The influx of messages and emails concerning collaborating and (laughably) giving away my instrumentals to random emcees lately has been a bit frustrating.
I consider myself truly fortunate to have my soundcloud and email address listed up on one of mac's recent videos. A lot of people have obviously been curious about where these songs had been coming from because lately for the first time in my life, I can't properly respond to all these inquiries in a timely manner. I now understand why most big artists don't reply to me (lol).
One guy recently straight up commented on one of my songs asking if he could get the instrumental and that he would "totally give me credit"
It's not at all that I don't want to allow rappers to use my beats. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, I imagine a happy time in the distant future when all rappers want my beats, and each and everyone one of use who deserves credit can get their fair part of acknowledgement.
In a time where music use on the internet resembles the wild west in terms of "grab & take" and "fuck you, pay me" It should be understood that I'm taking measures to assure my music doesn't end up accompanying material that I don't approve.
To the people who think commenting on soundcloud tracks is a decent start to beginning a meaningful and productive collaborative relationship with someone you look up to, IT TOTALLY IS.
It can't be overstated the power of commenting on art you like. Artists and musicians alike absolutely LOVE positive feedback, Reading some of the great things people have commented on my songs is one way I've come to remember some users by name and at the same time developed an appreciation for some of their reposts as well!
Commenting feedback is awesome, commenting questions is not always as awesome. I will always try to reply to most questions:
"What is that sample from?"
"When is this going to be available?"
However, if your question comes in the form of something that totally should have been messaged...
Like man, I don't know if it's the lack of professionalism with your approach or that you only have three followers on SC but seriously people, UTILIZE YOUR EMAIL. Explain yourself a bit to people who you want to work with. Most of the time I enjoy reading about someone and what they've done already before I hear that they're trying to make a song together. I'd be way more excited about making a track with you if first in the email you told me you've been making music for over five years..or you're a huge glitch hop fan...or that you can play a didgeridoo.
I've never scored a response from someone when I just said "Dude, let's collab"
BTW: If you happen to play a mean didgeridoo, we should probably try to make a record so holler.
SERIOUS EMCEES AND PRODUCERS: get at yer boy: smoothmovesdannygrooves@gmail(dot)com