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As many of you probably don’t know, it is a dream of mine to start up a men’s t-shirt company. There are a lot of people that buy some fairly useless shirts in this world, they might as well be mine and at least have a message.
Here is one of the first pieces that has inspired me to date and might even make it onto a shirt in the near future.
The text translates as “Be Young and Shut Up” . The silhouette in the background is meant to represent General Charles De Gaulle, French hero of World War II and leader of the Gaullist party in post-war France. Follow the link to the May 68 protests in France for some in-depth history of the largest general strike to hit an advanced industrialized society.
Really? I received an email this morning from an unsigned band, looking into what the booking requirements before my company to work with them. Fair question; while the answer is not straight-forward, I went to the artist’s Myspace page as directed for a listen. The second I saw that their listed musical style were ‘alternative’, ‘reggae’, and ‘celtic’ , I didn’t need to listen to more than the four songs provided to know I wouldn’t like anymore.
Listing ‘celtic’ as one of your styles, and then utilizing that sound in the four songs presented only serves to pigeonhole yourself. Not many colleges or venues bigger than a coffee-shop offer Celtic music and for good reason.
I’ve had time to take in the New Music Seminar. I’m relaxed and rested from the hectic 3 days running around NYC. First, thank you to my friends for putting me up in their places. Thank you to OurStage for purchasing my pass for me.
Onto the NMS; centered around “Movements”, the conference quickly settles you in as you listen to music industry heavyweights work through Q&A panels entitled “The Next Music Business Unveiled”, “The future of media”, and “The Creative Conundrum:Increasing your odds with radical differentiation.”
Biggest lessons from this year for young artists??
Just Blaze said it best “"If people want Southern rap they’ll go to T.I., if they want East Coast they’ll go to Jay-Z, if they want West Coast they’ll go to Snoop or Dre. Those slots are already taken," Don’t follow the path of someone previously. Be yourself and find your niche. More will take notice.
Little Stevie, of the E-Street Band, kept it simple at “”Learn your craft”. Become a master of your music. Understand where your influences lie and see who influenced them. Eventually we’ll end at the same point, just a matter of how long your Pandora takes to lead you there.
I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with developments in my friends music careers.
New song available to download from our friends at Small Mountain Bear
Keep it going Will. The songs are great and we won’t stop till more people hear them.
Returned late Wednesday night from New York City. I was attending the New Music Seminar (link will open in new window). Thank you to some very cool people I met through OurStage.com for providing me with a pass to the conference. I need a few days to digest all of the information but I am going to fill everyone in over the coming days.
Has it really been 8 months since I last posted?
We’re in the process of opening a neighborhood taproom in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. One of the vending machines we’re looking into is the ubiquitous TouchTunes jukeboxs; you know the ones that are wall-mounted, bright, & touch screen capable. They are the standard by which all other modern digital jukeboxs are judged.
Anyone have suggestions out of the million-plus song database that you would want to hear at your dream bar?
All suggestions can sent to email@example.com.