To Become a Professional Musician, You Must Think Like a Businessman

Of course, everybody has their own theory on what it takes to become a professional musician- but the reality is, most of these people don’t really know anything about it, they’ve never lived the life of a true musician.

become proffesional musician They’ll say things like: “The money don’t matter… The views don’t matter, only the love for music,” or “Just keep doing you, things will work out eventually.”

“Most artists will say anything to excuse the fact they’re going nowhere with their career.” -TheDopestMatrix

If you want to truly have a successful career in the music industry, or any industry at all- you’re going to need to work incredibly hard for it- I’m talking 100 hour weeks with no lunch break, no friend time, no football games. Can’t deal with it? This industry isn’t for you.

The reason only so few people shine at the top is because there are only so few people with this kind of mentality. Us (musicians) are looked up to by thousands of people, if we show ANY signs of laziness or poor judgement, it can have a huge negative effect on the public. And as leaders of the people, we must set the best example possible of what the perfect person should be like.

This is why I say it’s essential to think and act like a businessman if you’re wanting to be a professional musician- because everybody is watching, and is expecting you to be great!

You must stay in total control.

3 Main Focus Points:

To be on top of your game every day, you must execute yourself daily to think about certain things that will help you be more successful and achieve more. The first order of business is planning, and figuring out a system you can use on a daily basis, like making a new song every day, or releasing one every week- to reach a very specific goal. If your goals aren’t clear as day, you’ll have a hard time achieving them.

Once you’ve built a little foundation for your music business, then it would be time to start focusing on these 3 things below in order to be more professional with your music business.

Time Management– This is one of the biggest reasons people fail, is simply because they don’t manage they’re time well. You can’t be just laying around smoking pot all day watching Netflix, hoping you’ll one day wake up to a check in your account. You MUST schedule your day. Think it’s too much? Guess again, because you’ve already proved that you can’t handle time on your own- and you want to be successful right?

Cash flow– I don’t care what ANYONE tells you. It is extremely important that you create a cash flow, and keep building on it until you either reach your desired goal. The fact is every time you make an excuse for not having the money you desire, you can be out there getting it. You are the executive of your music business- you must make sure you are keeping the desired cash flow moving through- because it all depends on you.

Leadership– Like I said, everything depends on you. As you grow in the music industry, you will find yourself needing to employ other people to get more tasks done. If you can’t live up to #2 and keep the cash flowing, then you won’t be able to pay your hard working employees, which will ruin your music business. That is part of the leader’s position- get the money. A musician with no cash flow is not a professional.

Also, to truly be a profession musician, you have got to be real about who you are, and always be transparent in everything you do. If you are really sticking you your own personal morals, then it’s almost impossible to ever be caught up doing something wrong- because you’re doing everything right! This is essential to being a great leader, because people follow what you do, not say- just like kids!

Of course no one wants to hear that they have to do more, that’s why most musicians fail. If I really didn’t want to be a better artists, All I’d do is spark blunts all day long- but I know I’m better than that, and I know what I’m capable of, so as long as I keep that in mind, it motivates me to keep going and do better things with myself. You can do this with yourself too, just remember why you wanted to be a musician in the first place.

Questions? Leave them in the comments section below.


Matt TheDopestMatrix

Kanye West Says He Might Have Sex With Taylor Swift in New Song “Famous”

Kanye West and Taylor Swift are at it again, except this time, Kanye talks about possibly having sex with her, because he apparently “made her famous” according to his new song, “Famous”.

On Thursday night, Kanye streamed a preview of his new album, The Life of Pablo, at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, and in his song “Famous,” he says these particular lyrics aiming at Taylor Swift: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”kanye west taylor swift

He was obviously talking about the time at the 2009 MTV VMA’s when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s award. It was such a big deal, apparently even Barack Obama called him a “jackass” in front of a live audience.

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.” -Kanye West, Famous


Another part to this story you’ll want to know: Swift’s manager said in a statement that Kanye actually asked Taylor to share “Famous” on her Twitter account. She declined and warned him not to use any ‘misogynistic’ messages.”

Swift apparently had no idea about the lyrics about her in the song. But it’s pretty funny that she already had a feeling about it.

Swift’s brother even posted an instagram video after the event showing him throwing away shoes from the Yeezy collection, captioned “Getting a head start to spring cleaning, here we go again.”

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

A video posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) on


What do you think of the lyrics? Do you think Yeezy was out of line? Let us know in the Comments below!



Let’s Appreciate Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Performance Instead of Talk Trash About it

First off, let’s face it- Beyonce’s super bowl halftime show performance was off the walls- it was amazing! On top of that, she played with Bruno Mars and Colplay! So why is everyone hating?beyonce superbowl halftime show performance

The Black Panthers

One of the biggest controversies right now is the fact that Beyonce and the dance crew were dressed up looking like members of the Black Panther group from back in the ’60’s. The entire premise of the Black Panthers was to protect and serve the black community, and it was shut down by the U.S. government.

Why is it such a big deal that Bey was promoting the Black Panthers? Knowing she’s part of the African- American community, you would only think she would help out her own people! That’s what others do when a religion is being attacked, or a nation- they stand up! She’s even doing it peacefully!

Malcom X

Another really cool attribute to Beyonce’s halftime performance was when her and the dance crew created the formation of an X, and apparently it was a tribute to Malcom X, a historical advocate for rights for the black community. Whether it was or not, I thought it was pretty cool. There’s no reason for shaming.

If you haven’t seen Beyonce’s halftime performance yet, check it out below!


Overall Beyonce’s performance was fantastic, and it’s time people stop going nuts over it. In fact- go nuts over it’s beauty. Her messages were clear- police most definitely should stop targeting black people- because they are! The statistics are clear, and anyone can search it up on the internet. And I think the halftime show was the perfect opportunity to pounce on that subject.

What do you think of the performance? Leave your comments below!


Ghostface Killah Responds to Martin Shkreli’s Bad Mouth

If you haven’t heard all the buzz between Martin Shkreli and Ghostface Killah, it’s basically really, really stupid.Martin Skhreli

Ghostface Killah said a few things regarding Shkreli’s business practices which provoked Martin Shkreli, a big time pharmaceutical CEO, to make a video attacking Killah, saying that he will destroy his copy of the Wu Tang Album album he bought for 2 million dollars. If that isn’t any more confusing, watch the video below to get caught up:



But now the drama is worse…


Only earlier today, Ghostface Killah released a video on Facebook and Youtube that was absolutely brilliant, but also a little flawed.

Of course, one could only expect a few shots at Shkreli, like the phtoshopped picture of peewee herman with Shkreli’s face in it instead. But one thing that stood out to me is the fact that Ghostface Killah continued to emphasis on the fact Shkreli bumped up the price on his company’s pill, Dapramin. The fact is, people pay a co pay or nothing at all through insurance, and this price hike doesn’t affect any of them, only insurance companies and big corperate pharmacies like Walmart and Target. Shkreli then uses 60% of his company’s earnings to go back out and do more pharma research. Other companies in the same field barely use 20%.

Watch Ghostface Killah’s video below:



Im really curious to see where things end up. The point of this whole situation, I couldn’t tell you. But it’s for sure a great story.


What do you think about all the beef? Let me know in the comments section below!

Chapters Alumni Needs to Better Understand the Portland Hip Hop Scene

Chapter’s Alumni definitely deserves credit due to the fact they’ve done a fantastic job at bringing more out-of-town and major acts into Portland, including artists like Curren$y, Tyga, and more. And from what I’ve heard, the shows usually turn out pretty well too!Chapters alumni

Now what people might not know, is I once sat in a pizza joint with these guys discussing who to bring next, and other fun business stuff. I was really excited because I was going to start selling tickets for my favorite artists! Ibeth, the owner of the company, was really sweet and showed me what they’re up to, and it inspired me to go even harder, and do bigger and better things than I was at the time (I was working at a PacSun at the mall).


But one thing that kept being brought up over and over again in this meeting was the fact that Portland has a low attendance rate at a lot of great shows, and most of the local openers do a terrible job at hustling tickets. This concern grew on me and made me realize as an artist I have to be the one selling all the tickets, and I have to be the one bringing the hip hop culture back together.

Soon after I built up a huge following, venues all over the country were open to book me, even if I hadn’t ever been to their city, just because they’ve heard of my motivation, work ethics, and my overall aim for excellence from a few other bar owners locally, it was great. My secret is that I create a team of openers that are dedicated to the same intensity of hustling as I am, and we all work together to push out the numbers!

The Face of Portland

Over and over again, We (TheDopestMatrix & team) continue to grow and create huge events for Portland’s hip hop community, and continue to outsell events almost every time, even when major acts come into town!

We’ve realized a really big asset to our success is getting down to the nitty gritty and really get involved with the hip hop community. Only when you have done your own research can you find quality artists to help make a fantastic show, and I think that’s what Chapters Alumni needs to do in order to keep their brand alive, as I have too much love for them to see them go.


tyga portland

Just look at the Tyga show flyer, there are 3 openers that are literally nonexistent to the Portland hip hop world, think about how much better the show would be if you had bigger artists like myself, Aviel Ben Yamin, or Karess?

One day we will have to stop hosting our own shows, and outsource them to a company that is as dedicated to the hip hop community as we are, that’s why we want Chapters Alumni to recognize what they need to fix now, before another company comes along takes the market over again, like what happens inevitably ever few years for this exact reason alone.

I hope they read this.

If you’d like to check out Chapters Alumni’s website, or find out about upcoming events in the Portland area, click here.



Your Physical and Mental Health is Directly Related to Your Success

I’ve been doing a lot of reading, as well as a lot of experimenting on myself, to figure out the correlation between physical health and success, as well as mental heath.

 The studies out there are massive, with millions of articles out there, especially when it comes to the physical- like working out, eating right, and being fit. but when it comes to the mental side of things, there is a lot of stuff people will tell you. What I’ve found and researched works for m, and hopefully it’ll help you too.

Mental Health

Did you know that the average millionaire reads up to 60 non- fiction books a year? That’s basically a book a week! Have you ever really stopped and think how much you would actually learn if you read that much?

Reading only an hour a day will enhance your ability to open your mind to greater ideas, because reading and learning is a lot like working out for your body. You’re working out your brain for the sake of making it stronger and being able to do more with it.

In No Excuses, a book by Brian Tracy, he talks about how reading opens your brain to be able to do more with it, but as well as give you more energy. A lot of times we experience a grey, “fuzzy” area in the brain which causes us to slack off and procrastinate, working it out prevents that.

Physical Health

We’ve all heard it before, and I’m not health professor or anything- but it’s pretty much a solid fact eating healthy give you more energy, and overall makes you feel better.

The best part is, you start to build your metabolism and feel more empowered with yourself. If you get used to eating more vegetables, and little less bread and red meat, you will start to feel better and find yourself working more hours, WANTING to work more, because it makes you feel good- and overall more successful.

Here’s an article from Men’s Fitness on foods that are great for boosting your energy!

Exercising and staying active is going to be what makes or breaks you in life, even if somehow you can convince yourself it’s not. Your body was not created to rest for too long, you’re not a sloth. In fact, religious texts like the Bible call it a sin to act too lazy. It makes you slower, plus sets a horrible example on others… you’re here to make the world better right?



When you get yourself into a routine, or create a habit, doing some kind of mental exercise every day like reading a book, or solving a puzzle, it almost becomes part of you to do it- it takes 21 days to create a habit.

Same with physical exercise and eating right; It’s essential to your success to create these good habits. Not only is it good for your overall health, but learning how to successfully create good habits (ad destroy bad ones), it becomes easier and easier to do it! Success at work is all about your overall success in life. So get started TODAY!




STREAM NOW: TheDopestMatrix releases Young Takeover 1.5 same day as Future’s EVOL

Young Takeover 1.5, the next in line in TheDopestMatrix’s infamous series, was leaked a day early on Soundcloud for people to listen to, as well as it became available in stores like Google Play and iTunes today, same day as Future’s EVOL release.Future EVOL TheDopestMatrix

The premise behind the Young Takeover series is the fact that in today’s day and age, it takes an over achiever to win over and change society for the good, and the music was created to promote that.

Of course, TheDopestMatrix never fails to mention for his love for marijuana, as well as success and money on top of that. TDM loves to motivate others and be a positive influence on others.

If you like trap music, and if you like bay area music, you’ll definitely like TheDopestMatrix and his unique sound from Portland.

Stream Young Takeover 1.5:

TheDopestMatrix Releases Another Single off Young Takeover 1.5, Called “Super Dope”

It’s hard to help myself. I love to give fans more and more music, no matter how close I’m getting to a release. Super Dope is a freestyle off Young Takeover 1.5, and I bet you’ll think it’s super dope!Young Takeover 1.5

In the last year I’ve been working hard to create a collection of music for you guys to listen to, not just a few songs or a few albums. Before you know it, my discography will have well over 50 albums and/or mixtapes, then over 100. I want to set an example for other artists to come; that’s why I’ve made a commitment to working hard and showing what it really takes to make it big.

That’s what the new album is all about- making it big and showing that it’s possible to work together to make the dream happen. People are so worried about what’s going on with other people’s lives, they don’t worry about about what’s important in their own- and I want to reintroduce that self- awareness to people.

I really hope you enjoy this new track just as much as I do.


Let us know what you think in the comments section below!


Powerball breaks world record for 1.4 billion dollar Jackpot

Although the odds of winning are slim from the get go, People are going fanatic over the whopping 1.4 billion dollar jackpot, and frankly, it’s pretty understandable. That’s a HUGE number, and yeah, even broke the world record for the largest cash lottery prize in history.Powerball

There is about a 1 in 292 million chance you’ll win the lottery, and the stakes get higher as more people purchase tickets. Buying one ticket or twenty gives you basically the same chances, so just take one and have some fun!

“I don’t normally buy lottery tickets, but I hear it might be lucky, so I’m crossing my fingers,” said player to CBS

Critics say that poor people exclusively make up most of the ticket buyers, and that the money adds up real fast as you play the lottery. The best way to ensure you have a good run for your money is buy to lose, and enjoy the thrill. If you win, you win, if you don’t- oh well, go get your money now, stop wishing.



Lady Gaga Goes Naked For V Magazine with Taylor Kinney

You hear something new every day, don’t you? Lady Gaga and her fiance’ Taylor Kinney lady gaga nakedPose naked for a selfie on the cover of V Magazine in order to spread “Love” in the midst of any situation. I think it’s pretty cool honestly, but it’s definitely strange, that’s for sure.

In her issue, she talks about how her and her fiance’ use to talk about painting on her body before having sex, and apparently this was the first time they got around to in Chicago. She even goes on to explain the story behind the whole thing.

They wanted to share to the world how their unique existence can be used for healing in the world. 100% of the proceeds on this magazine go to a charity called the Born this Way foundation, dedicated to empowering youth and Inspiring Bravery.


“We made love on this canvas on a Sunday in Chicago. We made love amidst chaos. We talked about shootings. We made love amidst terrorism. And we talked about how people’s hearts are also suffering all over the world as they watch and witness a swell of violence. We made love amidst violence,” –Lady Gaga, V Magazine.

Personally I’ve always been a fan of Lady Gaga due to her persistent campaign to encourage originality. She’s definitely an icon for standing up for what you believe in and that’s why I respect her.

After this feature, Gaga also tweeter about the adult finger painting aritcle, and on how small gestures can make harmony out of chaos. I think Gaga is definitely out there doing some good in the world, and even though I don’t understand it completely, I give her props!



What do you think of Lady Gaga’s Article and Message? Do You think it is a good or bad thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


Till next time,



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