Blog5 - How to Survive Your New Solo Career…or Something like It

How to Survive Your New Solo Career…or Something like It

Having a band is great but sometimes things just fall apart. If you’re ever thinking of going solo, just how do you go about it? That’s what we’ll be discussing today.

What is going “solo”?

Most musicians start out as part of a group. There’s always been a sort of security in a group—its pretty much hardcoded into our DNA. While it would be great to be surrounded by a supportive bunch that has the same dream as you, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Harmony in the group disintegrates.

Going solo is the decision a musician makes seriously. You still want to be a musician, right? Who says you have to stay in a place where you feel you’ve reached your full growth potential? Just like when shellfish shed their old homes in order to grow larger, that’s pretty much what going solo is. You leave the past behind and you strive forward, blazing your own path in an already precarious industry.

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Going solo isn’t going to be a cakewalk. Scientists have actually found that going solo can be hazardous to your health. The pressure is higher. You no longer have the safety net of a band member stepping up when you slip up over anything. Everything is going to be on your shoulders and that’s it.

So if you’ve made the brave decision to go solo, how do you survive it? Here is a solid tip from someone who has been down that path: Jizzy Pearl.

Do You

One of the primary things that mess you up as an artist is all the bad energy that you bring with from your old band. No matter how tightly knit your band was, when you’re dealing with a creative bunch, it is inevitable that fights are going to break out. Artists don’t usually go solo until either of two things occurs: they have a huge fight with their band or they just decide to try it out on their own. Either one will leave a bit of negative energy in the air.

Either way, it is going to be draining like no one’s business. With that said, once you decide to go solo, it is important to take care of your own needs first. Go on a vacation, cut off connection from those that wish to drag you down, pick up a temporary hobby—whatever it takes just to recuperate your drive and your energy.

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There’s no sense in trying your hand in making new music if you seriously have nothing left in the tank. You’re just setting yourself up for failure and that’s going to hurt you further—as a person and as an artist. Going solo means that you’re taking a break from the entire BS parade that used to dim your possibilities.

Taking care of yourself in the ways YOU think are best is what you should prioritize. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense to other people. Look out for number 1 and everything else will follow.

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Chicago: The Home of Amazing Artists

Music can come from anywhere. Chicago, however, has a special talent of producing some of the best musicians and artists of their generation. Today, we take a look at some of them!

Chicago

The rock band with the self-styled description of “rock and roll band with horns”! These gentlemen have made their mark in musical history with their hits like “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”. They’ve had the honor of being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame—not a small feat in the least! Not a lot of bands can claim that they have more than four albums that have reached number 1 in several music charts all over the world.

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The Smashing Pumpkins

Anyone who has been into the alternative scene will automatically know who this band is. With the highly talented Billy Corgan leading the band, they dominated much of the 90s music charts. While the band has been rocked with internal turmoil, this has not stopped them from producing enduring hits like “Ava Adore” and “Tonight, Tonight”.

Earth, Wind & Fire

If you were to think of soul, funk, and disco, there’s a high probability that this band is going to pop up in your mind. This is the band responsible for the great dance hits of “September” and “Boogie Wonderland”.

Muddy Waters

Just because he wasn’t born in Chicago doesn’t mean this talented blues player isn’t considered an honorary Chicago resident! His contributions to the Chicago blues sound are legendary! His influence is continued to be felt to this day in age. In fact, the thriving blues community of Chicago has Muddy Waters to thank!

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Fall Out Boy

You don’t have to an old band in order to make this list! While these fine gentlemen have had a bad rep through they years (we can’t understand why), they have powered through all the hate and delivered hit after hit. Their vocalist, Patrick Stump, has an amazing vocal range and continues to improve with each album that this band releases!

Buddy Guy

How can we not include the person who has inspired the likes of Eric Clapton and the legendary Jimi Hendrix? Buddy Guy is one of the pillars of the blues community along with his fellow band member Muddy Waters. So it’s only right that he’s part of this list!

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Styx

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Who in their right mind has not heard of that phrase? Well, these legendary rockers also gave us all “The Best of Times”. Their album entitled “Paradise Theater” treated listeners with instant classic gems that are still worth listening to this day.

Jizzy Pearl

This isn’t just our bias speaking. Jizzy Pearl and his voice are treasures that have given birth to some iconic performances and songs. We’ll be discussing more about Jizzy Pearl and his accomplishments in latter articles so you’d best stay tuned!

Twista

Once called the fastest rapper in the world, this incredible rapper has a legacy that will stand the test of time.