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FSD Feature: 15 Essential Bop Songs

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Feature by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Those who can read the spirit of the times know that if something dominates a culture, a response is already underway. But who would have thought that Chicago would get an antithesis to drill almost exactly one year later? If the summer of 2012 belonged to drill, the summer of 2013 belonged to bop.

You have the leg swooshy dance and the hyper poppy music. Neither are mutually exclusive. The current faces of the Chicago bop scene, DLow and Kemo, have uploaded clips of themselves getting down to techno music and the music is so good it often stands on it’s own two. Bop is the rare subgenre that is boldly pop music. Most genres worship the hook, but bop is the rare one that’s completely honest about it.

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FSD Feature: DLow Talks Record Deal, Chicago’s Bop Scene & “DLow Shuffle”

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Interview by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Upon entering the Dough Street Entertainment studio, I was surprised to see one of the monitors playing the video for “The DLow Shuffle.” I gestured to the monitor and looked over at DLow, who was getting up from a chair near the door, “How many times would you say you’ve heard this song in the last 2 weeks?” I asked. His eyes widened as he let loose a tired sigh. “Man,” he said, “I don’t even know.”

Darrion Simmons, better known as DLow, is perched at an interesting mid-point in his career. His dance sensation smash “The DLow Shuffle” is gaining momentum everyday edging Chicago’s bop scene further onto the national stage along with it. Now that the song has been scooped up by Atlantic Records, it’s right on the verge of breaking through on a major scale. But DLow is eager to prove he’s more than “The DLow Shuffle” and he’s about to face the greatest challenge a new artist can face, making good on promise the second time around.

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FSD Feature: Would You Rather With Taylor Bennett

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Created by Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen for Fake Shore Drive

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers, friends, Romans, countrymen. We’re back with our original series and feature on FSD: Would You Rather? The brainchild of Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen, this video segment features the Chi’s rising stars answering a series of rather strange and off-kilter questions. The answers? Sometimes hilarious. The questions? Most times ridiculous. The facial expressions? Always priceless.

It’s something you’re going to need to watch to fully understand, and today we return with our fifth installment featuring the super charged persona of Taylor Bennett. Over the course of the past few months, Taylor has been selling out shows, rocking stages across the country, and hitting his fans over the head with quality music on a consistent basis. But how does Taylor handle tough decisions (and believe there are many in life)? Well, we sat down with the young turk for another exciting episode of Would You Rather? Tune in and figure out how he handles the pressure cooker.

FSD Feature: Lil Bibby Talks New EP ‘The Book’ & Handling Rise To Fame

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Interview by Keith Reid-Cleveland (@kreid_c)

Lil Bibby is the newest promising face to be attached to Chicago’s music scene. Free Crack, his first and only mixtape, was released at the end of November and has reached almost 800,000 views on LiveMixtapes.com since then. Showing some perfectionist tendencies, Bibby wasn’t satisfied with those numbers. Having received cosigns from the likes of Drake, Mac Miller, Juicy J and many more respected people within the industry, Bibby is looking to have a strong 2014 starting with the release of The Book, his upcoming EP. Bibby talked to Fake Shore Drive about the EP, how he deals with his rise to fame and why being at South by Southwest may have been the worst experience of his life thus far.

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FSD Feature: 10 Artists Kanye West Should Executive Produce Albums For

| February 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

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Words by Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)

Before sitting in early morning traffic two days ago, news broke that Kanye West would be executive producing Tyga’s new album. ‘Ye guiding and assisting Tyga on his new album could result in a solid project, but I couldn’t help but think that there are at least 25 other artists albums that I’d rather hear Kanye executive produce.

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FSD Feature: Would You Rather With ShowYouSuck

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Created by Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen for Fake Shore Drive

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers, friends, Romans, countrymen. We’re very excited to introduce a brand new series and feature on FSD: Would You Rather? The brainchild of Cameron Chapleau and Matthew Andreasen, this new video segment will feature the Chi’s rising stars answering a series of rather strange and off-kilter questions. The answers? Sometimes hilarious. The questions? Most times ridiculous. The facial expressions? Always priceless.

It’s something you’re going to need to watch to fully understand, and today we return with our fourth installment featuring the always entertaining antics of ShowYouSuck. Show is hands down one of the brightest minds in Chicago music, so we couldn’t continue the series without his involvement. Trust when we say that this episode doesn’t suck. No pun intended. Or something.

FSD Feature: For Your Amusement: Navigating The Local Live Music Scene & Its Expenses

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Words by Hank McCoy (@HankTheReal)

Times are tough. We all feel it. Everyday we deal with the effects of a busted economy and a scrambling citizenry. They tell us things are getting better. But I can’t see it. The state of the people historically will dictate the state of everything else. Business, culture, entertainment, trends…all of it is influenced. The live music scene, in this city, like everything else has been attempting to adapt to changes around it. A culture in Chicago that has long been at the forefront of creativity and progress is fighting to survive and thrive in spite of it all.

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FSD Feature: Monetizing The Celestial Jukebox: How Independent Artists & Labels Can Get Paid For Their Digital Content

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Words by John Miranda, a Chicago-area lawyer and consultant

It’s been over twelve years since the effective collapse of physical media as a viable business model, but many artists, labels, and publishers still struggle to monetize their digital copyright holdings. Additionally, there are many commentators, especially from the tech camp, who eagerly suggest that artists forget about copyright as a revenue stream and view online infringement of their copyrighted music as free advertising. Although the digital millennium has seen a steep decline in value of music copyrights, there are still many ways that innovative and diligent copyright holders can cash in on the streaming music revolution. Check out the tips and resources below to start building a digital monetization strategy for your copyrighted music.

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FSD Feature: David D.A. Doman: The Tipping Point

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

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If you work in the Chicago music scene, a name you’ve surely heard over the past few years is David D.A. Doman. He’s put in work and paid dues in the local market, having crafted beats for the likes of Bump J, Mikkey Halsted and ZMoney; but David is now making national waves, having recently laced beats for such major label artists as Fabolous, 2 Chainz and Tyga.

David’s stock is quickly rising, and is sure to hit a fever pitch after his most recent placement — the first single from the forthcoming Young Money compilation (featuring Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Tyga) — hits the airwaves. So if you’re looking to get some work in with Mr. Doman, you better put in your requests now, because his number will surely be changed soon.

We recently sat down with the incredibly humble and hardworking producer to talk about his recent success, what he has in the pipeline, and he even offers up some advice and words of wisdom for up and coming producers. Hit the jump to check it out.

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FSD Feature: Projects We’re Anticipating In 2014

| January 21, 2014 | 17 Comments

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Words by Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) and Ty Howard (@someguynamedty)

With 2014 in full swing, artists are now creeping out of the woodwork and will slowly begin trickling out the releases they’ve been holed up, quietly recording, during the holiday season and hibernation months — especially this winter. Some artists will wait until SXSW approaches to attempt to crack the buzz scene in Austin, while others prefer to wait for the summer months to make their splash.

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