I had a conversation with a music industry friend of mine last week about Ian and the dream
We do not mean to be harsh
We want you to become huge STARS
1) What are you trying to sell? The photos of you guys with Stars are great, but that is not what this is about
2) You can work with 100 Grammy winning producers, but that is not what this is about
3) What this is about is "THE SONGS"
You are a mixture of Billy Joel and Paul McCartney
You (IAN) are a man of great talent You have a great band behind you
Your one flaw is: You are chasing stardom You need to be chasing GREAT SONGS
If you look at The BoDeans you will see what we mean
They did not chase stardom - their only concern was THE SONGS and their songs were GREAT
They were a great band that did not get their well deserved stardom for 2 reasons - A bad record company and a bad manager
Sam and Kurt were first class songwriters first and stars 2nd
Write great songs 1st and your stardom will come
Hi Curt, thanks for reaching out!
We sell our music, our unique expression of a universal sentiment that we hope to last a lifetime- i.e., our songs. I agree that music is what it's all about. I'm always chasing the perfect song, and have been since I began writing at age 10. I have never lost focus of that as I continue to write as often as I can.
Though I haven't "chased" stars per se, I've had the privilege of crossing paths with them, and some of them have touched me in deep ways. As for having my photos of them on the homepage of our website, that's advice I got from several different industry sources and articles which praised other artists' websites for doing the same thing on their homepage. The thought is it helps people take you more seriously right away. I hope the "stars" on our homepage would feel honored and not think I'm trophy-ing them. I'm always in this for the music. And yes, we want stardom to follow! We believe that's a worthy wish even though the prize is music.
My wife and I posted photos from the Bastille Days show starting here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dharma_for_one/14511450187/in/photostream/Ian Ash responded on 07/21/2014 Next question
Hello Ian and the Dream!
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