Brent Douglas

Brent Douglas


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Brent Douglas

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Attorney / Music Consultant / Managing Editor of These Days
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music industry, music writing / blogging, music journalism
Location
Chicago

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Sean Rubin submitted media.

Brent Douglas

Genre wise, this isn't my normal cup of tea, however I really love the miseducation theme of the record and the visual component that went along with it. I think it is a ver relatable concept for many music fans. 

Eye in the Sky submitted media.

Brent Douglas

You're from Austin right? Did some independent research pre-SXSW and really liked the music. While I was down there, I heard a number of people talking about you, but unfortunately wasn't able to catch you live. From what I've heard I really like the music though. Would love to hear more. Any chance you're touring soon?

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Out of the Valley by Cory Rhymal

Brent Douglas

Honestly one of your better tracks. It seems like you're still working on finding your sound. Absolutely nothing wrong with trying on different styles to figure out what works best for you. Honesty, authenticity and going against the grain always seem to work best in my experience. Just continue to tell your story, and do it in a way that music fans an appreciate. Steer clear of the flavor of the week though. Mimicking popular sounds is a lost cause. Just do you and use the people close to you that love music to give you regular painfully honest feedback.

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Veritaserum by Cory Rhymal

Brent Douglas

Really like the song man. Verses are great and the overall content is relatable. My only comments are in regard to the video. A little too many after effects in my opinion. Something clean and high quality goes a long way. 

Cory Rhymal submitted media.

Brent Douglas

I love the insightful stuff and the tone of the track is much more digestible than last one you shared. Great mix. 

Cory Rhymal submitted media.

Brent Douglas

Definitely something worth listening to, but I didn't finish listening wanting to listen again. I found myself waiting for a change in tone or tempo that never came. Nothing really separated the verses from the hook. The instrumental was the same. Good record, but a little too dark and sinister for a little too long. 

Cory Rhymal submitted media.

Brent Douglas

With a tried and true song structure, catchy production, big feature, unique vocal characteristics and technically strong delivery, "The Proof" is a strong record. You won't always have a big name feature to lean on, but I don't think you'll need it. Definitely going to check out the rest of the album.

Anthony Morales submitted media.

Brent Douglas

Really good stuff Mike. I'm generally a fan of what Milwaukee hip hop has going on right now and I'm happy to add you to the list of people to keep an eye on.

I will say this, be careful not to rely too heavy on samples in your production. I'm not speaking to the amount of samples used, but rather sample use in general. If you want your music on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music you have to claim you have copyright ownership and control. That means you have to clear samples. Sometimes it's really easy, but more often than not its a pain in the ass. Avoid them if you can. 

Other than that I really enjoyed the song and look forward to listen to the rest of the tape. 

Liquid Hot Magma submitted media.

1000 Words by Liquid Hot Magma

Brent Douglas

Musically, you guys seem to be on the right track. You're talented and the recording/engineering is crisp. From looking at your social media, it seems like you guys are just lacking support and exposure. This is a common problem, but can be fixed with some hard work. The first step I would take is to determine what demographic you want to reach. A rock/reggae/funk band can be a little niche, but if that's what you do, you just need to figure out what venues are playing this type of music and what media outlets are covering it. Next, you have to fully immerse yourself in the local scene. This obviously isn't an overnight process, but it's crucial. Pick out some bands that you admire and are successful locally and hit up events, meet people. Other musicians, promoters, venue staff, etc. You don't have to approach them asking for help, just build a relationship and introduce yourself. I honestly wouldn't ask for anyone's help until you have an established relationship with them. While you're making new friends face to face, I also recommend linking with someone who does PR (and does it well). There are tons of people who work in PR, some are trained and others are not. Don't be afraid to ask for references and make sure they have relationships with the media outlets you're looking to be featured on. These two steps will get you a long way, but you also want to create as much content as possible to stay relevant and in front of people consistently. This doesn't mean you have to drop a new song every week, but do something. Be active on social media. Communicate with fans. Release music and/or videos. 

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For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Brent Douglas

I love the idea of this program and I'm full of opinions. Can't wait to get started!