Author Archives: Adam Reifsteck

MFM Presents: “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Webinar #6 – A Conversation with Attorney Barry Heyman, Esq. and Roger Blanc (MFM) Discussing Ways A Musician’s Musical Work Product Can Produce Revenue from Home During the Continuing Pandemic

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 6pm to 7:15pm (ET)
Venue:  ZOOM
Ticket: free

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfu-srj4qHtL_9ukwtmJDCz9WjtFAy0LG

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“MFM SPEAKS OUT” EP 30: Flaviyake on the Importance of Skill Stacking to Achieve Music Career Success

“The secret to success in the music industry is to always be learning and never stop improving your skills.”

In this episode of MFM Speaks OutAdam Reifsteck interviews singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer Flaviyake (aka Duck The Bass) about the importance of combining multiple musical skills to achieve lasting success, immigrating to the United States, the issue of gender inequality in the music industry, and the biggest challenges musicians and DJs face in the current digital landscape.

Flaviyake is a record label owner, Pop and EDM producer, songwriter, DJ and Grammy NEXT alumna  with releases on prominent dance music labels such as Acapulco Music, Blanco y Negro, United Music Hits and SoundEvolution. Originally from Moldova, she started her music career by studying the flute and piano at the Sergey Rachmaninov School of Music in Chișinău. After spending a few years working in the London music scene, she moved to Los Angeles where she currently writes and produces songs for various artists. Her song “Lonely Seal” became an anthem for a Californian Marine Mammal Rescue Center.

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An Editorial: Concerns About Technology – Big Tech Backs Us Into A Corner

Text by Dawoud Kringle

In 2016, the World Economic Forum released a Facebook video with predictions it had for the world in 2030. One of these is that by 2030, technology may, in all likelihood, have advanced to the point that owning physical devices may become obsolete.

TechnologyThere are advantages to owning less things. There are fewer commitments and responsibilities, and have the freedom to sever ties whenever you want.  But the downside is that when you buy a device that requires proprietary software to run, you don’t own it. The money you pay does not offer actual ownership; it is a lease where you  agree to a life defined by terms you had no part in deciding. When hardware is merely a vessel for software and not a useful thing on its own, you don’t really get to decide anything. The company or corporation that built it will decide when to stop pushing vital updates and what you do with the product after it’s dead or obsolete. Anyone who owns an older computer will recognize this. The power has shifted so that companies set the parameters, and consumers are forced to choose the lesser of several evils.

Much of this can be traced back to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA https://www.copyright.gov/policy/1201/) makes it illegal to circumvent digital locks that protect a company’s proprietary software. Manufacturers have exploited this loophole brilliantly. It allowed software developers to essentially lock up the whole world behind software with the intent to turn the entire planet into a permanent renting class. The oligarchy / elite who actually own everything will, inevitably, make you pay money to access the things you use and own.

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Jerry Garcia

A Homage to Jerry Garcia of the GREATFUL DEAD

Text by Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)

Cream Puff War (Written by Jerry Garcia for the Grateful Dead. And appearing on their first self-titled album in 1967)

No, no! She can’t take your mind and leave
I know it’s just another trick she’s got up her sleeve
I can’t believe that she really wants you to die
After all it’s more than enough to pay for your lie

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