Always feels good.
Did you know one of the biggest changes in the music industry over the years has been the record company’s interest in taking over more areas of revenue for an artist? It’s a wonder it even took as long as it did considering how money hungry the execs tend to be!
Back in the old days, and by the old days, we’re talking like 10-15 years ago recording companies were only interested in the creation, manufacturing and promotion/distribution of an artists record. All of their merchandising, tours, outside appearances and management teams etc were all outside of the label.
When the record industry started plummeting with the economy, labels were struggling to find new revenue streams until the idea of a 360 deal came about. To sum it up briefly- the record label signs on an artist not only to handle the creation/promo/distribution of their album just like before but to also manage every other element of their career as well. Everything moves in-house. Several famous artists have taken advantage of these deals, like Madonna for one. There are many pro’s and con’s to these arrangements. Both superstars and starving artists will find more advantages than not, but those in the midlevel range will probably want room to grow and move beyond the limitations these deals definitely create. Money’s money though right?
To be a legitimate “superstar” in the eyes of the big timers, you have to have sold at least 750,000 records or more. After 400,000 sold, you’re ‘midlevel’. Artists are put into categories as to assist the labels in assigning funds (recording costs and any advance payable to the artist) throughout their contract. For example, a ‘superstar’ artist that belongs to a major label might see a $1,000,000 fund whereas a new artist signing on will see $100-200k.
If you are an artist- be it musician, actor, writer… YOU are your brand. How do you identify among hundreds of thousands of people? Where can you be found, and what will I see when I find you?
Will I want to hire you?
Tell me who you are.
If you are a brand, and you’re feeling less than effective or present- talk to me. Offering a special deal on spicing up your presence on the web. SkyMillMusic@Gmail.com - please only write if you’re serious (and by serious, I mean ready to commit to some extremely effective service at a competitive rate!).
Remember to dream big, think long-term, underacheive on a daily basis, and take baby steps. That is the key to long-term success.
Sometimes I think that I was forced to withdraw into depression because it was the only rightful protest I could throw in the face of a world that said it was alright for people to come and go as they please, that there were simply no real obligations left
First, I was invited to dine at one of the restaurants to be featured on Kitchen Nightmares next season. Then, Gordan Ramsay read me the menu. Next- he served me my chowder (“Here you ah my dahling”). Other encounters ensure. Finally- following a few sappy tweets I expected to go unread/ignored- he follows me/us (Sky Mill).
This doesn’t happen everyday. Something quite small to him amounts to something huge for lil ol me. Feeling an overwhelming sense of possibility and optimism. Sure he’s following 4k but out of the 901k he’s got following him- I’m calling it a compliment.
Though he has nothing to do with my industry- he’s one of most inspirational figures I can name when imagining ideal career success. I share his perfectionist/up-to-standard characteristics… and I strive to be more confident in wearing those qualities instead of fearing them.
Apparently Sky Mill will incorporate some personal rants from time to time. (Where I will always unintentionally sound like a creeper of some kind)
So Life On Hold released one of their B-Sides the other day….. *Swoon* Usually I worry
about Pink Floyd covers, but these guys own.
Right. So I’ve recently become addicted to epic music- think Heart of Courage in Harry Potter 7-2, Inception, Lord of the Rings, things like that.
Titanic: Back To Titanic (Way better than the first soundtrack released) - James Horner
Batman Begins- Hans Zimmer
The Da Vinci Code- Hans Zimmer
…When you say Lord of the Rings- do you simply mean the single disc releases of the soundtracks? A few years ago they released the extended LOTR film scores- over 86 additional themes, pieces, added music that wasn’t even used in the films (in some cases). Any hardcore fan should have heard all of those pieces!
Schindler’s List- John Williams
Braveheart- James Horner
Gladiator- Hans Zimmer
To name a fewwww!
Dream Is Collapsing, by Hans Zimmer. Inception OST.
The way this piece climaxes & flows into the next (Radical Notion) is sublime. I wish I could dissect the whole album.
One of my favorites!