yod wrote:Assuming that your definition of success is to have a major hit on radio that pays big royalties, all you need is a modicum of talent and a great producer (which will take $$$) and then a distribution deal on one of few major distributors. That's the fast track.
Or, you could work it from the bottom up with lots of gigging, producing your own music, writing your own songs, putting a band together, booking the shows, marketing, promotion, etc...
If you have the goods and are willing to work hard, then you will eventually be noticed. There aren't really that many talented people who are willing to work consistently at the craft.
My definition of success is paying the bills and feeding the kids. It doesn't take a record company to do that, but you'd better know a lot of venues to play and be ready for lots of traveling. If you can find 3 gigs a year in 17 different markets (cities or population centers) then you can play every weekend. Or find one in 52 cities. Not that hard if you really work at it, but it will take a couple of years to build a network that pays enough to survive.
Hey YOD, I agree... It sounds like you nailed down a reliable path of success, in a way that meets your needs... (Very pragmatic method, to be sure)
I thinks the days of super stardom (for having brilliance and loads of talent) is pretty much over. In fact, the Labels and promoters all realize that they can't wait around for the next "Elvis" to appear, (other wise they starve to death).
The world was gifted at one time with genius/inspirational artists, and the world knew how to nurture and cultivate those artists. I have to believe now, that the real music industry actually died years ago and got replaced with the Loops and Samples industry.
Young Musicians today, wonder why they aren't making the big time, after working so hard on their loops and samples. They don't seem to realize that there are literally millions of people out there trying to accomplish the same glory with their own loops and samples.
It was never that way with the real songwriters. Now 'everybody and their mother is a song writer"... The craft is totally lost on most of them. But the labels and promoters push them through the grinder anyway, cause they will go broke otherwise. Either way, they clog up the system and are killing the prospects for any remaining real talents to emerge.
There is a parallel that can be drawn between musical stardom and the US presidency... Both roles are avoided today by the genuinely skilled and brilliant players... Both realize that the pain levied on them in those roles, now outweighs the benefits. The common spectators are so demanding, that one would have to be born as a circus freak , with mad skills to rival a mutant to pull of anything close to a successful page in history. Those rare and gifted individuals choose instead, to take refuge in the safety of some banal niche ...where they are actually better off for it.
Super-stardom has got to be the most daunting aspiration of the 21st century.