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Canadian Music Week.

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Music Conferences… They often get a bad rap, mainly because of the expectations of attendees. Smart people will tell you to always do research. Know what the possibilities are and devise a plan to exploit them. I had no time to prepare as it was less than 24 hours before I found out I would be going. Going where you may ask?

Most in the industry have certainly heard of SXSW in Austin, TX or A3C in Atlanta, GA. Yet, are you familiar with Canadian Music Week In Toronto, Canada? It’s celebrating 36 years in the game. It brings together sound recording, new media and broadcast for a jam packed week of events. A combination of panel discussions, exclusive interviews, trade exhibition, awards shows, film and comedy alongside Canada’s biggest new music festival leaves you to wonder what more you could you ask for. ESPECIALLY UNDER A 4 HOUR DRIVE FROM DETROIT!

Diversity is what I loved most about this week. People from all over the globe joined in attendance. One on one meetings with people from Japan, Mexico and Italy. People here were ready to do business, discover new music and learn.  The panels were great and it was interesting to hear the perspectives of executives from another country. If you want to do business in a new country, it may be a good idea to understand how the ecosystem works there right? There was a heavy interest on publishing which is one of the main revenue streams for a person in this business as a artist, producer, or label. A Spotify master class, how to turn followers into buyers, Blockchain Music, the power of the playlist, there was something to learn about every hour of the day.

Learning new skills and gaining information that can put you ahead of your competitors is always good. But there is something to be said about relationships. This industry as with most is built on the power of your relationships. Once in a lifetime opportunities often come from a simple relationship. I got to meet and hear some great people while in Toronto. Early in our time we met up with IRINI. A German born singer songwriter with Greek roots traveled to London where she is currently based to perfect her craft. DJ Speed had to run her set for her first performance at Canadian Music Week so she came by the spot to go over her show for the upcoming day. While rehearsing a natural bond formed and before you knew it she was apart of the gang for the rest of the stay. Her feel good single “6 In the Morning” is doing exceptionally well on streaming services and her 40 minute set was great on energy and brought you further into the singer songwriter named IRINI.

UNCLE P & IRINI

Got to spend a couple days with the man behind Canada’s biggest website for hip hop MOE of HipHopCanada.com. Reminding me so much of myself I’d have to say PASSION for this hip hop game is what connects us. Where most people want to have a competition and immediately start spitting out accomplishments to prove worthy I started by asking him a couple questions. His answers told me real quick this was a guy who had high integrity, morals and the desire to see people do well by doing good business. I did a lot of listening and its rare that someone in his shoes would be willing to share. By the time we were leaving he was sharing some tips that let me know he genuinely wanted to see me succeed. You will definitely see some international things going down between DetroitRap.com and HipHopCanada.com in the future.

Moe (HipHopCanada.com) and DJ Speed (Detroit Digital)

Real ones connect quickly. Especially when on unfamiliar turf, game recognize game. When we were told we needed to connect with Liroy from Poland it was a chance to build another relationship. Liroy is one of the first true EMCEES from Poland. Not only is he a beast on the mic this man has taken his fame all the way to becoming a politician with aims of presidency in the next 5 years. Changing long standing laws in his country that often target the young and less fortunate LIROY is for the people! A new generation has begun in his country. A very smart man, but from the streets, we had a great time kicking it in Toronto. He has hit stages with the likes of Wu Tang Clan and the legend Ice T. My big WOW moment came with him while outside one of the many venues hit during the week. We are outside talking and a guy walks up and his face looks like he just saw Jesus Christ. He said something to Liroy in a language i didn’t understand and the guy went crazy! Ran back in the club and brought out 3 more friends. They asked him to say something. Liroy did and they went crazy again. “What is going on here” I’m thinking. Liroy goes on to tell me they were amazed at his speech. Like the culture in Canada is watered down and he was AUTHENTIC!!! They started talking about music so long i figured I’d let him kick it with his fans from way across the ocean. You never know how your music can affect people and travel to places unknown now in the digital era. LIROY HAS MY VOTE FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Uncle P with LIROY


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Dillatroit Day 1 2021

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The global celebration of music icon James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey continues this February with Dillatroit 2021, the 6th annual Detroit Hip Hop celebration of J Dilla’s life and legacy, presented virtually by The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, Crazy Noise Productions, SPIN INC, and The Moorish Mudd Show. Hosted by Mudd of 5 ELA, the live stream event features exclusive music videos, live concert footage, dance performances, production workshops, and interviews with Detroit artists and community members.

Dillatroit 2021 debuts Friday, February 19 at 3:13pm, with continuing episodes on Saturday and Sunday also at 3:13pm. Tickets are $19.99.

Dillatroit 2021 is a fundraiser for the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, the official charitable organization endorsed by Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, the mother of J Dilla, and is coordinated DJ Butter of Crazy Noise Productions. The video production is a debut presentation of The Moorish Mudd Show, a show will explore Detroit culture and community development through the lens of Hip Hop with host Mudd, whose group 5 ELA (5 Elementz) included rap legend Proof and featured production by J Dilla.

Since 2017, SPIN INC has participated in the J Dilla Youth Day events coinciding with the annual Dillatroit concert festivities, providing valuable equipment and DJ workshops for aspiring musicians in the community. This year’s workshops are presented virtually, featuring dynamic mini-workshops from presenters with Ableton, Sweetwater Sound and Roland Corp. Detroit producer Merch Music will give a special Dilla tribute tutorial, plus an exclusive interview with one of J Dilla’s music mentors, P-Funk legend Amp Fiddler.

Exclusive footage for Dillatroit includes a rare interview with Maureen Yancey, a DJ set with DJ Dez Andres, performances by Jessica Care Moore, Phat Kat, Finale, D’etnam, Drew Green, and Dogmatic, interviews with T3 of Slum Village and FORCE Detroit, plus two original dance videos by Body Shop Xperts, choreographed by Damn Della.

 

https://hopin.com/events/dillatroit-2021

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Vast Aire Performing On-Live From the Aireport A Celebration of Life: Rest in Paradise November 21st, 2020

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Outta Nowhere/Family and Friends Entertainment & association with IGC Records Presents On-Live From the Aireport A Celebration of Life: Rest in Paradise to Vast Aire’s Parents with live performances by Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox with Special Guests Metro (S.A Smash). Also featuring Sons of Silverton and Patterns of Chaos. November 21st 2020 Showtime 9pm-12am est . Get your tickets here: https://viewstub.com/On-Live-From-the-Aireport?fbclid=IwAR2c-3FVolhb87puqxnrWLxaaxCu_piLeh5_UY6iOM_oWaUreW6q7lmR0wc 

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Fall Brawl: Artist Wargames @ The High Function – November 21st, 2020

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Get ready for a brawl unlike no other. Enter the Fall Brawl: Artist Wargames presented by Brasshole Entertainment, the same very source that has been hosting Detroit’s long-running Sound Off Sundays Open Mic Series. With a special performance by Saint Eve and a jam-packed night of intense competition vying for a grand prize of $250, 2 hours of studio time, album artwork design, & interviews Hobbz/AV as well as DetroitRap.com’s own Uncle P! Come enjoy the show this November 21st @ The High Function at 13819 W 8 Mile, Detroit, MI! Talent entry $40 & guests $10!

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