By James Thomas Rook Jr.
MANY years ago I was in a car group of four Brothers, driving back from a party gathering in Baltimore, Maryland to Richmond Virginia .
Sidney was driving, I was riding "shotgun". Steve was behind Sidney, and the other Tom was behind me. We had the Beach Boys on the radio/tape player, LOUD, and having a GREAT time.
Sidney was slapping the sides of the steering wheel to the music, ... I was slapping the dashboard. Steve was slapping the back of Sidney's seat, and Tom was singing along ( more or less) as we all were (more or less).
We are on Interstate 95, about half way to Richmond, and it is dark, about 3AM.
SUDDENLY, Tom yells out "HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP TORTURING ME WITH THIS MUSIC?!", and demanded to be let out of the car. Sidney is stopping the car as we try reasoning with him as he yells "LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!".... that it is 50 miles to his apartment, and it is 3AM, etc., etc.
In a panic accompanied by "LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!" Sidney pulls over and lets Tom out the car, and we pull about 50 feet ahead, watching him in the rear view mirrors as traffic goes by.
To me, the problem was solved, Tom got what he wanted, and what he demanded, and I gave the "Wagons Ho!" sign for Sidney to continue.
Steve says "We just can't leave him here, in the dark, halfway home ...", and we agree, although it confuses me, I recognize there is SOME truth to that. (edited)
Steve says "We just can't leave him here, in the dark, halfway home ...", and we agreed, although at the time I seemed to only recognize that there was SOME truth to that.
Tom gets back in the car, we turn the tape player off, and finish the trip in complete silence.
I guess the Beach Boys surfing music is an acquired taste.
Born again Panamanian reggaeton legend El General says Satan benefited from the success of the singer’s hits in the early 90s, including such fan favorites as “Muevelo” and “Tu Pum Pum.”
Edgardo Franco told the host of TV show Reporte Semanal that he was influenced by “malas compañías,” who preyed on his childhood dreams of becoming a singer, overwhelming his religious belief and convincing him to record the sexually suggestive party jams, which were seminal breakout hits in the early days of reggaeton.
Such was El General’s battle with their content, he said, that he had to drink to get the devil’s word out. “The lyrics [of my songs] caused conflict with my conscience,” he said. “But I had some drinks and recorded them. Those songs played on all the radio stations. That was a trophy for Satan.”
Franco is now a devout Jehovah’s witness, who regularly travels to Panama to evangelize. He sent a shoutout to his fellow church members who brought him back into the fold. “You should never turn your back on Jehovah. You should be strong.”
Apologies to the “Rica y Apretadita” fans out there; if this is the first time you realized you’ve been swayed by the agents of darkness, I guess we’ll see you in hell.
By Abel Castro
Love is all
Yesterday, I knew the games to play
I though I knew the away
Life was meant to be
And now there's you
My foolish games are through
Now at last I have found
Just what makes this old world turn arround
Love is all, I have to give
Love is all, as long as I shall live
(So) take it all and I'll always be there
When you call my name
I know now, the love is all
Every night, I long to hold you tight
Until the morning light
Shines into your eyes
Love me now
We'll get along somehow
Won't you please, take my hand
And together forever we'll stand
By Guest Nicole
Unpaid internships, shady side jobs, and skipping college is one way to get to the top.
I've only personally been in New York City once, but if there was one thing I learned during my time there, Briana Cheng is the girl to know for both music smarts and a damn good time. She's currently working as an A&R at Downtown Records (who's artists include/included Justice, Smino, Tei Shi, Slow Magic, Mura Masa, and more). If there's anyone that understands navigating through the music industry better than anyone, it's this still-unexpectedly young rising star. From blogging at EARMILK to internships, she's figured out how to make it to the top her way.
How did you start your career in the music business?
I started off as a music blogger at EARMILK while bartending at a DIY space called 285 Kent and interning at XL Recordings like a go all in or nothing just moved to NYC type of thing. I probably had at least 10 shady restaurant jobs on the side on top of that.
What is the best part of the business?
To me, as someone in A&R, the best part is probably discovering new music on my own without anyone pitching it to me. It’s usually me being a genuine creep going through someone’s soundcloud likes at 3am.
What are the biggest challenges?
I never got the full college/finding yourself experience so I guess maybe figuring what you want to do in the music industry and navigating your personal taste can be frustrating. I started when I was 18 years old and had just about every job in the industry until a year ago when Downtown hired me to be their A&R and now I have the best coworkers to back me up on my stalking habits.
What career advice would you recommend to someone just starting off?
Be patient, do the unpaid internships, do your research, scam your way in.
As the music industry continues to grow, what do you think the secrets to longevity in this business will be?
Don’t lose love for the music and take breaks if you have to and take on non-music related projects, charity work, etc.
Did you start off as a fan of music and then became involved on the business side, or did business bring you into the electronic music world? Describe that process.
I started off as a fan of music and when I ran away to live in a windowless room in Brooklyn, it had to become a business. My parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and they never supported me so I had to figure it out and make a career for myself considering how stubborn I am. I remember there were days where I had to go an internship, scout or interview a band, go to my hostess job, then bartend a party at 285 and eventually coming home to finish a paper (I never finished school) on a twin bed in the same windowless room that my best friend also lived on.
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