Music and Music Business as a Discipline

By Seamus Anthony

Increasingly, I approach music and the whole business of being a musician like a martial artist does fighting. No matter where, with whom or even if I get to test my skills in battle, practicing the art (of both playing and music business) makes me a better person. It’s a discipline that helps me grow into a better dude.

However, I am merely a student, not yet a master, and the issue I have with blogs is that they are so easy to publish that there is it seems a “master” on every street corner. It reeks of fakery and lacks credibility, and so while I no doubt have some things to teach (I’ve been at it a while) I do not wish to join the Insta-Master Brigade.

seamus and jarra from creatures from the bog

Me, jumping about like a nonce while Jarra is the Rock. Photo taken from Creatures from the Bog recording session the other night.

Instead what I have decided to do here is to start documenting my path exploring music and music business as a discipline. It will help me to stay on track and grow as a musician and as a person, and perhaps it will help you also. This will mean keeping notes of what I do each day to progress my music, both in terms of playing/writing/performing and in terms of seeking an audience for my humble rock tunes.

I am not certain it will always make for riveting reading, because being self-disciplined is not always that exciting, but it is very necessary if you expect to live a life of any substance (as opposed to substances ha ha). No doubt along the way I will find some nuggets to share. Let’s begin:

Progress Report:

Tuesday 30 September 2014:Up at 6am – 45 mins Exercise (body weight workout). Eat clean (health food, no junk food, no sugar, no booze). Promote gig on Facebook. 1 hour writing book. 15 mins further planning book. Some thinking: Identified “obscurity” as biggest hurdle, i.e. need to raise profile. Resolved to tackle marketing/PR better.Early bed.

Wednesday 1 October 2014: Up at 7:15am – Rest body day. Eat clean (health food, no junk food, no sugar, no booze). Chatted with coach/friend Troy on Skype re raising profile. He suggested begin by documenting (blogging) the process every day. I suggested might be a bit boring but ok, thus these notes. Was to rehearse with Peter DW for Friday gig but he had to pull out so opted to listen to a very informative podcast about PR instead as I need to get my head in this space. This lead me to a beginner’s guide to PR which was very useful indeed.

I do believe getting press is vital part of raising profile as a musician. Not because I give a crap about being in the paper for its own sake (like I did when I was young) but because obscurity = no audience for my music and my music is designed to help people! No point being awesome if nobody knows about it!

Spent a lot of time thinking about how so many things have changed in the world and what this means in terms of getting people to care about my (our) music (both current bands). Too many thoughts to document here on my phone with one finger.

Also had thoughts about how best to proceed with CFTB ep & texted boys re this. Think we should do 5 songs not 7. It’s enough for now, IMO – see what they say.

Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. Another new direction for Rebel Zen! Could be interesting to see how this develops.

    For the sake of readability, maybe you could highlight insights and significant events (“Identified “obscurity” as biggest hurdle, i.e. need to raise profile”, “Think we should do 5 songs not 7. It’s enough for now, IMO”) to make them stand out from the more mundane (“Up at 7:15am – Rest body day.”)?

    Just a thought. #8-)

    • Ah the duck. The last duck standing? Thanks for the feedback. I understand it is not as readable as “7 Ways to be as Awesome as Moi” but I have for some time been more obsessed with execution than theory. The latter tends not to result in many posts (unless the plan is to execute posts) so … anyway I will give it some time and see how it pans out. But yes, Rebel Zen is like David Bowie, it goes through phases 🙂

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