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Pledge Music Video Log – Day 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by Maskerade

Check this link out to go to the pledge music page
Maskerade: I Am Maskerade update: Video Blog – Day 4

Today I had a great meeting with Evalyn Salcedo. A friend of mine from the Philippines. She’s very excited about the possibilities of my music over seas. There is a lot of competition in the USA with the accessibility of music software. Beatmakers, singers, and songwriters are popping out of the woodworks. So maybe, just maybe I can break a little bit in Asia. Who knows?
What I do know is that I’m ready for anything. Working for the man and not the music is just not for me. It’s always been about music. That’s the only way I’ll be happy with this life that I’m living.

Shout out to Kellyne Clapper and Terrance Allen for pledging with me. Much appreciated!

Take care everyone. See you tomorrow.


Maskerade Launches campaign

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Maskerade

Today, November 1, 2011, is day 1 of my campain. My upcoming album I AM MASKERADE is been in production for about a year. I’ve taken my time on production and release, because I wanted it to be not just my best effort, but the best from anybody out there. I’m not talking about just independent R&B and Pop either. I mean better than the commercial music that you hear out there.

I feel like if I write the best album on the planet, then that will give me a fighting chance to make it in this business. I think Pledge Music, is offering a great opportunity for artist to get out and fund their projects. I feel like they are on my side.

Over the last few months, I had been studying Ariel Hyatt’s book, Music Success in 9 Weeks. It taught me a lot of things. The main thing that I came with was the underlying theme of the book. I have to be a constant marketing and promotion machine for my own music. When you’re a signed artist, there are other people doing these things for you. Independents do not have the luxury of gigantic staffs. All we have is the skin on our backs and the pennies in our accounts. Oh yeah, we got blood, sweat, and tears too.

For these next two months, I have 2 things in mind. Radio spins and Project funds. I’ve already released the first single, “Unbreak Your Heart”, to radio and currently in production of that video as well. Currently I’m gathering my list of radio stations to contact and see if any are interested in breaking the record.

Funding the project is the other issue that I have to worry about. I don’t doubt that this album will get manufactured. The thing I’m hoping is that my family and friends can help me lighten the blow. That’s all I need is help. Wish me luck! 🙂


Music Success in 9 Weeks – Week 7

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by Maskerade

At minimum, this challenge has been amazing. I’ve been at it for almost 2 months now and the results have been very positive. I want to go back to one of the first weeks and elaborate on a point however. I think lately, since I’ve been kind of hard on myself, because I have met with as much success as I would have like to have. I read in another post however that some of us challengers are still writing our 5 successes every day. I’m definitely not one of the few that were doing that and now I kind of see the importance of that excercise. So I’m going back to that chapter to read it over again and I’m going to focus on that.

This week’s challenge is about how to network. Seeing that one of my main goals was to do a show every week, the networking has been kind of happening on its on. On several occasions, I’ve made some connections with individuals that could never happened had I still been at home. That is a small success. I also have a show tonight, and I hope to meet someone else that I can spread the word with about my music. You never know if you don’t show.

That’s kind of been my theme throughout this experiment as I try to light up a music career that I believe is filled with promise. I believe that I just have to get out there and let some people hear my stuff. I know where I stand, talent wise. I know that in this realm of R&B, Pop, and Hip-hop, that I can write and sing with anyone in this industry. It’s just been a case of not doing anything about. So here I am. I swear that I’ve never really completed this kind of challenge before in my life, but I will finished this one. I know that I’ll finish and continue on after the 9 weeks, because I eat, sleep, and shit music all flipping day. It has been riding me for 35 years and I’m never going to be happy until this is all that I do.

The obstacles that hinder us from reaching our goals are what can get us discouraged. It’s hard to just push ahead when you know that you could be alone for long periods of time. Be able to do that is what will get me to the next level. So I’m here.., talking about.., thinking about it.., doing it.

Because of the buzz that I’m getting with a few of my songs, my email list has been steadily increasing every week. My only beef about that is that it has been mostly guys. And guys don’t buy records, but we’ll just see if they have girlfriends.

Two shows booked for this week and an interview, but it looks like the interview may not happen. I’ll keep you updated next week.

Twitter is just way too much fun. I could probably spend all day on it.

Back to Networking:

So I ran into an old friend that has a promotion company. He delivers singles and radio promotions to Urban stations and DJ’s. We discussed some things that we can do to break one of my records. Surprisingly, it does not cost a whole lot of money. Even if I still don’t have it. But I have his number locked in my phone.

A woman at work want to raise funds for an old closed hotel to be turned into a center for homeless families. We discussed some ways to put on a charity event to raise money to buy the building. I would be in charge of entertainment and I have an amazing band to get it done. We’re doing some respective research on right now and we’re going to meet about it next week. She told me something that was very surprising. She volunteers at a place in Lake Elsinore, California that feeds some poor families on Saturday mornings. Four months ago, there were 200 familes. Last weekend there were over 500 families.., americans are in trouble.

In all reality, I want to do something good. I want to be proud of what I’m doing. I should be singing and writing music, because I am damn good at. That’s where I’m at right now and I don’t plan on changing that.