AN OPEN LETTER TO #KANYEWEST

I hear you’re paranoid and depressed? Here’s some news for you, bro: Get in the queue. Every day, millions around the world suffer from depression. And in silence. They don’t have millions of Twitter trolls drumming up the sympathy vote for them. They go through that long dark tunnel alone and hope to the god person that they will come out into the light. They don’t have access to million dollar psychiatric care and enablers to help make the demons go away. Couldn’t you see this long train to nowhere hurtling your way? It’s called the Karma Train.

For over a year, you’ve gone out of your way to be anointed the Chosen One. You have demanded that the world recognise your genius. You’re Yeezy. Must be related to Dozy and Dopey. You have been allowed- yeah, bro, allowed- to have mindless rants because you’re yet another social media created cretin. Yet, these rambling rants have been applauded by those muppet cronies of yours led by your equally vapid cheerleading moron squad made up of your wife and her dysfunctional family.

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DO THE MAJOR MUSIC COMPANIES CARE MORE ABOUT FEATHERING THEIR OWN NESTS THAN CATERING TO MUSIC FANS? DON’T THINK ABOUT IT TOO HARD

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It appears that the last post about all the shenanigans played out using the mantra that “China is potentially the largest music market in the world” to feather the nests of especially Chinese music executives in Hong Kong- and let me quickly add, Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia- has registered with many, because- quelle surpris- these scams to use money from the many dimwits in “Head Office” to fund self-serving agendas is still allowed- ALLOWED- to take place around the world. It’s one of the loudest secrets in an industry very much on its last legs in its current incarnation and desperately seeking Susan and a new business model. Or maybe no one really cares? Perhaps it’s about milking and bilking it for what it’s worth while there’s still the chance?

Video killed the radio star and streaming is not going to save the business of music. If streaming music is the only bullet music companies have they might as well use it to shoot themselves and start all over again.

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THE HONG KONG MUSIC INDUSTRY: WHY IT HAS NEVER GONE ANYWHERE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

To understand the current state of the Hong Kong music industry today- pretty much dead and buried- there’s a need to understand at least part of what happened and didn’t happen yesterday, and how things have been allowed to evolve and dissolve into very muddy waters with some Howlin’ Wolf thrown in. We’re going back to the future, Marty…

A fish stinks from the head down, and today’s local music industry is paying for the sins of the past by those handful of decision making executives who engaged in dirty politics, made use of their “Chineseness” to sell themselves and their side projects to naive Head Offices blinded by the “China Dream” that here was “potentially the largest music market in the world”.

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JIMMY “THE VOICE” CUPPLES ADDS TO THE EXCITEMENT OF LONGINES HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

He’s the voice behind the latest theme song for Happy Wednesday titled “We’re Having A Happy Wednesday”.

He’s also the voice behind “We’re All Here Together”, an anthemic song about racing and, especially, the Hong Kong International Races, and another original written by music executive Hans Ebert and producer/engineer Trevor Carter, co-owner of Studio 52 in Melbourne, where the recordings were produced.

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THANK YOU, LEON RUSSELL

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

In the space of two short days, we lost Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell. The curse of 2016 struck again robbing the world of two more extraordinary creative talents just like it’s taken Prince and Bowie and Glenn Frey and so many others from us, and replacing all that wonderful music about life, love and peace and, sure, sex, with a bitter, angry, divisive world hell bent on tearing down all the goodness and innocent forays into the dark that had been built up only to have all this replaced by downright ugliness- ugly politics, where everybody is wrong when nobody’s right, attractive women ugly on the inside in and out of “love” for financial security, and old fashioned ideals handed to us by our parents wiped out forever.

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WHY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE TRUMPED

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

So, you’ve recorded some songs. Great. Creative outlets always lead one away from darkness and into some form of shining light. But what do you plan to do with these songs? Even with a record label behind you, what can they do for these songs? Really. And if you’ve managed to convince some benevolent fairy godparent to invest in your musical project, what next? What’s the payback? It’s not easy being a fairy godmother or fairy godfather these days. It’s a full-time paying gig and like Shylock, they’ll return for that pound of flesh. Bet on it.

Do you even own what’s been recorded? You know, the Rights? All. The. Rights. No one’s going to foot the bill for something and not own it all. All. Everything. It’s what, surprisingly, many who’ve been making music for even decades, still don’t understand. But they’ve happily jumped the gun and are pursuing the fame game by shooting blanks. Even Mother Superior can’t jump the gun.

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MUSIC AND THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s reached a point where it’s not even a case of Them versus Us. It’s finally come around to how to get around legalese that were questionable from the start, but which many were too timid to question, especially at those tribal gatherings of wannabe big swinging dicks who would waltz in and out of those ubiquitous music conferences where nothing was ever achieved and everyone left mumbling that music mattered when they were as confused about everything as someone trying to understand the relevance of a blog by The Bobster.

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THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND THE NEED FOR AN EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF POWER

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Often- extremely often- one wonders if artists really know what’s happening to their music, and, more often than not, why nothing is happening to their music. Forget about all those travelling First Class with their army of lawyers wearing tight legal briefs and with the firepower to give windburn to anyone in their way. Plus, someone like Taylor Swift first came along before it all became so unnecessarily complicated and convoluted and where it’s easier to say just say No, because approving simple requests for something as basic as the approval to use a song might require actually doing some work, or the request is deemed too small to bother.

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HOW A “NORTH WIND” AND WHITEMOOR BLEW THIS WAY

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It would be too easy to say that one could hear Sting recording the song. But, often, the problem is trying to be too smart and which leads to pretentiousness and that kiss of death called Overthinking. Overthinking has been the ruin of many an artist.

So, let’s leave it as “North Wind” by WhiteMoor and recorded in 2014- sounds like something Sting might have recorded when writing songs like “Fragile” and “Field Of Dreams”- strong melodies with moving and effortless lyrics.

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