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(Cracked)   What it's really like to get a record deal with a major label. Written by that one guy who did that one song   (cracked.com) divider line 14
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2014-02-05 02:46:27 PM
2 votes:
It's The Shaming of the True.
2014-02-05 10:39:55 AM
2 votes:
. iTunes took a small chunk, and then the cost of making that album (production, printing, studio time) was probably $6,000. So I made a profit of $70,000


Hope you socked away at least 35 of it to pay your taxes, Sonny Jim. You're gonna find it real quick why literally every musician out there  incorporates as a record label if they don't sign...
2014-02-05 10:32:44 AM
2 votes:
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream? It's alright we told you what to dream.
2014-02-05 10:05:45 AM
2 votes:
""bottles in the club, biatches on my junk, Cadillacs literally infesting my house"

I would buy a song with that hook on iTunes.
 

bearded clamorer: Two albums into my career as a rapper...


The article doesn't make you listen to anything.  It is a pretty solid read.
2014-02-05 09:45:22 AM
2 votes:
Two albums into my career as a rapper...

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2014-02-05 02:34:56 PM
1 votes:
Besides the aforementioned Albini article (which this is a really good companion to) there's also The Manual by The KLF (a.k.a. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty). Required reading, written by folks who came by their jaded view of the industry honestly.
2014-02-05 11:36:58 AM
1 votes:
Not going to lie, the article was a bit of a surprise.  I was expecting a rehash of Albini's essay in list form.
2014-02-05 11:26:28 AM
1 votes:

frepnog: factoryconnection: miscreant: I'm confused as to what labels actually offer artists these days. Marketing I guess? Distribution if you're actually going to put out a CD, but I would imagine you can quite easily go all digital these days.

Not being broke, or a chance to just be a musician and not a wage slave that is also pursuing music as a career.  Because I don't care how many titties get flashed your way, punching in for work at 9am after unloading the van after a gig at 3:30am SUCKS.

My favorite author (he writes action packed vampire novels, very good) has had like 4 or 5 books published.

Saddens me that he still has to work his soul sucking day job.


You know, giving his name might help him quitting it someday.
2014-02-05 10:46:21 AM
1 votes:

miscreant: I'm confused as to what labels actually offer artists these days. Marketing I guess? Distribution if you're actually going to put out a CD, but I would imagine you can quite easily go all digital these days.


Not being broke, or a chance to just be a musician and not a wage slave that is also pursuing music as a career.  Because I don't care how many titties get flashed your way, punching in for work at 9am after unloading the van after a gig at 3:30am SUCKS.
2014-02-05 10:33:09 AM
1 votes:
Very insightful article. Never heard of the guy but nothing he said in there surprises me.
2014-02-05 10:31:25 AM
1 votes:
I'm confused as to what labels actually offer artists these days. Marketing I guess? Distribution if you're actually going to put out a CD, but I would imagine you can quite easily go all digital these days.
2014-02-05 10:28:58 AM
1 votes:
One of the best things you can read along these lines is the chapter "Business 101" from David Lee Roth's autobiography Crazy from the Heat. He points out the major pitfalls that artists fall into, and gives sound advice on what to watch out for.

Vince Neil tells a pretty good story about when Motley Crue was just getting big; apparently, Dave took them under his wing and tried to wise them up to how they were going to get screwed, but they were all too farked up to pay attention. Subsequently, they got totally screwed on their deal.
2014-02-05 10:24:31 AM
1 votes:
It's a business that employs brilliant people in marketing, psychology, mass media, etc to keep making money. At all costs. It's not about the talent. If that were the case, there's thousands of talented people on Youtube who'll never see a cent. Because they're not marketable. Business is a war they say. And it's a war on the consumer who keep(s) shifting and growing up and out of the present days tastes. So, they keep shifting right along with it. Instead of the consumer driving the market though, I'm sure there's billions poured to making the consumer..well....consume the crap that studios produce (you can same the same about the movie industry couldn't you). It's not a nice age we live in. They've learned the techniques of command and control over the years from watching the gov't manipulate the population and I'm sure they feed off of each other, propping up the other with new ideas on how to force people who really aren't that interested in the product. To keep buying. It's Orwellian, subtle and covert. We live in an age of loss of free will that's masked as the ability to choose. That's not possible when we're so manipulated to believe.
2014-02-05 10:18:05 AM
1 votes:
Subby here. Sorry about the typo in the headline. I is stupid.
 
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