You take your shot at success and fame. You tell anyone who will listen, “Hey, check me out! I’m on Spotify, Amazon, and YouTube!” Finally, you’re validated. You’re at the table with the big kids — Right? WRONG.
YOUR CONTENT EVERYWHERE GETS YOU NOWHERE...
Music industry insider Christopher Grant Sr. introduces UnderRepresented Creatives to the groundbreaking concept of Competitive Streaming™ and DESTROYs the idea that creatives must rely on traditional digital media platforms for discovery. He levels the playing field for URCs, as he calls them, to achieve success — regardless of fame, connections, or net worth.
“I’m not here to bash traditional digital media platforms like Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, etc., but I know what they’re good at and what they’re not good at. Unfortunately, one thing they’re not good at is making you a star.” —CGrantSr.
Christopher Grant, Sr. has nearly 20 years of successful experience in the entertainment industry. As founder and CEO of upstart media company SEVENHORNS, host of the DESTROY Podcast, and founder of TraxBox, Inc., Chris believes in the power of multimedia to impact society for good. One of his lifelong pursuits has been to create and deliver culturally relevant content that challenges the human condition.
About the Author
Entertainment industry professional and author Christopher Grant, Sr. has over seventeen years of successful experience in the entertainment industry. As the founder and CEO of upstart media company SEVENHORNS, host of the DESTROY Podcast, and founder of TraxBox, Inc., Chris has recognized the power of multimedia to impact society for good. One of his lifelong pursuits has been to create and deliver culturally relevant content that will challenge the human condition.
His background includes several years in the trenches achieving gold and platinum level sales recognition for major artists like POD, Relient K, Switchfoot, Skillet, DC Talk, CeCe Winans and others as the Northeast Sales & Marketing Territory Manger for Capitol Records/CMG (formerly EMI/CMG), one of the world’s largest music distributors. As VP of Marketing for an independent hip hop label distributed by Provident Music Group/Sony Music, Grant marketed and/or served as executive producer on several projects by Grammy nominated artists Lecrae, Da TRUTH, and The Cross Movement. He has also managed his son, Chris Grant Jr., whose credits include the voice of Tyrone on Nickelodeon’s Emmy award-winning show The Backyardigans, and daughter Sydnée, who graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and plays Jess in the romantic comedy, “Accidentally in Love.”
Christopher Grant Sr.
Chris Grant, Sr. has more than seventeen years of successful experience in the entertainment industry. As the founder and CEO of upstart Media Company SEVENHORNS, host of the DESTROY Podcast, and founder of TraxBox, Inc., Chris recognized the power of multimedia to impact society for good. One of his lifelong pursuits has been to create and deliver culturally relevant content that will challenge the human condition. Christopher has also written fictional works under the pen name P. C. Grant in honor of his late brother Paul Grant Jr. Works include his Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Series Sons of Caasi.
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“Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” — Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying, 1889
Very little beauty is found in thick grey fog, but poet and playwright Oscar Wilde believed we can appreciate the beauty of fog in nature today because great painters revealed its beauty on canvas through their art. That world around us can be viewed in three ways. The way we believe it to be, the way we’re told it is, and the way it actually is. Creatives have the power to show us the world as they see it through their creativity and art, their representations can be realistic or idealistic. Creatives wield not only the power to reflect the world around them, but also to create their version of it.
Billions of people around the world gather information about the people, places, and things around them from online digital media platforms. According to the Digital 2020 Global Overview Report, “More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of (2020).” We can receive information via digital social media platforms as a tweet, song, book, or images. These mediums communicate something, but influencers, celebrities, and those who control the narrative can affect the way we perceive their messages.
For example, let’s say you’re indifferent about chocolate — you can do with or without it. Justin Bieber, your favorite artist, writes a song called “Yummy Chocolate.” He invites his adoring fans to share why they love chocolate on social media, and to tag their posts “#I Love Chocolate.” He sweetens the deal with the promise that 20 lucky fans will receive a “Yummy Chocolate” t-shirt. You reason, “I hate chocolate,” (Remember, this is a hypothetical; I doubt anyone hates chocolate), “but I love the Beebs, so I participate for a chance to get and wear his gear.” Justin Bieber just convinced you to represent something you couldn’t care less about, just because you like him and his music. That’s a loose example of how celebrities and/or influencers wield so much power in our society.
Never underestimate the power of influence. It can be good or bad, depending on the influencer. Most of us share similar preferences as the people we care about; we love the same things. It’s been called human nature, herd mentality, groupthink, etc., but it’s not always negative. Somebody’s experience, review, or advice about a product, place, or thing keeps us from making mistakes and wasting our hard-earned money and time — effectively by allowing them to be our guinea pig. But, we miss some diamonds in the rough if we only try something new if someone else is speaking, tasting, wearing, or watching for us, even more so if we only ever do so at the urging of celebrities.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS vii
ABOUT THE AUTHOR x
LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD 23
MEDIA BIAS 31
YOU DON’T NEED THE INDUSTRY, YOU NEED AN AUDIENCE 39
DEATH OF THE GATEKEEPER 47
NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING 57
COMPETITIVE STREAMING™ 73
Thank you for reading! 85
Partner With Us 86
DESTROY Podcast 89