I saw this in an email sent to Murray last week, but I wasn’t sure if it was one of those velvet-rope, for your eyes only things or something else. What’s the protocol on stuff like that? Anyhow, David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars is an informative and practical take on the music industry from the artist’s point-of-view. The email I saw was, I think, a bit more detailed than what’s printed in Wired, but still it addresses many questions Murray and I have been asking ourselves lately. Where do we go from here?
Working on a new album always signals a new beginning and fresh start. This Dears record is no exception, and is like a new/old beginning, as we revisit our roots and the creation of a modernised orchestral pop-noir romantique (a style we pioneered six years ago). Without getting into too much of the complicated (and unnecessarily dramatic, which we’ll tell you about later) details, The Dears are at an incredible crossroads, and we’re trying to figure out whether to take the usual route, the road less travelled, or carve out our own, exotic path with a machete. It’s a sometimes trying place to be, one without security or definition, but that is grounded by an art of incredible calibre. We’ve made a career out of doing things our way, have acquired a reputation of being a “difficult” band to work with, and still it seems that whenever we take anyone else’s lead, things just fall apart.
Seeing as how we are neither an emerging artist, nor a megastar, Byrne’s suggestions must be adjusted slightly to accommodate The Dears. And it could go either way, because the pitfalls for a band like ours are not so easily defined. Its definitley refreshing to hear that there are other people on every level of the music biz that are willing to use their machetes to slice through this jungle.