The most common thing aspiring artists hear has got to be that they'll never "make it." There are too many big dreamers out there, too many ultra-talented people, and no one to help you out along the way. Scottish singer David Lockhart has not only ignored those dream-crushing comments, but in fact proved them wrong.
Working from the tiny town of Halkirk, Lockhart has managed to have his voice heard all around the worldóliterally. With the help of his computer and a few home-recorded demos, the 26-year-old lyricist has contacted and received responses from industry types in London, New York, Vancouver, LA, and Sydney.
Side-stepping industry "rules" by hiring himself as his own manager (brilliant, innit?), Lockhart didn't even bother with indie labelsóhe went right for the big guns. "I started at the top major record and publishing companies with the thought [that] I'd work my way down to the independent labels and in the process harden my mind with the rejections," he explains.
However, things took a surprising turn as the likes of Sony, Warner, Universal, Jive, and EMI began to show interest. Making strong connections with big music industry players without ever leaving his house, Lockhart has since met other musicians to help flesh out the vision of his songs.
Still actively making his way to the top (hence this article), Lockhart is proof that though there might not be any helping hands along the way, big dreamers don't really need them anyway. Sharing with others his knowledge of singing, lyrics, and of course, managing yourself, Lockhart is leading the pack with technology-based DIY on a global scale.
To contact David Lockhart and perhaps pick up a few pointers if he's feeling generous, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt