Almost Famous: The Cruelty of the Music Business

Rick Beato
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TiredSentinel 2 anos atrás
I can’t imagine how much great music is just “shelved” somewhere and how many great bands were ruined because of labels.
Frank Briggs
This story hits close to home. Minus the Cameron Crowe Clive Davis names this is exactly what happened to my band after we signed to RCA records in the early 80s.
Chris Eastwood
Chris Eastwood 21 hora atrás
The side of this story involving the A&R guy reminded me of an episode from my own past. I was doing session work, mostly as a woodwind player (saxes, flutes) and went to a studio to be part of a jingle production for a high-end client. I waited in the control room while the rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar, drums) started recording. These guys were all top-tier session players and they did the first take letter-perfect. Now, the advertising agency who booked the session had sent a "producer" to oversee the session. This was fairly common practice, mainly so the musicians wouldn't pad their hourly rate by dragging their heels. The producer on this session was a young wanker who was really full of himself but didn't have a clue what happens in a recording studio, or much knowledge of music in general. He gets on the talk-back mic and says "guys, that was really good, really good, but I'm not hearing magic; we need to have magic in this, please give me some magic". The musicians do an eye roll but whatever, they're getting paid. They run it again, perfectly, and the same thing happens - the "producer" is not hearing "magic" and wants there to be "magic" in it. They run it again with the same results.
Sundayze 2 anos atrás
As a small musician/artist you always dream about being signed etc., but then you realize all the shady stuff and begin to feel thankful that social media gives you an opportunity to be who you are. Thank you for this story Rick and to all my fellow musicians: never give up and I wish you nothing but best!
Trevor Johnson
Trevor Johnson Anos atrás
The music industry reminds me of a story that my father always told me about a shoe company in Australia. The owner had a gut feeling that he could greatly expand his market to the Fiji Islands. So, not wanting to lose his number one salesman, he sent his number two guy to Fiji to try and sell his line of shoes. The salesman called the owner in a couple of weeks and said “..send me a ticket home, they don’t wear shoes here in Fiji”. The owner sent him a ticket and he returned. A few months later the owner decided that he was going to give it one last shot but this time he decided to take a bigger risk and sent his number one salesman to Fiji. A couple of weeks later he got a call from his number one, they don’t wear shoes here in Fiji, send my wife and kids, we’ll be here for the next few years, we’re gonna make a fortune!!
1952TeleDude 19 horas atrás
This happened to me 4 times from the late 60’s to the late 80’s.
André Silva
André Silva 2 anos atrás
Let's take a moment to appreciate the real hero here, Ken.
Peter Leary
Peter Leary Anos atrás
A familiar story. My son was in a band in 2008, all in their teens and at music school. They were really on to something, great musicians, awesome original songs and an amazing young lady on vocals. The school, as always, invited UK label reps to come and review its talent - my son's band rehearsed like crazy, then gave a flawless presentation to the besuited ones. A week later one label privately approached the singer, offered her £10K NOT to record with the band (or anyone else), but to sit tight while they decided how to launch her solo career. She was eighteen - she took the money. It got ugly, the band fell apart, good friends fell out for keeps. Upshot: none of them got a damn thing, including the singer (aside from the 10K...) The 'moment' had been there, the luck had been there, the time was right... and a coupla dreary guys in suits killed it dead.
Gary Bradley
Gary Bradley 2 anos atrás
The all-too familiar story. My first psychology PhD proposal in 1998 was to study the effect of label organisational culture on the creativity and well-being of signed artists. A board member at EMI, himself a psychologist said, "That is a fantastic idea but you will never get through the door". I never did. It's heart-breaking what has happened to so many fine artists.
Curtis Confuz
Rick is certainly a musical black belt, but also a master story-teller.
West Other
West Other 12 horas atrás
“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.”
William Frost
William Frost 11 horas atrás
She has a special voice, a producer's voice. No matter what you put into the mix, her voice is what you notice. Sometimes you can be too good, and that's the reason you don't make it. Just think of how many well-established, influential performers that she makes sound average.
js27 2 anos atrás
Even The Beatles had problems like this, and from the one person we'd least expect it: Brian Epstein. Epstein came to the studio one day with one of his boyfriends. The Beatles were on the other side of the glass recording. Brian pressed the intercom button and started to tell them what they should do with the song. Within twenty seconds John Lennon screamed. 'Shut the fuck up Brian. We do the music. You count the money.' Epstein literally jolted backwards like he'd been hit with an electric shock and he never dared make any more suggestions ever again. You have to be very aggressive to go where you want to go in this world.
Ron Z Photography
Ron Z Photography Anos atrás
Before I was a photographer, I was a professional musician playing rhythm guitar (6 12 acoustic & electric) in many bands before I joined a band back in the late '80's, and we became 'almost famous.' Don't even get me started on record labels back them.
Peter Kadar Music
Peter Kadar Music 9 horas atrás
I've mostly been a sideman throughout my 30+ year career. I've been a part of some great bands to see them meddled with and their art diluted by label people who clearly have no idea what they're talking about.
IvanGotYokes 4 horas atrás
Great story Rick! It's crazy how artists and bands don't have to do 1/10 of this because of social media. They find someone who generates clicks and prop them up. I also think it's much harder for them to get away with this bullshit because the labels need the artists more than the artists need the labels now.
The American
"Almost Famous" shows exactly the way the music scene was in 1973 when I was 15 going on 16. Yes, I lived it, and it was truly an awesome time to be alive. Thank you Cameron Crowe.
Kenneth Trim
Kenneth Trim 7 horas atrás
Interesting story and I believe this has happened to many, many artists. Hopefully this is all behind us.
Kayne Santor
Kayne Santor 2 anos atrás
Dude, Rick, I'm loving the couple "story time with uncle rick" things. The brutal one about your boy Johnny D, and now this. It's awesome. I would love a series of these. You've been in the biz for so long, I'm sure you have a million amazing stories. I'll bet you think you haven't done anything super interesting, but I'm sure you have had lunches cooler than most people whole life. Thank you for sharing, I'm definitely checking out I9? Eye9? I'll figure it out.
gazoontight 10 horas atrás
It happened to a guy I grew up with. His band eventually got to open for some very big names, but he was never allowed to make it to the top. It was too bad - they were a great band.
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