Career Highlights: KI Back At It – Jersey We Lit Records

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

His name is Alterik Finney, also known under the stage name KI Back At It. And he didn’t choose music…music chose him.

Currently owner/CEO of Jersey We Lit Records, KI Back At It began hitting the ground running in the music realm by creating concepts and writing music for over the past 10 years, contributing his multifaceted skills for both small indie labels and larger ones for independent artists as well. Since then, he has manifested into a versatile and innovative artist with his own signature sound and stylization.

But things weren’t always so easy for the Elizabeth, NJ native who was once featured on Americas Most Wanted for an armed robbery. He recently opened the doors to his label as an insatiable and passionate effort to do things the correct way this time around, and is looking to genuinely help artists get their careers off the ground — primarily New Jersey artists, to help market and create commercial music, even performing management work.

“I’ve been working behind the scenes of the industry. Learning the ropes with everything from paperwork/business work, video editing, filming, online marketing, vocal recording, mixing, mastering and anything else related; and plan on being in full effect by the end of 2018. As Jersey artists, we’re known for sounding like others or sounding like street rappers, and it has never gotten us anywhere. My plans, with help from business-minded people, is to be the “Def Jam of New Jersey,” opening doors for NJ artists who want to sound different and connecting mainstream artists to small indie artists on collaborations.” –KI Back At It

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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Artist Highlight: Calvin West

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

In today’s music world, the internet has been a focal point and cornerstone in almost every musician or band’s career. From platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media outlets, there’s always something behind the scenes to help enhance a music maker’s presence.

That’s where professional lyric video artist Calvin West comes in. A man that creates innovative and groundbreaking lyrics videos for any artist, any genre and with any kind of theme. Whether it’s a song that has a certain message or atmosphere involved, West is that visionary who can put all the pieces together for you and bring your song to live through an eye-catching lyric video.

Artists have especially taken interest in releasing lyric videos on behalf of getting fans to learn the words to a song, or perhaps put out a YouTube release of a track with some kind of character to it; in case an official music video just isn’t in the cards yet.

West has worked with over a thousand musicians and record labels from all over the world, and it’s a multifaceted combination of his background and ability that keeps his clients coming back. He understands their artistic identity and strives to channel it through the lyric videos he makes, and never fails to grasp at the artist/client’s vision for a project. Which is truly what separates him from the rest.

West is also a Top Rated Seller on freelance network Fiverr, with over 1,000 five-star reviews from artists all over the world that come to him for his abilities behind the screen. It doesn’t matter the challenge, it doesn’t matter the deadline – if you hand your work or artistic vision over to Calvin West to bring your song into a whole new spectrum, this is the man that will get it done. It gives musicians and their fans to encompass a whole new perspective on a very articulate audio and visual journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Career Highlight: Dani Miller (The Epoch Advisory

Article by: Justyn BrodskyIn the entertainment industry, there is a massive amount of legwork that needs to be done to keep the music alive, the projects relevant, and the business successful. While there are many behind-the-scenes jobs that come and go, the ones who accomplish the feat of manifestation and innovation while keeping their composure are few and far between.

One of those rare gems is Dani Miller from The Epoch Advisory, a company that focuses on bringing more recognition of the importance of music supervisors and their vital creative role in one part of a larger storytelling organism, and crucial behind-the-scenes component of the entertainment industry altogether.

Dani’s no stranger to the game at all and a very familiar face in her part of the musical spectrum. Her impact on the music supervisory part of the industry has been monumental with her multifaceted skills to multitask and maintain her composure in an organized and effective way while handling the pressures of the Hollywood circuit. Dani has worked closely with many angles of the scene putting in countless hours relentlessly into Public Relations and the many factors to making Music Supervisory not only a continued success, but one that can also delve into positive change and innovation. And her experience and expertise has contributed to this immensely.

In September 2017, the first-ever “Outstanding Music Supervision” Emmy Award was handed to veteran TV music supervisor Susan Jacobs. At the end of June 2018, the Grammys announced that they would be following in the Emmy’s footsteps with a significant category expansion. Music supervisors would now be considered in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album category. In an effort to show you how important music supervisors are, Dani urges you to recall your all-time favorite soundtrack. Chances are you’ll draw the mental and emotional image diligently when you combine the impact that soundtrack had on you and the tireless hours it took bringing it to life.

Dani, who is one of the main staples of The Epoch Advisory, has amassed a clientele that is beyond impressive. The bespoke agency has recently worked with some industry heavyweights including composers Daniel Pemberton (Ocean’s 8, Steve Jobs, All The Money In The World), Christopher Lennertz (Lost In Space, Sausage Party), John Debney (The Orville, The Passion Of The Christ), Mark Snow (The X-Files), Blake Neely (The Arrow, The Mentalist), among many others.

As Dani Miller and her team at The Epoch Advisory continue to compose, create, manifest and innovate throughout 2018 and beyond, be sure to keep tabs on her winning streak by going to The Epoch Advisory’s official website and witness more history in the making.

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