I found this to be an interesting video. It didn't Focus so much on what she is or has said, as it focused on the things that she wasn't saying, or what she left out of the conversation. In my opinion, that speaks volumes about her character. But at the same time, I feel like we've heard this story before. We've already learned the words to this song, and we sing it every year. The only thing different is that the celebrities names change. So, no judgement on Lauren.
Instead, I think you should put yourself in the hot seat for a second. If you had this platform , if you were in her place, how would you handle these kinds of questions. Because who knows, maybe you'll be the one in front of the cameras and behind the microphone. I mean that's pretty much the goal right?
So as artists and musicians, let's take a second to be really honest and answer some questions that no one ever asks us?. Not only is it a good exercise, but it's a good window to your heart. What kind of man or woman are you really? Put your answers down on paper, or better yet, type them out so that you can share them with the rest of the world as we convene in the comment section.
Oh yeah, and before I forget. Here's that video.
Now, Let's Move on to the Questions
1) Why should anyone listen to your music?
2) What do you hope to accomplish as a musician?
3) If your life was a book or movie what would the title be?
4) What kind of person do you envision when you write your music?
5) Do you feel the pressure of responsibility as a musician? Why or why not?
6) What good or bad has come to the world because of your music?
7) Where do you get the ideas for your songs? Where does your music come from?
8) Do you think the world would be better or worse off if you were not a musician?
9) What is the greatest impact your music has had on the world today?
10) What do you think others think of your music?
Answer honestly, and be sure to tag us in your post when you make it on your page this week. Post your answers on your celebrity pages on Facebook or on Instagram and we'll be sure to feature you when we see that tag. Also, be sure to tag three musicians in this post so that they can answer the questions as well. If someone tags you, you have to post!
1 Corinthians 10:13 states "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."
"Take The Exit" is a song that challenges us as believers to walk in the righteousness of Christ. The song acknowledges our struggle with sin and the chorus is a prayer/plea that incorporates Psalm 119:9, James 4:7 and 1 Corinthians 10:13. The reality is, God is faithful to provide a way out so that we can endure the temptation we are facing, the thing is, on our end, we need to take the exit. If you choose not to it's not because the exit wasn't there, it's because you made a conscious decision to rebel against God and not take the exit He provided. The more we take the exit, the more we say yes to Jesus, the less we willingly rebel against Him.
One illustration I use when preaching on this topic is one of being trapped inside a burning building. We know from the Scriptures that sin equals death, so lets refer to the fire as sin and ultimate consumption by the fire would result in death. You are going to fight for your life, you are going to do everything it takes to try and get out of that building. You are not going down without a fight. I contend that we need to have this sort of mentality when we are facing temptation, we need to fight for our lives. Here is what's awesome about this, God is faithful to provide as an exit, He graciously gives us a way out. It may look different each time but it will for sure be there, look for the exit and take it. This may mean getting up and going to do something, answering a phone call, reading the Word, praying, calling someone, etc... There is always a way out and if you can't find one remember this... Submit to God, that is how we resist the devil, submit to resist. That is the best exit available.
May we be a people who take the exit and walk in the righteousness, the victory that we have in Christ.
I have heard it said that a person has 2 worldviews, the one they say they hold, and the one they live out. It is so much easier for us to say we believe something than it is for us to actually live that belief out. I have said it often when I preach but it is one of the most convicting thoughts to me, and it is simply that your life will reflect what you truly believe. If we are being honest with ourselves, our lives don't always reflect what we say we believe. For me it is easier to say I trust God than it is to live that out when I am on an airplane as my fear of heights seems to over ride my trust. Even deeper still, it's not the flying that is the issue, it's lack of control, it's the "what if the plane crashes" thoughts, it unfortunately boils down to a fear of death. This is a bit of a conundrum for me as a believer in Jesus, wouldn't you agree? However, before you cast your stones at me please take a minute to examine your own life. What fears do you have? Maybe it's of spiders, or public speaking, or you are constantly worried about your children, etc... It is super easy for us to point fingers, it is also super easy to say we aren't afraid of things. The truth comes out when we are in situations that test that. I have gone back and forth with my fear of heights, of crossing high bridges, or of flying, and it keeps coming back to a lack of trust in God and belief that He is in control of my life and my death.
If it is true that everyone has 2 worldviews then we have an interesting conundrum to sort out as Christians. See it is easy to say you’re a Christian, but our lives will always reflect what we truly believe. I hope this convicts you as much as is does me… When I look at my life, I have to ask the question, am I worshiping God by how I am living? Sadly, more often than not, I find myself answering that question with a no. If I am being honest, when I examine my life I see disconnects all over. I examine my Word life, what I mean here is my quiet time of reading the Bible, my Word life, and I find that it isn’t as consistent as it needs to be, I have the weird gifting of memorization and a lot of time I use that gift to justify not studying or simply reading as much as a should because I can recall sections of Scripture, maybe not word for word but for sure the general idea/concept being presented. This is both a blessing and a curse for me, but when I look at giving God my undivided attention in His word, I am lacking. I examine my Prayer life, am I praying as I should? How often do you tell someone you are going to pray for them and then it becomes and after thought, or just simply praising God through prayer, or most importantly, the listening part of prayer… I examine my Service life, not necessarily what and how much I am doing but why am I doing what I’m doing, what is the heart behind my service, is it to bring glory to God or is it just to get it done or is it to get something out of it for my benefit? I examine my Home life, I look at how I am leading family because the way I see it as a husband and a father you are always leading the question is where. I also examine my Work life and my Evangelism life, and Fellowship and Community life & I examine my Discipleship life, my Faith life, etc... Please note that when I say I examine my life in these areas I am referring more to my heart than I am the tasks though the tasks have their importance and place.
Bottom line, I examine my life but I broke it down here on purpose, I think examining these things in a whole and individually begins to help us see how the worldview we say we have translates to the worldview we live out. We are to worship God with our lives, and our lives will reflect what we truly believe.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:1-2
Something we have been discussing for a bit at Tentmaker Music is what we call The Gatekeepers. The Gatekeepers are individuals (or a system) that make the music industry nearly impossible to break into unless you are willing to jump through their hoops or "play the game". Much of this is a driving force behind why we started Tentmaker Music. We know that there are some amazing bands and artists in the Christian underground that aren't getting the recognition they should and we have watched them grind for years. Sadly, one of the hoops people need to jump through is watering down their material or following the current trend. The industry has a way of shaping and molding artists into what they want and the artists end up sacrificing creative integrity to simply catch a break. Now, I am speaking in generalities and surely there are exceptions to the rule but they are few and far between.
While I was casually scrolling through Facebook the other day I came across some wise words from Matt Hanna. Matt is formally of the band Lastwatch and has experienced the realities of the industry first hand.
Here is what Matt had to say...
"After being In the music industry and seeing how it’s run mostly by bands having to act like they’re bigger than they are I get a good hearty chuckle out of spotting it now.
Be humble. Act your wage.
It’s an impossible industry with impossible to reach goals. I get that everyone wants to be the next Skillet or RED, but there’s a reason nobody has been able to get to that level in 10 years now...
Wanna pay 10 grand to tour with a bigger band and get nowhere? Cool. 👍
Wanna pay 50 grand for a top ten single on secular radio? Cool.
Wanna hop on a tour with 10 other bands because nobody is pulling numbers? Cool.
Wanna pay to win an award? Cool.
Dead industry is dead.
Rant over. Sorry if this offends anyone but it’s the truth. Just tired of seeing people getting destroyed over the industry which is collapsing in on itself. Secular rock included. Maybe one day some young band is gonna figure out a way around this with some sort of new fresh “build” that sticks it to the labels.
We shall see. Dare to be different. Be unique.
But seriously, engage your fans, stay humble."
In-conclusion, we at Tentmaker Music believe that in this day in age it is possible to play by a new set of rules. The reality is, The Gatekeepers only have power if we continue to give it to them. It's a new day, and there are ways to get your music out in front of people without having to compromise your message or your sound. Let's strive for excellence, and make music with the intention of bringing glory to God, may He be our audience and our standard. Tentmaker Music hopes to be a part of that new "build" Matt mentioned. It's a grind but it doesn't have to be for not and your labor doesn't have to be in vain. There is so much more and the time is now. Let's Get It!
Though Lastwatch is no longer together you can check out their music on Spotify (https://spoti.fi/2SwbWth) and all other major digital outlets. I really enjoy their music and it's for sure worth checking out!
Till the next time, God bless!
*movie trailer guy voice* In a world where moral values are crumbling and the line between right and wrong is gradually blurred by mass deception and corruption, the faithful followers of Christ are… Sojourners in a Hazy City.
In this more experimental track, A.K.A. Fisher examines moral values and duties, the inevitable deterioration of man-made standards for morality, and the dangers of compromise and apathy in the church. This song, recorded with his wife (Denisse Burks), offers a bit a departure from A.K.A. Fisher’s usual style, and its sound is inspired by both trap music and 80’s pop.
You can hear new singles from A. K. A. Fisher's "Otherworldly Weapons" on Tentmaker Music's BANGERS playlist, and on music streaming sites everywhere.
I need to start by saying this album has me excited. I am a huge fan of underground Christian music and this album reflects exactly why. Jordan has accomplished something here that I think most set out to do but not all achieve, The Ripple Effect is super creative, dynamic and refreshing. Each song is well written and handled with care, this is evident as you go from song to song as nothing is out of place. The Ripple Effect is a journey that will no doubt have an effect on you from a lyrical perspective as well as what is possible in the realm of underground music. One of the overarching themes the album presents, is to run from apathy. The whole album is a call to action, and one we would be wise to heed. It is so easy for us to get stuck in the same routine, to have the same junk different day mentality, it's time to wake up. Jordan put together an album of catchy melodies that are backed by poignant lyrics, and one of my favorite parts, he deals with himself in and through all of it. Jordan has managed to catch all the great parts of Owl City and merges them with pop punk, rock and even a bit of a nu metal edge at times. The Ripple Effect stands on it's own as a new brand of pop that is sure to please any music fan.
The more I listen the more I enjoy it, and that is the mark of a fantastic album. Each song on The Ripple Effect flows beautifully into the next, there is no need to skip around but if you must, there a few songs I find myself coming back to; "Time is of the Essence", "Louder Voice" and "Starlight Symphony", these 3 songs encompass the albums message and would be a good starting point if you wanted to give Jordan's album a chance, but it's my encouragement you just dive in, and enjoy!
As always I encourage you to support those Christian artists that are not only grinding but are putting out quality music! You can pick up Jordan Sovis' album The Ripple Effect on all major digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. If you would like to purchase the album for digital download you can do so here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jordansovis2. God Bless!
Thank you for to everyone who participated in the contest this week, both contestants and voters. You guys are amazing! And now, a very Special Congrats to Rep. You'll be hearing more from Rep as we introduce you to him in a future interview, as well as on the new Black Sheep Squad project next year!
We will also be adding the finalists to our BANGERS Playlists. Pleanty more great stuff to come!
XERO goes through the FPC (FL Studio's version of the MPC). In this video you'll learn how to:
*Create a custom MPC Map
*Create a Beat in the FPC Editor
*Create a Build-Up
*Save MIDI files for future editing
Download this Beat Loop for Free - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hzZEk_S931Cqxn3NaW4Hof_GLVI_2bsW
So you just bought your new sound kit and you're ready to start cranking out some dope tracks. After you get about 5 or 6 beats into your project, you're stuck. Absolutely stuck with no more creative juice left.
You made a Boom-Bap Beat.
You Made a Trap Beat.
You made a Grime beat.
You even played around with some of that EDM stuff.
What do you do next?
Well, it's not glamorous, but I have a solution for you that, when timed correctly, will help you get more out of the beat's you've already done. This method will help you to double, triple...completely max out your beat potential after just a few sessions. So, Strap in, hold on tight, and try to keep an open mind while I guide you through my list of ideas.
1. Stick to the Tempos.
I wrote a whole article about tempos, and how they can help you maximize exposure for DJ's. You can check that out HERE. But the idea is that if you make your beats closer to popular tempos, they will be more likely to end up on a DJ's playlist later down the line. So after you've made a cool track, try cloning it and then changing the tempo in combination with this next tip.
2. Remake old works with a new Sound Kit.
I listen to Beatmakers by the library, and one thing I notice a lot, is that some songs (if not all) get remade, but with a different Sound Kit. it's the same (or similar) drum pattern with a different bass line, and new synth lines. Not a bad way to quickly turn a riff into a full beat.
3. Remake a Popular Song, but with a twist.
WARNING: There's a big difference between using a song as inspiration, and plagiarism.
I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, SO I'LL SAY IT AGAIN!! Plagiarism is SIN!
I'm not advocating you be as lazy as possible and just copy someone outright. What I AM saying is that you can get some really cool ideas from other works outside your genre. Look for something to springboard your ideas. Try using that synth you heard on another song or try to find out how they did that cool effect, and then duplicate that technique. The key is that people SHOULD NOT be able to tell where you're inspiration comes from unless you outright tell them.
[ex.] I once constructed an entire song from the vocal melody of 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush. I turned to vocal line into a bass line, and then went an entirely different direction.
[ex.2] Another time, I completely reconstructed 'Panic Switch', by The Silversun Pick-Ups in a different genre, and with a completely different set of sounds. I didn't use this for anything yet, but I may use part of what I learned in this exercise for a new song someday.
4. Build Templates
It can take me 15 minutes to a few hours to find samples and settings for a new track, depending on distractions and