I kid about the business in which I work, the music business...the hell I do! It's a serious place, no time for art or emotion, it's all about numbers shipped, seats filled, merchandise revenue, royalties.
My friend Patrick just got back from a mini-tour of Europe with The Low Lows, and he has much to say about some crazy times.
But he also emailed this to me, and it's really spot-on:
y'know, you can pretend to be the ultimate industry insider with the following three phrases:
When talking to a bunch of musicians, whenever the name of a band comes up, you say "I heard they had some problems with their label."
When talking to a bunch of producers or engineers and the name of a band comes up: "They really should have let their producer actually PRODUCE the record..."
When talking to a bunch of label employees and the name of a band comes up: "I heard those guys are really hard to do business with..."
Suddenly, you're always right.
That says it all. Amen.
"We signed an act just like that in 2000. Didn't go anywhere."