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Do It Yourself! Because Nobody Else Will

May 20, 2009

The music business is notorious for favors and promises. But how far will those good intentions go?

Recently I’ve learned the hard way that you can’t really rely on anyone to do anything for you. You’ve got to do it yourself.

A friend of yours may truly be intending on helping you out, but you can’t always take that to the bank. Set limits on how long you will wait for those favors to come through. It may be a few days or a few weeks. But if those weeks turn into months then it’s time to reassess the situation.

When you do things for yourself (book a tour, fix your amp, fix your webpage, etc) you learn things that you won’t forget. Probably because you’ll screw it up enough that you can’t afford to forget the lesson.

Although friends with good intent can help you out, they can also become a crutch. If you find yourself say “If only ______ would get back to me about _____ , I would be set,” then it’s time to stop lying to yourself and get it done yourself.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2009 3:41 pm

    look, I’m sorry. I said I’d do some research and get back to you about that rash that you asked me about and I never did. My bad bro.

  2. May 20, 2009 11:39 pm

    i enjoy doing things myself as they do usually get done correctly, but you do need to depend on people at times. Also I’ve spent a lot of time reinventing the wheel and that can be a stupid waste of your most valuable resource: your time. as usual we often get what we pay for so free help can often stink.

  3. May 21, 2009 5:45 am

    I’ve grown so accustomed to the rash, that I’ve never followed up. And with booking shows or clearing up rashes, following up is the most important part.

  4. May 26, 2009 12:58 pm

    Doing things ourselves has never been an alternative for FREERIDER. It has been painful, lengthy, agonizing, expensive and the most amazing life experience anyone could have. We now have a story worth telling!

    After 15 years, we have found a niche out here. We have recently made two extremely lucrative partnerships happen that could only have happened by being DIY.

    Through it all, we remained true to ourselves artistically – the single biggest piece of advice and encouragement we can share. Never give up on your music.

    Peace & guitars.


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