Tuesday, March 29

What is Your Biggest Breakthrough ?



We all know about putting in 10,000 hours of practice. We definitely all know about slogging it out in a van cross country, eating Subway & Taco Bell, sleeping on couches, borrowing money from your supportive significant other for gas to get back home. Madonna says she used to go dumpster diving in NYC just so she could eat. Many bands live in their rehearsal space, play shows to five people and run up a bar tab that's more than they get paid at the end of the night. This is all collectively called 'paying your dues.' But that's not what we're interested in today.

What we want to hear about today are great stories about that biggest breakthrough. When was the day that all that 'paying your dues' actually paid off? Did you hook up with a great producer? Did your video go viral? You sold out your first show? These are the moments that make it all worthwhile and keep up pushing even harder for that next breakthrough.

Tell us your stories in the comments, we can't wait to hear.

The Jango Jugglers

50 comments:

Artist: Bookman said...

Excuse me but umm can someone please explain what is a Break-Through, and by whose standard or level of expectations, because if there is anyone who has in fact broken through and they are bloging here....they have not by my definition broken through (including me). Success is "the progressive realization of a worthy goal or idea".

Dan - Hold Your Fire! said...

Our biggest breakthrough would probably be Surface Festival 2010.

We're a band from Jersey in the Channel Islands, so we're like those weirdos that have no idea what music should sound like, or any clue if we're actually any good or not! There's barely anyone here except farmers and bankers, so not much room for a punk rock band!

So when we heard about Surface Festival, we thought it was a great way to get off the island for a show, and meet new bands etc.

Little did we know, that within a few months we'd have gotten to the Grand Final which was held at the O2 in London!

We ended up coming 4th out of 12,000 UK Unsigned acts. It was amazing playing to a huge crowd on a massive stage, and gave us cr*p loads to write about on our new album which will be out in April!

Anonymous said...

My greatest breakthrough was when Jim Halsey booked me in Las Vegas at the Landmark Hotel with Tommy Overstreet, Leroy VanDyke, Johnny
Tillotson & Ferlin Husky. It turned into a 17 year outing. Of course, I do a lot of comedy.
I ended up at the MGM after the Sands and the
Frontier hotels. Jim Halsey is the greatest
manager I've ever known. My cd "Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume" is doing okay on
cdbaby.com. Thank you Jim.....BEN SANDERS
P.S. I spoke to Ferlin on the phone a few days
before he passed away. He was a great entertainer.

Steven Cravis said...

My single track Healing Piano has been in the top 100 best selling of it's genre for over a year:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035D3LBY/ref=dm_dp_trk1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301441136&sr=301-1

fridrix said...

My song "Waimoku." Found an excellent dude online named Elijah Lucian who made a monster remix out of it, one that can hold its own anywhere. I'm still trying to put it out there though!

Promoter said...

The biggest break ever was creating a website using: www.regyster.com and also getting airplay on jango.com and digital distribution through cdbaby.com if it wasn't for those online companies, I'd still be waiting on local music industry people to help me, and that will never happen, too much jealousy on the bottom.

Evarist said...

I had over 1000 hits with listeners and fans pouring in from every continent and countries I never imagined listened to christian songs. All was possible in less that 24 hours of going live with Jango Airplay. And I am not done yet.

I am so grateful to jango Airplay.

Evarist

Evarist said...

I had over 1000 hits with listeners and fans pouring in from every continent and countries I never imagined listened to christian songs. All was possible in less that 24 hours of going live with Jango Airplay. And I am not done yet.

I am so grateful to jango Airplay.

Evarist

Misti Flowers said...

While standing in my grandmother's kitchen cooking lunch for her, I received a call from an A&R rep who wanted to talk to me about my song "In Your Heart" and a future with his label. That's a day I will never forget. I did sign with them and am on my way!!

Joseph Daniel Chiasson said...

My biggest breakthroughs always come through suffering, either for my music or for the ones I Love. But the best of all is that day by day even when all else fails, God shows me that He too is suffering with me. That makes His Word in me more definitive and all else has become nothing through patience and penitence for you who is reading this. God Bless all men of Goodwill.

Space City Spaceman said...

Best breakthroughs (so far) include working with a major artist in Japan on a full album on the Sony Records label, appearing on 30+ TV shows in Japan, appearing on New Year's Eve special and other shows in Taiwan, 2 Korean movies. And, currently working with the top music producer in Texas to produce a world-class album. Best wishes to all the independent artists out there to have great success!

420Shot30 said...

#2 on MySpace Music Charts Today Top Progressive Artist United States, been in Top10 for over a month.

BigBee of the Whitetree said...

"Break on Through to the Other Side"

For me the creative breakthroughs seem to always coincide with the positive reaction from others. When I am opening and expanding in the world of audio I feel connected to humanity and see the current moment as one of blessings......

Positive Vibes to ALL!

Caddy Kartel said...

Our biggest breakthrough was when we were in 4 different cities in one day. In December we always donate our time for Toys for Tots and in 2009 we participated in a fundraiser in Houston, TX drove to Austin, TX for another Toys for Tots and received a call about an contest to open up for Lil Wayne in Corpus Christi, TX at the American Bank Center with Hot Z95 for their Jingle Jam. We competed against about 100 other artists that night. We drove back home to Houston, TX that night and received a phone call a few days later that we had won and the following week we were back in Corpus Christi for the concert.

Caddy Kartel
www.caddykartelmusic.com

Glenn Wilson said...

My biggest break through was heading into the studio to finally record my first song...

Mike G Murphy said...

My biggest breakthrough was being selected to be one of two lead singers for a Tribute to the WHO in Phoenix Arizona last October 2010. I was even paid for my work! I was the only one of about 20 to audition,that sent a CD "Man of Misplaced Destiny" of my work as a calling card. Also, the only one to hit the b flat to E flat in Love Reign O'er Me. The SOLD OUT show gave the ensemble and me a thunderous standing ovation at the end of the show. Awesome experience! Mike G. Murphy Recording Artist WM Studios Arizona BMI

Dash Too said...

best Buzz Was couple Weeks Ago Topping JamWave CHARTS In 4 Different Sections Including The Overall CHARTS With Different Ideas / Tunes for Approximately a Week / with Own Tunes from Dash Too & TheDashToo /
Still Quite High In Easy Listening / Mashup/ & Experimental CHARTS;
Felt Honored :
Thanks Dash Too ://

DRose said...

Bookman nailed it. Why would someone who has a "Break-Through" bother blogging about it on here? Unless they were a one hit wonder?

Anyway, here's to success to us all!!
-DRose
http://www.drosemusic.com

mark abis said...

"Like with Summerbreeze, Mark Abis wrote that song. He was in the kitchen and I didn't even know he wrote. We were having coffee and suddenly I got hyper-dramatic. The sun was shining and I got this high feeling and I was like 'Oh! I have to have this song that's like the sun coming up on your face...' and he was like 'Oh? I have a song...' And he sang that song and I almost died. " (Emiliana Torrini)

Urban Response said...

Our biggest accomplishment so far has to be making it to the finalists in the latin category of the 2011 International Songwriting Competition! With our single "Jungle Bird", there were over 15,000 entries in total.

http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
http://www.jango.com/music/Urban+Response

peace
Michael & Rodrigo

Marguerite Brophy Cassell said...

No breakthrough yet....Except having the unexpected help of a producer (Scissor Sisters) who spring-boarded this first release for me. Now I have the confidence I needed.
http://www.jango.com/music/Marguerite+Brophy+Cassell

Lesley Young said...

reviews like this: "You know that feeling you get from biting into dark chocolate, being torn between guilt and unadulterated pleasure? That’s what this second release is all about by Toronto singer-songwriter Lesley Young." ....irresistible old school tunes that boast sturdy hooks, sparse but tasteful accompaniment and a cool, clear voice that cuts through the typical tortured, “chip on my shoulder” singer-songwriter syndrome as a buoyant, uplifting alternative. The star of the show is Young’s crystalline vocal tone and soft, breathy asides..." Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine ...I'd love to find a good booking agent in Scotland, anyone know one? I could definitely use a good break right now!

Anonymous said...

@DRose & @Bookman,

breakthroughs in any creative process can come in the smallest of ways or the largest of ways. It can be as simple as finding that right word to finish a chorus and make it meaningful. It can be the first time someone calls you and wants to book you rather than you calling everyone all the time. It can be getting signed to a label, or opening for your favorite band. You can also have a breakdown anytime too. Don't knock the hustle you two...looks like you're outnumbered here!

- A No Hit Wonder !

Steven James J. (Requiem For Oblivion) said...

So far, for us it was opening for Mushroomhead and more recently getting contacted by a PR company in LA who showed a lot of interest in our new release, GODBUILDER. We just started working with them. We'll see what happens...

Steve
www.reverbnation.com/requiemforoblivion

Dennis Westgate said...

As a lyricist, composer and librettist of musicals for the amateur stage,I guess I'm in the minority here, as I depend on a group of enthusiastic performers to present my work to the general public. So my success comes from others willing to take the financial risk in hiring a theatre,paying for the technicians and all the actors and singers giving their services for free. My breakthrough came in 2009 when The York Stars took on and performed one of my musicals (Platform Nine - 20 songs). The response was such that they again performed the second of my Musicals (Grace Darling - 18 songs). This too has been received with great enthusiasm. I am now in the throws of writing the next show which they are looking forward to perform in 2012. Anyone interested can see video clips of my work on YouTube/dennisontyne.

silverwoodstudio said...

After years of procrastination Silverwood finally realised that CDS were giving way to MP3s so the mamager started setting up some sites in 2006/7. First Myspace then A Domain page (at Register.com), a multi media site www.cruxy.com (now defunked) Reverbnation, Jango, and finally the Independent Artists Company www.iacmusic.com
Putting up 2 songs---then more recording until we had a full page of 30!
In 2008 the IAC site ran a Competition across all genres for the top artist in each genre, nominated by fellow artists and listeners and voted by the public
Silverwood had 3 nominations in 3 genres and 97,000 listeners joined the live online event!
We staggered out of bed at 4am in our country to listen and womn the award for World music with our track "Gondwana"
we were stoked so we stayed up to support artists we had voted for----
Blow me down! we won another award for Ambient
'Membrane over liquid dreaming' and then won a third for Live Performance "With You Now"
the sun came up and we were totally stunned
Since then we have achieved 11 Number ones on the USA Indie charts in several other genres Including Comedy, heading off our fellow Kiwis
Flight of the Concords
Those 3 Gold Kayak Awards opened many doors

Guss said...

Augustus Wright, a Savannah native and Chief Warrant Officer at Ft. Stewart began an interesting hobby when he found himself serving in Tikrit Iraq in 2003. At the time he was a young Sergeant, new husband and father really in need of an outlet in the midst of danger and uncertainty. He began to write songs; some fiction and some based on life experience, but mainly about what he missed about home. After 3 combat deployments, to include the most recent with our own 3rd Infantry Division, his coping mechanism has flourished into what Guss Wright calls, the artistic revelation of my inner sanctum. Get his latest R&B album entitled After Everything March 24th on ITunes and www.cdbaby.com.

Soki2u said...

Soki2u, from when we started in 2007, had a good few 'breakthroughs' if you want to call it that - our first EP, 'Vortex' (2007) was the only EP ever to get the Platinum Excellence Award by the then leading UK site for unsigned bands, 'Bands Unsigned UK'. Two of the tracks from our 2008 EP 'Seeing Faces' appeared on the soundtrack of a short French film, 'Cissenar' by Stephane Floc'hlay. In 2009/10 two of our track, 'Complicated Lust-Life - the Invisible Kid edit' and 'Dusty Bird' by Burn, both remained at No 1 for over 6 months, on two unsigned charts, 'Dancefix Top 50' and the Alternative Rock Chart on 'Musictrax.jp' respetively. Our 2010 EP 'Night Shift', like our 2008 EP 'Seeing Faces' received an excellent review on Indie-Music.com, the most desirable site for an experimental and loose, international federation of solo musicians to be reviewed on. Likewise, we received excellent publicity on Somojo.net and our 3 Youtube video clips (Sarah K Panton's 'Lucky Man'; The Invisible Kid's remix of 'Complicated Lust Life' and 'A Circle of Sorrow)' have had many thousands of views on Youtube. Among our biggest achievements have been collaborating with some brilliant artists, such as NYC-base producer/musician The Invisible Kid; cutting-edge and controversial Belgian digital artist Chris Von Steiner, and British/Nigerian Poet & artist Inua Ellams. For more, see our website www.soki2u.com

Anonymous said...

We've definitely had our "due paying" nights out there. Performing for an empty room...a week of Subway and Taco Bell...etc...but we've had those milestone moments.

Like the time we were selected last minute to open for Sick Puppies, Halestorm and Adelitas Way before thousands at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Or the time we sold out an 800 seat theater in Oregon with several hundred more turned away at the door. And seeing our video on Fuse TV.

In the end...the way we look at it is that there are many days, weeks and months of "average" days...and then moments of "breakthrough"...and we just keep measuring success by this: as long as there is forward movement, we're headed in the right direction. If we start going backwards, we need to reassess.

So far, so good.

Fools For Rowan
Rock band
Nashville, TN

Tha-GhostDawg said...

My (our) biggest Breaktrough was to make it musically from tha Westside of Germany (where I'm from) to Hook up with some of the realest Artist in California L.A,and yes I can say I'm the first one who ever made something like this..I was never supposed to leave my City cause life was pretty hard, surviving and not gettin locked up was my primary mission. But things started to change after a decade of hustlin'..and now L.A is my second home and I got Family down there, we Hook up each year for new collabos, hang out, have a good Time..about to bring Chicano Rap to Europe..I thank the Lord and my Lady cause it would have never happened without them..Thank ya'll. Tha-GhostDawg

TRUE said...

The Lord has been doing some wonderful things this year! Far beyond my wildest imagination! I will be going to Canada to perform, Jamaica to perform and Florida! I know Florida doesn't sound like much, but I have never been to Florida to perform, so for me so to me thats HUGE! Every event is huge in my eyes and I am truly am thankful for! I just want to help testify of God's goodness! Seek after him, and keep your heart humble and for the King! He will open doors that no man can shut!

Mary Beth said...

Those "Ah-Ha!" moments are wonderful. There have been quite a few and I praise God for them...they keep me wanting to write. When an elderly lady calls me late at night and says keep it up God is using you...When a mother says, "my child listens to your song over and over before she goes to bed."...When a lady stops you in the aisle, gives you a big hug and says. "Thank you, I needed that song." These are my breakthrough moments. I am finding Jango amazing too. People all over the world are making comments and becoming fans. Very awesome breakthrough since I am very busy working at Camp Nathanael and loving it there, www.campnathanael.org, and really have no time travel and promote music.

3Penny said...

I would have to say that our biggest breakthrough has to be the completion and subsequent release of our debut CD "Miles & Miles"... it has brought us more opportunity to let the world hear us than we ever had before. Being on iTunes and CD Baby has really opened the proverbial door for us, and has allowed us to have that "calling card" (if you will) to open and maintain a dialogue with fans that was unavailable to us beforehand.

Noctura said...

One of our biggest breakthroughs has been selling out our first show! We've never played live but have generated an awesome fanbase online and gotten some radio play - we booked our first show three months in advance and sold out in three days!

http://noctura.posterous.com/sold-out-in-3-days

So now onto making sure our first show goes off without a hitch... no pressure! ;)

D.Tease said...

Okay. This so fresh I had to put it down. I was just looking at our Jango Control Panel and realized (math, right?) that we had become nearly self-sustaining. We have been blessed with enough likes and plays and whatever to earn free plays pretty steady. Top 100 last two weeks. At normal play rate (works for me) we will be able to keep this rollin without further payment for long enough to get more free plays and .. well, sadly my Windows calculator is broken but I think we are covered for a while. Awesome! Crap, I hope I didn't just screw it up. (So ya know, we are still willing to pay). We (ViC and I) are having more fun on Jango than we usually do at gigs. It's less work. We meet more young ladies (Hi Suheyla). And we have met many awesome rock and rollers from around the globe. Some have actually submitted e-mails and joined our Fan Reach Street Teams. Your's is actually the first site I have used for the band that I enjoy as much as a fan. I am a fan of Jango and the seekers for new music who are tuning in and I DON"T HAVE TO PAY FOR IT *screams maniacally*
LuV, ;~D tHe ReLiCs (Kick Ass)

AnastasiA said...

Well my best breakthrough was this morning when I turned on my radio and it went crazy or something. I recorded all the weird music it played and now I have a new album already. Thankfully none of the music is copyrighted in this dimension, I think.

Ellen Woloshin said...

There have been several highlights-had a song recorded by Dionne Warwick some years back. Have had airplay on BBC Radio 2 and opened for artists like Laura Nyro, Bill Stains and Jim Dawson.

G.NAS.T said...

Selected as one of the finalist of the Urban Music Awards USA's search to find America's Next Urban Superstar 2009 Auditions for America's Next Urban Superstar.Just to put into perspective how far we have come, we have beat 9900 other contestants who applied via the UMA website, Star Now, Invincible Magazine, Sonicbids, BMW, Myspace, Facebook, and more to be considered for this competition.FAQ:What was the process of selection?Judges, including A&RĂ¢?s from Invincible Media Group and the Urban Music Awards , went through all applicants music online, and carefully chose G.NAS.T

amongst the thousands!


LIL FATS PRESENTS:


COAST 2 COAST MIXTAPE VOL. 154 - HOSTED BY FREEWAY

Rocky Fretz said...

...has to be Will Ackerman producing my last CD. I won an IMA and the CD was nominated for several other awards as well ....performing with him for the CD release concert led to an invitation to be in a 2011 International piano festival in Spain too...so yes....that would be it :)

hope said...

We are the number one band on Jango.com for the last three years in a row...

not really.

Out of Ether said...

We've had a pretty great year so far- Several of our songs have been getting considerable airplay in the US and Internationally- Several weeks ago we were in Nashville on business, we were driving down Broadway and one of our country songs, "Drinking Her Beautiful" came on the radio- That was a moment we will never forget!
It wasn't easy jumping up and down in a car- but we did!! ;-)

facebook.com/outofethermusic

Jim Pipkin said...

My biggest breakthrough came when I realized that NOBODY was going to do it for me. The industry is now stacked, so online distribution and self-booking is the way to get work in my part of the world. So be it.

Matti Paalanen said...

My biggest breakthrough was when I compiled a music addon for the computer rpg Oblivion straight after it was released and mod community activity soared. My main project is all about instrumental orchestral soundtrack music with fantasy themes, so it really hit the spot. The addon pack has been now downloaded more than 50,000 times and the feedback has been really good.

Cadillak said...

My biggest breakthrough was winning Mike Pinder's SONGWARS songwriting contest in 2009.

BoppDuWopp said...

We Are Winning!!!! BoppDuWopp and Father Time are becoming a household word!! We have been awarded the opportunity to share our music around the Globe!! JANGO was a huge Blessing in aquiring that Goal!!!! We love Somaya Reece!!!

Lisa Anderson said...

I was honored to have a 30 minute Television set featuring 6 songs from my CD entitled All Things Are Possible. The show was called Gospel Music Showcase and it broadcast world-wide!
Then my music was selected to be played on Direct TV's music channel and placed in the general rotation.
Now I have been asked to sing on Trinity Broad Cast Network in Philly, NY and California!

AmaurĂ­ said...

well we wore really in the need of "paying our dues"... So one day a priest Called us to play in the Saint Ana's party. He offered the amout of R$500,00 (in that time something like U$300,00), well, for us in that moment, it was not a good show,,except for the money, but now that I'm dating a girl from that place people in the streets recognize-me from that show...
Really Surprising!

The Brothers Dube said...

we're 10, 12 and 13 years old... we're brothers. we've been busking to raise money for charity... even though it was totally cool that Arcade Fire ran off stage and joined us for a tune on the sidewalk last summer... I guess our biggest breakthrough was when we raised our 100,000th dollar for charity... back to busking.

Reuben Brock said...

I thinks it's all a series of breakthroughs ... Of course, we'd all like the big one. Honestly though, one of the biggest marketing breakthroughs came when I started offering a free mp3 of one of my songs.

420Shot30 said...

Just hit #1 TOP PROGRESSIVE MAJOR ARTIST USA!
http://www.myspace.com/music/charts/artists/progressive/united-state/major

www.420Shot30.com