Tonight I went to The Path Cafe for my third open mic! It was so cool, because when I showed up, guess who was there? The same 5 who I had made friends with last night!! How cool! And even funnier, it wasn't like they do this regularly. Like I said in my last post, last night was pretty much one of their first, if not their first time open miking in the NYC. It just so happens that we all started at the same time, and ended up traveling to shows together! Instead of signing up on the sign up sheet when you walk in, the process was done by picking out of the hat. In other words, everybody lines up, and then you grab a number, which lets you know when you are up to perform. Instead of three songs, The Path Cafe gives you two songs (or eight minutes, whichever comes first). Thankfully, they had a piano there, so I didn't have to lug my keyboard across New York City for once haha. I played an original, "In the Rain," and then a cover of "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. For some reason, after I finished, even though I guess it sounded alright, I felt terrible. Sometimes that just happens when I perform. I leave the stage, and something inside me tells me "Oh my goodness, they hated it. I bored them." Even with the clapping and the whistles and the "good-job"s, there are some performances where my gut just tells me, "That was not a good performance." To my surprise, though, there was that awesome musician that I met named Abby D! She came up to me after I was finished, and she was so sweet! She told me good job, and she told me that my voice was "so smooth." I thanked her, and then complimented her on HER material, because her stuff was so great! She had originally written music, and I loved it!
What did I learn tonight?
I learned that when you sign up with a record deal, you have to payback an "advancement." An advancement is the amount of money that you have to pay back to the record label. Let's say that the record label gave you $700 to produce your album, to cover some tour costs, and to cover some promotional material. After all is said and done, you now have to pay it back. What's suggested, is getting a distributor. A sub-label that will not necessarily own your music, but will distribute it and provide you with exposure.