To me, rock and roll isn't about being polished -- it's about raw, primal emotion. It's sex, intensity, and power. It should make some people uncomfortable.
It takes a certain amount of ego to do music, even if you're not in the "rock and roll" genre. How else could you write songs, record them, and get on stage to perform them?
With that said, some musicians go way overboard when it comes to thinking they're the center of everything. That's what this post is about.
I don't watch the news, especially cable news networks such as Fox. In general, I find it to be similar to junk food -- high calorie with little nutrition.
Still, as I was in the gym last night, with Fox News playing on a television above the weight room floor, I couldn't help give it a little of my attention when I looked up to see a musician in front of a Marshall half-stack with the headline "The Great Food Stamp Binge." When they cut to a scene of him buying sushi and lobster with food stamps, I made note to look it up when I got home.
Here's the story...
What was this guy thinking?
In short, he wasn't. When I looked up the name on his shirt, Rattlife, I found a blog entry where he talks about his experience being interviewed...
"Fox National News caught a glimpse of guitarist Jason Greenslate and had to interview him and the band, which turned into a two day 'Day in the Life' affair of surfing, biking, barbequeing, jamming... all round 'Rattlifing'. We had a blast and we're pretty sure they did too..."
Probably not the "day in the life" segment he had hoped for. It's certainly not what I'd want for any of the acts I advise.
Not all opportunities are good for your music career. Do your research and keep your ego in check for best results.