140 Characters Conference (Detroit) Music Panel

140conf LogoOn Wednesday, October 20th, I will have the distinct privilege of moderating a panel at the 140 Characters Conference in Detroit. The panel will include Martin “DJ Graffiti” Smith – VP of Marketing at A-Side Worldwide, Dominic Arellano – Founder of the Few Records, and Jason Gittinger – Executive Producer of The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music.

We plan to talk about building a music economy in Detroit and how the real-time web can help build it. Here are the general touch points that we plan to discuss.

The event should be streamed live and we are tentatively-scheduled to go out around 2:30pm. Stay tuned to the #140conf feed for the live-stream link.

What do you think of the topic we plan to cover? Do you have any suggestion for anything specific that you don’t see here that we need to discuss? Let me know in the comments.

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Martin “DJ Graffiti” Smith – Hipsters Need Soul Too

DJ Graffiti is the homey from wa-aaaay back. As long as I’ve been involved in the Michigan hip hop scene, I’ve been cool with my man Martin. If you’re from Michigan and you don’t Graffiti, then you’re fronting. Honestly, he’s the hardest working DJ in Michigan and he rivals the big boys in the Midwest making noise. It comes as no surprise that he’s done mixtapes with guys like Mick Boogie. People all over the world know about Graffiti!

An excerpt from his bio will explain why he’s one of my heroes:

As CEO of Rapture Enterprises LLC and VP of Marketing for management company A-Side Worldwide, Martin Smith has his business bases covered. In the past, DJ Graffiti and Martin Smith have operated like separate entities, but today two become one. Today, the music industry and the business world will both be personally re-introduced to Martin “DJ Graffiti” Smith, the Marketing Mogul.

There’s no one else around my way that has that kind of resume, sorry.

Even beyond all that, my man can do wizard work on the decks, which leads me up to presenting his latest mixtape – Hipsters Need Soul Too.

DJ Graffit and Buff1

With an exclusive joint from and hosted by A-Side family member, Buff1 (hence, his appearance in the photo above), Graffiti tries to tackle the hipster phenomenon that has the internet going nuts. He basically showcases that you cannot front on the music, even if you hate the “look.” At the same time, he asks that the folks involved keep it honest and let folks know that there’s more to it than tight pants and Day-Glo fits. Or else… this mixtape probably wouldn’t exist.

Now the link above only gets you the first part of the mix. There’s a bonus mix that you can only get from DJGraffiti.com, where you can leave a donation to cop the rest. It includes an exclusive Buff1 remix, so don’t sleep. The official mix is tracked out too, so you can skip around easier if you really hate the “hipster” joints.

Hipsters Need Soul Too cover
1. Buff1 – What Does Hipster Mean? (exclusive)
2. Intro
3. Jessica Tonder and Proton – The Bee Rmx
4. Mickey Factz – Light
5. 6th Sense & Wildabeast (Both Nice) – Arcade Fly
6. Sir-Mix-A-Lot – Posses on Broadway
7. Black Moon – How Many MC’s (Cool Kids G-Fix)
8. Eazy E (NWA) – Boyz in the Hood
9. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
10. Black Milk – Stupid
11. Masta Ace – Born To Roll
12. Rahsaan – Sneaker Store Terrorist
13. Pacific Division – Taste
14. O.C. – Times Up G-Fix
15. Cool Kids – Dreams
16. Cepia – Ithaca
17. J Dilla ft. Ayah – Like This G-Fix (exclusive)
18. Heralds of Change – Work That
19. C.R.A.C. (Ta’Raach & Blu) – Love Don’t
20. The Grouch ft. MURS – The Bay to LA
21. N.E.R.D. ft. Kanye West & Pusha T – Everyone Nose (Remix)
22. Devin The Dude – I-HI
23. Outkast – Spread
24. J*Davey – Mr. Mister
25. DJ Assault – Let Me Bang G-Fix
26. Kid Cudi ft. Pitbull – Day N Nite Rmx
27. Born With It ft. B.o.B – Stack My Paper Up
28. Hollyweerd – Weerdo
29. Kenna – Say Goodbye To Love G-Fix
30. Common ft. Pharrell – Universal Mind Control
31. Cybotron – Clear (Interlude)
32. J Dilla – Trucks
33. August Darnell – Friendly Children (Todd Terje Edit)
34. Mickey Factz – Up High
35. Santogold – L.E.S Artistes
36. Yelle – Les Femmes
37. Ghostface Killah – Cherchez La Ghost (DJ Illo Rmx)
38. Prince – When Doves Cry (A Ghost In Detroit Mix)
39. Cool Breeze – Cre-A-Tine G-Fix
40. John Legend ft. Andre 3000 – Green Light
41. Drake – City Is Mine
42. Now On – Unwind
43. Outro
44. Buff1 – For You (M Phazes Remix)