Originally Posted by threesymbol
I really wish this could be solved. I appreciate your time answering our questions.
I think there is a solution and it's as simple as it's irrational. Keep working and trusting your process and don't believe in all the hype or propaganda you hear from outside. Stay focussed on whatever has brought you to this point- depend on your talent, recognize the impulse you have to please others and when this impulse is interfering with your creativity.*
Nothing in the recording industry is going to change on its own because the prevailing formula/perception is completely entrenched. The reason why things have gotten this bad isn't because the industry has found the magic formula which transmutes music into cash- it's because the entire industry is in a state of mortal terror as a result of their business falling to pieces.
When people are scared, they tend to act irrationally. This mentality of fear has trickled down from all the scared record company executives who are acting irrationally to the rest of us who want to make art and make a living at the same time. Because they're scared and behaving irrationally, they're causing the rest of us to follow suit.*
I feel the only thing that I can do- instead of trying to change anyone else's mind or hoping that they'll understand things that make total sense to me- is to change my perception about my work- why and how I'm doing it. I can't change anyone else's mind about anything- I can only present my own point of view- in this case, letting my work speak for itself.
This is very refreshing to hear and quite punk rock ...essentially, the very core of a pioneer- or, what it means to be human- a real human who has negative reactions to poisons to his health.
And myself, i think this is the key to real "happiness" is being true to one's self and examining motivations. I believe much of what we subconsciously sense presently, in a global sense, is a change in what things like work, family and success mean- now that everything has been had, done and done over again. It's like the nuclear arms race in the 80's. One day we wake up and say "Wha Tha Fuh?"
There are so many things that fit into this conversation, such as a culture of fear and anxiety about the future, emphasis on material acquisition rather than developing self and fixed ideas that no longer serve a purpose.
And if art imitates life, the conversation, perhaps like the current industry, is not presented in major media, but in the garages, basements and small gatherings of "average people", where they begin to redefine and have a genuine experience again, instead of one that is prefabricated and researched in the cause of making profit. Just because it is not covered in press does not make it any less relevant- and i am proposing even more
Some people say "there is too much music" now, but i think there is no such thing. I think the problem they are referring to is that big fish are not in control and making money from all the busy-ness. And that must be the real value of work, not necessarily if it is has economic or even value to a society- but at the very base, it keeps one busy and with this, healthy.
Many are realizing the illusion- the lie- isn't necessarily created by the Powers That Be, or some invisible suited men in large buildings- it is the illusion one tells one's self that with lots of money, fame and followers happiness doth make. The truth is, happiness makes success. It's an inside job. The only ones that have escaped it are the ones who died trying.
Thank you for speaking the truth.