DISCIPLINE!

Life is a battle. I truly believe this. You need to fight every day to ensure that you get what you want from it. It’s also a business. You need to make deals. You need to focus on growth (on all levels). You need to innovate, be passionate about what you’re doing and instil a military like discipline in yourself and those around you. Ambition is glorious.

There are lots of paths in this life that will let you just sail along giving an absolute minimum of a shit and still do quite okay for yourself. Get a job, follow the rules, get the paycheck, blah blah blah. If there’s one thing you might discover I despise it’s this sort of complacency.

The arts is an area where I see very little room for that sort of stuff, at least if you want to be successful as an artist, you need to be motivated, extremely so.

Only a fraction of so-called ‘artists’ will ever be able to manage that. The brilliant and fortunate ones might find someone else to manage them and instil discipline from the outside.

I’ve gotten really lucky this time in this band, the new line-up is blessed with people who really understand how things work. That’s why I came to London, to find those people. A place where you have to struggle just to keep your head above water, the people I met here are a stark contrast to the people I was working with before in Toronto in terms of seriousness and the ability to understand my vision and what’s necessary to pull it off. I’m so grateful for that.

And so now we embark on our journey in a business of pretenders, flakes, all types of delusional dreamers all lost in a maze of smoke and mirrors.

To guide me through this I have the wisdom of my father, music industry veteran.

If you’d like to hear some of that wisdom, click here, it's an interview with him and his friend and long time co-promoter, Gary Cormier:
http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/education-mainmenu-111/music-seminar/5013-gary-muth-and-gary-cormier-from-the-music-seminar-2011

-Erik

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