Recently got into a little trouble for a show review (since removed) and it occurs to me that most local bands don't want me giving them free advice in the form of a show review. It's just.... not what people want to hear.
And I'm sorry for doing it! Even if my intentions are benign it's impossible not to offend an I really need to not do that.
Really all I want to do is help local bands- and I can help local bands, because I am a practicing attorney who also assists in the operations a couple indie record labels. I'd like to give back to the community and I think the best way that is to simply offer my services as a lawyer to local bands. Unfortunately, I can't help every band because you don't really need a lawyer unless you've got:
1. An offer from a label to release your record.
2. A finished record with no label to release you record.
3. A live show and touring experience with no completed record or label to release it.
A lot of questions short of that can be answered in simple email exchange. My goal is to help local musicians turn their Amateur status into something approaching a real career and even if I can't "do" anything for you, it's easy enough to point someone in the right direction.
Even though I have an antagonistic relationship with the local music scene here in San Diego, it doesn't mean that I don't owe San Diego local music a debt that I'd like repaid. It would be really great if I could just help one band succeed outside of this blog or by putting out their record. Anyway, I'm willing to try.
If you are a local or regional musician who feels like this blog has done you a disservice on this blog, just email me and I'll take the post down- I totally understand how something I might intend as constructive criticism might be simply interpreted as "criticism."