All the hard work you have been putting in here at TDRS is awesome Travis. I really appreciate it, and think the fact that someone at your level hasn\'t "sold out", at least in the sense of just focusing on appeasing the beast, is freeking awesome. The truth is though, I really think most artists these days, and I am refering to new artists, aspiring ect., still don\'t have a very realistic view of what it\'s "all about"; the definition of royalties, a full comprehension of rights, understanding things like advances, contracts, distribution, ect, ect. Obviously, this is a vast field, that no one knows everything about everything, but the thing is, it really occurs to me that a lot of the artists still don\'t know what\'s really going on.
For the last two years I have tried to find some people to record with. It has been more than hard, try impossible. The biggest problem I ran into, was that most of the cats I met, all thought they were gonna rock out thier local dive, and some fat cat with a cigar was gonna roll in, pull a magical contract out of his pocket, a fat pen, hand them a cigar, and lead them off to a limo. Not one "band" I checked out had a website, or a demo, but they all had issues. As soon as I mentioned the theme of creating a recording and playing behind that, marketing it, instead of just playing, hoping for some miracle, I was poopoo\'d.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone about a topic, and everything either of you said, the other was just about to say, or completely agreed with? Conversations like that in the field of music, for me, are few and far between. People in this day and age want someone else to do the work. They are waiting for the "big deal". LOL. Even if you get it, do you know what that really means?
Basically, I want to help. I will start with a few of what I consider fundamental concepts. Please, by all means Travis, if you feel I am incorrect say so. I am hoping to get yours and any other posters with experience\'s input.
1)If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life 2)Who are you? 3)Why do I care? 4)Product - in order to sell something, you must have something to sell. Very few people get far selling concepts. In most cases, those who produce the best output, attract the biggest market. 5)You are responcible for you. Even if you have people on the case, how do you know they are straight? Learn as much as you can about your buisness, that will leave less gaps for you to get gaffled. 6)website/webpage(even) - do something man, in this day and age, you just don\'t exist if you don\'t have at least a small presence in cyber space. Not to mention there is no better way to achieve worldwide advertisement. If you do plan to market yourself to a label, they will want to know your stats, like hits on your site, and number of members of your forum for example.
Here\'s an analogy; Microsoft absorbs companies everyday, left and right. What you don\'t see them do, is go to some kids house, and pull him out of his mom\'s basement, because he could make some great software. No. They go for the small guys who are breathing down their neck, or at least giving it enough hell to get noticed.
Now, if you are humble enough to not seek out that holiest of grails, then there is hope. Serve yourself, your art, and any fans you may accumulate along your journey, and all together we can cahnge things like heavy rotation, and the general degredation of music and music appreciation in general. OK. I\'m tired, that was alot of ranting.
I think it\'s really cool that this area is here. Lots of forums tolerate people posting thier music, but few actually encourage it. Sweet. Some people think I play country, but I never. It\'s more of a swampstomp kinda blues/funk, in the vein of Jerry Reed and Dr. John and such. I\'m from Louisiana, and I suppose it shows.
So maybe I\'m a nerd, but I wasn\'t able to find a page on your site with a gear listing. I really like your work, and think you get some great sounds. I was just curious about some of your favorite studio gear, console, recorder(tape/digital), ect. I don\'t expect you to list everything, just curious. I will admit that I didn\'t search to see if this was already posted.