I ENJOY HELPING PEOPLE THROUGH SHARING MY KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF LIFE, ART AND BUSINESS, SO IF YOU ARE READING THIS IT MAY HELP YOU CLEAR UP SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LIFE, OR RATHER, THE CAREER PATH YOU WANT TO TAKE. SINCE I AM AN ARTIST AND AN EDUCATOR I'VE DECIDED TO WRITE ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF INVESTING IN ONE'S LIFE AND CAREER. WHEN I'M TALKING ABOUT INVESTING IN YOURSELF, I'M TALKING ABOUT GAINING AN EDUCATION WITHIN THE FIELD OF YOUR PASSION. AND, I'M ALSO TALKING ABOUT FINANCIALLY INVESTING IN YOUR PASSION. I'M WRITING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I'VE COME ACROSS DIFFERENT SEMI-ARTISTS (SEMI-ARTIST: SOMEONE THAT HAS RAW TALENT AS AN ARTIST BUT DOES NOT NURTURE OR INVEST INTO THAT TALENT) THROUGHOUT MY LIFE THAT HAVE PUZZLED ME AS TO WHY THEY NEVER CONTINUED OR PUT INTO THEIR TALENT SO THAT IT WOULD GROW. MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WERE PRETTY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DID, FROM SONG WRITING, TO RAPPING, TO SINGING, TO DRAWING, TO EVEN COOKING OR SOMETHING UN-MUSIC OR UN-ART RELATED. WHEN I EXPERIENCED THESE PEOPLES BIT OF TALENT I WAS IMPRESSED. BUT AFTER SOME TIME PASSED AND I WONDERED ABOUT THOSE TALENTED PEOPLE, AND ASKED ABOUT THEM, I HAD FOUND OUT THEY STOPPED DOING WHAT THEY WERE GOOD AT. THEN I WAS DISAPPOINTED. AT OTHER TIMES CERTAIN SEMI-ARTISTS WOULD WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH ME, SUCH AS A COLLABORATION PROJECT, WHICH I WAS ALWAYS DOWN TO DO, BUT WHEN IT CAME TO FINANCIALLY INVESTING INTO THE PROJECT THEY ALWAYS BACKED OUT (EXCEPT FOR ONE PERSON I WORKED WITH MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO). THIS HAPPENED TO ME WITH MORE THAN SEVERAL PEOPLE; SO IT IS ALSO WHY I'M WRITING THIS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT IF YOU AS A PERSON ARE GOOD AT SOMETHING AND YOU BELIEVE YOU WANT TO BE BETTER AND ONE OF THE BEST AT IT, THEN FUCKING WORK AT IT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST! OTHER PEOPLE CANNOT MAKE YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO BE, THEY CAN ONLY HELP YOUR DEVELOPMENT UP TO A CERTAIN POINT, BUT UP TO THAT POINT, YOU'RE ON YOUR FUCKING OWN! I'VE LEARNED THE HARD, BUT YET GOOD WAY: PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS LET YOU DOWN WHEN YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING AWESOME, SO IT'S UP TO YOU TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. THAT'S WHERE EDUCATION COMES INTO PLAY BECAUSE THEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON ANYONE (OR AT LEAST, YOU DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON SO MANY PEOPLE). YOU WANT TO BE GREAT AT SOMETHING? THEN YOU BETTER LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT THAT TOPIC OR FIELD, AND LEARNING/EDUCATION IS NOT AN OVER NIGHT THING. THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN IS OBVIOUSLY SCHOOL/COLLEGE, WHICH TAKES YEARS TO ACCOMPLISH, BUT IT'S A KEY TO UNLOCKING WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW, WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT TO BE GREAT AT IN LIFE. THERE'S ALSO THE OTHER STUFF SUCH AS WORK EXPERIENCE, INTERNSHIPS, BEING AN APPRENTICE OR AN ASSISTANT TO SOME KNOWLEDGEABLE FIGURE IN YOUR FIELD OF PASSION. THESE ARE THE FIRST STEPS. BUT ONCE YOU GAIN ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE TO PUT IT TO USE, AND THAT'S WHERE PRACTICE, ACTION, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FINANCIAL INVESTMENT COMES INTO PLAY. AGAIN, IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, YOUR TALENT, AND YOUR PASSION, THEN YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT PRACTICE, WORK AND CAPITAL ARE AN UNAVOIDABLE THING YOU MUST FUCKING DO TO MAKE IT REAL! FOR EXAMPLE, I'M AN INDIE MUSICIAN, EVERY PRODUCT THAT IS ON MY SITE IS 100% CREATED & FUNDED BY ME, I LEARNED HOW TO MAKE THESE PRODUCTS MAINLY FROM EDUCATION, BUT ALSO BY PRACTICING BY MYSELF, AND, I INVESTED MY OWN MONEY THAT I WORKED FOR TO TAKE IT FROM AN IDEA TO A REAL THING. I DID NOT HAVE A PRODUCER PRODUCE MY SONGS, I PRODUCED THEM. I DIDN'T ASK AN ENGINEER TO RECORD/EDIT/MIX/MASTER MY SONGS, I LEARNED HOW TO DO IT & DID IT. I DID NOT HIRE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER TO MAKE MY ART, I DESIGNED MY GRAPHIC ART. I DIDN'T HAVE SOMEONE WRITE MY SONGS, I WROTE THEM. I DIDN'T HIRE A WEBSITE DESIGNER TO CREATE MY SITE, I LEARNED HOW TO DO IT AND MADE IT. I ALSO PAID FOR EVERY SINGLE THING THAT IS ON HERE: CD'S, PAINTINGS (CANVASES, PAINTS, GICLEES), COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARK, WEBSITE, ETC. WHY DID I DO ALL OF THIS? BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN WHAT I DO AND I WILL NOT WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR ME...BECAUSE IF I WAITED FOR SOMEONE TO DO THIS FOR ME IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. SURE, IT'S BEEN A SHIT LOAD OF WORK THAT I MADE FOR MYSELF, AND IT WASN'T FREE, BUT THAT'S OK BECAUSE I ENJOY MAKING ALL OF THIS. I'M USING MYSELF AS AN EXAMPLE OF INVESTING IN ONE'S SELF THROUGH EDUCATION, PRACTICE, WORK AND FINANCIALS BECAUSE I WANT TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT WE ALL HAVE THAT ABILITY TO NURTURE OUR TALENT THAT GOD GAVE US. I WANT TO DO MORE THINGS AND GREATER THINGS BUT I KNOW THAT THAT WILL REQUIRE MUCH MORE OUT OF ME. SO IF YOU WANT TO DO SIMILAR THINGS TOO, REALIZE YOU HAVE TO INVEST IN YOURSELF AND YOUR IDEAS. IT AIN'T QUICK AND IT AIN'T CHEAP, SO IF YOU WANT TO BECOME THE NEXT BIG SHOT IN YOUR FIELD, OR EVEN JUST A REGULAR PLAYER IN YOUR FIELD, PUT IN THE FUCKING WORK BY LEARNING SOME SHIT, PRACTICE LIKE A MUTHER FUCKER, AND PUT THE MONEY TO BACK IT UP! I'VE READ IN MANY BUSINESS RELATED ARTICLES, AS WELL AS THROUGH BANK REPS, THAT EXPERIENCED INVESTORS WILL NEVER INVEST IN SOMEONE ELSE'S IDEA IF THAT PERSON WON'T PUT UP HALF THE COST, AND THEY ALSO WILL NOT INVEST IF THEY SEE THAT THE PERSON IS LACKING GREATER SKILL OR MORE SKILLS IN THEIR FIELD OF 'EXPERTISE'. ALL OF THIS MAKES COMPLETE FUCKING SENSE FROM THEIR STAND POINT, WOULD YOU INVEST YOUR TIME & MONEY IN SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR PASSION/BUSINESS OR DOES NOT WANT TO PUT UP A PERCENTAGE OF THE RELATED COSTS? FUCK NO. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD TAKE ALL THE RISK FOR SOMEONE ELSE & THEIR IDEA WHEN THAT PERSON SHOWS LACK OF WILL, LAZINESS, LACK OF DETERMINATION, POOR WORK ETHIC & NO CAPITAL INPUT ? SHOW SOME SERIOUSNESS BY DISPLAYING SUPERB COMPREHENSION OF YOUR INDUSTRY, GREAT SKILL IN THE PERFORMANCE OF WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD AT, AND PUT SOME CASH INTO IT TO MAKE IT REAL OR REAL BIG. THEN, MAYBE, SOMEONE MAY CATCH YOU DOING WHAT YOUR DOING AND SAY, "HEY, I WANT TO HELP THAT PERSON BECAUSE THEY ARE FUCKING PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND I CAN ONLY SEE AMAZING THINGS HAPPENING IF I HELP THEM! I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT". AND EVEN IF NO ONE EVER INVESTS INTO YOU ONCE YOU'VE ALREADY INVESTED IN YOURSELF, THEN WHO GIVES A SHIT! YOU'VE ALREADY MADE IT HAPPEN! YOU MADE IT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF. YOU AWOKE FROM FANTASY LAND AND STEPPED INTO REALITY, THE REALITY OF MAKING YOUR DREAM REAL. YOU DID NOT SIT AROUND AND DREAM FANTASIES, WISHING ON FUCKING STARS, AS IF A BALL OF GAS A MILLION MILES AWAY WOULD GRANT YOU YOUR WISH. SELF INITIATIVE IS SIMPLY THE KEY. NOW SOME MAY READ THIS AND SAY, "WELL, CERTAIN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT MUCH, SUCH AS A YOUNG MUSICIAN THAT GETS SIGNED TO A MAJOR LABEL AT 16, WHERE THE LABEL GIVES EM' $2 MILLION UPFRONT AND THE LABEL DOES ALL THE WORK.". THAT IS TRUE, BUT THE ODDS OF THAT HAPPENING TO MOST PEOPLE IS NEAR THE SAME PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE LOTTERY JACKPOT (LAST I CHECKED IT WAS 1 IN 175 MILLION - GOOD FUCKING LUCK). SO, DON'T WAIT. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETHINGS ARE DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH, NO DOUBT. AND, CERTAIN THINGS DO REQUIRE HELP FROM OTHERS. IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO HELP FROM OTHERS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR IDEA BECOME REAL, THEN DO USE THERE HELP - BUT DON'T EXPECT THEM TO DO ALL THE WORK & FRONT THE WHOLE COST. AND DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE, OR WORSE, DON'T TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED BECAUSE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE, IN YOUR FIELD OF PASSION, ARE NOT STUPID - THEY WILL SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU AND STOP HELPING YOU. THAT'S WHY IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND THE PATH YOU WANT TO TAKE, INVEST IN YOURSELF, YOUR IDEA(S) AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.
THE TOPIC OF "PAY TO PLAY" CAME TO MIND AND ALL I GOTTA SAY IS FUCK PAY TO PLAY! THE INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN HAS MANY THINGS ON HIS OR HER LIST TO DO TO BE AN ACTIVE MUSICIAN AND PERFORMING LIVE MUSIC IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE IS ONE, BUT GETTING FUCKED IN THE ASS & MOUTH TO PLAY ON STAGE FOR A SHITTY 10-15 MINUTES IS NOT ON THE LIST! SO HITTING UP A BUNCH OF VENUES, BARS, CONCERTS, FESTIVALS, COFFEE SHOPS, COLLEGES AND WHERE EVER ELSE YOU CAN PLAY IS A MAJOR TIME CONSUMING TASK ALL ON ITS OWN. WHEN YOU'RE NEW TO THE INDIE MUSIC GAME IT'S EASY TO GET EXCITED AND WANT TO GO PLAY SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE, LIVE. MANY TIMES THOUGH A MUSICIAN IS CONFRONTED NOT WITH THE OFFER OF GETTING PAID TO PERFORM BUT RATHER WITH THE OFFER OF "PAY TO PLAY", EITHER BY A VENUE OR A PROMOTER. THIS OPTION OF PAY TO PLAY MAY SEEM LIKE THE ONLY WAY TO PERFORM LIVE IN A SPOT BECAUSE A SHIT LOAD OF PLACES ONLY OFFER THAT OPTION - SO IT SEEMS THE ONLY WAY TO PLAY IS TO PAY. BOOKERS AND PROMOTERS GIVE THE BULLSHIT TALK OF "YOU NEED TO PERFORM LIVE TO BECOME 'KNOWN' AND YOU GOTTA PAY ME (PROMOTER OR BOOKER) TO GET YOU IN THE DOOR OF MY VENUE & I'LL GIVE YOU FIFTEEN (FUCKING MEASLY & WORTHLESS) MINUTES ON STAGE"; (AS IF PERFORMING 15 MINUTES IN A HOLE IN THE WALL BAR WOULD DRASTICALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE OR CAREER). THEY'LL ENTICE AND PERSUADE MUSICIANS BY GIVING THE OFFER OF BUYING A SET OF TICKETS AT A CERTAIN PRICE AND THEN THE MUSICIAN CAN GO SELL THEM AT A HIGHER PRICE TO THEIR 'FANS', AND IN RETURN THEY CAN MAKE A FEW BUCKS AND GET TO PERFORM 10-15 MINUTES ON STAGE. AND TO GO EVEN FURTHER, THE BOOKER OR PROMOTER (RATHER SLEAZE BALL), WILL THEN SAY "SO AND SO ARTIST (INSERT SOME ALREADY FAMOUS, HIGH PROFILE, MAJOR LABEL MUSICIAN) WILL BE HEADLINING, AND YOU'LL BE OPENING FOR THEM...THINK ABOUT IT, YOUR NAME ON A FLYER WITH SO & SO!". HMMMM. A MUSICIAN IS 'LIVE ENTERTAINMENT' AND THEREFORE IS PROVIDING A LEGIT BUSINESS SERVICE TO AND FOR ANOTHER BUSINESS ENTITY (VENUE). SO THEN WHY SHOULD A MUSICIAN PAY TO PLAY? THAT'S LIKE SAYING, "I WILL PAY TO WORK!", WHEN IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE "I GET PAID TO WORK!". I THINK SOMETIMES MUSICIANS, ESPECIALLY THE BEGINNERS, FEEL THEY NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES AND THEIR WORK AND WILL DO IT AT ANY COST, SO PAY TO PLAY IS NO EXCEPTION. THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT EVERY BUSINESS DOES HAVE START UP COSTS AND OPERATIONAL COSTS, SO IT IS NECESSARY TO PAY FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO GET THINGS ACCOMPLISHED. MUSICIANS NEED TO REALIZE WHETHER THEY ARE A SOLO ARTIST OR A BAND THAT THEY ARE A BUSINESS ONCE THEY PERFORM IN A VENUE AND THE VENUE IS CHARGING AT THE DOOR OR FOR DRINKS OR FOOD OR TICKETS OR PARKING OR WHATEVER ELSE THEY SELL. THINK ABOUT IT, THE BARTENDER IS GETTING PAID, THE BOUNCER IS GETTING PAID, THE WAITER OR SERVER IS GETTING PAID, THE COOK IS GETTING PAID, THE PARKING PEOPLE ARE GETTING PAID, THE PROMOTER IS GETTING PAID, EVERYONE IS GETTING PAID EXCEPT - YOU GUESSED IT, THE FUCKING MUSICIAN. I LEARNED THIS THROUGH MY OWN AND OTHER MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE. I NEVER PAID TO PLAY BUT I'VE SEEN SOME WHO HAVE AND THEY THOUGHT THEIR CAREER WAS GOING TO EXCEL BECAUSE THEY PLAYED WITH 'SO & SO'; THEIR CAREER NEVER PASSED THAT POINT. I MET A PROMOTER ONE TIME THAT DID SHARE WITH ME WHY VENUES, BOOKERS OR PROMOTERS MAKE CERTAIN MUSICIANS THE OFFER OF PAY TO PLAY. HE BROKE IT DOWN BY SAYING THE PROMOTER/BOOKER GETS A BUNCH OF MUSICIANS TO PAY A CERTAIN FEE (FOR TICKETS TO SELL & 10-15 MINUTES), THEN THE MAJORITY OF THAT MONEY GOES TO THE HEADLINER (USUALLY A CURRENT OR OLD MAJOR LABEL ARTIST), AND THEN THE PROMOTER GETS A CUT, THE VENUE GETS A CUT, AND THEN MORE MONEY IS MADE FROM SELLING DRINKS & TICKETS AT THE DOOR THAT ALL GOES TO THE VENUE AND ITS STAFF. SADLY, MOST INDIE MUSICIANS I'VE MET & SEEN THAT HAVE DONE PAY TO PLAY BOUGHT 20 TICKETS AT $200 TO $300 AND PROBABLY AT BEST BROUGHT 5 PEOPLE TO A SHOW THEY PERFORMED AT, HAVING SOLD ONLY 5 TICKETS AT $10 - $20 EACH, PUTTING THEM IN THE HOLE FOR $100 AND MORE. AND DOES THE VENUE OR PROMOTER GIVE YOU MORE RESPECT BECAUSE YOU PAID TO PLAY?! FUCK NO! THEY LOOK AT THESE MUSICIANS LIKE EASY PREY AND STUPID ASSES. THEY TAKE THE MONEY AND DON'T GIVE A SHIT. SURE, THEY'LL GIVE THE MUSICIANS THEIR 10 TO 15 MINUTES ON STAGE, WHICH IS JUST ENOUGH TIME FOR A 'FAN' OF A PAY TO PLAY ARTIST TO GO TAKE A SHIT IN THE RESTROOM AND COME BACK AND MISS THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR FRIEND/MUSICIAN. I THINK BACK TO MY EDUCATION AND LEARNING THE TERRIBLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES HAVING BEEN A COUNTRY THAT AT ONE TIME ALLOWED SLAVERY. SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED AFTER MANY PEOPLE FOUGHT HARD TO GET RID OF THAT EVIL, BUT, IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, SLAVERY EXISTS - AND IT'S ACTUALLY WORSE THAN SLAVERY, IT'S SLAVERY MIXED WITH MASOCHISM. I UNDERSTAND NOW WHY SO MANY PEOPLE CALL THE MUSIC BUSINESS A DIRTY BUSINESS. IT IS A DIRTY BUSINESS/INDUSTRY WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE ALWAYS TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE SIMPLY PURSUING THEIR PASSION. IS THERE NO HOPE? OF COURSE THERE IS. A MUSICIAN ALWAYS HAS A CHOICE TO SAY YES OR NO TO A 'GIG', THEY CAN ALWAYS SEEK REPRESENTATION BY A REPUTABLE BOOKING AGENT, AND THEY CAN LEARN HOW TO NEGOTIATE MUTUAL-BENEFICIAL DEALS ON THEIR OWN DIRECTLY WITH VENUE OWNERS OR BOOKERS, AND THERE'S ALWAYS BUSKING IF A MUSICIAN JUST FEELS LIKE PERFORMING IN THE PUBLIC WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE HASSLE OF BOOKING A SHOW. IF YOU ARE AN INDIE MUSICIAN LOOKING TO PERFORM LIVE AT A VENUE, DON'T BECOME A MODERN DAY SLAVE JUST TO PLAY, IT'S NOT WORTH IT.
WHEN IT COMES TO HIP HOP, & SOME ROCK, I MISS THE 90'S! I SAY THIS BECAUSE I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I RECALL THE RADIO (& TO SOME DEGREE THE TV) WOULD PLAY A LARGE GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ISN'T THAT CRAZY?! CALIFORNIA RADIO STATIONS & TV/MUSIC SHOWS WOULD PLAY ACTUAL CALIFORNIA ARTISTS!!! IN HIP HOP WE HAD EAZY-E, ICE CUBE, TOO SHORT, SNOOP DOGG, DR. DRE, MC REN, DJ QUIK, SOUTH CENTRAL CARTEL, KID FROST, W.C., CYPRESS HILL, MELLOW MAN ACE, MACK 10, 2PAC (THOUGH HE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM N.Y.), KURUPT (THOUGH HE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM PHILLY), AND ROCK GROUPS LIKE THE OFFSPRING, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, METALLICA...NOTHING BUT BAD ASS FUCKING CALIFORNIA MUSICIANS PLAYING ON CALIFORNIA STATIONS AND CHANNELS! FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT, 2015, AND WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW?! MAYBE 2 MUSICIANS FROM CALIFORNIA ON CALIFORNIA STATIONS & CHANNELS - IT SUCKS!!!!! (I'M TALKING ABOUT NEW MUSIC FROM NEWER ARTISTS HERE; THE ARTISTS I LISTED ARE STILL PLAYED BUT ON 'BACK IN THE DAY' STATIONS). I REMEMBER GREAT DJ'S LIKE JULIO G AND THE BAKA BOYZ (I'VE READ THEY ARE ALL WORKING STILL BUT IN DIFFERENT AREAS) THAT GAVE LOVE TO CALIFORNIA ARTISTS AND GAVE THEM A SPOTLIGHT TO SHINE WHEN OTHER STATIONS WOULDN'T GIVE THEM MUCH AIRTIME. WHAT DJ'S ON CALI STATIONS DO WE HAVE NOW?! DJ'S THAT AREN'T EVEN FROM CALIFORNIA! WE HAVE DJ'S THAT ARE ARTISTS FOR MAJOR LABELS! FOR EXAMPLE: FELLY FEL WHO WORKS FOR DEF JAM/UNIVERSAL AND POWER 106. IF YOU DON'T GET WHAT THAT MEANS IT MEANS A DJ FROM A MAJOR LABEL IS GOING TO PLAY OTHER ARTISTS FROM HIS COMPANY'S LABEL AND PLAY HIS/HER MUSIC ON THE CALI RADIO STATION HE ALSO WORKS FOR. A FUCKING RINGER. A PERSON THAT WILL BE BIASED AND SHOW FAVOR TO HIS EMPLOYER'S ACTS AND PLAY THEIR MUSIC ON THE RADIO STATION THEY ALSO ARE EMPLOYED BY. I REMEMBER LEARNING IN MUSIC BUSINESS THAT IT IS ILLEGAL FOR A RECORD COMPANY TO TAKE PART IN PAYOLA (PAY A RADIO STATION TO PLAY ONE'S MUSIC), BUT I NEVER READ ANYWHERE THAT IT WAS ILLEGAL FOR A MAJOR (OR INDIE) LABEL TO PUT ONE OF THEIR 'ARTISTS' INSIDE A MAJOR RADIO STATION'S COMPANY TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR LISTENERS AND INSERT & SHOW FAVOR/PLAY THEIR LABEL'S MUSIC FROM THEIR ARTISTS. ONE MAY CALL IT GENIUS OR ONE MAY CALL IT UNETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICE. I CALL IT BULLSHIT. NO WONDER I HAVEN'T HEARD MUSIC FROM ARTISTS THAT ARE FROM CALIFORNIA ON CALIFORNIA RADIO STATIONS FOR A DAMN LONG TIME! AND KATY PERRY OR KENDRICK LAMAR, 2 PEOPLE/2 ARTISTS, DO NOT MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA ARTISTS THAT EXIST! ONE MAY ARGUE THAT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LISTENERS WANT A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL VARIETY OF ARTISTS, NOT LOCAL ARTISTS...BUT THAT'S ALSO BULLSHIT! IT'S BULLSHIT BECAUSE THE 'LOCAL' STILL FUCKING MATTERS! IF YOU'RE FROM CALIFORNIA YOU RELATE TO OTHER CALIFORNIANS BY THE SHARED EXPERIENCE OF SIMPLY LIVING IN A SIMILAR AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT. I WAS TAUGHT THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS & COMPLEXITIES WITHIN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS DURING MY STUDIES IN COLLEGE, AND WHAT I SEE HERE IS GLOBALIZATION - THE LOSS OF THE LOCAL. I'M NOT HERE TALKING ABOUT HATING ON AN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, BUT I DON'T FUCKING RELATE TO AN AUSTRALIAN OR CANADIAN RAPPER. I'M FROM CALIFORNIA, I RELATE TO CALIFORNIANS, MEXICANS, BLACKS, WHITES, ASIANS, INDIANS, GANGSTAS, HIPPIES, INTELLECTUALS, TOUGH MUTHA FUCKAS, STUCK UP BITCHES, AND HONEST & GENUINE PEOPLE! I RELATE TO THE MUTHER FUCKER THAT GOT STOPPED BY A COP FOR NO FUCKING REASON. I RELATE TO THE GO-GETTER UP IN WESTWOOD AT UCLA. I RELATE TO THE GHETTO HOMELESS DUDE THAT GOT SHUNNED BY SOCIETY. I RELATE TO THE ENTREPRENEUR THAT WILL INVEST IN THEIR LIFE & THEIR IDEA BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN THEIR IDEA. I RELATE TO THE UNDERCLASS, TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, EVEN TO THE RICH BITCH THAT HIGHLY VALUES THEIR SHIT. I RELATE TO THE GANGSTA THAT STICKS UP FOR THEIR LIFE & THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PEOPLE. I RELATE TO THE ARTIST THAT PUTS IN A SHIT LOAD OF HOURS INTO THEIR CRAFT. I RELATE TO THE PERSON THAT GETS DISCRIMINATED BY SOCIETY, BUSINESS AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS - BECAUSE PREJUDICE & RACISM STILL FUCKING EXIST. I RELATE TO THE BELIEVER IN GOD, NOT FUCKING MONEY, GOD!!!!! IN THE 90'S IT WAS ALL ABOUT 'KEEPING IT REAL'. FOR THE PRESENT, IT'S ALL ABOUT 'KEEPING IT PHONY AND KEEPING IT NON-CALIFORNIAN'. I MISS THE 90'S. BUT I DON'T HATE 'THE RIGHT NOW'; I JUST DON'T LIKE IT. MAYBE THINGS WILL CHANGE TO WHERE CALIFORNIA WILL ONCE AGAIN HAVE THEIR ARTISTS BE REPRESENTED ON CALIFORNIA MEDIA STATIONS; THEN AGAIN, ONLY TIME WILL TELL. TIME WILL TELL. TIME WILL TELL.
HERE'S A BREAKDOWN OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR THE INDIE ARTIST:
PERFORM LIVE: VENUES DON'T WANT TO PAY YOU BUT THEY WANT YOU TO 'PAY TO PLAY'
MERCHANDISE: CD'S, TAPES, VINYL, DOWNLOADS - WHY BUY WHEN YOU CAN STREAM AUDIO & VIDEO FOR FREE?
GET RADIO AIRPLAY: CORPORATE RADIO WILL NOT PLAY YOUR MUSIC UNLESS YOU'RE A MAJOR LABEL ARTIST OR PAY AN INDIE PROMOTER
GET VIDEO AIRPLAY: YOUTUBE IS NOT LIKE TV/CABLE/SATELLITE MUSIC CHANNELS WHERE THEY MARKET YOUR VIDEO TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
GET ON ITUNES: NEW RELEASES BY INDIE ARTISTS ON ITUNES DON'T EVEN GET MENTIONED IN 'NEW RELEASES' OR EVEN IN THEIR 'GENRE'
GET PRESS: LOCAL & NATIONAL PRESS, FROM THE SMALL TO THE BIG MEDIA OUTLETS, WON'T TALK ABOUT YOU UNLESS YOUR ALREADY 'BIG'
ENDORSEMENTS: MUSIC PRODUCTS FROM COMPANIES YOU ACTUALLY USE WILL TELL YOU 'WE DON'T ENDORSE ANYONE'
MUSIC LICENSING: 50/50 CHANCE IF YOU PERSONALLY KNOW A M.S. & YOU HAVE WHAT THEY WANT
SOCIAL MEDIA: GO AHEAD & PUT A BUNCH OF GREAT CONTENT ON SOMEONE ELSE'S SITE & MAKE THEM MORE RICH (FROM ADS)
ON DEMAND MUSIC SERVICES: SLICE THAT PENNY UP INTO 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, PER SONG PLAY - DON'T SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE!
P.R.O.'S: PROBABLY THE ONLY TRUE ENTITIES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT WILL PAY YOU & BELIEVE YOU DESERVE TO GET PAID
THE FUCKING MUSIC INDUSTRY. YOU MAY THINK I'M BEING CYNICAL OR EXAGGERATING, BUT FROM EXPERIENCE I'M NOT. BESIDES WHAT I MENTIONED HERE, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY THAT WILL TAKE YOUR IDEAS (LIKE YOUR NAME, ARTWORK, MUSIC STYLE, ETC.) AND RECREATE IT IN A DISTORTED WAY & PUT IT OUT AS THEIR OWN, OR STRAIGHT OUT STEAL YOUR IDEA & LEAVE THE IDEA UNCHANGED & PUT IT OUT = LIARS & THIEVES. THIS INFO IS NOT TO GIVE A 'CRY' OR TO GET PITY FROM YOU, IT'S TO INFORM YOU.
IF YOU'RE AN INDIE MUSICIAN AND YOU'RE READING THIS, DO MUSIC BECAUSE YOU ENJOY DOING IT, BE COMPETITIVE IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, JUST KNOW THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU, AND IF YOU ARE TRUE & PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC, KEEP PRODUCING GREAT MUSIC, YOU WILL SUCCEED AT SOME POINT & IN CERTAIN AREAS. NO MATTER THE BULLSHIT INDUSTRY AND THE BULLSHIT PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE BAD PARTS OF THE INDUSTRY, BE THE GOOD & BETTER PART OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. IF YOU'RE NOT A MUSICIAN AND YOU'RE READING THIS, YOU PROBABLY JUST LEARNED SOMETHING NEW (I TEACH TOO).
tHE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IS SET FOR "IN ACCORDANCE WITH TRUTH": SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. THIS NEW FULL-LENGTH HIP HOP/RAP RECORD BY STRUCK BY SOUND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT CDBABY (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & CD), ITUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, WWW.STRUCKBYSOUND.COM (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & CD), & MANY OTHERS! WHEN IT IS OFFICIALLY OUT - GET YOUR CD OR DOWNLOAD COPY! YOU WILL BE AMAZED AND FEEL ENERGETICALLY WILD BY THIS REFRESHINGLY NEW HIP HOP RECORD. STRUCK BY SOUND!
*AS OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014, IT IS ON PRE-SALE AT ITUNES:
*AND IT'S ON PRE-SALE HERE AT WWW.STRUCKBYSOUND.COM:
ON 12-31-13 STRUCK BY SOUND IS RELEASING "PARTY FREAKZ", A HIP HOP SONG BY STRUCK FEATURING DIRTY C & CARLOS RAFAREAL. THIS IS AN OL' SCHOOL PARTY RAP JAM, AS IT WAS RECORDED BACK IN 2004 BUT NEVER RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. NOW, ALMOST 10 YEARS LATER, STRUCK BY SOUND HAS DECIDED TO BRING THIS FAVORITE OUT THE VAULT & HOOK IT UP FOR THE HIP HOPPERS OUT THERE - & FO' FREE!!! yES, YOU HEARD CORRECTLY...FO' FREE HERE AT STRUCKBYSOUND.COM, CDBABY, ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY & MORE!
The wait is over! It's been 5 long years since the artist Struck has released an entire rap record with lyrics on it, but guess what!?! Struck is now in the process of releasing his follow up rap record to his 2008 album "The Divine Gift" with "In Accordance With Truth" in 2013! And, Struck is no longer just 'Struck', he has evolved into the artist 'Struck By Sound'; this change is an evolution of his self as now incorporating everything he does (artist, producer, composer, painter, performer, audio engineer, record label, Music Publisher, so on & so on!) into 1 being: Struck By Sound!!! "In Accordance With Truth" is the second lyrical-musical-hip hop-rap record that has been in the works for half a decade and is now going to be released for this year of 2013!!! Struck by sound has taken the time & effort to create a superb master peice of audio & art created entireley, that is 100%, by none other than himself! A record like this can be described as a west coast-southern california-funky electronic-chicano rap album with an infusion of soul style hooks & melodies with intense beats & psychadelic synth sounds with absolutely remarkeable & relevant messages in every verse that a variety of people can relate to!!!! This record will be available on CD, MP3/downloads, streams, & videos in the second half of 2013 (Expected release date will soon be announced). Be on the look out for this new music by the artist Struck By Sound because when it's out & available you will not want to miss it! struck by sound!
*UPDATE: "IN ACCORDANCE WITH TRUTH" HAS A NEW RELEASE DATE OF EARLY 2014; THE NEW ACTUAL DATE WILL BE PUBLICIZED IN A SHORT TIME. STAY TUNED! STRUCK BY SOUND!
To update people on what's been happening with myself I must first begin with "lately, life has been a fucking trip!". i've been preoccupied with personal situations involving others that have tried to stop & derail me from progressing in life. there is no doubt in my mind that there are corrupt individuals out there, in the gov. & music biz, that i've been dealing with that have literally tried to ruin me with false allegations and fuck up what i've artistically created. the funny thing is neither of the assholes that i've been dealing with & fighting against have the ability to hault or destroy what the most high has already brought into existence. that said, to my enemies, here's a big middle finger fuck you to you! if you are my enemy and you're reading this, your time will come when your end comes into play and everything you brought against me will come ten times worse to you! for those of you reading that are not my foes but are reading this for your own curiosity i will continue in a more positive manner. during my free time within these battles i've taken the time to really think about who i am, what i do, & what i will do. this time has allowed me to redefine & refine myself as a person and as an artist. i've learned over the past several months that every challenge your faced with is preparation for your next bigger challenge, and if you back out of the one your faced with right now you will not only get beaten right now but you will get completely destroyed on your next confrontation. i've fought hard & long within my most current battles & because of not only my persistence, but because of my faith in god, i was given victory! too many people get their asses kicked in life because they have no fight in them when someone comes and tries stepping all over them. when you decide not to fight you decide to lose! and when you decide to lose you get your balls cut off & handed to you automatically! don't be an automatic loser cuz a fight may seem too long or too tough for you, be the biggest balled muther fucker out there and let people know they fucked with the wrong person when they try attacking you! instigators like starting shit but they don't like handling it when their evil attempts back fire on them and the people they fuck with don't back away. my message to you today is "never back down from your enemies!"
Evolution of one self is inevitable. We are who we are by our personal experiences, moments that shaped our being into the temporal, though at the same time we are being simultaneously modified by our current persona's perception that is living through our new and present experiences. So it is important to remind ourselves that we constantly change, and not only by our external realities but also by our internal frame of mind. This is why change is inevitable, and by recognizing that change is not something that won't happen or something to be wished for, rather it should be expected to occur next in the sequence of the clock's time. Experiencing this recent and still persisting global recession is a good area to begin with reminding our selves that everything is temporary and is always in transition. Recovery of the recession as indicated by a range of economic factors points toward the belief of recovery, though not a strong recovery, it still is a variable that detects the positive transition. Change has become a marketing slogan for politicians during recent and past elections that bear little fruit in people's lives once those running for office get elected. People expect others to always make some dramatic and super change in their own personal lives, and many are left empty and feeling cheated because this rarely happens. I strongly believe that the best change that can happen in one's own personal life will happen when one self activates that change for them self. Greater change will always occur in one self because one self has the mental capacity to create and engage in their desired change. Another person's influence is weaker than your own influence on your self. What you desire is in your reach, quit expecting others to reach out and get what you want just to please you. The change you want is the change in you, not others. now that's Real fucking Change!