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March 15th, 2011

Member of the Month - March 2011

By Emily Moldenhauer

Though born in Palm Springs CA, Dee Wilson considers himself a Bay Area native, where he was raised and has found an artistic community to pursue his life dreams in the arts. A well-rounded artist, Dee has been singing and dancing since the age of five, drawing and writing since seven, and now as a young adult of 18, is finding success in photography and modeling. Being a dancer, fashion designer, and so much more, Dee Wilson never tires to inspire others and be inspired. Throughout his run with singing/songwriting, Dee’s R&B-influenced style has been compared to Kid Cudi, B.o.B and Fonzworth Bentley and his sound can be found on YMR’s 2010 mixtape Run This Town. As an LGBQT activist and leader in his community, Dee will be remembered for his familiar smile, his willingness to connect to those around him, and his seriousness about his craft and art. Keep your eyes peeled for him in the future, as he plans to continue competing in dance competitions, writing, recording music, and designing fashion!

Watch the video before to hear more about Dee in his own words continue reading the rest of the blog for some fun facts!

December 08th, 2010

Member of the Month - December 2010

By Emily Moldenhauer

Happy Holidays Everyone! and Season’s Greetings from YMR..
As November has come and gone, and the Fall season is coming to an end, it’s about that time again for another edition of Youth Movement Records’ MEMBER OF THE MONTH; a relatively new monthly feature where we recognize and honor members who are positively contributing to the life, art, and flavor of this organization. We started off with the rapper/emcee, Miss LLDB back in October, then shined the light on the mad beat-making and engineering skills of Sir Alex Wesley aka Fat Boi (or Snacks) for November... and this month, for December, we’re dedicating to paying our respects to the activist, community leader, and beautiful soul of the East Bay, Tania Pulido!!! To find out more information about Tania read her bio below or check out her video interview made by the media makers and soul-shakers of YMR!


NAME: Tania Pulido
AGE: 21 years old
CRAFT: Video Producer, Social Documentarian, Community Activist
LOVES: Gardening, long skirts, her community, grass-roots organizing
HATES: Evil oil companies (such as Chevron) who pollute under-resourced communities
INSPIRATIONS: Amy Goodman, and all grass-roots social activists
SOMETHING WEIRD: She is a master hula-hooper

Born and raised in Richmond, California, Tania Pulido was what some may have referred to as an “at risk youth" back in her teenage years. But when the reality of Richmond’s toxic climate crisis (which was causing high rates of sickness and poor health within the community) became too real to ignore, she dedicated her life to stopping environmental and social injustice, and began using the art of activism to uplift herself. Now an activist, organizer, and leader in her community, she currently is working as Program Coordinator at Urban Tilth, (a Richmond non-profit manifesting a more sustainable and just food system). Tania went from being a youth participant to receiving a leadership position on staff at YMR’s sister organization, RYSE Center, as a Media and Arts assistant program coordinator. It was through this position that she joined us here at YMR-Oakland as a program assistant.

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December 01st, 2010

New Music Video from Kurse Krew - "Don't Mess Wit"!

Check out the new music video for Don't Mess Wit by YMR All-Stars Kurse Krew!

Directed by Bigg Nappy of PhotoFittness; Music Producer - S.K.A.L.A.; Executive Producer - Rob Reason; Song ft. on "BLESSINGS OF THE KURSE" mixtape [to purchase, go to http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=kursekrew]

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November 10th, 2010

Member of the Month - November 2010

By Emily Moldenhauer

Hello WORLD! Greetings from Youth Movement Records and its beloved city, Oakland! Here we are, back again with another installment of YMR’s Member Of The Month; a feature where we recognize and honor the young artists, participants and members involved who are consistently contributing, shining, and keeping this youth movement alive and going! Youth Movement Records exists as a home for Bay Area youth to come and use music and art as an outlet, turn that outlet into a voice, and use their voices to empower themselves and their community. Yes, this is a new generation of soul-shakers, life-changers, and ground-breakers... which is why YMR would like to take the opportunity to recognize youth who are making strides and holding it down for Oakland, for all that is... which is dope!

Please check out some words and the VIDEO INTERVIEW (find it by clicking on "Read More" below) of this next featured Member of the Month, and see how he is using his art to uplift himself and is positively representing Oakland with his dope music. Without further ado... Ladies n’ Gents, meet Alex.

WHO: Alexander Wesley
STAGE NAMES: Fat Boi aka FB, and Snacks
AGE: 18 years
CRAFT: Producer, Beat Maker, Studio Engineer
INFLUENCES: Ryan Leslie, Issac Hayes, Will Bracy, and his Grandma; Audrey Wesley
MUSIC GROUP: New Generation Music (a.k.a. NewGen)
SOMETHING WEIRD: Alex was born premature and his birth weight was the same as his birthday! (No Joke- Weight: 2 pounds, 6 ounces. Birthday: 2/6/92) ... Some say Alex is a walking miracle.

ABOUT ALEX:

They say that some do it for the money, some do it for the fame, but some do it for the music because the rest is just a game.

Alex is definitely one of those who is truly in it for the music, and you can tell just by listening to the way he talks about making a beat or mixing a song in the studio. A Bay Area native raised in Oakland, California, Alex grew up with a passion for art and music, but lacked the creative environment to pursue his passion seriously. His grandmother introduced him to the piano and drawing at a young age, but it wasn’t until he stumbled upon Youth Movement Records around 2 years ago that he was able to find a creative, supportive space and community in which he could distinguish and advance in two of his greatest talents; beat-making and audio-engineering. A high school graduate of Oakland School for the Arts, a YMR All-Star, and now a student of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Alex continues to progress as an artist and leader at YMR and in his community. Alex continues to contribute to our organization by working in YMR’s studio; recording, mixing and mastering our artists’ songs, and also by providing YMR artists and video projects with so many hot instrumental beats to choose from that we couldn’t even count if we tried. Check out one of YMR’s newest projects which Alex’s beats were featured on.... our Job Corps Promo Video... and DON’T MISS HIS VIDEO INTERVIEW (Click "Read More" to find it below)!!!

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October 29th, 2010

Music Publishing & Copyright Company Meeting

Monday, October 25th we welcomed Claytoven Richardson and Larry Batiste to speak to the crew about music publishing and copyrights. Larry and Claytoven are longtime supporters of Youth Movement Records and were the 2 dynamic individuals that helped YMR pioneer our Musical Mentoring Project in 2009, which culminated in the production of Pure Delite.

The company meeting was very well attended and we started our discussion by posing a question to the group -- "Who do you think makes more money -- Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey? Why?" as our icebreaker. We then discussed the different streams of income for each artist, as a segue to the benefits of writing and performing your own music.

We talked about songs as property and protecting your property through the process of copyright. Our guests also answered questions about how artists/writers get paid, how collaborations work, and the role of a publisher.

For some of the topics addressed in video form, check out these short clips we found on YouTube:

For some of the notes, check out the amended PowerPoint Presentation, below:

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October 22nd, 2010

Music & Politics Company Meeting

Monday, October 18th the focus of our Company Meeting was Music & Politics. We talked about how we each define “politics" and how it relates to music and our community. A good point of discussion was the power attached to the control of money in society.

Check out this playlist embedded below to watch some of the videos we compiled for the meeting!

The first features Lupe Fiasco speaking out against Atlantic Records about 360 Deals and pushing his new album... another way politics and music collide, and in this case one that's detrimental for Lupe as an artist and his fans. This was part of a keynote address that Lupe Fiasco gave at The Second Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative in Dayton, OH earlier this month.

October 14th, 2010

Help YMR All Star Anais kickstart the "Love Can Burn" Music Video!

"Love Can Burn" has been a dream collaboration between two writer/producers, two filmmakers, and one dynamic diva. That "dynamic diva" is Anais, one of YMR's All Stars that participated in the Musical Mentoring Project. She is currently enrolled at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, and well on her way to launch her career. We fully support her dream, talent, work ethic, and vision and hope you will too.

Anais is now gearing up to shoot the video for the single, and the team NEEDS OUR HELP! They want to produce a video that will rival the classic R&B videos of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Janet Jackson. They have already secured professional camera and lighting equipment for the shoot, but need about $5000 to fulfill their vision for the set and costume design. The money will also help fund transportation, a fire marshal, and other incidental expenses.

Click here to watch a video about their vision, and work thus far. The project is hosted on Kickstarter, an innovative online funding platform for creative projects and ambitious endeavors. You pledge your support with as little as $1, but what makes Kickstarter unique is their "all-or-nothing" approach -- projects must be fully funded before their time expires or no money changes hands. So please pledge your support and encourage friends to do the same by November 22nd!

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October 04th, 2010

Member of the Month - October 2010

By Emily Moldenhauer

All over the world young people are feeling it. It’s the bounce in their step, the sensation in their fingers... it’s that passion...that feeling that there is no other time but RIGHT NOW to make life into art and share that art with the world. Beginning this month, Youth Movement Records will be creating a MONTHLY feature to recognize the young and fresh-minded artists, members, and participants who are actively and positively using art as an outlet and a tool for empowerment. Props to those keeping this youth movement alive - this is what Youth Movement Records lives for! Check out a few words about this month’s artist and DON’T MISS the video interview to really pick up the swag that this artist is putting down.. oh Yes folks, its LLDBL


WHO: Alexis Johnson
STAGE NAME: LLDBL (stands for Lil’ Lex Da Beast Loyal)
AGE: 15 years old
GENRE: Rap, R&B, Hip-Hop
INFLUENCES: Eminem and Ryan Peters
COMPARED TO: “a female version of Lil Wayne” - YMR freestyle instructor Dose One
SOMETHING WEIRD: She is deathly allergic to ALL fruits (as in she hates them)

ABOUT LLDBL:
Born and raised in East Oakland, Alexis has lived and breathed hip-hop and what it means to grow up in the struggle. Aspiring to be a female emcee in the male-dominated rap game, Alexis has felt forces pushing against her for all of her life and has continued to develop as an individual and an artist. Alexis is committed to staying positive and uses YMR as a space to tell her story through song. In her 2 years here at YMR, Alexis has been involved in workshops, video production projects, recording, and two of her songs have been featured on YMR’s first installation of the Run This Town mixtape (to be released this November). She is also presently working on completing her first solo project (stay tuned for details). Alexis describes YMR as a home away from home, and talks about her music as being raw and real....

August 26th, 2010

YMR Alum TheSeKondElement Rocks HOB in New Orleans!

Last night, Youth Movement Records alum TheSeKondElement performed LIVE at the House of Blues in New Orleans for Certified NOLA, a concert featuring all local artists hosted by Supreme Street x Traffic Boutique. Watch the video to get a glimpse of what you missed!

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July 15th, 2010

Industry Insider Series - DJ Amplive

DJ Amplive of Zion-I lets us in on the TRUTH of the music industry... "It's not just about the music, you have to be professional and you have to know your business..." Watch the video below for more and let us know what you think!