Over the nine years of being an independent emcee and business owner of First Team Music, there are many things that I have learned that have directly contributed to the modest level of success that I am currently enjoying. This blog’s purpose is to share many of these things that I’ve learned through my experiences or from speaking to others. I know some of you might be wondering why I would give away knowledge that I have acquired through my own blood, sweat, and tears for free. After all, the music business is cut throat and I should keep every advantage that I have. There has to be an angle, and there is…I want to help people help themselves. Still not convinced? Okay here’s the logic:
In all of the touring that I’ve done, I ‘ve had the opportunity to go a lot of places and meet a lot of people, and the two things that I’ve learned is that:
In Atlanta, there is no “just about” in front of it. I have yet to go a day without a cat selling me a CD, saying that he is the next big thing, and/or talking about how dope of a lyricist they are. Within itself, that’s not a problem because if you believe in what you do and want it you should go and get it; however, because everyone’s doing it the same way there is a bottleneck occurring on the streets right now, which means that no one is getting ahead in the game as fast as they should. Also, because everyone seems to know someone that’s always in the studio recording that platinum hit, the profession of emceeing, through the eyes of the average person, has become the equivalent of playing the lottery.
The single most reason that I’m sharing my experiences is to give you alternatives to what you are currently doing, and get you out of that traffic jam. After all, if people don’t take you seriously, they won’t take me seriously. Well hope you enjoy the blog, and look forward to seeing everyone blow up. Peace.
Quanstar is an American underground hip hop artist, indie filmmaker, comic creator, and self published author from Atlanta.