Livn It Southern Soul Style
Well said Hog Pin, We in the Klass Band Brotherhood have been trying to do just that considering we are new in the Market as well. I hate doing track shows the most rewarding part of this journey for me is performing with the Sugaa Shack Boys in the band. If anyone is looking for real Live entertainment and a SHOW thats what we intend to bring. Ive posted a live performance on you tube so promoters can see what and how we get it done. Anyone looking to be entertained please feel free to hit us up anytime. There is creativity in all bookings and we try to make it Promoter friendly creatively. And most importantly give the audience something new. The music is Southern Soul but the goal should be the World! firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-439-6673 I wish for you guys nothing but success.
Sugaa Shack Man!
Well stated Hog Pin! We could accomplish so much if we worked together as a genre to improve, promote and spomsor our shows!
I noticed that these replies were between 2009 and 2010. It is now 2014 and seemingly the same problems exists. So this conversation has been going on for 5 years with no one breaking out yet. I am not here to admonish, lecture or praise anyone. There are solutions in this puzzle but we cannot keep talking about the problems or coming up with abstract slogans and directives that go nowhere, at least in making a difference. I have talked to people from New York to LA and a lot of people seem to be waiting on the other one to act. Real entrepreneurs and real business people take chances, leaps of faith and do what they have to do in order to do what they want to do. One lady has gone to FCC forums to discuss about major radio not playing independent labels and she noticed that out of all 25 years and 13 forums each of those years, we are having the same discussion. That has been in discussion for 25 years and 325 forums without the FCC fixing it. The other issue has been going on for over 40 years and that is; the former and remaining major labels have taken every deliberate step to keep an independent black label from forming and gaining economic stabilization that they cannot control. None of these are secrets, but we have to stop talking about it. When you know what the problem is, now you can fix it. The Grown Folks audience, ages 35-years to 65-years, is a $50 Billion Dollar a year consumer base. Yet, no major TV or radio network and no major record label will service this audience with its' music. Strange? What company do you know, whether it's toys, food, electronics, clothes or cars that will not target a $50 Billion Dollar a year consumer base? None. This should be the first red flag as to the deliberate attempt to stifle black economic progress. The largest Wall Street internet radio station (will remain nameless) (and these are my personal findings) in which you can program your own music and station will not upload "allegedly" Southern Soul. Oddly enough, our own people and community get wrapped up in their scheme of thinking and carry out the same obstruction and lack of cooperation all in the fear that someone is going to break out and become major. Well, it starts with the breaking of ONE. It is only going to take ONE to break the whole status quo of the music industry. The lines of communication have been broken somewhere and the ecology of the music industry has been destroyed. There are many ways to fix it, but it's going to take REAL entrepreneurship, REAL business and a sense to not attempt to exploit each other. Make REAL deals in which all parties can have their responsible revenue until someone breaks. Now for the good news. Atlanta just had the most successful Southern Soul and Blues Show one has witnessed in many years. Here is the kicker. This urban city, one of the biggest urban markets in the territory plays zero ( 0%) to the minimalist of southern soul. It plays a minimalist of hours of blues on a weekly basis. What I am saying is, this Southern Soul Concert sold out with 5300 seats, with tickets ranging from $25 - $85 with acts that get NO radio airplay and did not need any radio commercials. It wouldn't make economic sense since they do not cater to that audience. The proof is, this audience, so hungry for a real Grown Folks, Southern Soul and Blues show, came enmasse to hear artists they never heard on radio. They just wanted to have a good time and they got it. Bottom line, someone to the risk, stepped out on faith, didn't wait on the other person, wasn't concerned who was going to break out and made it work. There is so much more to this episode, but I hope I have created a little inspiration that a change is needed and it needs to be done NOW.
I have found that it depends on where you are located, how many venues in your area and your own publicity plan.