Commentary On The Musical Edge by Mitch Santell
There is a deep place that most artists need to go to pull out the pure rage that is in their soul. Don't believe me?
It is very tough to be an artist. Without artists, the lifeblood of Reggae Music would be without inspired flow.
Unlike the old music business where you just signed to a label (never do that by the way, you can start your own), Reggae Artists today are having to do it all from writing and recording their original tracks all the way up producing them and taking them on the road.
Then there is dealing with distribution, merchandise and all of that. These Reggae artists have to think like self-contained entrepreneurs. There are multiple streams of income that each artist can make, and there are few people to guide them.
Most artists have to do what they do, and they can't stop, and for the most part they don't care what other people think.
On February 8th, 9th and 10th, you will have an opportunity to see more top-shelf reggae artists in one venue than anyplace else in 2019.
Seriously, I'm talking about the One Love Reggae Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. As a producer, I always have to calculate what things cost. If you went to see each of these reggae groups separately, you could easily spend 3K or 4K (USD) just going to all the events.
Don't walk but run to Long Beach in February. Even if you live out of California, it is so worth it.
Do you know that one thing that still blows my mind as the Co-founder of Big Reggae Mix?
The simple fact that 80% of our audience is outside of the United States. Some of the countries around the world that tune into our 24/7 stream have very repressive governments with no Freedom of Speech at all.
Reggae Music more than any other music genre is directly linked to the Cannabis Movement.
Here in America, we now have legal Hemp. You can grow it, manufacture it and they won't arrest you here for being in that business.
What does Hemp, Cannabis, and Freedom of Speech have to do with Reggae? It has everything to do with Reggae. When I look at all forms of music, there may be no more an authentic genre of music more than Reggae.
Next time you see a Reggae Band at a show or festival, reach out to the artists, buy their music, buy their merchandise and be grateful that we are living in a time where so much is available to so many who follow these artists.
I hope to see you all in Long Beach this year in 2019!
The information I provide here is for informational purposes only. We are a wold class streaming 24/7 Reggae Station, not a ticket seller! What does that mean? We love to promote these top shelf bands whenever we can.
Friday - Feb 8, 2019
Saturday - Feb 9, 2019
Sunday - Feb 10, 2019
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