I Am Not An Expert.

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” – Denis WaitleyBut-Im-not-an-expert-lo

This post was originally supposed to go up months ago, but I let someone convince me not to put it up.  I think it’s time to start a conversation.  Thank you in advance for reading this.

One of the things I strive for on MBWK is a certain (high) level of transparency.  So I believe this needs to be said in plain English – I am NOT an Expert.  Take that how you will, but please understand I am not claiming to be something I am not.  Taking that one step further, MusicBizWizKids will not claim to be something it’s not.

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We will be a destination and a resource for young people who are starting on their path to success and assist in their educating them about the new music industry.

 

 

Yes, this will change and adapt as time goes on, but this site is most likely not for people that have been in the industry for many years.  I do not write for an audience but my own – if others find the information interesting and would like to continue to peruse the site, that is great.  The point I’m trying to get at is one that can be turned into a lesson for MBWK readers – Be honest with yourself at all times and be true to yourself.  Be Yourself.

This is something that unfortunately far too many people forget.  They turn outward- looking at others and asking why others can’t be more like their expectations of them.  These same people don’t realize that not only are their expectations of others getting in the way of moving forwards themselves, but that they have already made one fatal flaw.  By turning outward, instead of inward they ignore the only thing person that really matters!  Themselves.  A lot of the challenges we face in the music industry now are a result of people simply not being themselves.  Or atleast taking a good look at who they are, what they do best, and why they exist on this tiny rock in space we call home.

This leads to another thought that I believe many miss about knowledge.  Some of the most basic concepts (common sense) are the most valuable– to everyone, but especially to those who are just starting out.  Yes, many may want to hear the specifics that will impact exactly what they’re working on now, but in the big picture – the common sense things that people have been hearing for years can oftentimes be the most valuable.  These seemingly generic pieces of wisdom can take on new meaning when put in a different perspective or heard at a different time in your life or finally understood and used to take action and progress.

MusicBizWizKids is about educating people about the music industry, but it is now, was from the beginning, and will always be about more than that.

It is about making an impact and taking a different look at how people have been educated in the past and how they will be educated in the future.  It is about questioning everything.  It is about experimentation, killing the sacred cow that is the status quo.

It is about not asking “What do you want to do or be when you grow up?” but about “Where are you NOW?”  Start here and now- in this moment.  Take action, gain skills and knowledge, and figure it out as you go along.

My name is Glenn MacRae and I am NOT an Expert.

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Part 2 and 3 of Jay Z / Zane Lowe Interview over at BBC

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 2: Fame

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 3: Business & Politics

And in case you haven’t seen Part 1 hit More!

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Jackson Would Have Earned $1 Billion on Comeback Says Expert

An entertainment accounting expert says Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death.

(Via Associated Press and Billboard)

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In Tommy Mottola’s bio, Hitmaker, the former Sony president says MJ would invest immense amounts of his own money to finance his massive recording and touring budgets, believing he could reach “Thriller” status once again.  The rumors flew quickly after the late King of Pop died that he had passed away broke.  Even stranger rumors flew about him being murdered in an Illuminati backed insurance scheme.  But according to one expert, if Jackson had lived until 65, MJ would’ve earned over a Billion (with a capital B!) dollars thanks to his global tour and Vegas show. Sadly, the world lost a great icon and never got to see either.

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/1710217/jackson-would-have-earned-1-billion-on-comeback-says#disqus_thread

Wu-Tang’s GZA Teaches Kids Science With Least-Lame Classroom Rap Ever

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Via Slate

As part of a program created by Columbia professor Christopher Emdin, 10 New York City high school classes have been writing raps as a way to learn about science. The program is calledScience Genius, and it sounds like the sort of patronizing pop-culture hijack kids hate more than anything. But when Wu-Tang’s GZA drops by a Bronx classroom to discuss the importance of scientific inquiry, you can see the actual moment when the students realize the program is legit.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/06/18/wu_tang_clan_s_gza_teaches_kids_science_with_rap_video.html

Cambatta, NMS2013, and the Sidewalk as a Venue

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Last night I went out to check out verbal assasin Cambatta’s performance in the village at Cake Shop as part of New Music Seminar.  Cambatta took it to the stage and ripped threw some songs off of his latest mixtape Smoke and Mirrors.  Several bands performed as well including Down Beat Keys.  However, the real performance was outside on the street when Cambatta alongside bilingual reggae artist Rafijah Siano and Allison Kennedy, a female singer/songwriter from Montreal (If anyone if she has a website/twitter please let me know).  There will be a video posted in the coming days of this impromptu sidewalk show. Continue reading

Q-Tip speaks at Red Bull Music Academy

Thanks to Nodfactor for putting us on to this brand new interview/lecture and even much props to Q-Tip and Red Bull Music Academy.

Q-Tip breaks down his early history, working on Tribe’s classic albums, meeting J-Dilla, what a true producer is and current projects.

Definitely worth the time to sit down and watch and learn and TAKE NOTES!

If you are a producer or music head or interested in the music production process this video is a must see and Nodfactor is a must follow!Follow Nodfactor , Q-Tip, and Red Bull Music Academy on twitter.