The most common explanation of drug addiction is, that if you take too long a certain amount of a drug, you will become an addict. It’s the substance that makes you addicted.
But it doesn’t explain why so many famous musicians turn to drugs and have to go to rehab again and again. It doesn’t explain why too many talented musicians die of an overdose, like most of the musicians in the ‘club of 27’ (a.o. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse).
Research with mice has shown that isolated mice in a cage preferred drugged water over clean water. They keep taking the drugged water until they die of an overdose. This is in support of the common explanation mentioned above.
Other research, though, has shown that when you put mice on a mouse-friendly playground with other mice, all of the mice preferred clean water over drugged water. No mouse died of an overdose.
The short animation above shows you more about how drug addiction works
In fact, it’s not the substance that makes you an addict, it’s social isolation, boredom and feeling trapped. Many musicians face social isolation when becoming successful and famous. The lack of privacy is an important factor. On the top it’s also very difficult to know whom to trust.
If the music business wants to prevent mental health issues of musicians, it could pay more attention on social skills of musicians. For musicians it’s not only important to know how to network, but also how to make friends.
He was 56
*Unfortunately once again we have bad news to report. Saturday, it was the death of actor Bill Nunn. This time it’s regarding the passing of musician Kashif Saleem, better known simply as Kashif. He was 56.
As of this posting, we don’t have many details, but according to those who were close to him, Kashif lived alone was found by a friend Monday afternoon (09-26-16) after not hearing from him. The Los Angeles County Coroners’s office says he had been dead since Sunday. At this time, there is no specific cause of death. However, it appears he died of “natural causes.”
Kashif’s death is especially shocking and sad to us here at EURweb because we had a personal relationship with him that went back to the beginning of his career as a solo artist and producer. Just recently we partnered with him for his 3rd annual “Kashif and Friends” show in Hollywood in June of this year. Kashif was a master musician and was also working on new music.
Kashif background via Wikipedia:
Kashif Saleem, previously Michael Jones (born December 26, 1959), is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator from New York City. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world. He studied Islam and changed his name from Michael Jones to Kashif, which means discoverer and inventor. He crafted his own distinctive sound and later signed with Arista Records enjoying success as a solo artist.
More on Kashif’s Early life
Kashif was born Michael Jones on December 26, 1959, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His only connection to his birth family is his birth certificate, which indicates that his biological mother was incarcerated when he was four months old. He was immediately put in foster care. He was constantly abused physically and mentally by his foster parents, and at the age of six, he moved into a more stable foster home. His introduction to music came in the form of a $3.00 song flute when he was in elementary school. He was instantly hooked and insisted on playing his flute all throughout the school day. His teacher encouraged him and delivered on her promise that she would help to enroll him at a junior high school that had a great music program. That is where he first learned to play trumpet, piano, flute, saxophone, and tuba. By age 12, with the mentoring of his junior high school music teacher (Robert Wedlaw) he had mastered several musical instruments and began performing in some of New York’s finest night clubs (The Copacabana and Lloyd Price’s Turntable).
EUR will have more on the death of Kashif as details become available. You can express your condolences below or at Kashif’s Facebook page.
In the eighties and nineties, MTV was the place to go to watch music videos. That’s all changed now of course. If you want to watch a music video, YouTube is the number one destination.
If you like a song, it’s really easy to rip the music from the video, using one of the many free online services. Just paste in the URL and hey presto it comes out as an MP3. Some sites even let you specify the audio quality, and add tags. However, the music labels understandably aren’t keen on this "stream ripping", and plan to put a stop to it.
With this aim in mind, the world's largest record labels, including Sony, Warner Bros, and Universal, have filed a claim against YouTube-mp3.org and its German operator Philip Matesanz, in a federal court in Los Angeles.
The labels claim that "tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month" and say that YouTube-mp3.org has more than 60 million unique monthly users. They are seeking $150,000 per every alleged act of piracy and asking the court to stop web hosts and advertisers from facilitating access to the site.
Cary Sherman, the Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said: "This site is raking in millions on the backs of artists, songwriters and labels. We are doing our part, but everyone in the music ecosystem who says they believe that artists should be compensated for their work has a role to play. It should not be so easy to engage in this activity in the first place, and no stream ripping site should appear at the top of any search result or app chart".
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, added: "It’s time to stop illegal sites like this building huge fortunes by ripping off artists and labels. Fans have access now to a fantastic range of legal music streaming services, but they can only exist if we take action to tackle the online black market. We hope that responsible advertisers, search engines and hosting providers will also reflect on the ethics of supporting sites that enrich themselves by defrauding creators".
Of course, YouTube-mp3.org is just one stream ripping site. There are many, many more on the web, and you can also download songs from YouTube using third-party software such as Freemake YouTube to MP3 Converter.
This is just the first salvo from the music labels, so expect more sites to be targeted with legal action in the coming months and years.
The world is a pretty strange place; things often don’t happen according to plan, and weird coincidences are generally the norm. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that there would be unexpected facts about everything from pencils, to history, to science, and everything in between. The following 100 facts have been handpicked to educate and amuse; read on to find out more about this amazing world and the people that inhabit it.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite fact is!
In an undated photograph, Jack Daniel, center white hat, and to the left, a man who could be a son of Nearis Green, who taught Daniel how to make whiskey. Photo by Handout/New York TimesCelebrating its 150th anniversary, the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand is opting to share a part of its history that has never been told before.
Up until now, the company’s history has been centered on the notion that revered founder Jack Daniel learned to distill his now famous whiskey from a minister named Dan Call. Tour guides at the company’s Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery are now telling a different story; Daniel was actually taught to distill by Nearis Green — an enslaved Black man owned by Call.
According to The New York Times, this version of Jack Daniel’s history has never been a secret, but it is one that the company has only recently begun to embrace through tours of its facility, marketing campaigns and social media.
“It’s taken something like the anniversary for us to start to talk about ourselves,” said Jack Daniel’s in-house historian Nelson Eddy. Green’s crucial role in the Jack Daniel’s whiskey-making process was referenced in the 1967 biography, “Jack Daniel’s Legacy,” by Ben A. Green. In the book, Call reportedly tells his slave (Green) to teach Daniel everything he knows. “Uncle Nearest is the best whiskey maker that I know of,” the book quotes Call saying.
The art of whiskey making has long been deemed a “lily-white affair,” but the South’s dark history of slavery and whiskey are totally intertwined. Enslaved men made up the bulk of the distilling work force and often had crucial skilled roles in the whiskey-making process, The New York Times reports.
Enslaved Black Americans had their own traditions of alcohol production, too, traditions that traced all the way back to West Africa.
Many see Jack Daniel’s decision to reveal its ties to slavery as a move to appeal to younger drinkers who are more socially aware of America’s hidden racial politics. Others see it as a genius marketing tactic.
“When you look at the history of Jack Daniel’s, it’s gotten glossier over the years,” said Peter Krass, author of “Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel.” “In the 1980s, they aimed at yuppies. I could see them taking it to the next level, to millennials, who dig social justice issues.”
The company said it is simply trying to set the record straight.
A year after slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, Daniel opened his own distillery and employed two of Green’s sons, The New York Times reports. However, as corporate history-keeping was an uncommon practice at the time, the crucial roles and contributions of Green and his sons eventually slipped into the background.
“I don’t think it was ever a conscious decision” to leave the Greens out of the company’s story, said Phil Epps, the global brand director for Jack Daniel’s at Brown-Forman.
According to the news publication, Jack Daniel’s decided to share Green’s contributions after years of researching the company’s various origin stories. Green’s vital role at the company was one that couldn’t be ignored.
“As we dug into it, we realized it was something that we could be proud of,” Epps said.
Jack Daniel’s is taking things slow for now, remaining aware that the story of an enslaved American making whiskey might not be a huge selling point for its customers.
To Lagosians and Especially the Afro-Brazilans.
You are invited to a sensitization encounter at SPEAKER'S CORNER, Freedom Park, Broad Street Lagos.
The message on the celebration logo exhorts us to ENHANCE (NOT Denounce) the Heritage. In spite of on-going Initiatives, to preserve and enhance the -in this case, Afro Brazilian Heritage that narrates History, not merely of Lagos but of the African Diaspora in monuments - the OLAIYA Building in Tinubu Square was clandestinely bulldozed in some commercial development interest during the recent extended Muslim holiday.
This has been an on-going struggle, especially since National Independence. In order to pre-empt a repeat under the ever-hovering bulldozers, please let us gather at the Speakers corner on October 22nd, 2016 at Freedom Park, to discuss strategies against a repeat of this midnight assault on a common Patrimony.
What we find especially galling and embarrassing is that this accelerated demolition took place at the very time when at least two foreign governments had committed to assisting with the preservation of the Brazilian structures in Lagos and had begun is work closely with Nigerian preservationists.
The format will be an Open House exchange with the hopeful consensus of an appeal, not only to the government of Lagos but to the Federal government to adopt and effect a uniform policy for the Preservation of ALL national heritage sites and buildings even in the frenzy of development.
As If there weren't enough obstacles to overcome in the commercial recording industry, add age as yet another.
Record companies heavily rely on youth, vitality, and sex-appeal to sell albums! But you don't have to let the record companies dictate what you can and cannot do, nor how old you can be to do it!
Age can be a sensitive subject for most musicians, but understand there's a real prejudice that exists in the commercial music industry that views music as a youth-oriented business! The feeling is that a musician's life expectancy in the pop, rock, R & B, and rap genres parallels that of an athlete's life span in the sports world.
As you approach 35, your chances of succeeding are significantly diminished. This is somewhat of a paradox since musician's skills only tend to improve with age and experience, but record companies heavily rely on youth, vitality, and sex-appeal to sell albums! Additionally, record labels prefer signing younger acts that, if successful, can bring them a return on their initial investment for several years to come. Record companies are a business just like any other and they view their business from the bottom line first and foremost. Like it not!
So does all this mean that unsigned artists nearing their mid-thirties should throw in the towel and abandoned their life dreams if they still haven't found major label success in the "MTV generation?" If this is truly your aspiration, of course not! It's the professional artist who cares of his health and image who looks, acts, and feels better in their later life than in their teens. And of course, there's always the rare exception to the rule where a more adult artist breaks all barriers and is signed strictly on his musical talent and songwriting abilities-bravo! But understand that even when you're one of the lucky artists who gets his "big break" in the business, it's only the rare, creative, and business-minded artist who can continue to appeal to younger audiences (both musically, and physically) as they approach their 50th and 60th birthdays. Do I agree with this type of thinking? NO! But, this is what history has shown us repeatedly.
So what's the whole point of this discussion? Though age in the entertainment business is not something you think about when you're in your teens or twenties, age and image in the commercial marketplace is a very real issue for musicians in their later years—but is doesn't have to be! If your career seems to be at a standstill and you've been banging your head against the same stone wall trying to get a major label deal (or trying to make a come-back in your career), perhaps it's advisable to take a few moments and reevaluate your goals.
For instance, considering your career status, your age, and your image, perhaps it's a more prudent approach to focus on a genre of music with a more sophisticated demographic audience or to seek a recording deal with a smaller, less commercial independent record label or to simply resort to a DIY (do it yourself) approach; a situation where you can make all of your own business decisions and you don't have to let the record companies dictate what you can and cannot do nor how old you can be to do it!
Taking this one step further, some musicians may even find more purpose in more "behind the scenes" work composing for other artists, writing for film and television, and even writing for video games—there's big money here! Stewart Copeland of the Police made this transition. There are many more examples.
To be sure, the point of this discussion is not about abandoning your original dreams or succumbing to age prejudice, it's about looking at your career and the business realistically, and learning how to continually re-invent and brand yourself over time to find new audiences and new opportunities in the music industry. As Charles Darwin once said, "It's not the strongest of species that tend to survive, it's those most adaptable to change.
by Bobby Borg - INDIE ARTISTS TOOLS....
Well, if you’re a singer or in a band, instead of doing dozens of bad “B films” or cheesy TV commercials or sitcoms and paying your dues that way, your dues may entail playing gigs for years and years to small crowds.
Playing shows where the only people you know there are a couple friends or family members. Or maybe no one at all. Tori Amos played for many, many years (10-13) in hotel bars before getting her “big break” and getting signed. And even then, her first CD flopped. It wasn’t until she got to who she was at the core, as an artist, that she attained critical acclaim with her album “Little Earthquakes”.
Now why should you do this? A sane person wouldn’t do dozens (if not hundreds – or thousands) of these gigs before calling it quits and moving onto something more rewarding, right?
Well, all I can tell you is – YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR DUES.
Nothing will make you a better performer than playing hundreds of live shows.
And yes, many will be great where there will be lots of fans there and they will be thrilled to see you. Applauding and cheering loudly. And then the next night you may play to the bartender, waitress and a couple of strangers. But, like every successful actor, you must pay your dues. It’s part of the process.
And what will get you out of it?
Well, hopefully you LOVE what you do. Hopefully you love to perform. And hey, even playing to 5-10 people is better than rehearsing in your garage or bedroom, isn’t it?
So just remember – the next time you’re having a bad day, or playing a show with a less than stellar turnout, remember: everyone that is successful now had to take projects that weren’t glamorous in the beginning. Everyone takes small parts, whether they be on TV, in a film no one will see, or singing for a crowd of just a few people. It’s all part of the process. Most people give up.
If you keep at it, no matter what, that alone makes you a succe
“Motivation and determination are 1000 times more potent than talent alone”
-Some guy online
“Be nice to everyone. You never know if the intern will be the next president of your record company.”
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“People have to learn they have to juggle everything until they get lucky. They need to work a steady job, make a living and make time for the band. They need to take all the money they make from the band and throw it back into the band”
Watchout for this young man who is ready to take on the world by storm with his music... His name is Austin Jordan Brito