For the past few weeks we’ve worked closer with Funk Volume and CEO Dame Ritter as we partnered to promote the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference on 11/22 alongside HipHopDX, HipHopWired, HotNewHipHop, TeamBackpack, Omnia Media, HardknockTV, SkeeTV & DJ Booth and in doing so was inspired to bring him by additional FVHHC media sponsor, Dash Radio for a rare, exclusive interview co-hosted with partners in crime, DJ Base and Chehade The King. The Funk Volume takeover also features a special “Orange And Black Mix” by DJ Beatcrazed with some of your FV favorite songs.
Dame, endearingly also known as “Mr. Funk Volume” by his artists and FV fans is far from the usual record label executive. While most come from an A&R/artist background or have an “intern to President” type story, Ritter has the education and experience that matches those of high paid business consultants sitting in corporate high rise buildings across the world which he also once did. Even at a young age, in between countless basketball games, Dame found himself hustling to make a quick dollar whether it be through mowing lawns, washing cars or collecting comics and baseball cards and always managed to never be broke. He moved to the bay to attend the prominent UC Berkeley which led to a business degree and successful career in the financial industry. He later returned to get his MBA at the prestigious Standford University all before younger brother SwizZz and Hopsin approached him in 2008 to start a new, independent record label, which he decided to pursue after being laid off from an office job in Chicago.
Listen below to hear the rest of Dame’s inspirational story to find out more information about the conference which looks to inspire the next generation of leaders and teaching them the basics of how to build a team, increase your video views, how to get on the road and learn from previous mistakes with participating panelists Crooked I, Will Bronson (IamSu), Jarren Benton, Chris Webby and many more. Find out who Dame wish he would have signed to Funk Volume in the interview below. Hope that after listening, it sends a message to you that whenever chips are down and when all else feels, keep it moving.
Threes up to the entire Funk Volume team (Brooklyn Martino, DJ Hoppa, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Hopsin) & more for all of your hard work thus far. #stillmovin
Don’t forget http://www.funkvolumeconference.com for more info! If you are attending the conference, make sure to join the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference Facebook page and join the conversation at #FVHHC. Hope to meet you all soon! Congratulations on making a great decision to #investinyourself – still to this day if I find an opportunity to further my own education I jump at it. There’s always something new to learn or re-learn.
WHAT: Dillon Francis Dash Radio Interview With DJ Skee, Fan Questions Interview With Jen Deleon & Meet/Greet With 30+ Fans
WHERE: Dash Radio – Hollywood, CA
PHOTOS BY: Daisy Torres
Photos & Story by Daisy Torres
With over 1 Million subscribers and 200 Million Plays on YouTube, Alex G. is rapidly becoming well know in the music industry with fans all over the world watching her every step. She started her musical journey on YouTube, mostly singing covers of mainstream music, “Payphone” by Maroon 5 being her most popular with over 14 Million plays!
Standing apart from typical YouTube stars, Alex G. just released new debut album “Make Your Move” filled with original songs. Luckily today, a few fans who entered the contest via @DashRadio and @WhatsTrending Twitter were chosen not only watch her perform live and get interviewed but got a chance to meet her and take an unforgettable photo with her to share on their social channels.
Alex performed an original track she wrote which could be found on her new album that she says stemmed from a very personal experience. She ended the intimate performance by playing one of host Shira Lazar’s infamous “YouTube Challenges” by having one minute to perform a medley of popular songs covered in her original style which included: “All of Me” by John Legend, “Counting Stars” by One Republic, “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift and “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. During the interview, Alex spoke candidly about the struggles of her past relationships which have inspired her music alongside revealing interesting stories about how she started off and why she posted her first video on YouTube.
Stay tuned for more exclusive contests with your favorite artists, check back frequently on our Third Floor Network EVENTS section as we keep you updated on great events (mostly free 😉 around town.
Special thanks to What’s Trending (Shira/Mike/Lon/Chris), Dash Radio/Skee Team (Kay Coria/Erynn Grey/John Halterman & the entire awesome staff of interns), Ranella (Vitamin Water) & Daisy Torres for helping today run smooth for those in studio or for those that will get to view the #AskAlexG fan chat and performances online soon on the What’s Trending YouTube channel.
See performance videos below. More videos of her performance/interview will be available on YouTube via What’s Trending soon
Alex G. performing several cover songs in this You Tube Challenge by host Shira Lazar:
See more photos below:
The always entertaining Dillon Francis will be at Dash Radio for an interview with Skee, be one of the lucky ones to meet him by following the steps above.
According to Hip Hop Wired:
written by Trent Clark
Flying Lotus isn’t letting up on the throttle after unveiling his fantastic “Never Catch Me” video with Kendrick Lamar.
When fans have a fevered interest in the music, it’s best to keep them happy. And that’s exactly what the multifaceted artist is doing for his You’re Dead album by streaming it exclusively on DASH Radio’s Odd Future station today at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PT.
“My perspective comes from having lost a lot of people. A lot of my family members passed, but a lot of my colleagues passed away too soon,” Flying Lotus says via press release. “I felt like in my own experiences, I wanted them to have this same sense of self.
The album’s creation is just as meticulously unique as the artist himself. Each instrument was recorded individually and fused together with traditional techniques from older jazz and psychedelic rock records. As for the eerily titled LP, Flying Lotus revealed it’s deeper than a six feet grave.
“The album isn’t about the end,” he continues. “It’s really the beginning. It’s the beginning of a new experience.” It’s not ‘hey you’re dead,’ ” he says somberly. “It’s hey you’re dead!” he says with an uptick of enthusiasm. “To me it’s a celebration of the next experience. Also, it’s the transition and the confusion,” he adds.
Fans can also expect to hear Snoop Dogg, Captain Murphy and bassist Thundercat mashing it up across the groovy sound beds.
Download the DASH Radio app here to listen to the Flying Lotus You’re Dead stream and you can also pre-order the album on iTunes. To learn more about what makes DASH Radio different, click here.
Awesome singer/songwriter & YouTube sensation with over 1M subscribers and over 200M plays, Alex G. will be answering your questions in an exclusive #AskAlexG interview with What’s Trending host Shira Lazar followed by a special performance at Dash Radio in Hollywood.
To enter to win, submit your questions to @whatstrending with the hashtags #AskAlexG AND #dashradio -winners will be chosen all week. Good luck! If you aren’t familiar with Alex G., take a look at her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” below, one of my favorite covers of the song.