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I've sent off my recording to my label, Fieldhouse Recordings, a branch ofStickfigure Distribution. This was several weeks ago and with it I submitted my artwork. You're looking at the cover, it is a black swan. And the title of the CD will be Profitandloss. A Profit and Loss statement shows what a business has earned and loss for any given time. I chose this title because during the creating of the recording, I experienced so many challenges. Also I thought it was poignant in this time as so many people are losing their jobs and livelihood. Even myself, I was laid off from a position I really enjoyed last year.
The CD is a bit of a concept album .... There are songs about losing trust, friendship and hope. But there are also a couple about finding new love and regaining hope. I reworks songs written over 10 years ago and tried new recording tricks with the my new tracks.
Well now I'm working on a promotion plan and putting together the CD release show. This is interesting but very nerve-racking too, trying to convience folks to write about the music. And I working that never ending task of booking!
According to statistics provided by the New Music Seminar that I attended this past summer, there were only 5,945 artists able to sell over 1,000 copies of their albums in 2008. And only a mere 110 of these artists managed to sell over 250,000 albums (the majority of which are signed to major record labels). These numbers prove how rare and difficult it is these days for an artist to get their music heard by the masses, and how incredibly slim a band’s chances are of getting major label representation. The problem in this case works from the top to the bottom; the top being the corporate interests with the money and control and the bottom being the artists. Often is the case that the talent works for the talent agency – this situation should be reversed. Record labels shouldn’t have artists on their payroll; instead, the artists should have a slew of passionate, focused and talented people providing services for them based on their individual needs and desires.
This is what my plan is for my music career.