The 2nd Annual Power 98 Future Flavas Music Summit at the Blake Hotel was another success! Hundreds of eager and talented local artists, songwriters, producers, promotions people, and others networked and learned a tremendous amount of knowledge about making it big in the game.
From learning the basics to copyright laws, we went over a great deal of things you need to know before you can even get your song played on the radio (and with lots of spins!).
Rising hip-hop producer Kevin McCall talked with Yasmin about how his networking with Chris Brown’s writers and even know the inventors of ‘crunking’ made him successful in getting his work on a national level. Kevin did stress the importance of not being a ‘bug-a-boo’ about how you don’t want to annoy big artists to get your songs heard by them.
‘I’m scared to bug him,’ Kevin says. ‘I only call him if it’s important.’ Plus, Nolimit Larry joins the interview to talk all about groupies and language they use to not appear as ‘groupies.’ You can follow Kevin on Twitter at @IAMKevinMcCall
Legendary hip-hop producer Mr. Collipark talks about his latest club hit “Smart Girl (with a Dumb Booty)” with Tex James and Stuey Rock. ‘To Me, you either got it or not,” Mr. Collipark says. For example, he talks about how Soulja Boy has a certain ‘swag’ about him and his music even when he walks into a room full of people.
“To Me you always have to have some form of IT factor,” Mr. Collipark says. You can follow him at @RealCollipark on Twitter..
Jeff Dixon, one of the original founders of Disturbing Tha Peace with Ludacris, advises new artists and music industry business people to read and understand as much as you can before you enter the industry. “You have to build the right team…to me getting the right people around you, whose hungry and whose motivated,” Dixon says.
He also stresses to know as many local people in your city that can help you with your career such as local DJs, radio/TV personalities, club owners, and behind the scenes & producers to help you brand your image.
Mike of Day 26 also talked about making it big in the music industry with Yasmin Young, but also focused on the challenges of breaking off into a solo career while managing to perform and make music with your original group.
Plus, Mike does share that it isn’t all “glitz and glamour” when it comes to making music. “It’s 24/7…I have a sleeping disorder now” he says due to all of the hard work he puts in from making music to promoting and radio tours. You can listen to Mike’s mixtape later on this summer, and be following Mike on Twitter at
Remember, if you are a local artist in the area and want to be featured on Power 98′s Future Flavas with Yasmin Young, a weekly webisode on Wednesdays, e-mail us here at Power 98 and we can schedule a time to get you on our website!