New Video: Mackerel Sky (Nerdist Premiere)

Premiered on The Nerdist, Tuesday Feb 9.

Mega Ran- Mackerel Sky
Directed by El-Jay Beats.

“Shame that the so called experts look like fools when the market is passing them by….”

Mega Ran’s new visual for “Mackerel Sky” is a trippy journey through the music industry’s race to keep up with technology through an extended metaphor of the mackerel sky, a cloud formation known to represent instability within a system.

Over a sparse, spaced-out pulsating beat by AF THE NAYSAYER, Ran and RoQy weave in and out of complex rhyme schemes and heavily layered messages to expose the unstable nature of the music business as we know it.

“Mackerel Sky” is directed by Luis “ElJayBeats” Perez and features fellow Writers Guild crew member RoQy TyRaid. It appears on Mega Ran’s chart-topping album “RNDM,” which debuted in the Billboard Top 200, and maintains a 15+ week stay on CMJ’s Hip Hop charts (only Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” has remained longer).

The album is now available on vinyl at Hellomerch:
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Touring While Black Article.

Mega ran Performer Magazine

The article I wrote for PERFORMER Magazine is up now in full, on the site of my brothers in arms, The NPC Collective.

TOUR TIME.

My favorite two words to utter, or type, because as a musician, we all dream of getting on the road and knocking down stages in strange places, making new friends and fans, hopefully getting paid, and definitely having stories to tell for ages.
As I’m unpacking from one tour and repacking for another, I get excited at the possibilities involved with late night drives into new cities with a few of my closest homies, Dominic “DJ Organic” Khin-Tay, Mario “SkyBlew” Farrow and Chris “EyeQ” Allen. But it wasn’t until I had finalized the routing had I realized that this could turn out to be one of the more interesting trips, and not for the best reason.

CLICK TO READ “TOURING WHILE BLACK”

Touring The West With Richie Branson

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Enjoy “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis” by Richie Branson and Mega Ran

Mega Ran and Richie Branson are touring together for the first time since 2012.

The two met on mc chris’ Monster Hunter Tour and since have created classic gamer jams like “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis”and three successful Halloween themed “Ghouls N Ghosts” albums.

Richie is a music composer and producer who has worked with a variety of notable brands including Marvel Studios and Def Jam Recordings. He also appears on “OP” on Ran’s new album “RNDM” which debuted on Billboard’s charts and maintains a place on CMJ’s Hip Hop Chart.

He is also an accomplished hip-hop artist, gaining notoriety in 2012 after penning multiple songs for Adult Swim and touring with mc chris. After gaining a loyal following as a hip-hop performer, he achieved billboard-charting success with the release of his “From Guardia With Love” album. In 2015, he co-produced the critically acclaimed “Life After Death Star” Notorious B.I.G. / Star Wars underground remix album.


Tour Dates:

1.28 Phoenix @ Last Exit Live
1.29 Albuquerque @ burts tiki lounge
1.30 Santa fe @ the underground
1.31 Salt lake city @ the loading dock
2.1 denver @ lost lake lounge
2.3 San Jose @ afk lounge (7pm) + Back bar (10PM)
2.4 san francisco @ elbo room
2.5 sacramento @ Sol Collective
2.6 Reno @ Artcade (meet and greet)
2.7 TBA

What Musicians Need to Know Before Working With Gaming Companies

What Musicians Need to Know Before Working with Gaming Companies

an editorial by Faye Collins

If you thought that gaming developers prefer to only work with the biggest names in music, you couldn’t be more wrong. Tunes from Pitbull might have given Bally Technologies a popularity boost as they released his very own slot title but for musicians like Beck who have three songs (“Touch the People,” “Cities,” and “Spiral Staircase”) featured on the PlayStation game Sound Shapes, games are a new platform for music discovery. It’s because of indie artists’ eagerness for exposure that have these developers chasing after lesser known talents, and partnerships like these provide amazing benefits for both the musician and the video game developer.

Music has undisputedly played a vital role in video game creation, and has been the key for gaming companies to maintain their position in a very lucrative market. An example of one gaming corporation is Betfair Group Plc., a company that has developed products with distinctive themes that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of music. Their titles, such as Pyramid of Ramesses and Cat Queen, thrive on the atmosphere created by the background music, as studies reveal that it triggers arousal on game accomplishments according to the Daily Mail and also alleviates the burden from losses. Right now, companies are searching for independent composers to enhance the overall gaming experience by writing the scores for their games. This presents a great opportunity to publicize the works of budding musicians.

Thinking about composing for a video game? Here are a couple things you’ll need to understand before making any commitments.

Work-for-Hire Agreements

Something to keep in mind that not every independent artist will favor is that ownership of the music will be retained by the gaming company. Most of the time, developers will sign musicians up on a work-for-hire agreement, something that’s also common in the film industry, meaning anything that you produce will belong to the creative agency and that you won’t receive a percentage on sales. Producer of Halo 4’s soundtrack Neil Davidge explains that your songs can be reproduced on your album for royalties, but your pay will have no connection with the success of the game you wrote the soundtrack for, so don’t expect to get published.

Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Contracts

There are a lot of varying opinions when figuring out what kind of contract is best for an indie musician. One advantage that a non-exclusive contract is the artist’s ability to pursue deals with multiple companies, unlike in an exclusive contract where you’re committed to pitching your material to one firm. Non-exclusive contracts allow you to explore different routes and new opportunities to get your music out there. But contributor of Music Licensing 101 Aaron Davison says, “There are no one size fits all answers to this issue,” and musicians should focus more on building relationships with the right people, and from there you’ll figure out which kind of contract you’re more suited for.

It’s crucial that you do as much research as you can prior to any contract signing, and remember that the ideal music licensing projects will vary from artist to artist. Once you’ve outlined your goals, you’ll know what to look for in a deal.

Touring The East Coast w/Ceschi, Miranda

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Mega Ran, Ceschi and Mr. Miranda will be embarking on a 4 city tour this December in what should be a diverse and dope hip hop tour.

Since being named a “Rapper who will be big” by LA Weekly, Mega Ran has seen his stock rise, dropping a billboard-charting album, two European tours and a year of positive accolades.

Ceschi’s new album “Broken Bone Ballads” is an honest look at the rapper/folk singer/one man band since his prison sentence, and the critically acclaimed project has taken him across the globe.

Rounding out the trio is Mr. Miranda, a Phoenix AZ native who’s smooth vocals and soulful beats can change the mood of any room. Miranda’s new album “Soul In Da Booth” is out now.

Dates:

12/8 Boston @ The Middle East Upstairs
12/10 Brooklyn NY @ Shea Stadium
12/11 New Brunswick NJ @ Basement of Modern Art
12/12 Philadelphia PA @ Eris Temple Arts

tickets and VIP packages at megaran.com/shows

#1 On CMJ’s Hip Hop Chart!

WOW!

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Well this quite significant! 4 weeks after its release, my new album ?#?RNDM? is standing at #1 on the college radio hip hop charts! Wow. So when people tell you that today’s music fan has a short attention span, and won’t listen after a month, show them this. It’s extremely rare in this climate that a record can maintain popularity for any sustained amount of time, particularly an indie release that isn’t shoved down your throat 10x a day, which makes me so proud of what we’ve accomplished. To see ?#?RandomBeats?, a company I started when I made beats on a Playstation, on a chart next to heavy hitters, this almost makes me want to cry. You guys man. Much love to every fan, every radio DJ, every station and every backer!
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