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TuneCore Live Atlanta & A3C 2015 Recap

A couple of weeks back, TuneCore was honored by holding the title of official Music Distribution Sponsor of A3C Festival 2015 in Atlanta. We enjoyed 5 days of celebrating independent hip hop from all corners of the world, and it was amazing to see the outpouring of love from various artists who had their own connection to TuneCore in relation to their respective musical journeys.

In order to kick it off right, and celebrate the opening of our brand new Atlanta office, we brought our wildly fun and successful TuneCore Live series to the Music Room – featuring a whole lineup of dope TuneCore Artists – on Wednesday, the first night of the festival.

Young Chizz, Chris Rivers, Kaj Kadence, Shawn Chrystopher, Young Lyxx, Goldyard, Frank Mayson, Mighty High Coup, and a roster of young up-and-comers off of the Label No Genre imprint got everyone moving. But it was the special guest, Young Jeezy, who shook things up later in the evening! It was extremely exciting to treat not only the crowd, but also the artists on the bill, to a surprise like this one. Honestly, it’s tough to think of a cooler way to start off a week of live hip hop, networking, and education.

Speaking of education, A3C isn’t just about offering MCs and producers the opportunity to collaborate on the stage – each year, there’s a conference that takes place concurrently with a ton of panels, speakers and workshops aimed to inform and guide artists through their careers. TuneCore is all about helping independent artists make good business decisions, so it’s only fitting that we helped run a panel titled “How To Make Money: Revenue Streams for Artists”, featuring our Chief Creative Officer Joe Cuello and our Sr. Director of Artist Promotions Chris Mooney. It was an active, engaged discussion packed with note-taking artists who were eager to walk away with information key to their respective financial strategies.

As Joe Cuello put it:

A3C was an amazing experience across the board and TuneCore working with the conference to pull together our panel on ‘How to Make Money’ was a highlight.  The capacity room and the experienced panelists made for a lively hour, and I believe the knowledge shared was incredibly valuable.

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TuneCore also had the privilege of presenting a Making the Most of Your Video workshop later in the day, alongside photographer/videographer Courtney Jefferson.

“At the video workshop, we thought it was important to bring in a video director to discuss the process and the reasons for considering a professional video. Just as vital, we wanted provide expertise on optimizing a channel and video, along with strategies to generate revenue on YouTube. We covered a lot in 30 minutes.

“A3C is such a fantastic music conference. I still love SXSW, but all day long it seems like you are trying to coordinate meetings around free bbq and beer shows. At A3C, I hang out at the conference lobby and meet labels, tech start-ups, and other members of the music industry all in one spot. And even better, I get to meet the artists using TuneCore. I love that opportunity to connect with the community.”
– Chris Mooney, Sr. Director of Artist Promotions

Between the educational panels and workshops, catching legends like De La Soul live, hanging at the Swisher Sweets #ArtistProject Stage, and soaking up art and culture at X Spaces, the whole experience of A3C Festival 2015 was, as the kids say, lit.

Be sure to peep a gallery of some photos from TuneCore Live and a really tight video recap courtesy of our friends over at Infinite Mag (great resource for music, tech, fashion and more) below. We already can’t wait for next year!

A3C Recap from Infinite Magazine on Vimeo.

Artist Breakdown – TuneCore Live: Atlanta @ A3C – Weds, October 7th!

A3C Festival (All 3 Coasts) is a huge, city-wide music event that takes place each October in Atlanta, GA. Dubbed ‘Hip Hop’s Biggest Stage‘, 500+ performances will occur over five days, giving hip hop artists from all over the chance to showcase their talents, network with their peers and industry professionals, and learn a thing or two during the A3C Conference (which includes keynote speakers, panels, workshops and more).

TuneCore is psyched to be the official Distribution and Music Publishing sponsor of A3C 2015, for the second year in a row, and we couldn’t dream of a better excuse to open up our new southern office and host our first ever TuneCore Live: Atlanta! On Wednesday, October 7th, you can find us at the Music Room, where we’ll be throwing the perfect “get-ready-for-5-days-of-music-and-partying” event for those ascending to A3C. It’ll be 18+, kicking off at 9PM – RSVP for the event on Facebook here!

With the help of Swisher Sweets, we’ve rounded up an amazing line-up of hip hop artists, and this is sure to get packed, so get there early! If you’re heading down to A3C next week and want to come mingle with TuneCore (and see amazing live music), familiarize yourself after the jump, and we’ll see you down there.

Kaj Kadence

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Born in Brooklyn and residing in Fayetteville, NC, Kaj Kadence has been rapping since 2011, dropping his first official mixtape in 2013. Kaj comes from a musical family – both his parents grew up in Haiti playing multiple instruments – and boasts New York influences like Nas, Jay-Z and Biggie, while admiring artists outside of the genre like Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. He released his latest, Studio 68, in early 2015.

Young Lyxx

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An emerging artist who was raised in sunny San Diego, Young Lyxx has been recording music since 2009. Now operating out of Los Angeles and Atlanta, Lyxx is riding high off the success of his 2014 singles “We Winnin (feat. K-Camp)” and “With the Homies“. He’s partnered with major brands like Reebok, and we’re excited for his upcoming project, G$LMPD$TRCT, which will be hosted by DJ MLK.

Young Chizz

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His grandmother gave him a nickname, “Young Child”, and Young Chizz turned it into a stage name. Raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Chizz parted from his original duo, Fame & Chizz, and has been building a successful solo career for himself. After touring under hip hop heavyweights Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, as well as racking up rotations on MTV & commercial radio, Young Chizz released  his debut EP, Provoked, in late 2014.

Chris Rivers

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Chris Rivers has been making himself heard: from getting coverage on all the prominent blogs to his explosive freestyle spitting on Sirius XM programs. With a dominant flow, it’s no surprise that Rivers comes from Hip Hop Royalty: his father was the late Bronx legend Big Pun! Born Chris Rios, Jr., he’s stepped out of his father’s shadow and has proven to be a man of his own, ready to conquer the hip hop world.

Label No Genre – Artist Showcase

This year, southern hip hop superstar Bobby Ray aka B.o.B. announced the launch of his own imprint, Label No Genre. With a cast of young and emerging talent, we’re psyched to help B.o.B. show it off during TuneCore Live! Attendees will be treated to short sets from the following:

Havi115-year old Atlanta hip hop artist Havi began supporting B.o.B. on tour. He’s since gone on to headline teen concerts all around the state.

jakelamboJake Lambo, at 17-years old,  has videos on MTV Jams and Revolt. He has toured with B.o.B and Kevin Gates. His latest project is called  “2nd Period”.

Lin ZLin-Z  has been featured on Label No Genre’s compilation album and is currently working on her first solo project.

Jaque BeatzBoth an artist and a producer, Jaque Beatz has produced for LeCrae,Kevin Gates and B.o.B. He currently has a project called “The Good Beatz” available on iTunes & Datpiff.

London JaeAtlanta hip hop artist London Jae has been featured on songs with B.o.B, Young Dro, Zuse and many other well known hip hop artists out today. His latest project “Better Late Than Never” is on iTunes and Datpiff.

Shawn Chrystopher


A combination of confidence, dedication and the DIY spirit, Shawn Chrystopher hit the road in 2012 for a 45-city tour with Big Sean. He’d go on to garner the attention production mastermind Timbaland, who would executive produce his debut album, The Love Story LP, in 2013. Chrystopher has maintained his independence and continued to release projects on his Honour Role Music label, and is recently finished up his latest LP, Blackgrad.

Goldyard

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A high-energy hip hop trio, Atlanta-based Goldyard consists of A.T, In-Doe and Producer Flick James. In the spring of 2015, they released F**k Culture 2, the follow-up to their 2014 EP of the same title. Fans can expect a third installment in the F**k Culture series next year. Goldyard has shared the stage with current hip hop stars and has a reputation for active, intense live performances.

Bankroll Fresh

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Growing up in the streets of Atlanta, hip hop artist Bankroll Fresh had to face adversity and struggle from a young age. But it was music, he says, that kept him focused and gave him direction. Determined to make a go of his musical career,  Fresh connected with some popular Atlanta producers, worked on songs with artists like Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, and Rich Homie Quan, and built a lot of buzz up around last year’s Life Of A Hotboy mixtape.

Frank Mayson

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From Haiti, to Connecticut, to Atlanta, Frank Mayson uses his diverse upbringing to make an impact with his music. Working with executive producer Wes Green and a rolodex of up-and-coming Atlanta hip hop producers, Frank is currently readying his debut release, Trap Standard.

Mighty High Coup

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Mighty High Coup – consisting of Mr. SOS, Ricky Raw, and A-Bomb – got together through performing and partying in Atlanta’s hip hop scene and have been distributing music through TuneCore since their debut, To The Moon in 2010. After that release, their track “808” received the remix treatment from legendary dubstep producer Bassnectar – which as Mighty High Coup shared with us today opened up doors into the EDM/house music/rave world. The trio now benefits from being involved in both worlds – EDM & hip hop – as they begin to intersect more and more.