Sofasound remixes Justin Bieber

Sofasound (aka John Sofia) is an EDM/hip hop producer who has done something impressive: made quite the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” It’s available for free as a download from Sofasound’s Soundcloud:

Sofasound is “undefined by genre,” though he tends to remix R&B and rap hits from his studio in Florida.

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His credits include several artists, including Mistah F.A.B , Emoney, Obvi, Trizz, R-Mean, HBK CJ, Rey Res, and Young Gully. Obviously, not all of these artists are known by the mainstream, whereas Justin Bieber is. Perhaps that’s why Sofasound’s putting emphasis on the “Love Yourself” remix, in order to get the most people to hear a sample of what he does, and does well.

Sofasound has the ability to take a song you think you know well, and tweak it so it becomes something else while still maintaining its original essence. With 18 tracks available on his Soundcloud page, with more to come, Sofasound is a prolific producer with an emphasis on tones, beats and instrumentation. It’ll be interesting to hear Island Mind, Isolation, his EP coming soon.

Meanwhile, take some time to explore the songs on his Soundcloud, including “Us2,” which takes the classic “Just The Two of Us” and updates it for today’s audiences. It’s still a chill groove, but it’s more spacey and electronic with an emphasis on the drum riff. I definitely enjoyed it and would add it to my iPhone music mix on shuffle.

For fun, do give Sofasound’s Lay It Down~ (Steelix flip by Sofasound) a listen, which starts out as if it’s a warped wax record playing, followed by an almost video game-like roller coaster of sound.

Sofasound succeeds at taking music and putting his own stamp on it, so that your ears can’t help be drawn in for a groovy listen. Catch him on Facebook or Twitter.  –Mark Weber

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Mark Weber’s Music Mix August 2016

Music Mix
Here at Mark Weber Music Blog, we get a lot of emails. As you know, we (me, Mark Weber, and guest writers) enjoy promoting music makers from a variety of genres while also keeping people up-to-date on things such as music business tips, new releases, trends in music, etc. So, this being the Mark Weber Music Blog, it’s time to share news tidbits from various artists and such… Here’s Mark Weber’s Music Mix August 2016.

Mick HayesMick Hayes is a friend of mine who has a new project coming out called GuitaR&B. It’s guitar with R&B flavor. What’s not to like? Hayes has a strong vocal presence and the new release features fellow music maker Najee on “Snowed In With U.” Check out Mick Hayes here.

Remember the classic song “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks? It has been re-made in a jazzy rock sort-of-way by Project Grand Slam. They’re a fusion band led by bassist/composer Robert Miller. Honestly, this hot new track reminds me of my time in the NYC bars and clubs at night when truly talented bands played their hearts out. It’s even complete with saxophone solos and such. Lucy Woodward is the singer on “You Really Got Me.” I’m diggin’ it. Check out Project Grand Slam here.

Michael Robertson has been singing, performing and writing songs for over 30 years and it shows. He’s GREAT at what he does. His first solo release, All My Stories, is a welcome addition to my ears after all the electronic noise on the radio these days. Robertson has the kind of voice and song style that make you feel like you’re in his living room enjoying a nice night of music with friends. It’s Americana, Country, etc. Call it what you want; it feels honest, authentic and good. Check out Michael Robertson here.

I’m not a fan of the band Heart but I bet some of you reading this are. Fans should know that singer Ann Wilson has a solo EP out called Focus. On it she does live versions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up.” Check out “The Ann Wilson Thing” here.

The Afters in the Music Mix

The Afters have been busy in the studio, preparing for the September 9 release of their fifth studio album Live On Forever. It’s available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon Music. I like these guys; I’ve met them several times over the years and they’ve been kind to me. They’re in the Mark Weber Music Mix.

Jason TrubyFormer P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby has a new instrumental CD available entitled Hymns. Renowned for his innovative finger-style guitar techniques, Truby says the project was specifically produced with the purpose to help people who are going through trauma or sickness. It was originally his wife’s idea.

“I have performed finger-style covers of hymns in my live sets over the years,” says Truby. “One day my wife mentioned the idea of a therapy-type album. I know that suffering can consume a lot of thought and energy. So this album was arranged with peace and healing in mind. We started with the idea of distributing it to cancer patients. Now we want to make it available to anyone who may be going through grief, recovery, divorce or any other difficulties.” Check out Jason Truby here.

–Mark Weber Music Mix August 2016

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How to Record YouTube Music Videos

YouTube music videos are an important part of any music makers’ promotional tools.

There are a lot of reasons that I recommend new artists record a music video of themselves. You can use your own YouTube music videos to help find ways to improve your performance. The video, after all, will allow you to see and hear exactly what your audience does.

YouTube Music Videos

For your first video you don’t need to go out and spend tons of cash to get going. I recommend you simply use the camera and microphone on your laptop or smartphone.

(How to record singing and playing guitar at the same time)

YouTube Music Videos

Below are some helpful tips on how to make yourself look and sound as great as possible for YouTube music videos.

Positioning

On phones and webcams the microphone and camera are attached to each other, so it can be difficult to get the camera far enough back to capture your body, but close enough for the microphone to hear you. It can be a bit of a balancing act.

Get as much of your body in the camera shot as possible so that you can see if you have any weird habits while you play/sing. If your foot is out of frame, you may never know that you subconsciously tap your foot as you sing.

Room Acoustics

Acoustics are the properties or qualities of a room that determine how sound is transmitted in it.

Basic rules:

  • Don’t record in a small room with flat, square, bare walls.
  • Eliminate all the background noise you possibly can.
  • If the room sounds echoey, throw some pillows against the wall and hang up some blankets.

Video Recording Best Practices

Simple best practices:

  • Look into the camera.
  • Sit or stand comfortably/naturally.
  • Don’t wear distracting clothes.
  • Use lots of light.

Simple Next Steps

The easiest way to get a dramatic increase in your recorded music quality is to use a separate microphone. The improvement will be immediate and glorious. Before you go out and buy something though, you need to know how to find the best microphones for singing.

So what are you waiting for? Start recording YouTube music videos today!

This is a guest post by Jesse Elmore from Hear The Music

 

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Music Videos: Best Apps

GUEST POST: Music videos are awesome. Modern technology advances mean that it’s easier than ever to enjoy your favorite music, no matter where you are. Now, almost any device has the power to host your favorite music videos from almost any artist you chose.

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Music Videos

With so many fantastic music videos on the market, it can be hard to pick the best place to see them. We’ve compiled a list of three frontrunners that are bound to give you your best daily music videos fix.

YouTube + a VPN

Everyone knows that YouTube is by far the industry giant in music videos. The fact that music videos can be individually uploaded by anyone means that you’re able to find almost any song you are looking for without a problem. There’s usually a range of options, so you can opt for the best quality.

Unfortunately, when it comes to being on the go, YouTube does have its drawbacks. It’s one of the most heavily censored sites worldwide, so you could find it’s often blocked if you travel to a different country. Because of this, it’s wise to accompany it with a VPN such as IPVanish, which will hide your IP address and allow you to gain access no matter where you are. Cool tip, huh?

Vidzone

Run and operated by VidZone Digital Media and Sony Entertainment, this is probably the largest official source for music videos available today. With over 10,000 unique videos available and a well-structured user interface, you can easily search by genre, artist or song to find a great variety of music videos.

You get the opportunity to create bespoke playlists of your favorite tracks with this app. It’s perfect for parties and social events. You can also ‘favorite’ tunes that you listen to regularly and add songs to a queue to create an ongoing listening and watching experience. BONUS: It’s regularly updated with new releases.

Pluto.TV

Pluto.TV is an online broadcasting app that offers over a hundred channels, many of which solely stream music videos. You can choose by specific genre or even opt for one of the many channels dedicated to some of the biggest names like David Bowie and Taylor Swift.

Set up identically to a digital TV box, this app is easy to use. You can easily switch between channels if you’re bored of the content you’re getting. You can also skip backward and forward through shows. Do this to find certain songs you want to listen to or to check out content you might have missed. It’s like MTV used to be, only better.

These are just a few of the many great music video services out there.

About the Author: Caroline is an entertainment and technology blogger and life-long music fan. She loves combining her passions and finding the best ways that tech has influenced the world of music. She hopes she can share all she knows to help others make the most of our changing world!

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