10 Simple Truths For Robin Davey’s “10 Simple Truths For A Delusional Music Industry” | Hypebot
This was an outstanding comment/response to a recent Hypebot article, “10 Simple Truths For A Delusional Music Industry.” I wanted to post it because Hypebot (or Music Think Tank, aren’t they the same website?) has become an increasingly disheartening resource. This article in particular left me wondering if anyone else agreed… so I scrolled down to the comments. There I found almost 100 responses in agreement. I used to follow both Hypebot and MTT daily, but they seem to have become promotional tools for the companies I thought the websites were fighting against.
Anyway, in response to 10 Simple Truths For A Delusional Music Industry by Robin Davey I provide you with a great answer to poor article and, more importantly, THE RIGHT ADVICE:
10 Simple Truths For Robin Davey
1. Bands don’t sell records anymore. They sell song files and compact discs.
2. Very well known artists that struggle to sell 10,000 song file bundles have poor management.
3. You don’t sell song files by gaining Facebook likes - but Facebook ‘Likes’ certainly do help.
4. You don’t sell song files by being on Spotify - but the exposure does not hurt.
5. You don’t sell song files because you have previously sold records - but if you were smart and stayed in touch with your fans you’ll have a better opportunity to sell song files.
6. If you are in a band with Robin Davey get used to not selling records.
7. If you are in a band with Robin Davey get used to not making minimum wage.
8. If you are in a band and you’re fucking amazing live, you still need to market yourselves. Don’t hire Robin Davey as a consultant.
9. If you are in a band and not fucking amazing live, start a blog and give lousy advice as an ‘expert’.
10. If anyone tells you they are making a living selling song files, they are hard-working, have a good team built around them, more than likely own their masters and publishing, and probably have never heard of Robin Davey.
The solution to being a successful musician in today’s industry – don’t live by anyone else’s definition of success.
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