How To Get Flo Rida To Play Your Bat Mitzvah

Drake taking the stage to perform “Hotline Bling” at a New York bat mitzvah on Feb. 20 had the Internet ablaze, but kids competing for the most talked-about affair isn’t anything new: In October 1972, then-CBS Records president Clive Davis threw a reported $20,000 bar mitzvah for his son Fred (the scenario supposedly inspired HBO’s second episode of Vinyl and would have roughly amounted to $111,000 today). Having the best post-haftorah party often includes booking a flashy headliner better fit for a ­concert hall than a country club — but how do those with a hefty budget even make it happen?


They call Ryan Schinman, founder/chief executive of Platinum Rye Entertainment and founder of RBS Celebrity Bookings. Schinman, 44, founded his company in the early 1990s to broker talent with such ­corporations as Microsoft and DirecTV; in 1999, he founded RBS Celebrity Bookings to bring his same unique services to the high-end private sector, ­including weddings, birthday parties and bar and bat mitzvahs. “We’ve booked everyone from LMFAO to Chicago to Drake,” says Schinman, who is based in New York.

Yamaha Avant Grand Hybrid Pianos Review

Hybrid pianos have evolved from both Yamaha acoustic piano technology and the best of digital technology. This evolution has provided the performer the best of both worlds without compromising playing experience. These top end pianos cover from the upright looking piano through to the baby grand piano full of elegance and powerful sound. These pianos are suitable for a stage or concert hall and can even be easily linked to further amplification, or linked to recording facilities for a quick and easy recording without outside noise interference. They can also have headphones attached or easily adjust the volume to suit the room requirements.


Due to this hybrid pianos are leading the way in new technology advances, it is more and more equal to an acoustic piano but with technology benefits. The acoustic key frame in the hybrid piano allows the performer the response and reactions through their fingers as they would expect from the equivalent acoustic piano.

For composers, these pianos would connect up to a laptop or computer to give the composer the quality feel while composing music but the technology helps to get

The Ten Best Jeff Beck Songs

Jeff Beck is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. Over the years many respected players such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Brian May, David Gilmore, and Slash have stated that Jeff Beck is the best guitarist on the planet. A multi-dimensional guitar player, Jeff Beck’s career spans decades of innovation, from the Yardbirds, to the various incarnations of the group bearing his name.


Jeff Beck plays with inventiveness and a fire that is difficult to match. He has one of the most recognizable sounds of any guitarist; one note and you know it is him. His music, playing and tones have influences many guitarists including myself.

So when I was giving a lesson recently to a budding young guitar player and he asked “what are the best Jeff beck songs to check out” it got me thinking. When I was his age I had to buy the whole record to get the songs, now we live in a “single MP3” world. So, if you have $10 to spend which 10 Jeff Beck tunes should you get?

1 “Becks Bolero” (Truth)

  • Writing credit goes to Jimmy Page, but that melody is all Jeff Beck.

Professional Advice On Who Downloads Beats for Creative Inspiration

As an artist in the information age, surely you are aware of how the use of samples and online instructional resources have changed the pace of the music industry. The question that many new artists are asking these days is who downloads beats online, and how they can effectively use these same resources for creative inspiration to set themselves above the competition. This is the professional advice that we will cover in this article.

These days you will find professional recording artists, movie production houses and even television and advertising companies looking to the web for instant access to instrumentals online. Because the Internet has made the world a much smaller place, it is highly lucrative and cost effective to use prerecorded material for many industry projects around the globe. In fact, powerhouse publishing companies like Warner Publishing offer their services and products online. So the first bit of professional advice is to realize that it is anyone and everyone who downloads beats online for creative inspiration.

With that said, the thing to remember with the use of instrumental groove material is that it is all nothing more than a tool to use when composing

5 Tips on Hiring a Wedding Band or DJ

A wedding is a very special event. It may come once in a lifetime. When planning a wedding, it is imperative that you take time to get the best band or DJ. Entertainment adds pomp and color to the occasion. It also helps to make your wedding one of a kind and by having the best band, you stand a chance to entertain your guests fully. There are many bands and wedding DJs you can consider. However, it is imperative that you define your needs and settle for the best. Ask yourself whether you prefer a live band or a DJ for your entertainment needs.

If you consider a DJ for your wedding, it is important that you look for an entertainer who is highly experienced. Working with such a DJ enables you to treat your guests to quality entertainment. Similarly, it is imperative to ask yourself whether the person you are hiring will need a written contract, has been a DJ in many weddings and is he or she flexible. This is because your guests may make requests of the songs they will love to dance to. If the DJ is flexible, then you will

Making The Most of Your Free Hip Hop Beats

When it comes to writing a memorable track, making the most of your free hip hop beats online is something that you really want to nail right on the head. As a beat master of the modern information age, you must certainly be aware of the great number of free instrumentals which are available on the internet to artists, producers and songwriters who are looking to up their game in the race to outshine the competition in the music industry. However, in order to make the most of these resources, and to work on making your mark as an artist, there is some important information you’ll need to know that most other beat masters might not be aware of. Read on…

In terms of making the most of your free hip hop beats online, did you know that instead of having to download multiple online instrumentals for one of your songs that you can extract multiple ideas from only one? You can accomplish this the same way that the old powder wigged masters like Bach, Handel and Beethoven did. For example, did you know that many of the great musical works of history used only one

Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Wireless Home Sound System

Music is a huge part of our daily lives and it brings us so much pleasure, so why not create a system in our home which will allow us to listen to all of our music wherever and whenever we please? With the flexibility of a wireless sound system, you can bring your favourite tunes to any room in your house with high quality portable speakers.

One of the big advantages to switching to a wireless system is cutting down on the mess of tangled cables and wires around your home. With a wireless sound system you can set up your audio speakers just about anywhere in any room of your home without being limited by the length of a cord. You will be able to play your music from your computer or from any wireless device such as your smart phone or your tablet. It is also possible to connect your television to the speakers, broadcasting powerful sound from your favourite epic films so that you feel like you are immersed in the action.

If you are considering creating the ultimate wireless home sound system for your home in (Area), here are some tips

Electronic Press Kit or EPK – Why Do I Need One

The Electronic Press Kit or EPK has been around for some now, and for an emerging artist to obtain an EPK seems totally out of reach, either they are too costly, they simply don’t where to get one and why do I need one?

Whilst all serious artists and stars have had electronic press kits for a long time now, you don’t need to be a super star to own one, nor do you need to think it is only for superstars, EPKs are accepted as standard whatever level you are at. Email your promo kit locally, nationally and globally to get on a tour, be in a festival, play at a gig or contact any industry professional, as quick as wink.

With the upsurge of social media artists can market themselves, communicate and connect with fans, grow their fan base, keep in touch with fans, make their music a reality to fans through videos, as well as being able sell or download their music online, in other words they are promoting and branding themselves online as well as trying to do business online. The keyword here is doing business online, whilst all artists are

Visiting the Music Venues in Manchester, and What They Have to Offer

Music venues in Manchester are amongst some of the most notorious and well known in Great Britain. In the past, The Hacienda reigned supreme as the place to see and be seen, for the experience of ultimate musical ecstasy. Now, the names may have changed, but the buzz around the Manchester music scene certainly hasn’t. There are numerous clubs in Manchester. Within the beautiful confines of The Printworks lies the nightclub, Tiger Tiger. This club harks back to the psychedelic 70’s and 80’s and thoroughly transports you to an era of decadence that no other club can compete with. The second nightclub is Entourage. If the desire for first class celebrity treatment appeals to you then this is where you need to be. It has plush white leather booths and champagne popping… You won’t want to be anywhere else.

However, if you fancy something a little less mainstream where there is actual live music, then Night & Day Café is the perfect choice. It is situated between a vinyl shop and a designer magazine store, this most definitely isn’t the place for lovers of commercial music. The place fuses the rugged elements of a garage with

My Experience Of Watching Live Bands

I would like to share with you some of my experiences with watching live covers bands here in the UK.

90% of the bands I’ve seen lately are covers bands. However, there are covers bands and there are covers bands. Some are actual bands, others are simply duos or trios with backing tracks.

Every artist is different. I’ve never seen 2 groups operate in the same manner. How they set up, how they do sound checks (if any), types of equipment they use etc. You get the picture.

Some bands only play covers from a certain genre, which is all fine and dandy. I personally prefer the type of band that plays a bit of everything.

Then there are the venues. Some are more suited to hosting bands than others. There are certain pubs that are like a glorified tardis. The type of place where there’s hardly any room to swing a guitar. Whilst other venues, especially social clubs, have a decent sized stage and dance floor.

You need to be very committed when in a band. Performing on a regular basis and it’s not unheard of to be playing several times

Fundamentals of Sound Programming/Keyboard Programming – Finding Your “Sound Vision”

Sound programming can be viewed in a “sphere”, it’s almost a world unto itself. Basically it involves manipulating sound with a synthesizer in order to create some kind of “sound vision”. You may intuitively have an idea about how you want something to sound whether it’s a pad, strings or even an arpeggio and then the goal is to get there by adjusting certain parameters of the sound that may include cutoff, resonance, depth, noise, release and a whole host of other controls.

Finding your “sound vision” is not an overnight process. In fact it can mean, programming and re-programming the same sounds over and over again. What’s interesting is like a game of chess, it sounds different the next time you re-programme it. Have you ever played a game of chess twice with the pieces in exactly the same position as before, so there you go. So this is a good way I would suggest to get to grips with the direction of the sound you want to take. Just remember to save it as a new patch. Then you can cycle through the different variations and say actually I like it this way and

How To Practice Guitar Exercises

How many exercises do you practice on guitar? If you are like many guitar players, the answer is “too many”. In today’s internet era it is far too easy to get hundreds of guitar exercises on any topic imaginable at the push of a button. However, in the never-ending quest to find more guitar playing materials, most guitarists find that their musical skills don’t go anywhere, no matter what they try to do to overcome this problem.

As common as this issue is, the majority of guitar players react to it in a totally opposite way from what is correct. Most musicians make the false assumption that their guitar playing would progress more quickly ‘if only’ they had more/new/better exercises to work on. However, since no energy is directed on discovering the best way to PRACTICE these exercises, the time spent practicing delivers very slow improvement.

Rather than constantly seeking to expand your list of guitar practice materials, you will improve your guitar playing much more quickly if you focus on getting maximum results from the items you are already learning. Doing this will give you 2 important advantages:

1. You will improve as

Become A Top Guitarist Even If You Are A Newbie

Do you desire to become a top guitarist? You could be a newbie right now, but I hope you do not get discouraged. Just because you are a newbie today does not mean you will stay a newbie forever. Read on as I give you some of my expertise and advice on how you can improve your skills and eventually become the guitar player you have always dreamed of becoming. Do note that these methods will not turn you into a celebrity overnight. However, over time, these methods will help you improve your skills, and you should be on your way to become a pro.

Practice Daily

Practice makes perfect. However, you need to practice playing your guitar on a regular and consistent basis. You will not get better if you practice just once a week. No. I suggest that you practice playing your guitar every day. You do not have to spend hours on your guitar though. For a start, commit at least half an hour a day just practicing. If you are really passionate about playing the guitar, or if you have developed a strong and close bond with it, then your practice

Coldplay’s “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” – What Almost Got Left Behind

Coldplay’s sophomore album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, proved that the band was the real thing. As if there were any doubt. But a few of the best songs on the album came ever so close to not making it onto the record at all. A funny thing happened on the way to multiplatinium…

1) In My Place. This song, which ended up snaring a Grammy award for the band, was the first of the near “also-rans”. Originally it was a leftover from their debut album, “Parachutes”. It almost suffered the same fate twice. It seems that Chris Martin thought their new album was complete… until he heard guitarist Jonny Buckland play the song. Suddenly their new album was “incomplete” again as Martin immediately changed his mind, insisting the song be recorded and included. Sample lyric: “I was scared, tired and underprepared, but I wait for you.”

2) God put a smile upon your face. Think that “In my place” was the only song that almost didn’t make it on to the record? Think again. Coldplay had trouble recording this one, too. As bassist Guy Berryman put it, “When we came to record

What Should I Get for My First Guitar: Electric or Acoustic

For the budding guitarist buying your first guitar is an important but very alien experience. Since you are new you have no idea how to play anything so holding a guitar and getting a feel for it is a bit strange, you may strum a few strings but can’t play anything. That is not important when buying your guitar the biggest question is Do I buy an Electric Guitar or an Acoustic Guitar?

That question can quite easily be answered and it mainly comes down to what type of music you would like to play. There is also no right or wrong answer, nothing says that you can’t start off with an acoustic and buy an electric guitar later.

There are differences between both types of guitar and I will explain them to you so that you may better understand which one would be more suitable for you.

The first difference, quite obviously, is that one is acoustic and one is electric. An acoustic guitar amplifies the sound made by the strings by using a hollow body with a hole in it to magnify the sound. In order for an electric guitar to amplify

The Best James Taylor Songs That Never Made The Charts, Part 2

In the first part of this article I listed for you some of the finest James Taylor songs that didn’t reach the Top 40. One of them (“Carolina In My Mind”) I didn’t even know existed until many years after release, when I stumbled upon it by accident.

Suffice it to say that there were so many such songs that the list just kept growing. Here are the rest of the jewels that you really should know about:

1. “Mexico”. Gorilla was J.T’s comeback album after the relatively weak “One Man Dog” and “Walking Man”. It led off with this cleverly crafted, upbeat song with one of the most infectious introductions I’ve ever heard. With David Crosby and Graham Nash providing harmony vocals Taylor spends three verses describing the land South of the border in vivid detail then provides the punch line in his final chorus… that he’s never gone there. Sample lyric: “Oh, Mexico. I’ve never really been so I don’t really know.”

2. “Lighthouse” At least “Mexico” did get some airplay when “Gorilla” was released. This one didn’t. But it should have. Crosby and Nash lend a hand on background vocals once

Post Malone Plays His First NYC Show Live Review

One of 2015’s most bewitching songs arrived early this year with little fanfare. It didn’t appear on a world-stopping release like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. It wasn’t announced with pyrotechnics like the ones accompanying Kanye West’s “All Day” performance at the 2015 Brit Awards. Instead, a little-known artist named Post Malone put a track called “White Iverson” on SoundCloud in February. Then he stepped away to let the Internet work its magic.

Approximately three months and 2.7 million plays later, Malone took the stage at Manhattan club the Westway for his first show in New York City. He’s done one interview at this point (earlier this week). His SoundCloud page now displays a total of five songs.

This is the new normal: In the last 18 months, swift ascents like Malone’s have become commonplace, though that doesn’t necessarily make them less startling. Malone was the main event at one of Electric Circus’ Players Ball parties, which have hosted New York debuts for other fast-risers like Migos, iLoveMakonnen, and OG Maco. An artist with talent — and plenty of luck, and maybe some prominent supporters — can amass clicks and co-signs; before long, the Internet

Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe Brings Photography Exhibit to NYC

On May 2, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe will open his first photography exhibit, D Randall Blythe: Show Me What You’re Made Of, at Sacred Gallery NYC in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. With dozens of photographs on display, the show features images captured on the road and in Blythe’s hometown of Richmond, Va. It’s just a portion of the massive collection he’s amassed of primarily black-and-white photos of nature, everyday people and rock star friends like Slash, Duff McKagan and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.

One of Blythe’s original photographs, “The Beauty of My People,” graces the invitation to the opening reception

Says Blythe of how the photograph came about: “One morning, I woke up on Lamb of God’s tour bus in Dallas. I made some coffee, then as I walked off the bus into the club parking lot, I saw a group of five or six fans waiting behind a chain-link fence in the venue’s parking lot. The fans called out to me, asking if I would sign some autographs. As I made my way over to them, I noticed this man’s face — it was incredible; gorgeously lined and deeply tanned from working in the desert, and I knew I had to

The Two Sides of Jason Derulo Here’s How He’s Still Winning

Which Jason Derulo is your favorite Jason Derulo? Is it the unshakably positive, PG-romance dance-pop personality? Or the author of a new strain of bumping, faux-crass club thumpers? There are two Jason Derulos: the Sweet Talker, and the Dirty Talker. Sweet Talker Derulo has been around the world, but might not necessarily speak the language; Dirty Talker Derulo asserts that, no, your booty does not need explaining.

Perhaps more than any other artist in pop, Derulo has created a perfect equilibrium between his two modes, allowing his split personas to feed off of and support each other. And it’s working commercially: on this week’s Hot 100 chart, the singer’s “Want To Want Me,” the lead single to his upcoming Everything Is 4 album, bumps up one spot to No. 10, becoming the sixth Top 10 hit of his career. Derulo has seemingly been everywhere — The Voice, Ellen, American Idol, the iHeartRadio Music Awards — engraining “Want To Want Me” into our culture at large, and sure enough, the song has caught on at radio, reaching the Radio Songs chart’s Top 10 in just six weeks. Derulo’s new single now has serious song of the summer potential.

But “Want To

Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Selena at Billboard Latin Music Awards

In what was the most bittersweet moment of the night, Jennifer Lopez reprised the role that propelled her to stardom and paid tribute to Selena Quintanilla at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired Thursday (April 30) on Telemundo.

And she did it with Los Dinos, the family band that backed up the Mexican-American Tejano star, who was tragically murdered 20 years ago.

A montage of photos of Selena flashed on the screens and then Lopez came out and channeled the fallen star with a series of her hits: “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Amor Prohibido,” “I Could Fall In Love,” ending, perhaps appropriately, with “No Me Queda Mas.”

“Hands up for Selena and Los Dinos!” she screamed to the audience, which included Gregory Nava, the writer and director of the 1997 movie. “Sing with me!”

And many did. Through their tears.

Lopez, who seamlessly changed costumes three times throughout her performance without leaving the stage, was also visibly emotional as she hugged Selena’s sister Suzette and brother A.B. on stage at the end of the performance.

“We love you Selena,” she said before a standing ovation.

Selena, who put Tejano music on the American