A True Artist
By Johnny Dwinell
Every day I think that if Daredevil Production, LLC is going to make a dent in the Universe with new music we need more true artists. Thank God the new music industry is all about true artists!
A true artist cares about the work
A true artist is interested in and incessantly pursues the truth in their art; no head-tripping allowed.
A true artist is fascinated with the process and not the outcome. For instance, Billy Joel was quoted as saying something like “I look at my songs like my children. Some of them grow up to be doctors and lawyers, some of them grow up to be delinquents, but I love them all equally and unconditionally.”
The outcome continually improves when a true artist is focused on and fascinated with the process.
A true artist has no concern about failing because the work is an end by itself. For instance, the first record is stepping stone to record two; a snapshot in time of exactly where the artist was on the journey and so on.
The task & labor of creation is the satisfaction; it’s even exhilarating to a true artist.
A true artist proves through work that they are worthy and gains confidence in their art.
A true artist gets lost in the cause & forgets all the distractions.
A true artist understands that art can be very objective to the world.
So quality counts.
A true artist doesn’t use the notion that “art is subjective” as an excuse to ignore constructive criticism. For instance, constructive criticism, despite the imminent sting that’s involved, can help define strengths and weaknesses. Thus, providing a road map on how exactly to work smarter to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. This is called development and refinement.
A true artist doesn’t use the notion that “art is subjective” as an excuse to get by with half-assed work.
A true artist doesn’t use the notion that “art is subjective” as an excuse to be lazy or cheap with their process.
A true artist is driven to continually improve their songwriting, their playing, recording skills, their understanding about the process of making records, their live show, their vocal skills, and their presentation to the world. They’ll make a living by accident if the energy is right and they’re not self-sabotaging.
A true artist learns through the process of work to ignore the inner censor and entertain all ideas swimming around in their heads. Write them all down now. Refine later.
A true artist always honors the muse. When she shows up, drop everything and write it down because you won’t remember.
A true artist understands perception is reality.
Therefore a true artist doesn’t share their art with the consumer world until its finished and done well; they know they will be judged.A true artists understands that any demos, work tapes, and rough tracks are only interesting and “colorful” to the consumer after they fall in love with the finished track. Before that it’s just a crappy demo; so they don’t display anything on the world’s refrigerators like Soundcloud, Spotify, etc., until it’s finished.
A true artist knows the difference between a well written song and a song that isn’t ready yet.
A true artist knows the difference in the sonic quality of their music as compared to their idols.
A true artist knows it’s less expensive to hire a professional than to hire an amateur.
A true artist knows that while well done art is subjective to taste, poorly executed art is objective and crappy. There’s a difference between a good song and great song, right? So then is there a difference between a good song and a crappy song.
A true artist knows that their mother, best friend, and significant other are the only people who care about their potential. The rest of the world can only be interested in and react to what you have accomplished. Getting heartbroken or spiritually injured over anything less is foolish and naïve.
A true artist knows that “magic” doesn’t happen out of the heavenly skies until they have their 10,000 hours. For instance, we see magic happen every day in our studio because we work with professionals who have their 10,000 hours and then some. There will be no magic with amateurs who can’t play well…that “magic” happens in post-production afterward.
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