Never Stop Dreaming

By David E. Maxwell
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CEO of D.E.M. Beats Production
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The realities of a dream

Is there a dream in your heart that you just can’t shake? Can you see yourself doing something and you can’t get it out of your mind? God has placed specific dreams and visions inside every person. He has a plan for your life and the aspirations that you just can’t seem to get out of your heart are clues to what you were created to do. By identifying your dreams, keeping them alive and coming up with a plan to execute them, your dreams can become a reality. When I talk about dreams, I’m not just talking about the visions you see when you go to sleep at night. While those are dreams, and God may speak to you while you sleep, the dreams I’m referring to are those hopes, longings, and aspirations in your heart. They are those series of images that continually replay in your mind about something you desire to accomplish.

Ways to keep your dream alive

Your dream may be an idea for a business, a particular field you want to go into, an invention, book or avenue that utilizes your talent. Maybe you have a dream to sing, dance or be an artist. Or, you may dream of being an independent business owner in a particular area. Whatever your dream is, if God gave it to you, He will make a way for it to become a reality. First, recognize that your dream will be accompanied by an image or vision inside of you that you can’t get rid of. It is important that you keep the dream before your mind at all times. This will keep it active in your heart. Ways to keep your dream alive include thinking about it every day, writing it down in detail, cutting out pictures of things pertaining to your dream and pasting them on a board to look at, and talking about it with trusted friends. The Word of God says that whatever you imagine to do will not be restrained from you (Genesis 11:6). When you continually keep your dream before you, it will consume you and drive you to take action.

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action

After you realize there is a particular dream in your heart that must become a reality, you’ve got to construct a plan to bring it to pass. Just because God gave you a dream doesn’t mean it will automatically happen; there is a part you must play in the process. First, get before the Lord and ask Him to direct your steps. Acknowledge Him as the giver of the dream; then and ask Him to give you wisdom regarding your dream and how to accomplish it. God is faithful! When you take the time to seek Him, He will give you the steps to take that will lead you down the path of seeing your dream come to pass. The Holy Spirit is your Helper; however, you are the initiator. When you take a step, God will meet you at your point of action. Each step you take will bring you closer to the end of your faith.

Allow your troubles to work for you

Remember that when you have a dream, others may not support you. In fact, there will be people who will actually try to hinder you because of jealousy. Joseph is an example of that. He was a dreamer, yet he made the mistake of telling his brothers about his dream. As a result, they hated him and sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:5, 8, 28). Even though they tried to stop his destiny, they weren’t able to. Joseph still found favor in the midst of his trials and eventually, the dream God placed in his heart did come to pass. Don’t allow challenges or the negativity of other people to stop you. Trouble will come when you set out to fulfill your dreams. However, you can allow that trouble to work for you instead of against you. It will develop you above its ability to affect you if you stay focused on what God has called you to do, and stand on His Word. Most of all, never stop dreaming because when you stop dreaming, you stop living.

Hold On

I want to encourage you to hold on to your dreams. Hold on to that thing God has put in your heart that you just can’t shake. Remain faithful to Him and do your part; He will bring your dream to pass.

Social Media Has Revolutionized How Listeners Experience Music

By David E. Maxwell
DJGN Content Contributor
CEO of D.E.M. Beats Production
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Social media has become a massive part of our culture. In fact, it has changed our culture. It’s changed the way we do business, how we talk to each other and how we entertain ourselves. It’s also changed how music fans experience music and how they experience the artists behind the music. So, if you are an artist promoting your music on the Internet and you’re not already plugged into a social media outlet or two, it’s time to jump in. If you’re not connected, you are quickly becoming disconnected with what’s going on around you, socially speaking.
The explosive popularity of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter demand that you, as an artist, become more immediately accessible to your fans. It’s not enough to have a website or even an Instagram account. Your fans want to know you, they want to follow you and they want to interact with you. They want to chat with you personally, comment on your music and see what you’re doing right now. Your fans expect you to be part of their daily “friend-checking” routine. Your life is entertainment to them. Your life is a reality show and you didn’t even know it!
On one hand, the level of personal interaction social media encourages is a good thing. When it comes to networking, developing relationships with your fans is a key element. It always has been. But now, as you get more involved with social media and start posting your “status update” several times a day for the world to see, things begin to get personal, perhaps a little bit too personal. How do you cope with this?
Having been active in the social media world for a while now, I’ve discovered the importance of setting boundaries for what I do and do not post for the world at large to read. I have learned that if you cross these boundaries, there can be social consequences. Have you ever really thought about how the words you post come across to your fan base? What you post can drastically change your reader’s opinion about you, in both good and bad ways. While a fan might be thrilled to find you on Twitter or Facebook at first, after following your posts for a while they may become bored with you, disappointed in you, turned off by you or even angry at you.
Social interaction with your fans is a good thing, to a point. But it would be wise to give yourself a few rules to go by; rules to help protect you not only from yourself (because you can be your own worst enemy) but also those who follow you that may or may not have your best interests in mind.
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Measure Your Words Carefully. And Then Measure Again. Think twice about every word you’re about to post before you post. When you first get involved in social networking, the most natural thing to do to is to just “be yourself” and post your true feelings, thoughts, and opinions about everything under the sun. This can be a two-edged sword when it comes to how your fans perceive you. Your fans like your music because they relate to it somehow and as a result on some level they think they know and understand you. But the truth is, they don’t know you at all. That means that with every word, thought or opinion you post there is the potential to taint someone’s image of who you are. Always measure how your words match up with your public image. If you write beautiful Christian songs of love and compassion, but your posts are filled with cynical ramblings, harsh language, and sexual innuendo, how does that affect your fans image of you? Destroy your fans image of you and it will cost you long term relationships and sales. So, before you post your opinions on this or that, always make sure what you post is truly how you want to represent yourself to your fans.
Stay Positive. Listen, no one likes a complainer. Don’t use your status update to tell the world how lousy you feel, how stressed out you are, how hard life is, how unfair you’ve been treated, how misunderstood you are or how much you hate your job. People tire of whiners quickly. Do you enjoy listening to people who complain? Neither does anyone else. Complaining is the fastest way to lose friends and followers (in real life too). Whatever you do, when you post a status update, be positive and encouraging to others. Present your life as good, blessed and happy, even if it isn’t at every single moment. If you are a joyful person, people will be drawn to you.
Social media is a great thing, and a fantastic way to stay in touch with your fans on a day to day basis. But words are powerful, lasting, and shape people’s perceptions of who you are. So always be watchful of how you present yourself in writing. Think twice before you post, stay positive, be enthusiastic and avoid being negative or boring.

Promoting Music Realistically And Effectively

By David E. MaxwellDJGN Content ContributorCEO of D.E.M. Beats Production
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Promotion is probably one of a musician’s worse enemy! I say this because it’s the part most people get wrong, intentionally, or not. There are people who take the time to record the perfect CD, pay to have it mastered, have an excellent cover, get it into shops worldwide, then just sit down and wait for their CD to sell. But it hardly does. Why? Because they hardly promoted it! You can’t expect people to walk into a record shop and buy your music. You must let people know it’s there and give them a good reason to buy it! The same goes for selling your music on the internet.

Doing It Your Self

Now I know for most, you may not see yourself as a sales person. That’s OK! Most musicians don’t. But I’ll tell you now, without including some form of promotion in your campaigns, whether you do it yourself or hire someone else to do it for you, awareness will not get very far.
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So how much promotion do you need for a successful new release? Well, that would depend on the size and type of the project. One thing’s for sure, you should be promoting your release between 2 – 4 weeks prior to the release date. Start out by establishing a rapport with your followers and audience. As you get to bring more awareness about who you are as a person, then you can mention your upcoming project without too many details. Whatever you say, don’t advertise yourself as someone who merely wants to sell music. Make a serious connection! You are dealing with real people that like to have a real social connection. Then, as the date gets closer, offer more details while making a bigger deal out of it. Creating anticipation and a buzz is a great way to pre-sell your music. If done correctly a nice portion of your sells should come within the first week or so. Keep in mind that the quality of your music and the demand for your style of music must be factored into sales.

New Release Suggestions

Just before releasing your CD, you should carry on spending the time to promote it. It’s a good idea to appear on live radio shows, get interviews, create content marketing with insight into the songs, link flyers to Landing Page, use music entertainment news platforms, get a professional music review, promote music by guest blogging, and anything else you can fit in. Simply writing a post on a music forum will not get you the amount of exposure and sales you’ll need to even cover the cost of making your music project. Even an article in a popular magazine often isn’t enough by itself. So, think bigger! People react better to buying when they’ve seen your promotion in different places. They become curious about your product. That means you need to be everywhere your customers are!
Please don’t make the mistake of under promoting your music. If you’re going to put the effort into recording and releasing your music, the least you could do is let it reach its full potential!
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How To Build A Rapport With Your Audience

By David E. Maxwell
DJGN Content Contributor
CEO of D.E.M. Beats Production

As a Christian artist and music producer, I come across a lot of talented and gifted individuals in my social circle of networking. Many are hungry and thirsty for success but remain starved because of how they go about achieving it. If there is one thing I’ve learned, we must remain humble, lovable, and teachable. It’s also important that we are willing to work with others. We must be able to relate to our audience so that we know what their purpose and interest consist of on the internet. It will help us understand what content to generate and use for establishing a dialogue. When our rapport becomes stronger, the more likely we will gain trust and become valuable to our current and new followers.

Avoid Being Viewed As An Advertiser

There are many of us who think that by constantly flooding social media platforms and posting our products by saying things like, check me out, buy my cd today, new song release go and get it now, will lead to a fortune and tons of followers. This may lead to the exact opposite and in most cases, it’s called spamming. You can scream “Buy my album!” from a rooftop all day long to no avail. Sure, you might get a few likes and purchases here and there, but nothing meaningful or long lasting. The recommended approach would be to start a conversation, build a consistent relationship, then offer something of value such as a free product or service. Eventually, you will receive conversions including sales.

Relationships Should Be Inclusive

When we fail to first build a rapport with those we want to market to there is a lack of trust. When we neglect to work together and help others reach their full potential, we are left with no activity or feedback. Don’t illustrate it’s all about “me” and “my purpose only”. It shows a lack of unity, to say the least. This should not be, especially in the Christian community. Present yourself different and show that you honestly care about your audience and not trying to be on top of the Billboard chart.

We All Need Each Other

Let’s just pretend that we live in the world of willy wonka and the chocolate factory. For our meals, we must retrieve food in a gigantic willy wonka bowl using a super long spoon and handle. There are other artists and music industry professionals around the edge of the bowl who also must eat. The super long spoon makes it difficult for us to reach our mouth. What can we do using the tool given to us?

Now imagine again the same huge bowl of food. Only this time, when we retrieve food using the long spoon we extend the spoon across the bowl to feed the person in front of us and vice versa. Everyone catches on and now we all get to eat! This is just a simple illustration to voice that we all need each other in the kingdom of God!

Good Relationships Make Good Partnerships

In comparison to the music industry we have tools and resources that we can use, but many of us are neglecting to use them to help another! Let’s face it, the music industry can be very demanding at times. And as Christian artists, we know that the enemy would like nothing more than to draw us apart to discourage us and have us compete and fight among ourselves. I believe that if we take the time to communicate with our audience, share meaningful content that’s helpful, network with fellow industry sisters and brothers, and inspiring one another, we can reach our purpose and goals online. What say you? How do you feel about building a rapport?

Digital Audio Workstation SelectedFor All Levels Of Music Production

By David E. Maxwell DJGN Content Contributor  CEO of D.E.M. Beats Production

Digital Audio Workstation (D.A.W.)

  Most music producers know there are many recording software programs available today. Just to give some examples being utilized incorporates Steinberg Cubase, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Audacity, Cockos Reaper, FL-Studio, and Pro-Tools, which numerous producers consider to be the industry standard, as it should be. Some of the applications are intended and designed for DJ’s. While others are utilized for broadcasting, live performances, and digital musicians who may not play a single instrument. If a person has the creative skills to hear, imagine, and learn the functions of the software, then all they need to do is copy, paste, point, and click.  

Why I Use Sonar X3 Producer

  Like many, in the beginning, I started out with one of the easiest free D.A.W. that’s still on the market today. I’m talking about Audacity. The software was good for recording basic vocals and some instruments. However, it fell short in the mastering department, which was very limited or didn’t exist at all for high tech use. I’ve tried several others and eventually ended with Sonar X3 Producer. Price wise, a Digital Audio Workstation may vary according to its functionalities. Since the software are tailored to meet the specific needs of specific users, you can expect to see the price fluctuating according to the purpose and brand. That leads me back to the reason why I use Sonar X3 Producer. Not only does it meets my needs, the price is right as well!   As a musician, music producer, and sometimes DJ, I fell in love with the versatility of Sonar and what it had to offer. It comes loaded with presets that helps with the workflow so you can quickly move forward with your creative process. It has many virtual instruments, Vst-Plugins and effects, mixing and mastering tools to polish your recordings for CD Quality. It has a built-in step sequencer and even a Matrix View that enables you to create mixes on the fly. It can chop up samples like the Digital MPC’s. It is fully MIDI compatible with all MIDI Keyboards and Controllers. It’s also great for live performances. Even more, Sonar X3 Producer has a fully functional Video Production suite.   So, if you’re a producer of audio and/or video and you are looking for a good recording software that gives you more bang for your buck, I recommend Sonar X3 Producer or the upgrade Sonar Platinum.

About The Writer

 David E. Maxwell is the Founder & CEO of D.E.M. Beats Production, a music production company that create Instrumental music for anyone in the music industry. David produces music for Singers, Rappers, Movies, T.V., Commercials, and Ringtones. David uses Sonar X3 as the main source of his many productions.  

 Below is an instrumental track that David created using Sonar X3 Producer.
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The Art of Blogging For Profit

Most people think of blogs as nothing more than a platform for expressing their opinions or random thoughts. It seems that anyone with an opinion or interest in anything thinks they have what it takes to blog. But what these people are missing out on is the fact that, when utilized properly, you can use a blog as a money-making machine!
Best of all, you don’t have to be a web guru to make cash off of your blog. It really comes down to some very simple techniques that anyone can do. With the simple placement of some ads and some attention-grabbing content, you can use a free blogging service to make fast cash. Some people are so good at this that they can actually make a living off of their blog posts. If you have great content, an interesting topic and the determination to use social networking to its fullest extent, there is no reason that YOU can’t make a living off of a blog.
But before you sign up for a blog and start writing the first thing that comes to your mind, you need to ask yourself what your blog will be about. Will your topic of choice have the potential to bring in a large audience? Is your topic something that you and your audience are passionate about? And, perhaps most importantly of all, is your topic profitable?
It’s one thing to blog about your political opinions or your distaste of popular music. It is a totally different experience to create worthwhile content that will keep your audience coming back for more. When you have a blog or website that is good enough so that your readers bookmark your site, you’re bound for good things—with ads and other forms of affiliate marketing, you can very well make money nearly anytime someone visits your site!
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How To Profit From Giving Away Free Music
If there is one thing clear about music and the internet, it’s that there are no clear options for distribution. Rather, there are hundreds of varied strategies that may work depending on who you are and what your situation is. Creativity and understanding of how the web works are the two things that will help you the most.To most people the idea of releasing free to use music may sound unprofitable and wasteful, but when looking at the bigger picture it turns out to be a very smart move. There is no better way to spread your music than to release it for free. In most cases you wouldn’t be making much from selling it anyway. Just like in any business, you need to have a customer base before you can make any profit. Assuming you are a musician who can perform live as well as produce studio recordings, the ways to make money in the modern music environment will not be from album sales. The album as a concept is slowly but surely disappearing, as music is no longer released on disks and more emphasis is being places on EPs and singles. These are harder to sell for considerable profits, and by offering them only for payment, you limit how many people will obtain them. Instead of trying to go against the unstoppable juggernaut of illegal file sharing and music downloading, go with it. Give your music away and watch it spread as far as it can. Keeping in mind that you could only make so much off it anyway, in the beginning at least, the positives outweigh the negative. In return for passing out your music free of charge, you obtain promotion and reputation in return. In other words, you get more fans. Fans are what lead to profits down the line if you are a musical act, and they are the most important thing when it comes to the business side of the equation. So the move is to get your music out there in any way that you can if you think it will lead to promotion and new fans. New fans can lead to increased albums sales, concert ticket sales, and music placement in commercials or films, and that is when the money will be coming in. But if you started off selling a few albums for $10 a piece, you would be sitting around with $50 and five fans. That $50 is nothing compared to the long term income obtainable from establishing yourself as a popular musical act. So when you are thinking about how to make a living with your music, think about how to get fans before you think about monetization. Look for sites like that work to get people’s music out there and their names recognized, and use any tool you can find. Creativity in promotion is the name of the game on the internet, and the key to getting your work heard.
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