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Late one night this past week I was going through an existential crisis—an occurrence that has become far more frequent than one might hope. I sat and questioned every decision I’d made in my life up until that point. Why had I taken a year off of school? Why was I lacking my usual motivation to do anything? And above all, why in God’s name did I choose to pursue a career in the music industry?
Thinking about chasing a career in music? Here are 10 reasons why you shouldn’t.
How did you decide that you wanted to go into the music business?
I have only known music and or the music business. Ever since I was a kid. By 12 I was writing and playing music. In fact I had my first real guitar lesson at 13 years old at a local Music store in San Leandro called Music Unlimited. Miraculously the store is still there in the same spot today. I guess that was the start and I never looked back. I studied Music theory in College but then dropped out to move to Los Angeles when I was about 21. After about 5 or 6 years of being an artist I knew I was supposed to be the guy behind the artist so I founded Johnny On the Spot Productions. Things just kind of went from there when I spotted and started working with Vanessa Hudgens. After the High School Musical blew up for us things were never quite the same again. She has obviously moved on since then but you never forget your first big success. It was incredible. I’ve never looked back since then and continue to find, develop and manage talent today.
Blake Shelton is many things. He is the hugely popular coach on the top-rated television music competition show The Voice, where singers he’s mentored have won four of the seven seasons. He is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. He’s the charismatic live entertainer who performs to packed houses in arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums across the country. He’s husband to country superstar Miranda Lambert, together inspiring endless public fascination as country’s “Power Couple.”
But the one overriding facet of who Blake Shelton is led him down a path that made all these other designations possible. Blake Shelton is a Country. Music. Singer
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2. Recording revenues have been declining for more than 10 years, and they continue to decline precipitously year-over-year. This has dismantled the label system, once the most reliable form of artist financing.
3. Digital formats continue to grow, but not enough to overcome broader declines in physical CDs.
4. Even worse, the evolution of formats keeps pushing the value of the recording downward. Streaming pays less than downloads; downloads paid less than CDs. And the next thing after streaming will probably be even worse.
5. There is little evidence to suggest that this downfall is being made up by touring, merchandising, or other non-recording activities.