5 Music Industry Lessons Musician, Producer Butch Walker Learned The Hard Way
Producer Butch Walker has worked with the likes of Weezer, Katy Perry, Pink, Avril Lavigne, and Panic! at the Disco. In his new book Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt, Walker gives readers a clear yet comical view of what the music business involves – drugs, internal fighting, greed, swindles, booze, and the waiting for promises that will never be fulfilled. When describing how he rose to the middle, Walker talks honestly about the fragile balance found between achievement, selling out and swallowing more whiskey in order to not feel the pain. Here are five lessons Butch Walker learned the hard way in the music industry:
- Do not believe that the first record deal you get is also the last deal
- Do not put the tattoo of anyone on your body (only if the person is dead)
- Be cautious of publishing deals
- Drink one glass of water every time you have some alcoholic beverage
- Recognize that on many occasions, it is all about favours and not really about the song.