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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?

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...

The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (part 3)

Good morning, readers! I am proud to announce that the third part in my The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats compilation series is out TODAY. If you aren’t familiar with this concept compilation series that I have curated, let me briefly explain what it is.

As an 80’s baby and a child of the 90s, I read the Goosebumps books as a kid and, boy, did a lot of them scare me. In my years, I’ve also seen all of The Twilight Zone episodes, and continue to watch the series when it marathons during holidays. Similarly, they are really cool, innovative creations that tell tales involving themes of horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, comedy and beyond–they take your mind into strange and scary situations that are based on dream and reality.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CB Question of the Week: What have you had to sacrifice?

(#questionoftheweek) Last Sunday, we began a brand new Q&A series that we are holding through the CrayonBeats social media accounts. Appropriately called "Question of the Week", this series finds us conducting...

CrayonBeats Random Giveaway Winners/Prizes

We recently had the whim to give away a bunch of stickers and some artwork to a few of  our readers and followers on our different social media profiles. The giveaway was totally unplanned and in order to win, you just had to comment or tell us you wanted some stickers! Now that we’ve finished the artwork and mailed off the stickers, I thought it would be cool to show you guys the artwork of our winners from each network. Each winner got a pack of CRAYONBEATS stickers and two pieces of digital art from both Tiffology and myself. Check out the artwork below!

CB In NYC Fundraiser – Buy A Shirt!

Hey, everyone! As you guys know, Tiffny and I have been blogging together on CrayonBeats for 6+ years. What you may not know, though, is this January will be the first time that we’re going to be on the same coast, at the same time, as we finally meet in NYC! The Two Tiffs will join up for a new adventure, yay! In order to help with the expenses, we want to sell some T-shirts and hoodies with the CrayonBeats logo, using Teespring‘s awesome crowd-funding feature! If you ever wanted to own some CrayonBeats merch, now is the time. We figured this route was better than setting up a GoFundMe and begging for your hard earned money, as you’ll get something cool in return! Plus, the Potato Salad Guy already fucked up the Kickstarter game for everyone, so hey, this is the next best thing (and who can compete with potato salad anyway)!

The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (Part 2) compilation!

Happy Halloween, misfits! I have a treat for you all – The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (Part 2) is here! If you were around for the first one (released in 2012), then you don’t need much explanation. Like the first installment, this is a concept compilation where I personally reached out to a handful of music artists, asking them if they wanted to get down on this creative writing challenge. They each chose a story from either The Twilight Zone television series or the Goosebumps books, and then they were tasked to write/record a brand new song that was inspired by their chosen story. Awesome, right?!

#Giveaway: Emi Maria- In My World Album

This year we kicked off CrayonBeats Magazine with a double cover featuring The Cloaks and Japanese R&B and Pop singer Emi Maria. If you follow me on twitter, you know...