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October 27, 2013

The Musician’s Unconventional Guide To Getting A Record Label Deal

Conventional wisdom says that if you want to do something right, you follow the footsteps of a person that did it before you.  This is generally the safe way of doing things.  It’s kind of like trying to get into a college; you don’t know what to do, so you take cues from people who did it before you.  If they can do it, then so can you, right?  The music industry is a big trickier, since there is no school for musicians that guarantees employment after you graduate.  You could be some kid who just thought up a song in their basement, and end up a multi-millionaire when it is all over.

Sometimes an unconventional approach will help you succeed.  On your downtime, focus on the content of the music itself.  You may have a catchy song, but the sound seems to lack that professional quality that you hear …

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October 27, 2013

Being a Music Industry Professional

Having a hobby or a job is one thing, but taking it to the next level where you make a living out of it requires a change in perspective as well as a change in approach.  Being a working man in the music industry can be hard enough – but aside from the daily grind there are always personal issues that each person has.  One of them has to do with the ego.  When someone is in power or has power over others, it is hard for them not to take advantage of it.  A professional doesn’t look at it as if they are better than others (even if they are), their aim is to stay humble and to see things as constructive, even when it does not go their way.

Working your way out of the stereotype of the “Rockstar” is perhaps the hardest part about being a professional …

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August 4, 2013

What Can A Musician Learn From Chipotle?

There are just certain businesses that do inherent better than others.  Think about human beings and what we need to survive.  We need clothing, we need shelter, and we need transportation.  We also need emotional support and entertainment, but these are secondary only after the primary needs have been covered.  Luckily we choice, even with the necessities that we cannot live without.  Water can be drank from a hose or from a bottle, the choice is up to you what you want to spend your money on.  One of the best businesses a person can get into is the food industry.  Everyone needs to eat, and they need to eat multiple times per day.

What can be learned from a food business can translate quite well into the real world.  There are no shortcuts to making good food, and the same though should be had when producing anything else.  …

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May 11, 2013

Should Performers Get Paid for Radio Plays?

When you discover how the music industry makes money, you’d be surprised at every little law and loophole that seems to work in favor of the production companies and labels rather than the artists.  You’d think when you create a song, the lyrics, and the beat – that a song belongs to you and you alone, but you’d be wrong.  The second you get signed to a label, you’d better read the fine print at the bottom of the contract.  Some of these songs you produce no longer belong to you, and you could wind up hearing you song on a commercial without ever seeing a penny from the sale.  This happens all the time, and band and their labels have been known to have it out publically for the rest to see.

Radio stations are not immune either.  In fact, they are basically run by the labels and the …

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October 16, 2012

Watch: Trent Reznor Discusses Return to Major Labels in Conversation With David Byrne

Trent Reznor’s career has been, at worst, completely fertile.  He began his start with Nine Inch Nails, who saw much success, although not quite as much as he had wished.  Back then, his band lacked the marketing from their record label compared to other act of the time, like Radiohead.

Since his time with the band, he was off on his own individual projects, creating scores and soundtracks for movies.  However, his time away from the label has seemed to have brought him right back again.  His newest album was signed through Columbia Records and was seen as a necessary step, by Reznor, who speaks about the double edged sword that record industries can embody today. …