4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series

We are gearing up for our 4th Installment of SPOTLIGHT: The Quarterly Series on Wednesday, March 18th at the Jazz Cafe inside the Music Hall in downtown Detroit.

SPOTLIGHT is a quarterly performance showcase that highlights Detroit’s most talented up and coming performers.  Detroit songbird Angela Davis will grace the stage at 9:00p as our feature performer.

Doors open at 7:00p and the begins at 7:30p.  All performances are backed by our super talented house band – The Element Band.

Slots fill up fast.

Our next SPOTLIGHT showcase will be in June.

Contact us at deterrents@outlook.com for more information.


Why I LOVE the bass…..

Ever heard a song and the rhythm moved you?

People often pay all of their attention to the singer(s) and not the rhythm section, but I love me some bass.  Often times in a performance the singer(s) is the only person with the spotlight on them while the musicians are in the dark, but I love me some bass.

The foundation of a rhythm starts with the bass.  It’s the baritone of the band. It’s the smoothing talker with the deep voice. If you pay attention, you will begin to miss the smooth sounds of the bass when it’s missing.

The bass player has a very important job in a melody, it links the harmony together.

There is something super cool about the bass and the bass player.

What would a Beatles song be without Sir John? The Parliament Funkadelic or James Brown without Bootsy Collins? Red Hot Chilli Peppers without Flea?

“Without the Fender bass, there’d be no rock n’ roll or no Motown. The electric guitar had been waiting ’round since 1939 for a nice partner to come along. It became an electric rhythm section, and that changed everything.”  –  Quincy Jones

Building Your Personal Brand

What is in a name?   Can you be trusted?

Building a reputation for yourself takes a lot of work.  If your personal integrity is in tact it is really not as hard as you may think.  Decide what it is you want people to think when they hear your name or are in your presence.  Do they smile? Frown? Shake their head? Get excited? Think about the lasting impressions you leave with people.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that leave the biggest impressions. Where you on time? Did you arrive ready to work? Positive attitude? Easy to work with? Flexible? I always tell people to be “Early, On Time” when I hire them.  It is always important to be on time, but in production it is essential.  If you were tardy to the party (I couldn’t resist lol) and did not receive a call back, take it as a learning experience.

The wave of reality shows have altered people’s sense of reality.  Having a bad attitude does not equal success.  I am a firm believer that you should stand up for yourself and expect respect at all times, but your reaction to dissatisfaction can be a game changer. You never know who is watching.

“Personal brand is what people say about you when you leave the room.”
– John Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com

What type of brand are you building?