Friday, March 16, 2018

What's Been Happening and New for 2018

Hi
It has been a while since my last post so this is what has been happening.
I have been writing some songs for the  upcoming album by Leroy Mafia, his first for many years and promises to be great album. I'll keep you posted when I have more details on the release.

Got a couple of songs into the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting  Contest 2018. It's good to test yourself against your peers. We can all be delusional at times 😆

I have joined the 'Number One Music' platform and have had some good engagement reaching #10 in their UK charts. Miss Tun Pickney page on numberonemusic.com

Time time time! This limited resource always needs managing so I have made some life decisions that mean I now have more time to spend on music. I'm really looking forward to be able to increase my output.

So I continue the writing and you'll see the outcome starting with a song now in production entitled 'Warrior'. More details soon.

Stay tuned
MTP


Sunday, October 1, 2017

#DingazzRoundup September 2017







Greetings Everyone
Another roundup of what's been happening. Well, been finishing off the next single 'Paint a Better Tomorrow' by Miss Tun Pickney. What's it about? Well, I am a great believer in positive music and the power music has to initiate change. So, the main theme of the song is that there is always an opportunity to make a change. The first line of the song is:'Though today is another day it doesn't mean the same outcome as yesterday'. We can all put our energies into painting a better tomorrow. As is usual with songwriting themes are drawn from experience. I wouldn't be writing this blog if I hadn't believed there could be a better tomorrow. So getting painting people.

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Promo Video

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#PROMOTION one the 'must dos' for an independent. As usual the big question is on what and where do I spend my limited promotion budget. There are so many promotion services being offered on social media, many not worth spending that hard earned cash on. From my experience I find the spammy type of promotion e.g. I will blast your single to a million potential fans, hasn't worked for me. Music is so subjective, unless you target people who might like your music what is the point. So, I use promotion that is targeted, where I can either target the audience or the provider is already targeting a certain audience.
One type of promotion I use is Radio, FM and Internet. There are many that specialise in Indie artists and are often syndicated, meaning, their shows are played on other stations too. With a good station you will get tweets when your track is played that you can retweet to your followers. One station I am using at the moment, to promote an earlier release is Trend City Radio The station is not a reggae specialist but, I have had some good engagement and feedback. My track got voted into their Top 25 last week (see below). This is what you want as an Indie to broaden your appeal.



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#REGGAE MERCHANDISE
Launched my merchandise store this week. There are different ways of selling merchandise and with so many activities to take care of as an Indie, I decided I could not allocate enough time to deal with buying merchandise and shipping. So, I went for a managed service. My store is hosted by  Zazzle
DingazzMusic Reggae Merchandise

You can see some of the items on the panel on the right. I create the designs and Zazzle take care of stock and shipping. I receive a royalty payment from sales but, there are other ways of earning income from them. The profits may not be as high as compared to having an independent store, but for me, making the best use of my time is what matters.
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I'M FOLLOWING  @ Twitterbusiness
There are some good tools associated with Twitter that are not widely known. @twitterbusiness  has some good ideas to make Twitter work better for you. Worth a try.
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Until next time
Bless
Dingazz


Monday, August 21, 2017

#DingazzRoundup Week 34 2017





Well it's been another couple of weeks so what's been happening?
Still festival season and one the of the best is #RototumSunsplash in Spain. The line up included #Chronixx, The Wailers, U Roy, Big Youth and #Luciano. Check out this video of the Luciano set backed by the Mafia and Fluxy Band Luciano Rototum Sunsplash

Been in the studio myself working on some arrangements and laying down some demos. A mix of Roots and Culture and Lovers Rock. Planning to get them voiced by established vocalists. Got a couple in mind. I'll keep you posted.

Brought in Mafia & Fluxy to work on the riddims. We layed down the demos in Studio H in Spain and plan to finish them in London. It was a wicked session so stay tuned.



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The world seems to be on the brink at the moment with great change and fear on everyones lips. This is a time when music especially songwriters and musicians can play a big part in getting the right message out there. Counter all the negativity that seems to be around. This is why I believe there is a rise in the popularity of reggae music. It is a music that has always been able to standup for truth and rights. Therefore, it has integrity when the artists sing of roots and culture, truth and rights, reality.


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I'M FOLLOWING:
Rotor Videos @rotorvideos http://rotorvideos.com
Making music videos on a budget is not easy so check out these guys. For a relatively small outlay they have a a product that will give you a music video to be proud of. I tried them out for a dub track I wanted a music video for, see what you think Innocent Dub
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Next roundup in a couple of weeks
Bless  Dingazz


Monday, August 7, 2017

#DingazzRoundup Week 32 2017



Greetings Everyone


The summer has been full of #festivals across Europe, in particular # reggaefestivals. Last week #ReggaeGeel (Reggaegeel Website) took place in Brussels. The line up included #Chronixx  #MaxiPriest #RagingFyah #Capleton #BlackUhuru #Mafia&Fluxy
It is good to see major acts supporting these festivals


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The great man #UsianBolt was in London for the IAAF World Athletics championship. He couldn't quite give everyone the happy ending they wanted but, has anyone ever done so much to raise the profile of Jamaica since #BobMarley


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I have been concentrating on songwriting and entered a couple of songs in this years UK Songwriting Contest. It is a good well run competition and at the end you get the judges marks for your song and a certificate even if you don't make the finals.


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Been Planning the next two singles. These will be a collaboration with featured artists. Will keep you posted.


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Connected with @lightaSoundboy this week. Reggae is alive in Africa. Check out the video below of the single Mama Africa
Mama Africa


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Robert Nesta Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

So much has already been written about Bob Marley. Thirty six years after his death his influence still lives on all over the world.


As with many great people their time in this world can only be put in context when they are gone. The influence Bob Marley had on reggae cannot be understated and even now there is no one artist who can claim to pick up the mantle he left and take reggae to new heights.


One of my early memories of Bob Marley, which really sealed his greatness in my eyes, was seeing Bob Marley on the main news bulletin. Back then, a black man with dreadlocks on the news was less frequent than a lunar eclipse. Anyway, the main impact he left on me was the power of music. He proved that music really can change things, it is some thing that can bring the most diverse personalities together. It can be a banner to focus the mind as we saw in the UK with the 'BandAid' concerts. This is something that is always at the back of my mind when I am songwriting. The song isn't just words it is creative energy that can grow and lead to change on a personal level or any other level.


Thank you Bob Marley for the enlightenment, you live on in the songs of peace, love and reggae.







Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#Respect - Just One Word


I've spoken about this before but reggae allows for expression of topics that are not easily found in other genres. 'Conscious Lyrics' sit comfortably with the music. Reggae was born out of struggle and the voice of the people. There is a feeling that reggae is becoming more popular because it allows this expression and has the 'Conscious' messages that people want to hear. These can be found in reggae music past and present. This is one reason why reggae greats like #BobMarley and #PeterTosh are as popular as ever..it is their message.

In a world, where in many places, the word #respect seems to have little value, or it is only applied according to specific rules, people are looking for something a bit deeper in their music. Respect has always been a big word in reggae and a fundamental principle for peace. That is why you hear it in the lyrics of many reggae songs.

Respect, it is only one word but can solve a thousand problems.