Makin’ it Happen – Trent Reznor???

by Jason on July 12, 2009 · 2 comments

in Makin' It Happen Friday, Thoughts

Every Friday on this blog is “Makin’ it Happen Friday”, where I feature another musician who’s found a way to make a living playing music. I am constantly inspired by others, and hope to pass that inspiration on to you.

Trent ReznorOK, so I know that it’s Sunday, not Friday. Due to unforeseen circumstances I was not able to get a “Makin’ it Happen Friday” post up on time this week. Also, I know that Trent Reznor is not exactly the kind of indie musician I’ve been featuring in this column. But he has posted some thoughts on his blog that have been getting lots of attention in the blogosphere, and for good reason.

Trent doesn’t need to follow his own advice. He’s already made a name for himself. But his advise to not-so-famous musicians is spot-on. Sure, there’s lots of other things we need to do. But what he says here is pure gold and a good start.

If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments. Maybe we can make this a collaborative how-to for us all to adhere to. I’d love to hear what you’ve done that’s been successful!

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Tim Carey July 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

perhaps this accounts for the resurgence in vinyl recordings i keep hearing about? Very interesting. I have often thought latley, especially considering the hudreds of self-poduced CD’s sitting in the back of my car, that making a recording these days is more of an investment in your name recognition and fan base than an actual finantial investment. It’s a long road, but if people don’t hear your stuff, and like it, it’s a lot longer. I just try to remember….
First they hear of it, then they hear it, then they see it, and if you’ve done your job, they will be a mouthpeice and start the process all over again.

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July 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Great perspective, Tim! I think that’s what Trent was saying and what a lot of people are realizing in this new climate where everything is available for free. We may as well accept that and use the new technologies to grow our fanbase and superserve our “1000 True Fans”.

Thanks for checking out the blog.

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