- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Billboard Books; First Paperback Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823079481
- ISBN-13: 978-0823079483
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Don't Need a Record Deal!: Your Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution Paperback – June 1, 2005
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About the Author
DAYLLE DEANNA SCHWARTZ is a music industry consultant, self-empowerment counselor, and successful author of many books including I Don’t Need a Record Deal and The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label. She has appeared on more than 300 television and radio shows, including Oprah and Howard Stern, and has been quoted in many publications, such as the New York Times and Billboard. Schwartz lives in New York City.
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I've found that most musicians and bands don't think of themselves as a business so they don't act like a business. It's less work to call themselves "artists" and use that as an excuse for being unprofessional, tempermental and perpetually broke. It's been said many times that if you want to be successful at something then study and talk to people who have done what you want to do and been successful doing it. Learn what they did and how they did it. This book is exactly that. Use this book as a primer and then go out and do it your way...
* With all this in your arse(nal) - arsenal :D! - you might be like me, trying to do 12 huge things everyday - go ahead and try it man but if you ain't really making progress please remember to lessen the things down - even to just 2 things a day - I did that and now I'm making HUGE HEADWAY - Life is going a LOOOOT better - It might be nice to show off and say how much stuff you are doing at one time, but it all comes down to how brave you are and how much you are ACTUALLY GETTING DONE most effectively.
* Also, I am an international person living in USA, just graduated and working a full time job - MANY people like me need to work a full time job to stay here legally on an employment card so finding the time to make a music career and actually DO ALL THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO is HARD AS SH** for me - but now I stand a chance - Before I didn't at all and was just complaining about the horrible Immigration Laws here - when I just want to be an artist living the artist life. I say this because, very often, the book is about quitting your day job and doing the music FULL TIME (YAY!) - but this ain't possible for some like me - (unless I become illegal alien) - so all in those shoes - All I can say is HELL YEA - THIS BOOK WILL GIVE YOU MORE FIRE AND DETERMINATION TO RIP INTO THIS LIFE BIG TIME NO MATTER WHAT ODDS ARE AGAINST YA! TAKE OVER THE WORLD - that's how i feel basically and you can't fake that feeling - everyone can still underestimate you, boo you or hate on you - but each and every person KNOWS truth when they see it.
I go around and I don't see anyone really utilizing stuff that is said in this book - Just do it.
BRYAN DER LION!
(Winner, Best Political Band of 2005 - Rock City News)
If you are looking for solid, detailed business advice, you are sure to be disappointed. For example, when discussing whether to use ASCAP or BMI, you are advised to use whichever one you think will do the best for you. That is not advice. How about a real comparison between them? When should you join? What might be a possible negative against joining? What is the difference in their perspectives? What is the difference in their payment formula? You can get more information from a Google search than from this book.
I am suspicious when I see shallow books getting wall-papered with flowery five-star reviews. It is hard enough to select books online, without having to deal with all that glowing misrepresentation.