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Oakland Christian Music Examiner Rate Devine Jamz Featured Gospel Artist 5 Out Of 5
Oakland Christian Music Examiner David Moore - has obtained a certification in Music Industry Studies from Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA. He is also Pro Tools certified, David Moore has been working with Christian artists and industry insiders for the last several years of his life. David Moore is also a Christian songwriter, with aspirations to pitch his own music to the best Christian performers and getting his music performed in churches all around the world. David and his wife, Krista are passionate about Christian music. They started their own songwriting, "band" called "Tyde Moore." The duo write Christian songs together, but they feature other artists on their music and release the tracks to give the public the opportunity to hear them, while they continue to try and pitch their music to artists and churches. The couple do not perform their own music (or anyone else's.) David's current mission is to review Christian music for artists and interview artists that he believes will someday be at the top of the Christian music world. If you want your music reviewed and the possibility of getting an interview as a result of your review, e-mail TydeMoore(at)gmail.com
GODs Vessel 'I'm a Rider for the Lord Yahweh' music video review
February 17, 2014
(View Original Article By David Moore on Examiner.com)
Today, we have a special review of a Christian Hip Hop video from GODs Vessel. The video was released on September 26, 2012. This review was requested from our friends at the Devine Jamz Gospel Network, they promote Christian artists ranging from free to a premium marketing and advertising package. So, if you are a Christian artist, check them out.
The song is called, “I’m a Rider for the Lord Yahweh,” from the album “The Transformation: Last Chance to Right My Wrongs” released July 17, 2012.The lyrics are by GODs Vessel (the artist,) and the beat is by Geno Montana. We have the music video embedded here on this page for those of you interested in checking it out.
First thing that stands out about this video is the song itself, the artist and his vocals. He’s really good! One of the better Christian rappers I’ve heard, he is really talented, the lyrics are more than solid and the beat is great too. The video was produced by Silver Hooks Studios, they did a great job too.
The video itself is pretty good for an indie artist, I like the car the artist is driving in in the video… the kids dancing are a great touch, but I really like that he’s in the ghetto going around singing about the Lord and passing out Bibles in gang territory. Let me tell you, you have to be a lot tougher doing that than you have to be to carry a gun through there. I really enjoyed this music video and the song, I think that we will hear a lot more from GODs Vessel in the future, we wish him the best and look forward to hearing more!
Here’s an excerpt from GODs Vessel’s biography, he used to go by the name of ‘The Captain Elite,’ before giving his life to Jesus, “God said to Antione “everything before now under the stage name The Captain Elite is dead. I placed you in the field to mold you for your true journey”. The Lord gave him scriptures to stand on and confirm His word as well as the rebirth of the musical hunger and thirst. Antione loves the Lord Jesus Christ and he hungers and yearns for His word and love above all.
He has been re-birthed as God’s Vessel. So now with the Lord Jesus Christ guiding him, he vows to fulfill his purpose in ministry and build a legacy for the generations to come. This is the personal scripture God’s Vessel will stand on, therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2.21 Thanks and May GOD continue to bless you always in JESUS CHRIST mighty name AMEN!”
Click on the link for more information on this artist. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Oakland Christian Music Examiner, because coming up we have an exclusive interview with J. Jackson, the lead singer/songwriter for that parody band, ApologetiX.
I give this video 5 out of 5 and I highly recommend this artist for Christian Hip Hop fans!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
"I delight to do thy will.” Ps 40:8
Embarking on a rafting trip with friends: “We had a hard time leaving from shore…there was a great momentum keeping us ‘grounded.’ it got much easier once we decided to relax. We paused and reality set in concerning our drift out to sea. We immediately…grasped for safety, one arm holding the raft, the other aggressively swimming. A few minutes later we made little to no ground. A lifeguard in a kayak appeared, and we were relieved. We then joked about our distance from shore. But he wasn't laughing!
Buoys warned us not to go beyond this point, but we ignored them and drifted much further out than we should. The lifeguard didn't leave, but he didn't assist us either. Thirty minutes later I walked ashore…shaking from exhaustion.”
We don’t run away from our values, we drift away and wake up in places we never meant to. Sin can be so subtle; it lulls you into thinking you have it all together, then one day you discover you’re in over your head. God’s Word is our buoy, our warning that if you go any further, you will be endangering yourselves.
David said, “I take joy in doing your will…for your instructions are written on my heart.” The Hebrew word for “heart” means gut. It was used like we describe the heart as the core of our emotions. David’s thinking and emotions were so sharpened by Scripture, it became “part of [his]… being”. As a believer, God’s Word should be so ingrained in your heart that you want to do what’s right, and “ I delight to do His will.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
If You Plan On Hitting The Road Soon, Scan Through The TuneCore's Blog - Top 10 Needs for Every Touring Artist!
1. Invest in Your Case
If you read no farther (though I don’t suggest stopping here), read this tip. The most important item to have for your tour is a solid instrument case. Guitar, bass, drums, keytar, whatever, you want to keep your instruments safe while you and your band cram into the car and hit the road. Try for hard cases for your equipment, but make sure everything is light enough to carry. Most musicians are also their own roadies, so you’ll want to make sure your gear is safe but also easy to take in and out of venues.
2. Don’t Leave Home Without a Reliable Ride (+ Map or GPS)
You can’t play the show if you don’t make it there in the first place! This is why transportation is up there in importance with your gear. Depending on the size of your band, transportation can range from a small car to a mini-van, to a full on 15-passenger van (i.e. Chevy Express 3500). Make sure you keep the car stocked with a portable air pump, tire iron, and a spare tire, in case trouble strikes, and get the most reliable ride you can afford. Also consider signing up for AAA travel services—they’ll meet you anywhere and can usually get you back on the road in minutes. Having that reliable ride will pay off big time when you’re hustling from Asheville, North Carolina to your show the next day in Hartford, Connecticut.
3. Pack Some Snacks
Fact: traveling makes you hungry. If you’re trying to get from point A to point B without time to spare between shows, it always helps to have some snacks in the car to tide you over. Also, not being hungry means less grumpiness and therefore a more pleasant ride for you and your band. Granola bars or PB&J sandwiches work best in my experience, but the choice is yours to make. As far as drinks, I always say go with bottled water or Gatorade to help you stay hydrated. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the liquids or you’ll be stopping every five minutes for a bathroom break.
4. Dress for the Season
Some of the worst times I’ve had on tour were when I had to carry gear in the rain, without a raincoat. If it’s fall or winter, pack a coat, hat, gloves, and even a blanket for the car to help ease the chill. In the spring and summer, bring a raincoat, baseball cap, and maybe even a t-shirt to change into if you get sweaty and hot. The more prepared you are with extra clothes, the better you’ll feel.
5. Stay Entertained
You’re a musician and you’re on the road to play music, so naturally you should have a soundtrack for your tour. Bring CDs or an iPod to keep you entertained and inspired during long stretches on the road. It never hurts to listen to a band you love on the way to a gig—it helps get you pumped up to put on your best show.
6. Make Some Merch ( Pack a Sharpie)
Merch is so important to have at your live show. If you put on a killer show, your fans are going to want to take something home. Memories are great, but wouldn’t it be better if your fans had a t-shirt they could wear and show their friends? Couple that with the story about how great your show was and you are now slowly growing your fan base. CDs, t-shirts, and stickers are great go-to options for merch, but you can also look into making special posters/prints, vinyl, or really anything! Just make sure you have something you can give to your fans after your show, either for free or for sale.
7. Don’t Forget Your Camera
We all know that social media drives marketing, so having a camera to document everything your band does on the road will help keep fans interested in your tour. Take pictures of everything. The band eats lunch? Take a picture. The band’s hanging in the car? Take a picture. People want to feel as if they’re part of your band, so keeping track of little things makes your band feel inclusive. Also, be sure to take pictures of you actually playing music to show what happened when you rocked the stage. That will help people who were at the show remember how great it was, and get other fans excited for upcoming concerts. Keep up with social media and your fans will keep up with you.
8. Find Places to Crash
Sleep. We all need it and we all love it. Make sure you find places to crash. Hotels, friends’ (or strangers’) couches, or even your van—take time to sleep and everyone will be happier. If you need to get somewhere quickly but still need sleep, take turns driving so everyone can get a little shut eye. If you’re a solo artist, make sure to plan out at least a few hours to grab a quick nap so you can keep on rocking!
9. Start Printing Flyers And Promo Posters
As I said above, you need to promote your tour and let people know what’s happening. Though social media is a big deal in promotion, nothing beats physical interaction with fans. Handing out flyers at an open mic allows people to meet you and see what you’re like when you aren’t playing music. Also, hanging posters in venue windows does wonders for promotion as people see them whether or not they enter the venue. The more effort you put into the flyer, the more people will be interested in seeing what it says. A small effort here can help bring in a few extra ‘on the fence’ or curious fans just looking for something to do on a weekend night.
10. Get Ready to Connect
Every band should be comfortable with networking, because the importance of this skill goes beyond touring. I’ve made countless friends and fans through networking at shows while touring. I’ve met musicians I still know and work with and I’ve had the time of my life getting to know fans over a beer after the show. Knowing your audience helps you make better music, and the only way to truly meet someone is to go and speak with them in person. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but giving fans something like a card or sticker after the show can help break the ice. And think about it this way, if people stayed to the end of your set, it’s a safe bet they liked your music and would like to meet you too. So spread those wings, and get out there and start networking! What’s on your own list of touring needs? Let us know in the comments.This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are for informational purposes only. Be sure to prepare for what ever is best for you!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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