Well it has been a while. Don't know if anyone actually reads my blogs, if you do let me know what you think about my posts please :)
I have been pretty busy with school so I haven't been able to post as much as I have wanted to but I am going to try and fix that. But about school, so I am a music business major at Columbia College Chicago and I have been going back and forth about what I want to do in the industry. At first, I thought I wanted to do some A&R, which is basically finding artists and working with them to get them signed to a label. But I have also had goals of starting up a talent agency or a record label. Lately, since I have been in my Marketing class I have wanted to do Marketing as a career in the music industry. Getting artists known and exposed. As of today, I am starting to want to combine all of what I wanted to do. All because of the guest speakers in my Art and Business of Recording class today....
So in my ABR class we had guest speakers, Devin Buttner and Kaile Goh. Devin is a Columbia College Alumni and Kaile is one of the artists that he manages, produces, and drums for. Devin has done some great work with Kaile and other artists but what amazes me is that Kaile is only 14 years old and was signed to a record label at 10. She is releasing her first album this summer. Kaile is an amazing artist. She has that Indie Rock sound, similar to Paramore. What inspires me is I have always had an interest in the younger, just starting artists, which is basically what Kaile is.
The new inspiration I have gotten from them is that I would want to eventually start an Independent Label that helps to start up new artists, which is what Kaile's label does. I would want to both A&R and Marketing work for it if possible. But what I would lean towards is YouTube, Myspace, and other social network artists. The ones who have a decent fan base or could have no fan base, but have the talent to be stars. The YouTube stars that I watch like AJ Rafael, Sarah LaMantia and Alyssa Bernal are all true musicians that deserve to become stars. They are the type of people I want to work with.
There is so much more I want to do along with that, and as time goes on in college I will probably think of more things I want to do, but it is clear that the music industry is where I belong. :D
Check out Kaile Goh: http://www.myspace.com/kailegohmusic
The YouTube artists that I mentioned:
AJ Rafael: http://www.youtube.com/user/ilajil
Sarah LaMantia: http://www.youtube.com/user/SarEliz0131
Alyssa Bernal: http://www.youtube.com/user/hchsknights08