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Juma Spears Graduates Recording Connection with Connections

No matter where our members take part in our program we know that artists, both big and small in name, are always abundant and provide great learning opportunities. One of those lessons is to find success when working outside of you preferred genre. Read below find have Juma Spears, a local hip-hop artist, can you understand this for himself and know there will be plenty more for you to learn as well.

“Some of the artist that I recorded with where everyone from actual bands, like full on bands because that was one of the lesson plans, was also a rapper named Doobie Shine, he’s locally known around here and it was just interesting to watch another rapper because I love rapping myself and with him we actually got connected to a music group, a local label down here that I was able meet. I’m a rapper myself and people know me, that I’m working around here, know my face. As far as the bands it was way more difficult than a rapper, with a rapper you put a microphone in front of them and the beat is all he really needs, you’re basically just in and out and when most rappers that have been working for a while they don’t need time for all that extra stuff but the bands a whole different story. I mean so many mics to us that it took hours so I was very surprised by how tired I was mentally after like an hour and a half, two hours I’m like tired from just sitting there listening and moving some faders here and there. They were pretty experienced in recording, they already knew what they wanted so we really didn’t have to do that much with them but it was crazy the amount of equipment that was necessary. When they finally left I was talking with Jeff (his mentor) and I was like, “So do we get to leave to?” He was like, “No we got to clean all this up” and I’ll never forget
how much stuff it was having to deal with all of the crap and putting everything back and stuff and I’m like yeah so this is the whole job it’s not all fun and games behind the board.”

— Juma Spears, Fort Worth, TX