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Changer Productions Valentines day fun

Hello,

C.P. is all about the love of Hip-Hop. We are running a fund raiser for one of our clients, B-Flix . B, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and it’s progressive. We love his spirit, voice, talent and how much he’s defied the odds. The love he spews in his lyrics, defines Valentine’s Day.

B-Flix’s website was a delight for Changer Productions to create. He loved the beats here and now many features are in the work for the beats he’s worked with from C.P.

Love is why we endure the expenses and uphill battle of being an indie artist.

Love is the reason Changer makes original and extremely different sounds and music.

Happy Valentines day, now and every day.

Joseph “Changer” James

Changer Productions 2017 Recap

Hey homies and hommettes, lol.

2017 was D.A.F. for Changer Prod’s. There were collaborations with P.O.E., Cyn-Dy, EastGate, Lucky, and many more.

C.P. was nominated for beat tape of year and also collabo album of year at Toronto’s Canadian Hip-Hop Awards, hosted by Choclair.

The parties and shows were memorable and 2018 is set to be even more fun.

Be sure to join our newsletter to get professional beats. 2 freebies are sent automatically when you sign up. How dope is that???

Take care. Let’s make bangahZ!!! Get at me before these exclusives are gonzo/sold.

Cheerz,

Joseph “ChAnGeR” James – Owner/Producer/Engineer/Writer

Keep Hip-Hoppin’ video

Hey, I hope all is well with you.

I’m touching on behind the scenes info related to our newest video release and creation #khh, AKA, “KEEP HIP-HOPPIN”.

This song is an ode to the golden era and even earlier, poppin’ & Lockin’ days. It has a catchy sax riff, old style dancin’ basic fun vibes, which were shot in Alberta’s Canadian Hip-Hop Awards, trade show, breakin’ contest event.

This is the lead single and album title, which is dedicated to ChangerMusic’s mother, who passed away on 2.2.17 from heart complications.

Keep Hip-Hoppin’ means to keep goin’. When life gets us down, we must keep Hip-Hoppin’. The fun vibe of the lyrics and video keep this spirit alive.

Check it out for ya self here.

Claw Our Way – Steel City Anthem – Hamilton Life

Hey there.
On Thursday Oct 19,17; ChangerMusic was blessed enough to be featured on “Hamilton Life”,
which is a TV show on Hamilton’s Cable 14 channel.
This interview and video is airing on Hamilton cable 14, Tues – Thurs, Oct 23-25/17 at 8am, 11am & 5pm.
Please watch and let me know what you think. Mad love, ChAnGeR – Tha Former Single Father. Changer Productions.
#cable14 #hamiltonlife

A Rap beat’s evolution

This blog post from Changer Productions will be dissecting the evolution of a rap beat from the 70’s to 2017. I know many rappers and producers will add or subtract or even deny and debate the info here, but it’s meant to shed light on Trap vs Boom Bap. Since, I Joseph James was an eighties baby, I was fortunate to jam to the early disco infused production that The Sugar Hill’s “Rapper’s Delight” laid foundation to and for Hip-Hop production. Then from the late 70’s, early 80”s rap production evolved into The Bomb Squad, Eric B., Rick Rubin, Marley Marl, Dr.Dre, type boom bap which L.L., Rakim, KRS, RUN DMC, 3rdBass, Public Enemy, N.W.A., and many others embraced up till the late 90’s, where slow screwed, chopped, southern production with fast hi-hat’s started to enter.

The southern sound adopted Rick Rubin and Roland 808’s, booming sub kick and hard clap. This evolution and hybrid in the 2000’s became one of fast tempo creations, sounding like a slow tempo, due to the hi-hat’s trill and fast step, combined with slow drum patterns over top. Golden era rap producers and fan’s will not argue that Boom Bap is the 911 towers of Hip-Hop, and Trap style rap production is the small buildings next to it.

The popularity of Trap style beatz has caused mad rappers to abandon there 20 plus years of boom bap flows and sounds, to evolve and suit the current trend of fast hi-hats, slow booming trapbeats, and in turn the divide amongst new Hip-Hop heads vs older Hip-Hop heads has lead to a gigantic line in the sand. The culture it’s self in Boom Bap is ghetto street reporting, fun, diverse, and about making it out of the hood, while Trap culture embraces drug using and glamorizing cars, money, sex more blatantly. One could say 2Live Crew did it in the 80’s first, but that booty Miami 808 sound was party boombap, not trap sounding, nor was it slow and as raunchy. For example, “ass eating” was not a typical topic, nor was Codein, Molly, etc.

Either way, the topics, sounds and struggle from one Hip-Hop generation to another over the next 100 years, will keep evolving and causing each generation to be open minded, and embrace some from the old and new, as Jazz, Rock, Country genre’s have. Purchase exclusive beatz, from CHANGER PRODUCTIONS. Thanks for reading, now let’s create and elevate together!!!

Joseph “ChAnGeR” James

 

A Hip-Hop Producer’s Evolution

Hi, I’ve been reviewing the archived software in my internal and external hard-drives, that I use and use to use. It had me thinking how it’d be interesting to share how I’ve evolved as a producer of Hip-Hop, EDM, R&B, Reggae and Folk. I mean with those ranges of genre’s, c’mon… lol.

So, for me “ChAnGeR – Tha Former Single Father” aka CHANGERMUSIC, aka, Changer productions, in 1993 it started, and my first gear was Amiga Commodore and it’s soundcard issues. Then Alesis’s old midi box, Roland’s TR-909, Yamaha’s RY30 and lil’ bro “RY-10 drum machines, which kept me creating patterns and bass lines digitally on external modules/gear. 2001 was my first PC and Yamaha Chromed out Baby Blue Freeze “CSX” synth purchases which had me tweaking, customizing and learning to 2006, where I purchased IK Miroslav Orchestra and dongle. This ground work weaved Electron Magazines, Keyboard magazine’s theories/articles and trial and error with music engineering from 2002 till this day.

Technology changes, as should a writer, producer, engineer, developer…etc. Thus, in 2007 when I met “The Bailiff Sings” and he hired me to full fill our  $30,000.00 contract, involving 60, count them “60” Folk/Rock/Hip-Hop creations, I evolved further. I researched chords, music contracts, promissory notes, publishing, reg’d with SOCAN for my artist and my new company then, CHANGER fuggin’ PRODUCTIONS…LOL. I hired and auditioned drummers, keyboardist, multi instrumentalists and guitar players for laying down tracks around my and the artist’s sonic visions, 2007-2011. Growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, I was around my older brother’s blasting AC/DC, Ozzy, Kiss, Led Zepplin, and then my Mom and Grandfather played classic country tons. The neighborhood parks, school and the streets is where I fell in love with break dancing and “BeatStreet” blew my mind. I loved MJ, Bob Marley, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Kool Mo Dee, LL, Beastie Boys, ZZ Top, Rakim, 3rd Bass, Salt  N’ Peppa, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Buju, Shabba, KRS1, Gangstarr, ATCQ (R.I.P. Phife Dawg), and I could literally go on and on like Lionel Richie “Dancin’ On The Ceiling”.

After acquiring more engineering gear, tools, guitars, Motif & Axiom keyboards, drum machines and experience; I upgraded from Cubase SX, and Frutiy Loops to N.I. and ACID PRO platforms to streamline and advance even further. Sampletank and many other programs I came across, but since Pro-Tools literally stole Sony’s ACID PRO design and structure, I have utilized Acid pro 1 to 7.0. In 2003-2017 I taught myself all Adobe suite production/design software via books, Youtube and trial and error, due to my indie spirit and being a hermit, lol. Love is the reason for decades of open minded genre crossing experimentation, in my soul, mind and spirit. Like K.R.S.O.N.E. said, “Love’s gonna get’cha”. I honor God and get closer to he when I create, b/c I acknowledge he is my creator.

Thanks for reading. Please like, share, comment and all that jazz.

Joseph “ChAnGeR” James

 

Changer Productions 2016 – Year End Review

Hey howday hey, lol.

We are exuberantly ecstatic, to reminisce over this past 2016 year.

C.P. met many new friends and contacts, went to our first major award show in Edmonton, Alberta.

I and Fresh Freddy stayed the weekend of 9/11 and it was bzzzangin. I had a moment of silence before my performance for the fallen hero’s of 9/11 and attended the trade show afterwards. I got to meet Canadian Hip-Hop icon “Choclair” whom I mention in my new video “My Hip-Hop” song (“I was played like Choclair for 21 years. My backbone slid thru 69 tears”).

I am extremely grateful and proud to have honor the gifts that God has bestowed upon moi!!

This year marks the busiest release schedule, which included two albums and 3 video’s release in 2016.

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Other hightlights we recall are…

  1. BFlixz & P.O.E. performing at our 2nd house party concert.
  2. Performing more then ever this past year.
  3. Completing our video studio & collabo album “Christmas Pups“.
  4. Creating and releasing “Steel City Daddy” & “Up&Down” & “My Hip-Hop“.
  5. Cottage life, creating songs and websites for other indie artists.
  6. Northern Star conference and CMW Sync’ Summit.
  7. CP’s first pair of Bugz Jordans…lol. TruDoe!!
  8. Helping our first major artist “The Bailiff” with his live show video production concert.
  9. Working with Good Apollo from HdotO. As well as Fresh Freddy and Sharky from the Sons of Boom Bap.

R.I.P. Glen Frey and Prince, Chyna and Mr. Fuji.

God bless you and have an outstanding new year in 2017.

Cheerz,

Joseph “ChAnGeR” James

(Please click the 2 new album covers to hear them, below)

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Exclusive Beats vs Leased Beatz

All Changer Productions instrumentals are EXCLUSIVE sales.

That’s part of what makes dealing with C.P., unique and advantageous, because numerous other producers do not offer exclusives, and if they do, there’s no guarantee the beat purchased exclusively, hasn’t already been bought via leased licenses prior to that purchase. Here, it’s guaranteed that if you buy the beat here, ONLY YOU HAVE THE BEAT!

 

Exclusive Beats VS Non-Exclusive:

Changer Productions only sells exclusive instrumentals.

To Changer Productions, we don’t believe in selling any one beat,  to more then one artist, which leased beats allows.

Here’s a list of the differences between leased beats and exclusive beats.

 

Exclusive: 

One beat per artist, not for re-sale to other artists.

Contracted, legit and clear, reliable terms.

Royalty of 3-5% to producer, from artist/label, from all revenue streams (mechanical, streams and synch)

P.R.O. of C.P. “SOCAN”. What is “P.R.O.”? It stands for “Performing Rights Organization” and every artist should be registered with as many as possible to cover the various regions of our world. It’s how royalties are funneled, collected, allocated, etc.

 

Licensed Beats:

Contract. For sale to an unlimited amount of artists.

Credit to producer and royalty of 3-5%

 

For further info, please read HERE.