At 6/30/10 01:43 PM, Gravey wrote:
Good points Gravey, in both comments you made to Chronamut.
When it comes down to it, though, I think the number one thing that helps a band make it big is not necessarily the label, but just sheer ballsiness. I dunno if anyone here has ever heard of Nothing More from San Antonio, but they are a band that has prided themselves in gaining a decent crowd and earnings without being signed (well...until recently, at least). Perhaps they had the right connections (the drummer's father is a spokesperson for a local venue called the Scout Bar...a place where HUGE names play at when they come to town), and perhaps they got lucky (San Antonio's music scene is shit...literally the only bands that get stage time here are straight-up death metal bands, with all band members but the ripe age of 16), but then again, they DEDICATED themselves and put their minds to it. They self-produced their own album, have it out on iTunes etc.; all of their marketing is done by friends and family of the band (selling of t-shirts & other collectibles; my friends and I help them mostly with spreading the word about shows that they play at with flyers and what not); and the fans aren't afraid to tell other people about these guys. They've got the talent, they've got the stage presence...they have the whole f@#$ing nine yards. Just their sheer dedication to what they love has gotten them where they are now. And they DO their own thing. I'm not entirely sure if they're just an anomaly or not, but they are a prime example of the idea that the record label doesn't necessarily have to be in the picture to make a band big.
But then again, Nothing More is apparently signed now...But they didn't START by being signed. Their fanbase is solely theirs and theirs alone. Nobody helped them develop it or their music. In my opinion, they did the right thing: Developed what they could with their dedication, then decided to take it to the next level BY being signed. It's almost like having sex too young: You're not really and truly ready for it until you've developed an understanding of the way the adult world works...Weird analogy, I know...but it's the whole "too much too soon" philosophy, in my opinion.