I stumbled across a cool site called Fiverr.com and I wanted to pass it along. I know many of my readers still hold regular 9-5’s while pursuing their hip-hop dreams, which translates to having to carefully budget for music expenses and the constant search for cost-effective services and solutions. Fiverr.com is a site where people share what they’re willing to do for $5.00 bucks; some of the stuff is random and wacky. I do believe that you get what you pay for. However, there are some cool and useful services on the site that are worth checking out. They have many different sections on the site. I have listed the most useful sections for indie and upcoming hip-hop artists, along with examples of actual services people have offered on Fiverr.com below:
Music and Audio: “I will clean up your vocal track professionally for $5”
Video: “I will create you an URBAN grunge street, gritty, dirty, dark and edgy industrial hip-hop theme text intro opener for $5”
Graphics:“I will graphic design anything for $5”
Social Marketing: “I will create a Twitter background design for $5”
Check it out and play around with it; see what $5 bucks can get you at Fiverr.com
On Thursday, October 6th, I attended the first day of the A3C Festival. I had initially planned on attending on Friday night to see Big K.R.I.T perform “Dreamin” and “The Vent”, and to see the rest of the DJBooth.net stage. However Thursday was the only day I could go, so I decided to just go and scope out the scene. There was a variety of different stages of emerging and indie hip-hop artists performing, while golden era hip-hop blasted in the background. There were also tons of upcoming hip-hop artists walking around scoping the scene just as I was, many of them walking around aimlessly with backpacks full of their mixtapes and other promo materials. This was my first year attending A3C and I observed that A3C is definitely a staple for underground hip-hop and a cool platform for hip-hop artists to be seen and heard if they’re prepared. So in anticipation of the 2012 A3C Festival, here are 5 tips for networking at next year's event.
1.) Identify Who You Would Like to Connect With: You don’t have to pass your mixtape and/or single to anyone who’ll take it. Instead take a more strategic approach. For instance, there were tons of hip-hop media in attendance at A3C. If there’s a particular writer/blogger(s) you’d like to connect with, find out if they’ll be at A3C and send a brief introductory email. It can be a simple intro such as “Hi, My name is Kayla and I’m a Pittsburgh based hip-hop artist and longtime reader of your site. I’m reaching out because I’d like to connect with you at A3C”
2.) Offer praise initially, but only if it’s genuine: If you’re a fan of hiphopdx.com. Let them know. Always avoid asking for help the first time you meet someone. Remember that all great relationships are reciprocal.
3.) Take care of your current network: If you already have an existing relationship with a hip-hop writer/blogger(s). Find out if they’re attending A3C, so you can meet them face-to-face and personally thank them for their support.
4.) Don’t dismiss anyone as irrelevant: Treat everyone the same, with kindness and respect. You never know who you’re speaking with.
5.) Follow-up: Immediately after meeting a new contact follow-up via email. Do not wait any longer than (2) days. This gives you a chance to further develop the relationship. Following-up regarding your previous conversation with the new contact helps them remember you better and they’ll be more receptive to you and any future emails you may send them.