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It’s been a hell night. All night long, I have been sick. After going out to see a movie ‘Limitless’ with my Femke (pretty cool – about some kind of corporate doping with a flavour of ‘Inception’ filming – even if I think the movie had more potential), I was so hungry I took some fried chicken nuggets on the way home around midnight. It’s now noon the next day, and I’m finally getting better …

As we’re in the moment of implementing some changes inside our organization to prepare for the next wave of scaling and growing international (we have grown now to about 30 artists from 5 countries, 8 corporate partners, 1000′s of members and investors, and 100s of live gigs…), being sick doesn’t come at a good moment. But does it ever ??

While getting better, and trying to prepare to speak with the team and this evening’s SonicAngel advisory board, I came across this post from mike arrington (chief Techcrunch) and chris dixon (founder hunch, siteadvisor, …) about entrepreneurship.

His words are:

You’ve either started a company or you haven’t. ”Started” doesn’t mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out. It means starting with no money, no help, no one who believes in you (except perhaps your closest friends and family), and building an organization from a borrowed cubicle with credit card debt and nowhere to sleep except the office. It almost invariably means being dismissed by arrogant investors who show up a half hour late, totally unprepared and then instead of saying “no” give you non-committal rejections like “we invest at later stage companies.” It means looking prospective employees in the eyes and convincing them to leave safe jobs, quit everything and throw their lot in with you. It means having pundits in the press and blogs who’ve never built anything criticize you and armchair quarterback your every mistake. It means lying awake at night worrying about running out of cash and having a constant knot in your stomach during the day fearing you’ll disappoint the few people who believed in you and validate your smug doubters.

I don’t care if you succeed or fail, if you are Bill Gates or an unknown entrepreneur who gave everything to make it work but didn’t manage to pull through. The important distinction is whether you risked everything, put your life on the line, made commitments to investors, employees, customers and friends, and tried – against all the forces in the world that try to keep new ideas down – to make something new.

Starting a company is risking everything. Everything. You start from zero (or near), there’s a huge amount of non-believers, and especially the music biz is full of people (sometimes understandably) holding on to an old model to get through the day, with strategically trying to poor a daily dose of scepticism of ‘any’ new initiative. But hell, what we are doing at SonicAngel started as an idealistic adventure and that principle of bringing a new model to support emerging artists is and will always be core to our company. But you can bet on it that we’re ambitious. Truth is, I do believe we can become a global gamechanger and bring a new model to find, finance and break a new generation of outstanding artists across the planet by combining the power of fans, technology and industry innovation. And there’s a team fighting to make it happen. There peaks of huge highness of happiness, there’s moments of desperate cursing, but looking back on our first year of operations I’m extremely proud of what we are doing and where we currently are.

Even when I’m still feeling pretty bad and sick at this moment, all I want to do now it to get to our office/studios, work with the team, grow our hybrid ‘music-technology’ company, and make a difference!

So, to end this post, we’re proud of being “pirates” risking all we did before to execute and operate on our ideas. And I’m incredibly grateful to all artists, fans, partners, supporters and certainly our entire team for working to achieve our goals and dreams, for remaining positive during difficulties, for celebrating during successes, but certainly for being honest, open and giving all you have.
Thank you.

bart
http://www.sonicangel.com * http://www.flyingchaz.com

This morning, Natalie (one of our 2 label managers) and one of our artists went to London for a 3day session of songwriting. At the same time, I’m going through some of our week-end stats, and I’m liking some of the trends:

  1. Tom Dice entered the TOP50 again in France, and even TOP20 in airplay. Reactions in France are really great. Looking at the French charts, we Belgians should be proud! Stromae, Selah Sue and Tom Dice are all in the top50. 3 very different styles of music, but all of them examples of ‘where amazing talent meets hard work’. And I expect milow in that group soon too. Bravo to all!!
  2. A trend that I LOVE! We’ve started to go international with SonicAngel over the last weeks. We’ve signed up with 8 international artists so far, but capturing the heart of the fans should take some time, although the reactions in the US are kindof overwhelming. Looking at the latest 10 sales on our site yesterday, I noticed the following:
    40% Flanders
    10% Wallonia
    10% France
    10% Netherlands
    20% Switserland
    10% USA
    That’s really great news, and today we’re finalizing 2 more projects to further expand internationally
  3. Over the next 2 months, we have 8 releases lined up, and planning looks amazing. Most of them are in Flanders and Wallonia but our first French, Suisse and US releases are also being lined up. Going through the productions, I cannot help but think: WOW. What amazing talents.

Great feeling to start the week! Time to accelerate our actions and plans.

bart