My piece ‘Dear Indie Band, Your Friends Are Not Your Fans’ was featured on the indie band gigging website, IndieOnTheMove.com
I’m honored that a third piece has been featured on the quintessential band gigging website, Indie on the Move. Check it out here: http://www.indieonthemove.com/blog/2013/12/dear-indie-band-your-friends-are-not-your-fans
BEFORE THE BIG MOVE, I had visited Los Angeles only twice. The first time was for orientation at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). I had applied in summer 2003 after receiving notice that I was not accepted to my dream school, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I had never heard of Cal State LA until one of my best friends told me they were still accepting applicants. So, I went online and applied, and was accepted. It was a desperate and hopeful attempt to go to college anywhere in Los Angeles so I that could be closer to Hollywood–the land of dreams.
Today is a very special day for me. Ten years ago today–December 4th, 2003–with a one-way ticket, $500, some clothes and a mission, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Although homeless and unemployed when I arrived, I hit the ground running towards the first few steps that have become an incredible journey of peaks and valleys. I’ve met some of the most amazing and douchiest people in the world, experienced some of the most awesome opportunities and depressing hardships, and have accomplished a few cool things along the way. It is far from over, far from peak, but this 10 year milestone is nothing short of awesome sauce!
“The album is dying in front of our eyes,” says music analyst and critic Bob Lefsetz. He asks, “what kind of screwed up world do we live in where Katy Perry’s new album Prism sells only 287,000 copies in its debut?” and answers, “One in which everybody’s interested in the single, and no one’s got time to sit and hear your hour-plus statement.” Read More…
In Sweden, South Korea, Norway, and Finland, more music is streamed than downloaded. In fact, 91% of music income in Sweden comes from streaming (that’s because Spotify is a Swedish company that was founded in Sweden). With the launch of iTunes Radio and the anticipated launch of a YouTube streaming service, we wonder, “can streaming save music sales?” See what this piece by Maddy Savage of BBC News has to say about that.
It isn’t often that we get to learn about the vision behind the musical selections — including licensed music, commissioned music and collaborations — directly from the music supervisors of entertainment products; especially music supervisors of video games. So, this interview of Rockstar Games’ music supervisor Ivan Pavlovich by The Hollywood Reporter on his work for Grand Theft Auto V is a rare peak behind the curtain of creating the sonic identity of one of the top video games of all time. And boy is it insightful!
Your passion is not limited by your capicity to dream; it’s only limited by your work ethic. The most amazing people don’t only dream big, they work hard…they work big. Truth be told, no one has your best interest in mind; they have only there’s. And sometimes — ultimately in consequence — your best interest falls in line with their motives. I help artists by giving advice, providing guidance and sometimes opening doors. That is in your best interest only because my best interest is proving that in some way I am a relevant music industry insider. It is no secret — when best interests align — the most amazing shit happens. The lesson here is to put yourself in the circles of those who have THEIR best interest in support of YOUR best interest. Otherwise, you’re just another talented yet ill supported aspiring artist hoping you’re the exception to the rule of success.