How to Make it in the New World of Digital Music: The Dream
Everything starts with a dream, a thought, an idea. Without a dream, you have nothing.
The first and very most important step in becoming an artist, or anything for that matter, is the conception of a dream — a lucid vision.
One could write a book on this very subject alone. But I will keep it short and sweet.
Your dream is your destiny. It’s your true inner self. It’s your passion. Your pursuit of happiness. It’s the taking of your idea and turning it into a reality. Transmutation, or a sort of psycho-alchemy.
If you’re a writer, you must write. A painter, you must paint. A musician, you must make music.
If you neglect your true inner self, or veer from the path, you will live a life of utter misery.
It’s hard to believe, but many people overlook this primary step, and oftentimes fail before they ever begin. Or worse yet, never even try.
What good is an audience if you have nothing of value to give them?
Just as the salesman must have a product to sell. The musician must have music in order for it to be consumed.
Stop everything you’re doing, disconnect, and sit down. Now, create, dream, experiment, and venture off into the noxious vapors of the great unknown.
The cosmos is your canvas and sonic vibrations your medium.
If you make it back alive, you might just be in possession of something that could forever change the world.
Don’t be like the mocking bird and imitate what you think will sell, what you think is in, or what you think is cool. Push the boundaries and create something new, something revolutionary, something that will cement your name in the illustrious halls of mankind for a millenia.
I’m not sure where music is headed, but I know that it is evolving into something I am not yet able to comprehend, so I feel the best course of action for us to take is to create the most beautiful thing we’re able to conjure up, and then just sit back and see where that takes us.
You wrote your masterpiece ages ago, the only task now is for you to remember it.
Let the process of making art take its course and act merely as a sort of conduit to the cosmos.
Record what you hear, what you feel, and don’t force it. Hold nothing back. And remember that the only thing you have to lose is something you don’t even yet have.
Your only option is to simply say fuck it, and move forward.
The world is for the taking, all you must do is reach out and take it.
It’s simply a matter of the will.
Fulfilling your dream could take months, it could take years, and in many cases it could take a lifetime. Just know that the day you give up on your dream, all will be lost. The dream will fade away, just as your reality will eventually dissipate into a fine mist of nothingness.
Who knows, perhaps artificial intelligence will hi-jack music from mankind and create something now in·con·ceiv·a·ble. However, I have an innate feeling that for as long as the human race is in existence, they will most enjoy music, or any art for that matter, created by their own kind. I also have a sinking feeling that music, or beauty of any kind, will be of no value to the machine world.
Enjoy the journey while it lasts my friends. It will all be over before you know it.