What’s going on everyone? Hope everything is going well for you. I first want to say that I appreciate all of the support over the last few years and especially all of the encouragement that I’ve received this year. After losing my voice for 6 months, I’ve finally gotten back into the studio and wrapped up the album which was scheduled to be released in March of this year. I’m now inviting you all to the album release/birthday bash on December 13th, 2013. The doors open at 6:20 pm, and the concert starts at 7:00 pm promptly. Featured artists will be Karmyn, Double, Marc Griffin, Threat as well as myself. DJ Network will be on the 1′s and 2′s for the evening and the event will be hosted by none other than Ehud. The event will be stre amed live for those that can’t make it via www.thepraisehouse.com. Although the event is considered a black tie event, we’re asking that everyone be dressed in business casual attire. Everyone will be taking pictures on the black carpet as well as some will be interviewed so please be sure to dress the part! We’re looking to have a wonderful time in celebrating the release of the album, another year living as well as some other special happenings that night so be sure to be there! The event details are below as well as on the picture in the post. Look forward to seeing you there!!! 2520 Park Central blvd Decatur,Ga 7:00 pm (door s open at 6:20 pm) Performance Line Up DJ Network – DJ Ehud – Host Karmyn Double Marc Griffin Threat G-Status
The other night I was staring up at the sky, and for the first time in my life, I saw the Big Dipper. Pretty amazing. I’ve been at this house for some years now and I never noticed that the Big Dipper sat right above the house. The sky was clear, the weather was great, the neighborhood was peaceful. It was truly amazing. As I was looking up at the sky, I kept noticing something light up beside me and around the house, throughout the neighborhood, but I could never see what it was because the light would stop as soon as I looked in that direction. As I kept staring up at the sky, I looked at the trees and how huge they were. Then I would look back up at the sky. As huge as the trees are, they still don’t get even a 10th of the way up as far as my eyes can see. Then I looked back at myself and saw how small I was in comparison to everything else around me. Then I thought, what if someone were to run up on me right now and try to fight or rob me? I have multiple options. I can defend myself, get in my car and drive off, go in my house and let the garage down and lock the doors, call the police, etc. Many options. What if a wild animal came up to me. Same thing. But if a tree is falling, I’m just trying to get out of the way. But that’s a tree. Then I thought about tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and all of the people affected by these things and I couldn’t help but to thank God for keeping me these years. I’ve never experienced anything other than the remnants of a tornado or hurricane. When these things happen, there’s no just walking inside, defending yourself, casually walking off or calling a higher authority in the city. You’re just trying to survive. That’s it. Then I noticed this light again and man when I tell you, it was a “Lightning Bug”. That’s what we called them growing up anyway. (I’m sure it’s a light bug, but we didn’t know any better.) And I thought to myself, I haven’t seen one of these things since I was in like 4th grade. I remembered how much joy it brought me just chasing them in Mainstreet off of Redan Rd growing up. Catching them and watching them light up in my hands. It would be so many of us kids outside until the one street light in the neighborhood came on. Lucky for me, the street light was in front of my house so when mom said be home before it comes on, well, you know how I played it lol. But thinking about all of these things. The big dipper, that I had never seen until I was 27 years old. The “lightning bugs” I hadn’t seen since I was child, and all of these other things made me think. Am I really going through life just ignoring the things that brought me joy once upon a time? How busy am I? Why am I busy? Of course being an adult changes things, but at the same time, I shouldn’t be THAT busy to the point where I’ve become a robot and not being appreciative of the things that I have. People who were killed in these natural disasters that I spoke of earlier, will never be able to enjoy the “lightning bugs”, the big and little dipper, staring up at the sky, looking at the stars, enjoying their family, watching their kids play and have fun just being kids ever again. Last Sunday night reminded me of life and what’s important. Life. Simple as that. Enjoy it while you have it and enjoy others while they have theirs and you have them. Don’t be busy. Be productive.
Last week I made a post via facebook regarding my season in music. Was it over? What’s going on with it? I didn’t want to stop doing music, but I had been feeling very indifferent about it lately. Reason being is because I’m tired. Not tired in my body, but tired of how things are going. I’ve noticed my music has changed a lot. I’ve changed a lot. Life has changed a lot. Things that used to be important have no importance anymore and things that weren’t so important are now important to me. For years, I’ve been on the music scene and for years my music was pretty much geared towards the youth or people around my age. I’ve always been very different. Different with my approach in music, and just in life in general. These past few months that I’ve been feeling this way, I realized why I’ve been struggling so much with the music. It’s actually because I still cared what people thought. I didn’t know how to present my new music. My new music won’t really go over well in the “Church”. Why? Because I’m not talking about the “blessings of God”, how you can live how you want to and God still smiles on you and your actions, etc, which has become the “new gospel”. I’m speaking about things that need to be talked about like….SEX!!!!!! YES!!!! Sex. Why? Because the church won’t talk about it, but then want to jump all over the members, especially the kids when they get pregnant or get someone pregnant. Address the issue before hand. Talk about it. What about money hungry pastors? What about my personal struggles? These are the things that I’m addressing and I could care less what anybody, saved, unsaved, pastor, evangelist, etc has to say about it. I’m completely being me. To top it off, when most people call me for concerts, it’s to come and sing to a group of a kids. I realize that I look young because of my my stature and other facial characteristics, but the fact remains that I’M A GROWN MAN!!! I talk about GROWN MAN things. Things that 2nd graders will NOT understand. I love doing events for the kids, but please have enough respect for me to realize that I’m not coming to be your church’s babysitter for an hour. For the churches that have grown with me, I thank you and will continue to come out and support your events for the youth and the whole body collectively. These churches don’t ask me to come out and then pawn their kids off to me in a completely different building where there’s very minimal adult supervision. We all know kids. Without supervision, they tend to do what they want to do. How is this possible? Because we as adults still do the same thing. I will come out and minister to the kids and everything like that, but my ministry is not targeted to the kids anymore. On the other side of things, I’m taking my message outside of the walls of the church. Still keeping my music and message the same, but this project will not be released under a “Gospel” genre. It will be released in the R&B market. My subject matter might be a little too raw for the church. Maybe a little too real. I’ll never take Jesus out of my music, but I’ve realized that no matter how much Jesus I put into my music, I’m still not very well accepted by “Jesus Lovers”. I realize that there’s too much Jesus in my music to be considered “secular”, but not enough “blessings”, to be considered “gospel”. (that’s sad) But I can honestly say that all in all, I’m happy and in a place where I’m free to be me and free to really make songs about things that I feel need to be talked about. I’m a Christian. My music is Christian. My lifestyle is Christian. Meaning everything is Christ Centered. As far as my genre??? Miss me with the genre talk. Genre is a man made thing. I’m going to make music that glorifies God, and maybe I’ll create a genre for future gospel artists like me that have no place in this new “gospel” circuit. I’m out, and I hope I don’t lose too many supporters of my music this far, although some will read this whole thing and take my words and twist them into “G-Status said he’s going secular”. which I never said, implied, or any other derivative of a word that means anything even remotely close to an implication. I’m not quitting music, but I am going in another direction.
Ok, so i wake up one day this month right? As soon as I roll out of the bed, pray, shower, wash my face, brush my teeth and all that, I look at my phone to see that G-Status is this magazines artist of the month. So I’m looking like, man, I’ve been off the scene for awhile since losing my voice so it must be another G-Status. As I click on the link and start reading it, it is in fact me. So of course I’m surprised, but it still didn’t sink in yet until I shared it on facebook and twitter, and every other minute there was a comment, repost, like, comment, repost, like, and it showed me how much people still do support me even with me just returning back to the music scene. Thank you everyone and here is the link to read the article!!
Ok so I’m trying to do a better job at posting things and staying more in contact with you. Shoot, honestly, I’m trying to stay in contact with myself. Nah, but seriously, I’m sure some of you remember the promo tour which was supposed to start March 23rd, 2013. Well, I again, I lost my voice, but it’s back so, 2 months later, almost 3, we’re getting ready to kick it back off. We’re just hitting the southeaster states right now, but I would love to branch out and go to Cali, New York, Texas, a lot of other states. Even though we have some dates booked, we’re still booking dates. If you’re a church, venue, ministry, youth event, etc, and would like to see the dates of availability that I have, please feel free to email us using the contact form on the website, and we’ll be sure to get the dates over to you at our earliest convenience.. I will not be coming on my own to the states and cities within driving distance. We also are including artists from the areas that we’ll be traveling to. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you when you book a date!!!! #bangbang
Ok everyone, so I’m BACK!!! As some of you know, I lost my voice in January. January 11th, to be exact. How? I did quite a few concerts back to back, on pretty bad equipment and I strained my vocal chords. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson, and I have my rider and everything ready to be sent off to anyone trying to book me now so that I know ahead of time, what type of equipment we’re working with at the venue. My voice came back 2 weeks ago, and it’s been a struggle a little lately of course. Much like an athlete that gets an injury, but is actually healthy enough to do what they were capable of doing before, but because of the mental block, they prohibit themselves from operating at their full potential. Yea, that’s where I was at. I’m slowly coming out of it, but I recorded something recently and…well…..I’m BACK!!! Back working on the new album. Back booking tour dates. Yea, we’re picking that back up as well. I’m also back doing concerts. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I got back into it. But I say all of that to say, again….I’m Back, and I’m working non stop. Going head first and ready to accomplish everything that I can. Ready to take this journey with me? Yes? Really? Ok, well tell a friend about www.gstatus.net, and make sure they visit. Also, you, and everyone you tell, come connect with me at:
@gstatus85 – twitter
gstatus85 – instagram
Let’s stay in touch and we’ll be back with more updates weekly now.
Artists, please read this carefully. I’m going to explain something to you from a producers’ standpoint, as well as an artists’ standpoint. Let’s be honest. Making music…..is expensive. Agreed? You have to purchase beats, pay for studio time, getting your music mixed and mastered professionally, then to top it off, you have to market, promote, get cd’s pressed up, get it distributed…..should I keep going? Very expensive. Want to know a secret to save money in one area? One word…..LEASING!!! That’s right. Leasing beats. Let’s be honest. Most indie artists, are NOT selling 2,000 copies of their albums digitally. So if that’s the case, WHY, would you spend 150 for a beat here, 200 for one here, 75 for one here, another 100 or 150 for another set, so on and so forth. When you lease beats, you are still able to put them on albums until your lease is up. Some producers allow you to use them for mixtapes, eps, albums, singles, radio play, tv placements, etc. You can do the same thing with a lease, that you could do if they were exclusively bought. You might not have heard it that way, or even understood the difference between leases and exclusives. True enough, if you have a beat that you leased and it’s hot, somebody else somewhere in the world has leased that same beat, but who cares? You don’t necessarily need exclusives right now, UNLESS, the producer has the exclusive price at a price you just CAN’T beat at all, like 20, 30 bucks. For instance, through the production side of website, you can standard lease 10 beats at a time for $59.99, or standard lease 1 for $9.99. Most producers offer packages like this, but of course most won’t say anything because it’s almost like shooting yourself in the foot as producer, to let someone get 10 beats for $59.99, when you could’ve gotten a couple of grand for 10 beats exclusively, separately. Now, when you save HUNDREDS of dollars from leasing beats, you have more money to put into other areas of your album. Artwork, marketing and promo, even extra studio time to make sure that you have everything the way that you want it. We LOVE to go for the gusto on the first try. Let’s hit a homerun at bat, let’s run the kickoff back at the beginning of the game, let’s shoot this three even though I have an open layup. Let me buy this beat for x amount of dollars, even though it’ll take me MONTHS to make that back and even see any type of income off of it. Be smart! Lease, get yourself to a certain level, where you’re able to purchase the beats you want exclusively and move over 2000 and units, and keep building and moving on what you have. Love you all.
Real music for real people.
So you want to mix & master.
What’s going on good people? I assume if you’ve ended up here or just signed up, that you want to learn about mixing and mastering. Cool. Well let me get started. For those of you who think it’s an easy task, you’ll see soon how wrong you are. First off, mixing and mastering is NOT just about adding some EQ, compression, dropping the beat out on certain parts, turning the overall track up loud, and then putting it on cd. If you think it’s that, then you’re sadly mistaken. Over the course of this campaign, which will be a weekly update every monday, (unless something changes and I get enough people requesting more information quicker, lol), you’ll learn how to mix, master, but first and foremost, record. Record? Yes! How you record is a HUUUUGE part of how your mixing can come out. Ever heard of chain reaction? Well it’s the same thing in generally any profession. If you record wrong, then you’re not maximizing your sound quality, which then affects your mix, which then affects your master, which the affects how your overall project sounds, which then affects how you feel when people tell you that the sound quality SUCKS!!!! That was me a few years ago. I thought I knew what I was doing and had absolutely no clue. Keyword in that last sentence was MAXIMIZE! Here we go. Get a pen and paper and write this stuff down and get to work.
#1 – Don’t let how other studios look affect you. People see things, as humans, and generally want what they see, rather than being a good steward over what they have and using it to it’s full potential. MAXIMIZE!
#2 – In recording, check the acoustics of the room. The placing, positioning of your mic can be the reason you’re not getting a clear sound, or the reason why your sound is so clear. Once you find the sweet spot in the room, keep it there and what? MAXIMIZE!
#3 – Invest in a decent mic. You don’t have to have big boy equipment to get a big boy sound. When I learned about spacing, equipment, and proper mixing, I had a $100 mic, but it was a good brand, it was used, and I made it work by learning how to play off of it.
#4 – Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Nuendo, Cakewalk, etc….THEY DO THE SAME THING! It’s all about working with what you have. Granted, some programs do certain things that some don’t, that’s why they have different names. They might offer 1 thing that the others don’t. When I started, I had cakewalk and hated it because I was used to pro tools. Truth is, I didn’t have pro tools money. So, I learned cakewalk, MAXIMIZED it, put out a few eps and cds, sold enough to make a few chips, and invested in what I really knew how to use. Pro Tools. MAXIMIZE
#5 – (Where it really starts) Your mic input levels will affect your WHOLE mix. If you’re recording yourself, do a test run as you would actually record it so you can check your mic levels. It might take a few tries to get it correct. If you’re recording someone else, do the same thing with them. Only difference is that you have a lot more freedom to change the levels as they’re recording. The key is to keep the vocals from peaking, or hitting the red markers. Keep it in the green area as much as possible. A little yellow is fine
#6 – Here’s a big thing in recording. A lot of people do their verses and record 1, then record a second one. (For the sake of the argument, I’m speaking in terms where everyone can understand, but I’ll give correct terminology for them as well.) The second recording is actually called a “dub” (short for double). There’s nothing wrong with that but there is something wrong with that. In doing so, most people take the vocals and hard pan one to the left and one to the right (hard pan meaning, slide the slider 100% in a direction left or right). This creates a cool sounding effect, but it doesn’t do the vocals justice. There needs to be a vocal centered at all times for multiple reasons. Reason 1 and most important, it makes way for a cleaner sound, which makes way for a cleaner mix. Reason 2 is for technical reasons. You have to take into consideration that some people don’t have fully operational equipment meaning 1 speaker could not be working and it can be pretty irritating having all vocals in one ear, or even performing and having all the vocals coming out of one speaker. Here’s the tip. Instead of recording 2 vocals, record 3 times. It takes longer and is more work, but you can get a certain sound out of it. Record one, keep it in the center, record the other 2 and pan them to the left and right anywhere between 23 and 46. Once that’s done, turn the centered vocal up a bit, and turn the two that are panned down. What this will do is create an effect that sounds like one vocal, but a thicker sound. Works great. Or you can just record one vocal, center it, then 2 ad libs and pan them. Whichever works for you to get a cleaner sound. MAXIMIZE
#7 – Mixing! Once your song is recorded, you want to listen to it and compare it to the beat. You don’t want the vocals to overpower the beat or beat to over power the vocals. You want the vocals to sit inside of the beat to make a complete full sound. In other words, mesh the two and make them sound like one. This is where it gets difficult. There is a such thing as EQ. It can be your best friend, or your worst enemy in the mix. This is how. When you start to work on your mix, your brain and memory come into play. Remember that dull sound that you have when you record it? Well, we tend to overcompensate and add TOO MUCH EQ. When you do that, it thins out your vocals. On most EQ plugins there’s a low end, mid low end, mid, hi mid end, and hi end eq. Most people go straight to the high end because that seems “logical”. What you can do is “cut” on the low end. Cutting on the low end can do the same thing as boosting the hi end. You’re eventually going to have to boost the hi ends and everything but you won’t have to do as much if you do the right amount of cutting.
#8 -Once you get your Eq set on the low and high end, you can start to play around with the other filters of the eq. Normally what I do is cut the low end at a certain level, do a little cutting on the mid low end, boost a bit in the mid, cut a bit in the hi mid end, and boost the hi end. I do that because that what works for my vocals with my mic, but you’re going to have to play around with it to see what works for your vocals as well your mic. An easy way to find out where you need to cut in the mid frequencies is to work with each part of the eq by themselves. Take one of them, turn the gain all the way up, the turn the Q all the way up so that the EQ looks like a “skinny mountain peak”. Once you do that move the eq left and right until you hear a ringing noise. Once you find the loudest “ring”, cut that down below -3 dbs and spread the Q back out. You can do that for a few of the mid frequencies. I’ll upload a video of it soon.
This is just a basic starting point for recording and EQ’ing. Next post will be more EQ’ing and Compressing. By the way, there are NO RULES in mixing. Whatever works to get the sound you’re looking for, works. By the way, the presets that come with certain plugins are a good starting point so you can see how they’re really used, but don’t just load a preset. Reason is because whoever made those presets used COMPLETELY different equipment on a COMPLETELY different person. What works for them may not work for you.
Only to find out that, they can’t play my music, even though it sounds good and I have everything together, because of my fan base here in Atlanta. Although my music is being played internationally, my hometown can’t play my music because, I don’t have a lot of support from my hometown. Now I must say, I thank Mr. Harper for all of the information he gave me because it has helped me a lot in getting a lot of things together. This blog is in no way directed to defaming him or Praise 102.5. Moving on, I said ok, all I have to do is get my friends and family to support me? Easy….so I get on my promo game like a BOSS in dih thang (in this thing lol) (just being silly), and guess what happens…..absolutely NOTHING…support stayed at a minimal, single wasn’t moving, albums were still moving very slowly. When I asked for help, all I got was facebook likes and comments saying, “I got you bro!….We love you G-Stat!!!….” I said…COOL!!! Here we go! And there it went, that quick. lol. Nothing happened. I looked around to see what I was doing wrong. Am I sinning more than everybody else? Is my music wack and people have been lying to me for years? Is my music even effective at all? I guess I’ll just hang it up, get a 9-5, and just be that old dude saying what I used to do and could’ve done. But that’s not me. I was in a depressed slump for months with my music. Then it hit me….my music is being played in 7 different countries on multiple syndicated stations, and roughly 25 stations in the States, which makes me an international artist. What the heck? Why didn’t I see that before? Looking at everyone else and their blessings caused me to overlook mine. I’m in some places that a lot of people aren’t and I’m grateful about that now that I see. Now, if I get on Radio One, that would be the move, if not, I’m cool where I’m at. Just coming clean on a lot feelings and things I had been holding onto regarding my music. It’s been a long road, and it’s paying off. All I know is…..(to be continued)