BMG songwriter Leo “Freakchild” Chantzaras presents a sharp and outspoken blog on the realities of pursuing a career as a songwriter in the modern age.
If you get signed to a label as a artist then it’s likely you’re between 17 and 21 and as such know shit about life and the music industry.
It’s therefore important to seek guidance from people who know the business. But at the same time don’t make the mistake of putting too much faith in others and not thinking for yourself.
It is smart to rely on those with a lot of experience – no question. Those who think they can deal with it all by themselves or that their mommy or best friend know what to do are hugely misguided – they might have your best interests at heart but without knowing the business there’s no way they can direct your career to anywhere but disaster. But at the same time, industry veterans don’t always know what is best for you and can mess up your career. So if there’s a risk of damaging your career whichever ever way you turn, what’s the solution?
You need professional supervision but you’ve also got to take some responsibility for yourself. It is your career after all. Educate yourself about the industry so that you know the decisions being made on your behalf are the right ones for you – and whether you’re being ripped off or not.
By and large you can trust the managers or producers you work with because ultimately they share your aim in wanting you to succeed – that’s how they make good on their investment. And when they have advice for you they speak from valuable experience. That doesn’t mean you have to take what they say without question but you need to listen. You can teach yourself about how the music industry works but the knowledge that comes with years of experience ain’t easy to come by.
For instance, say you’re a great singer that decides to start writing your own songs. What if a producer tells you your songs stink and you should leave the songwriting to the professionals? Do you listen to their advice and decide your time’s better spent focusing on improving your voice and performance, or do you just ignore them and insist on recording your own material, destroying your career in the process?
So be smart, think for yourself, but be sure of what you can and can’t do – that’s the best way to ensure a great career…