I Don't Need A Record Deal!:
Your Survival Guide For The Indie Music Revolution
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Book Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
Daylle Deanna Schwartz isn't just
guessing about how to succeed at the things she writes
about, she speaks from experience and the most solid
endorsement of her books may well be her own success.
Schwartz doesn't just talk the talk; she, fearlessly and
aggressively, walks the walk. Among the many hats she so
confidently wears are those of accomplished writer, speaker,
music industry consultant, and personal growth counselor.
Her goal for this latest book is to provide a comprehensive
guide to empower "those who want to make a living from
their musical talents." To that end, in addition to the
book, she has also created an impressive website, produces a
free bi-monthly newsletter and offers up a plethora of
valuable resources; in print and online. In her quest to be
a truly beneficial resource, her networking is continual and
her website is not merely an extension of her book; it
actually picks up where the book leaves off.
"This book is dedicated to all of
the many independent artists who are working so hard to stay
true to their souls and create the best music available
today. The DIY spirit is soaring to new heights. May
independent music continue to prosper and prove that an
artist can survive and thrive without a record deal."
Probably the most astute observation she
shares in her book is what she has to say about the changing
dynamics of the music industry and as far as I'm concerned
she is right on target and has clearly done her homework.
Schwartz heard, first hand, the stories from artists who
attached their dreams to major labels only to have them
shattered. Her book offers up viable alternatives to major
label deals that not only promise an artist success but
shows them, step by step, how to chart career longevity. She
provides a meticulous and accurate road map to success that
includes clear mile markers and ample pit stops along the
way that will certainly enhance the trip. However, she is
not saying that an artist should turn down a major label
deal; what she says is that if you are offered a deal by a
major label, you should feel confident before you sign on
the dotted line, that your decision is an informed one.
"Informed" is the key word here and if you have
read Ms. Schwartz's book from cover to cover, you will be
more than adequately informed.
"When major label artists sell
20,000 CDs, or even 200,000 CDs, they're treated like
failures. When indies sell those numbers, they celebrate. I
encourage you to develop your career first to give yourself
more leverage to get a deal that will advance your
career." D.D. Schwartz
After doing research for this book
review, and then reading the book, it would be an
understatement to say I'm in awe. Schwartz is one remarkable
and savvy lady. She says that her dreams regularly become
reality now. Even after only reading one of her books,
it is easy to see why but what's more important is that her
books provide readers with a clear, step by step guide to
making their own dreams become reality and her advice is
applicable to life in general. If you are an aspiring artist
or someone who is interested in any facet of the music
business, you would be wise to pick up a copy of this book.
I'm certain you will find it to be a valuable and empowering
resource that will have you boldly saying, "I Don't
Need a Record Deal!"
here to buy the book from Amazon.com!
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