|So You Want to Be in a Rock & Roll Band? - Phase 1 by Sal Canzonieri|
|Welcome to my first column in Loud Fast Rules magazine. This column will be all about being successful in the music business based on my experiences from playing music since 1975. I'm going to be real and no holds barred about every facet of the music biz from the top to the bottom. It's pretty much advice and discussion, what sucks and what is great. I'm going to tell you what other people won't. Feel free to contact me and let me know what worked for you, if you have some good advice for people.
Phase 1: Starting Off Right
There are many aspects to the music world, and every one of them has things that happen in them that can either totally fuck you up or can be great if things work out right for you. These are: the people in the bands themselves; the booking agents; the promoters of the shows; the clubs, halls, etc.; the lawyers; the recording studios; the record producers; the A&R people; the radio stations and the DJs; the internet and music websites; the music shops that carry supplies and instruments; the record labels; the distributors; the record stores; the merch manufacturers; the music press and the fanzines and newstand magazines; and the audience. So, in each column I am going to talk about one of these aspects and it ain't going to be pretty!
First let me say this: the whole music business was set up since the 1940s to rip off people, its all about exploitation. Every step of the way was designed to
screw someone out of money in some way or another. That's a fact that people often choose to ignore and as a consequence hardly anything is
done to make it better. It can be fixed, if everyone involved does something. Why was it set up to be a rip off? Because selling records is just like selling drugs; there is high profit, an addicted buyer, cut throat competition, and once some nice sum of money gets into someone's hands
they want to keep more than their share and not pass it along to the rest of the people who are owed it.
Another reason is that there are way too many bands/solo artists. There are more bands now then there ever were in history! This is bad for many reasons:
-there are more
bands than people are capable of paying attention to;
|(c) 2005 BGT ENT / Sal Canzonieri|