More info: Letting you guys know about the band auditions and meetings that have been going on aside from the NASCAR and blimp rides while in LA haha. Been keeping busy with that but really looking forward to how it’s going to come about. Can’t wait to get everything set up and to start performing again! Also came up with a little idea on the piano during the blog but I guess I’m a little too self-conscious in front of people and can’t multi task when it comes to writing and blogs… both things I am self-conscious about lol. Apologize if this blog doesn’t make a lot of sense but hope you enjoy it still.
This is probably the most random post ever so bear with me. David Archuleta tweeted last night about missing an SLC performance of Foster the People, an LA-based indie band. I admit I’d never heard of them so imagine my surprise when I found out they were performing here in Toronto this weekend. And their show is sold out.
As far as I know, they’re not getting any radio play here, I haven’t seen their music (which consists of one EP so far, their album comes out in May) topping any Canadian charts and yet they have enough support to sell out a venue here that holds about 600 people.
How did the band get noticed? By playing at some industry-watched music festivals (like South by Southwest, above) and getting buzz on The Hype Machine, a site that picks up recommendations from high-profile music bloggers (btw, the only songs David has on THM are Crush, In this Moment, Imagine and DLTSGDOM).
Here’s what NPR.org had to say about Foster the People:
“Don’t go looking for Foster The People on Myspace, check out Facebook instead. The unsigned band is committed to staying connected to its growing audience by crowd-sourcing its Facebook friends for tour locations, tweeting with updates, and offering free downloads via its official website.”
I guess my point is, it’s a whole new world out there for both unsigned and established artists.
Remember the Australian band Men at Work? After huge 1980s hits “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now” (and winning the best-new-artist Grammy), they eventually went their separate ways and one of the founders, Colin Hay, attempted a solo career but ended up being dropped by his major label.
Here’s part of Hay’s email to Bob Lefsetz of The Lefsetz Letter music-industry blog, stressing the importance of establishing a core fanbase and “building a foundation” … sound familiar? 🙂
“You are correct when you stress the importance of establishing a core audience, before you go in search of radio success. My old band had massive radio success and MTV exposure to the max, and when that went away, so did most of the audience. It’s like building a house with no foundations, you can’t….
“When I got dropped by a major label, my live audience was all I had, apart from my self-belief, to let me know I was on the correct path. They also, for the most part, let me be myself. And isn’t that what we all want at any given moment, to be who we are, and not who someone else wants us to be?
“The most exciting thing about being on that label was being dropped by them. The relief I felt was palpable. I felt like I was floating, like I’d gotten my life back. Turns out I had. Now I make my own albums and work with Compass Records, an independent label out of Nashville. Feels good.”
So, what do you guys think? Encouraging words? A little scary? Or a bit of both? Does it sound as though David’s doing exactly the right thing for him right now? Putting one foot in front of the other? What do you think of his latest music mention? Are these like way too many questions? 🙂