Blurt Online’s “Trust Yourself” series is devoted to famous musicians giving advice to young artists. Steve Albini, Brian Wilson, Genesis P-Orridge, and Chuck D were among the featured guests last year. A new installment published last month includes advice from Patti Smith, Bob Mould, and some particularly sharp commentary from Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls and Alvarius B. You can read the whole thing in the link above, but here’s a sampling of what Alan has to say:
Find another way other than music to make money and never depend on music to make you a living. Don’t become dependent upon others. Pull your own fucking weight. Don’t go into debt.
You know little of the way the world works so get fucking busy and find out what you don’t know instead of thinking you already know it. There’s nothing more pathetic than a 20-something “know it all.” You’ve been fundamentally lied to since birth, so wake up.
Don’t give in to your peers. Most of your peers don’t know jack fuck about anything. Create your peers instead of settling for the peers you’ve been dealt. There are rarely more than a dozen people in any city who have a clue, therefore there are 12 people you need to know, so go find them. Most of the rest around you have been socially engineered to be fucking morons who will compete for your attention and energy, and how you handle these cretins will be key in determining your future.
Don’t be an asshole, a thief or a junkie.
Buy your own fucking cigarettes and don’t be a fucking leach [sic].
I guess it’s nice to read that Patti Smith and Bob Mould think you should follow your own muse or whatever, but Alan sounds like he actually thought about his answers and manages to be funny about it too. Worth a read.