For my own personal reasons, I wish to remain anonymous but I have been involved in the music industry for over 30 years, initially as a performer, but later as an artist manager, owner of a small record company, and more recently a professional songwriter and music self-publisher.

I have lectured part-time at a number of colleges on the music industry, music theory, copyright, musical analysis and arrangement and computer music software.

I have worked in the UK and the US, and, while I don’t claim to know it all (I would describe myself as “a perpetual student”) I have certainly been around enough to pick up a lot of tips from others and from my own experience.

Production is my weakness as I lack the patience to spend 24 hours getting a kick drum sound just right. It sucks all of the fun out of music and makes it feel like a proper job.

When I started out vinyl was king and I’ve watched music move through CD and onto MP3.  I’ve watched fifty plus “majors” turn into three multi-national corporations, witnessed the growth of YouTube, Twitter and Face Book and the much touted “democratisation of music”.

The industry I work in today is nothing like the one I started out in over 30 years ago. It’s actually much more complex and the demands placed on those starting out have multiplied tenfold. However, the tools are all available and with the right approach, you can achieve a whole variety of different kinds of success, whether as a small scale self-releasing artist or getting the major label recording contract. It still needs a hell of a lot of luck, but as the saying goes, you can create your own luck, to an extent at least.

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