L.A.B. – Family Records Company
My 1st record deal with 80′s band Vatc[AN]
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FROM MY FORMER STUDENT AND DEAR FRIEND SAL Salvatore Spinelli writes: How playing music has made me appreciate and value other areas of life.
Years ago, when I was a young, disillusioned teenager trying to keep a band together and follow the dream to my ultimate success, I wasn’t really sure of what that “success” really meant. Was it money? Was it fame? Was it a career playing music and nothing else? Honestly, it could be a mix of all those or just one at certain moment. We learn a lot when we endure our first few years of picking up our instrument and join or start a band.
The first few years usually include learning songs of bands you admire, making your own songs (that sound exactly like the songs of the bands you admire), and eventually playing shows. Somewhere in that time we save money, borrow money, sell all of our old junk for money and even get jobs we hate just to get money for new gear, music lessons and to get to the studio where all that magic happens!
At this point, its all we think about. Writing, recording, putting out a CD, selling them at shows and going on tour and even getting the chance to hear our song on the radio! I remember the first time I walked into a huge studio and took in a breath of un-fresh air. All the wood on the walls, the smell of coffee brewing, taking a look at the first real mixing board and the huge thick glass to look into the sound room. Not to mention that huge reel to reel just waiting to be spun with endless amounts of tape.
Time goes by and the allure and freshness of it all starts to fade. Take after take of the same song section. Trip after trip of that same drive to and from the studio. Sitting for hours listening to the other guys recording their part and tediously listening for any mistakes or flubs so they can be immediately fixed. God help us if we have to make that trip and do it all again later. Days of listening to the editing. Weeks of hearing mixes back and forth. Months of arguing what the song order should be etc etc. Who is doing the art? Is discmakers going to burn the discs? Are we calling the stickerguy to make some stickers to give?
Man, now the fun of all this has really started to be sucked out of this whole experience. What is this business stuff about? Why are there so many decisions? Its true. The fun CAN be taken out of it, but thats only if we didn’t understand how to balance business and pleasure of creating music.
We learned, just like anything that if we want this done and we want it done right, its going to take time. Its going to take money. Its going to take late nights and early mornings. Its going to take missing school or not going to hang out at the movies with your friends. Its going to take girlfriends (or boyfriends) dumping you because you don’t take them as seriously as the art you are creating. Many will buckle under this pressure, and others will learn how to balance it. A wise man once told me that the only thing that stops us from truly finishing a project is either time or money.
More time goes on and experience compounds. You know what to expect because you’ve been there. You know the arguments to be had, you know the friction that will be worked through. But you endure it because you love the art. You love the creation. You love the validation and heck, you love to play it all live and see the audience sing along. There is no better feeling that creating something or performing something and watching it move someone instantly. Now, at that moment, the reason you were inspired by music is happening to someone else, but this time you are the reason for their inspiration. This feeling is a motivating factor that keeps the creativity pouring out of the soul.
Years have gone by. Your friends and yourself possibly go to college and or off to their own professions, and there is a bit more serious dedication that is now being factored in. If this is going to be a career, if this is going to be fruitful, it must be given more focus and dedication. More time. More money. More investment. We must learn how to now balance a source of income (if music is not the sole source) and also how to still create music, record the music and get it out there. The money it takes. The time is takes. The sacrifice it takes mounts as we age.
The older we get, the more we realize we have sacrificed in order to be where we are now. No matter how high on a figurative success chart you are, be it weekend warrior, touring musician, hired gun, national recording artist or international superstar there is always that realization of how much you have sacrificed and currently sacrifice in order to be where you are today and where you will be tomorrow.
This is true for any profession that requires time and energy to succeed. Professions in which you devote years to hone your craft, to develop your skill and become as informed as you can through real life experience and or school. The bottom line is sacrifice. We must be understand that there will be a sacrifice to get what we want and to be where we want to be.
In lieu of this, there will be a family or a loved one who will always support you. They will endure nights alone, weeks alone and even years without you. But they will always support you. They know that today, no matter how many hours are put into creating, recording and performing. No matter how many months to put out something to show for all that time away and in the studio walls. All that time locked in a room or daydreaming of future endeavors, they stick by you. And you should value that person, or those persons. Their time is what is on the other end of sacrifice. And they know, despite all that sacrifice and heartache over the years, the current “music business” and the way the general society now ingests music, it will less likely pay off in fame and fortune. The struggle will not be met with much light at the end of the tunnel these days, that is if the light is a promising monetarily rewarding career, but there will be a glimmer. Or, the light could be completely subjective. The sacrifice is real. The friends, family and loved ones are real. If you are going to do it, do it for the love and learn that the visions of swimming in bags of money or retiring after your 10 year glamourous career are less of a reality.
Though, there are still ways to be financially stable in this world of music. The huge pillar of stability may no longer stand alone on album sales, touring or radio play (for most artists). But if you work hard, accept the sacrifice and be open to as many doors as you can, there is a chance. Writing, playing, and honing your skills while networking are all great ways. Just be ready for the sacrifices. Appreciate those that support you for everything you are. These sacrifices, they come with a cost that you probably wont get back. Most of all, don’t be a dick. Being nice pays off every every way.
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AND I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS GREAT ADVISE FROM MY FIRST RECORD DEAL:
From my dear friend and first music manager, Lee Popa
How to Tour in a Band or Whatever
by Thor Harris
1-Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck up you fucking dick. goddamn.
2-If you fart, claim it.
3-Don’t Lose shit. Everybody loses shit. Don’t fucking do it. Asshole.
4-Don’t fuck anyone in the band. There are tons of people to fuck who are not in this band. Dumbass.
5-If you feel like shit all the time, drink less beer at the gig. You will play better & feel better. What are you… a child? Some have the endurance for self abuse. Most don’t.
6-Remember the soundman’s name. He will do a better job.
7- Eat oranges. Cures constipation & prevents colds.
8-Masturbate. Duh… Where & when? Be creative. You’re an artist right?
9-If YOU can’t carry your suitcase 3 blocks, it’s too goddamn big.
10-Respect public space in the van. Don’t clutter, you Fuck.
11-If you borrow something, return it. Not Fucked Up.
12-Do not let the promoter dick you or talk you out of the guarantee. If there were not enuf people there, it’s their fault.
13- Driver picks the music.
14-One navigator only (usually sitting shotgun). Everyone else shut the fuck up.
15-Soundcheck is for checking sounds. Shut the fuck up while everyone else is checking.
16-Don’t wander off. Let someone know where you are.
17-Clean up after yourself. What are you… a goddamn toddler?
18-Touring makes everyone bi-polar. Ride the waves as best you can and remember, moods pass. So don’t make any snap decisions or declarations when you are drunk or insane.
19-Fast food is Poison.
20-The guestlist is for friends, family & people you might want to fuck. Everyone else can pay. They have day jobs.
21- Don’t evaluate your whole life while you’re sitting in a janitor closet waiting to go on. You think you’re above having shitty days at work? Shut up & do your goddamn job.
This list was written under the influence of lots of esspresso & anti-depressants while on tour w/ such greats as Shearwater, Swans, Smog, Lisa Germano, Angels of Light, Bill Callahan & many more. I hope this list will help you get along w/ your co-workers whatever your job is. Contributions to the list by Jordan Geiger, Kimberly Burke, Brian Orloff, Brian Phillips Celebrity Gang Bang, Kevin Schneider, Jonathan Meiburg, Michael Gira and some other folks.
Thanks for not being an asshole, Thor Harris
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