Rock Biz

So you want to be a rock and roll star? Thinking outside the box.

So you just finished recording your rock and roll masterpiece. Due to the wonders of modern computers, you were able to achieve a sound which just five short years ago would have required a full-bore recording studio at a hundred times the cost. On top of all of that, you have burned it to a CD. Now what? What do you do? How do you become as big as The Velvet Underground or David Cassidy? This week I have two articles to get you to start thinking “outside the box.”
The first article is So You Wanna be a Rock and Roll Star in the New Millennium? and it gives some important pointers on how you can maximize your chances of signing that big record deal. The bottom line: make sure that all CDs and downloads you sell are traceable so that any potential suitor who is interested can readily see how “popular” you are in terms that the record labels will readily understand, namely financial terms.
The second article is from Wired Magazine and it’s called We’d Like to Thank Our PC and is all about the 8 steps that the band Freezepop used to make a name for themselves with (as those late night infomercials like to say) “little or no money down.” Bottom line: be creative in not only how you approach your music but in how you market it. Very cool stuff and worthy of serious consideration by any musician.
That’s it for this week. Good luck and keep playing!