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The Struggling Artist…Is it Our Own Fault?

Simple facts, watered down into selected stories, have circulated in the entertainment world for decades about how the artist was always broke while his blowing-smoke posse became rich.  The artist has always blamed the industry, while the fans just listened and shrugged their shoulders to what they don’t understand.  A simple fact is that without the artist to create the content, there would be no content to exploit. So shouldn’t he be in charge of it?

In my new documentary film, “Welcome to the Dream- The Rude Awakening of Rock Stardom“, I’m putting the shovel into a hidden – but true – fact…music is an addiction!  And when addicted, you are powerless to share it.  Think about yourself; when you hear a song, read a book, or see a movie that really moves you emotionally, you NEED to share that emotion, you actually don’t have a choice.  It is impossible to keep this feeling to yourself.  This is true for the artist AND the fan, and remember every artist is a fan!

 
Music is an addiction, fans are powerless to share it

A symptom of music addiction is our powerlessness to SHARE it; taken to unprecedented levels by Napster founder and FAN, Shawn FANNING.

We actually have no will power at all over music…  It COMMANDS us to share it! Since the early 1900’s when a publishing industry was developed to market and exploit creativity, the artists’ SOLE mission has been to share it with as many people as he can!  This has never changed; it never will and it never should.  The spiritual power of music itself provokes an altruistic, selfless sharing of a gift…not learned, but bestowed.

 
The artist, struggling with addiction, labels and the music industry. Is it their own fault?

Our powerless addiction to SHARING our music put the Artist in the role of the PUPPET, while the puppetmasters, the labels, have become wealthy by taking advantage of our weakness.

So, as artists, our primary purpose has always been to SHARE the gift, NOT SELL IT. Thus, we enabled an industry whose primary purpose has been ONLY to sell it.  On a chosen day, we awaken to the reality of our real-world-have-to-pay-the-bills financial commitments, realize we are unable to meet them, and wonder why…Because WE GAVE OURSELVES AWAY!  We’ve had been victims of our own generosity, and victimized by those who took advantage of our powerless addiction.

Recording Artists have no positive commentary about major labels

Why don't we ever hear ANY positive commentary from Artist's on their association with major labels? Because THERE ISN'T ANY.

But remember, the good news is, that at the end of the day, the content creators…  The artists…  ARE in charge.  But unless you can look your addiction in the eye, come to terms with your fears, anxieties and realize the disillusionment of success that the media has shoved in your face… we stay broke, and they stay rich.  You are too talented to be pushing shopping carts…  So don’t put yourself in that position.  Learn to make your generosity CONDITIONAL on SOME kind of remuneration…you need to get something out of it too!  Look in your wallet, learn from your mistakes and know when to say no!

Either we all SURVIVE together or we all DIE together.  Every decision you make will not only affect yourself but your brother artist as well.  Be confident!  The only thing you have to lose is your poverty.

THERE IS AT LEAST ONE MUSICIAN IN OVER 55% OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS.

“Artists and writers experience two to three times the rate of psychosis, suicide attempts, mood disorders, and substance abuse than do comparably successful people in business, science, and public life.”

Study by Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig, a psychiatrist at the University of Kentucky Medical

THERE IS A SOLUTION.

Please help make it happen.

PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM.


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  1. […] mentality continues to hurt the artist (of whom they’re so devoted to). As I explained in my “addiction to sharing” post, they just wanna be part of the game; just to have their name associated with the […]

  2. Nandor says:

    Rat, I’d love to know: as an unsigned musician, how can I know at the moment of signing a record deal if I really can ask for more?. The music business today is very different from how it was in the 80s, I mean, we are living the final days of the CD. CDs are becoming obsoletes very quickly. Some internet sites talk about a new format called “SlotMusic” which is kind of a memory stick with the album inside in MP3 files.

    And if they are going to sell MP3, for sure artists are going to have almost null earnings for selling music, not even the labels will obtain profits this way. The only way to make money out of music will be playing live, increasing the prices of the tickets, doing hundreds of shows, as much as they can, abusing one more time of the musicians.

    So, how can we ask for a higher payment? They will not listen to a band that ask money because they know that sooner or later there will appear other band that will sign anything.

    I’d love to know the other side of the story, what would say a musician that’s actually millionaire. Because you know, many musicians had a poor past, like Slash. I’m kind of poor too you know? I mean, even if the labels are earning millions of dollars in a year and they gave me just a few thousands… it can’t be any worst that my current financial situation. So how can we know if we are being paid fairly or not?

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