Journal Entry #505
July 18th, 2011
The internet has changed everything in the entertainment world. Instant access to almost any video or audio recording as it has allowed not only struggling artists to get their stuff out there but what I call wannabes.
As a musician, artist and writer I take pride in what I create. I take the time to learn all aspects of my craft from writing the songs to recording and creating the videos but my goal is always to be as professional as I can. The internet specifically program like Youtube have allowed us to be heard whereas before you had to be picked up by a record company. Not only this but now all the professional gear needed to create the music is affordable, I can now get that quality sound I have been looking for all my life.
What it has also done though is allow every wannabe artist to think they can create great music when in reality they need to learn the craft. Some throw out what they consider songs and videos of their music at an alarming rate. Most don’t even know how to actually play music but call themselves musicians.
I am all for people taking a chance an putting yourself out there but really give it your very best. If you have 20 videos or songs out that really are crap then what are you doing? Take the time to make one great video and write and create one great song that you can truly be proud off. If you really have the dream of being a good artist you will do this.
Let me be clear on this not every song is good or worth putting out there as you will be known for the crap before the good stuff. Take some to time to diversify and not sound the same every song. The bottom line is this if you don’t really know anything about music don’t say you do and don’t pretend to be something you are not. Learn the craft. Dedicate yourself to becoming great at it.
Who am I to judge others? Well I am someone with some experience even though I am not famous I know what I am doing. I try to take younger inspiring musicians under my wing and offer some advise to help them on their journey. Some are receptive others are not. The receptive ones stand a chance the ones who think they know it all are basically doomed.
I talked with a Hip Hop group who was playing at a battle of the bands where my younger sons band at the time was playing. I thought they were good and I offered to connect them to some people I know. They were incredibly respectful and receptive. They stand a chance.
http://www.reverbnation.com/realimportantpoetry R.I.P (Real Important Poetry)
I also talked with an artist in my area that disrespected me telling me I don’t know anything about Rap or music. I saw some passion and offered some dialogue as he is trying but needs dome guidance. Now I don’t offer my help and this was a mistake as we are going places and you never know who you are talking to. You should always be receptive and appreciate any help you can get. I will post his latest video and you can judge for yourself.
REVAMP – ENEMY
My conversation with Revamp;
Gary David Currie…..Ok downloaded it.. not bad.. Now do either of you play any instruments or are you using backing tracks and predone melodies. I like the syncopation and flow of you words but those MIDI sounds are very static. I am just offering some insight. I see some talent but like anything good, a song and craft requires to keep it up and work at it. Take my advice or leave it. It is very difficult to get the depth in a good song just using standard MIDI sounds without actually playing the music. Here is a song we did that shows the feel of live playing if you are interested.
REVAMP………….gimme a break, I’m just making music and no offense or anything, but it doesn’t really look like you produce much hip-hop anyways. What do you know about music..
Gary David Currie…. No problem.. Some advise though.. Again do want you want with it. Don’t take things so personal. I was not attacking you just offering you some advise. producing music is producing music whether it is hip hop or anything else the process is… the same. I saw something in your music that I liked so I commented. Also you never know who you are talking to or how they can help you so I suggest you don’t burn bridges .I will leave you alone after this. The music biz is a hard go. good luck with your music.
There was more said but I think you get the point. If you ever find someone who knows what they are doing close to where you live who is willing to help you and you blow it well then you are a fool..
Like I said I get it and respect anyone willing to put themselves out there but please take pride in what you do.
You have to get your music out to people who are not friends or family as this will be the true test of what you have created. Be willing to take all criticism and learn from it.
Let’s be honest you either got it or you don’t and if you don’t just be aware that you are just doing this for fun.
With so many videos and songs (or so called songs as anyone can write a song it is not hard but to write a good song that is the goal) it is way too easy for the good stuff to get lost in the giant ocean of the Internet.
I will take the time to promote and help anyone who is trying but if they disrespect me well then fuck em they are going nowhere fast. 5o videos of shit are still 50 videos of shit. 100 rap songs that suck are still a 100 rap songs that suck. Create that one great song, take the time to learn to be a real musician as this is becoming the lost art with people thinking that all they have to do is press a few keys on the computer and they got a song. It takes more than that and always will. That human influence those human dynamics can never be replaced.
I love connecting with young musicians in other countries such as India as they are hungry to learn and grow. They are just starting to get what rock is all about.
Here is a great band that has a bright future once they get their hands on some studio time and some guidance from India. We think we know it all over here while they are hungry in India and willing to work hard and learn.
Feasting on the Blood of the Insane- Six Feet Under (Cover) by Prime Rage
An artist doesn’t put out pencil drawings they actually learn to be a great artist so apply the same dedication and respect towards music.
Anyone who I featured here just got publicity and the saying goes good or bad publicity is still good publicity.
I know the artists who are willing to put the time and effort in will get what I am saying and the others well good luck to you anyways.
I would like to see the lost craft be valued once again and I think it will take countries Like India to bring this back, artists that are hungry.
So you have an idea that I know what I am doing here is one of our videos. A song from our new album called “Sandbox Junkies” available in late October. There is more on this website if you are interested.
“Broke N Blue” by The Freeman (Official) thefreeman.net
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie