Mood's Music 04/18/2009
 

“Through its spirit of creativity and commitment to music, Moods Music is a cornerstone of the art movement renaissance.” – Kemi Bennings

In my article, “Requiem for a Record Store”, I addressed how declining record sales are affecting major and independent record stores across the US. Even though buying and downloading music online is convenient for consumers, I pleaded with music fans stating that record stores still play an integral part of our lives in how we explore, discover and purchase new music. In the Atlanta area, record stores are flourishing, but there are a few that remain. Moods Music is a mom & pop store in the heart of Little 5 Points that has the best selection of eclectic and ambient music ranging from Acid Jazz, Soulful House, Brokenbeat, Afrobeat, Latin, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and Reggae. I’ve had the opportunity to check out the store on a couple of occasions and I have to tell you, the experience is worth while. First and foremost, the music selection is unmatched. I scanned the rack and saw releases that are hard to find or are only released overseas. The genres of music that flood the store are in alignment with my musical tastes. Another gem they carried, which excited the mind, was magazines that I enjoy reading and love. One of them is Waxpoetics, a magazine of stories from soul, jazz and funk-era legends, rarefied grooves and advertisements of independent album releases, online record stores and brand names that cater to the underground market. Aside from the music and magazines, Moods Music has their own branded t-shirts that they sell and a wide selection of black soaps, essentials oils and incense. From the soulful music that plays in the backdrop to the melodic atmosphere that sooths your soul, Moods Music is sure to put you in the mood to kick back and explore the many gems they have to offer. If you’re ever in the Little 5 Points area, be sure to check out Moods Music. SHOW LOVE & SUPPORT TO YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORES!

Here’s a piece written by Kemi Bennings poetically describing the experience when entering Moods Music
 
Sounds that immediately penetrate your soul
A funky fusion of acid, afro-cuban, jazzy, house, rare grooves
that make your hips move and sway like they never have before,
and in that instant, The Bazaar’s hallways become a dance floor –
An open door portal to heaven –
Ascension to peace on earth –
And for a moment in time you drift away,
giving birth to the brightness of a new day
You stay a while, but only long enough to see the child – in you
the smile – in you
A mood that sets you free


Moods Music
1130 Euclid Avenue
Little 5 points
Atlanta, GA 30307
404.653.0724
Em: moodsmusic@aol.com
Ws: www.moodsmusic.net

 
 

In today’s saturated music market, you must have more than presence on and offline, a strong will to network and promote, quality music and a true following to survive as an artist. The one and most important element that most artists overlook when sustaining longevity is having knowledge. Educating yourself about the music industry is vital when venturing in the business. I’m apart of the I dO Music group on Facebook and there was an interesting discussion dealing with educating yourself about the business and knowing what you want when approaching a major label. Here’s a quote from my response to the post:

“While talking to the majors, they should be telling them what they need in terms of expanding their platform. It's the same as a business proposal. You should have everything mapped out to assure that you're worth the representation and investment.”

In association with PatchWerk Studios, Atlanta’s premiere recording facility, I dO Music is an outlet for up and coming musicians, producers, songwriters, managers and anyone who is involved in the music business. As stated on their Facebook page:

“Their goal is to position I dO Music! as a resource like none other...a resource that connects YOU (the musician) to EVERYTHING & EVERYONE that can be an asset to you in your music career.”

If you want to network and mingle with industry insiders and the best talent in the Atlanta, I dO Music hosts an ongoing event at Apache Café every 1st Thursday of the month respectively called, I dO Music. This Thursday, March 5th, through Sunday, March 8th,  PatchWerk Studios will host “Music University 6” at their recording facility. Below is a video from an I dO Music event, which took place last July.

 

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