Check out the new song from Sovereign Mane – Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Tell me how you got into the music industry as a producer. Where did this start?
I got into writing poetry as a youngster and it lead to freestyling. When I went to prison for a firearm conviction, I kinda lost my lyrical part of myself and a new part of me opened up. So before the summer of 2012, I got online and bought a license for Fruity Loops Studio. After that, I just started making beats nonstop.
From what you’ve been through and seen, what is the hardest thing about being a producer/musician?
I’d say the hardest part about producing music, and even for the artists out there that are just coming out that are trying to get heard, is getting your stuff out there. I have had some issues with this over the last few weeks. I even got locked out of Facebook for promoting my music because they accused me of “spamming.” Or maybe it’s just that they’re hating on my musical swagger now or something. Haha! The music ain’t difficult part to do, I’d honestly say it’s getting your music out there for the world to hear. Especially if you’re in a financial rut from court costs and all that bullsh*t.
Can you share some of the best ways to sell your music and beats?
For the beat producers of any genre, my suggestion is myFlashStore.net. Check it out only if you’re a beat producer. It’s a good site that values the protection of your work and if you’re low on funds, you can use it for free too. And to sell just regular music that’s been copyrighted, I guess iTunes. Everybody’s got iTunes these days, even if they don’t own an iPod. It’s good for sorting out your personal digital music venue too.
What do you think are some mistakes other producers make?
This biggest mistake any producer can make, and anybody else for that matter, is to give up. Giving up is the biggest mistake anybody can make and sadly it seems to be the most common mistake that people in the music industry make. Never surrender your dreams to the parasite. Keep positive and do what you gotta do to stay positive so you can achieve your dreams. Having haters just means that you’re doing something right and that you’re already successful (weather you’re paid or not).
What equipment or programs are you currently using? What do you suggest to use?
All I got is a laptop and Fruity Loops Studio and that’s all I need. And as far as a recommendation for a good program, chose what you’re comfortable with using. There are tons of music producing programs out there. I’m comfortable with FL Studio, but not everyone is or can be. Just get on Google Search and find something that works for you. There are plenty of programs out there and free demos you can try before you buy.
What are some cool tips you can give to other producers?
A cool tip if you’re trying to sell your beats of any genre, check out myFlashStore.net if you don’t know about it already. Downright wicked awesome to sell beats. They don’t take commissions from you for your beat sales and you can even start out for free. You can even link the player into your Facebook artist page to help promote sales on there with their Facebook app. Just go check it out if you’re a music producer. It’ll really help, especially if you got your own website. It does make things a whole lot cheaper and less frustrating when trying to sell your beats and instrumentals. That way you don’t gotta pay some random website company to engage in commerce and pay from $50 to $100 a month plans just to keep your site up and running. You can just copy and paste the embed code from your myFlashStore.net account and put it up on your website. It’s the best investment to make if you’re a music producer of any genre of music.
How can we listen to more of your production online? What is your website etc?
You can come check my out on Reverbnation @ www.reverbnation.com/sovereignmanebeats and on my official site @ www.sovereignmanebeats.com. And just to show some love and help to grow my fans, you can get this featured beat for free on Reverbnation, all I ask is that you like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or fan me if you have an account with Reverbnation. Be blessed everyone.