These are exciting times to be a musician. A million years ago when I was in a band, it was difficult to see a pathway towards being in music full time. It was the weird period of when it wasn’t clear what outlets to put music online, but at the same time, everyone was pirating music via Limewire.
Fast forward to today. There’s Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, etc. All these are very real ways for musicians to make money. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not easy, but the blueprint is there. If your music is good, there are avenues to get it out there, to get people to listen, to get clients to book you, to get attention, and to even get paid.
This was crystal clear to me after my interview with Carlisle Tabanera. He isn’t someone with a song who has lucked into having a huge hit. But if I were a betting man, I would put money on him. With the rate of his releases, it’s only a matter of time till one of his songs explodes in the mainstream. But despite not having a crazy hit song, he is still able to make a living in music.
Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t easy. Carlisle happens to be one of the most talented and hardworking music producers out there. You can’t control luck, but you can control hardwork. Carlisle’s output speaks for itself.
In this episode, we talk about the music middle class, his mistakes in the past, on DJs, on making a hundred songs, and the music community in Cebu.
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