Monday, 1 April 2013

If you want to make cool, weird music...

This from my friend Anil who is editor of one of the best music sites on the web:

"There is no shame in a day job: My recent postings highlighted how a day job drives Innerviews. There remains a certain element of "shame" for some artists who feel that, despite delivering high-caliber work, they have somehow failed because they can't make a go of things full time. This whole construct is a myth. I would argue that the vast majority of creative individuals have a day job that enables them to keep hand to mouth. And that holds true for even some of the most incredible musicians of our time, who fund their recordings and performances by teaching, equipment design, consulting, remastering/remixing/producing/engineering work for others, doing wedding/party gigs, running online music retail outlets, music app development, plugin design, or doing something entirely unrelated to music altogether. In fact, I have just described 95% of every musician I have ever featured on Innerviews, including some of the big "name brand" people. So, embrace the reality and just go with it. We all have to have a multiverse approach to make a go of things given the state of the world. It's just the way it is and it's totally, 100% cool."

Go visit now.

About Anil:

"Established in 1994 by music journalist Anil Prasad,Innerviews is the Web’s first and longest-running music magazine. Innerviews delivers in-depth, uncompromising interviews that enable artists to speak at length about topics that matter to them. The magazine features a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, world music, pop, hip-hop, and folk.
Prasad’s writing has also appeared in Guitar Player, Bass Player, Frets, JazzTimes, Relix, All About Jazz, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In addition,Innerviews content is used as part of the UCLA School of Music's course curriculum.
Prasad is the author of the best-selling book Innerviews: Music Without Borders. The eBook edition hit #1 on iTunes’ Arts & Entertainment and Music charts. The book features detailed interviews with 24 renowned musicians who share candid thoughts on the joy and pain of the creative process, their careers and aspirations, conflicts and collaborations, and the realities of today's music business. Artists profiled in the book include Björk, Stanley Clarke, Ani DiFranco, Béla Fleck, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Public Enemy, David Sylvian, and Tangerine Dream.
The book has been acclaimed by media outlets worldwide. "Prasad gets artists to share their deepest thoughts about a wide range of topics, from spiritual inspiration and motives to compositional methods. A fascinating look at the thinking of contemporary artists," said The Christian Science Monitor.
"The book sets the bar for getting musicians to speak candidly and thoughtfully about their work and relation to the world,” wrote The Ottawa Citizen.
Prasad’s work has been extensively quoted in more than two-dozen music books, including In a Silent Way: A Portrait of Joe Zawinul by Brian Glasser, In The Court of King Crimson by Sid Smith, On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno by David Sheppard, and So What: The Life of Miles Davis by John Szwed."

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