Recording Artist/Producer Career Development Plan

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John Smith
Career Development Plan

Performer & Recording Artist/Producer
Monday 23rd April 2012
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Performer & Recording Artist

I have always had a passion for music, since II was little, I have learnt various instruments, including Violin, Drums, Bass, Lead Guitar and Rhythm Guitar. I spent a while focusing on each of these from a young age growing up, at one point all I played was an electric guitar. After a while I threw the guitar down and picked up an acoustic, from that day I haven’t looked back, so to speak. I always had a lot of time for beat boxers and voice percussionists. I have been practicing different techniques of this since I was around 15 years old; and always had the idea into my head that if I could record the voice percussion on the spot live, and sing/rap and play the guitar at the same time, it could be mind blowing. I invested in a looping pedal, which enables me to loop vocals like voice percussions, harmonies and guitar at the same time. So I can build a backing track on the spot. I also have a vocal processor pedal. The pedal comes with 35 different presets which include reverbs, harmonies on 3rd’s and 5th’s, 2, 4 or 6 voices and various modulation effects. Which is another weapon to my arsenal.

With the equipment I had, and the ability and confidence in myself. I decided not to hold back any longer. and to get out and perform.

Dating back to Summer 2011 I had little experience in performing in front of live audiences, I overcame this by playing several local open mic nights to gain experience and to start developing a venue repertoire, which would help me in the future, in terms of booking bigger venues/Audiences

For the past six months I have played at various venues, in front of a wide range of audiences and judges. (some of which have had chart topping singles and featured on platinum selling albums) The following is a backlog of my progress so far.

October 2011
Since my first independent gig, I passed auditions into an open mic night competition. I have practiced constantly, slowly but surely piecing together a setlist.

“I am still nervous when I get on stage.”

November 2011
Since my last Log, I came third out of 14 people in the semi finals of the Open Mic Night Competition. I was also booked to play a birthday party while still playing open mic nights every weekend.

December 2011
Fresh out of the Open Mic Night Final, in which I placed third out of 8 people. I was told about another competition which was being held in Northampton, at the NB’s Sports Bar. I also placed third in this competition where I won a cash sum of £100. I was also booked by Real Music MK to play Bletchley Park Christmas Festival, taking two sets over the weekend.

“Stage fright is becoming less of an issue”

January 2012
In late December I was asked to play a private function for the staff of Sno Bar at the Xscape dome in milton keynes, for their belated christmas party. it didn’t go to plan as the looping pedal which I use decided to give up on life, which I hadn’t experienced before. So it threw my off, needless to say the set ended badly.

February 2012
February was a quiet month, with only a few open mic nights, still progressing. I’m starting to feel more confident on stage now.

March 2012
March was also quiet, I took time out to work on a new set

Present
At present I have a number of gigs booked for the summer, including twice where I support Lifford Shillingford, better known as ‘The Artful Dodger’ as well as being booked to play a private function for Ted Baker in Covent Garden. I also have my first self promoted and self booked paid gig, in Banbury. My contract for RMMK (Real Music MK) management, and Real Music Records is currently in the process of drafting up. I feel that I have come along way in the last 6 months, and that to further my ability and to obtain a broader following, I need to start booking...
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