Nowadays, a lot of artists have grown accustomed to writing checks with their mouths that their asses can’t cash. Moreover, artist arrogance is not a new phenomenon it has existed ever since the people who cut the checks told average musicians that they were superstars. Nevertheless, artists like Kanye “I am Michelangelo, I am Walt Disney, I am Steve Jobs” West have gotten more and more famous for being high off their own supply (rants) rather than their music. Sure it is arguable that Kanye West is, in fact, a genius; however, at least he has a string of hit records to build his argument on. As for you….not so much! The first rule of being a drug dealer is never getting high off of your own supply, but many artists who aren’t even qualified to be Kanye’s assistant’s assistant’s assistant rapper seem to believe that overconfidence is the recipe for the day…not the case!
My colleagues and I (other music industry professionals) find it quite comical, yet tragic that so many unsigned or indie level artists are so overconfident that they fail to FOCUS ON THE BASICS LIKE BUILDING A FAN BASE THAT DOESN’T CONSIST OF “LIKES” AND “RETWEETS”, perfecting their live performance, or better still, making music that is relevant and breathtaking.
I get it, generation Y are lazy geniuses, but paradoxical as that may be, I haven’t met a genius who had to tell you he or she was a genius but never exhibited the actions to substantiate the claim. Nobody likes a smart ass or a know-it-all, which begs the question if you know everything there is to know about making it in the music industry, why are you are broke and unknown?
Case and point, I asked an indie artist at a recent music conference, what I could do to help him further his music career; the artist looked at me as if I had said something offensive about his mother. His reply, “I’m already on my grind, and my team and I have started a movement.” WTF?
Okay, if your team is on the grind and you’ve started a movement, then where the fuck is all of your fans? Oh, my bad, your fans are only in cyberspace, which makes them as fake as the cubic zirconia chain you are wearing and as fake as your grind, your movement, and your team!
BELIEVE ME, I CANNOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
During another conversation, a female artist told me that she wanted to find a manager that could help her advance her career. When I inquired about the current state of her music career, she told me that she hadn’t recorded any songs that were original, she didn’t have an artist website, and she wasn’t going to change her image or sound in order to fit into what the music industry deems commercially pleasing.
YEAH, I KNOW, WOW, RIGHT?
What sound, could she have possibly been referring to if she had never recorded an original song? What image? She didn’t have an artist website or even a video for that matter, and as for her style, well, I ask again what image?
SHE WAS 100% DELUSIONAL!
In addition, she has nothing to manage, therefore finding a manager is a waste of her time and energy.
Examples like the ones above are why it is of paramount importance that artists today take a good look in the mirror and self-assess their lives, goals, and music careers.
Since a man who represents himself has a fool for a client, I expect that artists will self-assess with the same biases that have been the primary causes of their unfounded arrogance.
So the D.I.Y mindset can break you more than make you. Cause the truth is, you cannot do it all yourself. Otherwise, why aren’t you famous or something near there? You don’t need a record deal!! but if you cant do what a record label can do for you, then shut the fuck up and go look for help.
Stay Humble. Do you want me to help you? Well I need an answer:>>>>>> bazilmuzik.com
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