Quotes From The Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference 11.22.14

Yesterday was filled with advice, funny stories and learning lessons from panelists ranging from artists like Hopsin, Wax, Propoganda, Chris Webby, Jarren Benton, Crooked I to booking agents like Matt Adler to music video directors like Jakob Ownes and venue talent buyers like Adam Stroul. Those that attended from across the world including Canada, Colorado and Georgia also got to chat with moderator and Funk Volume CEO Dame Ritter as soon as the conference was over. Here are some of our favorite quotes, for more info follow #FVHHC on Twitter and join the Facebook group: www.facebook.com/funkvolumeconference

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Panel 1: Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork, Putting Together A Successful Team

Work on yourself before working with other people. #FVHHC

“Relationships are crucial. It’s a small circle talking that are REALLY making moves. Keep a positive reputation” @MrFunkVolume #FVHHC

Communicating in person is a lost art form. Respect the levels of the hustle. #FVHHC

“Management is the NEW indie label. You have to be well versed in every facet to best use your resources and tools.” @willisactive #FVHHC

“Every artist has a different projectory and rhythm. With Run The Jewels their merch & live show is a larger priority.” @willisactive #FVHHC

“Figure out who you are as an artist before having a manager. Be humble enough to move on your own.” #FVHHC

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Panel 2: Getting On The Road & The Importance Of A Live Show

Start selling out your shows without an agent, film it, tie it together. Sell out your local shows & they’ll come to you. #BasicMath #FVHHC

“Go to other shows whether it’s lighting, backdrops, etc. “#investinyourself Give reasons for talent buyers to pay you.” @prophiphop #FVHHC

“Booking agents aren’t the finish lines. They are there to help you grow the fire of what you’ve already built yourself.” @mdotadler #FVHHC

“Those first few shows before you get paid, is how U learn to perform. Good stage presence is key these days for fans.” @ChrisWebby #FVHHC

“If the music is good enough it is going to spread organically.” –Adam Stroul #fvhhc

“Focus on creating good content, music/videos, rehearsing, watching other shows, etc. before looking to book tons of shows.” @STROUL #FVHHC

U might have to start W/ #SoftTicket sales = festivals/events built in audience. before #HardTicket sales where your the headliner. #FVHHC

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Panel 3: I Need More Views! Building A You Tube Audience

“In the beginning I wasn’t spending anything,my most popular video I shot was $800. It’s not the money it’s the creativity.” @bigwax #FVHHC

“The timing, tags, relatability & entertainment value is super important in creating shareable video content for fans.” @princeea #FVHHC

“Everytime I made a video, I would title the video w/ the name of the camera I was using & built a technical following.” @jakobowens #FVHHC

“You gotta just think of ways to be creative, money isn’t important. You can take us back to 0 & we’ll still rock shit.” @hopsin #FVHHC

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Panel 4: Why Make Your Own, Learn From Their Mistakes

“How many people come to see U perform live, how many people buy product, this is how U can measure your success.” #FVHHC @CrookedIntriago

“Online and free. Build a demand for your ish. Just gradually test visuals out there & have them engage w/your music.” @JarrenBenton #FVHHC

Thanks again to all those that tuned in! Keep @funkvolume posted with your progression! and when all else fails, remember you’re always #stillmovin

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(AUDIO) Have You Met Dame Ritter, CEO & Co-Founder Of Funk Volume?

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.

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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.

SHOW ME: Funk Volume x Famous Stars and Straps Present: FVMILY Halloween Bash Ft. TRAVIS BARKER, HOPSIN & More at The Observatory OC 10.30.14 PHOTOS

Written by Marina Moreno

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WHAT:
Funk Volume x Famous Stars and Straps Present:
FVMILY Halloween Bash at The Observatory OC

WHO:
Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Swizz, DJ Hoppa, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor, Mod Sun, Xzibit and Travis Barker on drums.

WHEN:
October 30, 2014 10:30pm-2am

This past weekend was probably one for the books for many people coast to coast. Halloween landed on a Friday, which meant the festivities would carry on past one day. However, there is one crew who got things started a day prior. They are, Funk Volume.

On Thursday October 30th, the most notorious independent label, Funk Volume, held their first ever FVMILY Halloween Bash at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. In collaboration with Travis Barker’s, Famous Stars and Straps, FV founder Dame Ritter pulled off a magnificent, high energy show with performances from Xzibit, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor, Mod Sun and FV signees, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, DJ Hoppa on the tables all night, and of course Travis Barker. Prior to jumping on stage, the backstage area was busy as well. Though many might think it’s always one big party going on behind the scenes, it’s not that exactly. With all the guys lending a few minutes to SKEE’s new series, The Calm Before The Storm, slapping hands with familiar faces and saying cheese for photographers, it was proven there’s always work to be done even before the final assignment.

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As the evening carried on and The Observatory filled up with barely any more standing room (upstairs and downstairs) with crowd favorites Mod Sun, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor and West Coast veteran X to the Z. DJ Hoppa pumped up the crowd for the first batter up from FV – Jarren Benton. Jarren did one hell of a job as the first of the final acts not just because he jumped from one side of the stage to the other, interacting with the crowd, but he also brought out the next hitter – Dizzy Wright. The crowd seemed to get louder and louder with every song and got a hundred times more wild when Dizzy crowd surfed through the front and middle row. But it didn’t end there.

Next up was FV’s other emcee, SwizZz. As probably known as one of the most lowkey of the bunch, SwizZz didn’t act as anything close; dominating the stage and owning the crowd, it was evident that he felt right at home and Santa Ana was welcoming him with open ears. At the closing of his set, SwizZz began the chant for his next label mate, none other than, Hopsin. Face painted and suited up from the hat down to the shoes, Hop continued to feed the crowd what they came out for. However what ended up being the most notable part of his performance was when he put complete trust into the hands of his fans as he dove and had them carry him from the stage to the back of the venue, hold him up to spit a lyric or two, then help him jump to the second floor. But it didn’t stop there. Hopsin jumped from the second floor back down to the crowd! And with their assistance, made it back to the stage. Never in my life, and I could tell never in half of those fans lives, have we ever seen that be done. If fans didn’t believe they were in for a treat, they knew now.

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With the night coming to an end, and the lights dimming down, whispers began to flood the air; Where was Travis Barker? Before everyone could get riled up, out came one of music’s most legendary drummers – Travis Barker. Face painted just like Hopsin, the two closed out the show bringing out the whole crew. Backstage, fans were excited to see local hometown hero, Phora from the 714 hanging with the Funk Volume family, commenting in hopes of what would be a memorable collaboration. He mentions he is planning to release his new projects, “Nights Like These” in the next few months.

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Take a look at pictures from the show below and don’t forget to sign up for Funk Volume’s up-coming Hip-Hop Conference. Who knows, maybe you’ll be rocking alongside these talented guys one day and your name will be included in a review. Visit www.FunkVolumeConference.com for more details!

On behalf of Third Floor Network, a huge thank you to Dame Ritter, Brooklyn Martino, the whole Funk Volume family, Famous, and The Observatory – OC for allowing us to bring back to life this amazing bash. We’ll be back soon enough with all the great shows coming to the venue soon.

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Most Common Asked Questions By Indie Artists: How Do I Build A Team? Get More Video Views? Tour? Not Make Mistakes?

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As someone who’s worked in this industry for years advocating for indie artists, specifically indie hip hop artists, some of the most frequent questions that they ask me are in regards to building a team, getting video views, touring and what mistakes not to make. Thanks to Dame Ritter, CEO of one of the most successful current indie hip hop labels and the panelists for investing their personal time to answer these questions at the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference November 22, 2014.

If you are serious in taking your career to the next level as an artist or an executive, invest in yourself by taking the time to attend this virtual conference. Hundreds have registered already so do so now before seats fill out and registrations close.

For more info visit:
www.funkvolumeconference.com

MEDIA PARTNERS: Omnia Media, Third Floor Network, Dash Radio, Beat Stars,
Hot New Hip Hop, Hardknock TV, Hip Hop Wired, Skee.TV, Hip Hop DX, Team Back Pack, DJBooth.Net

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Learn here how to monetize your creativity by Ryan Leslie.

Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference, Founded By CEO Dame Ritter, Sponsored By Third Floor Network 11.22.14

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“If you could spend $30 on a new T-shirt or quadruple that amount for a pair of shoes, you definitely have enough money to invest in your most important brand – YOU!”

WHEN: November 22, 2014 9:30AM-2:30PM

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WHO:
Mac Lethal, Jarren Benton, RA The Rugged Man, Crooked I, Chris Webby, Dame Ritter (Funk Volume Founder/CEO) and many more listed on http://www.funkvolumeconference.com Attendees will not only get Funk Volume’s perspective and what has helped us them to where they are (selling out venues throughout the country, a rare 3 former XXL Freshman artists on their roster and currently one of the most respected independent record labels in music) but they will include a diverse cross-section of artists and professionals so you can get a variety of perspectives on how to make progress in this industry.

WHY:
Often times music conferences are very expensive and time consuming to attend, once you factor in registration fees, travel costs, etc. They want to cut down on these costs and deliver information that artists can put to use immediately, right to the comfort of your home.

WHERE:
Available globally online, exclusively limited to the first 1,000 people for each panel.
Viewers could also join an ongoing Q&A and chat using the hashtag #FVHHC

More Info and to purchase tickets: www.funkvolumeconference.com

MEDIA PARTNERS: Omnia Media, Third Floor Network, Dash Radio, Beat Stars,
Hot New Hip Hop, Hardknock TV, Hip Hop Wired, Skee.TV, Hip Hop DX, Team Back Pack, DJBooth.Net

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