Every Wednesday, join three music industry GOATS on The Cheat Code Podcast as they strive to change the game. Designed for artists and anyone in or aspiring to be in the music business, this podcast is a must-listen. Meet our extraordinary hosts: Ferrari Simmons (Music Director/DJ/Curator/Influencer), Wendy Day (the undisputed champion of the culture), and Rapjuggernaut (master strategist/culture ambassador). Get ready to expand your knowledge and learn valuable insights from the best in the business. Tune in now and level up your music industry game!
What Do You Expect From DJs
In the latest episode of the Cheat Code Podcast, we tackle the complex and often misunderstood relationship between artists and DJs. From the behind-the-scenes workings of the music industry to the frontline battles for recognition and support, we leave no stone unturned. Join us as we dissect the role of DJs in breaking hit records, explore the true meaning of artist support, and delve into the crucial importance of ownership in the digital age.
With candid insights, real-world examples, and a healthy dose of industry wisdom, we navigate the ever-shifting landscape of music promotion and distribution. From the power dynamics at play in the DJ booth to the strategic considerations of building a lasting legacy, we equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to succeed in today's competitive music market.
Whether you're an aspiring artist looking to make your mark or a seasoned industry veteran seeking fresh perspectives, this episode is packed with valuable insights and actionable advice. Tune in as we uncover the secrets of success and reveal the true power of the Cheat Code.
Keeping It A Hunnid
Welcome to our 100th episode of the Cheat Code Podcast, where we're "Keeping it 100 for our 100th"!
In this monumental episode, we dive straight into the heart of the music industry, discussing the intricate dynamics between artists, record labels, and business savvy. Join us as we celebrate the success stories of independent labels like Strange Music and TDE, highlighting the power of self-sufficiency in today's music landscape.
We take a moment to honor the legendary Killer Mike for his recent Grammy wins and commend his impactful community activism. Amidst the celebrations, we pause to acknowledge the significance of reaching this milestone and express our gratitude to our listeners for their unwavering support.
Turning our focus back to the business of music, we dissect the importance of synergy in propelling artists and records to new heights. With TikTok emerging as a dominant force in music discovery, we emphasize the value of cultivating fan-generated content to foster deeper connections with audiences.
Delving into a thought-provoking discussion, we challenge conventional notions of success and redefine what it means to be a "loser" in the music industry. We explore innovative revenue streams, including platforms like Even.Biz, empowering artists to embrace fan funding and monetize their craft in unprecedented ways.
Join us as we embark on this landmark episode, filled with insights, inspiration, and a renewed commitment to empowering artists to thrive in the ever-evolving music landscape. Here's to the next 100 episodes and beyond!
The Blame Game
Here's the description for Episode 99 of the Cheat Code:
In Episode 99 of the Cheat Code, we kick things off with a TikTok "Effect House" gem for all aspiring creators out there. Check out the Effect House link for some fantastic examples of how artists can create different effects to enhance their content.
During our on-camera moment, we discovered that many artists we referenced were unavailable on TikTok due to the ongoing dispute between Universal Music Group and TikTok. Despite this inconvenience, artists continue to sell and stream their music.
We delve into some licensing facts about TikTok, shedding light on the complexities of the platform's agreements with major music labels.
Shifting gears, we dive into the Super Bowl extravaganza, discussing how this year's game in Vegas is shaping up to be the most capitalistic yet. With tickets fetching exorbitant prices and sportsbooks and gambling houses sponsoring events, the commercialization of the Super Bowl is reaching new heights.
In Atlanta, the DJ vs. artist controversy takes center stage, but we opt to stay neutral on the matter. Instead, we commend everyone working to push the culture forward, recognizing that difficult conversations are sometimes necessary for progress.
Tune in to Episode 99 for insightful discussions and valuable insights into the music industry and beyond.
Before You Go To Radio
In this episode, we kick things off by showcasing some amazing Champa Bay merchandise from our friend Aych302. We're all about supporting fellow creatives, and Aych's work is nothing short of impressive.
As we gear up for the big game on the horizon and the excitement of All-Star Weekend, we dive into the world of advertising, particularly Super Bowl commercials. We challenge our listeners, known as the "coderz," to watch those commercials and take notes. Why? Because scaling your brand through commercials is a powerful strategy. We'll dissect what these big brands are doing right and how you can apply their techniques to connect with your fans on a larger scale.
Ferrari shares his thoughts on dubplates, a fascinating way for artists to add their name to a song and make connections with influencers and tastemakers in their local music scene. It's an invaluable asset for musicians looking to expand their reach.
But we also touch on a sensitive topic in the music industry – the necessary work. What happens when artists aren't willing to put in the essential effort? We dive deep into this issue and share our frustrations.
Finally, we get into the radio spins game, discussing what it means to get your song on the radio and the key steps to keeping it there. We'll reveal the best-kept secret in the radio business that can make all the difference.
Tune in to Episode 98 for an insightful and engaging discussion about the music industry, branding, and what it takes to succeed. 🚀🎶 #CheatCodePodcast #MusicIndustryInsights #SuperBowlCommercials
In this episode of the Cheat Code Podcast, we dive into the world of music merch, travel, and networking. Our hosts kick things off by announcing new Rari merch just in time for Valentine's Day, bringing you the latest in style and support.
As February unfolds, we discuss the unique marketing opportunities that come with holidays like St. Patrick's Day and an early Mardi Gras, providing insights into how these festivities can impact your marketing plans and travel budgets.
Get ready to hit the road as we explore the invaluable routes of I-10 East and West, and I-20 East and West, connecting you with key markets to help your music movement thrive. We emphasize the importance of intentional building and networking, especially when searching for DJs in cities like Las Vegas during events like the Super Bowl.
But it's not just about transactional relationships; we delve into the significance of self-worth and genuine connections within the industry. Plus, we share our enthusiasm for Wendy Day's internship program and the incredible opportunities it offers aspiring artists.
Discover how building a year-long relationship with a peer can evolve into exciting opportunities, just as it did for Rari and his new brand ambassador partnership. Tune in to Episode 97 and gain valuable insights into bridging connections and building lasting brands. 🚀🎧 #CheatCodePodcast #NetworkingSuccess #MerchandiseMagic
You Cant Break A Hit
Join us for an exciting new episode as we kick off with style and swag! Rari showcases his Yalee Merchandise, sharing his thoughts on the talented artist Yalee and his music. Meanwhile, Kingpin proudly flaunts his DRO Life Clothing, featuring the DRO Racing Line in this episode's sponsor spotlight.
Our conversation takes a thought-provoking turn as we delve into the music landscape. Today, it's not just about making music; it's about making noise for attention. Likes, comments, and applause can sometimes be mistaken for success, and we're here to dissect this evolving aspect of the music industry.
Atlanta, GA, has been a hub of music culture, but even the club scene is experiencing a transformation. Rari candidly shares his perspective, calling the new club scene "boring" and elaborating on why this shift has occurred. Clubs are no longer the primary grounds for breaking records; instead, they serve music.
As we explore the dynamics of music promotion, we tackle the question: Can you break a hit record? We clarify the roles of record-breaking DJs and record-introducing DJs, shedding light on what it truly means to break a record.
Furthermore, we discuss the crucial relationship between DJs and record label A&R professionals. Plus, we share valuable insights on how artists can effectively network with DJs in their target markets, revealing a strategy that's both simple and brilliantly effective.
Join us for Episode 96 as we navigate the evolving music scene, celebrating true artistry and the professionals who are shaping its course. 🎶🚀 #CheatCodePodcast #MusicSceneEvolution #BreakingRecords
The 3 Caprine Companions
Unlocking the Music Industry's Secrets: A Five-Star Podcast Experience
“The Cheat Code" podcast, hosted by the dynamic duo of Wendy Day, Ferrari, and Kingpin, is a revelation for anyone deeply passionate about the music industry.
Wendy Day, renowned for her deal-making prowess with independent artists, brings a wealth of knowledge to each episode, providing invaluable insights into labels and independent music releases. Ferrari, the visionary behind the podcast, adds a local touch to the discussions as a respected radio personality in Atlanta.
Kingpin, a crucial member of the trio, injects a unique perspective into the conversations, contributing to the well-rounded and engaging nature of the podcast. The chemistry between the hosts is palpable, creating an enjoyable and authentic listening experience.
What sets "The Cheat Code" apart is its educational focus, offering practical advice and insider information for aspiring artists and seasoned industry professionals alike. The passion and enthusiasm of the hosts are infectious, leaving listeners both inspired and well-informed.
In conclusion, "The Cheat Code" is not just a podcast; it's a masterclass in the music industry. Tune in for a captivating blend of expertise, inspiration, and genuine love for music. Highly recommended for anyone looking to unlock the secrets of success in the ever-evolving world of music, guided by the dynamic trio of Wendy Day, Ferrari, and Kingpin.
If you’re willing to put in the time and do whatever it takes to see success in your music/entertainment career then this podcast is definitely for you!! This podcast is not for you if you’re looking for a shortcut or some secret that knowing it will catapult you straight to the top. Thank you Kingpin, Ferarri Simmons, and Wendy Day, as well as any others that help make this podcast for your dedication and service! #GetTheCheatCode it’s S tier💯
Excellent show with insight and truth telling
This is THE show when it comes to gem dropping!