I jumped into a thread on a forum via an internet search I was doing on a booking agent that contacted me.
Long story short, from the report of the members of that forum, the agent was a huckster and their agency was a front
for a bunch of hucksters.
*** For those of you who are not familiar with the term “huckster” see anything related to Harold Camping
who predicted the earth was going to end or some other nonsense and, this part has been highly under reported, also took in over
70 million dollars in donations to the coffers of his religious organization. Basically any scam artist could also be called a huckster.
But what also jumped out at me was the determination, in these poster’s words and tone, that things were terrible in the industry and things
basically were not the same.
Caveat to all people who want or think they are in the industry: Things have changed and they are not coming back. Those who wish for the times of old, however good or bad they may have been, might as well do other things which waste their time. Why not start mass producing old school Ataris and try to compete with X-Box or Playstation. (actually that would kind of be cool.) But a similar analogy would be re-tooling a factory to produce stage coaches. Things have moved on and all the bitching in the world “ain’t” gonna bring the old world back. So what to do?
When in the history of being a music maker have you ever had the chance to reach the number of people you could reach without a record label, insert huckster here, raking in the money and doling out a small, if any, amount to you? Never is the answer.
Sure things are disjointed and more surely there are no leaders, or at least clear ones, at this point, but know this: there will always be music as long as there are humans. Though things might seem bleak to some think about it and frame it in some other perspectives.
Think of any recent movie that was not scored or included music. Count the number of minutes commercial TV goes without any form of music playing. People want and will always want music. You just got to figure out the way to get it to them. Get out there and be a leader, if not for yourself, for the rest of us. But by all means do not waste your time whining and bitching. It gets old really fast and accomplishes very little.