Welcome to 1st World boy, my name is Will Price and this is the creative space of 1st World boy.
There I stood in the recording studio with the album just about finished and my 4th daughter due any day. In this moment I knew the dream was over.
How could I find a way to fulfil my responsibilities while navigating a path in the modern Music industry?
The Producer was excited and felt some more work in the new year should do it. I had tried to use my will and efforts to make the music dream possible. I had got this far… I had recorded a dozen songs and I was improving with each live performance. Why did I feel like I had lost?
I could feel the weight of my responsibilities. I knew a worthwhile dream in music was important to me, but I was yet to locate the people complimenting my journey in sound allowing me to focus on building my craft.
In the previous month I had met and watched a local band dominate their local venue only to learn they had 76 fully Mastered Original songs and years of live shows and experience and they could not find a way forward. Stuck between the old way and the modern tech way. The Band decided their dream was lost and responsibilities had won.
I felt if these highly skilled musicians could not find a way… how could I?
How do Singer Songwriters create a new path in the music industry?
I was worried I would surrender another dream and make up a story for me to drum out as to why I didn’t find a way in Music. I made a promise to myself… While I raised my children I would sell my busy business and create a new way for musicians in the modern music industry. My new 5 year journey began.
I played my songs to my new daughters, played Live at local venues, completed some local music network courses, located Mentors and worked on my craft as a songwriter. I knew my mess would become my message. If I accepted this new responsibility I would build a clear path for a life in music.
My journey in sound would create a new way for Singer Songwriters to live a life in music!
As I served my responsibilities I began tying my ideas together and testing the process. I watched the industry thought leaders; I researched Artists and how they connected; I shared the ideas with other local Artists collaboratively and decided to design a framework recognising Play, Song and Art.
Over the previous 15 years I had built small businesses so I could play but too much work meant less music. I knew if I could cross pollinate my business experience into my music goals I could create a framework any singer songwriter can use to grow their journey in sound.
I discovered the Artist business requires a framework to build a strong foundation. I divided these into 3 parts of the Songwriter, the Artist and the Artist Business.
I then discovered I had to test these ideas and continually improve my local music scene. Yes, I am on my own Journey In Sound and loving it. I am working on my Songwriter plan; moving into my Artist process and preparing to use the Artist Business when the time arrives.
All of the pieces discussed in the AMPED book and shown in the Posters can be used by Artists and Singer Songwriters like me to create a new path in the Music industry.
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