Monday, February 16, 2015

Apple is Buying out Big Machine Label...

Apple is buying Taylor Swift's record label Big Machine for $250 million. At least that's the report that's surfaced from Hits Daily Double, an old school music industry site that still has connections inside the major labels. Apple has denied the report, which could mean anything. But the idea of Apple investing $250 million or more in a record label is not a far fetched as it might sound. Here are four reasons why:1) Exclusives - If the only (or at least the first) place you can stream or buy music for your favorite artist is iTunes, Spotify and everyone else is instantly at a disadvantage. U2, The Beatles and Coldplay already have cozy relationships with Apple.

2) Equal Playing Field - It used to be that artists needed record labels. Labels put music in stores and songs on the radio. Now artists need money and exposure. Apple can offer plenty of both.
3) Executives - Before joining Apple's team, Jimmy Iovine was one of the most successful music executives in modern times; and new Cupertino staffers Dr. Dre, Ian Rogers and Trent Reznor each add to the mix.
4) Equity - Apple buying a record label would upset other labels, right? Actually, the major labels can't cry foul. After all, they've taken significant equity in Apple's music streaming competitor Spotify, were much of the cash behind Vevo and continue to invest in other music tech companies.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Producer "FREDWRECK"

Fredwreck (of Palestinian descent, born Farid Nassar in Flint, Michigan) is a record producer from Los Angeles, California. He got his big break when he became a producer for Dr. Dre's newly founded Aftermath Records label, and went on to work with Snoop Dogg's record label Dogghouse Records (now Doggystyle Records) and became a known producer on Tha Dogg Pound-affiliated material. He has producedtracks from Kurupt's Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha and most of his next release, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey; both released during the period the rapper had left Death Row. He has also produced for other hip hop and pop artists such as Britney Spears, Kurupt, Eminem, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Lil Kim, Hilary Duff, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Everlast, Cypress Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, and The Doors.

Music career:
Inspired by producers Dr. Dre, Mantronix, Marley Marl, and The Bomb Squad, FredWreck began experimenting with production equipment, recording techniques, and his skills as a DJ to carve out his own sound. The influence of East Coast Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop, Electro, Funk, Soul, Arabic and Rock helped give him a signature sound. From 1995 to 1997 he was hired by legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee as an A & R executive at MCA/Universal Records where he oversaw the recordings of artists such as Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Immature, Al Green, King Tee, Shai, Bobby Brown and Soundtracks such as Dangerous Minds, Tales from the Hood, and others.

After leaving MCA/Universal, FredWreck decided to concentrate fully on production. He would give out his production CD to anyone that would listen, and it eventually ended up with Dr. Dre who called FredWreck to come in and collaborate with him in the studio. Which led to him working on the multi-platinum selling Chronic 2001.

His roommate at the time Xzibit introduced him to legendary producer Soopafly, who then also passed his beat CD on to members of the Dogg Pound, Daz and Kurupt. Which led to his production on the Kurupt album Streetz Iz A Mutha, and the chance to work with Snoop Dogg. Snoop then asked FredWreck to join his DoggyStyle Records imprint as a producer which led to production on Snoop's albums, and artists on his label such as Tha Eastsidaz.

In 2007 he partnered up with songwriter Kara Dioguardi to produce songs for pop stars Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. He received an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Album for his production on Britney's Black Out Album and Kara went on to be the new judge on American Idol.

Gumball 3000:
In the Gumball 3000 2009 rally, FredWreck and Xzibit drove a black Lamborghini Gallardo. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized Xzibits driver's license for doing 160 km/h where only 100 km/h was allowed. After the penalty, FredWreck took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue. In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout 'Q-Bah' van Gendt, Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles. Ultimately he never got his license back from the Dutch Police and had to apply for a new one in the United States.