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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Are you a Music Genre Hopper?

Okay, so many of you are asking yourselves, "Am I a Genre Hopper?" Or maybe you're asking, "What is a Genre Hopper?"  Well, in music a genre is a style or certain type of sound of music. Each song technically can be classified as falling generally within a certain musical genre, such as jazz, pop, rock, classical, country, blues, etc. Most songs fall within one type of music genre, but certain songs can be considered belonging in two or more genres such as Latin & Jazz (Latin Jazz); or Pop, Singer/Songwriter & Country, (Alternative pop-country) etc.  A genre hopper is someone who loves so many genres, that they can't seem to focus on which 1 or 2 genres they prefer to write/sing/listen to.

Here's a great article if you're a musician (or just a music lover), that talks about why genre is so important to music listeners and to music creators/performers. If you're like me (and most people), you probably like and listen to many different genres of music.  For example, I like most pop and adult contemporary, some classic rock, some folk or singer/songwriter, some country, some smooth jazz, many jazz standards, and some motown and blues. I also listen to 80s & 90's pop music since I'm sort of a product of those generations. However some people only like one or two genres: I know a few folks who only listen to or write classical music. I also have friends who only like Christian music or who only listen to and write country music.

Genre hopping can create a certain amount of excitement for many listeners and especially for singer/songwriters, (and yes, I admit that there are times and albums where I've been accused of being quite the "genre hopper.") This is all fine and dandy if you like variety when listening to music for your own enjoyment, however, if you're a singer/songwriter like me, it's a good thing to narrow your sound down a bit more (to one or two genres max), so that you and your sound are unique and easily "recognizable" by listeners.

Think about Dolly Parton, do you ever hear her and confuse her with another singer?  How about Cher? I didn't think so. That's because these talented pros have learned how to maximize and focus their sound, thus creating a following with their own personal musical style.  I hope you enjoy this great article about genre hopping from Cari Cole...

Commitment vs. Genre Hopping: Why You’re Genre Hopping and You Need to Stop

by Cari Cole
genresIf you’re like most artists you hate being put in a “box” and you despise labels. I get it. It’s natural, especially when your brain is wired to explore and create like a mad scientist!
Exploring and experimenting are good, just not on your album.
But truth is, unless you jump the proverbial “fence” and cross the line into marketability, you risk wasting all of your hard earned money and time on a record that hears nothing but crickets.
That said, why is it so hard to commit to a sound, style. Like I said, who likes being boxed in?

Here are 5 reasons why it’s hard to commit to a genre: 

(See if you find yourself in one of these scenarios below)

1.   Commitment phobic

If I commit to a genre then I might be stuck with it forever. What if I commit and everyone loves it and then I am stuck with it for my career. I hear about other artists who try to jump genre after they are established unsuccessfully.

2.   There’s so much more to me than just one genre

You find yourself having trouble committing because you like a LOT of different kinds of music and you like to sing/play in several genres. Choosing one (or two) is like parting with your arm.

3.   Your creative brain hates being limited

That’s okay, you’re supposed to be ridiculously creative with thousands of ideas, you just need to herd them into one corral.

4.   Something else always catches your ear

You find yourself never being able to nail your “sound” and are easily distracted with the latest trends or stay stuck in the past. Yup, as a creative music brain this is always going to happen. Stay current, but see this as being “inspired” and don’t jump genres. It’s GOOD to listen outside your genre and weave in threads of other influences. That’s what great music is all about.

Three Techniques for Honing Your Genre Commitment Skills  

Genre is there for a reason. Don’t think of it as a box, think of it as a definition tool. The closer you get to defining your sound, the easier it is for people to identify with you and make bonds. That’s what you want – right? Here’s 3 ways to help you hone your genre commitment skills and help you own your domain in music ….

1.   Pretend You are Your Own Manager

Pretend that you are your manager. A manager will have more objectivity about what you sound like vs. what kind of music you like. You can like a lot of different music, but you can’t play it all on your record and be successful with your career.

2.   Play “Match My Genre”

Match your genre with the kind of music you play when no one’s looking.  It might be a few things. Write it down.  Spend a whole month or two doing this exercise. Then review the results. You might be surprised at what you think you like. And you might be twisting your music to be “commercial” or what you think the industry likes vs. who you really are.

3.   Try a Genre Mashup

This one is fun ;). Mix 2 or 3 genres to come up with a fresh spin on what you’re offering. You might land on something new that strikes a chord, or be careful because you might end up too far left of center. Keep tweaking until you arrive at something that’s in the ballpark and that sounds  totally YOU.
Here are some genre lists and maps to have fun with!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ah Spring! DeDe's March Madness & Other News...


Hi there!
Wow's Spring's really sprung here in Houston and the weather's finally sunny, warm & beautiful! How are things in your little corner of the world?

Been thinking about and writing lots of ideas & songs lately. My album's releasing fall 2015, and I'm leaning towards calling it "Leaning on Heaven", (get it?:)!  Been working on some new thought-provoking lyrics and cool new melodies... and a very exciting new writing collab with friend & producer, Kevin deClue. Kevin's written with Jewel & Hillary Duff among many others, and I love his work!  And speaking of music and lyrics, I think that this production will include some of my best, most original work so far. Here's a small sample from one of my upcoming songs about the stages of life we go thru and looking back as well as forward...Prime of Life, (copyright 2014 by DeDe :)

Might have took some time
To get me to this place,
When I look in the mirror
These changes I see,
So hard to embrace.
Yesterday was spring
Came so easily,
Now summer’s just a memory...

In the prime of life 
Once again the seasons start to change....

Anyways, I hope you'll enjoy hearing the final version as much as I did writing it...We got the vocals tracked in LA a few weeks ago and things are sounding good so far; and the great Joey Vallone's on guitar.

Below are some upcoming area events and news:
Alive in the Park Events: Inspiring & fun! Great speakers & music in the Park-Free Family Event!  
4-5:30pm One Sunday a month in Kingwood Town Center Park, Kingwood TX
Spring Dates: April 26 & May 17 Bring your friends, lawn chairs, & your family & Prepare to be inspired!

April 2, 6:30-8:30pm DeDe and Upscale Rhythms Band perform Live @ New Building Open House near Ella and 610. Please reply to this email if you want more info or would like to attend-this is an invite only, over age 21 event.

I'll be releasing my first single from my new album in early summer and my radio promo and concerts will be kicking off soon! So please stay tuned!

God Bless!  DeDe
For interviews, press kits or booking information, please contact: Wilene Dunn @ 713-598-4914www.wcdenterprises.com, email: wilene@wcdenterprises.com
DeDe's Official Website: www.DeDe-Music.com
DeDe's Facebook Fan Page: www.Facebook.com/DeDeWe

Monday, March 23, 2015

Connect to Independent Music



My original song The Plans I Have for You, is about having such a deep love for someone that you want to care for them, protect and cherish them forever.  Reaching out to them to make sure they have a good future with hope and encouragement. Like God's amazing love or the deeply devoted love a parent has for their child...

Now on 6 Broadjam Top 10 lists!   Click on the link below to hear The Plans I Have for You, Finalist in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and 2nd Place finisher in the 2014 Dallas Songwriting Contest!

 Connect to Independent Music

See The Plans I Have Video Here:  The Plans I Have for You by DeDe

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Music Farmer's Review of DeDe's The Fairy Tale Song...


the Music Farmer 


DeDe, "The Fairy Tale Song"  See full reviews Here

Feb 14, 2015

DeDe is a contemporary pop artist with a knack for inspiration. Her music is both upbeat and fun, and seems to be a good fit with other artists like Sara Bareilles and Avril Lavigne.

DeDe released a music video for her tune, "The Fairy Tale Song." The video is both whimsical and quirky, incorporating her live action self into an animated world. The video is extremely fun, and the song is a perfect fit for easily listening & mainstream pop radio.

Check out DeDe's video below, and check out her stuff on iTunes, Facebook, & more!

DeDe's Official Site

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter DeDe Scores Several New Songwriting Wins!


For Immediate Release:   

Houston TX     
February 8, 2015                                                                   

Up and coming Houston-area Independent Singer/Songwriter DeDe Wedekind, www.DeDe-Music.com, has won 6 significant and music industry-recognized songwriting awards over the past 4 months:
  1. Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for Love & Fairy Tales- Oct. 2014 IMEA Awards
  2. Holiday Album of the Year for World of Christmas- Oct. 2014 IMEA Awards
  3. Spiritual Song of the Year for “Canon on the Lord’s Prayer”-Oct. 2014 IMEA Awards
  4. Love Song Category FINALIST in the Dec. 2014 Annual UK Songwriting Contest, for “Blame It On the Summertime”
  5. 2nd Place Overall Finisher in the Dallas Songwriting Contest for “The Plans I Have for You”
  6. 2nd Place Overall Finish: Instrumental, in the Dallas Songwriting Contest for “Change the World”, her instrumental version of her original, One Child.

DeDe was also a Semi-Finalist in 7 categories in the Dec. 2014 Annual UK Songwriting Awards for 6 songs including Joyful Christmas, Change the World, One Child, America United, and Canon on the Lord’s Prayer.  DeDe was honored to be recognized as BEST VOCALIST in March 2014 on SingerUniverse.com, for “Blame It On the Summertime”, and was First Runner-Up for the same song on SongwriterUniverse.com, also in March.

Timothy Yap of Breathecast.com, says this about DeDe: “When it comes to song interpretation, (DeDe) Wedekind is without peer.”  Grammy-Winning Producer of the Year, Jeff Bova, (also Producer of World of Christmas), says: “World of Christmas will not just touch your heart, but will touch your soul.”  And Grammy Winner, Jason Miles says, “DeDe is a superb vocalist…a talent to be watched.”

Performing with her 3 to 5-piece band, DeDe recently was signed to new label, Dominion Entertainment in Los Angeles, headed by well-known songwriter & producer, Kevin De Clue, who has worked with Jewel,  Hillary Duff , Jenna Gentry, and Pink.  DeDe’s also just been added to the roster of well-known talent agent Wilene Dunn of WCD Enterprises of Ft. Worth, Texas.

Listen to DeDe’s music on: iHeart Radio, Pandora, Lastfm, Jango Internet Radio, and other internet radio stations like www.Skopemag.com, and you can purchase her music on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby, just search “DeDe Wedekind”.  To find out more about DeDe, including her upcoming shows and new music projects, visit: http://www.DeDe-Music.com/Music, and SignUp for her monthly fan news!