hey, great story 20 years a lot has happened. You write little about downturns, where it is something that affects everyone at every stage of life. Maybe you have a cure for this type of ailments? I am very curious how you managed to establish contacts with such world-famous artists. Did you have to fight for it? However, if your talent was noticed by anyone? I am asking from the perspective of the person who is at the beginning of the road and it is the key knowledge to keep motivation and willingness to develop in this wonderful job (passion)
Its really tough to help some people out.
My main advice for upcoming producers would be to get to know label owners,send to DJs and enter remix competitions. Of course,times have changed now since the mid 2000's when i started,i dont send to labels anymore - but i can only advise what i did myself back then.
I have had MANY tracks rejected by labels thorughout the years,but youve just got to keep persevering...i'l tell you how some of my 'success' came about :
In 2006 a label owner contacted me as he liked my music that i posted on a forum,so he signed an original track of mine. This was my first ever release - the first two didnt recieve any DJ support after being sent out to all the 'big' DJ promo pools - but the third,a track called 'Second Universe' got played by Aly & Fila on their FSOE radio show - this was 3 years after i had signed that first track with the label.
My first big break however came before, in 2007 - and ironically it involved a producer on here,Jetflag (Aerium)....a label owner asked me if wanted to remix their track that they were planning to release called 'Forever Playing' - i remixed it and Aly & Fila played it on their radio show - that was my first 'big break' in DJ support. So,it took nearly 3 YEARS after id first started on Logic Pro to have some DJ support - some would say thats a long time now.
Ive also just sent to DJs directly thorugh their email - a big example would be Solarstone,i sent him a remix in 2013..he replied saying he loved my style and hes been playing my stuff ever since.
Another great thing to do is enter remix competitions - ive won a MIKE Push,The Thrillseekers & Neptune Project contests,this can get you good exposure and of course be 'noticed' by the big producers.
Is there luck involved in all this? Id say maybe,but most of its hard work and if you have a unique sound,that will eventually breakthrough and people will start noticing it.