Why is it so difficult for some bands to accept advice from somebody who is loyal to them and wants the very best for them ? Do bands just want people around them who are kissing their ass ? This is a dirty word in the music business :
This month it’s 23 years of Rock ‘N’ Roll Mayhem for me. I was 17 years old when I started in the music industry and for a while I have been thinking of writing down my adventures, thoughts, daily stuff, experience and what else comes up. Had doubts if the world was waiting for what I had to say, but hey, there are millions of blogs out there these days and my life is not exactly a typical “I have a 9 to 5 office job” life I guess …
For almost 18 years I worked on the highest level with a major American metal band. When I decided to quit that job, Metal Revelation was the obvious choice and I truly believed that it was possible to transfer working on an extreme high level to bands who perform on a slightly lower level or are starting up a band. With the right individual adjustments for every band, getting the maximum out of a band should be the ultimate goal to reach time after time.
I’m 5 years further into this process now and although I STILL believe that this is possible (I’m pretty suborn if it comes to giving up in my believes), I kind of overlooked one thing : not every musician who wants to become famous is really dedicated to this dream … Yeah, sounds weird huh ? I’m walking around for 5 years now with “???” flying around my head. I have tried to get into those musicians minds from every angle, but I still don’t get it. Every company in the world, who wants people to know about their product are investigating every aspect to make it a success, but band members concentrate on making a song and that’s basically it (thankfully, I have bumped into exceptions, who make my life so much easier by understanding things).
For me, it was like being on another planet when I saw bands not thinking about what kind of clothes they would wear at a photo-shoot, for a live-gig, no communication about the stage performance, how to do a sound check, still believing that a band can be a democracy … all these huge topics which will contribute if a band will have a future or not. Countless and countless of hours I have spent trying to make bands understand that these things have been proven already a long time ago by the bands who are big these days. So, when you’re 23 years old, it’s much faster to learn from those who have been there, than to ignore that and think that you can do it better.
So, these are the things I bump into and I guess writing it down is at least cheaper than a shrink ; )