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Why don’t you go on x-factor?

There’s something about that question that really irks every true musician. I don’t know how to describe that feeling and it isn’t pretty. So lets face are going to be surrounded by people who really don’t “get” or understand what you are trying to do, this is because they probably don’t have regular hobbies or a passion that they follow and actually DO something about it. The lack of passion is a real killer, yet sadly most of the world is lacking it.

But that’s cool as long as you are aware of it and don’t let it bother you.

It is a problem though when it does bother you. So this article is about all the people you are surrounded with and who don’t have any real way of encouraging you, indeed painfully enough they might even make fun of you or just not take you seriously enough. This is even more painful with those that are closest to you as friends or/and family.

And to me the epitome of this situation is the very question “Why don’t you go on x-factor?”

Not the innocent version of the question but the “I don’t know what to suggest so I will suggest this instead” version of it. So any time someone asks this question, just give a smiling nod to yourself and answer something like…”Yup, I am going on x-factor soon, they have asked Simon Cowell to be at our gig at the preliminary round, why don’t YOU come along to the next show and see it yourself for real. And thanks for your idea too, I would have never thought of it myself”

And being objective about x-factor, well sure enough…the real winner of the show is Simon Cowell, he IS x-factor and through many of his early years failed to make a mark on anything. Just the fact that at his age and despite several setbacks, he now runs the biggest reality show in the UK (and it’s spin offs around the globe) is in itself inspiration that the real route of success is to keep going at it. Indeed Simon Cowell himself faced many “Simon Cowell’s” and he came through it.

What do you think? How do you answer this question yourself? I am really curious so please answer in the comments below!


Did you know that after Google and Facebook, Youtube is the most visited site in the world? Video on the internet is now bigger than ever and it will continue to grow as broadband gets faster around the world.

This means massive opportunity for you and your band! While in 2006 it was all about MySpace, now it clearly has to be all about Youtube.

Even people looking for audio go to Youtube as there’s loads of songs that have lyrics scrolling while the audio plays. Video gives so much more life and visibility to you, people get to see exactly what you look like, how you perform and not only that but with a little bit of editing and twist you can do some funny and entertaining stuff that friends can send around to each other.

And the best thing about video is that..

You can film anywhere, any time with the band, just with your plain old mobile phone camera!

That is how I started it off; I realised the resolution quality of the video was no where near important as what was being filmed.

So what can you film? Besides the obvious music video of your song, there’s so much more you can use video to communicate with your fans and friends.

You can use it for:

  • Live performances (just get a friend to film a few songs)
  • Backstage banter at live gigs
  • Behind the scenes at recording
  • Practice room banter (An insight into your rehearsal room world!)
  • New riff ideas (I find recording on video with mobile phone easier than recording audio)

and probably loads more! Just steal ideas from other bands’ video channels 🙂

So get on the case, start up your own video channel. Youtube and Viddler are popular. Start uploading lo-fi stuff filmed on your mobile phone and share it with friends and fans. I used mobile phone videos for a year before I bought a small video camera.

Or even better is to take your digital photo camera and use it instead to film a short 5 mins video clip. The quality on digital cameras for recording videos is really good now.

And when you are more ready for music videos, you can get in touch with Radar Videos, they will connect you to video producers who can make your music video for you for as cheap as £100, how cool is that!

I leave you with a short video clip of my band live at a gig in 2008, just a bit of guitar widdle filmed by a friend at a gig live, dead easy for you to do and upload too.

If you have videos already, we’d love to see them here! Just post your link on the comments further down and the video should appear automatically.