Day 2 – Ronin-in-training
March 29, 2017 at 9:57 am #44155
Greetings everyone. My name is Scot Thompson and I just started reading New World Ronin yesterday. I got turned on to it by Ed Latimore. I am 30, single, no kids, and live in Benson, MN. I drive a special needs van for the school to pay bills, but have an associates degree in audio engineering and spent most of my free time writing songs and recording myself, as well as local artists. My dream is to work in the music industry. If anyone can give me some info on how this forum works and how to use it properly, that would be much appreciated. Thanks for having me. Hope to meet some of you soon.April 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm #44215
Audio engineering is what I studied first after leaving school. Eventually, I got a job working for a major record label. But that was my old life. These days I think it's better to avoid getting a job altogether and start working on your own business. Start your own recording studio or record label.April 4, 2017 at 9:13 am #44216
My grand idea is to start a label right now. Disc Mill Records. I'm surrounded by great talent and I have the gear and skills to make quality recordings. I'm just not getting much feedback. I post on soundcloud, YouTube, and Facebook, but we don't get very many hits. I'm trying to figure out how to turn this into a job, but I'm not really sure what to do. Any advice or guidance you may have would be greatly appreciated.April 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm #44218
Read up on how to market music online. If you can, find someone locally who's interested in being involved in your label who understands marketing. Lots of young marketing students would be excited to be involved in a record label. Ow, and create hits ;-)April 5, 2017 at 2:20 am #44219
I was thinking more about this and my time at a label. The main reason artists sign to a label is because they want them to market their music – to sell it. Marketing is not something an artist knows or cares about, they care about creating only. They don't have the skill set to sell their music, but a label does.
As an audio engineer, we can fulfil the music production side of a label. But we can't fulfil the marketing side which is equally as important. Hence my suggestion to partner with someone to run the marketing side of your label. You focus on making the music, they focus on sell/marketing it.April 5, 2017 at 2:29 am #44220
Great advice! I checked out your site and you have some great articles. I especially like the one about cutting out drugs and alcohol. I haven't had a drink in 36 days, and I'm getting much more done. I shared your article on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for all your feedback. I will keep you posted on my progress.
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