How to Start a Music Career

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In their haste to become household names, private jet owners, and paparazzi magnets, most people who want to become musicians seem to miss the basics. “They have no game plan to go by,” says blog author and agent David Lowry, “or even goals set to measure their progress.”

The first step, according to Lowry, is to define who you are in a vision statement. Once you have that, create a business plan, then book yourself as many gigs as you can handle. Booking agents look for some kind of success story from an artist before they commit to him, Lowry adds, so perseverance pays off. Get a buzz, some airplay, then get an agent.

David Lowry is the owner of The Lowry Agency, an artist management firm in Nashville, Tennessee.

School or work preventing you from training as often as you would like? That’s tough, but you must remember that family, education, and work should all come before your budo training. Again, you may not learn as fast as you would like. But, again, too, with patience, you will get there and the teacher will be there to lead you.

David Lowry, The Essence of Budo

Needed that.

Visualize This Is Nowhere

The visual directives for This Is Nowhere…

Location. Windows.  

Dance with Actors and light.

Every scene has a secret, just like every family recipe has a special ingredient. 

Nature provides better lighting than man/woman.

Naturalistic and modern, seemingly effortless. 

What you don’t see is important.


Let it breathe. 

One point perspective. 

The world is full.

Light has a visible source.

Photo credits “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, DP Bradford Young.


“Lafaye” - School of Seven Bells

I already found a February release I forgot to represent on the playlist! School of Seven Bells released their lovely full-length Ghostory on a February 28th, a day that was filled with great releases - and it actually is on Spotify, as I found out this morning. It’s a nice album full of electro-dance pieces that play even better the more the dial is turned, and crafted with a cleanliness and precision befitting the songs they’ve written. The David Lowry-directed visuals here are pretty nice, and contribute well to the emotional beats played out in the song as well (even if those emotional beats seem fairly standard).

- Tyler Hanan