Atlantic City man creates platform to help local musicians be heard |

VINCENT JACKSON For the press

Ky’shawn “IAmYoungHitta” Wyman has recently created a new music platform which will provide increased global exposure to recordings by many independent artists, including those based in South Jersey.

The 24-hour multi-genre streaming platform and app, known as Hit Nation Empire, will allow members to host radio shows, make podcasts, share video content, play their music and ensure that artists receive payment for their radio. turned. The Hit Nation Empire mobile app was released on June 15.

“I work with like-minded people under our umbrella,” said Wyman, of Atlantic City. “I find it hard to relax. During the pandemic, I started mapping all of this.

A current resident DJ at Showboat Atlantic City, Wyman has had a dual interest in computers and music since graduating in 2010 from Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point.

Wyman had known Devin Scheck of Egg Harbor Township since their high school days. They were members of the same Chartertech promotion. Scheck and his alternative rock band – Isn’t it always? – are members of Hit Nation Empire. Scheck’s connection to the entertainment company will have his band playing this summer at the Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina in Atlantic City.

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“I feel great. I’ve finally accomplished more in the last three months than I’ve done in years,” said Scheck, the band’s founder, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. couldn’t have chosen a better partner. Everything happens for a reason. It was around that time.

The genesis of the Hit Nation empire may have taken place 11 years ago when Wyman had an internet radio station called Young Hitta Radio.

“The local guys sent me music. When I created it, it skyrocketed,” Wyman said. “I knew I wanted radio to be part of the platform (Hit Nation Empire) As a DJ, radio is a way to reach people organically.”

Technical backgroundAfter high school, Wyman worked for Apple and became a software developer. He learned to create websites and applications. Hit Nation Empire started as a website, hitnationempire.com,

The entertainment company Hit Nation Empire operates through memberships. Artists must be accepted as members. If accepted, a $50 monthly subscription includes a platform profile, blog, social media updates and unlimited music submissions. The $150 monthly subscription includes real-time analytics, media kits, a podcast house, two blogs, and a 30-second station ID.

“We are able to provide services to independent artists and independent labels,” said Wyman, 29.

Artists whose music is streamed on Hit Nation Empire and who are registered with professional organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Re:Sound, PPL or PRS will be paid by the agencies for their turns on the platform, Wyman said. .

The Hit Nation Empire has a partnership with Who?Mag Distribution, the largest independent international hip hop television show. This should lead to the distribution of Hit Nation Empire videos and other content filmed through Who?Mag’s Video Vision company to cable and streaming television stations such as Comcast, Verizon and DirectTV, Wyman said.

Besides launching the Hit Nation Empire streaming platform and app, Wyman has a host of other activities and products to keep him busy this year.

On March 26, Wyman hosted a launch party for his Hitta Punch at Showboat. Hitta Punch uses kosher and gluten-free vegan Kiki vodka. The canned cocktail comes in strawberry kiwi, peach mango, and monkfruit, which is a Chinese sweetener.

Wyman also participates in a grant program with the Atlantic City Police Athletic League to provide equipment for tweens and teens to learn to DJ.

PAL Executive Director Lt. Will Santiago is aware of the program, and Det. Kevin Francis and Wyman will teach young people how to DJ, he said. The hope is that a youngster will be good enough to DJ on National Night on August 2, he said.

Several of the different areas in which Wyman has a hand came together over the second weekend of June.

Showboat hosted a Pride Kickoff Weekend and Atlantic City Fashion Week. Wyman was one of the DJs. His cans of Hitta Punch vodka were sold at the Surf Bar and throughout the hotel.

Hit Nation Empire’s media team was on hand to do red carpet interviews and take photos in front of the company’s backdrop, provided by iHeartRadio, which Wyman’s company has a contract with.

Scheck walked the red carpet. His band’s first single, “Rock Star”, premiered at this event. The single will begin to be heard exclusively on Hit Nation Empire in July.

“There’s talent here in New Jersey,” Wyman said. “Everyone says, ‘Do people actually live there?’ They think they are just casinos.

On top of everything else, Wyman is attached to DJ Wednesdays at Kelsey’s and hosts Karaoke and Dance Party Thursdays at Chelsea Beach Bar, both in Atlantic City. He also plans to do his own radio show on the Hit Nation Empire platform on Fridays and Saturdays.

Aaron Washington has known Wyman for 17 years, ever since Washington was his mentor when Wyman was in seventh grade at PleasanTech Academy in Pleasantville.

One of the reasons Wyman does so much is to prove to everyone that he can, said Washington, outreach pastor at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Atlantic City. And, Washington added, Wyman is also a loving father.

“He opens a gateway for others to come behind him,” Washington said. “South Jersey has great talent…but it’s not unified, like Philadelphia or New York. Everyone (in Atlantic City) wants to be king. If anyone can bring people together, it’s Ky’shawn.