to blog or not to blog

29 08 2008

I know it’s a bit late in the game and i should have done this a long time ago but for a time i wasn’t quite sure i wanted everyone to know what’s going on inside my head and really, i don’t think anyone would be interested. For all we know, it’ll just be the same circle of friends who will get to read what i have to say or share but i guess it could be therapeutic to purge one’s self of thoughts and observations kept within.

I must say, i am inspired by the many music blogs out there, both good and bad and if one person can say so much about his or her favorite records or type of music, i think i can probably do the same thing, 25,000 plus x more, just as long as i don’t get lazy. It’s not going to be all about records though, it could be some other great find, a book, a band, good food, footwear or really well designed furniture. Not to scare you but it could also be about my kids.Yes, i do have the “proud father syndrome” and i can’t help it. My six-year old son Pepi is quite a charmer and has got great taste in music for his age. Yes,of course we (my wife Rica and i) let him be with what he sees and hears on Disney and Nickelodeon, you know, High School Musical, Jonas Brothers or cheesy 90’s euro dance music used for Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler movies but but it’s not everyday you come across a kid who knows most of XTC‘s songs and hums New Order‘s “Temptation” while playing computer games online or singing the chorus to Tahiti 80‘s “1000 Times” while brushing his teeth. Meanwhile, Paddy, our one and a half year old, isn’t far behind, curiously wanting to touch the knobs and faders of the mixer and nodding his head to Swayzak! Not bad eh?

But before you say daddy overload, I’ll stop.

There is however, another father of sorts role i have and that is the headmaster of the Terno Recordings family of artists and bands which is a feat in itself. Having to deal with different characters, attitudes, egos and insecurities can be a handful and most of the time stressful. That’s just being a figurehead mind you.  Managing most of the bands is another ulcer-inducing activity i experience day to day. Never in my strangest dream did i see myself  being a band manager but probably as punishment for some sins in the past i am considered one and a professional one at that . I may have leadership qualities and maybe for some, the idea of managing rock stars is glamorous but it really is nothing more than just working for a bunch of people who most of the time don’t appreciate what you do for them and you are mostly to blame when things are not exactly rosy. With success they’re with you 100% but with failure you’re alone.

I know this blog is not titled the “depressing world of The Collector” and i don’t mean to sound like all are such ingrates but maybe I’m just saying it’s a difficult job (low paying too unless you’re handling superstars) and it’s a good thing this managerial position i have is related to music or i probably would’ve given up a long time ago. Hopefully, some of them do get wind of this blog to see that it’s not sex, drugs and rock & roll for this manager but more like haggling with people who don’t want to pay what’s due the band or bands.

Now, running a small, financially strapped record label is another thing. Yeah, Terno maybe critically acclaimed and so do most of the bands on it but it’s also under critical condition as quality doesn’t necessarily equate to cash flow in this town. It’s hard but when the going gets tough, the tough get going and we trudge on.

If there was a category in some local award giving body like Best Independent label or Label with Balls, it would be a crime if it doesn’t go to Terno. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to happen, i mean that category or that acknowledgment. Maybe 20 years from now. Maybe never or just maybe, lady luck would smile and make it the cash cow that it should be. I hope so.

In the meantime, we welcome financial donations from like minded music fanatics who double as generous philanthropists. Seriously. No, I’m not kidding. We’ll take cash or checks. We’re easy to please. Yeah.


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2 responses

30 08 2008
popleibel

I don’t know if this idea has has already been brought up, but have you ever thought of having a co-manager? Like someone to bring under your wing. An apprentice, if you will, who you can teach the ropes of the inner workings of Terno to. I’d think it would be a lot easier if there was someone who can help out in every aspect, not only managing.

I think Terno Recordings is a great label and should be recognized not only in the independent circuit, but also in a nationwide conscience.

I had always wanted to thank you every time I see you at gigs for creating Terno Recordings. It’s exactly what the local music scene needs, a music visionary who knows great music and who can put our music scene in a worldwide map. But that’s just me.

30 08 2008
totid

That’s a good suggestion. However, it would have to be someone who’s financially OK because we cannot afford to pay that person nor is it feasible to divide my “archaic” 20% share as manager into two but any help from those willing to apprentice to support the label and further its presence for nationwide consciousness is very much welcome and encouraged. Ironically and luckily, the label is getting its accolades lately more from outside of the Philippines from various nationalities and entities so the label’s achieving its original goal in letting the outside world know that we do have talents that’s global in appeal. Thanks for your kind words as well. It’s good to know that there are people out there who can appreciate and it gives encouragement for me to go on. Thanks for your support and continue spreading the love.

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