[UPCOMING EVENT] 9/21 NikkiSiixx Birthday Getty at 1306 in Miami

Its time to celebrate! NikkiSiixx is a year older and is getting ready to party with everyone on September 21st at THE BAR 1306 in Miami, Florida. Shoutout to PropsAndBonds for putting this together for me!




Artist Advice: How To Approach A Producer With Or Without A Budget

For this article, I asked my Instagram followers for ideas for the next artist advice column on my site. What would they like for me to write about. I based my topic off their suggestions regarding promotions, blogs, anything related to music. This week I chose – @illtalbeats with his comment: “Do an article on how rappers should approach producers for beats (Especially for artists that don’t have a budget) lol” || Thanks illtalbeats this is the perfect topic! Here’s what I have to say about approaching producers with or without a budget. 

I know for an up and coming artist it can get really pricey in order to put a really solid project together. From the cost to purchasing a beat, to paying an engineer to mix and master it, hiring a graphic designer to create the cover art work, acquiring the licensing, trademarking and copyright. Placing your first order on printing physical cd’s, which need packaging sleeves or cases (plus the graphic designer to create the overall look). Creating and stocking up on merchandise, and then online promotional campaigns you get from official websites that support you’re kind of music. Phew! Remain Calm.

Key is to be able to manage your finances to the best of you’re capabilities. If you need to save, you save. But first things first… when it comes to creating any music content you need to find the heart to you’re song. This is where the producer plays a huge part. Because if the producer is a talented individual, who is capable of multiple genres or a new sound you’ve been searching for. Then your song comes to life, with a heartbeat to the music.

Lately, I find the best ways to find a producer is through Soundcloud.com, Twitter, and even Instagram. On Soundcloud, beat makers upload their beats and even instrumentals they’ve been working on. In hopes to finding an artist who will be interested in collaborating on something new. Networking is key when it comes to building new relationships. Comment, Share, and Like what you hear. Showing support goes a long way, especially when you’re really feeling the music.

Best ways to search for producers are through hashtags! Here’s where the producer who puts #Producers #FreeBeats #HipHop #Music while appear before your eyes. Don’t forget to follow them and become a familiar face. Once that, obtain their contact info; usually an email address, phone number, or straight through a direct message. Let em’ know how you’re interested in working together and how can it be possible? Here’s where it comes to whether or not your wallet comes into play.

Producers work in many different ways when it comes to selling their beats. They can set a price for the track, lease the beat, or accept royalties off any sells/plays. When a producer sets a rate for a beat, you have to understand and respect it. You can either pay in full or even make payments in order to own the music, rightfully. I’ve heard producers leasing beats for a certain amount of time. But this might be helpful for an artist who might not be completely sure if music is the right path for them. But hey! Reader, right now if you’re an artist who knows for sure what they want and their going to work as hard as possible to make it happen… Continue to read Right? Cool!

So, next option is accepting royalties. Royalties occur when you’re content is registered with BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC. For example, BMI has connects with licensed holders who use/play your music; such as radio stations, television stations, clubs, and restaurants. These license holders maintain a monitoring system that provides licensing fees in order to get you paid. 50% of a song is credited to the songwriter and the remaining 50% is left to the publisher.

Once you’ve selected the beat, picked which type of purchase choice, then it’s time to make a payment. When making a transaction, make sure the producer sends you an invoice for exactly what you agreed upon. This will guarantee this service or ownership of the beat you wanted to purchase. You also have to take into consideration any fees that may take place such as Paypal. You should pay to make the difference so the producer fully gets the amount he/she asked for. 

Say, you don’t have a budget. You’re an independent artist and all funds goes towards maintaining your life and your living situation. This is where networking and friendships come into play. I would say search for a producer who’s starting just like yourself and you feel a common base in music and interests. Proclaiming how you really want to work with them on a small scale when it comes to collaborating on music. You two can select a certain amount of beats and then you come with the verses, and then a project is born. A free project, this will help promote both parties. With heavy online promotion, you’re definitely guarantee to gain more fans this way. Now the producers followers, friends, associates become familiar with you as an artist as well.

Also, during the recording process you should have the producer present. Build together on the sound the project will have and hook them up with their favorite goodies as well during the session. Drinks, Snacks, Coffee, and even some funny smokes. Positive Vibes = Amazing Music. After working together.. when you’re in works on any future project, they might possibly hook you up with free beats.

FREE BEATS?? Yeah, it’s possible. When you network and play your cards right. But don’t forget to give credit to the guy who created the song that inspired the lyrics to the best song you’ve ever written. It takes from hours till days and even months to get a beat sounding the way it does. Take into consideration, they deserve the credit too. Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.52.50 PM I’ve received music submissions from the artist himself and he did not give credit and not even mention the producer at all. How rude is that? The producer should always get mentioned on anything related to the track/project promotion, getting tagged in every photo of the cover art, and getting notified when the track gets featured on a popular website. This also will benefit the artist because now you have an extra individual who will help promote it because they are involved. This concludes my take on how artist should handle approaching producers on purchasing their beats and even sometimes working without a budget. Any comments or suggestions, provide them below.

Video: Small Blog Problems via NoWhiteNoise.com

I wanted to share with you a short Skit from NoWhiteNoise.com, SMALL BLOG PROBLEMS. Starring Kas from Womazing.com. I found this video to be HILARIOUS! I love Kass’ acting in this one. NoWhiteNoise concept behind this video is that they “wanted to represent the trying times, the struggles, and the tribulations of the person who embodies The Small Blog Blogger”. Created by Michael Collado.

SOURCE: NoWhiteNoise.com

NikkiSiixx Do’s & Don’ts: How To Approach A Female Promoter

As a promoter you are always communicating with the public either online or in person. Sometimes it can get a bit awkward due to the fact I am a women. They might find me attractive and this may lead them in the wrong direction. They sidetrack and will miss out an opportunity that will help out with their career. I created a Do’s & Don’t’s list to help the artists and managers. This will help you have a better relationship with the promoter which can guarantee you more features and possible performances.

I’ve also asked questions to other female promoters to give me they’re insight of ways artists can improve with communicating with us. Prima from iBlog126.com, Mel lo from Mellosnotebook.com, Jojo Fabs from jojosblock.com, & Del from ViceCityCypher.

-When meeting them online either on Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail. I would recommend that you make your first contact public. Wall Post or Tweet. This engages the promoter and this will make it easier for us to remember you when you do submit your content for review. Usually, our websites will have a submissions link with details on the right way to send them your music. If you can’t follow simple directions or don’t have all the content needed, then your not ready for blog exposure. We need you to provide all necessary information to provide you the best reviews.
When meeting them in person keep it distant. Shake hands and introduce yourself. Depending if the promoter is currently working at the venue, you should not take too much of their time. Just become a familiar face.

-Always ask questions! This will clear up anything your not sure about. Regarding a show your performing, content you want to submit, or any advice when it comes to anything related to Hip-Hop or Event Coordinating. We’re here to help!

-Get on her good side. Help promote her site/brand, promote the feature you had on her site, and just be cool. We’re not here to make enemies, we’re here to network.

-When meeting the promoter online, you need to remember that if your either sarcastic, flirtatious, disrespectful, or demanding this will leave a bad taste. The promoter will no longer want to affiliate with you.
When meeting her in person. Try not to have any physical contact this will give us the wrong impression and will make us think you are not taking us seriously, and most of all it’s not professional. Remember your here to promote your music not initiate a possible relationship.

-Don’t expect! When you expect certain things such as a group of your friends can get in for free when there’s no guest list or a post to land sooner than later on a site. We are constantly working on numerous projects so expect delays when worse case scenario.

-When the bridge is burnt down, don’t try and rebuild. It will never be the same. Say, either a commotion occurred between you and the promoter. She doesn’t want to affiliate herself with you anymore. Respect that. She has her reasons behind her actions. There’s always another promoter to contact.

I asked the ladies a couple questions, wanted to share with you their response to one of them. The question was What would an artist do that would make the situation awkward? and this is what they had to say:


I don’t want to hear “Hey mama, what’s good” or “Hey sexy, check out my music, you want to be in my video” LOL. I will definitely ignore you. You might have to be persistent, I get a lot of request. Just be nice and NOT pushy. –MeL Lo

Please do not call a female promoter Ma, Hun nor Mama. Last time I check I am neither your mother nor your Hunny! This is strictly business and we do not want to make any moment awkward or for anyone to get the wrong idea so lets keep it professional. –Jojo Fabs

When they try to flirt his way in or bribe his way in. I don’t play with either one. –Del

We all answered and when an artist becomes flirtatious it’s a red light! ZERO TOLERANCE ON FLIRTING! Don’t get carried away.

At the beginning it was hard for us to make moves, due to the fact we are women in a man’s world. We were underestimated, judged, and made fun of. But what did we do? We kept working hard on our reviews, building connects, throwing consistent shows, and showing genuine love and support for the Underground.

The Hip-Hop community is growing more and more with females becoming apart of it. If it’s a blogger, event coordinator, public relations, and or managers. We all need to learn how to respect and get a long with each other. We are doing it for the love of music, and giving a spotlight to the ones that are unheard.