Ian Anderson talks about his new book, Here Come the Regulars
But rather than be a hard-knuckled naysayer, Anderson, the head of Afternoon Records, manages to torque these realities into something more than pessimistic determination. In fact, these admissions of the reality of the music industry seem to be arguments of liberation--in a smaller, leaner music industry, the little guy has a fighting chance to do what he loves.
That's the value of Ian Anderson's manual on success in the record industry--the book is written with a genuine love for his trade, a love that has powered his label, Afternoon Records, into the fore of local music. And it's a book that redefines success for a cadre of fledgling music entrepreneurs--no one, says Anderson, should enter the business with dreams of dollar signs. Rather, entrants to the industry must act on purer, more impassioned impulses--a love of music, and a desire to help the scene.
"When I talk with my friends, I make jokes about how you have to have a certain level of insanity to enter this industry," said Anderson in an interview with Gimme Noise this morning. "It's a tug of war, you work all the time, and there's no money. But the bottom line? It's super fun. Straight up, it's the funnest job ever."
Though being only 23, Anderson is more than qualified to dole out advice on getting by in the industry on a shoestring budget. Through faith in grass roots localism, Afternoon records has become a titan in its own time, managing the careers of such luminaries as Haley Bonar and We All Have Hooks For Hands.