Oh!!… So now you’re a recording artist too??


Once upon a time in an era far, far away, The term “Artist” but more specifically to this post, “Recording Artist” was actually more congruent with the meaning of its root. Let’s take a look at it.

Art – noun
1 the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power:
• works produced by human creative skill and imagination:

Soooooooo, What Happened? It seems to me that there is a lot of confusion on who can respectively hold the title of “Recordin Artist” these days; well, at least more now than what it was back in the days. Yes, some of what we are experiencing as lack of artistry or none there of today did exist then too but not in the large numbers of today’s Glorified Frontmen/women.

Let’s deal with this one piece at a time.

If art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination then why are there so many “Recording Artist” who have no creativity or imagination. Your song was written by someone else, demo’d by someone else (so you can know what notes to sing and how to sing it), produced by someone else, mixed by….. You get the point. In these instances, I think the title should go to the folks behind the scene i.e. The Producer, Song Writer etc. Hell, At least be a good performance artist so you have some type of contribution to the music than just a face and/or body.
Think about it. What makes you a “Recording Artist”? Aside from the fact that someone hit the record button, What was your artistic contribution?

Art is supposed to be work created as a representation of one’s thoughts or vision. Most artist will care how their art is presented to the world while hoping that people will understand, appreciate and attach to the piece emotionally somehow. which brings phrases like;
art for art’s sake used to convey the idea that the chief or only aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist who creates it. So I ask again What makes you a “Recording Artist”? Aside from the fact that someone hit the record button, What piece of you are you trying to share with the world.

By now you’ve probably stopped reading this rant OR your curiosity is dying to see where I’m going with this ramble. Well…….
Almost everyday I encounter people who are making plans to become “Recording Artist” but so many of them lack what I believe to be the Key components to becoming an Artist.

Purpose, Passion and Practice
Purpose – What is your reason for wanting to be a Recording Artist? Do you have something you really want to share with the world as a creative skill or are you just feeling left out because it seems like everyone else in your city is recording an album and you know you can sing just as well.

Passion – Being a Recording Artist takes a lot of sacrifice. It’s an investment of Time, Money and More Money. The Question I used to always here from those who have taken this road successfully was “How bad do you want it”? It’s a very valid question. Study what it entails before you decide to step into the lifestyle of a recording artist. Any and Everything should inspire your artistry in some way, shape or form; invoking the creative genius within you.

Practice – Artistry often comes with trial and error. Consistency
is the key to developing your craft. Someone said practice makes perfect and someone else took it a step further and said Perfect Practice makes Perfection which I can definitely agree with. If you practice poor habits you will perform poor habits. Study the craft, Practice the craft and Perfect the craft.

I just want to admonish you to consider ALL that it is to be an Artist especially a Recording Artist before walking into territories that you may not be prepared for. We can probably take this same thought and apply it to any profession or hobby we desire to step into.

Well, Enough of my yammering.



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