am no longer going to send mp3 file attachments. IF you would like ANY
of my mp3, FREE, just ask. I am for sell on I-tunes and over 500 other
sites if you feel like supporting what I do. I am still top seller on
many sites, help keep me there. If you would like one of my limited
edition CD's (free!), let me know. THOSE that have already requested a
cd, they are on the way! It has taken me a bit longer personalizing the
cd's than I thought. Whatever I do creatively works on its own
time-line. I have learned to just get
out of the way and let what wants to be created, create.
NEW VIDEO UP! My friend, sound engineer and now video producer just finished up making my new video for "living 2 fly"! Everything
music has brought to me has been amazing and to have people create from
my music blows my mind. Razor sent me the idea and we chose "living 2
fly" as an instrumental. It evolved from there. We CO-WROTE the lyrics
together and RAZOR produced the video. The video speaks for itself and
gets better the more it is watched. ENJOY! http://www.ubetoo.com/jasonggabbott/41563
Ultimate Guitar just lost one of it's loved members. David Howland a.k.a. ElderPlayer passed away. Heaven just gained a wonderful musician! He will have access to all the guitars there are and all the musicians that ever lived. Please visit his page and leave a message.
Why did I wait so long? With everything that has to do with my music, it comes when it comes. Something other than me is also in control of the direction my music takes and the time-line. I try not to ask too many questions of the music gods. Well today I was out getting an eye exam, contacts and glasses. Spending too much money, but happy I have received the work to pay for these expenses. INSURANCE IS A SCAM! BUT we all know this and nothing changes. I had to make a stop at the local "Music GO-AROUND" of course. I got my Schecter there and I am happy with there service and location. I played a bunch of amps! Funny thing is the ones I thought I would love weren't that great! I fell in love with a "MARSHAL", but after thinking about the price I decided to get one later. I played through a 100 watt amp for the first time, fairly loud! I rattled the store! After about an hour I narrowed my search! I ended up with the one I thought I wanted when I first saw it. A Chanute, Kansas BUILT! '78 (I think) "KUSTOM" 35 watt 12 inch speaker amp! It sounds so sweet clean and my DIGITECH RP155 sounds so bad a$$ pluged into it! I rocked the apartment, and didn't care! Now that it is a little later I am playing real low with my ear to it! It still rocks on low! I will keep you posted. Now I just need a vocal mic (forgot to get on today with all the amp excitement and all). I also need an amp mic now. Once I get that and some kind of p.a. system, I will be on the stage L I V E! THANK YOU! You have been a GREAT part of creating what my music is today! UG was my first site of this kind and still the BEST! If they would start paying per play like UBETOO, there would be NO STOPPING UG from taking over the WORLD!
Most musicians I know hold a dream to someday ‘make it’ in the music
business. To play in front of huge crowds and live a lifestyle that
they can only imagine. Many of us believe that we’ll someday get there.
Unfortunately most of us find ourselves growing older with an ever
increasing fear that we’re missing the boat.
We’re conditioned to believe that if we’re going to make it then we
have to do it at a young age. I had already started to have this feeling
when I was in my early 20′s. I felt like I was slacking because I
hadn’t ‘made it’ yet.
So how old is too old? Well, I think what we need to look at is the
fundamental equation the whole business boils down to. It’s a value
exchange between the audience and the artist. The audience pays money
for the value they get from the artist. So ask yourself: how old would a
performer have to be before you stopped receiving value from them?
Would you not pay for a great artist who was 65 years old? I would. One
of the best performances I’ve ever seen was a rock and roll band of men
who were all in their 80′s!
So if people are willing to pay for good music then what’s standing
in your way?
I saw an artist last night who didn’t mention her name once. There
were no visual cues to let me know who she was. She never mentioned
anything about CDs or merch for sale. No website. No mailing list.
Nothing. When the show was over, she walked off the stage and into the
It’s easy to look at her and see what she did wrong. What’s more
difficult to see is that to one degree or another, most of us are making
similar mistakes. A lot of musicians fall into the trap of thinking
that either they’re going to be ‘discovered’ or nothing is going to
happen at all, so there’s no real need or urgency to actually do the
right things to grow an audience and a career.
So I urge you, instead of having your head in the imaginary future
all the time, to take an honest look at where you are now. You have
positive things going for you right now. It’s time you capitalize on
those things and make the most of what you’ve got in front of you.
Success is created in the present, not the future. You may never get to
play Wembley Stadium or sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, but
you can absolutely have more and more fans coming to your shows. You can
have a room full of people screaming your name. It may not be a 60,000
seat venue, but believe me, it will feel good.
What you need to do is let go of the belief that someday someone is
going to make it easy for you and instead take 100% responsibility for
your career. Have CDs and merch for sale and take responsibility for
learning how to sell them. Have a mailing list and learn how to get
people on it and how to use it. Take responsibility for letting people
know who you are and how they can stay connected to you. Good things
will happen in the real world when you step up to the plate, and believe
me it will feel even better than when they happen in your imagination,
no matter how old you are.
I am continually asked by musicians about the mysterious inner secrets of the
How do I find a manager that can get me signed?
What entertainment lawyer should I bug?
Do you know of any labels that would sign me and hand me lots of
How do a GET a booking agent that will put me on
bills with XXX signed band?
I can understand why musicians would ask about these things. They are
probably hard up for money, and feel that they are often getting the
short end of the stick. This mindset is perpetuated by the very
institutions that they are inquiring about.
Labels are shaking in their boots about a loss of record sales, while
musicians with an audience centric mindset are focusing on getting
music to the people who care. If you are serious about being a musician,
you should ignore the RECORD
INDUSTRY. Instead, focus on the MUSIC INDUSTRY. They are inter related, but
The RECORD INDUSTRY is still, after 10 years of digital downloading,
set up to sell a physical product to a consumer that has little to no
interest in a CD. It doesn't look like labels are going to wake up and
make drastic changes to that model. The major labels are more interested
in crashing and burning that changing.
The MUSIC INDUSTRY is the connection between the artist and the end
listener. The MUSIC INDUSTRY sells the fairy dust that keeps people
coming back to shows, obsessing over Bob Dylan and allowing music to create an
emotional change in their lives. This business is thriving and alive.
The RECORD INDUSTRY would love for musicians to believe that the
MUSIC INDUSTRY is crashing and burning as well. If both industries stay
"in trouble" then it gives a an excuse for labels to sign bands to
exploitive deals and avoid artist development.
There is a growing group of artists that are in opposition entirely
to the RECORD INDUSTRY. They work on the premiss that their music is for
the end listener. This mindset creates an artist that is willing to
tour creatively, find their own licensing opportunities, and sell
directly to fans with a greater value and less overhead.
These artists, many of which I work with, are actually making a
living with music. They view their music as a business in itself and
ignore labels/ managers/ booking agents/ scammers.
Seth Godin wrote
an interesting article on Book Publishing that relates to this. HERE.
Sufjan Stephens makes beautiful
music and does not give a shit about his label being cool.
Listen to his new record HERE.
I found this guy and he makes sense and seems to be in it for the artist and honest. Check out the link.
Never forget that you are
never “done”. It’s amazing to me how people will complete a
recording or make a live video and act as if it is the only moment of
their careers that mean anything. Media of this type is only a single
still frame in the movie of your life. Every time you capture your art
it is just a means to moving yourself further along and getting better
at what you do as well as generating products that (hopefully) someone
will want to purchase or at least take the time to appreciate.