Are Hiphop Festivals Still Relevant In our Music Industry?
It has been quite a long time since I participated in a Hiphop festival or any kind of music convention. Recently i attended the A3C Hiphop Festival in Atlanta, GA and I was glad I went. Ought to be fact the last Hiphop festival I attended was the very first A3C Hiphop Festival where I performed with my group Prophetix. Leland
Having attended and performed in main festivals like the CMJ Musicfest in Nyc, I knew the kind effect these festivals dress in an artist's career. These events usually serve you for a few days and there are many performers and opportunities to network. I have watched the A3C Hiphop Festival grow into a big annual event and now there are music business panels, seminars and workshops. It began just being live performances.
If you live not performing, you can still go to network and meet new people. You will never know that you might run into they will again and what kind of effect you needed on them the moment you met.
This year I went as someone who enjoys good Hiphop music. I'm not really just referring to the commercial music which is played on the radio constantly but the classic music that made Hiphop not only a great and powerful genre but a great and powerful culture at the same time.
Here is some advice I will share that I learned in the past of attending Hiphop festivals:
1. You shouldn't be afraid to talk to the celebrities
Should you be serious about being in e-commerce, you are going to have to approach people of celebrity status. I learned from the legendary emcee GURU from Gangstarr (R.I.P.) how you can conduct myself when approaching celebrities. These are people with eyes, ears, and skin like everyone else and I. Be respectful and make sure they know how you feel about their music but do not overdo it.
2. Avoid being afraid to network
If you aren't performing on the stage or somewhere taking a restroom break, you should be building new relationships and strengthening original copies. Since I am from Atlanta, I knew a lot of the people that were already included in the local Hiphop scene however, many of my best experiences originated meeting new people from all over the country. With all the solutions to stay in contact with people today for example Facebook and Twitter, you would be maximizing your admission fee by permitting some solid, relevant connections.
3. You shouldn't be afraid to have a wonderful time
I can not remember one festival I attended where I didn't have a ball. The seminars and panels are wonderful but the best part include the live performances. Good music is excellent to hear live. Once the rapper on stage says, "Throw ya hands from the air", do not be afraid to acheive it. As a matter of fact, have a cue from Nike and "Just Do It!" Why be engaged if you can not have fun?
Check out a music festival. Meet newer and more effective friends at the concerts or offer to help remedy someone for lunch. You will not ever know what can happen if you don't get out and see by yourself.