BEST PODCASTS OF 2021

Podcasts have been a popular form of entertainment for years now. However, the number of podcasts being produced has soared in recent years. There are so many to choose from! In this post, we will share our picks for the best five podcasts that you need to check out in 2021.

Lore

If you are a fan of horror and suspense, then Lore is the podcast for you! This show tells real-life horror stories that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The host, Aaron Mahnke, does an amazing job of weaving together these spooky tales, and each episode is sure to send a shiver up your spine.

Serial

Serial is one of the most popular podcasts out there right now. If you have never listened to it before, you are in for a treat! This podcast tells the story of a murder trial, and each episode unravels new clues and secrets about the case. If you like mysteries and suspense, then Serial is a podcast that you need to check out.

Myths and Legends

This podcast is a great one to listen to if you would like to learn more about folklore and mythology from around the world. Some of the tales that are shared in this show will leave you on the edge of your seat, while others may help you fall asleep at night! No matter what kind of stories they tell, I’m sure that you will enjoy every episode.

The Bright Sessions

The Bright Sessions is another podcast that I would recommend if you enjoy suspense and mystery dramas. This show tells the story of a therapist who treats patients with supernatural abilities (e.g., telekinesis and mind control). Each episode features a different patient, and each one is just as intriguing and suspenseful as the last.

TED Talks

If you are looking for a podcast that is both informative and inspiring, then TED Talks is a perfect choice. This show features talks from some of the most brilliant minds in the world, and each episode will leave you feeling motivated to achieve your goals. Whether you are interested in learning more about history, science, or self-improvement, TED Talks are sure to have something for everyone.

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WHO ARE THIS YEAR’S 30 UNDER 30 MUSICIANS?

When Forbes introduced this year’s 30 best musical artists under 30 years of age, there were few surprises. These artists already fill the airwaves and streaming services.

One of the biggest artists under 30 this year is Jack Harlow. The 23-year-old rapper has made a name for himself with intriguing lyrics delivered in his sultry, low voice. This Kentucky native continues to grow an impressive audience.

Lil Durk, 29, is another rapper making the list. Despite losing many friends and family members to violence, he continues to prosper on the Def Jam label.

Born in Puerto Rico, 22-year-old Iann Dior has collaborated with some of the world’s hottest stars. He has already gone platinum four times over with his song, “Mood.”

Olivia Rodrigo, 18, has taken the world by storm with several popular songs already. She is so influential that she is up for seven Grammy Awards and even starred alongside President Biden in a government PSA.

With his song, “Heartbreak Anniversary” and his collaboration with Justin Bieber and Caesar on their hit, Giveon has gained popularity. Giveon is 26-years-old.

First gaining fame on SoundCloud, Kid Laroi, 18, has worked with Justin Bieber on “Stay.” The song has reached platinum status three times over. His own single has gone platinum five times over.

Moving away from her early roots as a hip-hop star, Willow Smith, 21, has turned her attention to successful rock stardom.

As an actress and musician, Tinashe, 28, has already had a very successful career. She also founded Tinashe Music Inc., her own music label.

Country star, Tenille Townes, 27, recently won New Female Artist of the Year at the 55th ACM Awards.

Remi Wolf, 25, was once a Junior Olympic skier. She is best known for her TikTok hit, “Photo ID.”

Music star Chelsea Cutler, 24, is headlining her North American tour in 2022.

Fletcher, 27, is not only a famous musician, but she is also a wonderful humanitarian. She has been focused on the #MeToo movement and LGBTQ causes.

Baby Keem’s talent for rapping runs in the family. Baby Keem, 21, is the cousin of hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar. He has worked with Lamar, Kanye West and Travis Scott.

Don Toliver, 27, was first featured on a Travis Scott project. Now on Travis Scott’s label, Toliver has worked with some of the biggest hip-hop artists in the world.

These artists will likely all continue to impact the music scene for years to come.

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ENTERTAINMENT TRENDS OF 2021-2022

The entertainment industry has been rapidly changing over the past few decades. Today, it’s hard to keep up with all of the new trends that come out each year. In this blog post, we’re going to be looking at four major entertainment trends that are expected in 2021-2022. These include augmented reality games, virtual reality concerts, immersive linear content, and social media influencers!

Augmented Reality Games

Augmented reality games are predicted to become increasingly popular in the next few years. These games allow players to experience a virtual world that is overlaid on top of the real world. This can be done using a device such as a smartphone or a tablet, and it often requires the player to use special goggles or glasses. Some of the most popular augmented reality games include Pokemon Go, Jurassic World Alive, and The Walking Dead: Our World.

Virtual Reality Concerts

Another major entertainment trend for 2021-2022 is virtual reality concerts. These concerts allow fans to experience their favorite artist’s performance in a virtual setting. This can be done by using special VR goggles or headphones that create an immersive environment. Some of the first virtual reality concerts were held in 2018 and they were a huge success. It’s predicted that this trend will continue to grow in popularity in the next few years.

Immersive Linear Content

Another trend that is set to take off in 2021-2022 is immersive linear content. This is a type of content that allows the viewer to completely immerse themselves in the storyline. It can be done through VR goggles, 360-degree video, or special headsets. Some of the most popular examples of immersive linear content include Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and The Morning Show.

Social Media Influencers

Finally, social media influencers are expected to continue to grow in popularity over the next few years. These influencers often post blogs, videos, and photos on social media platforms such as Instagram and Youtube. By 2022, it’s possible that we’ll see an even greater increase in popularity for this trend. Some of the most popular examples of social media influencers include Logan Paul, Pewdiepie, and Alissa Violet!

In conclusion, this blog post has shown that there are a number of major entertainment trends that we can expect to see in 2021-2022. These include augmented reality games, virtual reality concerts, immersive linear content, and social media influencers!

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Music Production Tips and Tricks

Anyone who has ever been in a band knows the struggle of making your music more marketable. If you want to be successful, you need to know how to take all those hours spent on studio time and make them worth it. We’ll go over 5 tips for producing better-sounding tracks that will help get your music heard by a larger audience.

Make Friends with Your Room

About half of the battle in achieving great sound is acoustics. How you treat your room will have a huge impact on how tracks turn out. If you’re recording at home, this might be more difficult than just working off basic monitors or headphones that aren’t dedicated to mixing/monitoring purposes. If you have the ability to use acoustic treatment and bass traps, this is a huge plus. These two tools will do wonders for your low-end response as well as overall clarity of sound.

Work to a Reference

One of the best ways to make sure your tracks sound good is by having a reference track. If you’re not familiar with this term, it simply means that if you have a song or album from another artist who sounds similar to what you are going for in terms of feel and production quality, use it as an example when you’re mixing.

Use Instruments with Personality

Not every instrument will sound good when layered. The key is to use instruments that already have a unique character and personality instead of getting it out of something generic. For example, if you need a violin but don’t want the hassle of learning how to play one, look into pre-recorded sampled string libraries or virtual instruments.

Use Subtractive EQ

This is a basic mixing technique that will help you get the most out of each track. The idea behind it is to make your tracks sound great individually before adding them together in the mix. With subtractive EQ, you are simply removing frequencies from certain sounds until they fit well with one another and can stand up to other instruments in the mix.

Keep a Separate “Production” Folder

Keeping all your different projects in one folder can get messy. Make sure you have separate folders for each project and label them accordingly so that it’s easy to find what you need! This also goes hand-in-hand with backing up files on an external hard drive or cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

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Equipment for the Beginner DJ

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When looking for starter equipment to begin DJing, it’s important to determine what you’re looking to use the equipment for. Are you looking to become involved in more casual DJing at house parties? If so, you can get away without an intensive arsenal of equipment and instead focus on putting your efforts into finding respectable computer and controller setups. Looking to pursue a DJ career where you’ll be performing at clubs and more high-profile venues? You’ll want to consider spending more money on equipment such as turntables and mixers to offer high-quality audio and gain practical and professional experience.

Below is a guide on what DJ equipment you’ll want to look into before getting started.

Computers and Interfaces

In terms of computers, you are free to use your own laptop if you already have one. With free software like Virtual DJ, you can use your computer to choose from libraries of digital music online. If you have a larger budget, you can look into software packages that come with DJ hardware or purchase professional DJ software separately.

Even if you’re using your own computer, you might want to consider investing in audio interfaces. Interfaces such as Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 are able to convert recordings into digital audio and also send digital audio to your venue’s sound system.

Controllers

While it’s possible to perform crossfading and other matches on your laptop’s keyboard, if you want more tactile control with knobs and faders, consider looking into controllers. The Traktor Kontrol S2 is a portable controller that’s compatible with Mac and PC and includes DJ software.

Turntables and CDJs

Turntables offer tactile control over audio files with scratches and other effects. Tables like Numark TT250USBs offer professional options for direct-drive turntables and also offer the option for converting analog records to digital files via computer USB connections. While turntables are tactile, some prove impractical to tote around and limit music selection due to their use of vinyls.

An alternative to a turntable is a CDJ setup. CDJs are digital decks similar to vinyl, but use CDs or a USB stick to provide easy navigation in accessing digital files with the same tactile control as turntables. Setups like Gemini CDJ-700 offer tactile control for audio along with easy-to-navigate touch-screen displays and additional customizable functions.

Mixers

Mixers provide control over audio sound and effects. The DJM-350 is an entry-level mixer that provides customizable controls and offers USB storage for optimal set organization and navigation.

Headphones

DJ headphones are crucial as they isolate and replicate audio sounds like you would be hearing them in the club. Headphones like Pioneer HDJ-2000MK2 isolate sound and separate deep bass and crisp treble frequencies to appropriately monitor feedback in clubs.

Avicii’s Impact on EDM

Avicii_@_London_tentparty-e1526578415794The world was in shock when news broke on April 20th that Swedish DJ Avicii had died. Just 28 years old, the EDM hero passed away in Muscat, Oman, leaving music fans around the world reeling. As one of the most popular DJs in the world, Avicii inspired countless up-and-coming artists and helped bring EDM into the spotlight. Let’s take a look at how this incredible musician shaped the industry.

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, rose to fame incredibly quickly, barely out of his teens when he began headlining shows. His big break came in 2011, with the insane success of his song “Levels.” The song remains one of the genre’s biggest crossover hits of all time, proving equally successful at EDM festivals as on mainstream radio. It was especially popular in America, making Avicii one of the first EDM acts to really make a name for himself in the country. DJs are often faceless names behind popular songs, but Avicii became a celebrity in his own right, selling out shows and living like a real rock star.

Avicii’s popularity was not unfounded, however. He possessed talent in spades and took risks that paid off for both him and the EDM industry. Constantly innovating, his catalogue of hits includes tracks with influences from pop, soul, rock, and dozens of other genres of music. Avicii truly changed the game when he released his runaway hit “Wake Me Up” in 2013, which fused EDM and country – something no other DJ had attempted before.

Although the track was divisive among critics, it showed Avicii’s ingenuity and commitment to breaking the EDM mold when so many DJs were pumping out music that all sounded the same. The last LP released before his death continues this departure from the typical, exploring new folktronica styles.

With his incredible success, Bergling made sure to give back. He donated millions of dollars to charity over the course of his career, including Feeding America. He also used his creativity to benefit the less fortunate, directing two music videos designed to show the negative effects of gang violence and human trafficking. He knew that he had a powerful voice and was committed to using it for good, even within an industry known for partying. To put it simply – Avicii was truly a good guy and will surely be missed.

The Best Bang for Your Buck: Music Streaming Platforms

Products like the Amazon EchoGoogle Home, and Apple HomePod have changed the way we listen to our favorite music, with more accessibility and convenience. As music streaming continues to become one of the most popular ways to listen to today’s musicians and artists, several platforms are fighting for relevancy in our increasingly digital world.

Choosing the right music streaming service for you is entirely based on preference, though prices do vary. For example, Mac users will often side with Apple Music due to the familiarity and convenience. Others may be more inclined to try Spotify or Pandora. Regardless, the amount of music that will be at your fingertips is almost unfathomable. The following are some of the best music streaming platforms to take advantage of.

Prime Music

Amazon’s streaming platform, which is included with Amazon Prime, is just $10.99 a month, or $99.99 for the year, and gives you access to over 2 millions songs without ads. Additionally, you can listen offline or through your Amazon Echo. Prime comes with thousands of curated playlists and stations suited for specific genres and moods as well. Users can also upload songs from a persona library of theirs to the Amazon Cloud.

One of the few complaints Prime users have is the limited music selection. While 2 millions songs certainly sounds like a lot, it pales in comparison to many of the other popular streaming platforms.

Apple Music

As mentioned before, Apple users and general fans of this company will almost certainly enjoy Apple Music, which is just $9.99 per month, or $14.99 per month on their family plan, capable of having up to 6 people. It boasts over 40 million artists, songs, and podcasts, and is even available for Android devices you not have an iPhone or iOS device. Beats 1 is another perk that comes with Apple Music. This free, online radio station is handled by actual DJs.

This platform’s navigation tools is often met with criticism when comparing it to other streaming services. For users more comfortable with Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music’s search options may come with a bit of a learning curve.

Spotify

Arguably one of the most popular streaming platforms today, Spotify is a free streaming service, but without pay comes a barrage of ads in between every two or three songs. For just $9.99 a month, these ads will be removed. Spotify has over 30 million songs to choose from, and is a great way to create and share playlists with friends, or listen to live sessions from time to time.

Aside from the ads, a few other cons that come with Spotify are the limited mobile functionality, and the confusing process of uploading your own songs to a library or playlist.

Tidal

A streaming platform that has recently grown in popularity, Tidal is great for music lovers who want to hear the best possible quality music, and lots of it. For just $9.99 per month (or $19.99 per month for Hi-Res audio), users have access to over 46 million songs and just under 200,000 videos. It’s often seen as an awesome medium for rap and R&B artists as well.

That being said, a common complaint is the $20 monthly fee, which is steep compared to other platforms. The high quality can also slow down mobile devices due to its data usage.

In conclusion, if you are looking to change things up with your music streaming services, try any of the platforms mentioned above. You may be surprised with what you like.

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Musicians and Artists to Watch in 2018

Now that 2017 has come to a close and the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are less than a month away, one cannot help but wonder which musicians and artists are poised to have a breakout year in 2018. Across all genres, up-and-coming artists are making themselves known in an attempt to reach stardom. Below are just a few of many who could potentially have a big year in the music world.

Daniel Caesar

Much like Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caesar has slowly been rising in the R&B ranks through his DIY mentality and soulful sound. Though he started gaining traction back in 2014, Caesar has been touring relentlessly to spread the word of his classical sound reminiscent of mid-20th century soul. His newest album Freudian was just released back in August of 2017, so expect to see him gain some notoriety in 2018.

CyHi The Prynce

Appearing on four different Kanye West albums, CyHi is perhaps best known for his ghostwriting abilities, much of which were dedicated to G.O.O.D. Music. His latest album No Dope on Sundays features some of the hottest names in rap right now, and is sure to take off in 2018 since its release this past November. ScHoolboy Q, Kanye West, and Travis Scott are just some of the many big names to voice their lyrics on CyHi’s album, so he shouldn’t need much help finding success with the newest of his projects.

Phoebe Bridgers

This Los Angeles-based country-folk singer could fall under a variety of genres, but her perfect blend of folk and pop sound is expected to garner some well deserved attention in the new year. Phoebe Bridgers is the embodiment of emotionalism in an age where that seems to be fading. Her soft voice and deep lyrics bode well with her current fanbase, which could grow exponentially in the next year or two.

Kelela

Kelela geniusly blends electronic and modern R&B in her latest record Take Me Apart which was released this past October. Combine that with her extensive collaborative efforts with names like Solange, Gorillaz, and Teengirl Fantasy, and Kelela is certain to have a breakout year.

Jaden Smith

A name that almost everyone knows thanks in part to his acting career and his father (Will), Jaden Smith has been active in the music industry for a number of years now, but his latest album SYRE could project his name even more. He was featured on Childish Gambino’s EP Kauai back in 2014 which may have helped music fans all over the world take his sound more seriously, but his latest work is good enough to spawn a whole new generation of admirers. Since its release in November of 2017, Jaden Smith’s debut album is almost guaranteed to generate buzz around the industry in the next 12 months.