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Goodbye, CrayonBeats blog

When we started CrayonBeats, we were young and truly engulfed in the music we shared. We put our hearts and souls into this blog and, as the years have gone by, it has grown with us. Together and individually, we have always been creative people with ideas and imaginations that stretched far beyond what we could see. We went from casually blogging online to curating mixtapes, producing an actual print magazine (see digital versions), and even released apparel, with only our imaginations and the will to create to guide us. Those EIGHT YEARS of blogging were the formative and experimental years for our baby, CrayonBeats, and we really appreciate everyone who has supported us and pushed us to dream bigger during those years.
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CB Question of the Week: Rejection

This past week’s question has revolved around the subject of rejection. Rejection always sucks, no matter who or where it’s coming from. You are taking a risk by being true to who you are and/or presenting something that you made, which you took pride in and is a genuine expression of your hard work, time, and love, so when someone rejects it, for whatever reason, it’s going to sting–even if just a little bit. Whether from the creative fields or not, we wanted to know what you do, or tell yourself, to not let it keep you down for too long or for good. What is/are your key(s) to surviving rejection? A couple of our readers/frequent QOTW responders have answered the questions, and I think what they say really sums up the way we feel about it too. So read them below and feel free to tell us how you survive being rejected.
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CB Question of the Week: Activism in music

This past week’s question has revolved around activism in music. Political or social commentary through music, whether in small or big doses, is something that has been heard in many cultures and genres, across many time periods. When you, as a musician, have a platform where your audience–spanning both young and older generations–is ready with open ears and (often) an open mind, it makes sense to voice your views and credible knowledge on what’s going on in our society, through content that’s relatable and/or easier to digest by those of us that are listening. So, whether you’re active in your community, or you’re considered as a conscious/political emcee or musician, or if you have occasionally written music with a message when necessary, we wanted to know why it is important for *you* to spread social awareness through your musical platform. While this was a good opportunity for a lot of musicians out there to speak on the question at hand, we only received one response.
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CB Question of the Week: Younger self

This past week’s #QOTW revolved around things that you would tell your younger self, in regards to advice or reassurance. It’s a common question or prompt, where you’re tasked to reflect back to all the life lessons you’ve learned, the experiences you’ve had, and the trials and tribulations you’ve faced, to then give some life advice or reassurance to the younger you. Not necessarily to hugely change your life path that would drastically alter your future (because, if you watched Heroes, “stepping on butterflies” is a bad thing [aka “the butterfly effect”]), but to say something to make you feel better about yourself or to take the sting away from a situation, or something to that effect. Below, you will find two people that responded to our question, as well as our own answers.
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CB Question of the Week: Collaboration

Continuing on with our #QuestionOfTheWeek series, we asked who you guys & girls wanted to collaborate with in the (near) future, why and to tag them in your comment. We thought it would be a fun way to mix things up and possibly get some link ups going between people who maybe wouldn’t. We also promised to tell you who’s on our wishlist of collaboration(s) so lets get to it!

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CB Question of the Week: Appreciation

This past week we asked you all what you thought about showing appreciation towards your peers as artists. This question was actually born during a discussion Tiffny had several weeks ago and we thought it would be interesting to see where you all out there in CB Land thought about it. Obviously, we Tiffs firmly believe that appreciation for others work can bring about inspiration for our own personal works. Some may disagree and feel that their energy is spent better spent critiquing, studying and ultimately boosting themselves. There aren’t any wrong opinions on this, as with all of our questions, we just wanted to get more opinions.

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CB Question of the Week: Beat stealing

This past week, our question was about beat stealing (not sampling, but straight up taking someone’s beat without permission), and we asked producers to share their thoughts on the subject matter that is frequently seen in the music business. We see it a lot in the hip hop/rap world. Rappers will do it, producers will do it, and labels will do it. For example, we will often see that happening when someone wants to ride a song’s viral wave, so they’ll jump on the same beat and spit their own bars over it; or when someone wants to jump on a beat by a big name producer (ie: J Dilla or DJ Premier), in efforts to get noticed or gain interest; or there’s the moment when someone will take a beat, say their vocal tracks were “produced by [producer of the beat they took without permission]” as if they worked on the song together, and go from there; or there’s the false claims where people will steal beats and say that they produced it, or go about without crediting the producer. Sometimes people sell the music and sometimes they won’t. What’s acceptable and what’s not? Is there a scenario where it’s OK?
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CB Question of the Week: Fear

Happy Halloween! This week, in light of the holiday, we asked what scares you the most in your career as an artist or musician. We have all had experiences with stage fright or sabotaged ourselves one way or another but it’s a whole ‘nother story when those fears creep up from the back of your mind and take hold of your work flow as a performer.

 

When we asked this question, we anticipated a bunch of responses, however only one person was brave enough to open up about their fears: Savant, a rapper from the USA, says he’s most afraid of losing his creative edge and becoming repetitive and it’s almost as if he speaks for a majority of music and art makers. Losing your creative edge can almost feel like suffocating, especially when your livelihood depends on your ability to be creative, unique and fresh.

[UPDATE] After writing this post, Maine-based producer and instrumentalist C Money Burns shared his fear(s) on our Facebook page. I (Tiffology) thought that since it was still Saturday (on the West coast), I’d edit this post with his, as I feel that other people can probably relate:

“every time i finish a song or record, i worry it will be my last. i fear losing the muse suddenly and/or dying before i finish some kind of definitive artistic statement. i also have a deep fear of being called out as a phony, poseur or amateur musician, especially by other artists i respect.

probably my biggest fear as an artist, though, is that i make something that is heard as masturbatory and solipsistic or poorly put-together, something only interesting to me that doesn’t connect with anyone else, and that’s why nobody listens to my stuff.”

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Recently I (Tiffny) watched #SmartBrownGirl , writer an social media personality Jouelzy’s video Fear of Success and I think she brings up some great points and even better advice in regards to fear of success in you career, creativity and just life in general. I highly recommend watching the video below, and just checking out her channel in general.

Now with all of that being said, I think it’s safe to say that our fears are really all in our heads when it comes to our talents and showing them to the world. We just have to realize that and be brave enough to conquer them!

Feel free to add your fears and/or advice on how to overcome them by either commenting below, or by hitting us up on Facebook, twitter or IG.

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CB Question of the Week: Online Presence

Good afternoon! How are you all today? It’s Saturday, so here we are with this past week’s Question of the Week. We asked a question about social media presence and we find it funny, and a little bit ironic, that not a single person answered. Especially considering that 90% (estimating) of the people that follow our social media accounts are of the creative, independent, work-for-themselves types–musicians and artists, mostly–where we know social media presence is crucial. People “liked” the photo, but that’s as far as it went. So, since no one answered this QOTW, we’ll loosely talk about the things that we do/have done to build up our online presence.
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CB Question of the Week: Favorite music platform?

Good day, readers! Being that it is Saturday, we are here to share this past week’s open-ended question and answers with you. If you aren’t in the loop with what this is, every Sunday we ask a question through our social media websites, that is open to anyone who wants to answer. In turn, after the question has been active for 6 days, we share some of the answers that we receive in a blog post every Saturday. That brings us to today.
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CB Question of the Week: Is imitation flattery?

We’re all familiar with the saying “Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” but is that really so? Sure, as kids we learn by imitating those around us but now, as adults, is it acceptable — especially in the world of Art? That was our question this week, and we invited all to drop their two cents on the topic. For the most part, everyone who gave their point of view could see how it could be beneficial but agreed that there is a limit. Keep reading to see what they said.

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CB Question of the Week: What drives you to create?

This post is for the second question in our Q&A series, called Question of the Week. As you may already know, we will be posting a single question to our social media sites every Sunday, inviting anyone who wants to answer and/or share their experiences. If you missed our first question and the responses we shared, check that out right here (feel free to answer the question in the comments, if you missed it and want to join in).

This Q&A series is our way of getting in touch with creative people worldwide–we want to open the conversation to anyone who wants to join in, not just to those that we already know and have written about on our website. We want to get a glimpse into your life and who you are, while also aiming to inspire and uplift other people who might be able to relate and/or absorb what others are saying.
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