The whole point of 'Acid Rap' was just to ask people a question: does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it's all original music and it's got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What's an 'album' these days, anyways?— Chance the Rapper
Gorgeous Music Business quotations
Los Angeles and New York are the big centers of the music industry worldwide so of course it can be hard for newcomers who don't know what to expect from the music business.
The whole format of entertainment that I did seems to be fading away.
The music business of today is completely different when you see the videos and the music.
Don't cheat yourself out of music. Music is one thing. The music business is another thing. Save enough of yourself to keep living anyway. Save enough joy in your heart to enjoy it. Let your reward be in the doing of it.
Music is life, and life is not a business.
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
Money had never been the main thing for me. It's the legacy that was important.
When I was a kid growing up in the '60s, music was an outlet for enlightenment, frustration, rebellion. It was more about individualism. Today it's just like a big business.
A lot of people seem to think I started this business.
But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing like Fats Domino can. I know that.
My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don't.
We're the McDonalds of rock. Were always there to satisfy, and a billion served.
People don't buy plastic and paper, they buy emotions.
Anybody that forms a group, writes songs and releases records and says they don't care if people like them are complete liars.
My lifelong friend and mentor Frank Barsalona is gone.
And the music business as we knew it went with him.
Going to radio with a rap record prior to going to the consumer is like having no foreplay with your girlfriend.
Independent artists and labels have always been the trendsetters in music and the music business.
If the milk industry can make their product seem sexy and increase consumer demand, there must be hope for music.
The consolidation of the music business has made it difficult to encourage styles like the blues, all of which deserve to be celebrated as part of our most treasured national resources.
I think musicians and artists are the most philanthropic people I know.
Their charity record of the music business would hold up to the work of anybody.
The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible.
So I'll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it's a form of expression that all I need is me. I don't need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified.
Everybody knows in the business how I feel about country music.
I'm an old traditionalist. Then they just call me an old man and stuck in my old ways, but with all the fans I've got out there, I can't be all that wrong. I do love traditional country music. I love the good stuff.
Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming.
.. So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it.
Also, right at that particular time in the music business, because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I'll just say this really quickly - they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.
That's always stuck with me, with music.
I've never really gotten jaded about it. I've always loved music for the sake of doing it, and the longer I do it, the more I like it. Hopefully, I'll be able to have that same point of view in this business, or at least with doing this.
There's no difference in dealing with the music business with the majors than any other competition. The music business is way more cutthroat than any other business.
If this company is about anything, it's about discipline and staying focused.
I hate the business part of music. Music is just like the streets. There's loyal and disloyal people, people saying one thing and then don't do it.
It's emotional blackmail to say if you're a good businesswoman and a musician, you're betraying your music.
Just because it happened to you, doesn't mean it's interesting.
Strategies are great, business models are great, but the reality is your music has to mean something to people.
In Los Angeles, they don't want you to fail, they want you to die.
I think that you have to bear in mind that music is about escape, and it's not unreasonable to think the music business would be based around escapism.
Swimming upstream in the music business is a hard thing to do.
Out of the ashes of the music business, comes the rebirth of the musician business.
I just had to find all my friends that used to be in the business.
As I say, the music business didn't die, it just moved to Nashville.