Sorry, if you were looking for the golden ticket, this is not the post for you.
You read about artists who’ve had success and you realize there are so many different paths. Some were in the right place at the right time, a lot toiled away for years developing a fan base, others found a believer early on who lead them to quicker success. There are a lot of factors involved.
You can model someone’s career, but they could have came up in a time where the net wasn’t so prevalent, when most people bought CDs, or when the public’s attention wasn’t so distracted.
We live in a world where creative execution or a happy accident can make a band or at least a song huge for a moment for little cost . You can make fans without first touring your ass off. You can make fans without ever being played on commercial radio. You don’t need an album to get noticed. You don’t need to suck up to a distributor to get your music into physical retail outlets, because hardly anyone’s there (vinyl records are an exception, but even then, if you’ve created something great that’s gone viral, they’ll probably call you).
We live in a world where experimentation should be the name of the game. Rules are breaking, paradigms shifting, industries falling, new industries rising. It’s scary but exciting. You get to make the rules!
All that randomness said, the foundation still lies in good songs.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI]
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