How 24 and LOST Almost Killed my Music Career - Quiet Entertainer

How 24 and LOST Almost Killed my Music Career

We are in the 6th month of a 12 month year and I wonder what I have to show for it. My dreams of doing music full time have been hanging on for dear life. Why? I could blame poor time management, insufficient hustle, cluttered workspace, etc. But I’m going to blame all of the above. Yet, these are silent killers. I wouldn’t have noticed it until the finale of LOST a couple of weekends ago. In fact, a bunch of my favorite shows ended for good this year: LOST, 24, Heroes, & FlashForward. I’ve been obsessed with watching these shows instead of getting Quiet Entertainer off the ground.

Here’s how it happens. I don’t watch TV on actual TV. I use Hulu and Yidio to watch pretty much everything I’m going to watch. I think if I watched on the regular timetable, I’d at least be able to say “oh I’ll work on music until 24 comes on.” But as it is; I can watch at anytime; and I’ve been lazy and finding an urgency to get things done. I love Hulu and Yidio, but in this case it’s been sucking all my time! I blame myself. But who could resist watching every clip and web exclusive of LOST leading up to the finale? And Jack Bauer’s finale season: How far will he go?? And a Hulu bonus! the entire series of the A-Team is on Hulu right now! Should I watch the entire series before I go see the movie in theaters?

I wouldn’t have noticed the slow death of my music career if not for a few artists. Let’s look at The Hood Internet. They recently came through Nashville on their tour. I had never heard of them before but they were booked to play Mashville, Nashville’s monthly DJ party. So, I went online to check them out and they had released 9 free mixtapes over the past 3 years! How did I miss this? So I downloaded just 4 mixtapes (for free) and I instantly had 4 hours of music to listen to. Well these guys aren’t lazy. This exact thing happened when Pretty Lights came through half a year ago. I had never heard of him, but he was coming to Nashville so I looked him up. He had four free records on his site too! I don’t know when he started but I think it’s also been 3 or 4 years his current setup. I downloaded it all and had about 4 or 5 hours of music with which to get acquainted. I’m a big fan of both now.

This discussion made me remember a blog post I read a while back from Justin over at asking Is Touring Really Necessary? I encourage artists of any genre looking to do this for a living to go read that. Long story short though, He says the five core ingredients to success without touring are:
1. Great Music
2. Easily Accessible
3. Prolific Output
4. Evangelist Fans
5. Low Overhead

I had to look around; is anyone doing this in my town? DJ Wick-It is pretty close. I think he’s got at least 4 of those 5 goin for him if not all 5. He’s got all of his (very dope hip-hop & dubstep) music available on his soundcloud page. Also, Spoken Nerd is super prolific. Since I’ve known him, he’s always put out a lot of music and is always thinking two records ahead. Check his latest from his bandcamp.

So, I am looking to these artists for inspiration. With some of my favorite shows out of the way, I have no excuse. I have to get to work and make actual music. I know my e-mail list will keep me accountable. Maybe you will too. So thankfully, I don’t have to worry about Jack Shepard OR Jack Bauer. At least not until the 24 movie comes out.

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About the Author Quiet Entertainer

Quiet Entertainer (that's me) is a DJ/Producer that blends ambient electronica with hip-hop. I'm based in Nashville, TN.

  • Greg Rollett says:

    Distractions are a game killer man. But, you do need to have outlets and periods of relaxing. It’s when those periods of relaxing come without putting any effort towards the end goal.

    I can’t wait till you have 7 mixtapes out in 3 years. That means the iPod will have some hella dope music on it. Plus it means you will keep progressing and stepping your game up. One day at a time, it’ll happen man. Good post.

  • janice says:

    Hold ur head up!! U are awesome and I’m ready to see you go BIG TIME.

  • evolvor says:

    We all have our vices. Just remember that you still produce more music then, oh, I’d say 90% of the other people who watch Lost or 24 or whatever. Most of use just consume entertainment; you actually produce it!

    Kicking yourself in the butt sometimes never hurts though.

  • Thanks for the encouragement, y’all. Long road ahead!

  • Jeff Dolan says:

    I hear you man! As Gary Vaynerchuk says comedically in his talks, “Stop watching F*ing LOST!” But when such great shows come along, which is not too often, they should inspire you more than distract you. The key is whether you will now schedule creative time in the place of these shows!

  • Funny-I had the same problem! With 7 years of conservatory training under my belt I felt justified-but the truth is you can never stop pushing forward!u00a0

    • Hey! Thanks for checking in, Christina! You know what, the struggle isrnalways there no matter what point you are in with this. I just read the Warrnof Art; and it talks about that “resistance” a lot.

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