I'm getting my ducks in a row to start recording my first album. I find I a have great desire to do instrumental work as well as vocal work too. A primary focus is research into what the market is about and how that many artists are doing the financing and recording their own projects. This why I chose Pro Tools as my recording platform. But I have no delusions that I am going to be the next "Elton Bowie". I am realistic that I can't spend 6 figures on making a top of the line project. As I understand it presently the vulture capitalist mind set is still strong. They want to lock you into a contract that allows them to dictate how you work and perform which has a tendency to burn an artist out and retire early. Tom Petty is my new "hippie" hero because of the article in Rolling Stone of November 2, 2007. "I don't have a chip on my shoulder," he told me (Petty) "I was trying to do the best job I could." Still Petty confirmed with relish a story about a meeting to renegotiate a contract during which he pulled a switchblade knife out of his boot and started cleaning his fingernails...."but he insisted, "I wouldn't have hurt anybody." I laughed out loud! I witnessed this whole process happening to the Beatles with preditory publishers locked up their copyrights for over 50 years. McCartney and Yoko will start retrieving their rights in the next few years. This is a story that happened to almost everyone I love as artists. So being in control of my art is more important than being rich and famous. Don't get me wrong I would like to be compensated for my work, but there is no need to sell my soul.
of Work in Progress