More often than not, the adventurous life of a musician could be quite extravagant. A different city every night, having countless adoring fans and being in every Snapchat story in every possible filter in said nightly city. However, a common struggle could sometimes exists among even the most seasoned of musicians. It’s a problem that, given the endless amounts of technology at our fingertips, shouldn’t be as common as it currently is.

 

However, one Dallas startup is changing the market and the way that music is produced at the molecular level all while giving artists of all types entire control over their work. SolidArt, a self-described “Airbnb for musicians”, matches aspiring musicians with a respected and thoroughly reputable recording studios.

 

When it comes to very tumultuous and sometimes both happy and depressing world of the music industry, CEO and founder Enrique Robinson has seen the entire spectrum. He’s seen highs and lows with artists from various levels of success.

“What made me create this (SolidArt) is that I wanted to create a fairness in the industry.” Robinson informed. “I wanted to be the first company to utilize the entertainment for the good instead of trying to control the artists. The whole point is to give people that power while still having that leadership role.”

“I’ve seen too many negative things happen in the industry. For starters, royalties; “360” deals and bad contracts. Too many artists are getting ripped off and our main goal is to avoid contracts and to avoid having control over someone else’s money.”  

 

SolidArt, based on their studios located in Farmer’s Branch only a couple exits off Highway 635, offers a plethora of services to aspiring musicians. Along with studio spaces, they also provide their members with PR opportunities, such as being featured on their continuous-playing livestream, in-house interviews and the possibility to even feature in some comedic skits for said livestream.

 

They’ve worked with a variety of Dallas-based musical acts from many genres, including Tamu, One Time Mob, and R&B singer Arielle Foxx, who Robinson personally applauded the abilities of.

“What we (SolidArt) offer is leadership and control.” Robinson told me. “We give you every service that a record label would give you but a record label would try to control it.”

 

Robinson explained the services in that the control is given solely to the artists and they have complete autonomy and independence to choose which steps to take their artistic style.

“You get to negotiate deals. You get to take control of your music. If you want to be in the studio, SolidArt will take you there. If you care about royalties and making promotion, SolidArt will take you there. We have every resource, from distribution to promotional, to blogs and live TV shows.”

 

Future plans for SolidArt include a Snapchat and Pokemon Go-like augmented reality system for individuals to view performances of their favorite bands from the privacy of their own homes.

“We’re bringing entertainment to the technology world, too.”

 

Overall, the aspects of SolidArt, including total control for the artists and the many opportunities for aspiring artists to engage in creative interviews, certainly surprised and interested the inner musician in myself. Along with the website, someone interested in a membership can contact SolidArt directly on any of their social media channels.

 

Have you heard of SolidArt? If not, follow them on Twitter at @SolidArtNow and myself at @CaptainKasoff.