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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Stay focused

I saw a post of an artist I know. His third project he starts up this month. Okay he seems to have fun but on a meeting with me two months ago he told that all the focus was in one of the band.

Here I can easy see that he is overall the place and more or less open up new projects. A restless soul like that has trouble to be focused. Of course then if one project goes some better he will focus a bit more on that.

Projects goes up and down so that focus won't last that long. And as I usually write it's a marathon race not a sprinter race. Being this ofocused is a good indication to not wast time on any of these project.
By they way this is not just for artists, it's for all in the industry.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

You can't run from your past.

I got a call from an artist on the distro side, I know I don't work there anymore. Still the artist had my number and I can help.

- I want to take down my first album.
- Sure we can do that. Is there a special reason?
- I come with a new album in two months and I feel the first album is really not me. The new stuff is so much better.

This feeling is very dangerous. Of course the artist always feel that the last thing they did is the best. Unfortunately it's very rare that it is the best. In fact the audience are in charge of judging that.

So take everything old down every time you release new is just asking to crash your career.

I mean your life is full of things that maybe you are not so proud of. And yes it would be really nice to just be able to go back and erase them. At the same time these are the things that is you and it will not work to erase them.

And so many of your favorite songs that would be erased by artist if it was possible in the real industry to do this. Many classical hits is probably hated by the artist themselves. They can't be taken off because in the real industry to many other is involved in the process and owning.

So try to take things off is the most stupid thing you can do. Also if you succeed they will reappear and then you can't control them. Also it's impossible to control what the audience should think.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The artist worst enemy, is the artist themselves.

I don't get why people stop come back to me after I have giving them a new price?
The quote is from an artist on Facebook. An artist that the whole business have learnt is a pain in the ass to work with, she needs a haggle longer the guy at the bazaar to book her. Of course now the most experienced people have stopped booking her because they know and don't have time for it.

Someone said "the artists worst enemy is the artist themselves". In so many cases it's true. You can see many very talented people just walking around having different collaborations all the time but never keep them. After a while you get a feeling around these people to stay away.

The main problem is that they seek people out people to solve a problem, for example booking. When the new person starts to book they start to interfere. The booking are not cool enough. They should be paid more. Why can't the person not book to the biggest festival in Sweden? And when it comes to the easy obvious ones the artist take themselves and brag that they are better.

Of course people then leave. And the artist seek out a new one. In the end practically everybody knows and the artist has a hard time to find new victims. Also even if the new victim try the rumor has spread even to the people they are approaching.

To ruin your own career like this is more common than you think.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Advice or confirmation?

People seek me out quite often to get some sort of advice. Suddenly you are feeling that they are trying to take the advice and fit it in to their confirmation.

What they want is confirmation of something they think work in a certain way but when my advice goes in a totally wrong direction it becomes lika a argumentation.

In the end they will do the thing they thought instead of following the advice I gave.

By the years I have become better to read what they want so when I notice it's just a confirmation I just go along. I know they will come back later when their plan didn't work out. My hope then is that they will have a more open mind.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


I meet my international friends more then my friends at home. In some cases I meet the same person three weeks in a row on different places around the globe.

I guess with my special interest to just a small part of the business I can really indulge in all the talk around just that topic. I can get how people that build model railroad feels when they go to conventions and meet other and just go deep in the subject.

So will I have a overdose of musicindustry. Or even grow tired of it?

It's one of the fears I have, still I enjoy every minute of it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Michelin Guide to showcase festivals!

I should set up a Michelin Guide for showcase festivals. I guess though that I would have trouble to judge the one I work for.
Still if I just keept it to certain criteria like size, number of artists and so on. But I would still miss the interesting part how much business is done. And that part is the thing people wants to know.

There is always something on a showcase festival. Even if it's very small. Actually my best things has been on really small ones. I guess it's always what you need for the moment as well your attitude.

Still let me think about it. It would be fun to just do the guide. Just what kind of criteria that is needed.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The manager graveyard.

You can spot them for miles. The enthusiastic manager that just got into the game and has signed its first band and now promoting the shit out that in every way they can. Of course, you don't want to take off their happiness but running around like a headless chicken won't really take you anywhere. It's all a long long game it's not a sprinter race it's a marathon.

These people just last in 2 to 3 years then they are burnt out. The rule is that the first project you work on will not succeed. It's very rare, and the same with bands. Check with any famous artist and ask if it was their first band. I only know two that said done that and that is the bass player in Weezer and Topper in The Clash.

There is too much to learn to make it on the first one. The obstacles are too high but with knowledge, you can get over them and in the end but that never happens with the first round of artist (yes these managers usually have like three artists they sign, witch none is up to actually make it).

The problem is that they didn't get that chance to learn properly and don't hang in. In the end, they need money and get to work on the government programs (in sweden you have this massive graveyard of these careers). In some cases they just pass down all the error they did in these programs.

In this case yes, I write about you, I know many of these people read the blog. And yes you didn't keep the work going and tried a quick way and now a government lackey.

Also, many of them become bitter tastemakers in different variations.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Motivation Speakers

I don't know I'm in a split here between if motivation speakers are good or not. Of course, a really good motivational speech can really deliver some reactions and get the audience in a good spirit. at the same time, most of the people doing these speeches actually don't have that kind of success. I had quite many getting to me to get on my festival conferences and in most cases, they failed in the normal way but got something else.

And that is like most of the people that work in the music industry. Almost anyone is a failed musician. You played in a band and then happened to stay and do work for the record label/booker/publisher etc and that is also a way to stay to work with music.

Also, motivation is just not all. in the end, it has to be good for people to consume it. Even with the most positive drive and enthusiasm you can't get to the bigger things if you're not good. So when the speaker is like "you can do it" and there is mainly people in the room whos product really is not up to date, well I don't know if that is so good.

So I try to see these inspirations speakers before I book them. The hard part is that no one is actually booking any of them to their conferences.