Friday, October 19, 2018

Don't do surgery on yourself.

If you buy a new car would you learn all about it? I mean I hardly read the manual (witch just prove I'm a damn stupid stubborn white guy).
Or if you buy a brand new Nord keyboard would the first thing be to pick it apart to understand how it works?

I often write it's better to do things then just sit around. At the same time in some cases it just goes into a frenzy. Yes you need to understand how to use the car or they Nord Keyboard and it functions. Same with most of the systems in the musicindustry. You understand how to use them not pick them apart.

In the quest for the independent artist some goes to long and try to pick the whole system apart. The other day it was and artist that wanted to know witch databases and servers their song passed to get to Spotify. Or how the different payment system works on Itunes.

In many of these cases they overdo the quest and in that process destroy vital functions. In a way when you have picked the keyboard to pieces and put it back together som functions stopped working so you now have a broken keyboard.

I'm reality you have to choose. Either you work with music, compose, record and be an artist. Or you want to pick all apart be a industry professional. Being both is like to try to do surgery on your self, you can do it, but not good.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Unlikable cunts

One of the memes I saw a couple a days ago was:
I think alot of folks assume they are hated for their sexuality/race/gender when they in reality is just unlikable cunts.

You can easy translate this to the musicindustry:
I think alot of folks assume they lack of success is because of men/hidden power structures/lack of channels to be heard/ when they in reality is just writing and producing crappy songs.

I just get approched so many times with people just assuming that the product is perfect just because they think that, thier friends or their mom. When in reality the reason you won't get that festival booking, radio rotation or following and music don't pay off is because the song is crap.

Here is my dilemma. Should I tell them that the song is pure crap? In reality it's only my opinion. On the other hand in most of these cases it would be the majority of the industry that agree with me since when it's real crap it's kind of easy to distinguish.
It's pretty obvious the cases when people try really hard and still fail in kind of easy take outs like being booked or getting the bigger chances that it's down to the product.

Second is also that they are either surrounded by yes sayers or just don't listen to people that tell them that the song sucks so my tip off would just get me in the line of people who don't get the music/are old/is part of the hidden structure agenda.

Also we have created a society where things like this is not ok to say. We should all be winners.

Another thing is that they usually have kind of weak mental health. Nothing wrong with that. But definitely you don't want to be the jerk to send this person in a deep depression by crushing their work. At the same time you just prolong the agony. It's a fact the person is doing crap songs.

I meet this people in panels when you give advices that build on that you have a good product. Just there the advice just become useless since the criteria is not there. If you then try to go back you get the attitude that yes the product is perfect your advice is not good enough.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Don't trust old people.

And here we go again. Some old dude that worked on a record label during early 2000 finds a totally hopeless case and can't stop nagging about it.

What is it with these people? It seems they missed alot of a information these years they where off from the industry working for the government or a school since they where chosen not good enough to stay in the business, but now are back.

You can hear me say, don't trust anyone over 40 in the musicindustry, they are to old.

In too many cases it is so damn correct. In to many cases they just come dragging with something that the cat puked up. The rest of the industry has already seen this band and just don't want deal with them.

Then the jack ass start to get the hopeless case favours that will just prolong the ultimate end.

We need some kind of diploma system. Just because you worked in the industry you really don't know it today.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It's a job not a tourist trip!

I wanna go out party! The warrior cry of any band going on tour to a big city.
Suddenly the thing that you are there to work is just out of the window.
If you pay alot to get to a place your there to work not do touristy stuff, still that is what many do as a mistake.

The band comes in and get shit drunk and won't get up to get meetings. And are still hangover when they should play their gig.

In a way the rocknroll myth comes in. People actually think that the stars that become stars do this kind of things. In reality no, the new industry is so much harder and stars that would do that won't survive.

Same as just miss things for shopping or other things. Your there on a job and if you aren't able to squeeze the fun stuff in, well then it will have to happen on your own vacation.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The new useless industry people.

I was seeking out a girl from the industry. She is involved in several boards inside some of the music industry. Also she is in a government program where she get paid to get to several festivals around Europe to promote female producers.
I wanted a meeting with her to get some female producers into a project we have. For three festivals during the past four months I have seeked her to get a meeting. At all three times she hasn't been able to attend the festivals. Her name is there but she never visit the actual event.

This last event I also bumped into another person that is in the same board as her. This person just sighed and said that this woman had only been on one meeting out of ten. And when she is there she leave early for something else. Then I meet another that was involved in one of her other projects. Same there, she was very little there and also contribute with very little.

Then the person dropped the bomb. This girl was voted in just because she was a woman. In the wave of meetoo they got her in since she claimed to be part of the movement. She was mainly voted in just as a woman not for her knowledge. Now she was mainly taking up space in boards really not making any use for anyone.

I got back and did some research on certain projects. She voted in her friends bands in most of the government sponsored things she was part of. Still you can easily see that they hadn't participated in any of the events. In reality they took up space for someone else that might could have benefitted this. They voted in women that later didn't use the opportunity.

These things really make me angry. And I seem to bump into them more and more. People with an agenda to get space and power but when they got it has no interest do something with it. Just stay there with the title.

I don't know if it is incompetence and when they get higher in the organizations realise that they don't have the knowledge or if it is that they just doesn't care.

In early days people like that was kicked out naturally. Now they get to stay because of gender.

Friday, October 12, 2018

You release your songs to early.

In interesting interview with Steve Van Zandt. Much right as well one of the big issues with streaming and that you can release something almost instantly is that most of the releases are not finished. They are on the stadium of demo, not in quality of recording more about the development of the song.

In the Beatles era they had the chance to test songs on audience live over and over. After that producers and recordlabel people also said thier stuff, then they recorded.
Right now many use the release as a testing ground where they almost never go back and finish the product.

I see what Steve sees that we are heading back to the live stage. A ground where you can see direct in the eyes of the audience what is going on. My guess is that we soon will have more bootleg live recordings that will be classical in the future.

It is a new world we are adapting to.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

When are you what you say?

When are you what you say? My friend Boyan hit on the spot for this post.
Today anyone can just print a business card and become a manager, booker, recordlabel. Still you are just a manager, managing your own band or a booker that just done two gigs or a recordlabel just giving out two songs on soundcloud.

So we all know success is part of the equation. At the same time you must start somewhere.

I remember when I had my record label and was very nervous to meet the big established labels. Today I see the same labels as quite amateurish and most laugh at their attempt to build up stuff.
But I bet my ass they still see me still as the small label guy.

I the beginning I felt I hadn't have enough experience to call my company a record label. But after my first cd it was a milestone. And back then it was, today it's so easy to give out something that giving out is not counting.

So I have some hold points to measure, not if you are what you are, more witch level.
You live on your work as a label, manager or booker. That is a very pro level.
You are focused. Over a period of time you have given the project 100%. That is prospect level.

Everything under is mainly hobby. And boy do I see so many people with no focus at all. Today's problem it's very hard to see this on just one meeting.