As if things aren't hard enough for the indies already. We
gotta post an endless amount of music every month to keep people
drawn in due to the market being flooded with mediocre music. The
majority of us have to do all of our own promo, find shows,
network... the whole 9. Most of what i named off are things
we all should be doing anyways, whether we have managers,
promo/street teams or not.
But what makes it all just a bit harder and at times
extremely deflating is when you have vultures in the mist..... you
know... the promo teams all over twitter with the "if ur serious
about your music career" messages, or the "i can get your song to
64,000 dj's" messages... or even better the internet radio stations
that act like they are in love with your music, tell you to click a
link and sign up for an interview, come to find out...there's a fee
for the interview!
Then you have these artists that aren't in the big leagues
just yet.... but bigger then most of the indies in the crab bucket.
They want money for web services that they can't even prove to be
effective.... and have the nerve to talk bad about indies who don't
jump on board. You see them out there... they talk shit about the
indies.. "if ur too cheap to pay this or that to further ur career
as an artist...blah blah" ive heard and read tons of posts that
start out just like that..lol. The thing is, there are way too many
snakes in the game right now.
A lot of these sites that give opportunities for top
ranking artists have stat sheets that can be tweaked. You pay some
person to give you 20,000 facebook likes or a million friends on
myspace, or a billion twitter followers and your rank shoots thru
the roof. Why work hard for followers like i do when you can just
pay for them...smh.
This is a small portion of the dilemma we face as an indie
artist. Not all of us are drug dealing trap rappers like what they
want you to believe. We may very well have kicked out thousands of
dollars to get an album recorded, mixed, and mastered that we
saved up from a hard job workin over 40 hrs a week. Not all of us
have the ability to pass out hundreds of cds because we live in a
smaller city, so it costs more because we have to travel just to
get our music out there. The last thing we need is a bunch of
snakes taking money from people that are trying by all means to
live out their dreams. They prey on the hungry artists... because
established artists already know the ins and outs, who to deal
with, and the best route to take.
Spend your money wisely, make good music, and do as much as
you can by yourself. You can pay for it... or you can hold your
head up high knowing that you earned the support and fans from
doing things the honest way. Quite often what you pay for...will be
to learn a lesson on who to trust. Spend your money wisely, make
sure you get what you are paying for when it comes to radio play,
website showcase packages.... you name it. PEACE!!