While we caught a glimpse into the glamorous world of the music industry at the Grammy Awards, in the Valley musicians are working tirelessly just to get noticed. Some are taking things one day - and one YouTube video - at a time.
In addition to the guitar, musician Zachary Scot Johnson plays the violin, banjo, piano, mandolin and the list goes on. But even an artist as versatile as Johnson has to find a way to stand out.
"I just kept hearing from people all over the place, you need to have your stuff on YouTube, this is the direction the industry is going," Johnson said.
So he came up with the Song a Day Project; every day he records either an original song or a cover and uploads it to his YouTube channel. He's posted more than 500 videos, and his most popular one, a cover from his personal favorite artist, has nearly 600,000 views.
"CD sales are nothing at this point, touring is very little. You just really have to grind and pound the pavement for as long as you can," Johnson said. "I'm making one penny per song sold of my material via iTunes and I don't know who's keeping the other 98 cents."
He got to vote for the nominees and winners at the Grammys for the first time this year as a member of the Grammy Recording Academy.
So while Johnson said there's little glitz and glamour for aspiring musicians these days, it's a gig he wouldn't trade for the world.
"It's a good job," Johnson said. "Who would complain about being a musician? It's a good job."
So when will Johnson stop his Song a Day Project? He said when it's no longer fun, he'll hang up the microphone.
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