Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:23 PM
If you don't want fame and fortune, you are in the RIGHT place, because that is what music mostly has. Most songs will never engineer enough revenue to even pay for the recording. Even the major releases. The higher the profile on the artist or song,the more money spent to increase that profile. And you can't force the public to buy something even if you spend millions of dollars, which are what most of the majors do.
This is very simple. It is the "art of the hang" and art of the "referall." You do something well, get it out there, Internet, live performance. through co-writers, publishers, the music buying public. If you do it well, people are attracted to it. They tell people and further it through word of mouth, peer to peer filesharing, if you do it methodically AND people buy into it,it increases exponetionally. That is how entertainment works. If you don't connect with an audience, you are doing it for yourself in your living room, web site, whatever. If you do it well, people pass it on for you.
It is not always fair, you don't have a lot of control once it gets past you. The fates, advertising, a lot of other things have to take over. You just have to do what you can do. But most of us are our own audience, our own promoters, our own artists, labels publishers, pluggers, until we get someone to take over the job. VEry inexact, not a "one size fits all" approach. There are things that work for some people and don't for others. Songs, artists, recordings. etc that should be standards and aren't, and things that should never see the light of day, but get everywhere. Again, just a nature of a business of opinions.
Music is something we should and do for ourselves. It is about our emotions, our thoughts, hopes, dreams, sometimes fun, sometimes sad, most time cathartic. As a woman told me last week, "I saved her $2000 in therapy." But once you start "stepping out there" in the arena of ideas or in the music or entertainment business, your work is judged by others. You have every right to say what you want but no one has the "right to be heard." You earn that right with the public, and all the filters it takes to get to the public.
Think of every line, every song, every thing you do as a job interview. To get a job, you have to make yourself as presentable as possible, find where the jobs are being offered, go to where they are, and present yourself as the best applicant for the job. And when you get the job to do it to the best of your ability, succeeding and exceeding the expectations of your employers with everything you do. So you not only keep it, you make more money, you climb whatever ladder you are on.
Music is like the "job" of entertaining people. They are giving you an opportunity to get and keep their attention for 3 minutes or whatever they want. If you do it well, they will pay you in one way or another. It might be moneytarily,it might be with applause, it might be in telling other people about you, it might be critical accolades, you might make someone's life better by having you.
If you do it well, you might rise, might not. But if you do it for yourself with the eyes and ears to the bigger picture of what your audience might want, hopefully you will make it on a larger scale.
There will always be people at the top of the pyramid, who make the majority of the money, just like all of life. But there are more and more people out there "going for their dreams" in a million different ways. To me, that is what music is. A way for one dreamer to reach another.
What we're in the business for.