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Headliner of the Day: Tay Dizm

The music industry is so full of boasting and big egos that it’s refreshing to come across an artist who is both talented and down to earth. Tay Dizm is that kind of artist. His friendship with T-Pain has been a bonus, but at the end of the day, you have to stand on your own. Tay Dizm may have gotten his start in Miami, but there’s no limit to how far his skills and charisma are going to take him. Watch for him at a gig near you.

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Tay Dizm, songwriter and artist, is the blooming threat in pop-hip-hop music. The down to earth and high energy Miami artist ignites the world one city at a time. This incomparable artist -born Artavious Smith- has made a name for himself with his animated stage presence and humble spirit. “Talk to me and I’ll talk back,” he says.

In 2003, the Miami-native began his journey in Tallahassee, FL with best friend, T-Pain. The two traveled the globe extensively for close to four years, before Tay Dizm was ready to become an artist in his own right. Tay Dizm was able to jumpstart his career by appearing on two of T-Pain’s albums, Rappa Ternt Sanga (2005) and Epiphany (2007). When it came time to pick his first artist to represent his brand new venture Nappy Boy Digital, Pain chose Tay Dizm. He was also handpicked to appear on hard-hitting tracks which includes “She Got It” with 2 Pistols, “Who Da F*** is Dat” with Dolla which charted on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2008. Tay Dizm also appeared on “G-5” with Huey. The release of his first single in August 2008 “Beam Me Up,” which featured T-Pain and Rick Ross has brought him into the limelight.

A strong push at nationwide radio mix shows has helped him gain a strong fan base. The eccentric artist began focusing more on his solo career in 2009 which also was the release of his second single “Dream Girl,” featuring Akon. It was a global success with over 16.2 million views on YouTube. With Tay Dizm’s first leak “Smoke” ft T-Pain, produced by Mr. Beatz ( YMCMB producer) off his “Thank you For Being a Friend” all over the internet, the world is now hearing the best of what Tay Dizm has to offer. As he moves forward in this New Year, the Tay Dizm sound is catching on worldwide. With several awards at his side, including the 2008 songwriting award from ASCAP, and four hot new singles to be released this year, nothing can stop him.

Tay Dizm’s mixtape “Thank You for Being a Friend” was released February 17, 2011, presented by Coast 2 Coast DJ’s and Datpiff.com via Nappy Boy Digital. With a strong love for every individual fan he has, the mixtape cover will be an abstract colleague of pictures of his fans forming Tay Dizm’s face. As a follow up project to his mixtape, Dizm has a new street anthem “Gettin’ to the Money” featuring T-Pain and J-Bo which has spread virally. The energetic artist that fuses pop and rock into his music is making a buzz and the world is now receiving what Dizm has to offer.

“This is what we doing and this is where we going,” says Tay Dizm.








Top Two Things Music Pros Know About Facebook and Twitter

Don't Buy Fans: Reach and Communicate


Top Two Things Gaga, Akon, Travie McCoy, Maroon5, Diddy and other pros know about Facebook and Twitter: Reach and Communicate

Gaga, Akon, Diddy and crew are not buying fans or followers; they are using social media to reach and communicate with their fans.

They could not have gotten their millions of fans or followers by buying them. Take Gaga’s 32 million people that follow or like her: if she were to buy these follows by running Facebook or Twitter ads this would have cost her about $32,000,000. She understands that all of her followers and FB fans do not purchase a download, a ticket to a show or re-tweet and repost her messages.

So what is the value of Facebook and Twitter for these artists? It’s Reach and CommunicationIt’s not about collecting fans or followers. They know that “Likes” and Followers have to happen organically and the real value that these platforms offer is the ability to communicate in real-time.


To provide some more perspective on this you need to understand that Facebook and Twitter were not built to be big broadcast mediums like Radio or TV. They were built as social comunication platforms for small groups of people who share a connection. When the audience was there, Radio and TV were much better marketing platforms for artists.

An artist’s biggest challenge today is to figure out how to use Facebook and Twitter to provide reach and frequency like these older broadcast mediums did so well; until recently, it was labor intensive, making it almost impossible. Think of it like this: what if each time your song was played on the radio you had to pay for that spin? No artist would or could ever use radio–same goes for TV and YouTube. This is kind of what Facebook and Twitter were for artists until companies like Headliner came along to harness the social marketing power of the new music industry.


Before social network aggregators like Headliner, in order to communicate with new fans you had to get music fans to “Like” or follow you first and then you could share your music. This would be like if the only way to sell your albums were to send mailers to your fan club. Under this model, new or established artists would never be able to reach a big enough audience enough times to make a real impact. They would never able to expand their reach. They got big reach on social media only after they became well known.

Savvy musicians and successful industry players understand that reach and communication will help out artists the most. The current model of “Like /Follow first” is broken for all artists. It is slow, costly and could never deliver the impact of radio or TV. In new social currency systems like Headliner’s, for the first time any artist can reach and communicate with millions of new Facebook fans and Twitter followers without having to have them like or follow them. This is achieved by having compatible artists recommend and share other bands’ music with their fans. This recommendation economy not only enables artists to reach and communicate with new fans faster and cheaper, it also lets them reach a much wider audience with greater regularity.

In the new music business, it’s not about collecting fans, its about reach and communication. Services that provide all artists the same value of reach and communication on Facebook and Twitter as Gaga, Akon and Diddy in one place and artists that make the most of such services will inevitably rise to the top of the new music industry.