This week’s episode, May 18, 2012 – Top 10 Reasons You Will Not Become the Famous Rock Star You Think You Are.
Top 10 Reasons You Will Not Become the Famous Rock Star You Think You Are
- Because wishing for fame and riches proves you don’t understand the reality of today’s music business.
- Your fan base right now is made up of only family members.
- Because you probably don’t have the tenacity, persistence, perseverance and determination to slog it out below the poverty level for another 10 years it’s going to take you.
- You have only played 3 shows so far.
- Because you’re still trying to “make it” the old way by waiting for a big record label to discover you and treat you like a god.
- When you hear marketing and business plan your response is… What?
- Because you haven’t quit your job yet.
- You would rather drink beers at the bar than find new fans.
- Because you don’t embrace and encourage file-sharing.
- You still use MySpace as your band website.
Featured Track Of The Week: Luke Dowler.
We’re stoked to announce our brand new Featured Track Of The Week, as selected from the submissions we received on the opportunity we created on our Music XRay account. If you want to submit your song to be featured, create a profile on Music Xray and send it to us here.
Our Featured Artist Of The Week, as selected from the submissions we received on our Music XRay account, is Luke Dowler with his song Coming Alive.
Following in the footsteps of artists like Springsteen and U2, Luke Dowler manages to take the singer songwriter’s plight for honesty and social change and combine it with wide-open guitar textures and pop sensibilities that can fill an arena or break down perfectly to a small coffeehouse.
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About Michael Brandvold:
Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention.
Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program.
Michael has also managed the online efforts for Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.
About Brian Thompson:
Brian Thompson, Managing Partner for Thorny Bleeder Records, is a Vancouver based music industry entrepreneur, record label owner, artist manager, marketing consultant, radio promoter, publicist, web designer, blogger, and industry speaker.
Formerly the corporate head of music buying and marketing for a large national music retail chain, Brian has since moved on to become a well respected voice on the convergence of artist development, music marketing, social media, and technology.