It has been quite a long time since I participated in a Hiphop festival or any kind of music convention. I recently attended the A3C Hiphop Festival in Atlanta, GA i was glad I went. As a matter of fact the last Hiphop festival I attended was the 1st A3C Hiphop Festival where I performed with my group Prophetix.
Having attended and performed in major festivals like the CMJ Musicfest in New york, I knew what kind effect these festivals dress in an artist's career. These events usually keep going for a few days and there are many performers and the opportunity to network. I have watched the A3C Hiphop Festival grow into a big annual event and after this there are music business panels, seminars and workshops. It began just being live performances.
Even if you're not performing, you'll probably still go to network and meet result-oriented people. You will never know in places you might run into they will again and what kind of effect you possessed on them the moment you met.
This year I went as someone who enjoys good Hiphop music. I am not just referring to the commercial music that's played on the radio constantly but the classic music that made Hiphop not just a great and powerful genre but a great and powerful culture also. Music
Here is some advice I will share that I learned in the past of attending Hiphop festivals:
1. Avoid being afraid to talk to the celebrities
Should you be serious about being in this business, you are going to have to approach people of celebrity status. I learned through the legendary emcee GURU from Gangstarr (R.I.P.) the best way to conduct myself when approaching celebrities. They're people with eyes, ears, and skin like you and I. Be respectful and make sure they know how you feel about their music along with overdo it.
2. Do not be afraid to network
Discover performing on the stage or somewhere choosing a restroom break, you ought to be building new relationships and strengthening old ones. Since I am from Atlanta, I knew lots of the people that were already element of the local Hiphop scene however, many of my best experiences originated in meeting new individuals from all over the country. With all the approaches to stay in contact with people today for example Facebook and Twitter, you would be maximizing your admission fee by getting some solid, relevant connections.
3. Don't be afraid to have a terrific time
I can not remember one festival I attended where I did not have a ball. The seminars and panels are great but the best part include the live performances. Good music is excellent to hear live. When the rapper on stage says, "Throw ya hands within the air", do not be afraid to acheive it. As a matter of fact, take a cue from Nike and "Just Get it done!" Why be engaged if you can not have fun?
Search for a music festival. Meet result-oriented friends at the concerts or offer to help remedy someone for lunch. You will not ever know what can happen unless you get out and see for yourself.