Rob Daily’s notes to unsigned bands

I have been in the music industry for a ton of years now, both as a Manager and Label Exec and nothing irks me the most is when I hear Unsigned Artists spewing music industry “fiction” as if it is “reality”. This “fiction” is constantly regurgitated by Unsigned Artists all over the World on a daily basis….and truth be told…it saddens me to see all of them believing the garbage that is spewed and me knowing full well that it will literally paralyze their careers if they do embrace it and live it.


So, without further ado…here is a list of the most (common) misconceptions that a ton of Unsigned Artists believe on a worldwide basis:


1. We just need to open for a big “signed” band. – Are you kidding me? What are you bringing to the table for them other than your 5 friends and Mom and Dad? Big bands have bands that open for them that have: Followings, Career Momentum, Hit songs, radio push and a ton of marketing behind them. Without any of that…the big bands lose money.


2. We just need to go on tour with a big “signed” band. – Again, are you kidding me? Really?!?! What value do you bring to the table for that band? Oh, you can definitely do a “Tour Buy-On” to tour with that band. But here’s what you get…your band will be the first of 3 openers..which means you play at doors when nobody is at the venue..the headliner goes on at 9:30pm and they never see you perform..nor do their fans. And to be quite honest with you…the headliner could give 2 shits about you. Why? Because you paid $500.00 per show to be on tour with them. Your band chose to try and take the “easy” route to get noticed and in doing so, you lost complete respect by your tour mates because they hate bands like you. Also, even though you paid $500/night to go on tour…you will make no money from touring..and don’t even think about making money selling merchandise..the other bands will make sure that doesn’t happen. Because they hate you.


3. We need to get our Facebook “likes” way up. – Getting your Facebook “Likes” way up there only works if you have a great image, brand and amazing songs. If you don’t have that…please donate your money to a local charity because you will be just wasting your money. If you do have a solid fan base on Facebook…socialize with them. Get them engaged into your world…if you are not willing to do that. Please quit being in a band now and go get a job.


4. We need to get our “Twitter” followers way up. – Please read above notes.


5. We need to get a “Booking Agent”. – Booking Agents get paid a 10% commission for getting you gigs. Why should they work for free knowing your band isn’t ready yet? Are you really that lazy that you can’t self-book? Real bands get out there and do what they need to do to spread the word about their band. When you are ready for a Booking Agent, they will come to you.


6. We need to get a “Manager” – Why should a Manager want to manage you? Are they really in a position to lose money for 2-3 years? Do you have anything to manage? A Manager’s job is only to guide, counsel and direct artists. They aren’t a PR Firm, Bank, Booking Agent or your friend. Management is a business not a hobby.


7. We need to record a full album. – WTF? Who buys albums from bands at your career level? Do you really feel that you have 10 amazing songs that people want to buy? Chances are you don’t. Do an EP and use 3-5 Amazing Songs.


8. We need a sick ass video. – Dude…no you don’t. Unless you are a major signed band..nobody cares about your video.


9. We need to get a famous Producer to record us. – Hello Reality…sure you do. LOL…again no you don’t. Spend your time writing the best songs. Producers aren’t magicians and they do not have ability to turn a shitty song into a hit. What they can do is make your shitty song sound better…but that’s it.


10. We need equipment endorsements. – Of course you do….you and the 1million other bands out there. Let’s be honest…an equipment endorsement is more of an ego-boost for you so you can feel like you “made it”. Truth be told…equipment companies would be too embarrassed to offer you a deal. Concentrate on your songs.


11. We outgrew our Manager and we need a newer/bigger one. – This subject matter pisses me off. NO you didn’t outgrow your Manager…your ego did. So let’s get this straight…the guy/gal who suffered working for your band for 2-3 years unpaid and sacrificed their life to fulfill yours…you outgrew them? How so? Do tell? Bands who think and believe this shit are scumbags in my opinion and karma will get them. Mark my words on this.


12. Our Booking Agent can’t get us any shows, we need a new one now. – WTF? You are lucky to even have a Booking Agent who is willing to sacrifice their reputation on your Unsigned band. What are you doing on your end to help spread the word on your band? My guess is you are sitting home in Dubuque, Iowa gulping down beer and chicken wings..while pointing and blaming everyone around you for your dismal career.


13. We need a PR Person. – No you don’t. I get tons of emails from PR Firms all day long trying to get their awful bands press…and because you have no amazing songs, momentum , image and backstory in place..there isn’t much a PR Person can do on their end to get you coverage. PR Firms do not have a magic wand at their disposal to get you press coverage. My advice to you is create a movement around your something different so it is noteworthy enough so a PR Firm can have something to pitch…until then…save your money.


14. We need to fire our PR Person because they can’t get us Press. – LOL…of course you do…Please read #13.


15. We don’t want to pay our Manager now, what does he/she exactly do for us? – You are truly a scumbag for thinking this.


16. We need a Record Deal. – No you don’t. When you are ready to get a record deal…the universe will let you know.


The number one thing you need to worry about now at your career level…is creating amazing songs. Not good songs, not great songs….but AMAZING Songs. None of the above areas will help your career until you yourself gets off their lazy asses and actually puts in the 10,000 hours that are necessary to make it. Only you can make that happen.


– Rob Daily



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The danger of sodas

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Just think about how pervasive soda is. how many people actively dislike the taste of water? Their brains have been slowly programmed to crave the sugar in soda more than anything…

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Keith Olbermann’s Epic Special Comment Rant, “If The Republican Tea Party Wins, America Loses” Pt. 1

The tea party people are clearly crazy, or stupid, or both. please save yourself and the rest of us. Vote Nov 2

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CHUCHO VALDÉS + The Afro-Cuban Messengers – Events – Luckman Fine Arts Complex

CHUCHO VALDÉS + The Afro-Cuban Messengers – Events – Luckman Fine Arts Complex.



You better believe I’m going to this.

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Dear friends,
On Wednesday, Rand Paul, the GOP’s US Senate candidate for Kentucky repeated his claim that a central piece of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was wrong, and that businesses should be free to discriminate against whomever they please.1 Paul and his supporters don’t seem to care that without federal intervention, Black people might still be second-class citizens in most aspects of American life: where we eat, where we work, even where we live.

Then, on Thursday, FOX contributor and business anchor John Stossel went even further than Paul and called for the section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that applies to business to be repealed.2 And he’s refused to back down.

It’s time to hold FOX accountable:

While Rand Paul may have started this outrage, he can be taken care of at the ballot box — FOX News can’t.

Stossel’s position is an affront to Black America and everyone in this country who believes in racial progress. It’s one thing to be a candidate with backwards views. It’s another to be employed by a supposed news network and to use that platform to push hateful ideas that our nation repudiated decades ago.

It’s time that FOX drop Stossel. It’s why I’ve joined in demanding Fox do so immediately. If after hearing from thousands of people like you and I, FOX refuses to act, it will make clear that FOX stands with Stossel and his values, and ColorOfChange has pledged to go directly after the network with a major public campaign.

Can you take a moment to add your voice to the call to fire Stossel? After you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:

FOX has a history of providing a platform for bigoted views and race-baiting. Most recently more than 300,000 people helped us hold FOX accountable by stripping Glenn Beck of more than 100 of his advertisers, after Beck called President Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”3

But Stossel has arguably gone beyond Beck, echoing segregationist arguments from the Jim Crow era:

“It’s time now to repeal that part of the law because private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t ever go to a place that’s racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I’ll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.”

Stossel went on to argue something that history has disproved time and again — that private business will do the right thing, without being compelled by laws, because no one would patronize a business that discriminates. It’s a blind belief in market fundamentalism that just isn’t in sync with reality. In the ’60s, white-owned businesses that allowed Blacks as customers lost business. Market forces actually perpetuated discrimination; they didn’t combat it. Simply put: segregation would still be active in parts of this country if government hadn’t stepped in.

And recent history has shown that the public accommodations section of the Civil Rights Act is still needed. In 1994, it was used to hold Denny’s Restaurants accountable, after the chain repeatedly refused to seat Black customers.4 Just last year, it was used to go after a Philadelphia pool that prevented Black children from swimming there.5

It’s time for Fox News to make a choice. Are they willing to continue to give a platform to racially-divisive rhetoric and revive dangerously outdated perspectives? Or will they move with the rest of the nation into into the 21st century? Please join me in calling on Fox News to fire John Stossel. And once you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:

Thank you.



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NBAs Phoenix Suns Join in the Arizona Immigration Battle

Opposing Views: NBAs Phoenix Suns Join in the Arizona Immigration Battle.

Because when it’s all said and done, this isn’t just a battle for the soul of Arizona. It’s a battle for the soul of the United States. Here come the Suns indeed

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Malcolm X killer freed after 44 years –

Malcolm X killer freed after 44 years –

I must say I do have mixed emotions about this. Such a brutal and violent loss of life doesn’t seem just to let this individual go. period. I am especially drawn to that conclusion because the killer states that the two other men who were convicted of this heinous murder were not guilty. But he has not produced the names of those who were. On that point alone, I say die in jail.

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