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How To Market Your Production On Your Local Scene (part2)

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On August - 27 - 2008

Following up yesterdays post, answering questions from Chicago producer SBK:How To Market Your Production On Your Local Scene part1


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….To do research on the average price producers in your area sell beats? Here is the fun part and the section that will give ideas on how I did my study,and some of the ways I marketed my production locally….

The number one step in marketing your production is a belief in your music. If you don’t have a strong conviction that you are good enough, work on increasing that confidence. Take a look areas you think need improvement, and work out the kinks. Believe in yourself, your artistic expression, and then prepare to share it with the world. I had a group called ” Stone Circle Society” which I was sole producer, and almost manager. Back then I didn’t think I was ready, although the emcees did. I still had more to learn.

This leads to the second part of my journey. I began with online forums, and battles which helped me advance my production skills. I started getting a name on soundclick, and several sites where I had won battles. I was building confidence in my craft, and I began to believe. I sold my first beat in 2002. It’s hard to describe the feeling, but I was elated. I was convinced “okay the beats are hot”, I ventured out of the studio and into local venues. “Every” week I took beats to an open mic ” Brown Sugar Mondays”, hosted by StreetLegal Entertainment. A lot of emcees would arrive needing an instrumental. BOOM ….here’s my chance,
DJ Face, would play my beats, and the emcees loved them.

Brown Sugar Mondays ended, but the buzz was in the air. I passed out business cards, beat cds, and I mingled. I started getting a few calls from emcees. I entered the Test Bin at a local college Hip Hop station, Morgan States 88.9. I was the first female producer to win, and I got so many calls and emails for beats.

Next up I began to market the name with two catchy tag lines


“Ms.Tris Beats…. She’s always Bringing Heat For The Streets!” and ” Ms.Tris Beats …You Know They’re Hot!”

I’ve used the name “Ms.Tris” for over ten years. It means “Ms. Truth Is Soul”. You will notice I also use Ms.Tris Beats. Most local artist call me “Tris Beats”. I only added the “Beats” because there is a hot local female emcee named “Ms.Stress” . You can imagine the confusion, but this worked for both our advantages. Most people thought that there was one female on the scene that rhymes and makes hot beats :-). Ms.Tris Beats became my local moniker, and that’s the name that had to be heard a lot.

Last but surely not least, ” Style Wars Emcee Battle”. Here, DJ P -Funk played my beats in the final round of the battle. This really put the cherry on top. I was there every 4th Thursday with a few tracks. The hottest local emcees always performed at this event. I got my grind on and connected with more key players. I did a few collaborations and started leasing more beats to local artist, and online. Eventually the ” Style Wars ” battle ended, by then I was on many, many cds of Baltimore’s most popular groups and solo artist.

I wasn’t sole producer on the projects, so I just asked the artist “how much did you pay for that beat?” This gave me a good idea of what to charge locally. I began to build relationships with the other producers. Now I’m cool with a lot of the top producers in the city, so I just ask them “how much do you charge “….

It takes work, and you’ll have to get out. Chicago is a great place to begin a career in production, find the open mics, and meet the host. Go to as many shows as you can. Give out business cards and beat cd’s to the artist. Jump in a few battles if you are ready. Win or loose, if your music is hot emcees will tell you so, and you have just promoted yourself in front of an audience.

I eventually won in 2005, what’s become the local Grammy Award.. “Baltimore’s Best Of..” It’s an annual competition hosted by Baltimore’s City Paper, and it’s respected highly here. There are at least 20 major players in the production game of Baltimore’s Hip Hop community. We have all excelled in one way or another. I respect the music of each. In order to win I had to work, and market myself in a way that my music could be heard, and become in demand of artist. I could not have achieved such local success without the emcees, and many writers who reviewed our music. This is an important point. The greatest way to market your music locally?….Make hit songs with great emcees and singers in your area, and before you know it, your music will be heard.

There you have it, a few ways that could help you get on your local grind. Believe in yourself, feel free to share more ideas in the comment section, I am interested in hearing how others market themselves.

Wishing you much success!~
Pz Til Later..

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4 Responses to “How To Market Your Production On Your Local Scene (part2)”

  1. SBK says:

    WOW!!!! That was excellent Ms. Tris, I am really glad that you took the time to expound on my questions further and provide me with great, in-depth answers. I took notes while I was reading this article and I am going to start putting what you said into effect.

    Believing in myself and having confidence about my abilities as a music producer is something that I really have to work at. Too many times I am uncertain about my skills when letting other people hear my beats thinking they are gonna say they are bad and poor. I’m going to build up my confidence so that I will have no fear playing my beats anywhere that I go whether it’s a show, battle, open mic, etc.

    Also, I used to be concerned about other people (emcees, producers, etc.) stealing my beats in putting them on beat CDs and just handing them out. How do you get beyond the fear of that happening? I’m guessing that copyrighting your beats is a way to overcome that fear since your beats will be protected and secure.

    Once again thank you Ms. Tris for both parts of this article they have really helped me out greatly. I was wondering if you have the time would it be possible for you to take a listen to some of my beats to possibly tell me what you think of them and me as a music producer? Maybe you could give me some advice and criticism upon listening to them. I mean only if you have time to, I don’t want to take you away from anything if you’re busy.

  2. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey man its no problem…Your confidence gets better with time, you’ll begin to know if the beat is hot. I didn’t mention how important it is to listen to your favorite producers, you can learn a lot from doing that..Also battles help you get rid of the fear, just let go of worrying and have some fun…

    Copyrights are best but you can also tag your beats ..insert something like “SBK productions” for example about every 20 secs or so..this may help although I’ve heard people rap right over a “tagged ” beat Lol

    I love listening beats… after the Holiday weekend, hit me up around Wednesday and you can send me a few or a link..
    Have a safe and happy Laborday…pz til later

  3. SBK says:

    Whut’s Good Ms. Tris? I was wondering how I can go about sending you some beats to take a listen to and get some feedback from you. You mentioned that I could send you a few or a link and I just want to know the contact info so that I can send it to you.

  4. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Hey man, Ill send my email addy in a few minutes, check your email 🙂

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