If you’re a musician, then it probably didn’t take a journalistic investigation to come to the conclusion that musicians are poor. Not only are most musicians poor, but the ones who aren’t poor are actually poorer than you think they are. That’s the gist of this article I just read at The Root, but like most LDS musicians, this is information that I definitely already knew.
Attaching yourself or your band to the corporate structure of a record label has historically had its advantages: promotions, studios, tour management, image, marketing, etc., but all those things come at a price. When it all boils down to it, the average musician in the band makes about $23.40 for every $1000 of music sold. Of course, money isn’t the only problem with this sort of arrangement. Record labels are notoriously wary of music that ventures out of the box at all, or goes against an already money-making formula. Many artists who are signed to labels soon disconnect from the lives that inspired their music, often resulting in the dreaded Sophomore Syndrome. Continue reading “News flash: Musicians are poor.”→
As a musician that has played at all in the last 10 or so years, I have had to create an interesting Myspace page. (http://www.myspace.com/thesweaterfriends). Well, at least I have felt the need to. Myspace has been the go to site for years when you like a band. Aside from creepsters, artists seem to use the site more than anyone else. Though my html knowledge is quite limited (as you can probably see, ha), I still go thru our source code every now and then and try to spruce it up, or at least speed up the loading time.
My question to you all, as music lovers and creators, is if Myspace is still the go to music site when you are interested in a new band? Continue reading “The Space”→
Interview with multi-talented composer, singer, performer, pianist, American Idol finalist, philanthropist, and Live for Music creator, Shaun “Hammer Hands” Barrowes! Shaun talks about his dance competition, his passion for music in schools, songwriting, his faith, and his sweet ride.
For more information about Shaun’s high school band tour, and his international dance competition with So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Mandy Moore, check out the websites at www.liveformusictour.com and www.liveformusicdance.com. The dance competition will be accepting submissions until August 1st, 2010.