Profile

Cover photo
Ari's Take
13 followers|150,205 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Ari's Take

Shared publicly  - 
 
Should You Pay To Play

I live in LA. I've only been here 3 years, but in that time I've met many excellent musicians in town all talented enough to explode at any moment. The sad reality is, in a town so saturated with incredible musicians, the cream isn't necessarily rising to the top as quickly as it would in other cities. Everyone who is great here is on the same level - getting little victories here and there. Some land a major tour and hit the road. Some get signed and go through the major label roller coaster. Some work the YouTube angle. Some make their livings on song placements. Some fly around the country playing colleges. Some get in their car and tour the coast/country on their own. But what all the non-superstar musicians in LA have in common is, when we play a show in town we accept shitty shitty deals. How do I know that these are shitty deals? Well, I've booked shows in nearly every major city in the country and know how other cities do it.

This isn't going to be a post about LA (as that could fill a book), but rather the issue of "pay to play" clubs.

Let's explore some of the many scenarios bands get offered by venues and promoters every day...

Read more...
1
Add a comment...

Ari's Take

Shared publicly  - 
 
Most artists who go on these shows have 0 business sense and have no idea what to do with themselves. Some on The Voice, however, ARE professional musicians who are looking for more exposure. That's great, BUT, and this is a big Kardashian but, I've seen too many contestants get caught up (and comfortable) in the corporate "do everything for me" system that when they get booted (no matter how they placed) they don't know how to drive their career by themselves. They believe they are now "stars" and they hand off all of the decision making, responsibilities and power to those who are only on their team because it's still the honeymoon period after the show has finished. Nearly every former contestant eventually gets dropped by everyone on his team, loses her record deal, and can't get 100 people out to a club in his hometown.

There are a very few success stories from these TV shows. The success stories are those who took their career in their own hands and knew that this show was not the end, but the beginning (or a footnote). Your career isn't made by winning (or placing - or GETTING ON) the show. It is just jump started. But once it's running, you still have to drive it!

If you really don't want to work your career from the ground up (like I advise all over this site) and believe that once you have 45,000 Twitter followers (the amount the 3rd place finisher of last season of The Voice currently has) you will finally be able to muster up the drive and inspiration to START your career for real, then I say good luck (with an extremely skeptical raised eye brow).

No offense, but those who don't have the drive to push a music career when they are struggling DEFINITELY won't have the drive when they get a taste of success.

Read more...
1
1
Add a comment...

Ari's Take

Shared publicly  - 
 
The full report: TuneCore Publishing vs. CD Baby Pro. And everything you need to know about music publishing in terms you can understand! 
1
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
The Biz Behind Full-Time Independent Music
Links
Contact Information
Contact info
Email