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“Zara616 Drops Some Game On Producing With His Guide To Success”




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My name is Patrick Mazara, professionally known as Zara616 and I am a producer from Grand Rapids known for my work with well-established artist such as Skilla Baby, Baby Smoove, Jdot Breezy, Baby Money, YN Jay and more. I’ve always been big on growth and I love to see people, especially producers thriving so I wanted to take the time to drop some free game on how in a year I built my name and began solidifying my spot in the producer game with “The Grease Guide.”

The Grease Guide :

Step 1 : BRAND

Understand that YOU ARE YOUR BRAND. Your producer tag is crucial especially when starting because it can direct people towards more of your work and when it does you should make sure your social media accounts reflect you as a producer to maintain their interest. I went about growing mine by providing my audience with authentic content of video edits to my beats that would keep them interest and later on I allowed people to put a face to the name by also posting myself. To continue to build your brand my advice is to also invest in meeting artists in person, advertise yourself and your beats and finally, stay consistent.

Step 2 : Publishing and Beat Store

Get your publishing together by creating a BMI or an ASCAP so that when the bigger placements do come, you’re eligible to sign the paper work. If you make music you can still register your music so it works if you also rap/sing. Do keep in mind that PUBLISHING AND ROYALTIES IS NOT THE SAME THING. If you produce for artist that are signed to a major label make sure you should be getting an advance, net artist royalties, and publishing. Do not sign a bad deal but do not be ungrateful especially if the terms you’ve signed and advance being given is something you do not have. That especially goes for loop-makers. Lastly, look into creating a beat store such as Airbit and Beatstars so that you’re audience can both listen to and purchase your beats.

Step 3 : Networking

Networking is one of the most crucial steps! You’re skill will only get you so far and if you have no way of having it heard you won’t get any placements. So network with producers, work with the smaller artist in a camp and soon the bigger artist will want to work with you because they hear what you’ve provided for their mans.

Step 4 : Genuineness

Stay genuine. When you’re so hungry for success we tend to just jump the gun but staying genuine and realizing people are still human is one of the best things you can do. I personally get tired of people trying to work before even forming a connection so I know engineers feel the same because people attempt to use them for placements but don’t even form any kind of bond first as well as with A&R’s and managers. Have a respectful approach, don’t blow them up but show you genuinely admire their craft or love their artists’ sound and your time to work with them will come.

Step 5 : Patience

Understand that your time will come. Do not be envious of another producer getting back to back placements because they worked just as hard if not harder to get to where they are. Take your time and develop your own sound. I recommend making a single drum kit with all of your favorite sounds and only using that one. In a few months you should be able to play your beats and tell that every beat has some type of similarity that people can recognize and say you produced it.

Step 6 : Business 

Do not take things personal. You have to understand these people do not know you. They aren’t obligated to respond back, or rap to your beats. If you blow up and rappers you wanted to work with finally hit you back, do it! You’ll miss out on the opportunity if you decide to be petty because if they came to you, they’re more likely to take you serious.

Step 7 : Consistency

Work hard and be consistent. If it was easy everybody would do it. As long as you’re constantly sending beats out and working with producers, your chance of a placement will only keep increasing so stop just sitting on beats. Send the same ones out until they get placed, have some versatility so you aren’t confided in a box. Invest in going to studios or even running ads on your posts because you never know who could see it.

Step 8 : Manifestation

Manifestation has gotten me a long way and can be a very in depth topic but my advice to start is to believe yourself and be grateful as if you’ve already accomplished what it is you want to accomplish down the line. We constantly tell ourselves negative things and that’s the reason why it happens but if we flip that around and speak positive affirmations, only speak good things would the good not come to be? I always tell my peers to be grateful, and that even if it isn’t something you have just yet, believe you have it. By having that energy of gratefulness you increase your frequencies and that allows your manifestation to find its way into your life and when it does you can truly be grateful.

Overall, there’s a lot that comes with being a producer and how far you make it honestly just reflects your determination but no matter what just keep it going. Especially when you don’t feel like it because that’s when the placements and opportunities appear. Stay genuine, be authentic, make sure you create what you want to and not what others want, prioritize your mental health, and just be appreciative of everything, even if it’s just a like on a beat you put on Youtube, appreciate it.

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“Pau Walters: Unleashing Musical Innovation with ‘Avant Garde vol.1’ Mixtape!”




Pau Walters
“Avant Garde vol.1.”
 Pau is a true musical polymath, born in Palma de Mallorca and raised in Elvas, Portugal. He’s been making waves with his captivating single “Miento/Viento,” which draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. 🌊🎤
With a background in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, Pau has immersed himself in the world of rap, sound engineering, and music production. He’s collaborated with local acts like NLess and Pigeon Attack, and his artistic journey includes notable projects like “Home City Love,” “Viaje,” and the acclaimed “Atrapados En La Esencia del Tiempo” with his close friend Matick.
His latest mixtape, “Avant Garde vol.1,” is a true masterpiece. It’s inspired by the European vanguard movement of the XX century and pays homage to artists like Picasso, Dali, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and more. Pau pushes boundaries by blending subgenres like cloud rap, classic Hip Hop, Trap, drumless tracks, and experimental sounds.
“No rules, no limits, no taboos!” declares Pau Walters, embodying the ethos of “Avant Garde vol.1.” This mixtape promises a musical odyssey and invites every connoisseur of sound to immerse themselves in its rich tapestry of influences.
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“Freddieb the Great Takes the Music Scene by Storm with ‘Show That Donkey Butt”




Freddieb the Great, reppin’ Marietta, is ready to take over the airwaves with his banger of a track, “Show That Donkey Butt.” This hip-hop dance anthem is all about bringing the party vibes and is guaranteed to spice up any playlist it lands on.
Known for his infectious style and magnetic presence, Freddieb the Great is making waves worldwide with his track “Donkey.” It’s gone viral in Brazil and is now blowing up on TikTok with the #ShowThatDonkeyButt challenge. People can’t resist the catchy beats and irresistible rhythm of this track. “Show That Donkey Butt” truly shows Freddieb the Great’s dedication to bringing the dance party scene back to life. He’s bringing a fresh and modern vibe to the rap game, blending his unique vocals with groovy production that transcends cultural boundaries.
Already a hit in Brazil, “Donkey” by Freddieb the Great is becoming an international phenomenon. Its popularity on TikTok proves that it has universal appeal. People from all over the world are embracing the energy and charisma that shines through in every beat.
Freddieb the Great wants all the music lovers out there to join the movement and add “Show That Donkey Butt” to their playlists. With its vibrant and celebratory vibe, this track is bound to become the go-to anthem for parties, clubs, and dance enthusiasts worldwide.
You can now stream “Show That Donkey Butt” on all major platforms, showcasing Freddieb the Great’s rising star power in the rap scene. Keep an eye out for more electrifying releases from this Marietta sensation.
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Fresh Face Rising Artist “Poetic Muse” Shining bright on the West Coast




Poetic Muse

Introducing Poetic Muse, a rising female artist from the West Coast who is set to make waves in the music industry with her unique blend of poetry and captivating lyrics. Her emotive work not only resonates with audiences but also empowers and inspires women worldwide.

With a background in artist management and development, Poetic Muse is no stranger to hard work and dedication. Hailing from Los Angeles, she draws inspiration from her personal experiences, family, and influential West Coast female artists like Lady of Rage, Sylke Fine, and YoYo. Her artistic journey began in her youth, hustling on the streets of Las Vegas where she and her friends would write raps, using their daily struggles as fuel for their dreams of making it big in the music industry. Over time, her music evolved into a more personal and poetic expression, providing an outlet to vent emotions, express feelings, and connect with others.

In July 2021, Poetic Muse released the first four poems in her series titled “Phenomenal I Am,” inspired by the works of Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and Tupac Shakur’s “Rose that Grew from Concrete.” These pieces take listeners on a journey through her life, showcasing her thoughts, emotions, and diverse talents. Her debut in the music scene came in 2021 when she was featured on Long Beach Rapper Monsta Yo’s single “Don’t Wanna Lose You.” Then, in May 2023, she released her first single titled “Letter 2 My First Born,” a touching tribute to her son. A few months later, on July 1st, she dropped her second single “Click Clack,” featuring Los Angeles rapper Engine 5ive.

These songs are part of her upcoming project “Olivia Pope 2 Da Streets,” scheduled for release on January 26th, 2024. This highly anticipated project will explore new directions, collaborations, and techniques, featuring artists such as Monsta Yo, Liddy Mechelle, T3Halo, and Engine 5ive. With her exceptional talent and diverse range, Poetic Muse is truly a hidden gem poised to leave a lasting impact on the industry.

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