The Showcase @ SXSW Recap (2016)
On Saturday March 19, 2016, the christian hip hop community witnessed its first conference geared toward music producers. Dubbed “The Showcase” the event took place at the South by Southwest film and music festival at the Carver Museum & Cultural Center. We had folks present in the building and folks watching an online livestream via Periscope.
The conference started off with educational sessions from producers K-Drama, Kadence and Levester White along with performances by artists Sean C. Johnson and Swift as intermissions with Dj Ms. Eclectic cutting the plates. The topics tackled were on time management, networking, business and branding. Within those topics, simple and complicated issues were highlighted like identifying time killers, cultivating a relationship and understanding how to use a split sheet.
The conference then moved into a question and answer segment with artist Brinson taking questions from the audience present in the building and those watching online. OB, Halo, Malex along with the previous producers stated all answered and gave insight to issues like having multiple streams of income for other services, prices for beats and having a great spiritual life.
The event then switched into showing beats from these producers with Dj Will on the one’s and two’s. Beat after beat, the producers displayed a variety of sounds. From thumping 808’s to heavy kick’s and snares. From sampling gospel to sampling video game music, the instrumentals had all the audience turnt up! Two producers among the audience also had their production critiqued. The audience also participated in drawings for prizes like t-shirts, free downloads of sounds and a lucky winner came home with a Native Instruments Maschine MK2.
In conclusion, the event evoked all aspiring and veteran producers to step their game up with this new found knowledge! The team at Marv4MoBeats would like thank Grateful Apparel, Good Co., Rep Da King Mag, Sacred Apparel, Swagger-Free Designs, Wade O Radio, Inside Gospel and lastly Bible Los Angeles who contributed to this event as sponsors. The team at Marv4MoBeats would like to again extend our sincerest thanks to all the producers, artists and dj’s who aided us in this event! If it is the Lord’s will, we hope the goal to educate, elevate and unify only continues!
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