How To Write A Production Invoice…

I got a good question from a reader named Anthony yesterday.  He wanted to know how to write up an invoice for beat sales.   For those of you that don’t know, generally when you sell a track the first step in the process is sending over an invoice to the company or person who is buying the track from you.   An invoice is not any sort of binding contract.  It’s just an official request for your money and/or whatever compensation you are getting for your music.   Here is an example of one of my invoices…

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Music Industry Internship Alert!

I just saw Dart Parker over at Shady records post this on his twitter account.  Apparently they have some openings for interns….

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MPC & MPD Pad Upgrade…

Note:  If you EVER thought that your drum pad responsiveness could be better, read on…

I’ve never been an MPC guy, but I’ve been around MPCs a lot.   I’ve seen them in action, messed around with them & made a few half beats on them.  The bulk of my life experience on the pads has been with pad controllers.  My first was an mpd16, then got the 24, now have the 32.   In my experience, the difference in responsiveness between MPC and MPD pads has been night and day.  The MPC pads were always WAYYYYY more responsive.   They were so unresponsive, I just started pushing them like buttons instead of banging on them like an instrument.  I just assumed and accepted that MPD pads were just complete bulls#it…

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Someone Needs A Motherfu@#ing Reality Check FAST!!!!!!!!!

Someone meaning Aarab Musik.  The youtube MPC playing sensation and Dipset producer, needs a  [email protected] reality check.   Apparently he was at the studio with Kanye West, but Kanye wasn’t there.  Then according to him Kanye ” jacked his shit”.  “Shit” in this certain instance meaning, “playing an MPC live”.  I just wanted to weigh in on this real quick.  So let me throw a a few things out there…

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Scorpio61 The Album!

Hey everybody…  Everybody’s favorite sample dealer, Scorpio61 has put together a FREE double album for all of your Hip Hop enjoyment.  If you didn’t know, Scorpio is also a Hip Hop producer (you didn’t think he dug all of these samples for nothing, did you?).  The first disc is a compilation of some of the work he has done with artists such as Snowgoons, Agallah, Brooklyn Academy, Visual, Savage Brothers and more (Sean P and Tommy Tee can also be heard on the album).  The 2nd disc Instrumentality, contains 15 instrumental tracks for your listening pleasure.  Scorpio is just trying to put his music out there to the masses, so download these CD’s now and post your inevitable, “what sample is that?” questions below!

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Secret Beat Submission Update!!!!!!

First off, I’d like to thank all of you who sent in beats for the secret beat submission …

Submit Your Beats To Juelz Santana…

Here is a nice fresh one for everybody…  Juelz Santana put out another call for beats a couple …

Send your beats to Rick Ross…

Rick Ross put a call out for beats.  So get your best maybach music together and send him …

Submit beats to Nicki Minaj…

It seems that the lovely Nicki Minaj is looking for beats.  She has posted up on her twitter …

Send Your Beats To Diggy Simmons…

Diggy Simmons posted this email on his twitter a while back.  Please no cursing in your beats… There …

Send Beats To Styles P…

As any other MC does, Styles P needs beats. He has posted this email numerous times, so I’m …

Submit Music To G-Unit For Free…

Dre McKenzie, head A&R over at G-Unit records, has put out an official open call to all producers, …

Essential Posts

Everything You Need To Know About Clearing Samples!

clearing samples

I’ve been digging through my old gmails trying to figure out which questions I’ve been asked the most over the years.  Questions about if, when and how to clear samples …

How To Find Music Submission Opportunities On Twitter!

Have you ever wanted to know how to find people to send your music to on Twitter?  Look no further.  Through the power of the most powerful search engine in …

How To Write A Production Invoice…

I got a good question from a reader named Anthony yesterday.  He wanted to know how to write up an invoice for beat sales.   For those of you that don’t …

The OFFICIAL Rules Of Labeling Mp3′s!

I thought it would be a great idea to iron out a simple format, so whenever you send a track to some A&R, artist, manager, etc, you will make it …

The Pros & Cons Of Tagging Your Music.

The last few weeks I’ve come across a few discussions online about whether or not you should tag your music when shopping it.  So I figured I’d throw in my …

How To Place Beats: Networking to “Bright Lights Big City”

A bunch of people have been asking me how I placed the “Bright Lights Big City” track with Jim Jones. It was pretty easy actually. I Didn’t need a grand scheme or plan (which has worked for me before). I’ll try to make this sound as interesting as possible… but its really not. This is a straight forward example of how real networking pays off.

E-Digging 101… Soulseek Tips & Tricks

Soulseek (A peer to peer file sharing program) may very well be the greatest thing in the world for hip hop samples. Here are some tips for power usage on Soulseek…

The Top 10 “REWIND!” Moments In Hip Hop Sample History!

There are times when you are going through some old music & you get hit with a musical moment of perfection that is so great, you go back and listen to it over and over again. We will call this a REWIND moment.

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