bandbasher Open Nav


Feb. 14th, 2018

Valentine’s Day Mood: Albums We Love

We may have our passion for teaching artists about the music business in common, but the musical tastes across the Bandbasher office couldn’t be more different. In honor of Valentine’s Day, get to know us better through the albums we love. _ _ _   Emily, Blog Intern How To Be A Human Being – Glass Animals “Cane Shuga” is definitely the best song on this album because it combines a good listening aesthetic with lyrics that you have to look up to understand.There’s a lot of ambiguity with this song, but the definitive part is that the sound is solid across the entire song. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk “Touch” is definitely the best song on this al

Joyner Lucas interview artist spotlight


Jan. 9th, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joyner Lucas

The “I’m Not Racist” rapper hit a nerve with the music video release. He’s got the music- and political-minded talking. We sit down with him for more on the man. “I’m Not Racist” showcases two opposing PoVs on the topic-of-the-moment. The video has received critical acclaim as well as backlash. On his first album on a major label (508–507–2280), Joyner Lucas tells stories. It’s a niche he’s carved out for himself since his 2015 hit “Ross Capicchioni” (about the attempted murder of a Detroit teen by a gang inductee posing as a friend). Lucas, 29, is one of the truly gifted, lyrical MCs making music in today’s pop-rap scene. His music tells the stories of individu

producers drop opinions how to


Nov. 22nd, 2017

Super Producers Don’t Know How to Feel About Tags Either

From left to right: Bryan Michael-Cox, FKi 1st, Honorable CNOTE, Bangladesh, Sonny Digital at A3C 2017 At this year’s A3C Music Conference, a panel of super producers—including Bryan-Michael Cox, FKi 1st, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Bangladesh, and Sonny Digital—quickly fell into a discussion of producer tags. Good? Bad? Necessary? Overused? “People don’t care about producers anymore unfortunately because they don’t read credits. And here’s the thing; where can I read credits?” – Joe Budden, The Joe Budden Podcast 🖤 A post shared by 1st (@fki1st) on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT There’s a lot of contention in the field of tags or “drops” by producers. Like

artist beef music business rap battle Nicki Minaj remy ma


Nov. 21st, 2017

Are Beefs Good For Business?

A Ma-Minaj Case Study Celebrities move in the public eye and not all of those moves are authentic. “For the cameras” relationships and fake fights are nothing new. So it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. After French Montana (and a lot of sources around the internet) claimed the Drake/Meek Mill beef was fake, it was harder for people to believe in the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj feud. Especially after years of almost-collaborations and supportive words between the two. We’ll probably never know for sure whether these beefs are fake or simply overblown, but we can look at the numbers and evaluate whether artists are profiting from them. Remy Ma vs Nick Minaj has been the m

artists react Charlottesville protest


Aug. 19th, 2017

Artists Around the Music Industry React to #Charlottesville

“Unite the Right” rally brings bloodshed to Charlottesville, VA As of late, Charlottesville, Virginia is synonymous with rebellion. The political uprising has reached every news room in America and is taking social media by storm. The riot began when white supremacists banned together on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” protest. They were met by advocates of the opposing side. What started out as careless name-calling turned into physical altercations, and then quickly escalated to a car intentionally plowing into a group of counterprotestors. A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed and 34 others were injured, 19 of them being in critical condition. The driver, James Alex Fiel

snapchat features new music business


Aug. 14th, 2017

Snapchat’s Artist Pass Gives Behind-the-Scenes View of Industry’s Biggest Acts

Snapchat has been the social media platform to beat recently, and with Billboard’s help, the competition is only getting fiercer. “Artist’s Pass” is a new feature created with music enthusiasts in mind. Billboard has created a music documentary series that follows artists and allows an exclusive look at how they prepare for their live performances. Each series is said to last about four to five minutes and highlights musicians as prominent as Demi Lovato, Rae Sremmurd and Luke Bryan–with more to be announced soon. Rather than typical snaps only lasting a mere 24 hours, Artist’s Pass will be available for 48 hours on Snapchat Discover and will air biweekly. Snapchat Discover p

soundcloud chance the rapper shutdown


Aug. 10th, 2017

Artists React to Recent SoundCloud Drama

Many aspiring artists and music fans panicked when they heard SoundCloud was in danger of shutting down, until Chance the Rapper came to the rescue. As of July 13, 2017, SoundCloud was rumored to be shutting down due to only having enough funding to last 50 more days (the number was later reported as 80 days), and even had to lay off 40% of its staff in order to save money. CEO Alex Ljung stated that the decision to do so was good for the future of SoundCloud and would help it stay independent. Meanwhile, up-and-coming artists everywhere panicked because they all know how important SoundCloud is in the music industry for independent artists. Yet the rest of the internet seemed to have a fiel

Khaled career music artist development


Jul. 5th, 2017

DJ Khaled: King of Collaboration

DJ Khaled just released his 10th studio album, Grateful. Looking back on his nearly twenty years in the music industry, one might say he has changed the collaboration game completely.   “They kick you when you’re down, but they wanna kick it when you’re up.” – DJ Khaled Before we talk about DJ Khaled’s impact on the music industry, let’s start with a little history lesson. Since the birth of rap music, collaboration has been a major, yet complicated aspect of music creation. Going back to the 80s and 90s, rappers from opposite parts of the country almost never collaborated on music. Beefs between east coast and west coast rappers mostly prevented it. Rappers

prodigy mobb deep


Jun. 21st, 2017

Prodigy: A Legend Gone Too Soon

Albert Johnson, better known by his stage name Prodigy of the rap duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at age 42 from what many believe to be complications of sickle cell anemia. He has suffered from the disease since birth, and was always a strong man who fought through the struggles and pain caused by it every day of his life.  I put my lifetime in between the paper’s lines.  “Quiet Storm” by Mobb Deep   He was never the type to ask for sympathy, but rather looked at sickle cell as an obstacle that would not stop him from doing what he did best. One might even say that the obstacles he faced in life propelled him to become what he is known for today: his ability to lyricall