The New Cool Thing in The World “Trap Music”

Caught in a trap? Music that catches you and doesn’t let you go, that’s what I thought about trap music when I first heard about it. What a weird name though, you must be wondering what the hype behind trap music is? After all, it is quite similar to dubstep and we all know just how big an impact dubstep has made on the music industry.

Many artists are defining music as the new dubstep; it certainly has become the new craze in the industry. Although the history of the genre dates back to a decade ago, it has only recently started to gain recognition and hype.

Many people consider the fact that since trap’s crossover to EDM it has started to grow in demand with sold out glow-sticked arenas due to EDM Trap’s popularity. The major reason why this genre has been ambushed by the world is the transformation trap music has gone through, with not as much rapping and more feet moving beats involved in the songs.

To get a better understanding of music, it could be broken down and described as a combination of dubstep, hip hop, and dance music.

So basically what kind of music is trap music? Traditionally it’s a term generally used to describe hip hop music from the Southern regions of America. Music has pretty much become identifiable with Hip-hop and takes influence from the rap sound in the South.

Numerous artists like Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Baauer and Gladiator have had astounding demand since implementing trap into their own music.

Trap has become a raging craze with the masses of people at clubs, parties and underground gigs. It is no surprise that it is such a big hit with the people considering the music is so likeable and trap stylings can be injected into any form or style of music. No wonder it has caught everybody in its trap much faster than dubstep or electro and it’s fairly simple to see why.

By now, you have probably heard of the many different trap trends like “Trapstep” or “Dubstrap” – Everyone has their own names and definitions, but most agree that this new phenomena of trap music may just be the next “BIG THING”.

As a genre, trap is adaptable, flexible and in many ways infinite. But some people disagree and say that trap is ultimately hip hop music even if you mix it up with dubstep. Nothing out of the ordinary some may say.

For now this genre is the most hyped and talked about music, but wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that Dubstep was ruling the music industry, it seems like music is living up to its hype right now but who knows where it will stand in a couple years.

Many Producers and DJs have come up with their own styles and sounds to define the genre. But there is no doubt about the fact that, trap music as a genre is definitely growing and evolving into a style of its own.

New Musical World

Every musician starts off as an independent artist whether they care to admit this or not. Unless they have a truckload of cash behind them, independent musicians have had very limited control over the release of their material and any balanced financial playing field.

Keen to have their music made available to the widest possible audience they ‘climb aboard’ the major distributors without giving much thought to alternative options.

Before we knew it & without realizing it, independent musicians were (& still are) giving away of unfathomable amounts of music at the request of various parties who would profit from this. As if this wasn’t enough, the very same musicians were (& again, still are) having to pay outrageous amounts to have their music distributed.

To go even one step further, the independent artist has virtually NO say in the way their material is promoted. Why is this? Because an independent artist won’t make the large corporations money. You pay your subscription & your latest work virtually vanishes.

When the internet began, the floodgates were open to all and sundry as people have access to so much music and are willing to pay through the teeth for it in droves. Music marketing became so ‘in your face’ and one-sided that it made me feel ill. It still does.Seeing the same names, images and song titles at every turn has, to a large extent, numbed people to it all.

As you read on you will slowly piece together your very own formula to making your music a more than viable financial commodity.

You have all the equipment, you have the ability, so name me one thing that can stop you? Nothing.

Many independent musicians, particularly newcomers, feel that they’re not up to the challenge. Perhaps it’s because they don’t feel that their singing voice is so good or that they could be better on a particular instrument. Okay, let’s say they’re right! Bet you haven’t heard that before.

Let’s say you’re singing voice doesn’t have a wide range. It doesn’t HAVE to. Find the range that suits your voice & stick to it. THAT is you brand. You’re not as competent as you’d like to be on a particular instrument. Okay, play what you are comfortable with & what sounds good….that is your brand. Get the picture? If you apply this philosophy to your music in general you will soon find people commenting that they ‘recognise’ your music. Take this as a HUGE compliment.

The thought of having your music listened to by all & sundry has been known to overwhelm some musicians, sometimes to the point of inaction. Whilst this is a perfectly normal & understandable response, it is at EXACTLY this time when your best work can come to the fore. It’s such a basic mindset that you’ll kick yourself when I tell you. ALL that you read on the internet is how daunting it is. With no-one saying otherwise, why should you think any different?

• They don’t WANT you to be confident from the outset! What various organizations want is a pliable & submissive musician. A musician who will pay for upgrades on their site when they are ‘kindly offered.’ If a musician appears to be confident enough in themselves to go it alone, they are of no use to the organization.

• Sick of being told how better you ‘could’ sound? When you first enter the realm of online music, even the most competent musicians can be somewhat awestruck by what’s on offer. I know I was. The key element here is the “what’s on offer” part. There are CD duplication services, cover design services, CD cases, mastering services, new software, songwriting competitions, song competitions and so forth. ALL of these items, which are plugged as being necessary come at grossly over inflated prices & with the exception of mastering services, NOT ONE of them improve your music. The only thing that will improve your music is YOU. Whether it be in the form of a new set of guitar strings, singing lessons, being more patient at the mixing desk.

  • Do your thing! Be ever vigilant not to fall into the trap of being over critical of your work. By doing this, you are falling into the traps laid by the online music organizations who want to make money from you & WANT you to think that you need their paid services. When you’re in the studio or wherever it is you record always bare in mind that this is YOUR domain. If you make a mistake (& you WILL make countless), you are the only one to know. You now have the ULTIMATE OPPORTUNITY to experiment & be creative, discovering sounds, combinations & techniques that you never thought possible.
  • THIS IS ALL FREE!!! I haven’t told you anything in this chapter that you isn’t already taking place with regard to the relaxed intimacy & creative freedom involved in the creation of music for online distribution. Stage-fright doesn’t exist in the studio. Neither does cost. Of the online music sites that you have dealt with, how many have said what I have just said WITHOUT mentioning the cost that THEY seek from you time after time?
  • You don’t need them! With careful & ENJOYABLE planning at YOUR OWN PACE it is possible to create a highly marketable online presence with your music. I deliberately capitalized ‘ENJOYABLE’ & ‘YOUR OWN PACE’ as you rarely see these words on the pages of major sites. They tend to focus on ‘buy now’ & ‘hard work,’ etc. I don’t care what anyone says, but NOTHING has to be ‘bought now,’ in fact this book will show you that nothing has to be bought AT ALL. If you are ever feeling that creating & promoting your music is ‘hard work,’ you can take a break at ANY TIME. The big-guns don’t tell you that either. It’s no crime to take a break, in fact I think it’s an art-form in itself knowing WHEN to. It’s natural that you will be keen to ‘socialize’ when you first enter the online music industry….& you should. It is important, however, to bare in mind that you are only going to get BUSIER. Make the most of this time. It is an EXCELLENT opportunity to set your own benchmark.
  • Create your own stamp. They say first impressions go along way. This is never more true than in the online music industry. Generally speaking the first image, song & bio. line of an artist will remain with you for years. Following on from this mail will soon be coming & going between you & fellow musicians. This initial flurry of activity WILL stay with you for many years. The impression that you leave on THEM as a newcomer will last likewise.
  • You can’t be everywhere. Between writing, recording, performing & our personal lives, we can’t possibly be expected to give fully-fledged & credible support to EVERY fellow musician. We all know this.
  • Keep your music & your personal life SEPARATE! Rarely can an independent musician maintain close regular contact with followers as time on both sides doesn’t allow. Our personal lives are a ‘no go’ area with our supporters even though THEY occasionally divulge things that are definitely best left alone. I find this somewhat worrying, particularly when questions not relating to music are constantly raised.

How To Use Country Music Chords To Tell The Truth In Your Songs

There is an age-old idiom that says country music is “3 chords and the truth!” It may have been Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, or some other legend who made it popular, but I believe there’s more to this catchy slogan than, well, catchiness. Country music chords are generally simple C’s, G’s, D’s, with the odd minor chord thrown in, yet there are thousands and thousands of songs – how can this work? Shouldn’t we all be tired of these simple musical constructions by now? Judging by the popularity of this music style nowadays, we aren’t tired of them at all. So, what’s really going on in these songs? I’m going to take a whack at explaining it.

For one thing, I believe (and I’m not alone in this) that each key has a different characteristic which can be used to augment and enhance the mood of a particular song. Bob Dylan has suggested that any major key deals with “romance” and any minor key deals with “the supernatural.” This is typical cryptic Dylan, but I think he has a point. Sure, a song in a minor key is going to sound either spooky or sad, and a song in a major key is going to sound inspirational, sad, nostalgic, or something like that, but there are characters to the individual keys themselves.

Let’s think of a popular song: sticking with the Dylan, how about “Blowin’ In The Wind.” On his first album, the song is recorded in the key of D, capoed at the 7th fret and played using the chords G, C, and D. The song generally elicits feelings of hope, inspiration, and reflection and is very suggestive in its simplicity. A simple song asking simple, but profound questions. But a funny thing happens if we change the key to G by taking the capo off and playing the exact same chords. The song becomes almost triumphant, making you want to join in and sing along with the chorus, the notes demand to be held longer, the harmonies become more apparent and almost cry out for someone to sing them. Why the change? Because we’ve changed the key!

Each key has a different disposition which you should exploit, whether you are playing an original tune, or a cover song! Dylan himself does: he has claimed in interviews that C major is a key of strength, and also regret; that E major is the key of confidence; and that Ab major is the key of renunciation. As an exercise, find a couple of your favorite songs that use the 3 or 4 classic country music chords, print out the lyrics, and play the song in different keys. You’ll be amazed at how different the song becomes in each different key. Then exploit, exploit, exploit it to add, subtract, or change emotions in your performances and songwriting!

Remember, your songwriting can always get better. Don’t expect to write a brilliant artistic masterpiece right off the bat. It’s a constant struggle, but the rewards are huge if you stick with it!

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Music Chords For Piano – Here’s One You’ll Love!

If you’re searching for music chords for piano your search has just ended. Thanks to the open position piano chord, you can play piano with both hands right away and create a modern sound as well.

Let me explain…the open position piano chord is a special way of forming chords on the keyboard. Instead of a simple triad, you get to play something called seventh chords immediately.

For example, in my free piano lesson “Summer Morning,” I show you how to use a few open position piano chords to create a beautiful improvisation in the Key of C Major. Difficult? Not at all! In fact, once you master the open position chord structure, your work is half-way done!

You see, this chord covers more than 2 octaves of the piano keyboard. The hands are placed in such a way to maximize piano playing potential. That’s why the lesson “Summer Morning” is so enjoyable! A complete beginner can learn this chords type and begin improvising and creating their own music right away!

Most music chords for piano show you how to play in just one hand. Or, they give you the same chord for both hands. But if you just want to sit down, reach for a chord that calls to you, and play piano from your heart, you don’t need to learn a thousand and one chords. You just need to learn how to play one chord position. And with that chord, you can play to your heart’s delight.

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Sundowners on #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme

From 9 December-13 January, #FestiveFriday will see live music, cocktails and bites served from 4-6pm at Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme. #FestiveFriday will take place on 9, 16, and 30 December as well as 6 and 13 January.
Seeking to avoid run-of-the-mill and showcase the farm and its own produce, La Petite Ferme set about creating a menu of handcrafted #FestiveFriday cocktails:

Sundowners on #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme

The Pretty Lisa was inspired by a La Petit Ferme legend with service of three decades and who still shines. Made with vodka and amongst others strawberries, lime juice, lemonade and fresh basil, The Pretty Lisa is as vibrant and welcoming as the real Mona Lisa’s smile.

The Mariano is La Petite Ferme’s very own exotic cocktail with Latin pizzazz. A vodka-spangled blitz of berries adorns this drink along with mango and lime juice and fresh mint.

The Spa is the cocktail to slow-sip while taking in nature’s most magical spectacle. Named for the restorative fresh cucumber juice that is its main ingredient, The Spa uses a base of gin along with lime juice, fresh mint and just a touch of sugar for balance.

The Garden breaks the cocktail mould. In addition to grapefruit and lime juice and mixed peppers, this beverage extravaganza includes coriander – fresh from the farm’s new herb garden. All you need to decide is: vodka or gin?

An upgraded restaurant

In addition to the deli area amidst towering trees, The Delicatess, the property also features a newly revamped restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Lebanese interior designer Claudia Chahine oversaw décor and design. Talented Cape Town ceramicist Mervyn Gers handcrafted a collection of unique dinnerware specifically for the restaurant that reflects attributes of the farm and its location. Likewise, special recycled glassware was made for the restaurant by Ngwenya Glass.

La Petite Ferme’s new summer menu has been launched and remains true to form. It features a variety of polished dishes, earthy yet urbane, from small plates and light bites to hearty entrees and indulgent desserts, all inspired by the season and paired with fine local wines. Well-known for using local produce in creative dishes with a global twist, executive chef Neethling du Toit has headed the La Petite Ferme kitchen for eight years. He says guests can still look forward to the same heart-warming fare and elegant styling, but with fresh flair.

“Some of our dishes are so popular and ‘set in the history’ of the estate that we’ll always look to retain them in some shape or form,” he says. “The smoked trout and the aubergine-wrapped lamb are perennial favourites, for example, and we’ll never disappoint those customers who’ve come to savour these signature dishes.”

While the restaurant has always incorporated local and sustainable food, the addition of the new herb garden to the newly landscaped gardens is not only a nod to its historical past, but has also brought greater balance with nature.

La Petite Ferme is well-known for its premium boutique range of reds and whites that express their unique Franschhoek terroir. In addition to its restaurant and deli area, La Petite Ferme offers a range of accommodation with vineyard suites and rooms in its grand Manor House. It also offers a location for weddings, events and functions.

SABC journalists succeed at Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards

At the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards, held in Cape Town early this month, SABC journalists performed excellently, picking up TV Feature award, SABC Radio News, Radio Feature, Sports and TV News.
SABC journalists succeed at Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards
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SABC (Special Assignment Journalist team) of Hazel Friedman, Pieter Brewis and Marc Mullenberg won an award for their thought-provoking TV feature, Afterburn for SABC current affairs programme, Special Assignment.

Afterburn is a story about burn survivors and communities living in informal settlements, for whom shack fires are a constant hazard. The feature focused on the story of Michelle Motibi, who suffered burns to 86% of her body when a shack she was sleeping in caught fire. She was five years old at the time and was given little chance of survival. However, this lucky little girl stubbornly refused to succumb to her horrific injuries.

Simultaneously in Cape Town’s affluent southern suburbs, Andrew Meddick – a 15-year-old student at Bishops College – suddenly contracted viral encephalitis and tragically died from the virus. Although he was an organ donor, all his organs had been infected by the virus, except for his skin. His mother, Shelley Mackay-Davidson – a Cape Town-based lawyer and musician – donated his skin to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where Michelle was being treated. His skin served as a temporary covering while her burns healed. So Michelle’s life was saved, literally, by Andrew’s skin. Furthermore, Mackay-Davidson subsequently reached out to Motibi, who now lives at St Joseph’s Home for chronically ill children, forming a powerful bond that continues today.

Motibi is now a bright, feisty nine year old, but she faces enormous challenges due to her terrible disfigurement. The story also focused on pioneering fire-awareness and prevention partnerships between UCT students and communities living in informal settlements.

Special Assignment shared the TV Feature award with SABC’s Matshwela Ngoveni (Cutting Edge) for the Lily Mine Tragedy.

SA Bike Festival returns to Kyalami following “booming success”

The South Africa Bike Festival, launched by international media and exhibition company Clarion Events UK, will return to Gauteng’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in 2017 following a hugely successful inaugural event earlier this year. With dates confirmed for 26-28 May, the festival promises three days of “thundering two-wheeled, rip-roaring live action for a fun-fuelled day out for the whole family”.
SA Bike Festival returns to Kyalami following “booming success”Festival organisers announced an impressive 24,522 visitors this year, with 88 industry-related exhibitors, 16 motorcycle manufacturers, 13 popular SA bands/musicians and 21 hospitality brands and food trucks.

Together with headline media partner, Discovery Channel, and festival sponsors Tiger Wheel & Tyre, ABI, SAB, Cartrack, Sun International, The Star Motoring, Michelin, Dunlop, Tissot and Monster Energy, the event welcomed visitors with the intention to ensure the festival becomes a must-attend annual motorcycle showcase in Southern Africa for decades to come. Organisers say this objective has been met with over 50% of the existing manufacturers and exhibitors already securing their participation for 2017.

Extensive research was conducted to profile the festival visitors using online surveys and at-event questionnaires. An independent research team from Tourism Research in Economic Environs & Society (TREES) concluded that the majority of respondents were in their late thirties, 67% of which were male, 22% were from outside Gauteng and over 68% attended with children under the age of twelve. It was particularly noted that visitor numbers were above average in the growing segments of the market including women, families, the emerging market and young professionals.

The number one reason for attending the festival was to enjoy a fun day out with the family, and for 15%, their main priority was about capitalising on festival discounts, special offers and browsing for a new motorbike or scooter to purchase. 39% of respondents bought merchandise at the festival and 12% of survey participants bought a new or pre-owned motorcycle at the festival or in the months following. Finally, the majority (97%) of respondents said they intend to visit the festival again in 2017.

Nicole Muller, festival director states: “Our long term aim is to create a sustainable, annual and internationally recognised brand that will bring together the veteran riders to casual fans alike in order to encourage and grow the next generation of motorcyclists in Southern Africa. We are delighted that Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit share our vision and will be the venue partner for the next three years on this exciting journey. By building on the partnerships created in 2016, as well as introducing more lifestyle elements, we intend to become South Africa’s annual and premier motorcycle, music and lifestyle festival.”