I just stumbled upon this via an article at TechDirt. But, it’s Trent Reznor again who has something to say – and it’s absolutely essential to every musician out there. Maybe labels might consider reading it too. It’s his “thoughts on what to do as a new / unknown artist” these days.
Funny thing is, when posting this to the NIN forum Reznor obviously was on his way to Luxembourg… I’m still suffering from the aggressive light show yesterday. But the NIN gig was a pure intoxication of virtuosity & entertainment.
Reznor’s point is straight forward and easy to understand.
Bottom line is, master music & online tools, work hard, deliver something good – and sell something unique other than music. Because you can’t rely on selling (recorded) music in itself. Music is ubiquitous. And it’s free. Cash is about extras.
Some advice by Reznor is about what to avoid and what to do in particular. The aspects he mentions do remind me a lot of Andrew Dubber’s ebook “The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online”. For a free download go here for the English version (German version).