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Business vs. Art: Defining Success and Finding Balance

Art vs. Business. The contention has been called the eternal conflict of the art practitioner and represents a paradox I see all the time, either in my own artistic ventures or in other artists’ that I’m surrounded by.

The key to success seems to lie in the answer to the question: How do you market your art without risking artistic authenticity? How do you sell without selling out? I’ll disclaim right now that I don’t have a concrete answer–but I don’t think that anybody does. This is because there’s a natural tension between expressing oneself completely, critics and consumers be damned, and creating a piece to fit a mold.

Dope or Nope #011: ATG | “Midnight Writing Binge” (Prod. SEQUOYAH)

Alexander The Greatest aka ATG has been kicking it in the emerald mountains of of Northern California for the least couple of years, but he’s still banging out thought-provoking lyrics over boom-bap heat. This track, produced by Sequoyah, features a medieval-sounding, melodic stringed sample as its backbone, which gives it an interesting feel from the get-go. However, that sound evolves as dusty drums and ATG’s vocals come in, bringing together a well-rounded, unique, and flavorful track. Dope or Nope?

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New Music Monday | An On Bast

Historically music has progressed through experimentation and this era is no different. An on Bast (Anna Suda) has been able to capture experimentation at its best. She was hand picked out of thousands to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy Edition and has a really underground techno, but melodic vibe.[…]