Buy Beats Online – A Guide

Note: I am not an attorney, and you should not consider this legal advice. This is Self Defense 101 for interacting with the music industry.

It pains me as a musician to suggest the ways on how you can purchase high quality music, buy beats online, for a low price. Yet, it’s obvious that you want to get the highest profit with your work for the least amount of buck. Also, $500,000 (i.e. for an ad campaign) seems a little pricey when you simply want to introduce the music into the beginning of your work or set it as the background of your music.

So, something you might want to know when you buy beats online is that you can get some really high quality beats for cheap–if only because the musician simply doesn’t know what he’s doing in the music publishing realm.


Buy Beats Online: Introduction


So, we’re going to discuss two main things when you buy beats online: 1) What you actually purchase and 2) Where you can purchase these high-quality beats. These are the two fundamentals toward getting the beats that you want. I’m going to cover #1 for now and link you to number two in an upcoming post.

I’m not saying that other publishers and writers don’t know what they’re talking about (they do), it’s just that most of what I’ve seen takes the music publishers into account, but it doesn’t take you into account.

Music publishers pushing for higher rates on their end doesn’t exactly take you into account, does it?


Buy Beats Online: What Are You REALLY Purchasing?


You MUST know what the hell you’re buying. That is, you want to know what you’re buying if you want to avoid the chance of a huge lawsuit should your creative work go big. You need to know what rights you have with the music you purchase, even though it can get a little technical.

You might buy a license for:

  • Personal Use License- (i.e. iTunes) In this license, you cannot redistribute this for a public performance or sale of any kind (Note: Mechanical License for Alterations)
  • A Mechanical License – In this license, you can alter the beats the person has made while keeping the initial integrity of the song)
  • A work-for-hire license – In this license, You pay a flat fee and the song is (usually) completely yours
  • A step deal – This, like the inadvertently created deal above, dictates that you pay the musician in amounts that elevate according to certain milestones you reach… let’s say that you purchase the beats to the song and you pay a certain royalty… then your music or your film his the box office for billions of dollars and rapes the world record a new one… according to the deal, you’ll need to pay something like “$10K bonus for every million made.”


Ensure that I, the music publisher, haven’t registered the songs I created via work-for-hire to ASCAP. This is because an ASCAP registered song doesn’t honor a work-for-hire agreement. And if you think you’ll commercialize an ASCAP-registered song without paying fees, you’ve got a surprise coming for you, per ASCAP’s site.

Also, according the music industry expert Randall Wixen in his book The Plain and SImple Guide to Music Publishing he notes frequently the power of performing rights organizations frequently.


By the way, as a music publisher, that would be cool if I could step up my income up based on your success.

For example, let’s say you make Avatar and “gross” $1,000,000,000 in revenue.

$1,000,000,000 => $1000 Million => 1000 x $10,000 = $10,000,000 you pay to me because of how awesomely successful you are.

Even though $10,000,000 is 1% of your revenue (note the chart below) and $10,000,000 has two fewer zeroes than the overall revenue from Avatar it’s still a huge chunk of money.



Sure, it seems fair that my awesome music helped make your movie what it is. But let’s face it. $10,000,000’s a rather big sum of money that you pay to me, right?

Well, even though I deserve the money or I feel that I deserve it (you know, because I created that kick-ass music/set of beats that helped you make your blockbuster hit)—even though I feel I deserve the money–you’ll get a much better deal by using a work-for-hire agreement with me.

And as we said before, the work-for-hire agreement means that you get to keep full rights to the music (usually), no questions asked.

You’d also make sure that the music you retrieve from me is NOT ASCAP registered–otherwise ASCAP will come aknocking for the royalties for:

  1. Movie theater presentations (or a percentage of the revenue) and
  2. the DVD sales royalties.


Just because you’ve drafted the work-for-hire agreement doesn’t mean that you can’t put royalty agreements or pay me, the musician, when your move turns into the blockbuster.


Buy Beats Online: License Recap

So, to recap, to save money, make sure that

  1. Whatever work you want from me is NOT ASCAP-registered
  2. Draft a work-for-hire agreement where you gain 100% ownership of my work (or some variation that allows me some ownership… which’d be more fair)


Buy Beats Online: Conclusion

What could it cost you not to learn the material above and make sure you know what you purchase? If you said, “It’d cost me big time,” I’d agree with you very much.

Look forward to seeing your awesome music with my work on the big screen. Just consider sending a royalty… even if the government doesn’t ask you to! It’s the music writers that give depth and vision to your work.

“Music is the most visual communication.”

Upcoming Themes

Upcoming Themes to Look For:

Beats (Selling Them and Making Them)
Instrumentals (Selling Them and Making Them)
Actually Implementing What You Learn

Fun Stuff Coming Up!

“In This Day [Industrial Music Publishing]… Became Nearly My Sole Occupation”

Here is an interesting quote. Again, I’m no expert in industrial music publishing; however, I find this quote incredibly inspiring.


“In this day [music publishing], and a particularly [industrial music publishing], in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation. I read with ardour those works, so full of genius and discrimination, which modern [musicians] have written and played on these subjects… My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my [studio]” (adapted from Shelley’s Frankenstein).

This quote has driven me to a level of inspiration so high in whatever I pursue. Whether I develop my skills in music or business (music business?), I look back at that quote often and feel even more driven to get the latest details and wisdom from the experts.


Perhaps it can help you, too. I wonder how much we can improve ourselves by looking a little bit more, by bringing just a little bit more quality information into our lives that we actually use.

Perhaps it would help us quite a bit to have the experts point us in the right direction–if only just a little bit more.


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About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)



(Sorry! Missed a couple days. I won’t let you down again, friend.)


This post may blow your mind. If you interact with negative people–even by accident–on a regular basis, then this might be useful to you. I’m no expert in music publishing yet, but I am aware that certain things can prevent you from publishing a big hit.

In Lord of the Flies, William Golding writes about a group of kids who crash landed on a deserted island. In this setting, he shows us how kids–and therefore people–interact with others on a deep, reptile level.

I like the quote that follows because it shows us something about ourselves that we can really learn from. Something that, once we learn to see this in life, we can work around it a little bit more.


In this section, Roger sees Henry playing in the sand. Standing behind a palm tree, some nuts hang above him, shake, then fall around him. This gives him an idea.

“Roger stopped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry–threw it to miss… Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policeman and the law. Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that new nothing of him and was in ruins.”

This little piece shows us two things at once:

  1. It shows us how civilization has beaten down our dark side
  2. It shows us how civilization has beaten out what we want in life

Naturally, the first helps us out. It stops someone else from beating us senseless to see if we have any money on us (most of the time). It stops some really dark stuff from happening.

But what about the second one? I’d like to think that the people around us have very specific ideas of what they want us to be.

  • Our parents want us to grow up and get a good job.
  • Our friends want to feel special, so if you do something new, they’ll call everything we want to do “Stupid,” “Retarded,” or they’ll say, “Oh, that’ll never work.”
  • Our boss, should we choose a job, wants us to shut up and do it the way it’s always been done; he doesn’t want us to rock the boat

If you’ve read Lord of the Flies, then you’ll know that Roger does become evil and knocks this fat kid, Piggy off a cliff. We probably don’t want to do that, but you’ll probably want to do something like publish a great song that gets you $50,000 in revenue each year.

Yet, Civilization seems to keep us at least 6 yards away from our positive target, too.


So how do we avoid civilization’s conditioning? How do we start throwing rocks that actually hit the target–in the good sense?

There’s a couple ways that seem to work for me at the moment–I haven’t achieve success yet, but the following list can help you. It might seem like a stretch, but if we want to get past civilization telling us we’re wrong for going after something we want, then you might want to try this:

  1. In Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, he says to hold an imaginary counsel with those you admire; this will put the qualities you want from them into your own self
  2. In Napoleon Hill’s Master-Key to Riches, he suggests holding a counsel with the “Eight Princes” (similar to the one above… but helps you make your emotions better, more empowering)
  3. We can constantly read what will make us stronger
  4. We can believe something like, “Whenever [Person X] interacts with me, it means that she hates me or feels indifferent to me; anytime she’s quiet or stays away, it means she loves me.”
I’ve made this a study of mind, but if try out the above four things, you’ll notice a big difference in how you see the world.

Term of the Day: Work-for-Hire

If you want to make sure you kill most of your long-term royalties and deals, perform music in work-for-hire agreements.

A lot of people look around for the quick and easy buck… and then take it when the chance arises. Though, people often miss out on relatively gargantuan royalties down the line… all because they didn’t take the appropriate measures to think long-term.

Thankfully, you can avoid any long-term screwups from our hardwired desire for instant gratification if you sign up for a performing rights organization. At least ASCAP anyway. If you register with ASCAP, they’ll protect you somewhat… as long as your register your songs.

To Do List: Check out ASCAP’s Payment system and consider registering for ASCAP or BMI… then register your songs

In What Situations Do We Want to Avoid the Use of Computer Software?

A bottle of water when traversing the desert can save your life. A bottle of water when treading water in the middle of the ocean without a lifejacket does nothing for us.


It’s important to recognize that everything helps us in moderation. Facebook, Friendship, food, water, oxygen… we all gain the most benefit when we get “Just enough” of these things. Let’s use computer software when appropriate (i.e. mastering) and not let it clog up the process. Other components of life will help you make the music you like.


The two biggest places to avoid computer software, to me, includes improvisations (you can still use the in-software synth… just don’t edit as you go) and then public performances, which uses the same rules as improvisation. Etc.


A rule of thumb you can follow: Simply play first… just develop your music and play with your instruments. THEN go into the editing process.

This is Writing 101.


Improvise: Play music for X amount of time (say, ten minutes–but ideally thirty minutes to an hour).

Why do we enjoy Reason over other software?

To save lives with the least pain and the most precision, you need the sharpest scalpel and tools available.

We enjoy Reason above the others simply because we’ve familiarized ourselves more with this technology more so than the other pieces of technology (mostly).  Otherwise, we simply know that Reason exudes a level of power much greater than Fruity Loops or Ableton, it seems.

You can probably prove me wrong, because we can do plenty with whatever resource we’ve installed on our computer (an artist will make art with charcoal and paper or a turd and a wall), but you can use a sharp scalpel to perform a triple bypass… or your unclipped fingernails. No one will stop you… except maybe the police.


Seriously, if you check out Reason, you’ll end up freaking out about how great it is. No one but you can figure out what software works for you.


Download: Download Reason from


About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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What Would Happen If You Made Your Music Better and Better… Not Perfect? (Plus: Music Theory)

This question results from a business-based home-study course titled, How to Build a Profitable Business from Scratch by Eben Pagan. You’ll find this important because he demonstrates how people ruin their ability to develop because of their perfectionistic attitudes on the world of meeting needs and building products and marketing.

If only people would focus on improvement, then people would skyrocket their ability to craft and produce beautiful, da Vinci (or Michael Jackson) level music. I say this with absolute certainty, because everything I applied this “Better and Better” method too (including music) has doubled, tripled and quadrupled in quantity quality.


What happened with me when I used this? With music, I now play for fifteen to fifty minutes every day at a rather advanced level (chord progressions and scale-oriented melodies in harmony with each other)–where I used to only play for ten minutes at a really crappy level.

If that’s not a shift in the quality of life and the music we create, then  I don’t know what is.


To proselytize yourself from the clogged cog world of perfectionism, go for “Great” by asking, “What could I do better,” instead of “Why can’t I make this perfect?”


Run: Ask yourself this question right now and, when you go out in the world, for whatever purpose, ask yourself this wheneveryou’ll enjoy your life about fifty times better–especially within the context of whatever you focus on.


About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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Who Can Help the Most with Music Theory and Your Music?

Any person I know who succeeded the most (such as Trent Reznor, Justin Bieber, Michael Phelps) has always allowed an outer source, or a “music mentor” of sorts,  to help guide him along his path and chip away at the diamond he is.

For you and/or I, this outer source will first compress the coal that we might be in a given area… which will give us the diamond in the rough that he can “chip” in the first place.


So who will help you most with music theory and compress your carbon-based self-image into a beautiful diamond in the rough? Your audience, another professional musician, a professional teacher, and/or someone who already made it big in the music business (I consider this one step above “professional musician).
To help these people help you most, observe a few things, such as: How do you physiologically change your audience when they hear your music; what do they say after you play; and what does the professional musician recommend upon hearing your music?


If you need to contact these “music mentors” in the first place, act on the following: e-mail VIPs constantly, always make new music, improve what you have, study your best sources of music theory, call these VIPs, visit these VIP’s in person, deliver whatever you promise, and then, finally, enjoy life.

For more information on contacting big time artists and music publishers, I highly recommend that you peruse this excerpt when leaving your voicemails or meeting them in person:

“The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.”

No one ever bought anything on an elevator by Seth Godin

Additionally, (and I just realized that you can download for free from Tony’s website!) you might consider books such as Selling to Vito, which  =^)

Because every musician needs to learn to sell his music.


Action Step (Repeated for Effect): Go now and massage the kinks and flaws from your music with the help of the music mentors above with the strategy given above.


About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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“Energy Flows Where Attention Goes”: Pay Attention To Your Music

If you come from a similar background to me, then you recognize that family fights run deep within your family. Well, as it turns out (you’ll like this little nugget of gold here), I used to always believe that diving in the middle of the proverbial s*** storm would allow me to pull everyone up in an anti-gravity beam of light. Well, I had infused energy into the argument, which has only exacerbated the issue.

That’s the bad side of this delicious pancake.

Now the good side of the pancake (cut the pancake in half and eat the good side). When I stopped paying attention to that garbage, they literally disappeared–both for myself and those involved. This means that we have a lot of influence on others based on what we care about about and devote ourselves to.


If we haven’t made this clear yet (lol), it applies very much to music creation and music publishing.

Don’t reward garbage with your attention. Your family, friends, and your music will conform to whatever you focus on the most (even if the absolute trash doesn’t seem to go away at first, give it time… it will). \

When you let things flow in improv, thinking about the beautiful music you want to create (or the theme), you will probably make something incredible.

When you focus on that bastard who stole your music rights (or when you focus on hording your music from any would-be shark), you could very possibly hinder your positive energy that you could otherwise devote to crafting high-quality art in the form of your music.
Time to apply this law POSITIVELY to your life. Let’s do something great with your music career… both in music production and music publishing.

Before we start, take a moment to do the following: Focus on your subconscious mind. Focus on the positive impacts of your life. Focus on the good qualities of life. I mentioned in my first post that most people tend to filter most good in life. Then, even if they don’t receive the bad (i.e. they filter out the bad), they generally live a very neutral life. It seems crazy.

Take ten minutes just to study everything about your career. To do this, buy books on music publishing and music production (such as The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing). Then, create Google account and subscribe to every music publishing blog available. Then read daily.

Afterward, especially every day after this ten minutes session, create a power plan now to play music, improvise for ten minutes while bringing in the most powerful concepts into your play. It’ll make things so much more fun and more available.


Wouldn’t it fill your life with value, wouldn’t you emote your most valued feeling every time when you know that whenever something bad comes around that, as long as you train your mind to focus on the great aspects of life, the bad will shrink to a tiny blip… which then fuels the positive in life with both energy saved and energy produced via recycling.

Ignore the drama and the bad deals life may throw you. It’ll give you more room to focus on the good ones still to come, you will enjoy a lot more love and success in life, because where attention goes energy flows.



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