Im not a preacher,And Im not telling anybody what to do.That being said Theres an opportunity here to make a statement about conditions and to also get the right exposure for your band,Music,productions.No bookings ,No action,Make your own action,Donate your talent and raise some $$ For your fav charity or cause.You make a place for yourself,Give and you will be given to.Really think out the event and what your going to do and try and create something musically thats connected to whats happening In peoples lives.Maybe dont show up with a generator when the people have no power yet.Play an un-plugged set,Give away stuff and make the community feel part of It In all ways and step outside yourself and your problems.Im not saying you don't do It.But If you choose to,There Is a great need right on the east coast.Put your art out there,For arts sake.Dont ask what am I going to get out of It,What are they going to get out of It.And dont buy Into this consumer crazed nation of Instant gratification.Good In=Good Out.Just do It.I just volunteered my time for "Sandy" relief work and It was the best holiday of my life.11-26-2012 Frankie Eldorado
I write things on the blog space cause I wanna say,Hey I was here!!!Still here In fact,Which brings me to the point of this little story.It's about loosing faith In your own belief's and being a people pleaser and doing thing's so you can shut up and please others.2007 when my adventure began,Innocent enough I said Im going to re-Invent myself and venture Into something different.After all I was In my 50's and I thought my music days were far behind me.That being said I got a job on Wall Street as a stock trader,Very far from the melodic life I have lead and plugged Into what the so called "Normal"people do for a living.Going to church before work In the morning I was praying for a sale.Asking "God" to help me achieve the American Dream.Fast forward a bit,I became the #2 sales person at this firm selling so called Bio Fuel stocks.In my heart I thought this was cool and green and something that was going to help America be fuel Independent.The office was at 23 exchange place.A very hi profile address with a view and all the bells and whistle's one would expect at a firm on Wall st.Money was rolling In,10k a week was chump change down there and thats my bad week.One day I step out for some coffee and when I return Im greeted by a female police officer and asked for I.D.I complied and was escorted to my desk,Where I saw another 20 or so police and other agency's going through and confiscating office papers and equipment.It turned out that the whole operation was a sham.Totally fake,This Is before "Bernie Maddoff" I was working next to an F.B.I agent for a few months before the firm got raided.My deal turned out to be like a drug sting,I sold fake stock to the F.B.I.Fast forward a bit.I got arrested a month later and Indicted for fraud and bad biz practices,I was facing 4 yr's.The point of this whole story is to believe In your art.And believe In your vision and never do anything to please someone else,It never works.And remember you leave your passion It leaves you,So don't do It.Believe In your ability's and keep playing your song.Im not saying don't take chances,If something Is not working out.Im saying "Never do It to please others.I never had a felony before and they treated me like I killed someone.13 days In jail and 5 years probation taught me a valuable lesson Indeed.Keep your eye on the prize.A true story.Frankie Eldorado 9-23-12
SOMETIMES WHEN YOUR MIXING OR MAKING A RECORD YOU ASK YOURSELF WHAT IS THIS MIX MISSING?? IT COULD BE THE EFFECT OF"GRATITUDE"IN THIS MY,MY ME,ME MY WORLD. GRATITUDE THAT YOU CAN TAKE AN IDEA BORN IN YOUR HEAD AND MAKE IT REAL AND YOUR NOT BORN OR LIVING IN SOME THRID WORLD COUNTRY WHERE YOUR CHANCES FOR EVEN A RECORDING IS REMOTE AND FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.GRATITUDE IS SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT COME IN A BOX WITH LIGHTS THAT YOU CAN PLUG IN.ITS A OVER ALL ATTITUDE THAT IN MY OPINION ADDS SO MUCH TO YOUR PROJECT,AND DOES NOT COST ANYTHING TO RENT OR BUY.THATS THE EFFECT THAT WORKS ALL THE TIME AND GOES A REALLY LONG WAY IN THE MAKING AND PRODUCTION OF YOUR RECORDING,THIS MAY SOUND OFF THE WALL,BUT IN MY 30 SOME ODD YEARS OF DOING THIS,THIS IS AN EFFECT THAT LIKE A GIFT KEEPS ON GIVING.SO WHEN YOUR LOOKING FOR THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL,TRY AND ADD AND FEEL WHAT IM SAYING AND IN THE BANK OF GOOD KARMA YOU HAVE MADE A LARGE DEPOSIT.
99.99% Will not make It In the music Industry as a band or entertainer.So whats the point of doing It??? The point Is "You can live forever" through your music. With the Internet,Anything you post will be around forever.Your saying "Hey I was here".Also there are other forms of making a good living off of writing great songs for others to cover.And all the other tech jobs and ancillary positions available to you after your band or artist experience.Also you can make a great contribution to your community:Ie Charity's and hospital visits for children and all the events were people are looking for a good time.Its not the end of the journey that counts,Its the journey Itself.Be as commercial as you can try and give It the old collage try.But after awhile don't be beating a dead horse.There's so much to give In all areas of life.And don't fall for that age BS,You may not be up front or the star,But all the people In the back round make It happen.Good luck and have a nice flight!!!!
Theres going to come a time In every artists life when the question becomes am I wasting my time???.I need to make money to live and music and art are not paying the bills.Here's the fork in the road,My advice to the really committed Is to find work In a related field to your art.Meaning If you cant do gigs and make your $$$ or be lucky enough to get a deal which will only hold you for a while without a hit record.Work In a rehearsal studio,A recording studio,A In a playhouse.Any related field Thats going to keep you In the loop of your Interests.Going Into a job un-related to your craft Is a losing situation which Is going to take you farther away from your dreams and settle you Into a life of routine and resentment.A lot has to do with talent,luck,right place,right time and showing up. Showing up Is 50% of anything.Stay the course at all costs and remember Its not the means to an end But the journey Itself,Theres where your joy lies.
Whats a band to do.Besides having a killer record and a massive touring schedule,Wining one fan at a time Its everywhere In between the big city's like LA and NY that counts.Do your thing!!I would just love to listen To what you have done pre-realese and give my honest opinion.Its all there for the asking.Just drop me a line.I do a lot of production all over the world via skype,Dont be shy.FE NYCxxx
Ok this Is what I been noticing lately,Some internet site's who claim that they are record co's are charging artist's and new young bands for submitting their demo's.Let me be the one to tell you,This Is not how Its done!!!This Is something new that may be Illegal.Co's that have been advertising on myspace and reverbnation are telling bands that If they want their demo's to be heard Its going to cost Them,In some cases upward's to 75.00 per song and claiming that the more they spend,The better their chances are of getting exposer.One co I see A lot Is ACM record's,They claim that their artist Is # 45 on the charts this week and Is climbing up.Now the only chart that mean's something Is the billboard Hot 100 and the dance chart they have.Another one Is the soundscan chart,These charts are the real deal.Something that these co's create to boost there profile Is not a chart with any true value and Is a scam period.Any record co thats real does not require the the artist to pay that co,They should be paying you visa vie an advance and a proper contract.So Its buyer beware and be on the lookout For these scam's they are all over the net.And I feel co's such as RN or Myspace should distance themselves from these fake operations.DO NOT fall for this,Its not real and some DA Or congressional panel should start looking Into this ASAP.Dont say know one warned you about what Is going on.They profit from peoples need for attention and exposure. Good luck!!!Keep doing your thing and dont buy into this Tom Foolery!!!!!!YT-Frankie Eldorado
In the past few months I have been shopping a few projects here In the US.I am and have been Involved In the music biz for over 35 yr's.And I have never seen Such arrogant stupid people,In all my years.I tell them who I am what I do and even have Names of people at the Co's who I want the project listened to by.They consider me un-solicited as a Submission.These Co's are so out of touch with new Emerging talent and make's It almost Impossible to get anything to them.So what Did I do?? I went where all progressive thinking people are,Where you ask?? Europe,The co's there ,Big and Small are more open to so-called un-solicited submissions.I feel that the co's here In America,Or at least the ones that don't have an Infrastructure on the Internet Set up.Are to jaded and don't realize how many platinum artist's came through the front door,Visa vie the receptionist or executive secretary of a vice president or higher brought In something that they liked and approached their boss and handed It to them.One I know right Off the top of my head Is Jackson Brown's first album,Given to the receptionist and the rest Is history.These co's here have put a wall In front of people In the biz and New comers who try and get their record to the right people,And are stopped at every turn.Then they have the nerve to say they lost money,Or the download problem Is cutting Into their bottom line. These people are out of their minds,And as usual I always have the last laugh!!!And always will.So this Is another chapter In the downfall of an empire Called America and Its continued decline In all aspects of every biz.Frankie Eldorado 9-15-11
MAFIA MANAGEMENT??????? by Frankie D'Augusta on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:39am Late 70's On the road somewhere In America.With the biggest band In the world at the time.1 pm soundcheck for a stadium gig,Knock knock,The drummer refuses to come out of his room.The door Is removed and he's taken down to the stage.Fast forward to the following week,Guys In black leather jacket's from the bronx come and join the tour.The drummer brings In his own protection,An outlaw biker gang member from NYC.The scene Is getting ugly,Threats begin to go back and forth between management and Band members.The drummer quits the following week,He Is replaced in a couple of days,But before that happens a 4 piece band becomes a 3piece Band for a few gig's,Not good!!A big bejeweled presence Is walking out of One of the trailer's with hundreds of thousands of dollars In a briefcase,surrounded by the [Men In Black] The vibes are thick with tension. Somewhere in this picture Is one of the best performers of his day,Almost helpless to the wrath of managements decisions.For this manager was a great help to this artist,throughout the years and he[The Artist] held a great deal of gratitude towards him.Stuck between a rock and a hard place,His loyalty was tested on a daily basis between the band and management.Stranger by the day,when we hit NYC it was once again a finely tuned machine selling out 3 nights at the garden.Let's go back to the hotel.!!!!
This is just an opinion,I have done It myself In the past.I notice when some groups or singer songwriter's post their song's they put DEMO next to It.Or like I have done,A work In progress.Some explanation, First off If you need to explain anything ,The song should not be posted or Is not ready to be.,A work In progress.Some explanation,should not be used. It already tells the listener that this is second best or Better stuff on the way,they come into It with a view point that you gave them.So Its better to post It and leave your comments out or do not post It until Its perfect In your eyes.These thing's Im saying have been proven by my mistakes over the years and Im just passing them on,In this country there is no apprenticeship for mostly anything anymore,Which I believe will cost us big time,So anything I know about my life skill's Im passing on.Theres some things you cannot learn in school.And those "Do you want to be a recording engineer" Schools can be full of crap ,cause In reality they tell you they have a job waiting,When they have none.We[I] must teach younger people what I know. FE xxx