Changes in the Music Industry
With record sales on the decline, there will
be major changes that need to happen in the
music industry. Here are a few of my ideas;
Welcome to Internet Idol!
Although I've been saying for some
time now that the internet will eventually clog up with low quality music, even
I was surprised when I realized... Read Full>>
EMI Agrees with Me...
Recently on CNN I saw an interview
about the troubled EMI record company. Some interesting data came up which I
would like to share. Read Full>>
Recording Live could be
can understand the need to get your music out there to the listeners, for them
to appreciate and hopefully like what you do. But there are many bands out there
that are too hasty to do this and inevitably get a negative result instead of
achieving a long line of faithful fans.... Read Full>>
You're so easy to
When a person sees you perform
for the first time, what is the next thing they do? If you think they will buy
your record, or want to download your latest MP3, you're greatly mistaken. The
cold and hard truth is…. They will forget you!
I wanna be a
It's no secret that the music industry has
taken a hard hit with record sales over
recent years, with file swapping on the
internet and MP3's. One of the hardest hit
niches in the industry has been hip hop, or
rap music as it is sometimes called. Sales
plummeted 44% since 2000 and accounts for
10% in total music sales.
Recording Companies want to
Why is that band that plays rubbish is famous and I who's battling to make it
every day get nowhere? Read Full>>
Behavioural Patterns of Musicians...
These last few weeks I've been doing
research in groups and forums about
independent musicians and bands. I wanted to
know how they would react when I sent
sometimes controversial articles and
messages to these groups.
E-Books for Musicians
I did some research in specialized music
forums about the ambitions and middle to
long term goals of musicians. I must confess,
I wasn't too surprised in discovering that
the two principal objectives of those who
wished to make a career with music was to be
rich and famous. Read
Reasons for Contracting a Music Producer
There is a massive amount of independent
bands floating around, each one writing and
recording their own brand of music. Many
times the recording of their music comes to
a sticky end, being of poor recording or
sound quality (there is a difference between
recording and sound quality) thus serving
little use as a promotions tool, nor
saleable item. Read
Beware of the Yes Men!
We love to
be noticed. We adore to be complemented.
It's human nature. But it's also a dangerous
When I was around nineteen years of age and
I recorded my first album, I was surrounded
by people in the studio telling me how great
I was. It got so bad that I began to believe
them. I mean, if everyone was telling me, it
must be true. Right?
Something They Need...?
and composers I have met have been and in
some cases still are, a little frustrated
because of the difficulty of being
recognized as a predominent figure in the
music world. They try so hard at perfecting
their music, working the arrangements over
and over again, trying to get it so that the
'riff' of the guitar may be heard, or that
one line of the lyrics is 'just right'. All
that may be important for another musician
or a music 'expert', but, on the whole, for
Joe Public, it doesn't take center stage.
Am I a Footballer?
I love football. Soccer, not American
I don't know much about the rules, but I can
kick a ball hard and that's what's important.
Right? Read Full>>
Music Economics Network
Musicians seriously starting out in a music
career should always take into consideration
the expense they will eventually have to
face to continue their advance in the music
market. Read Full>>
want to be like Brian (they say...)
I feel that artists, who wish to enter in
the music market professionally need to
invest in their career. I state this in my
free e-book "Marketing
Your Music - First Steps" ,
"...just like in any other business, you
will need to designate a quantity which you
are prepared to invest. Treat music like any
other commercial adventure in your life..."
This week has been a funny one in terms of
advising young inexperienced musicians. They
come up with theories and believe in urbain
legends about the music industry, which for
sure will not help them as a professional
musician. Read Full>>
You can lead a horse to water….
It's funny how people just don't understand
the idea of music professionals giving up
their advice to help the career of
independent musicians. Why should they
listen to our advice, after all we're not
famous. Of course we're not, our work is
done away from the spotlight, away from the
public eye and that is how it should be, but
many of our clients and businesses are doing
Success & Failure
Do you know how many musicians are
successful in relation to those musicians
who are losers?
One in a hundred? One in a thousand? One in
every hundred thousand?
The truth is that anybody can be a loser.
An excellent question was posted in one of
the forums that I would like to share with
"I recently volunteered to help promote a
very professional sounding new London band.
Incredibly they had the amazing good fortune
by getting a recording session at the world
famous Abbey Road studios. You would think
well they're on their way!
Want to be a Musician?
The internet as a music communications tool
will eventually enter into overkill with
Julian Lennon in common with many artists,
feels he has had a number of regrettable
experiences with record companies and
distributors. With his Web presence he feels
he has the opportunity to disregard the
traditional route of record releases.
Marketing Your Music
Marketing is a mythisized science, even
within business circles. In artistic
circles, marketing is often seen as a tool
that Dick Dastardley and Mutley would use in
the cartoon "Wacky Races". Many artists say
that when a talentless artist becomes
successful, it was all down to the question
Getting back into Music
It's the dream of almost
every adolescent to have their own rock
band, create new sounds, reach success and
everything else that all of this could
Screaming fans, respect,
autographs, tours, luxury hotels, glamour
etc... Read Full>>
Branding in Music
Generating more income in a commercial world
is a never ending battle. Nothing wrong with
that until of course the bubble bursts, when
there is no more room to expand.
Take a Tip from Capitol Records
Capitol Records used a
strategy which put the only daughter of the
King of Rock, Elvis Presley on top of the
world, and now Lisa Marie Presley is
destined to follow the road to success.
Selling Music on the Internet - Good or Bad?
is director of Berklee Music, in the United
States. He beleives that the music industry
and the recording industry will change
radically over the next few years. He
believes that the new media will eliminate
traditional companies of the recording
industry. Read More>>
Music on the Internet
that on the internet the artist has freedom,
and it's also clear that the listener can
listen to music whenever they want – exactly
as you can do in the real world, putting the
content onto a CD. Read
Perform live at Las Vegas !
Once upon a time...
An unknown band got in contact with a venue
manager and asked to be contracted to
perform. The manager listened to the bands'
demo, thought that the music was good and
agreed that the band could play on a
Shania Twain is Watching You!
is the hottest "Country Pop" artist of North
In spite of
her nationality (Canadian - not American),
the singer released the most successful
female solo album of all time, selling on
average 34 million copies throughout the