reply to post by Absco
hat's off to you for making it. hard work and preparation is reality. the entertainment industry is probably one of the more difficult career routes
to take in life. there is so much competition in entertainment regardless if it's theater/stage acting, movies, sports, music etcetera. there's so
many talented people and just so many slots to be filled.
and at the end of the day, business is business. artists may wish to primarily express themselves in life but everybody has bills to pay. recording
companies have their overhead to meet and if they don't turn profit they won't continue to be in business for very long.
today as hundreds of years ago those who write the checks are in charge. the long-dead classical composers had to write the music that was favored in
their time to cover their expenses while pieces that were of a personal nature were penned on their own dime and time.
radio broadcast music in America has had restraints placed upon it (and the artist) from the earliest days. broadcasters revenue primarily comes from
paid advertisements of the sponsors. so it's a Catch-22 for the radio station owner: they have to find middle ground between how many pieces of
pre-recorded music they may play --ratio-- to how many ads they may play without listeners turning the dial. sure there are variables: broadcast
range, population, demographics of audience, price per play of ads. still, this has direct impact on how long most songs are.
people in America are very used to radio played songs being within a certain play time. we've been fed that since childhood. it's rare when you'll
hear a 5 or 15 minute song get airplay, with the exception of college stations or listener-supported radio that takes no money from the man.
in this respect, professional signed artists may find their hands shackled. while it may not apply to all genres - jazz comes to mind - i would
imagine in a meeting where Rock Band tries to convince Label Suits of letting them release a CD where every song is for example 9 to 11 minutes
length, there would be repressed laughter and fingers pointing toward the door.
where today's musicians have it really made is all this wonderful technology we have. and a butt-load of it is dirt cheap, too. OMG, the software you
can purchase for your PC that will give you a world of effects or composing tools, recording ability, synthetic capabilities, i could gush on this for
ten minutes. it's mind blowing, especially compared to the mega-money one needed only 30-40 years ago to accomplish less.
self-promotion is also easier than ever, thanks to the many wonderful websites on the Internet. today's musician really can put out the art of their
choice and present it directly to the audience with minimum unwanted interference. true, one may not have the powerful punch of a recording label's
money/exposure behind them, but IMHO if you've got what it takes someone out there may just look you up. we really are living in fantastic times.
two things i wish for:
1. the constraints placed upon music/musicians will one day change or be lifted, so that artists will be more free to express their creativity. this
is important not only now, but for future generations of listeners who will hear them and be motivated by them.
2. for the American public school system to get back to funding music courses, teaching music, music reading/writing/appreciation, playing
instruments, and encouraging young budding musicians to seek their own path and cut a new trail. the seeds we plant today become the mighty and strong
trees of tomorrow.
be well my friend