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Good or Bad? – Opinions on Music Vary Wildly

Opinions on music, for me, vary wildly.
I have endured heavy criticism about my electronic music madness,

and taken it right in the face. Comments range from, “lift music”,
“babbling like a little stream”,”allergic to it”, “no tension”,
typical and dated”. I put this stuff out there to be judged.
I am my own harshest critic,and I am very hard on myself, continuously
beating myself up to get better, improve so I can compete with the
best and end up making a living from all this.

But I do know I have something, mainly because
the reaction I’ve got, consistently over time, is a good one, from
people, from record labels.
Since I’ve been acknowledged by my piers, and put my music up for
criticism to Detroit’s techno pioneers, where no favours are given to ANYONE,
I’ve earned the right to occasionally answer my critics.
Here are some of my quotes you may know already, and these people
know what they are talking about, right?:

Lawrence Burden (430 West records owner, Detroit, USA)
‘ You make music that way, and that will make you a genius round here.’

Mad Mike Banks, (Underground Resistance/Submerge owner, Detroit, USA)
‘You’re the best of your style from your country’.

Andy Weatherall (Sabres, Two Lone Swordsmen, Primal Scream Producer, UK)
‘ I know that it’s you after just a few bars’.

Owner of U-Trax Records, Holland ‘it’s the new wave of Vangelis or Joy Division’

Ok, so what’s my point? Some people like to play games
with you, and prey on your insecurities. Luckily I’ve been around
the block, and can see it when it happens.
So this is more an example and a warning to anyone else out there,
that not everyone is going to be constructive. and be destructive for kicks.

It’s designed to impact and give you doubts,
do not doubt, it’s the biggest killer of creativity, people want you to fail.
So this message below, I don’t know why someone would send it,
is a perfect example. I didn’t reply to it, because there would be
more attempts to manipulate and explode doubts, it’s just not
worth the time. I’ll leave the name out of Mr Anonymous, to protect the ignorant…

“I appreciate you contacting me to share your stuff (and yes,
I actually know Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake.)”

(I look for people by music interest on Myspace, and message
them as well as an ad so as not to piss people off, and I know who
Monolake is, but the name has to be dropped doesn’t it?
So that I know he is better than me instantly.)

“Your stuff’s not bad if a bit typical and dated.
And if you want to go dark, you techno/electro boys really need
to study the legendary Skinny Puppy!”

(why would ANYONE write a message to tell me this?
Ok I have a lot of old stuff on my site that is 12 years old, I guess I
could wipe out my back catalogue just for him! Typical, hmmm,
everyone ALWAYS told me I had my own style, I smell a Scanner
attempt people…, I think I’d rather study Detroit and my piers,
but thanks for schooling me.
I make a point of keeping up to date, I use last fm a lot now,
check my play list if you don’t believe me, as well as RSS feeds of
new releases from Juno.co.uk.)

But overall I liked what you were doing…Best regards…(Anon)
(Ok so after telling me I’m barely passing his schooling, I laughed
at, but overall I like it.
Huh? C minus and detention from teacher then?

Ok so I checked his page, no music, hmm strange. Oh there it is
on iTunes, because I will want to buy it, I’m ready with my cash, lets GO!

I hear piano, on EVERY track, lots of it, in fact I’m drowning in it.
This seems to be saying, listen to me I’m a real musician I can play,
but forgetting that piano requires a tune that people can identify.
In fact every tune is just demonstrating musical ability, and yes,
you can play better than me (who can’t?).
But I challenge that I compose better than you (check out my film stuff),
film always needs it simple, which even the greatest composers follow.

In fact most of Underground Resistance are accomplished musicians,
up to session level, yet they still keep it simple.

So the master doesn’t seemed to have grasped the basics

the rest of us have already?
Think I rest my case there for now, so keep your eyes peeled for
stuff like this. If anyone ever asks me to listen, I don’t soft soap,
I DO tell people ALL my mistakes, which I hope helps others avoid
the same pitfalls. I am ALWAYS constructive and encourage because
the future of electronic music depends on the right people coming through
and supporting it.

Musicians: For Your Protection Against Bad Deals

Me I am not a shining example of success, but I have made lots of mistakes that you can learn from. I’ve also had a few deals before, as well as some bad ones.
I’m never afraid to stand my ground turn something down, or say no to anyone.
I’ve been pimping myself about on myspace, and had this strange “offer” to appear on a compilation.

Note: For those who are easily offended or are their friends, I’ll take out the name and edit this, but no matter which
way you look at, this isn’t a good deal. People always get upset when you say it isn’t good, always.

It’s your choice I guess, sign or don’t sign, ignore advice from a lawyer or from other people. I guess it’s a decision you have to make for yourself, but at least you know…

PLEASE NOTE: Please ignore me if you think I’m full of shit, it’s obvious that people think I am full of it. It’s my opinion and we’re not going to agree, so let’s just disagree. My instincts do not fail me, but according to everyone else I don’t know what I’m talking about, so I’m an arsehole, you do it your way, that’s your choice. You have freedom to ignore, but I stand by what I say.

Funny how the label I turned down in the US now has vanished… but I guess I was wrong about that as well, should have signed and gone down with a sinking ship.
Maybe some of you would have done that, again that’s your decision to weigh up and make your choice.
I’ve endured criticism and will carry on doing that, I’ve taken it right in the face and will carry on doing that, you can’t be involved in music and expect everything to be rosy.
Labels should not be excluded from that, I personally would never ever sign an artist to a label of mine, because I could never be arrogant enough to tell them I could do something for them. No one cares more about your art more than you, so you’re the best person to represent it, not me or anyone else.

Believe it or not I have some first hand experience to offer of this, that I wish someone had told me about.

But again you decide…

This is the message:

I APPROVED YOU CAUSE…;)

YOUR TUNES RULE. IN FACT, I’M DOING A SERIES OF COMPILATIONS ON MY LABEL AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A TRACK FROM YOU IF YOUR INTERESTED. HERE’S THE DETAILS:

I NEED A WAV FILE OF TRACK (PREFERABLY UNRELEASED OR NEW MATERIAL, BUT SINCE YOU RULE I WILL TAKE WHAT I CAN GET). BAND/ARTIST INFO AND TRACK INFO. A THANX LIST (OPTIONAL).

OUR REWARD:
THE COMPILATION WILL BE A -LIMITED EDITION- OF 400 COPIES CD. EACH ARTIST GETS 10-15 COPIES FREE. WITH 15-20 ARTISTS PER COMP YOU SEE THE MATH THAT LED TO 10-15 COPIES EACH. AFTER THAT, EACH ARTIST CAN GET MORE FROM ME, AT COST. YOU OWN YOUR MUSIC. I DISTRO IT AND FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE WONDERFUL MUSICIANS OF
THE WORLD. ALSO, IT DRAWS ATTENTION TO MY LABEL, YOUR WORK AND ONCE AGAIN, MAKES ME FEEL REALLY GREAT INSIDE TO POOL SO MANY HEARTS AND MINDS TOGETHER. THE PROFITS MADE FROM EACH DISC I SELL PERSONALLY, WILL GO INTO A SAVINGS FOR 7″ RELEASES WITH THE MANY ARTISTS ON THE
COMPS. BUT THAT IS A WHOLE OTHER EMAIL…

P.S. REALLY HOPE YOUR INTERESTED. IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, LET OTHER AWSOME MUSICIANS YOU KNOW, KNOW ABOUT THIS AS WELL. EITHER WAY I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON…

This smells, Bad, Bad, Bad. You can have CDs made on demand by Customflix now which is great for both DVD/CD, filmmakers and musicians. Cd Baby, (apparently this deal is better, eh?, challenge anyone to find an outfit better than CD Baby) although pretty slow, have widespread digital distribution, but all you have to do is give them a handful of copies (made yourself if u like), and they’ll farm it out for a few dollars.

So you don’t need anything like this offer, ONLY if that label already has a good profile that can do better things for your visibility. Even then you’re due some royalties, all though records and CD’s don’t make much on labels unless large numbers shift, think it’s more about exposure.

But it definitely is not : zero royalties, and you can buy your own CD’s after the first 20.
I wish people had told me what it’s like before, so I’m trying to give you a heads up now, hope it helps…

Stay strong and keep fighting…

PS Even the labels with big reputations offer bad deals, you need to get a lawyer to look at it first, but they would say the same thing exactly. It’s just not worth it.
If your lawyer says it’s a good deal, then he’s different from any advice I’ve ever had in 13 years, so you decide for yourself if this is worth it…

Paul Bishop
The Ghost That Walks

Instincts and Premonitions

Instincts are one thing that if you learn to
read them well will get you the f**k out of dodge and out of a bad
situation, time and time again. Mine are very good, and they don’t let
me down, about people, situations.
I’ve learned to read them over about 20 years, after years of being
conditioned by other people that “you’re just imagining it”, and
thinking you can shape things once you get that feeling. You can’t.
Every time I’ve ignored those instinctive feelings in the pit of my
stomach something bad has happened.
But this is not a psychic thing, it doesn’t go that high. So when my
girl is telling me she has a bad feeling about the future, coming from
someone who can see dead people, you get a little bit worried.
I hope everything will be ok, but I really can’t read this one. Maybe
my judgment is clouded by my own wishful thinking…