THURSDAY, MAY 9th 2013


Before the world gets a glimpse of the highly anticipated documentary DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide To Successon May 22nd, New Yorkers will get a chance to see the film premiered at MIST HARLEM on May 9th.

So far, DEMOS has been screened in both Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL to rave reviews.  Don’t be the last one to see this film! If you’re in the area, come on out and catch a screening of the 90 minute documentary and join in the discussion afterwards with director Kareem Fort.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Location: MIST HARLEM, 46 W 116th St New York, NY 10026
Time: Doors at 7:30. Film 8-9:30
Talkback: 9:30-10pm
Tickets: $15, $10 with ‘Student’ code

And if you missed it last week, check out the first single from the DEMOS soundtrack featuring Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo &Torae AKA The Barrel Brothers: “The Get Up”.




How do I stand out in the sea of Hip-Hop artists trying to make it the business today? How do I build a brand and create an image? Should I put out a promotional mixtape or work on a full album first? How can I get sponsorship for shows and tours? Do I need a booking agent?

These and countless other questions have been asked by independent Hip-Hop artists across the country for years. And for the first time DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide To Success answers these questions masterfully with, with the help of Hip-Hop legends, successful independent artists, and tastemakers covering the entire span of the Music Industry and Hip-Hop culture. With appearances by Talib Kweli, Naughty By Nature, Black Thought, DJ Quik, Rapper Big Pooh, Siedah Garrett, Tony Rock, Dwele, Mack 10 and a host of others, DEMOS is guaranteed to become a much needed, revitalizing game changer for the Independent Hip-Hop community.

The brainchild of new documentarian Kareem Fort, COO of HiPNOTT Records and co-owner of Cypher Lounge Radio, DEMOS is not your average film. It truly serves as an awe-inspiring guide to success for independent artists at any level of their career.

To help bring his vision to life, Fort brought on HiPNOTT Records CEO and renowned Hip-Hop blogger Kevin Nottingham, who shares the executive producer credit; along with Hip-Hop artist and Cypher Lounge Radio Co-Owner and Host Hassahn Phenomenon and manager Soul Wallace as Producers on the DEMOS project. The result is an honest and dynamic look at the real success reflected across the Independent Hip-Hop community.

DEMOS was created to educate and inspire aspiring and emerging independent Hip-Hop artists to re-evaluate their approach to the business and accelerate their path to success. The film’s primary objective is to provide insight on the myriad ways to establish and further a successful independent music career. Each of the industry veterans and established artists featured share experiences, advice and techniques in an unusually candid manor, providing an invaluable and unprecedented resource for the up-and-coming artist. From scholarly advice about branding and getting noticed, to revelations about submitting content to the media, DEMOS leaves no subject untouched, making it an instant must-see for any serious musician.

Set for a May 22, 2013 release, DEMOS will thoroughly examine how the music industry has changed over the course of the last 20 years and how to navigate those changes from the unique standpoint of the artists. Now more than ever, artists need to empower and equip themselves with the biggest asset to maximize their chances at success: information. DEMOS offers every secret weapon to catapult an independent artists career to the next level.


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