Monday, September 08, 2008

A Question of Bookings...

A Question of Bookings...

The scene is NOT dying. This I know for sure...

I'm sitting here, frustrated at the cancellation of my upcoming gigs in Ireland. My booking agent said something to me last night, that resonates in my mind right now. "Why is it so hard to get bookings for you?" Basically, I am wondering the same thing. Mind you, I understand that this scene (especially the Detroit scene) is pretty small. HOWEVER, considering that I AM a damn good artist/producer/dj, I'm confused.

Why am I still @ home, unable to get booked for shows? There's a certain group of people who are in Detroit -- some who haven't had a new record out in AGES (and if they did, it really wasn't good, if I say so myself) -- who are constantly on tour. I refuse to believe that the audiences in Japan, Ireland, Italy, etc. are so blind, that they limit the Detroit sound to these same few artists...

And while I respect their craft, I can't help but wonder... Damn. Are THEY the only motherfuckers in Detroit doing their thing??? I'm putting GOOD records out, consistently... I'm one of the most sought after remixers in this damn city. And as far as I know, I'm doing everything right. Now you mean to tell me, even with TWO booking agents, I'm STILL getting passed over, for the likes of --- well, y'all know who I'm talking about...

And on a personal note, I understand that gas prices are expensive... It's hard to get booked overseas without a flight share, I understand as well... But I know for a fact that I don't charge NEARLY as high of a fee as some of these OTHER folks -- what gives? I work so hard, and for what? To get ignored by promoters because they're stuck in a fucking time warp? Their vision is so narrow, they can't see past ---- OOOH, I won't name the names..

I'm trying not to take this personally. Those who've been to my shows, know I put on one helluva show... And I'm trying NOT to sound like I'm ranting... But shit. This is pretty frustrating!

In the meantime, I'm gonna continue doing my thing. Keep on making records, remixes, and doing what I can... I don't feel like a failure by any means. In fact, I feel quite fucking successful! But when I'm sitting at home, watching these same ol' folks travel the world (like I need to be doing), it makes me wonder what it's all for... Why even bother?

...AC

1 comment:

augustus said...

Man you gotta get a new promoter or like 4 more. :)