AN ASPIRING musician has discovered that his fall-back career option of setting up a world-renowned record label is only marginally less impossible.
Stephen Malley was shocked when he found out that achieving success as a music label mogul is almost as difficult as becoming an international pop star at the age of 38.
Malley, who works from the home studio he has made in his parents’ garage, said: “I’ve always known it’s good to have something to fall back on, that’s why I had the whole millionaire record label boss thing.
“Of course I’d like to win a Grammy, but I’m realistic about my prospects and have always said I’d be chuffed just for one of the artists on the label I set up to win a Grammy.
“But apparently the music industry is really competitive, even if you’re running a label which I’d have thought not many people would be into because it’s less glamorous.”
Malley is now considering selling out by winning a television talent show: “I don’t imagine I’ll enjoy being rich yet creatively unfulfilled, however it might inspire a great album about how ‘the industry’ is a massive machine like a McDonald’s burger factory.
“I love saying ‘the industry’.”