Many artists I know tell me that they’d love to be able to do music for a living, to make their band a full-time occupation. Often times, my initial reaction (that I usually keep to myself) is asking, “Really? What would you do?”
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Imagine collaborating on a musical project 150 years ago, a symphony perhaps, communicating between London and Berlin. This is a fairly sizeable distance by bullet train standards, let alone the most reliable form of long distance communication we have in our little daydream, courier on horseback. So, after six months of sending letters to simply work out how it would all work and the style of the project it would be, undeterred by the difficulties you decide to give it a go. I reckon about six years later would mark the point where you got so bored that you gave up. Or secretly finished it yourself, washed your hands of further annoyance and trained the dog to attack the postman. Maybe it would have been fantastic, maybe.
Rejection. It can sting. Whether it is a promoter or a record label who doesn’t want to give you the opportunity to shine or it is a critic who writes a bad review of your music, the reality is that sooner or later, you’re going to face rejection. How you deal with that rejection can ultimately determine your success.
When artists like Steve Delopoulos, Neulore, The Last Bison, Canon Blue, and Paper Route share the stage in Nashville, you can be sure to see a full crowd in attendance. That was the scene last night at 3rd & Lindsley as industry professionals, executives, investors, and fans showed up to a showcase put on by Wedgewood Circle. Proceeds from the show (only $10) went directly to the Wedgewood Circle Artist Fund, a group that exists to give “artists the capacity to be sustained and grow in their culture space.” Wedgewood initially launched in 2007 to “invest in artists whose calling is to the common good… and to be in the world, but not of it.” The investors and board members have supported all the bands mentioned above, which collectively formed one of the best showcases that I’ve ever seen in Nashville. Despite their shortened set, Paper Route killed it as usual, playing songs from their new album, The Peace of Wild Things. It was also my second time seeing Canon Blue in concert, but this time Daniel James was joined on stage by Zach Farro on drums and Vince Scheuerman on guitar/vocals, along with horn and string sections. The result was phenomenal, and it was amazing to see the songs from his debut album, Rumspringa, come alive with the addition of quality musicians and full band performance. There were countless great moments, but the true surprise of the evening was witnessing the performance from The Last Bison.
Cazzette is about to blow up, or at least that’s what one of the world’s largest streaming services claims. When their debut album Eject drops tomorrow, it will be marketed in full force by Spotify to millions of users worldwide. The major marketing push is really more of an experiment for the company to discover whether or not they can help break new artists. It just so happens that their first “experiment” is being done with one of the most hyped EDM artists of the year. Cazzette is a Swedish DJ duo consisting of 23-year-old Alexander Björklund and 19-year old Sebastian Furrer. They just wrapped up a 17-date September tour in the US and have received support from David Guetta, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and Martin Solveig to name a few. The underground success for the duo began a year ago when Cazzette released their first track, a remix for Avicii entitled “Sweet Dreams (CAZZETTE meet AT NIGHT Mix), which charted at the Top20 on Beatport Top100 General Charts for months. Soon after, their bootleg of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” landed the number one spot on HYPE MACHINE Most Popular after being uploaded on their Soundcloud page.
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My name is Toma-composer and singer,and I have making the music since the many years.
Toma web: http://tomislavrajkovic.weebly.com/
I never give up from my dream that one day my songs going to have a chance to be official release.Now my dream is very close to became truth.One day I start to collaborate with Zora,songwriter from Portland,Oregon,and we got idea how to improve now OUR dream.
Dirty secret: Musicians and songwriters all know that if their music is being played commercially, the reports they are getting back are more than likely wrong. Cue sheets and affidavits are routinely entrusted to interns to fill out – sometimes by hand. One misspelled song title and the artists wave goodbye to their royalties. In fact, over 80% of music played commercially is either unreported or misreported.
Nothing is more fulfilling than opening your record label, getting your artist in the studio, laying down some tracks and mastering your final project. You’ve gotten investors involved who really believe in your project as much as you do and they’re putting a significant amount of money behind your company for both production and marketing. The only uncomfortable part about the whole process is that they have accountants, business managers and financial gurus working for them behind the scenes and they need you to put together a budget
Celebrating the small wins
All artists want to be recognized for their craft/art. And recognition can come in many forms. The main forms of recognition, that artists often go after, generally falls under the categories of awards, high sales, popular media exposure, and other opportunities/offers within the entertainment industry. However, some artists will not get these on large scales. If you find yourself in the latter scenario then don’t hesitate to celebrate the small wins/recognitions. Since the world isn’t making a big deal about it….YOU should make a big deal about it. Get people involved and get them to care about what you’ve accomplished. Hey you worked hard to earn it….why not brag about it?!?!
Contrary to popular belief, file-sharing didn’t destroy the music industry. It didn’t even change the industry. It was people’s assumptions about the industry that changed the industry. All file-sharing did was allow for these assumptions to become more apparent.
Yes, the face of country music has changed.
Yes, at the moment that face may be 16 years old. And, yes, maybe adolescent dollars have been waging a battle for control of country-music airwaves and concert-tour bookings.
Still, is this proud genre — which probably would try to reject George Jones and Loretta Lynn if they were coming up today — IS traditional country music doomed?
I was inspired to write this post because I had recently done a performance that went well, but artistically didn’t translate as well as it could due to various factors directly related to the performance such as vocal effects, song tempo, and song choice to some extent.
It reminded me of a music conference I attended where some famous producers told someone in the audience that they should take any and all opportunities that they get. Well, I disagree with this wholeheartedly, and as an independent artist it is important to remember that only you know your artistic vision, and if you are at a point in your career where that is not clear to the public, then you could very well make a decision where you misrepresent yourself, and cause damage and/or confusion that may not be so easy to repair.