by Earl Brinkley
written by: Â Les Dion CEO of EMG Music Group
For my fellow Independent Recording Artist, I want to share with you what I believe to be 7 great fundamental steps for a successful, long-term career. As an ANCIENT Artist..lol, the process I presently use applied to a young Artist, would most likely guarantee a long and strong career:
1- 1st understand that no matter what your style, skill level, or age is, thereâ€™s a tribe of humans out there among the billions that will love what you do, and gladly pay for it. Your challenge is to find them, move them, and continue to feed them. BTW Iâ€™ll start by saying â€˜Thatâ€™s the part that seems at times impossible but itâ€™s not!!! SUPER hard and SUPER expensive, but not impossible!
2- That leads me to my 2nd pointâ€¦..YOU ARE YOUR OWN INVESTOR!!! Forget the old notion that â€˜If Iâ€™m good enough, the big boys will come knockingâ€™! THEREâ€™S NO ONE COMING!!!! Canâ€™t say that loud enough. Go ask the last 7 winners of The VOICE if the big boys are knockingâ€¦.point #3
3- YOU ARE YOUR OWN RECORD COMPANY!!!!! Canâ€™t say that one loud enough eitherâ€¦lol. Seriously guysâ€¦.it will be totally up to you to CONSISTENTLY, find a way to fund this complex process the way Record Companies did with Artist for decades. Itâ€™s a new model, done a new way, with new rules. Just because the Gondola (labels) that took Artist to the mountaintop is out of service, doesnâ€™t mean Artist canâ€™t get to the mountaintop. It only means the way will be tougher, MUCH longer, and YOU WILL HAVE TO FOOT THE COST! There are some great tools out there to find funding, but when itâ€™s all said and done,YOU MUST HAVE A FUNDING MACHINE IN PLACE!!! Sad to say guys but that canâ€™t always be mom and dad, that canâ€™t always be friends or fans. Nothing wrong with a little help from your family and friends, but this is your Art, your career, your vision, and ultimately your responsibility to finance its success. If you can finance it into orbit independently, then maybe, just maybe, a Major Label will take you to Mars.
4- YOU MUST CREATE ART FOR THE RIGHT REASONS!! If youâ€™re creating art for fame, fortune, or prestige, this may come as a shock, but you really should STOP right now!!! Clearly we all would want those things if weâ€™re honest, but the foundation of why you create Art canâ€™t be build on that stuff. seriously man you have got to be creating a body of work because your soul is requiring it!! Because you hopefully have something important to say,your inner being should be screaming..â€I have to build this no matter what, no matter how long it takes, no matter how high I have to climb, no matter how many times I slip and fall, no matter how many obstacles get in my way, and no matter what anyone thinks!!!!!! If you CANâ€™T bring that kind of passion and resolve to the table, then maybe this new age of the independent Artist/Entrepreneur isnâ€™t for you.
5- YOUR AGE IS NO LONGER A DEAL BREAKER! Why? Because thereÂ essentially are no deals any more except the ones you make directly withÂ your fans, and your age has nothing to do with creating great Art that willÂ draw fans. 30 was always the cutoff point for labels and still is withÂ
American Idol, but Labels arenâ€™t the avenue by which Artist are creating, and distributing music in this new model. The internet, streaming, and social media have given content creators brand new Avenues that have more traffic than the I-10 in LA. Itâ€™s crowded and hard to get noticed on these new Highways, but at least theyâ€™re not blocked off anymore.
6- YOUR ART MUST BE MAGNIFICENT!!! Every Artist can publish now! Even 6 year oldsâ€¦.lol. It is so cool that the barriers to publication are now GONE FOREVER! Unfortunately itâ€™s like the Walmart doors on a black Fridayâ€¦ boy when they open, everyone is barging through. If you followed all of the other previous steps but cut corners here, then youâ€™re waisting your time!! There is no gauge I know of thatâ€™s capable of determining when your Art becomes MAGNIFICENT. One things is certain though. Masterpieces are only created by masters, and masters are masters because of the deep dedication they have to perfecting their craft. We have to try with all of our might to rise to the highest level of our Artistic potential, if weâ€™re going to have success in building a tribe of followers. Becoming a master may not be doable, but striving to become one is!!!
7- TRY TO LET YOUR ART REFLECT YOU, BUT NOT BE ABOUT YOU!Â
And lastly, if itâ€™s going to be about you, then let it be something inspiring ok!
Artist development will always be important to us at EMG Music Group. Reach back with any questions, and keep your ears tuned for all the music weâ€™re releasing from the UNCOVERED project starting with â€œHappy Feelingsâ€, a Maze tribute, on Tues 3/17/15. Â Take a listen to â€˜Natural Highâ€™ a beautiful tribute to Bloodstone like only Les could do it. Â Visit us atÂ http://lesdion.comfor more insight on the great things happening!Â â€ª#â€ŽGODSTRONGALWAYSâ€¬â€ª#â€ŽBEINIT2WINITâ€¬