Valholla A&R Dom Savant discusses his new project The Syndicate

First of all, the title The Syndicate was thought of by my mother. A syndicate is a group of individuals or organizations combined to promote some common interest. I throw ideas off of her and she will give me feedback.

She is the reason I am so deep into hip-hop. I got into her CD collection when I was like 7 or 8 years old and found the soundtrack to Peter Spirer’s 1997 documentary film Rhyme & Reason. From that point on I just loved hip-hop then I ended up learning the cello, that’s another story.

The making of The Syndicate started in early November 2019 and was fully completed in the middle of January 2020. My inspiration came Dreamville’s latest album Revenge of the Dreamers 3 and the work DJ Khaled had done since I could remember him producing the song “We Takin’ Over” about 12 years ago. So I decided to use the depot of artists I accumulated over the five years I lived in Virginia.

To create The Syndicate, I had to create an objective of what the album stood for and promoted. My goal in life is to create a platform for independent artists to get the recognition they deserve. I took that passion and then wanted to bring artists together that have never worked with each other or will complement each other on a record. This started when I drop my song Pew Pew featuring Kuatro Kash and Bully. That was for fun, then I heard about LISTENtoSIN getting one of his songs remixed and I wanted to do that to my song. After that, I created the 16-bar open verse and I put the word out about anyone wanting to be on the remix. The remix now has Acevswill, Israel Dope, Kuatro Kash, Bully, Lil 6, Shawn Stark, and OhCartier.

The Syndicate has 12 songs on it and of those 12 I was able to facilitate two of the songs personally, like in the studio and create the idea behind the song. One song is an R&B song called Ain’t A Thing by JessArose and Nasá, produced by Cameron Warren. Ain’t A Thing was the first R&B song I worked on and it was out of my comfort zone because I am not a fan of R&B music, but it wasn’t til met Nasá and her EP made me like R&B. The song other is a rap called Life Like. The artist on the song is Dave King, Camp Cee, and me, but I went under my old rap name Kidish Gamdino, with production by TheBeachBoyy. The other songs were done in the time and space of the other artists on the project.

I learned a lot during the process of making The Syndicate, especially since it was finished in about 3.5 months. The next syndicate album will be on all platforms in 2021 and even more artists that weren’t on the first Syndicate. Listen to the album exclusively on Audiomack. – Dom Savant

Producer Darick Jr. releases his “Send Beats” Beat Tape

On Wednesday, January 29th, Producer Darick Jr. released his 16 track Beat Tape titled “Send Beats”, which is available on all platforms.

Here’s what Darick said about the new tape, “I’m aiming for this original project to be something indie artists can download, write and freestyle to. Casual listeners can also enjoy the vibes for their audio pleasure.”

You can listen to “Send Beats” on all platforms and for FREE on Audiomack, YouTube and Spotify.

Investing in Music in 2020

As we enter into 2020, the music business has experienced over four years of double-digit growth. This growth is mostly thanks to streaming and its rise with Spotify, Apple Music, and others. With subscribers of streaming services still growing around the world, this is the perfect time for investors to enter into the music sector. According to the RIAA, in the first half of 2019, at wholesale value, revenues for recorded music rose to $3.5 billion. This doesn’t include revenue from tours and merchandise.

People seeking to invest in music can approach it in many different ways. Some investors have taken the route of investing in music royalties via catalogs through companies like Royalty Exchange and The Hipgnosis Songs Fund. For an investor seeking to invest in the long run, creating valuable original catalogs is the best route. Here’s a breakdown of the differences.

Royalty Exchange is an online marketplace for buying and selling music royalties. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund is a publicly-traded (London Stock Exchange) company that offers investors pure-play exposure to songs and IP they’ve acquired which allows investors to enjoy the windfall of some of the best and highest selling music from producers and songwriters like Timbaland, The Dream and so much more.

For investors seeking the long game and multiple revenue streams, they should consider creating or being a part of original music catalogs. There are many ways to approach this but this route requires investment and patience. If you’re an investor who has no idea how the music business works, its best to work with a reputable company to maximize this direction. You can do this through your own record label or partnership with an existing label.

With streaming, this approach is a no brainer because today, music has moved to an “attention economy”. So if you have good music with the means of getting it to the public, and cutting through the noise, the opportunities are endless.

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Adam Dollar$ releases “Weekends” featuring Alexis Danielle

Adam Dollar$ is showing no signs of slowing down. After releasing his critically acclaimed project, ‘It Comes With A Price’ which peaked in the top 20 of iTunes’ Hip Hop charts, he has continued to release new music. Today, his new single “Weekends” which features singer Alexis Danielle is out now. LA On Lock calls it “A love song delivered with a nice Contemporary Pop groove from Alexis Danielle, and an emotional Rap flow from Adam Dollar$”.

Here’s what Adam said about the single, “Weekends is a situational song. It implies the weekends being the prominent time where a busy couple can get together, the anticipation for it to occur, and the feeling that it never lasts quite long enough.”

Listen to the single on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.