All you starving musicians out there, take heart! I bring you good tidings that will inspire you to get your live performing chops in tip-top shape. A new golden age for live music is just over the horizon.
These con-artists use their former connections to legitimate people in the industry as a way to lure the desperate, eager, young singer-songwriters into their web; promising record deals, tours, radio play, etc., for a price. How do I know? It happened to me.
What we are is full-time musicians in an age when most of the traditional outlets for musicians to make money have gone the way of the cassette tape. Clubs that pay real money? Rare for unknowns. Wedding band work? Lost to DJs.
With dreams and aspirations of putting his words to rhythms and breaking through to music audiences, Conrad caught the train to Los Angeles from his native of Madera Ranchos, Calif. with only 40 dollars in his wallet.
While there has been a hazy cloud hanging over artists, managers and labels relating to how digital music and the Internet affect their sales and bottom lines, the opportunity provided by push marketing remains an untapped well for a wide swath of artists.
Technical wizardry in the recording studio has literally changed the playing field so that, like elite athletes, singers either "digitally dope" to compete in a very competitive arena where perfect vocals are expected, or they risk being seen as sub-par in an industry where "everyone's doing it."
Mastering is the last and probably the least understood step in the audio recording process. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview with mastering great Bob Ludwig is one of the true living legends of the music business.