Here’s my question. I read some where that in the entertainment industry morality is a speed limit. Some times I feel it’s more like a roadblock. So I would like to know if it’s possible to be successful in the mainstream marketplace with out loosing your morality? If so what steps should that artist take that are different from your run of the mill do anything say anything artist? My last question is are there any record labels that lean more towards artist that are actually saying something in there music if so who should I contact? Thanks for your time God speed and God Bless…..RayVen
Before we jump in, I have to point out: in the comment about the “roadblock,” you seem so jaded already. I don’t blame you; it’s too bad that the music world is so full of corruption and negativity that it makes young aspiring artists feel bad about doing what they love to do. I hope that through the stuff we talk about here on this site, we can improve things a bit and make things a little better.
Before I say anything else, I think it might be best to put a sample of RayVen’s music up:
Moving on to “morality in the mainstream,” I think the main component in this equation is you. Nobody can make you do something you don’t want to do. They may try to pressure you to do things a certain way in order to position yourself in the music marketplace, but at the end of the day, you need to be comfortable with it in order for it to get the green light. And remember to PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS–figure out what it is that you do, from both business and creative standpoints, that works well and makes a good connection with fans.
Let’s also talk about how you’re reaching out to new fans. Who are you promoting to? Where?
Injecting some positivity in the world of hip hop is an admirable (although daunting) goal. In taking on this responsibility, my main piece of advice is: embrace, don’t preach. Do at least as much listening as you do talking. Sometimes it may be good for you to reach out to people who are already interested in your message, but don’t be afraid to reach out to people who aren’t. “Preaching to the choir” is going to help you find fans, but in the bigger picture, it might be more powerful to reach out–in a positive, non-confrontational way–to people in the “bitches, guns, and money” world of hip hop. Be a part of a movement…and maybe even lead one.
Check out RayVen here: