Let’s be honest, in 2017 it’s incredibly difficult to come up with a completely original idea. It may be possible, but it’s highly improbable. I once wrote a melody for a rap song, and then two years after heard a song from the eighties that had the exact same melody. It’s ridiculous. This same rule applies to pro wrestling. Whether intentional or unintentional, it’s nearly impossible to come up with something original. Roman Reigns is the new John Cena. Bray Wyatt is CLEARLY Waylon Mercy (who is blatantly Max Cady from Cape Fear), My YouTube channel is a rip off of WhatCulture, Puppet, and basically every other damned Wrestling YouTube channel in existence (but we’re not talking about that), and the list goes on and onRead More
Hey everybody, I haven't posted a blog in sometime. My plan is to start doing these more regularly. So… If I don't, tweet me and bug me about it. @BrianbreakerODR
This blog is going to concern celebrities in the world of pro wrestling. Celebrities have always been involved in wrestling, since it has become a mainstream form of entertainment.
From Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper and all of the other celebrities at wrestlemania I. To present day having Stephen Amell of "Arrow" competing at this year's Summerslam.
Personally I am very excited, because having a celebrity always creates more buzz on the product. Granted Stephen Amell is no Mike Tyson. I do believe his appearance will bring a lot of his fan base to wrestling.
Another attribute that I believe will open some eyes. He is an amazing athlete, the stunts he does on Arrow are outstanding. I believe Amell will open a lot of eyes for wrestling and non wrestling people.
It's no secret I am a huge fan of his show. I enjoy most comic book related forms of entertainment. Including movies, TV shows, and video games. So for me I feel this could be one of the greatest celebrity matches in wrestling history.
But we will all just have to stay tune to find out!
"Do Not Disturb The Introvert may seem self explanatory at first glance, thinking: "Oh yeah an album about being introverted, cool." (Which was my initial thought when he first began promoting the album) But it's much more, and the key words in the title (I think) are "Do Not Disturb". "Read More
A decade ago, I asked a friend of mine (who played guitar) if he wanted to start a band. After a few jams sessions he decided he wanted to. We later acquired a bassist, a second guitarist, and a drummer and we became the band "Ever Since Tomorrow." We all shared similar goals, we wanted to make it big, we wanted to tour, and we wanted to make lots of money. Easy enough right? Naivety is a son of a bitch.
A year or so later, after gaining a somewhat decent fan-base. Another local band was changing things up and needed a guitarist. Both guitarists left to join their band, due to timing (in other words, we got rid of our old drummer before finding another permanent replacement and could never find one that fit). So they did what they thought they should do and joined the band Capital Lights.
No harm No foul. I completely understood. They were talented, and shortly after they were signed. I joined up with another band called Captions. And once again, gained a decent amount of fans, and then splits-ville. Still, No hard feelings, we are all still friends. It just didn't work out.
Performing music has always been a passion of mine. That's always been my dream job, that's always been my final goal; to be a success in the music industry. I quickly realized I didn't want to start another band, and that I should try my hand in rap. After all, I love rap. I grew up with rap, why wouldn't I want to rap? So i picked up my iPhone, wrote lyrics to a couple of beats I made, and called it a song. I met some guys in town who dug it, and we started a group called The Outsiders.
Now, keep in mind this was four years ago, maybe five, so my naive brain is still thinking success is right around the corner. I'm going to be the biggest name in rap. I'm going to change everything. Turns out that wasn't the case. I forgot about the competitiveness in hip hop. I was also blissfully unaware that people will blatantly ignore you, to get their name out before yours. I had absolutely no idea, that you could write a song for fun about partying, and have everyone immediately discredit everything you put out afterwards or beforehand.
What's so funny to me, is I used to chalk it up to people being "haters". But no, that's not it at all. It's as simple as this: No one cares. But none of the aforementioned really matters. If it was simply for people bashing me, I would continue doing this to spite every last one of them. No, that's not it. What's next is why i'm done.
The older I get, the more I look at things with a business mindset. And music is not profitable to me. (I would say i just suck ass at rap, but I've never been told that from anyone who has actually listened to my music. So that can't be why.) Let's take for instance beat selection. I purchased, in February, fifteen beats for an album to release later this year. I spent roughly $250 on them total. Some were cheaper than others, but let's just say they were $17 a piece. I also spent $200 on a nice condenser microphone for recording, a $150 audio interface, and a $40 pop filter because i don't want my recordings to sound like shit. So, $390 is what i'm set back for recording equipment (roughly). A $17 beat, over $390 worth of recording equipment. It costs $10 to get a song mastered on Landr. Which is nice, but then it costs $10 to get a song digitally distributed.
Now wait... Let's forget about the recording equipment for a minute. Let's just focus on the total amount of $37 for the song to get distributed as a finished product ($17 beat + $10 master + $10 Distribution). My single Nite Lites has been out since May. I have earned $13 since it's release. That leaves me with a Negative balance of $24. Add in the studio equipment and I'm further in the hole with $414. See where i'm headed?
I released another song a couple in June called "On Fire", So we'll add another $37 to the deficit. $461 is now what i'm in the hole, and so far On Fire has earned me $3. Yay. -$458 is now my balance in music.
And I'm supposed to release an album? It's hard enough to get people to care about a $0.99 single, much less a $15 album.
It costs $30 to release an album ($50 after the first year). This is where the $250 worth of beats come into play. $250 invested in beats, $390 in recording equipment, $150 for mastering, and $30 to distribute. An $820 album probably doesn't sound bad to a record label. But to a guy who has mouths to feed and bills to pay.... It's a bitch.
So let's take this $820 album, and sell it for $15. Lets project I'll sell 10 of them on iTunes in the first few months, because realistically that's what has happened with the singles. iTunes takes a cut of the profit and I receive $0.70 for every $0.99 song. So they take out 30% of sales, which means if I sold Ten albums, I'd get $105. Which then takes my investment to a -$715 deficit. After the first few months, sales disappear. I may get one or two more for the rest of the year. So lets say two more sales happen that first year, that's $21. Which takes my deficit to -$694. But wait!!! It's time to renew and now it's $50 to renew, so i'm back to -$744.
Now I understand why people are at quiktrip's hustling their cd's. This isn't worth it. I love music. I will never stop making music. But as an adult, sometimes you have to make adult decisions. I can't afford to rap. As odd as that sounds. So any further releases will be done through this website, and this website alone. Most likely for free download, because i refuse to spend any more money that could be spent on my wife and kids.
If I have to weigh out my success in music.. I've been slightly successful, I did the intro song for BMMS for two years, and I've had the privilege of doing a verse for Capital Lights on their sophomore album. (Not much of a resume, but it's two things I'm very proud of).
Let's not forget to mention I run (along with Brian Breaker) a very successful podcasting network, that is 100% ad-free with simple word of mouth promotion. I'm extremely proud of that, and we continue to do it because it's enjoyable to do!
But if I had to weigh out my success in general... I have definitely become a success, because I have a woman who loves me and puts up with my bullshit. I have two kids who do the same, and already think the world of me. So really, fame doesn't matter to me anymore. I'm already successful.
Thanks for reading my rant.
I've wanted to do a blog about this for some time now, so here goes...
-What makes you a better wrestler? Well I believe there are many things that complete this process, but the biggest thing is you never stop learning in this business. Every single match can have improvement, always keep that in mind.
-For the first 3 years of my time in WLW with Harley Race, all the veterans always critiqued my work. Telling me what I needed to work on. That process has carried over, I constantly think about all the bad things I've done in my matches. I critique myself and do my best not to make those same mistakes twice.
-After many years with Harley, I have become one of the veterans. Thus, I needed critique from someone who had more experience than myself. No doubt, not many people have more experience than the man himself, Harley Race. I spent many hours from 2009-2012 in his office, simply just asking questions about the business, psychology, etc.
-I highly recommend finding someone whose opinion you respect, and asking him questions. Because we can all get better, think about your matches, think about the person you are working, and think about always becoming a better performer
-Now as far as training goes, there are tons of people who can train you. But very few who can train you correctly and help your career in positive ways. If you do not seek out further training or getting in touch with the right people who can help you along the way, then don't expect to go as far as someone who will do that.
-Also, my last piece of advice, find something that challenges your creativity. That is why I wanted to start the podcast. (It was my idea too don't let bayn fool you!) I decided doing this show would be fun, and help my brain open up in many other ways.
I have some spare time here, so I’ll take this time to list and express some annoyances I have with rap.
Why Can’t I Have Fun?! I get it… It’s rap (or hip hop, whatever you like to call it), which usually means you have to act tough right? MEH. It has me so frustrated that I can’t write a goofy ass song, with even goofier ass lyrics, without people saying “Hey, this cat isn’t real.” WHAT THE HELL IS REAL THEN?! (Which brings me to point two, but i’ll get there in a second.) Last time I checked I'm not a figment of your imagination. I wake up and take a piss just like everyone else does. So tell me again, how am I not real? Ya see, a HUGE majority of rappers in Oklahoma alone have this pretentious attitude that what they're feeding to these people are better than what the rest have written down. News flash fella, it’s not. If it were, you’d be making a shit ton more money than every one else, and everyone would be copying you. Point being, get over yourself.
- What Is Real? The biggest critique I’ve gotten from people in my four years of doing rap is to “be you” or “just be real man”. Who the hell do you think I’m trying to portray? I personally think it’s ok to have a list of songs where hardly any of them sound the same. HEY! Get this guys and dolls, I don’t JUST like hip hop. I like Pop, as well as Country, Metal, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening, Folk, and the list goes on. Frankly if I want to have a song from each genre of music there is, that is just me being ME. I’ll write another welcome to the show, and then write three more lonesome valleys right after just to piss you off! Because I’m OK with writing what I want to write, and I’m OK with being me. I'm also OK with you being uncomfortable with me being in your "rap game"
- Don’t Critique My Writing, Unless I’ve Asked For Your Opinions. This one bothers me. Some of you may know, and some of you may not know this, but before I was a “rapper” I was a frontman for two bands. Before i wrote lyrics and became the front man for those two bands, I was simply a writer. I have a book about 200 pages long of just poetry. When I was a junior in high school I won 3rd place in a college level poetry contest. I may not be the best essay writer, but if I am one thing, it’s a wordsmith. So the LAST thing that i care to hear is your opinion on what i’ve written. If I wrote it, it either has meaning, or I just thought it was funny as hell when i thought of it.
- Stop saying you’re going places. Especially, when you’re performing for 12 people at the local dive bar, and have twenty some odd plays on soundcloud. I see you, and you’re full of horse crap. I get it, you want to get people on board with what you and your people are doing, but if you’ve been around for awhile and people still aren’t on board… Maybe we're just... bored. It may be time to switch up the ole style.
- Don’t say “Support Locals” when you don’t do it your damned self. This is my final annoyance that i’ll speak on. This is something I had to deal with when I played in rock bands too. I completely understand not staying for the acts that are after you. 9 times out of 10, I don’t do it either. Usually, I want to play my set, and get the hell out of there because I enjoy home. Something you WON’T hear me say right before I leave the stage is: "Hey guys be sure to stick around for rest of the guys, support local hip hop!" Because that would be a little hypocritical of me. If you’re going to say “support local hip hop” or any other genre that you’re involved with, you better make damn sure your happy ass is staying the whole night. The repercussions of this is very clear and very simple: People catch on to you “not supporting” and they’ll stop supporting you.
In closing… Quit being an asshole. I’m in music because it’s fun and I enjoy MUSIC. I’m going to have fun with whatever song I choose to write. I’m going to be real, but not to you and your douche bag friends, but to me. I’m going to write whatever lyrics I want to write, because I want to write them (there are only a select few people who get to critique me and they know who they are). I’m going to be content with being a local, and if the stars align and that changes, maybe i’ll say i’m going somewhere. And I won’t SAY I’m supporting you, If I do support you…. you’ll know it by my actions.