Recognizing The Cluelessness Of The Music Industry To Help Yourself

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On a day to day basis when helping bands I am saddened repeatedly by some of the mistakes I see promising bands make. One of the things that many musicians don’t realize until years into the music business is that most of the people who are movers and shakers are guessing a what they do. Just as disturbing is that when they aren’t guessing they are making very uneducated decisions. Unfortunately, success (often through luck or riding the right coat tails) and admiration often clouds musicians views into thinking that people in the business with success are geniuses and are to be trusted with crucial decisions that will affect their lives and dreams forever.

One of the prime examples I like to make in this case is the choices A&R make when signing a band. This is a place I see guesswork in practice most of the time. Many bands think in order to get signed that this genius is eventually going to find them after their hard work and scoop them up. Follow me to the jump and I will explain to you how you can help yourself


So now that we know that many people who have had success in the music industry have had it via luck or uneducated guess work how do you use this to your advantage?

  • Trust But Verify – Walking around doubting everything that comes out of everyones mouth is no fun. Most of us have the instinct to tell when something is rotten in the state of Denmark. This is your life and dreams and many people who are trying to guide you are talking about speculation. Do research and make sure the advice you are getting is sound. On this site we often like to link to people who we disagree with in hopes that we can debate issues and all learn from them. Use Google or go through some of our old posts and you can find much of the information you need to make an educated decision.
  • Use Others Ignorance To Your Advantage – If you are trying to get someone in the music industry to notice you, spell it out for them. I know so many bands with a lot going for them but don’t let anyone know it. Since much of this industry makes uneducated decisions, if you educate them you can go far. Make sheets that list facts about what you have going for yourself. Do not make the false assumption that much of this industry knows what they are looking for. Many people are just waiting for a good opportunity to present itself. You should do the presentation.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.