It wasn’t congratulations…

…it was how can I get on.

I was just thinking the other day about how things were when XM Satellite Radio agreed to bring Sphere of Hip-Hop onto the air. After reading through some early emails from around then (I was cleaning an email folder for the show) I noticed a disturbing trend of emails not saying “Congrats” or anything like that but “How can I get my radio show on XM?”

Seriously? Then I remember how annoyed I was and remembered the culture of vultures in our scene. Everyone cries about unity but when the time comes to unify behind something potentially great… it’s not “how can I help” or “how can I support” or even “how can I pray” it was… “How can I get on.”

Through the grapevine I’ve heard the skinny about how cats are talking about what we did with the show. “Oh, he won’t play so and so for such and so reason.” Really? Did it ever occur to you to ask me why? Did it ever occur to you that maybe I never received their music for play? It’s far easier to jump to conclusions isn’t it? It’s too bad because that type of stuff is what is really wrong with our scene. What happened to going to the source and seeing what’s up? It’s a lost art or something.

What is annoying about this is the lengths at which I’ve tried to include everyone over the last few years in things I’ve been doing namely this radio show. Emails don’t receive responses and phone calls go unreturned. If you know me personally, I don’t like to chase after people… especially if I am going to do work they should be doing on their own already.

If you do this… don’t do it anymore. Golden opportunities are missed all the time because folks aren’t willing to swallow their pride to jump on board with what God is doing with someone else. Think about it.

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2 Responses to It wasn’t congratulations…

  1. Change says:

    Word to ya moms.

  2. You make some very good points. Well said!

    Another point is that artists should be very careful picking the people who work with and for them. I call these people “The Handlers”: managers, booking agents, road managers, pr people.

    Often the artist does not really know how these people and/or firms operate.

    “The Handlers” often blow a great opportunity by not responding to an inquiry at all.

    I know of some major artists who will NOT be invited back to major events because of the attitudes of their “Handlers”. And the artist had no idea.

    Remember, promoters talk to each other.

    On the other hand, I have seen a successful artist that was humble enough to wash dishes in the green room after headlining in front of 1500 people.

    There are a lot of talented artists out there. But the ones who build “golden rule” type relationships and strive to serve others really stand out to the people who work in the industry.

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