They shut the power off but they can’t stop the party

Wow, so I don’t know if any of you all heard about Kentucky getting KO’d by the winter ice storm, but after about a week with no power except in one area of my house (I was lucky), I finally got my power back up and working.

I’ll be honest, after the storm hit, I was freaking out because I didn’t know how I was going to get everything done that I needed to get done.  I had music marketing and networking conference calls to be on, but seemingly no place to charge a phone,  plans to write but no computers to write them on… blah blah blah.

That was until I stopped to think about it, I do this music stuff because I have fun doing it.

Honestly, thats what it’s all about, it’s all about having fun.  Sometimes we get caught up in the business aspect of music so much that we forget why we’re in the industry in the first place.

There was an artist the other day who approached one of my partners and I to buy his CD.  We got to talking a little bit about his presentation, and who he is.  Finally, my partner came out and said it “So, are you doing this cause you have a passion to make music, or is it because you want to make music?” to which the artist replied “I wanna make money.”

Now, there is nothing wrong with wanting to make money from your passion, but we quickly told the artist we would be unable to help him.  Not because we can’t help artists make money, but because I can’t help people make money who are only in it for the money.

Here is what I have learned over the years, if you try to make money with something you don’t have a passion for, you’ll be discouraged quickly.  When all of your luck is down and your back is against the wall, sometimes a passion is the only drive you will have to propel you over the barriers.

Ask yourself if you’re having fun as an artist, because you always should.  This blog is a lot about the business, but its also about the lifestyle.  Being an independent artist is HARD!  There will be times when you get screwed over, when people turn their back on you, and when you feel like you can’t deal with chasing the dream anymore.  Its times like these when the passionate and the ones who are having fun survive.

Be fun, have energy, be passionate… thats part of how you make it happen.

-Eric Phillipson