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.
I received several different types of
reaction, some diplomatical, some
just downright rude and some even
controdcting themselves in the the same
Why did I do this exercise? Simply to see
the different reactions from the musicians.
I found it interesting that the more
successful musicians were more diplomatic
and used good reasoning when replying to the
Those contradictory replies, in general came
from the more younger musician who had a
rough idea of more or less how the music
industry works, but were not absolutely sure.
The third group, of the rude answers, in
general came from musicians that tried and
failed to make some sort of impression in
the music world. They beleived that the
music industry was working against them,
that everybody was corrupt, speaking of
bribery and exclusive groups, they even said
that the discussion groups didn't want to
discuss this sort of topic, etc, the list of
their arguments was quite extense.
After doing this research I came to three
1. When we are talking to somebody we don't
know personally, we shouldn't abuse them,
because it could be this very person who has
the key to open up the door we are needing
to get to the next level in the music
Just because they have a different opinion
as we do, doesn't make them an enemy.
Those people who never reached a successful
conclusion in their career still should be
asking themselves why they never managed to
get that 'helping hand' or opportunity, a
lot of the time very necessary in their
attempt of making some sort of success of
their musial career.
There was one person in particular who stood
ot for his extremely abusive manner. He
insisted that he never wanted and doesn't
want to be successful with his music, he
just wants to get his music out there. He
gave me a clue as to his identity. I did
some extra research and found out that he
was the King Midas of faliure. Anything he
turned has hands to musically was a faliure,
be a member of a band, be a 'music producer'
he even tried it as a solo artist.
Sure, everybody around hime were to blame
for his faliure. It could never be him. He
was just simply a victim. He managed to turn
himself into an isolated person, an island
2. Be honest. If we are not sure about a
certain subject, say so. Never be ashamed to
say 'I don't know'. Be open. Find out. We
could learn something. Everybody learns new
things every single day. Even if it's not
the right time for your star to shine at
this moment, have pacience and
determination. Your star could be waiting
for you in the future.
3. Always be diplomatic. The true
professionals are not professional by
accident. They know it's not easy to always
be working and that without allies, they
would lose the war.
One more contact is one more possible ally
to offer you that tip or inside information
of what's happening.
For a person, who is seriously considering
making a career in anything, it's
fundamental to be surrounded by people who
are our allies. Knowledgeable people,
technical people, people who become our
friends, people who offer us incentive,
It's no different in the music industry.
Steve Allen is consultant and music producer.
Author of "Marketing Your Music – Success
Strategies", "Personal Management in the
Music Industry" and "Street Teams – Expand
your Fan Base"
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