How the music "biz" works..

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Re: How the music "biz" works..

Postby christianrock » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:12 pm

MetroSonus wrote:Just me I guess, but I'm kinda glad those dreams of mine didn't go anywhere :freak:


This. Isn't it funny how life turns out? The last thing I wanted in life was to be a dad, and now that's one of things that probably brings me the most joy. The one thing I really wanted wouldn't really fulfill me, I am sure of that now.
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Re: How the music "biz" works..

Postby MetroSonus » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:33 pm

yes, life is a strange duck and you end up where your supposed to be sometimes without even trying..!
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Re: How the music "biz" works..

Postby christianrock » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:48 pm

"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." -Albert Einstein, in a handwritten note that just sold for 1.56 million dollars.
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Re: How the music "biz" works..

Postby midinut » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:11 pm

I've had a few brushes with stars in several regional bands I've been in, but nothing ever panned out. I was always told "if you wanna make it in the music business, you have to be in L.A., New York, or Nashville". I never took that plunge but did do many gigs in Nashville. There was a time when the A&R people really were pounding the pavement looking for new talent. Those were the 60s, 70's, and somewhat the 80s. Once corporations took over the labels and it all became about crunching numbers instead of about the music, shit went downhill from there.

I still play in cover bands. I can teach computer classes, but not music classes/lessons. I don't read. I play by ear and you don't teach if you can't sightread. Same with getting into music programs. Gotta read to pass an audition. Have worked in music retail, and as a manufacturer rep over the years. As much as I love music and instruments, you aren't gonna get rich in either of those professions. Sweetwater is advertising for a new keyboard specialist to make hands-on videos for sales and training purposes. Evidently the last guy they hired is more committed to Eminem and touring with than keeping his arse in Fort Wayne. I've got enough knowledge to handle that gig, but they are looking for someone with Jordan Rudess chops and that ain't me.

So I sit here at home. Thankful that I have a MacBook loaded with just about every synth or keyboard I ever wanted, owned, or lusted after at my disposal. I have DAWs that give me way more capabilities than I ever had with my reel-to-reel studio, or my PortaStudios, etc. I sit and get inspired and record things. Sometimes I feel like a seed needs germinating and take it to another level and throw it into my "possible" songs folder. I've copyrighted and released one CD, and have another ready as well as a third almost ready. I've been using CD Baby to get my stuff out and available for online distribution. I have not done any promotion (other than posted about my new release on social media) so, as expected, I'm not making any money off of it. Been graduated a year now and still haven't found a job yet, so hiring someone to promote me isn't in the cards at the moment. I have a LLC that owns the publishing rights to all my stuff, so if anyone ever did approach me and wanted to use my music for something (film, games, documentaries, yoga classes, etc.) they have to deal with me, but I can maintain ALL the rights to my music. Not being selfish, just protecting my interests.

Yes it is a funky business. But if you have it in your bloodstream, you can't NOT do it. I'm sure most of us had that dream as teens of becoming rock stars or playing in an arena band, or recording in a "real" studio someday. Some of us have checked some of those boxes on our bucket list. But I also gain a sense of thankfulness in this thread that we all seem to have in common. We all seem to be at a place in our lives where we are comfortable and at peace for the most part. And this, my friends, money can't buy!
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Re: How the music "biz" works..

Postby christianrock » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:00 pm

Well stated, midinut...

(yes I actually read it all :lol:)
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