To help you along your journey, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning “back in black” to charm you all a third time come September, and “So You Wanna be a Rockstar?” is promised to be bigger, and better than ever.
Last week, courtesy of Henry Rollins, you caught a sneak peak of what is to come with my new monthly featurette interview series, “Hear it From the Pros”. To further help me cater my topic selection to areas about which you’d like to learn and/or if you have suggestions for potential interviewees from whom you’d like to hear, please visit my myspace page (www.myspace.com/soyouwannabeinarockband) and fill out the readership survey. I would love to hear from you!
Without further adieu, to end off the year in an must-read obligatory countdown, I’ve compiled a list of the top 20 sins that the music industry has committed against artists over the years. My intention in doing so is to not only inform you of these atrocities, but as well, hopefully compel you to speak out against them.
In the current climate of the music industry, indie musicians have the ability to take back the power, but this can only be achieved if we unite together, and fight for what we deserve: that is, to be treated as professionals. I once read that the first step to change is through enlightenment. I’ve given you the power, so now let’s see you use it.
In order, based on YOUR ratings, starting with the #1 voted most “sinful of the sins”, here goes:
1) The media’s commitment to focusing more on the personal mishaps of celebrities, rather than remembering them for their artistic contributions
2) Allowing lipsynching and advances in technology to make up for a lack of talent
3) The creation of reality TV karoake contests to discover the next popstars
4) The music biz’s emphasis on marketability over talent
5) The government and music industry’s creation of misleading grant programs that fail to fulfill mandates to provide indie artists with necessary funding
6) The lack of governance over bogus battle of the bands contests and "pay to play" scouting events
7) The music industry’s ongoing attempts to maintain a closed network based on who you know, NOT how talented you are
8) The allowance of our standards to drop so low that cliche love songs, and raps full of profanities which fail to inspire and rather encourage degradation, violence, and discrimination receive airplay
9) The lack of implementation of pay equity scales for touring bands
10) The “successful” separation of music from the people
11) The employment of musically uneducated and ill-researched staff to conduct concert and album reviews
12) The creation of double standards for acceptable sexual expression among male and female artists
13) Radio payola scams
14) The commodification of music
15) The perpetuation of the "overnight success" myth
16) CTRC's refusal to implement legislation regarding illegal downloading
17) Allowing "artists" to illegally sample music
18) New artist campaigns that overmarket their artists so excessively that we end up hearing the same song(s) on the radio upwards of five times per hour
19) The music industry’s belief that they (the labels) can dictate to the public what music is worth listening to by throwing money at it
20) The ridiculous amount of legal battles that exist between bands trying to earn a decent buck for their talents, and record labels trying to rape them for everything they’re worth
About the Author:
Rose Cora Perry is the frontwoman for Canadian hard rock band ANTI-HERO known as “The 21st Century Answer to Nirvana”, as well as the sole owner and operator of HER Records, a management company in which she offers marketing, promotion, publicity, tour booking, and artist development services.
Her band ANTI-HERO has toured extensively across North America playing notable festivals such as Warped Tour, Canadian Music Week, NorthbyNorthEast, Wakefest, and MEANYFest.
Voted “Best Rock Act of the Year” by numerous industry publications, their critically acclaimed debut album, "Unpretty" is available worldwide for purchase.
Rose Cora Perry is a dedicated promoter of D.I.Y. ethics, and an avid supporter of independent musicians.For more information on Rose Cora Perry and her band's accomplishments, please visit http://www.anti-hero.ca/ or http://www.rosecoraperry.com/