My passion for music started when I was still young. My family has produced several musicians although none of them is highly successful. My uncle Carl entered the music scene more than three decades ago and he has not yet broken even. He has been in the country music genre all through but he is yet to hit it big. He was inspired into this career after he made a hit single back when he was young. After that hit, he has not enjoyed any success and he now relies on occasional gigs.
Another uncle from the other side of the family has been struggling with his rock band for a long time. However, this is the man that inspired me into the music career. When I was a young boy, my uncle’s rock band really rocked and he was a superstar. He owned several cars before he was even 25 and two mansions before he made was 30.
However, he was plagued by the music syndrome, fame and drugs. He wasted his talent and his fame was vanquished by time, and his rock band disintegrated due to money crisis. Considering my two exemplars in the music industry, it is unsurprising that my dream is also failing in this tough career.
Tricky but brave decision
I sought a career in music because I believed I had the talent, skill, and passion for this career. I started rapping when I was still in junior high school and continued as a senior. Back then I could even make a few bucks for performing for my classmates during birthday parties and other events. I also started getting invited into the local clubs in our home town and this really spurred me on.
I even remember my father commending me when he eavesdropped on me rapping alone in my room. I believed I was on the road to success and that I would become a big hit once I focused all my energy on music. As such, I forfeited a chance to join college and told my dad to give me the money so that I could buy my own recording equipment. It was a brave but tricky decision but I decided that if I wanted to succeed I needed to believe in myself.
Against all odds
I started composing and making my own demo tapes straight after high school. I started approaching the major production houses with my demos but none signed me. I had landed a small contract with a small independent label, but the earnings were dismal and the hustle was too much such that I refused to sign again after the contract was up. Every time I am asked why I do not hit, I blame the production companies for ignoring my talent.
The other day I was highly disappointed when one of my closest friends commented rather harshly that every failing musician blames production labels. Now I have turned to online platforms. I have uploaded several songs on YouTube and others on online music directories for unsigned and independent musicians. The response is not very encouraging but I am still hopeful of success.
I have read stories of musicians who posted their songs on online platforms and the exposure helped to gain them access to major labels. I hope I will get such luck because I have started to lose hope although I had always maintained that I would succeed in this career against all odds.