Maybe I'm too young, too old, or too ugly for this business?
The great thing about rock ’n’ roll is that someone like me can be a star.
It is a common misconception that you need to be young and good looking in order to become a successful artist. Well, it depends on the kind of music you will want to make of course.
People who are looking for really great music will not worry that much about the looks of their favourite artists. As long as you will produce great music, everything will be fine. But If your music sucks, then even the best visual style will not be able to save you, unless will be pushed by a major record company and / or by the media.
People who are listening to Top 40 music on the other hand usually care a lot about the looks of their (often soon to have disappeared) stars. As your plan will be to make great music however, this will not be the most important element on your road to success. In the following chapters you’ll learn why this will be the case.
When I think of the future, I think a lot of Quincy Jones and how he is an inspiration. Look at the quality of his work over so many years. He didn’t even make his best record, ’Thriller,’ until he was 50. That gives me something to look forward to. Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead.
At this point I would like to note that the music industry is not very clever, as they are locking out the majority of potentially great artists by only supporting entertainers that are young, good looking and / or good dancers. This is a phenomenon that has become dominant over time, and there are only very few exceptions to this trend.
Artists like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Queen, Aretha Franklin, Simon And Garfunkel, Elton John, Phil Collins, Metallica, AC/DC, Motörhead, Kiss, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, or Meat Loaf wouldn’t easily get a record deal nowadays.
Not attractive enough. Too fat. Too ugly. Bald. Whatever…
I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
It is quite interesting to see that Adele has been selling more records with her album 21 than all skinny ass shaking pop queens combined. We’ll soon analyze what made her album so successful. It doesn’t matter if you like Adele’s music at this point by the way, but analyzing stuff that’s been successful is always a good idea, especially if it doesn’t fit the norms defined by the industry and by the media.
Stay positive, as chapter 4 will help you dealing with all of those problems.