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Scams in the music industry have been going on since the days of the casting couch and when someone, somewhere bellowed, “Babycheeks, I can make you a star!”

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Now, not content with bogus views, likes, followers, and like singing, Love For Sale, followers being offered for sale on twitter, what’s creeping in more and more are fake “talent scouts.”

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Earlier today, I called out one of these teams on twitter, supposedly representing Universal Music asking for demos from unsigned artists.

Did I receive a response? Nah, but without understanding copyright laws, how many might have stupidly- and innocently- and excitedly- sent off demos of original music which could, so easily, be ripped off?

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The problem is there are simply way too many- even in the music industry albeit in the minor leagues- who fall for scams, white lies and the bending of the truth.

There is, for example, the sad old bloke in Melbourne who sends out regular emails to the unsuspecting with the biggest loada bollocks, but taken as gospel by those who don’t know better.

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But, when one has made a career of living a chain chain chain of lies, it’s all a bit like a runaway train and where the bullshit is sprayed in all directions and good people are taken for a ride.

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Giving interviews in countries where one might think, “only the locals” would read the hyperbole is incorrect.

Going on record, for example, about being “the first Asian to sign a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music” when, in reality, having some of his Eighties recordings produced in Australia of all places and reissued on a tiny local imprint distributed as a favor by Universal Australia for only that market are two extremely different things.

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Things like this, or claiming to have discovered the Jackson 5, having fake Gold and Platinum Records manufactured and hung up for show at home and the office along with- gawd forbid- fake Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame plaques, I can kinda laugh off as it only shows desperate people trying desperately to be relevant when knowing their time has come and gone or else that their time never came at all.

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What pisses me off are the young musicians with something new to offer falling for fake online “talent scouts” who claim to represent some of the biggest companies and individuals in the entertainment world.

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With the collapse of MySpace a decade ago and not getting financial joy with YouTube and Facebook and even the DIY world now needing funding, the one-time twentysomething musician is around thirtysomething and facing ageism in this One Direction world.

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They’ve reached that point in life where beggars can’t be choosers and a fix of Inspiration from the “kindness of strangers” becomes a much-needed injection of hope even though what’s being offered are blurred lines which should be checked, double-checked and then have everything in writing before committing to anything.

Having a lawyer on your side, helps cut through the fat and get to the truth, but there’s no better substitute these days than taking complete control of one’s destination, learning the rudiments of the music business- publishing, copyright laws, royalties, contracts, non-compete clauses written in small print- and realizing that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the number of parasites out there.

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