From Dave Cool:
Subject: Guitarist Jon Gomm turns down Britain’s Got Talent: "Simon Cowell can kiss my ass"
A video by UK guitarist Jon Gomm recently went viral thanks to a tweet from British comedic legend Stephen Fry. Here’s the story, the video that went viral, and the tweet:
"’Wow!’ Stephen Fry’s one-word tweet catapults guitarist from obscurity to an audience of 2 MILLION listeners":
Jon is now getting a lot of attention in British media, and even got a phone call from Britain’s Got Talent. Here’s what Jon’s manager told them:
"To all those dreamers and wannabes who may somewhat foolishly believe in the integrity of shows like The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent: A producer from BGT just called me to ask if Jon Gomm would like to take part in the show. I happen to know for a fact that the open auditions took place months ago and there are anxious hopefuls all over the country waiting for their phones to ring to see if they’ve made it to the TV stage of the audition process. In the meantime, producers are calling musicians who have shown zero interest in appearing on the show to invite them to take part and groom them for victory. As a long time loather of all reality/talent shows I told them where to shove it in no uncertain terms. These programmes are exploitative bollocks. Don’t believe the bullshit people. Simon Cowell can kiss my ass."
Thought you might enjoy that, you don’t see independent artists saying no to the establishment like that (and turning down "instant fame") very often…
1. For years we’ve heard no act has ever broken on the Internet. That’s now patently untrue.
2. P2P file sharing was supposed to kill music, so why didn’t this guy give up and get a service job?
3. The train is leaving the station on Twitter, get on it now, Twitter is where news is both made and spread.
4. The nineties were the era of YES, today is the era of NOW! Don’t be afraid to say no, especially if you’re in it for the long haul.
5. In the old days managers would be afraid to speak the truth, fearful they’d be blackballed by the system. We now live in an era of honesty, and if you speak the truth people resonate, just like me, that’s why I’m printing this e-mail!