How to Enhance Your Music Library and Listening Experience

Though the world throws a lot of unexpected stress, tough decisions, bad timing and more; there is one thing that will always be there to express every one of our emotions and brighten up our day… music! With so many artists, producers, groups, genres and songs coming out every day, the truth remains undeniable that music is one of the most popular and influential forms of expression. However, there is one thing that seems to remain frustrating and worrisome: our music libraries. Whether you use iTunes or any form of a file collective, the organization and search for more songs remains exhausting. As a hip hop enthusiast and creator/author of multiple music websites, I have spent countless hours searching databases for new music, finding hacks to improve my music library and searching for ways to enhance my musical experience. Today, I will share some of my advice on how you can improve your music library and overall listening experience.

1. Step Away from the Apple Store!

Many people rely solely on the Apple Store, radio or word of mouth to find songs that they may like. However, there are some other sources that will not fail you when it comes to finding new, interesting songs.

The first places I usually check are Soundcloud or Spotify, I’m sure you’ve heard of them, you may even have accounts with them, but I doubt you’ve taken full advantage of what they have to offer. These services allow you to not only post your own music but they also gives you the chance to: listen to other people’s music and see what they are listening to, get the latest songs and albums, and reach back into the depths of music to hear songs you may have forgotten about..A sure way to find great music is to follow your favorite artists and especially DJs/ Producers and see what music they post and what music they “like”.

The next place to go would be daily music blogs. These blogs’ mission is to deliver new music as soon as they can as well as introducing us to flourishing artists, albums and much more. You’ve all probably heard of the more well known sites like:XXLMag, Complex, and Source but, there are also, however, many other amazing blogs and websites that you may not have heard of like: IllRoots and 2DopeBoyz.

2. Organizing Your Library

A huge part of enjoying your music comes in how you structure it, this might sound a bit extreme but believe me, it works.

The mistake a lot of us make is that we get so excited about a new album or few songs that we keep listening to it on repeat until we end up getting annoyed with it.

Make Playlists for Different Moods or Situations.There’s no problem with listening to a new song a few times after you get it, or listening to an album/mixtape all the way through a few times, however, that can get boring. Playlists are an easy way to structure your music, a few suggestions for playlists: Twerk (excuse my ratchetness but this one comes in handy, I promise), Sleep, Relaxing, 90s Hip Hop, New York Rappers, Trap Music… etc.

Delete! We all have music that is either repeated, the wrong version, or we just flat out hate the song. Go through your library one day when you’re bored and just delete these defective items. Don’t get too happy with the delete button and just erase a song because it’s annoying you at the moment… you might miss it when it’s gone.

There really isn’t much to it besides organizing and branching out. Go out and try new genres, artists, websites, mixtapes etc. The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it… then you can simply delete it.

It’s really that easy, take a weekend or a day off and begin searching for music in new places, make a few playlists and delete some songs you really don’t like! You’ll be surprised how much happier you are with a stress free music library.

What We Are Doing – Women in Electronic Music

As a woman operating in the spheres of electronic music, it is rightly pointed out that we are in a minority – electronic music charts and magazines are dominated by male producers. And although I appreciate this being discussed and acknowledged in order to redress the balance of power, I also feel it just as interesting and vital to acknowledge and increase the visibility of what women are doing in these fields.

There are an increasing number of resources online that champion the achievements and careers of women in music technology. First that springs to mind to me is international networks and databases Female Pressure and Pink Noises. Female Pressure has a comprehensive list of female DJs, VJs, electronic female musicians and also producers and recording engineers throughout the world. So this is a great first port of call if you are female and active in these fields or if you are a journalist or promoter/booking agent looking for female talent. The mailing list has been a very valuable resource for my own music career as I have made friends, collaborations and come across opportunities that have increased my profile and audience internationally. So, respect to Suzanne aka Electric Indigo and Tara Rodgers aka Analog Tara for setting up Female Pressure and Pink Noises respectively.

There is also the pro-active efforts of Women in Electronic Music – a popular Facebook page whose followers are male also, an ever increasing Last FM playlist and also a blog called Her Beats. Here instigator Dana Dramowicz showcases new releases, interviews and other interesting activities and initiatives by contemporary female musicians in the electronic scenes. This is important for increasing the visibility and profiles of these often independent artists. Another is by the very competent electronic producer Sci Fi sol called best electronic music blog who is also keen to showcase women’s independent releases alongside the male produced music.

I have been encouraged by recent increase of interest and attention into the careers and achievement of pioneering electronic women, who have produced both technically innovative and creative music. Delia Derbyshire seems to receiving more acknowledgement for her work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. And founder of the Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram’s amazing Oramics machine is currently the centre of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

So we are doing a lot and there are many more women active in these fields than most of us would be aware of. But it is also is clear to me that there are not enough high profile women in electronic music event programming and press and in an electronic music blog. So I can only hope we who work hard and develop our electronic craft will become more visible and heard. I firmly believe that the more we hear of and see women surviving and thriving in the electronic music spheres the more women, especially young women, will think of these fields as a career option or at least a very fulfilling and rewarding passion and form of expression and participation in the world.

Music Marketing – How to Market Your Music Online and Reach Your Audience

To market your music online, first you need to have your professional product intact. This is covered in many other articles but it constitutes a properly written bio, photos, a website, an album or demo, and art. If any of these puzzle pieces are unprofessional – wait. Other important things you’ll need are a blog, a mailing list, referral options, inbound links, social media mastery, search engine optimization and press.

So what will you be doing in order to market your music yourself online? Get press. How do you go about this? It’s easier than you think. You will need to research your genre and sub-genres as well as all the magazines, websites, podcasts and blogs who cater to them. You can find helpful websites with industry lists as well as peruse the Indie Bible to find your targets of choice. This research will take time. You should make a list as you go in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel.

Some of these places will allow you to add your links and news releases free of charge. You should take advantage of this. Make sure you are drafting news releases as opposed to press releases. There is a difference and the difference is excessive promotional language.

Music blogs have become extremely popular as of late. You can search for ones that match your style on sites such as Hype Machine. With these blogs, you don’t need to worry typically about asking for a review. They are in the business of posting mp3’s. You will still need to be personable and follow the guidelines in the next paragraph.

Most of these places will have specific protocol to follow when asking for reviews. Don’t always follow them! You will never get the amount of press you want or deserve if you wait in line and play by the rules. Some of these websites get 100 or more requests daily for reviews or interviews. Therefore, you need to be sneaky, yet respectful. Go ahead and contact any individual writer who caters to your genre. I call this “behind-the-scenes marketing”. Email them with the first paragraph telling them what you liked about their writing. Yes, you heard me correctly. I’m aware that you’ve never heard this before…and it works.

Doesn’t it make your day when a fan contacts you about how good your music is? Don’t you think writers and reviewers get the same thrill? The reason this can help you is because they don’t hear it very often. Compliment them. Then engage them with a question like “What did you think of (insert band name here)’s new album?” In the next paragraph, mention your band and how they fit into the big picture. Humbly ask for a review or coverage. Humbly!

Try looking up articles on YOUR favorite bands, or most importantly, bands that are similar in style to your own – and contact the person who wrote the piece. Reviews on niche bands give you something unique to talk about. You can relate to the writer about being one of the few people to discover the band. Even better, congratulate them on discovering the band in question!

When you research a new website, make it your goal to connect with someone who shares an interest with you – the love of music. You make the music. They write about it. If you treat them like you’re doing them a favor, or you don’t care about their interests, you’re taking a gamble that your email will end up getting ignored. Make a real connection. Start a real conversation, and you can be guaranteed your band will gain valuable allies, and fast.

Thank those that help you by paying it forward. Offer to promote their blog or website via your social media profile or blog. This also helps you by virally spreading the word about your band.

Remember, the online music world isn’t just about posting your mp3’s and waiting for the fans to magically show up. Build your profile just as you would offline. Good luck!

Tips On How To Get Music Featured On Top Blogs

It’s the dream of every musician to be featured on the best music blogs in the world. This is because being featured not only makes the musician famous, but it also increases the amount of money to be made.

While being featured is of great importance, many musicians don’t know how to go about it. To help you out, here are tips that you should follow:

Be aggressive

You can’t sit in your house and think that people will treat you like a rock star and feature your music. To be featured to need to let people know about you. The best way of going about it is contacting the owners of the best blogs and asking them to feature you.

When contacting them you should be polite and have a positive attitude. In your email you should explain the songs that you have done. You should also give links to the songs so that the blog owners can listen to them.

In addition to this you should also send your photos, Mp3 and other things that will make it easy for the blogger to find your music. You should remember that the easier it is for the blogger to find your music, the easier it will be to be featured.

Come across as a blog reader

Bloggers like people who read their content; therefore, when contacting the bloggers you should let them know that you read their blogs. For example, you can mention how you liked a review on a given band and how you would like your music or band to be reviewed.

When you show that you read the blog, you will attract the blogger’s attention and you will have very high chances of your music being featured.

Hire a PR company

If you think that you don’t have the skills to get your music featured on top blogs, you should consider hiring a PR company to do the work for you. The good side is that many PR firms have good relationships with the blog owners; therefore, if your music is good, it will be featured almost instantly.

If you don’t have money to hire a PR firm, you should consider hiring an independent promoter.

Conclusion

These are tips on how to get your music featured on the top blogs. For you to reach the right audience you should do your research and ensure that your music is featured in the blogs that are relevant to your style of music.

What Is Tort Law Exactly?

Have you ever done something that was against the rules? Well, torts are something like that; but much more serious. Torts are civil wrong-doings; immoral behaviors and actions against civilians. The law identifies a tort as immoral, and approves it as grounds for a lawsuit. Most often, torts come with severe consequences, like serious injuries and death. These consequences establish a civilian’s right to file a personal injury claim against a wrongful party.

Torts that result in serious injury or death can be punishable by imprisonment; however, the objective of tort law is to acquire compensation for damages incurred by victims and families of victims. In addition, and equally important, intent is to prevent similar wrongdoings from occurring in the future. In fact, victims of tort can take legal action for an injunction in order to inhibit further torturous conduct of the opposing party.

Explaining Torts and Tort Law

Victims of tort can pursue fair compensation for damages incurred as a result of the offence. Exemplary damages include everything from pain and suffering to loss of companionship, and much more; such as lost wages, hospital bills, medical expenses, scarring or disfigurement, funeral expenses, prolonged rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and much more. Injured victims can also pursue compensation for damages like diminished quality of life and loss of benefits from loved one’s death. Tort law is established to protect injured victims that were wrongfully hurt by a negligent party. Negligent parties can include people, companies, individuals, organizations, products, and much more.

Categories of Tort

There are several individual capacities of tort law that all depend on the type of injury or accident that harms a person. Types of tort include motor vehicle accidents, product liability, assault and battery, sexual harassment, drunk driving accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, head or brain injuries, dog bites, nursing home neglect, motorcycle accidents, and several other types of deliberate inflictions of emotional or physical trauma.

Every type of tort can be grouped into three separate categories of tort law; these categories are Intentional Torts, Negligent Torts, and Strict Liability Torts. Intentional torts are deliberate, premeditated, and purposeful. Assault and battery, sexual misconducts, and nursing home neglect are some examples of intentional tort. Negligent tort occurs as a result of carelessness and disregard. Disobeying traffic signals and causing an accident that harms another person is an example of negligent tort. Other examples include pedestrian accidents, hit-and-run accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and slip and fall accidents. Strict liability torts, on the other hand, occur when a particular action causes harm or damage to another person; such as liability for making and selling defective products that are hazardous.

If you are a victim of tort, or was recently injured in an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact a licensed personal injury law firm for professional guidance and counsel. It is important to take immediate action following a serious injury before the State’s statutes of limitation runs out. An experienced tort lawyer will substantially increase your chances and likelihood of winning your personal injury claim recovering compensation for your damages.

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Common Benefits Received From Workers’ Compensation

It is common for people who are injured on the job to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The amount of compensation and degree of benefits received by injured workers largely depends on the extent of their injuries or damages. Damages can include but are not limited to pain, suffering, prolonged rehabilitation or illness, diminished quality of life, lost wages, medical expenses, hospital bills, mental trauma, PTSD, and much more.

It is wise to hire a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation law to recover the full and fair recompense deserved. Continue reading to learn what type of benefits to expect, or that is possible, to receive after being injured while on the clock.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Not all workers’ compensation claims are for physical injuries. Although most involve some sort of bodily harm, mental anguish or trauma can be just as damaging. Sometimes, personal injury cases can involve sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or battery, contracting a work-related illness or disease, experiencing an armed robbery, and more. Either way, the common coverages and benefits received from workers’ compensation claims are as follows:

Paid Hospital Bills, Medical Expenses, Physical Therapy, Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation, Doctor Visits, Counseling, Prescriptions, Etc.

Paid Weekly Earnings for Time Off Work Longer than One Week (2/3 of Average Weekly Pay-400 Week Maximum)

Benefits for Dependents in the Case of a Wrongful Death at Work

Punitive Damages in Cases of Malicious Intent or Blatant Disregard

Compensation for Excessive Pain, Suffering, Loss of Companionship, Mental Anguish, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diminished Quality of Life, Etc.

Travel Expenses (If Applicable)

There are several other types of benefits available to those injured on the job, however, they vary depending on the company’s policies, insurance coverage, the extent of injury, and much more. It is strongly encouraged to discuss your recent work injury with a licensed Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyer for accurate case assessment and legal guidance. They retain the proper resources, experience, and knowledge to navigate your workers’ compensation claim.

In order to recover the full and fair remuneration deserved to an injured victim and their family, a personal injury lawyer is the path to take. Be sure your personal injury law firm employs attorneys with extensive trial and litigation experience in workers’ compensation cases. This will further ensure you are choosing a lawyer that can successfully navigate your claim and have a better chance of recovering for your damages and losses.

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Who’s Liable for Injuries Sustained in Public Transportation Accidents?

Public transportation is a wonderful asset for thousands of Americans all across the country. Buses, trains, subways, limousines, metros, taxi cabs, and more are just a few examples of the variety we have to choose from when it comes to public transport. As customers and clients, we generally trust that these choices are safe and reliable; but sometimes unexpected accidents happen.

If someone is injured while using public transportation, who is at-fault for their damages? There can be several outcomes when determining who is liable for accidents such as these. Continue reading to understand all the possible parties that might be liable, under law, for injuries sustained to public transient customers.

Public Transportation Traffic Accidents

When it comes to public transportation, buses are one of the most popular. Tickets are inexpensive, and some buses are complementary to individuals in the community. School buses are also widely used for public school transportation. With the rising popularity of public buses, more and more are on the roads every day. As a result, the number of bus accidents continue to increase each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 300 bus accidents happen every year, all of which resulting in fatalities.

Bus crashes, and other public transport cases, are complicated to litigate. Determining the at-fault party is a bus crash can be tricky because it may be more than one, or none at all. It requires the professional litigation skills and trial experience of a licensed car accident attorney to effectively pursue a bus accident injury lawsuit or claim. If you or someone you loved has recently been injured in a public transportation accident, like buses or taxis, contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn your rights.

Possible At-Fault Parties:

  • The Driver
  • Management Company
  • Other Negligent Vehicles
  • Government Entities (If Public)
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • City Traffic Management (If Defective Light or Sign)

Common Causes:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Defective Stop Light or Traffic Sign
  • Hazardous Weather Conditions
  • Reckless or Careless Driving
  • Poor Equipment Maintenance
  • Treacherous Roads
  • Defective Equipment
  • Obstruction of Views
  • Other Negligent Vehicles on the Road

Traffic accidents, public or not, can happen very suddenly, and usually result in serious injuries and damages to innocent bystanders and drivers. If a person is injured using public transportation as a result of another carelessness or negligence, they are entitled to legal compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. 

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A Myth Regarding Personal Injury Protection

I often get told by my clients that they “do not want to make any claims on their own insurance policy” because “it will raise their rates.” Like many things, this is an insurance tactic meant to scare people from claiming what is rightfully theirs. Let me elaborate further.

Under Texas law, every person in the State must carry Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage on their auto insurance policy, unless you expressly sign a rejection or “opt-out” of this coverage. The State minimum requirement is $2,500, although many people carry $5,000 or $10,000 in coverage (or sometimes even more, depending on what their auto insurance carrier offers). Importantly, under the Texas Insurance Code, it is illegal for your insurance company to raise your insurance rates, drop your coverage, affect your credit, etc. for making these claims. Therefore, if you have this coverage, you always want to use it.

PIP coverage is meant to reimburse you for two things: (1) medical bills you have already incurred or (2) lost wages (although it will only cover 80% of your lost wages). Additionally, Texas allows “stacking” of insurance benefits. For example, let’s say you get into an accident and you are taken to the emergency room where you incur a $10,000.00 bill. Let’s also say that you have the standard $2,500 PIP policy through your insurance company. After you are finished treating, we send that same $10,000 bill to both the Defendant’s insurance company and to your own. We get you paid $10,000 from this insurance company plus $2,500 from your own PIP coverage for a total reimbursement of $12,500. That’s right, you get paid $12,500 for a bill that was originally $10,000.

I always tell my clients the same thing: If you pay for this coverage every month in your premium, and if your insurance company cannot raise your rates for using it, then why wouldn’t you use it? It is free money falling out of the sky. However, because it’s free money falling out of the sky, many insurance companies (and their agents) will deliberately try to convince you that you do not need it because “it cost more.” Again, this cannot be further from the truth. The cost of this coverage is literally pennies on the dollar for what you get in return should you need to use it. Further, the best part is that this coverage is no-fault, meaning you are entitled to these benefits whether you caused the accident or if someone else hit you.

For these reasons, it is a no-brainer not only to have this coverage, but also to use it once you need it.

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How to Complete a Self-Health Assessment Following a Car Accident

As soon as you are involved in a car accident, the first priority is to have your health and over-all condition assessed by a professional emergency medical technician on-site or at the hospital. For less serious car accidents, it is still important to assess your own health to be sure you are not suffering from a head, spine, or neck injury. The issue with these kinds of injuries is that they can become evident or worse as time passes. So you might seem fine after a car wreck, but can then start to develop symptoms later on that point toward neck and back injuries.

There are signs and symptoms to look for, as well as, tips to learn how to identify the difference between vague soreness and tenderness of muscles, and an actual serious injury. Continue reading for a post-accident health assessment guide and information about filing a car accident injury claim for injuries and damages sustained in a serious collision.

Checking On Your Health

Once you have been involved in a car accident, whether it was your own fault or not, is to seek immediate medical attention. As a car accidents happens, authorities are usually alerted almost immediately; either by someone involved in the wreck or a bystander. Police will ask if you or your passengers need to go to the hospital if it is not obvious or evident that someone is hurt. You can make this assessment yourself, or you can simply have an EMT check you out at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.

You can choose to ride in an ambulance for a faster commute to the hospital for emergencies, but for less serious and less evident injuries, you may choose to take yourself or have a loved one drive you. In other cases, you might feel like you are not injured enough for professional medical care, and pass up the opportunity to go to the hospital altogether. Once you are familiar with how to assess your own condition after an accident, you will be able to responsibly make the choice of seeking further medical assistance, or to care for yourself.

Here are some symptoms to look for immediately after, as well as, the days following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Soreness or Tenderness of Neck
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Mental Confusion
  • Pain or Tenderness in Lower Back
  • Pain in Neck or Spine
  • Difficulty Standing
  • Pain When in the Seated Position
  • Swelling of Neck, Back, or Head
  • Redness or Abrasions on Body
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Immobility

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or internal damage. If you are experiencing more than three of the above symptoms, it is strongly encouraged to go to the hospital or to request an EMT at the sight of an accident. Concussions are one of the most common and overlooked head injuries that results from car accidents. And the problem with this type of injury is that a person can seem fine at first, only to later suffer serious consequences and health decline as a result of a neglected head, brain, or spine injury.

Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim
Contact a licensed personal injury lawyer for information about filing a car accident injury claim against a negligent party that caused you or a loved one serious harm following a traffic accident or collision. You may be entitled to compensation.
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Personal Injury Should Be Well Taken Care Of

If there is ever a situation where a person is suffering terribly from an injury, disability or in worse case scenarios, even death, mostly due to a careless negligence of an individual, in such cases, the personal injury law covers these instances and extends its hand for help.

A severe injury can cost an individual to shell out a lot of money, sometimes an amount that the individual might not even be capable of paying, if you opt for a personal injury claim in such desperate moments then you are eligible to seek some compensation for the injury you have faced and the payment gets taken care of because of the claim.

Mostly this law covers all the kinds of injury that can possibly take place, these injuries can be of any type. It can either be something that can cause a lot of harm to your body or it can make you face some kind of emotional trauma as well. It can be anything and at anytime and having a claim especially for these kinds of injuries will help you in emergencies.

Be alert and be careful of every step you take.

Let us have a look at some of the tips that can help you get this claim:

• DO NOT DELAY TO GET SOME MEDICAL ATTENTION

The first and foremost step that you need to take when you get an injury is to seek out for medical help immediately and instantly. Do not under any circumstances delay that step because the more you delay it, the more serious it can get, therefore seek out for some medical help as soon as you find yourself in such a situation.

• BE CAREFUL OF THE STATEMENTS YOU MAKE

Be absolutely confident and clear in what you say in the accident scene. Do not say anything that might make the situation much more complicated than it already is or give rise to some kind of a conflict. Be clear in what you have to say and keep it straight when asked about it. This will help in dealing with the process much quickly.

• KEEP A CHECK ON ALL THE EXPENSES

This would include all the bills in the hospital. Be it expense bills; diagnose bills, medical bills or any other tests that you might have undergone. Have a record of all the expenses because it might be asked for when you go to claim for compensation. You can also keep a record of some lost wages that you might have faced due to missing work. Keep a track of everything.

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