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A JBSKATE Music Library

It is time to begin building a JBSKATE music library. This is going to be the first and only one. As many have noticed, jb skating is moving from underground to mainstream. It’s a genre of its own, a sport and a lifestyle for skaters in Chicago. There will be at least two categories of access for the music posted here. I will start with non-exclusive licenses and exclusive licenses.

Non-Exclusive Music License

For those who don’t already know, a non-exclusive music license is one that is sold to more than one person. That means five different producers can pay JBGODS for the rights to use a song for a remix. Individually, we would agree that they can use our work for however long we agree upon. There are some advantages and disadvantages to this. Non-exclusive licenses normally cost less than other licenses, that’s the benefit. The most common disadvantage is that you don’t have much exclusivity with your sound because other producers may be using the exact same song to create remixes with.

Exclusive Music License

This is a very different deal. Here, you are purchasing the song, rights and all. You have all of the copyright authority unless we agree on different terms. If a song is posted as exclusive rights, then the availability will show “1” where as the non-exclusive would be unlimited. As I mentioned earlier, this deal costs more because I can only sell it once. You’re getting all of the rights to the song as if you wrote it yourself.

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How To Build A Studio

Over the years, I have come up with my own method of how to build a studio. Of course, I’ve only ever had the small home studios. However, I think this advice will still serve you if you are in the process of buying your first pieces of equipment for your own studio.

A Studio Needs Three Monitors

The first mistake that I made in the beginning was only having two monitors to listen to my music and mix tracks. The stereo image is a combination of the left, center and right channels. I spent years only using the left and right channels and having no real focus on the center channel. You don’t have to start with the best monitors, they don’t need to be expensive. They do, however, need to match your project settings.

Decide How You Will Mix

Decide how you are going to mix the majority of your music for the next year. If you plan on mixing most of your work in stereo, then focus on getting more monitors in your studio with LCR signal routing. This means having more than one monitor for the center channel, more than one monitor for the left channel and more than one monitor for the right channel. If you’re going to do the majority of your work in surround sound then you need to have all of the necessary equipment. You have to practice mixing in that environment. This means that you will need at least 5 monitors (left, center, right, left surround, right surround) and a sub. After you have done this, you should consider adding more monitors to each channel.

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An Entrepreneur With a Day Job

Few people know what it’s like to be an entrepreneur with a day job. Even fewer people understand the mind of a seriously ambitious entrepreneur. Maybe I’m just a seriously ambitious person altogether. I woke up again today, worried and wondering if I’m still employed. Wage labor is so annoying to me. However, the lesson that I’m learning from having a day job is to exercise my patience.

A Day Job Will Test Your Patience

It seems like the only way to get good at a thing is to test it. Putting yourself through test after test, especially during times where you just do not want to participate, really teaches the best lessons. I want to rush into wealth. Nothing would relieve me more than walking into my job and resigning. Every day feels like a good day to let go of wage labor, the money is not worth the effort. Daily, I remind myself that I still need to pay my bills. My assets don’t pay me enough yet.

An Entrepreneur Must Always Practice Patience

Patience is a virtue that will constantly be tested. My patience will be tested for the rest of my life. There is no getting away from it. So, I must use my dayjob now to make my mind more resilient. I must resist the urge to make hasty decisions that will lead to immediate loss.

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Axel Tips From Coach Michelle Hong

I’m a big fan of figure skating and I’ve been taking axel tips from Coach Michelle Hong on Instagram. I watched figure skating on Saturday mornings as a child back when all visual media was on local tv. This was before cable and satellite. Now that I’m roller skating as an adult I want to hit those jumps that we always saw in figure skating and especially in the Olympics. I couldn’t tell you many names from those days but I can tell you that the memories did stick. On the Instagram page for JBGODS I follow Coach Michelle Hong. For so long, I’ve wanted to hit jumps and my progress has been very slow.

Be Encouraged About Getting Jumps

Don’t let the previous sentence discourage you. It’s taken me a while to get the very basic jump that I always do at jb skating sessions here in Chicago. But, that’s because I haven’t worked hard enough to get to where I want to be. I just saw a video by Coach Michelle where she coaches one of her students to change the timing of his arms when closing the spin on his jump. I’m sure there is some very different dialogue for all of that in figure skating terms.

The Best Axel Tips Are Off Ice

Roller skaters, don’t worry. This stuff applies to us too. I’ve found that the best tips for securing the jumps that I’m after are geared towards training without skates on. Figure skaters and hockey players call it off-ice training. I’m not sure if there is a name for that by roller skaters. If not, we’ll create one. In the meantime, I encourage you to study off-ice training videos. If you don’t understand those, you can watch my videos and read my posts. Everything that I learn, I re-teach it, specifically tailored for JBSKATERS.

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Electric Forest 2024

I’ve been so busy with my own work that I’ve completely forgotten about Electric Forest 2024. Just about every festival that has passed since winter has slipped my mind. I just saw a post on Twitter by Kyle Hollingsworth who had just stolen someone’s cart in Forest. Shame on you Kyle, but I agree. Steal that cart, as long as you help other people and quickly bring it back. That’s how we all roll #PLUR.

My First Electric Forest

I can’t remember what year it was that I did my first Forest. It happened by accident, actually. There may have been 1 or 2 other festivals before that but I don’t remember too clearly. Anyway, my point is that I never intended on going to a music festival. Not on purpose. I’ve never been interested in being outside around thousands of strangers just wandering around like zombies. Maybe, 4 years ago, when I heard the word festival, images of medieval garments, dresses, hay and donkeys would come to my mind. I’d imagine wooden toilets with no water that lead directly to the grass on the ground. I have no idea why the word festival and that specific piece of scenery are tied together for me but that’s the primary reason I never went to one.

First Time In Sherwood

The first time that I realized that I was walking through a nationally known location, Sherwood Forest, I heard a magical, feminine voice floating over the restrooms and through the leaves. I rushed away from the food area towards the stage that I thought this sound was coming from. It was a lady singing but, I couldn’t tell if it was live or recorded. No one should be performing yet, the Forest just opened. I walked across an empty field with a fifteen dollar beer in hand to discover Sylvan Esso. This was the first time that I had ever heard of them. I was so impressed because I didn’t think it was real. Keep in mind, this might have been my 4th beer in like thirty minutes, the park was still quite empty. I wanted her to know how great she sounded, she seemed kind of annoyed. That was cool with me, at least she told me her name.

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The Status of Hip Hop Today

Allow me to give you my slightly educated opinion on the status of hip hop today. First off, hip hop is no longer a genre that focuses on the artistry of the discipline. Rapping is all about gathering followers and earning money, that’s it. I that there were arguments in the past that rap is separate from hip hop but I disagree. Maybe historically, but certainly not now.

Why Is Hip Hop So Vulgar??

I’m a huge fan of music. Instruments guide my life from day to day. The human voice is also another great instrument that accompanies the sound of a band. With bending vowels and percussive consonants, vocals can give a song fullness and completion. However, most of our hip hop and/or rap songs cover three primary topics; sex, drugs and money. That’s all. I had finally had enough of it when I heard a Black man reciting the lyrics to a song that talked about shooting another Black man and knocking the dreads out of his head. How can you celebrate that??

Who’s That Singing??

Recently, I asked a current rap fan to show me a rap song that he really liked. I was trying to observe this relationship and get a good understanding for why he liked the song. Well, the rapper sang the whole time. He never rapped. I couldn’t even get started with understanding this fan because he thought this singing was rap. We were done with the investigation before it even got started.

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Hot Weather on BC Monday

Chicago had some hot weather on BC Monday this week. The temperature inside the Glenwood Roller Rink was high. Many of us were drenched in sweat before the warmup songs finished. The floor felt nice though, it wasn’t dangerously slippery or mysteriously sticky. The conditions were just right. Even though the city had some hot weather on this BC Monday, I prefer that over cold air hitting my sweaty body during a session.

Slippery Floors or Dirty Wheels

I’ve learned that often times when the floors feel slippery but not everyone agrees with you, then the problem may be your wheels. Several time during this session I kept rolling through blobs of sticky dirt that gathered on my wheels. I could feel it rumbling between my wheels and the skate floor. It feels like I rolled over a small wad of gum.

Hot Weather In Chicago

There’s something about the hot weather that just makes the hood erupt, it happens every year. I always advise people close to me to stay away from bad situations. No need to rush into a confrontation. They are going to happen. Problems come every year, especially when the weather is hot. So, keep your cool, keep your distance and keep your freedom.

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Leading the Way With a New Mobile App

The JBGODS are leading the way with a new mobile app. Currently the new app is in production to be first published on Google Play. This is a huge step forward for JBSKATING in Chicago and all over the country. There are currently 5 mobile apps in production by JBSKATE. They are on their way to Google Play. Android users get ready, a new era for JBSKATING is on the way.

JBGODS Lead The Way

We are the leaders of this culture and this community. We make moves that no one else ever thinks about. This is what places is ahead and it will keep us there. Under my guidance, the future of JBSKATING is immense. With a solid foundation and a vast organization across the country and industries, our hobby will grow into an industry of its own. We’ll get there. We are getting there.

How Does a Mobile App Lead the Way

Simply put, nothing of this caliber exists for us. Nothing like this exists for JBSKATING alone. We have to use other means and platforms to show our presence. However, this is soon to change. Get ready and stay that way. We doin God s*** only.

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How to choose a pair of skates

Knowing how to choose a pair of skates can save you some time and money in the future. Coming from someone who has bought skates that did not work out, I would like to provide a bit of guidance. Here is what I learned. First, it’s better to buy your first few boots at a lower price. You might not like them as time goes one. Second, I recommend trying on that first pair of skates before you buy them. Finally, have an idea of how you intend to skate before you make your purchase.

Choose a pair of skates at a lower price

This can be a better option if you prefer to hold on to a little bit of cash. Remember, this first pair is more like a test purchase. You’re feeling them out to see if this is the style and brand that you want to stick with permanently. There are many parts to consider when making this initial purchase. You will need to know the size of the toe stops, the length of the laces, the type of plate, the wheels and the bearings that will be associated with your skate. With all of this factored in, you’ll have a better idea of how much you will need to spend for that perfect pair.

Try on the boot before you buy

I know from experience how much it can slow you down to have a boot that doesn’t fit correctly. You don’t want a boot that’s too big. There will be too much space in the heel and the toe. Then, the boot will wobble on your foot, and you don’t have the support that you need. Your boot could also end up being too small. You don’t want to be in pain while you’re skating. Also, let’s assume you’re buying a pair of boots for a pair of plates that you have. If your boots aren’t the proper size, then they won’t fit the plates. It’s best to have all of your equipment together for the purchase.

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McDonalds In Louisville

Today, I decided to break fast this morning with a little bit of food from a McDonalds in Louisville. Normally, I don’t really eat there anymore but today I made an exception. I always use the app to order. In most cases, I prefer to avoid communicating directly with the staff at the counter. Here I am, sitting at a McDonalds in Louisville.

Rain in Louisville

The environment is wet from the rain in Louisville today. Clouds fill the atmosphere and block out the sun. The rain began to pour as I drove into the city from the south. I’ve got my laptop connected to the free McDonald’s Wi-Fi. This is another thing that I would not normally do.

Free Public Wifi at McDonalds in Louisville

I want to provide free public wifi to JBSKATERS and athletes. I’m not exactly sure how yet but I know for sure that I want to provide it. I wrote those ideas down in my business plan. Stay connected and you’ll see them unfold in the years to come.

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