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Beat Studies Podcast

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The Beat Studies Podcast is a radio style interview program for hip-hop heads, and music lovers from all walks of life, to experience meaningful and insightful conversations with vocalists, producers and industry professionals who create the music and culture that we love. Join host BJ Alden and his guest scholars of distinction as they explore the stories and feelings beyond the track.

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Hip-Hop Producer Plays Music Marketing Numbers Game Like a Pro
ATL via Flint, MI producer Dillio tells me that marketing music doesn’t come naturally to him. “Allow yourself to make mistakes and never stop learning,” he reminds us as we discuss the ever-evolving music industry from the perspective of a focused and experienced—yet still up and coming—professional music producer. The benefits of music marketing, online courses, and mentorships that can help you sell beats almost always outweigh the costs. It’s all about finding a teacher and curriculum that speak to you. Because as you learn, you uncover golden nuggets of information or insight (a-ha!) that could be the very thing that help you get to the next level and change your life.Dillio and I also discuss the importance of building a catalogue and how it prepares us for opportunities that will arise as we network and meet more people in the music community, online or otherwise. It helps us be ready to do business at a moment’s notice. One of the mistakes many producers make is not having a catalogue of beats finished and purposed for other artists to browse and buy.Support the show
The Hardest Working DJ in Atlanta
DJ SKY has been translating his musical interests and moods through the turntables since '93, proving to be a solid representative of the Atlanta hiphop scene. Throughout these years, he has built a name DJing with live bands as a scratch turntablist, to college radio residencies, to party rockin' clubs, bars, parties and festivals, including Atlanta's own A3C. Over the years, he has become known as our friendly neighborhood DJ, and recently  brought his charm and industry insight into the studio for an informal, fun interview. He also bought along some of his rare and highly personal/conceptual beat productions. He's an educator and true craftsman in the art of live mixing and scratching.Sky is a believer that hard work, patience and passion truly does lead to rewarding progress, and after spending these next 40 minutes with him, you will undoubtedly be inspired too. Support the show
Listen Up! Kid Karate Delivers that Dublin Punk to New York
Sometimes we need to broaden our perspective to learn. That's why we invited this rock trio from Ireland to join Beat Studies on a traditionally hip-hop flavored podcast. They were in the states briefly for a high-profile gig and we talked in the time between their rehearsal and evening performance at Saint Vitus Bar.I picked the brain of lead singer/guitar player Kevin Breen alongside his bandmates from Kid Karate on loads of topics: Dynamics in music, licensing for commercial use, an awesome artist sponsorship by Bushmills, the similarities between rap and punk, and even mosh pits.Kevin proclaims Ireland as the most “woke” country in the world as they enjoy the collapse of the old order and usher in the new. He goes on to describe a thriving music community—despite a lack of industry resources. “Everyone has to dig it out themselves,” he says. Dublin is now being called the capital of punk, and Kevin lists off some other bands that are joining Kid Karate in rounding out this robust scene.“Punk is just freedom to do whatever you want,” says frontman Kevin Breen.Sit in with us on the latest Beat Studies Podcast as we blaze through this diverse range of topics like a redhead running through the streets of Belfast, as well as listen and dissect a few select songs from their growing catalog, dive deep into their post-modern cubist album cover art by Peter Doyle, and get to know the fun loving, free spirited, hard rocking group that is Kid Karate.Support the show
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Started
Apr 9th, 2018
Latest Episode
Jul 19th, 2019
Release Period
Monthly
No. of Episodes
8
Avg. Episode Length
40 minutes
Explicit
No

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