Just listening today to Seth Godin’s “Tribes”, in which the man states the facts that A) all the tools are at your disposal and B) the only reason you (we) don’t kick giant arse is because of Fear.
But I believe many musicians, sometimes myself included, don’t recognise this. We name excuses but ignore that back of these lie fear.
News Flash: Musician’s Worst Nightmare Comes True – Life Happens
Many musicians want to become musicians to avoid reality. In the end though, reality has a habit of catching up to all of us.
For example, one sunny day you may wake up to find that you have suddenly morphed into a parent and are faced with a very real requirement from society – not to mention your little angel – to be RESPONSIBLE (Gasp! The Horror!).
Suddenly you simply cannot work 3 days a week in cafe for beer and rent money, using the rest of your time to jam and record.
Suddenly you just can’t get up and go on an underfunded tour of coastal cafes to build a following, knowing that you’ll get home hundreds of dollars poorer, not richer.
Suddenly you can’t sleep in until noon, jam all arvo, then go out and network with other bands? Why? Because little diddums gets you up at 6:30am, needs breakfast, entertaining, lunch, a nap, more entertaining, dinner, a bath, a night time routine so they’ll actually got to bed nicely (hopefully). Meanwhile someone also has to bring in some dosh to pay for those meals, those pyjamas, that hot water. And then you’ll need to go to bed before midnight because sure as the sun will rise, that kid’s gonna wake up with it.
This DOES NOT mean that you are trapped! It does not mean that you have no recourse!
You Are Not Trapped – You Are Just Letting Fear Fuck With You
There are still many options – it just means you have to be organised. It means you have to be creative and (if you’ll forgive the cliche) think outside of the box. There are many ways and means for you to get out there and make your music.
For example …
Worldwide music distribution – from the couch!
There is so much more to the internet for musicians than Facebook and Myspace.
For example, I recently set this online music distribution point up while I was sitting on the couch at night while watching TV and resting after a busy day playing Dad.
Here is a list of just a few other places I found – in five minutes of searching – to distribute your music online:
Now I don’t know much about most of these sites yet, but given that this is a minute sample, it is obvious that there are very few excuses for not getting your tunes out there.
Of course, just getting people downloading your free Mp3s isn’t going to solve all of your problems, but it is just one way to help you:
A) Get Satisfaction
Since setting up Seamus.bandcamp.com the other day, just under 300 hundred people have listened to my music there (or via embedded music players placed on other web pages, like this:
which bandcamp makes easy to do). And many of those people also downloaded the album. I didn’t make a penny but Jeez it feels better than looking a box of CDs growing dusty under the bed – huh?
B) Start Making Progress
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step” and other corny – but true – cliches.
I know now that if I had spent the last 15 years slowly getting one thing at a time done, step by step, I’d be a wealthy man by now, but instead I was always looking for the short cut. Unfortunately, I know now, THERE IS NO SHORT CUT. Not one that you can deliberately take anyway.
This doesn’t mean you can’t work smart instead of hard but nevertheless, you’ll need to work and it will always take more time than you want it to.
Take the long way, it’s the only way available.
Ok – enough jibber jabber for now. My point is that we all have the chance to shine our light – no matter what the circumstances of our lives.
Back soon with more on this topic.
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