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Archive for December, 2007

The music business…really?

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

It cracks me up  when I hear these musicians… mostly rock star wannabes, talking  about being in “the music business”.    You know the type.  Their band is setting their world on fire…they are legends in their own minds and  they usually laugh at us old timers who are working our asses off  every Friday and Saturday in clubs. So you’re in the business eh?  How much did you make this weekend?  What did you pay for production?  After your set did the club owner pay you with cash or check?  Yeah…I thought so.Let me put this very plainly so even rock stars can understand.  If you ain’t making at least a little money you ain’t in business.  At some point money has to change hands kids, or you’re just  jacking off. So go ahead and yuck it up when you hear me cranking out that old time rockin’ roll…that’s okay because I’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

Be Proud of Your Sound: Record Like a Professional

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

It’s no secret that people that love to make music aren’t always in the “music business”.  There’s a lot of great musicians that are passionate about their sound but don’t have the resources to make a studio recording.  That leaves them with three options: wing it, learn, or find an alternative way.

Don’t wing it.  No matter how or why you’re recording a project or working on a sound, winging it cheapens it.  Why put in all your effort and creativity for a sub-par product?  Learning is a great option.  Time is money but that means if you can’t hire someone to help, you can use your time to learn.  There’s a lot of great tools and software out there.  Yeah, some get pricey but not all.  Experiment, read, improve.  Work on it until you’ve produced something professional sounding.  There will be frustrations along the way but work through it.

The final option might be a shameless plug, find an alternative.  Find an option like yourguitarist.com.  There are experienced music professionals that like working with hobbyists, beginners, organizations, or people trying to make their sound the best it can be.  There’s nothing better than collaborating with someone whose passionate about a project.  We’re alternatives to high studio costs and the end product is always high quality.

The point is, do whatever is necessary to make the project the best it can be.  The more you put into it the better it will come across and there’s nothing better than playing your sound at the highest level possible.