Monday, November 12, 2012

How to irk an artist ....

How to "irk" an artist...Yes, I can be a tad "irksome" at times. This morning I am making out my will and my last wishes before a trip to the attorney's office. I received an email from an artist whose value system is polar opposite of mine. In her attempt at self righteous soul cleansing she wished me peace for my heart and soul...Chick does not get me at all. It is because of my heart and soul that I have passion and I am a fighter. No one lives forever with the possible exception of some lawyers.

So how does one irk an artist? When one is played for a sucker, taken off the so called friend's face book feed and then they show more concern about their review then they do you when you are ill - all I need is a stick in my back side and there would be a long line to place one there and I am now the worlds biggest sucker with the exception - it goes both ways. As I have always said, this is a business. Art is not a non profit enterprise. Musicians have to paid, gallery light bills have to be paid. Do we want the federal government to do it or do we pony up the money our self and take charge of our destiny (cultural). I have shaved off 100 so called friends in the last hour. I have blocked and pulled reviews from Hendrik Meurkens, Alison Wedding, and Noah Preminger and is it because I had a musical revelation while tossing my guts up last night? (Lovely imagery I know) it is in fact because certain things public by some artists  that to be brutally honest had I known then what I know now then I never would have pursued a story. Sometimes this is easier said then done but for a small time writer with a "diminishing shelf life" according to All About Jazz the reaction is stunning. The artists are irate to put it mildly. One artist even caught attempting to jump ship but the publicist was notified. Clients I keep confidential. Liars and cheats are open season for me. So before anyone claims they were picked on for political reasons think again. Open mouth and insert foot - your wounds are self inflicted. Collateral damage as we called it in the military. Showing me love and acting lovingly simply because you received a nice review...Big difference. Call me cynical.

The music business is vicious and not for the faint of heart. Wish me luck...