Majors and I
Hello, and a s I said soon, welcome to new subscribers.
Some people wonder why I have not soon signed with a major compagny. I want to explain it more, it is a little bit more complicated.
Here is a few years, I met a representant of Dreyfus Jazz Compagny, as I used to sometimes send my plates to three compagnies, Dreyfus Jazz in these three majors. I sent four of five plates, not more, as I didn't want to insist nor supplicate.
He asked me if I had a project to propose to Dreyfus Jazz. It was a time when I had not other musicians as it can be in the timelapse between two musical projects, and I answered him "no". But...
In the soon 1990's, I had thought to this type of situation, and I decided to refuse all contracts and all contacts with majors or producers. So, it was not a problem to refuse to Dreyfus Jazz to sign. I turned back thinking, and said to me "Why not trying to present them some project, I can surely find some musicians with a minimum of technic capacities to record my compositions." So, I tried to find four musicians, and a repetition studio, and found. We started to work on four compositions, and day after day, the musicians decided to renounce to record a project, as they didn't want to become professionals, as they just tried to find some shows during four years because it is the legal condition to pass the DE (Diplôme d'Etat), as the law say you need to be professional four years in order to be allowed to present the diploma. Some days after this, I knew the commercial I met had decided to work with another compagny, maybe has he been fired from Dreyfus Jazz, I don't know exactly. And that's all.
So, I don't want to sign with a compagny or be produced, that's why I keep on being in freelance, Independant and Non-Salaried Worker (TNS in french language). I am not in concurrence with majors, but I don't want to quit my independancy, as "ma petite entreprise connaît pas la crise". Even if Columbia or Warner or other would sign with me, I should refuse at sure, as there is no need to try, as I should refuse an interview to M6 or TF1, or the big medias, capitalistic advertising production societies I don't support.
So, effectively, firstly, I think I am the only one musician that improve really, that does not recitate written parts in shows, and secondly, I think I am the first musician that has refused to sign with a major, and, of course, I don't want to be in the Guinness Records Book nor in the Reader's Digest. I just live my life, independantly of what seems to call a systema. That's all. Happyness around you!