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Frankie Eldorado / Blog

GRATITUDE!!!

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.

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO???

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!!!!

STAY THE COURSE!!!!

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.

THE RECORD BIZ???

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

The New Scam???

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

AMERICA,WHERE ARE YOU NOW!!!!!!????

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???????

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.!!!!

DEMO'S,KISS OF DEATH!!

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

MUSIC INFO!!!

You know my name,Look up the number!!!! by Frankie D'Augusta on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:54pm Ok I will admit It,I sometime's have the time to give good info out on my Past experience in the music biz to new band's,Am I getting older and have Retired,Yes on older,No on retiring as far as writing and producing goes. And I have a wealth of first hand info on anything to do with the music biz. Now I know some friend's say Frankie things have changed you don't know The new way people are doing thing's.Maybe so,But the basic principles Never change,Make a great record,By picking the right material,Have It recorded right with a team:ie One or two other's who you can count on.And If you go out on the road to support that record,Do that show when playing Those song's as close as the record as possible.Now some would say NO Way,A live show should have some creative license and opening for Jamming,Yes that's true as well,But if your coming In support of your single Thats been getting airplay and a good response,Give them the record,as in Arrangement,Solo's vocal part's[which I would like to touch on]There's Nothing in the world better than for a band to have all there vocal's covered Live,As is on the record,In fact have all your bases covered,If you have Keyboard's on the record,They should be there live as well,3 or 5 part Harmony's on vocal's you have If your record sound's that way.There is no Bigger disappointment than to go see a band and they sound weak live, and The record is a killer.Now this may be and most likely is different for let's Say a dance act or rapper's.But for a rock/pop band this is the way to go. There is so much more to talk about,legal,Producing,Engineering,Being the Artist,working with an artist and on and on.Maybe next time.FExxx PS-Do any of you out there remember who said that!!! the title of this piece.

HOW MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE

CIRCA MID 60'S BKLYN NY,MY REAL NAME IS FRANKIE DAUGUSTA I GREW UP IN A JEWISH/ITALIAN/IRISH AREA IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY.THIS WAS NOT THE HOOD AS YOU MIGHT KNOW OR IMAGINE IT, FAR FROM IT.BUT THIS WAS A TIME AND PLACE OF GREAT CHANGE IN AMERICA,THE SOLDIERS WERE COMING HOME FROM VIETNAM AND WITH THEM CAME DRUGS AND CRIME,THEY THEMSELVES VICTIMS OF WAR.THERE WERE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE TO HANG WITH THE JOCKS OR THE ROCKERS.I WAS SMALL AS A CHILD AND TRYING TO PLAY SPORTS WAS A CHALLENGE FOR ME WHEN CATCHING A FOOTBALL PASS,IT HURT ME ALL THE TIME BUT I COULD NOT TALK ABOUT IT.SCHOOL DID NOT HOLD MY INTEREST SO I LEFT IN SENIOR YEAR.ONE DAY IM PLAYING A BASEBALL GAME WITH THE GUYS AND I RAN THE BASES BACKWARDS,WENT TO 3RD INSTEAD OF FIRST.AND THAT BEGAN THE TAUNTING AND LAUGHING SO THAT WAS MY QUE TO FIND SOME OTHER FRIENDS.I HAD ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC AND THE EXPLOSION OF IT IN THE 60'S WAS AMAZING,THE BEST THING ABOUT ALBUMS IS THAT YOU USED TO BE ABLE TO READ AND LOOK AT THE ARTWORK AND LYRICS SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT ON CD'S.ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS BAND THAT WOULD PRACTICE EVERYDAY JUST ABOUT AND I DECIDED THAT THESE WERE THE GUYS I WANTED TO BE WITH THEY WERE COOL,INTROSPECTIVE AND DEEP THINKERS.PERFECT I WAS HOME.I DID NOT PLAY AT THAT TIME,IN FACT MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A BEAUTIFUL PIANO THAT I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH,BUT I WAS DRAWN TO IT AS SOON AS I PUT MY FINGERS ON THE KEYS I FELT A TINGLE IN MY BODY.OK NOW I LEFT HS AND MY DAD GAVE ME 2 OPTIONS,GET A JOB OR JOIN THE SERVICE,I CHOOSE JOB.I GOT MY FIRST JOB AS A MESSENGER FOR A PRINTING CO,ONE DAY THE ELEVATOR PASSED MY FLOOR AND I WANTED TO FIND THE STAIRS.RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES THERE WAS A RECORDING STUDIO CALLED ED KALOFF AT THE MOOG,IT WAS IF I SAW MECCA I WALKED TOWARDS THE DOOR AND ENTERED.A RECEPTIONISTS LETS CALL HER ANN GREETED ME AND ASKED ME IF I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE STUDIO,THIS FEELING I WILL NEVER FORGET IN MY LIFE I FELT LIKE I BELONGED AND HAD TO BE IN THIS TYPE OF PLACE NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT A SESSION WAS OR ANYTHING,I WAS HOME.SO A COUPLE OF MONTHS PASSED AND I WOULD VISIT ANN ON MY LUNCH HOUR,I NEVER EXPRESSED ANY INTEREST IN ASKING FOR A JOB OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.SO ONE DAY I GET A A CALL FROM HER ASKING ME IF I WOULD LIKE TO BE A MESSENGER IN A RECORDING STUDIO CALLED "NATIONAL RECORDING" ON 5 AVE AND 57 ST.I SPENT A LITTLE OVER A YEAR THERE AND WOULD WATCH AND LEARN ON MY TIME EVERYTHING I COULD ABSORB.MY NEXT MOVE WAS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,I GOT A JOB AT ONE OF THE BEST STUDIOS IN THE WORLD CALLED " RECORDPLANT" AS A GENERAL.WHICH MEANS AN EVERYTHING PERSON,TOILETS,DELIVERIES,SET UP MICS AND ASSIST THE ASSISTANTS.THIS PLACE WAS THE BEST AND I HAD A SET OF KEYS,AND THATS REALLY WHEN I STARTED MY JOURNEY THE NIGHT BELONGED TO ME,I WOULD PULL OUT OLD 2 INCH TAPES TO MIX AT NIGHT AND DISCOVERED I LOVED IT.FAST FORWARD MY FAMILY MOVED TO SI NY A NICE AREA WITH ALL PRIVATE HOMES.MY FRIENDS IN BKLYN DID NOT FARE AS WELL SOME DIED EARLY OR WENT TO JAIL AND ONE OR TWO DID GREAT,BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS THAT IT WAS RECORDING AND MUSIC THAT SAVED ME FROM MYSELF AND TOOK ME AWAY FROM THE BELLY OF A BEAST,UN-REVEILED TO ME AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE,I WAS SAFE AND AT HOME FOR NOW.THERES MORE TO COME!!! BUT FOR NOW BYE BYE!! AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE. FRANKIE ELDORADO 1-15-2011