Update: For 2011 Music Industry Statistics, please go here.
More than 10 years ago I was asked to write an article called “So You Want to Be A Rockstar”. It was published in a local music magazine and I subsequently published it in my (then) website on geocities, which I named “The LL Club”, LL stood for “Ladies who Lepak” in reference to the gossip newsletter that I privately published and circulated in my faculty to break up the monotony of the life of an accounting student. The LL Club newsletter was a hit but the computer that kept it has long since died so I don’t have anything to show for from those LL days.
Anyway, I was browsing articles on the Japanese singles music market and I feel compelled to rewrite “So You Want To Be A Rockstar”. Why? Because I think a lot of local musicians are unaware of their rights (very important) or think it is too “academic” to bother about it, and a lot still gets involved in the music industry thinking that fame and money is an entitlement. So, I’d like to debunk the myth and shed some light into the matter. This section will grow as I add more articles into it. If there is anything you would like to add/dispute or if there is any particular topic that you would like me to cover, just leave your comments in the box below or send me an email at email@example.com. I have segregated it into the following sections and articles will be added as and when they are ready. All these will be parked under the Rockstar Manual page.
- STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY – MARKET INSIGHT
- UNDERSTANDING YOUR COPYRIGHT
- UNDERSTANDING YOUR CONTRACT
- THE ROCKSTAR JOB DESCRIPTION
- ROCKING YOUR JOB
- ORGANIZING YOUR OWN GIGS/CONCERTS
- MONEY MATTERS
- SELLING YOUR MUSIC: ON AND OFFLINE