Fatback Band Letter

“Do You Have What It Takes?”

August 10, 2011

We live in a fast-paced world, where so many things keep us distracted from where we are going. Technology and innovation, texting, computers, TV and social networking are all designed to occupy our minds. These distractions take us off our path to achieving our goals and instead send us off on many directions at once. There are those who allow kids to run the house, and others who are victims to other people and the drama of life. Then we wonder why we can’t get things done? We have so many irons in the fire and yet we’re going nowhere fast.

We spend most of our time being misled. Do you have what it takes to stay focused and to achieve your goals? Anyone can play music, but everyone is not good. Only a few are “chosen.” Some of the key things that young people need to do revolve around learning to manage time and how to study. I didn’t get these important principles until very late in my life.

From my experiences… I started utilizing new technology in the late eighties/early nineties and discovered they are only tools to help you, but they won’t make you a musician. Studying and dedication are the main ingredients to becoming a good musician. If you become a slave to technology, it can slow your creative skills down. You will begin to spend more time promoting yourself and not the music. In essence, what I am trying to say, you’re turning out good music, but not great music. Your mind is preoccupied, and you are not dedicating the time required to produce quality music. Judging from what I hear these days, it does not match up with the music of the 50‘s through the 80’s. Instead, everyone seems focused on learning how to operate a new piece of equipment or new software, twittering, texting, or self promoting on social networks. I know I might be a little off track, but all this socialization is like women sitting around gossiping. You can spend a half of day just trying to keep up and in the meantime, your writing skills are being diminished as well as your creativity. Just think, if you could focus all that time on your career and creativity…

I think trying to the best you can will automatically improve the quality of your music. I know that all this new technology is designed to give you freedom and more control, but I still believe great music and a great song will always find their way. I believe in the future, and all the new technology and the control it gave us, I know when I didn’t have anything else to do but live and breathe music 24/7 my creativity was better and ideas came easier. I was also younger, although I don’t think that had anything to do with it. I know when you have a thousand things on your mind, at end of the day you end up in the middle of nowhere. Focus on your music and don’t worry about the others. March by your own beat, finding other ways to do business in music. Be innovative and create a platform to get your music out so that people can hear it. Just keep making music and stop thinking about albums that’s old school. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. If you have what it takes, you can make it. Remember, you are who you are, and that is what makes you different.

And I love you.


Download of the Month:
“Love in the Tub” (Remix by KayJay)

Our download of the month is a remix of “Love in the Tub” by Kay Jay.

Video: “I Feel The Fire”
Fatback at Southport Weekender


Fatback Live at the 02 in London 2009




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