Scarface Unplugged

Adler Music Group + Focused Noise Present…
Scarface Unplugged
Upcoming Dates:
November 25- Atlanta, GA- The Loft
November 26- Asheville, NC- Orange Peel
November 27- Baltimore, MD- Baltimore Soundstage
November 29- Boston, MA- Brighton Music Hall
November 30- Philadelphia, PA- Voltage Lounge
December 1- Pittsburgh, PA- Spirit Hall
December 2- Reading, PA- Reverb
December 5- Detroit, MI- El Club
December 6- Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop
December 7- Kalamazoo, MI- Bell’s Brewery
December 8- Chicago, IL- Portage Theater
December 9- Lincoln, NE- Bourbon Theatre
December 10- Denver, CO- Summit Music Hall
December 12- Dallas, TX- Gas Monkey
December 21- Oakland, CA- Yoshi’s
December 22- Orangevale, CA- The Boardwalk
December 23- Long Beach, CA- The Gaslamp
Scarface Unplugged Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Slimkid3 (Part 1)- How Clarity and Creativity can Help you go the Distance

Tre Hardson AKA Slimkid3 is an MC, DJ, and Producer, best known for his work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Hip-Hop group The Pharcyde (Passin’ Me By, Drop, Runnin).  Tre is also a black belt in Taekwondo, and teacher of meditation and hip-hop. Tre discusses the legacy of The Pharcyde, and the important role of creativity in establishing their identity.

 

  • 12:35 Why The Pharcyde signed with Delicious Vinyl
  • 24:07 How The Pharcyde linked with J Dilla
  • 28:40 Why creativity and a budget are both crucial in making a great music video
  • 38:26 Tre explains the importance of clarity in making music
  • 51:20 Tre discusses staying humble as a celebrity
  • 56:18 Slimkid3 explains why he can’t listen to any other artist’s music when he’s in writing mode
  • 1:00:44 The one piece of advice Tre gives young artists
  • 1:01:22 Tre talks about building a team and making sure everyone around him is taken care of
  • 1:07:29 One important lesson Tre learned from De La Soul

 

Check out this episode!

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Hurricane Harvey Benefit + Upcoming Tour Dates

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Hurricane Harvey Benefit Show in Houston

Upcoming Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Tour Dates:

9/26 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9/27 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
9/28 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
9/29 – Richmond, VA – The National
9/30 – Reno, NV – Lex Nightclub
10/4 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar (Benefit Concert)
10/5 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Platform
10/13 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
10/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
10/22 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater
11/10 – Boston, MA – Art of Rap
11/12 – San Bernardino, CA – High Times
11/16 -Columbia, SC – Music Farm
11/17 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Civic Center
11/18 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theater
11/24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/25 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
12/2 – Park City, UT – Park City Live
12/7 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
12/8 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
12/9 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
12/14 – Lincoln, NE  – Bourbon Theater
12/15 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
12/16 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
12/17 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
12/22 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
12/23 – Rosemont, IL – Donald E Stephens Convention Center

Promoter Sean Healy- Can Artists Benefit from Paying to Play Shows?

Episode 2 features special guest Sean Healy, owner of Sean Healy Presents, one of the largest independent concert promotions companies in the country. SHP operates out of Los Angeles, and the company promotes shows all over the west coast, as well as Chicago, NYC, and more. Healy has also been a controversial figure, due to his use of the pay to play method, or as he prefers to call it “pre-sale tickets”.

We discuss why Sean’s business model works for him, and he names 5 superstar artists that have sold tickets as part of a Sean Healy Presents show. Sean also tells us about the times he passed on Kanye West’s release party and a Lady Gaga show early in her career. This is a beneficial episode for any entrepreneur, artist, promoter, or anyone looking to build a successful company. Healy doesn’t duck any questions, and answers each question with honesty and thoughtfulness. Enjoy.

Show Notes:

  • 21:19 How George Clinton got Sean Healy into booking hip-hop
  • 24:31 How honesty helped set Sean apart as a promoter
  • 26:59 When Sean passed on Kanye’s College Dropout release party and Lady Gaga early in her
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  • 33:56 The importance of being professional as a young artist
  • 34:45 How Sean’s Pay to Play Model has evolved
  • 42:19 Five artists who sold their own tickets on Sean Healy Presents shows and went on to become superstars
  • 46:02 Routines that Help Sean Begin Each Day
  • 1:02:51 If Sean had a $1000 promotional budget for a show, this is what he would spend it on

Rakim On Tour

The God MC kicks off his 2017 solo tour on September 14th. Catch the legendary Rakim on a select run through the Midwest and West Coast. More dates TBA soon!

  • September 14 – Urbana, IL (Canopy Club)
  • September 15 – Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
  • September 16 – Omaha, NE (New Generation Music Festival)
  • September 17 – Kansas City, MO (Riot Room)
  • September 23 – Fresno, CA (Strummer’s)
  • September 24 – San Diego, CA (House of Blues)
  • September 25 – Los Angeles, CA (The Regent Theater)
  • September 27 – Ventura, CA (Majestic Ventura Theater)
  • September 28 – Sacramento, CA (Harlow’s)
  • September 29 – Oakland, CA (New Parish)
  • September 30  – Eugene, OR (Lane Events Center)
  • October 1 – Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
  • October 3  – Las Vegas, NV (Vinyl)
  • October 4  – Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)
  • October 6 – Oklahoma City, OK (Tower Theatre)

Brought to you by Focused Noise and Adler Music Group.

 

Manager Steve Lobel – Part 2 – How loyalty, integrity and hard work leads to longevity in the music business

Steve Lobel is a legend in the hip-hop game. After getting introduced to the music business by the late great Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC, Steve went on to become one of hip-hop’s most recognizable managers. Currently, Lobel manages the legendary group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and super producer Scott Storch, who has worked with The Roots, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, and many more.

Steve blesses us with a ton of great stories and advice, including lessons learned from Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and others. He prides himself on honesty, and he does not back down from any questions, sharing very personal details and great business guidance. This is a great episode for any aspiring artist, producer, or future executive looking for more insight on advancing his or her career.

Part 2 Highlights:

  • 1:10 Why 50 Cent is a perfect example of success
  • 7:18 Steve started every day out with a Mountain Dew and Snickers bar for decades
  • 10:17 Steve makes a “Things not to do” list instead of a “To do” list
  • 17:14 Steve shares his thoughts about the rappers he knew who passed away
  • 23:35 Why Steve now takes pictures with celebrities
  • 36:11 Do emerging artists need to move to LA or NY to make it?
Episode 1 Guest Steve Lobel
Episode 1 Guest Steve Lobel

Manager Steve Lobel – Part 1 – How loyalty, integrity and hard work leads to longevity in the music business


Steve Lobel is a legend in the hip-hop game. After getting introduced to the music business by the late great Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC, Steve went on to become one of hip-hop’s most recognizable managers. Currently, Lobel manages the legendary group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and super producer Scott Storch, who has worked with The Roots, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, and many more.

Steve blesses us with a ton of great stories and advice, including lessons learned from Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and others. He prides himself on honesty, and he does not back down from any questions, sharing very personal details and great business guidance. This is a great episode for any aspiring artist, producer, or future executive looking for more insight on advancing his or her career.

Part 1 Highlights:

  • 9:22 Steve talks about starting in the music business with Run DMC
  • 12:40 Why people call Steve “The white Russell Simmons”
  • 18:00 Steve talks about finding happiness for the first time in years.
  • 23:14 The worst things about being a manager
  • 33:24 Find out what types of people Steve likes to surround himself with
  • 42:10 What Steve would do if he only had a $5,000 budget to promote an artist
  • 45:10 Steve’s advice to younger artists who would like to approach him
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