- Understanding the Music Business
- Planning and Goal Setting
- Finding an Investor
- Building Your Own Recording Studio
- Rehearsing, Recording, and Mixing and Mastering
- Self Marketing and Album Marketing
- Copyright Everything Involving Your Album
- Creating An Internet Presence
- Getting Your Music Played on TV and Radio
- Booking Shows
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Artist Spotlight - GODLUST
Evolving through musical expression. GODLUST was formed by Ash Thorn three months ago, with sounds from mixed up New Wave 80’s to Industrial Goth, there is always something new and familiar. The music started two years ago with the band ASHESANDGOLDUST and had a year stint due to unforeseen circumstances leaving the Duo down to Uno. Not sure what to do, Ash with a passion in music and the arts decided to fly solo and formed GODLUST. The name was actually an accident that occurred many years ago when creating a personal Facebook profile. “I was typing in GOLDUST and GODLUST came out, one of the typos that I actually grew fond of.” Ash Thorn. GODLUST is a work of progress in the making. Occasionally posting tracks to Twitter that have never been heard before! Unlike any other artist in the industry. With an EP just released by GODLUST titled DUST TO DUST that can be found on AMAZON and older music that can be found on Spotify, Itunes, Youtube and Vevo by the former ASHESANDGOLDUST. It is certain that this artist will keep evolving.
1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
I always loved The Cure. I would have to say they are one of my biggest influences. The sound was so different yet so meaningful. It was hearing someone do something different and everyone loving it. It was going against the grain and being successful at it. The music resonates with so many people of that generation and the new generation.
2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
Right now with the switch in names I am focused on guaranteeing that nothing other then the name has changed. Of course there will be new sounds and new ideas. There will be less inhibition and more integration. I'm hoping the music will speak for itself.
3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
Yes and Yes. I love the freedom that being independent has but it does have its limitations. It's not appealing to prospective audiences, and that is always a downfall.
4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
I want to say yes but I think old habits are hard to break. There are some great musicians out there that hardly ever get noticed and these are some amazing artists but because of industry standards it's just not happening for them.
5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
Social media has been a Godsend for musicians because yes they are able to market their own music to their own niche. They have more freedoms when it comes to expression, but again only as independents. Big industries are only focused on making huge profits and are not willing to take chances on these artists. I have heard some amazing artists and I think, if only I had the marketing power I would easily promote them.
6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
This is a very personal question but important. I have had to endure a lot of negativity in my life from the way I dress to the way I present myself. I have heard some very negative things regarding me as a person but I have had to keep on keeping on, because you know even if reincarnation does exist, which I do believe in. We get this one life right now, this one moment to really make something of yourself. You can spend the rest of your life pretending to be someone you're not, someone you are told to be, not even someone that you know you are, basically living as someone else for other people or you can find who it is that you are, that you love and share that person with the world. I grew up in conservative America being told who I was and what I should be and then it hits you one day, this epiphany! Wait a minute, I am not even being me.
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