*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2017
Here are a few fun alternative facts about the music industry for you:
The Grammy Awards celebrate the best in music and is not a politically-charged, campaign-style feverish quest for votes wherein the spoils of war go to those with the most influence and power.
There is no such thing as a big machine behind the music industry and anybody can make it to the top without a major record label, a manager, an agent, a public relations firm, a lawyer and about five hundred thousand dollars.
Licensing even ten seconds of one of your recorded songs for TV or film does not require membership somewhere inside the big machine.
Only really good music is played on mainstream radio.
Club owners only care about the quality of the music, not how many people you bring.
Booking agents only have your best interests at heart.
Horn players always show up two hours before the gig to help set up and carry all the big speakers to the car when the show is over.
Keyboard players never have an opinion on chord progressions and arrangements and don’t secretly want to be maestros.
Guitar players always end their solos after the agreed-upon measure allotment.
Bass players on point are not the most important element to a live show.
Lead singers are not narcissists.
Studio engineers would never dream of winning Producer of the Year.
CD and album sales are through the roof no matter who you are.
Obtaining a slot at music festivals is super easy.
If people accept your band’s Facebook Event invite that means you will see them at the show.
Anybody can write a memorable and listenable song.
If you can see it, you can be it.
Anybody can record a song and get airplay on Pandora in rotation next to Springsteen, Dylan and Raitt.
Standing in line for six hours to audition for The Voice is a really good use of your time because the producers of the show have not already sought out and privately auditioned every single singer who will appear on the show.
The sound system never dies right before the first four-count.
Dancing around and singing into a microphone at the same time is not really a workout and is not potentially deadly.
Getting bloggers and magazines to review your music is always free with no strings attached.
Bands get free drinks and food and always get paid what was agreed upon.
Local music circles and cliques do not exist.
Open Mic Nights are not killing the live music scene.
Karaoke Nights are not killing the live music scene.
Bands that pay to play are not killing the live music scene.
DUI laws are not killing the live music scene.
Home decor mounted big screen TVs and endless television series options are not killing the live music scene.
Digital downloads of music do not effect artist’s sales because no one ever shares their MP3s with all their friends instead of each person paying for the song.
Bars do not smell weird.
It’s perfectly acceptable to play a show in a bar with ten TVs going especially with one over your head.
Playing solo acoustic shows does not hurt your fingers and is not a lonely, dreadful thing at all.
Band members love each other and never fight.
Playing outdoor summer gigs does not cause hyperventilation, chest pains and shortness of breath.
The musicians who scream the loudest at the booking contacts do not get all the gigs.
Female pop stars never have to worry what they look like.
And lastly, regardless of it all, music will not free your soul.