#NewVisuals: David Banner – “Black Fist”

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I know often that we shy away from the controversial here in these pages mainly because we are from the school of not wanting to offend nor unnerve. However, the senseless loss of life should be offensive to everyone. Here is a song and a film which David Banner has put together to address the lack of humanity that permeates certain quarters of our society.

On a personal level I feel that it is important in art to not only deal in the escapist but temper that with a healthy dose of the realist. While you may be offended by what’s presented here, I believe that in the final analysis that’s exactly the point: a visceral reaction to what’s presented aurally and visually that will facilitate dialogue.

Feel free to speak your mind… it ain’t illegal yet.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

#Realness – David Banner(VLAD TV Interview NSFW)

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It seems like the theme around these parts this week is that it’s past time to get real. Real with ourselves, real with our culture, real about what’s happening now and how that realness can impact our future. The writing’s been on the wall. You must watch this interview to the very end. Check out what David Banner has to say about blogs(which is very near and dear to my heart) how dare we profit off of someone else’s pain. It’s go time #Growns.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

The Louis CK Direct to Fan Paradigm

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I’m sure I’ve said a few words on this blog about one of my favorite comedians: Louis CK. What I may not have shared is how much I admire his business acumen and how I often wonder why this paradigm has not worked for more persons in music. It’s quite simple… Louis CK invests in himself, produces, directs, writes and edits his specials and then he sends an email to his fans (of which I’m sure numbers way up in the hundreds of thousands) letting us know that the new special is available either to be streamed or downloaded for $5, our choice, directly to Louis’ PayPal.

This is permission that he’s gotten from everyone on his list as we’ve either purchased a product in the past or by some other means signed up to receive communication from Louis. Again, our choice. I also enjoy and appreciate that Louis only calls on his list when he feels that there’s something or real merit that we should know about, no tweets every 5 minutes about being in the studio working on something great or next level ad nauseum.

Why hasn’t this model translated more for music? Not quite sure… maybe they don’t, don’t show or don’t care but speaking on a very personal level if I’m into if you’ve established that you consistently make a great production, I want to know about it and I will support it. I mean when you cut out all the fat (middlemen) and it’s just you and I, you can bet your last money that I will gladly fork over $5 on Tuesday for a hamburger… scratch that, any day.

Check out the work that Ryan Leslie and David Banner are doing that are a few of the examples of musicians going the Louis CK route, that’s highway I favor… invest in yourself, connect directly with those who want to hear from and support you, rinse and repeat.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

Sampling: 2014 (Protecting Necks or Cashing Checks?)

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Disclaimer numero uno: I am no one’s attorney. This post is more about the questions surrounding this type of litigation than a real “opinion” one way or the other. I happened to post the above article above because although seemingly progress has been made on the rights front cases like these and others in the news from the past year prove that there is still a way to go on all sides. If I had to posit a best guess as to why some of these issues arise is because quite honestly they’ve always been with us. Yes, this is nothing new (copying music legally or illegally and by extension some form of infringement on the holder of the rights). Continue reading “Sampling: 2014 (Protecting Necks or Cashing Checks?)”

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.