Just a few more things about today’s music scene. My last letter “The Gospel,” I said you've got to make great music. Now I’m gonna give you the Bill Curtis ingredients for great music. I don’t know if I can put it down in words, but I'm going to try…
First thing; you must have the desire to be a musician at all costs. You must have that fire inside. I knew from the time I was six years old I going to be a musician. Music was very hard for me and I had to work at it. I wasn’t one those guys who could reach in the air and pull it down, but I had that burning desire. I had that flame that wouldn’t die. This is where your creativity comes from. Some say it’s from the soul. If you’re creating from the soul, you’re gonna touch somebody in some way, shape or form. I’m just assuming you have prepared yourself with all tools, education and you’ve mastered your craft. If you haven’t, this is where you start. Don’t try the short cuts or else your career will be short-lived.
You’ve seen the ones: here today and gone tomorrow, and you also seen the one’s who stood the test of time. Don’t try to fake it because this new environment won’t let you make it. There’s no room for fakers. Pay your dues, tweak your craft… this is what all the great ones did. It doesn’t matter what genre of music you’re in, if you want along career as an artist you are all these things: Business Owner/Operator, Songwriter, Publisher and Label Owner. Now the musicians of the future will have a harder time finding success. Create your own world. If you got that flame that never dies inside of you, and looking for new ways to make a difference in the music industry. It’s out there for you. As I said, music was hard for me. I think one reason was because I kept trying to put the cart before the horse… I wanted to walk before I crawled. I was too busy marching to my own beat. It wasn’t until I started building a foundation, mastering my craft, practicing, practicing, practicing and only then was I able to express myself a little more musically. Innovation, we didn’t call it that back then. It was playing what I felt and out of that came innovation (I guess).
I wanta leave you with this: be honest, be real, and let your music reflect you. Be about your fans, because without them, you’re nothing.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying this will work for you. It did for me and it didn’t make me rich. But it gave me satisfaction and joy in life to know I made a difference and only music can do that… change lives.
A little something about our newsletter, I know it's suppose to be about the Band, what going on and where we playing. But since our activity has slowed down to a snail's pace I know most of own true fans are in the industry and I’m trying to keep them up to date. I hope this not too boring for the rest of you guys.
Love and Music, Bill
"Love in the Tub" EP
“Love in the Tub” is the new EP from Bill Curtis and Friends w/Fatback Band Pete Everett - Lead vocals and Bass Nicole Tillman (Lady Red)
Hope you enjoy the music because we enjoyed making it.
Now that we have the new release, I need your help to promote it. One way is posting it on your Facebook wall, also about free give way, download you're our promoter now it's up to us keep the funk alive. If you're a Tweeter, Tweet the funk! The only way we can got back on the road touring is to build up fan base and get our music out there. Let's Get The Funk Back in 2011!
Peace, Love and Music! Bill
Video: “I Feel The Fire” Fatback at Southport Weekender
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