... from the Rock'n'Roll Industry.
I still love music, but I am ready to get the heck out of the music industry and go back to loving music for the pure shear pleasure of it.
After ten years of making a smallish living as a rock journalist/photographer and for the last couple of years as a promoter / booker and small venue business consultant, I am ready to throw in the towel and get on with my own art weirdo life.
And I shall at graduate school. Art, web, photography, writing, and reading. I am excited.
Naturally, in my last few weeks of booking and promoting bands at Alex's Bar, the worst of egotistical musician behavior has surfaced and I am itching to blog about it. I am waiting until I am in Ireland before I start telling good stories, but in the meantime the semi-non-specific rant...
Two booking pet peeves:
#1 - You are in a baby band that that has minus 5 fans and you call and email me at least 3 times a day *demanding* a direct support slot on a firday or saturday night. What glue were you sniffing before you called? The worst part is when you brag in front of a bunch of hot chicks at the Warped Tour that you can bring in 150 fans and that you MUST have a friday night. Nice that you cleared the club, smokers & non-smokers alike, to parking lot on your Thursday night opening slot. Practice before you play and force Mikey to scream, "Turn down the Suck!"
#2 - You are a BIG Talent Agent. Some of your bands play arenas and have bought you a house in the hills with your 15% cut. Marvelous. Wonderful. Glad to hear it. Please be honest. Please don't demand that your baby band get a Friday night slot with a $12 cover charge. We both know that you will NEVER EVER give me your arena rock band, so don't blackmail me for your baby band's overblown ego when they would do quite nicely on a Thursday night opening slot with a $3 cover charge. If you are honest, I can help you build your baby band's career, but now I don't want to take your phone calls or return your emails.
More to come...