sample group (including different genders, ages, and races) is chosen to listen to all the songs that a made for radio. There the songs are scored by how the listeners react. The high scoring songs get repetitive play every 45 minutes then there are the send highest that get put on every now and then and the low scoring songs usually end up getting rare airplay. Later in the panel she said a quote that stuck with me. “Music is the universal language.” I genuinely believe that.
After the one on one with Ms. Monet Dj Fly Guy and the rapper Quest took the stage. Dj Fly Guy talked about being DJing and how sometimes he is labeled because of the color of his skin and his occupation. He also spoke about the steps in getting him to play your music. Just to let you know paying him does not work and going up to him and giving him your song while he is DJing is just as unworthy of airplay. Now I don’t agree with, this but tell me how you guys feel about this; but he talked about a who controls the outcome of the music that gets put out. “You guys know Def Jam right? Okay Cool. You guys know Universal right? But do you know who owns Universal? Seagrams, the company that makes the drink is over the label.” He stated that there is a panel of people that choose, by numbers what gets put out. It began to sound like he was trying to say that the control is not on us. Anyways to continue, he talked about one of the things he really wanted to accomplish and that is becoming as big as Tiesto but for hip-hop music.
Quest, the rapper, also had insight for the crowd. Knowledge was given about social media it’s strengths and weaknesses. The humbled Miami native rapper also talked about selling your brand, knowing who you are and presenting and representing it 110 percent. “At SXSW there was this rapper on stage with a cape on, in full character. When I saw that the only thing I was thinking in my mind was I have to get that dude’s mixtape.” He strives to be relevant in hip-hop 20 years from now.
Mike Hall, the host also had some good words to say. He spoke about verification on twitter. “Be mindful of what you hash tag and what you retweet.” And he told us to, as a collective “Co-sponser Co-create and Collaborate”
Altogether it was a great experience. Being part of the media scene, it was a nice wake up call to me with my position here at We Do It For The Love Of Music. Coincidentally I also ran into an old friend. Catiana of CVIDDYTV.com. we talked about her online radio show and she invited us to stay a little longer. She was part of “The Underground Report III” that was going to happen after. There were performances from Venus Amor, Vegas Fontaine, NOEX, Quest, Slo V & Retro, NikSB, Jae Coop, Webbz, Pay Up! Game and so much more.
Miami Music Week Started Off Pretty Well!
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