When Oasis came along, we didn’t have the internet, you know, if we’d have had the internet, we’d have been bigger than the universe.
I don’t live to work, I work to live, and what’s the point of being a rock star if you can’t just bum around for a year?
The gigs and the tours and all that, you should be having fun on those things or what the fu*k are we even doing them for, I dunno?
– Noel Gallagher
Evan: He’s an English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
He was the vocalist, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the rock band Oasis
Many have praised his songwriting, with George Martin calling him the finest songwriter of his generation
He’s Noel Gallagher, and here’s my take on his top 10 rules for success
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Rule #1: Be Great
There can’t be the greatest band in the world playing in a pub tonight that nobody’s heard of with the internet, if you’re great, you going to make it, you know, that’s just a fact, there can’t be any, well, we didn’t make it because we’re working class or summat, do you know what I mean?
“When Oasis came along, we didn’t have the internet, you know, if we’d have had the internet, we’d have been bigger than the universe” – Noel Gallagher
Like, if you’re writing the best songs in the world, you’re going to make it in the end. You know, when Oasis came along, we didn’t have the internet, you know, if we’d have had the internet, we’d have been bigger than the universe, you know what I mean, we could have reached everybody.
You know, but we did it, we were forced to do it the hard way, you know, these new bands have all the advantage of, you know, these devices that can get you to everybody in the world at the click of a button, and, you know, all they got to come up with is, oh, right, yeah, the difficult bit, is the f-ing songs.
Rule #2: Create What You Like
If you’re a songwriter or a composer, you’re kind of in it for life, I enjoy the writing although it can be very frustrating when it’s not happening but I do enjoy that, I genuinely don’t know what I would do.
Interviewer: Some people from some quarters give you steak for being, like, a formulaic songwriter, but I’d say, Chasing Yesterday is kind of progressive, really, isn’t it?
Some of that, well.
Interviewer: Relatively speaking.
What does that mean, anyway, what does it mean and who are some people, the Guardian, because the Guardian. Everybody’s got an opinion anyways, do you know what I mean, but I don’t really think about it too much, if it sounds good to me, I put it out there, I’m not begging people to come and see me or buy it or anything like that, if my audience, if such a thing exists, gets it, that’s great and if they don’t, that’s great, too, you know what I mean, I kind of like it.
Rule #3: Work To Live
Interviewer: Creatively, where were you at at the end of Oasis?
Creatively, well, I would always take a lot of time off after big world tours anyway, do you know what I mean?
You’ve got to, if I was, ’cause each project that we used to undertake would be two years with the tour, from the minute you enter the studio to the end of the last gig would be two years, so you’ve got to, if I was working for two years, I’d have to balance it out with time off because I don’t, I don’t live to work, I work to live, and what’s the point of being a rock star if you can’t just bum around for a year? There’s no point in working every day of your life.
Interviewer: Do you consider it work, some people would look at your life and think that that work isn’t, is something, it’s your passion, so it’s … It’s what you live for.
“I don’t live to work, I work to live, and what’s the point of being a rock star if you can’t just bum around for a year” – Noel Gallagher
On the one hand, it’s my hobby, do you know what I mean and I don’t have any other hobbies but watching football, but, you know, like I say, I couldn’t go from spending two years on a project and then six weeks later saying, right, well, I’m going to start something else now, there’s got to be, now this is just me personally.
Some people like to work all the time, I have to go away and I don’t pick up the guitar and something happens and then I have to feel that I really, really miss it, like I might go and see a show from another band and think, I really want to get back on stage, you know, and then I’ll think about doing something, we’re all in the music game for different reasons, do you know what I mean? And I am not a workaholic, I’m just not.
Rule #4: Follow Your Instincts
I pay for and release my own records, and I produced it, I don’t have anybody saying to me, well, I think it’s a bit long, you know, or an A and R guy saying, why does the guitar solo come in after the first chorus, and then there’s a big, do you know what I mean? I allow myself now to follow my instincts and sometimes they’re wrong and sometimes they’re right, you know.
Rule #5: Don’t Take Things Too Seriously
Well, I believe in what I do, in the same reason that I believe in and I’m comfortable with who I am and what I wear and how I look and how I’m perceived.
“I take the writing and the recording of my music very seriously and the rest of it, I don’t take seriously at all” – Noel Gallagher
I take the writing and the recording of my music very seriously and the rest of it, I don’t take seriously at all, I don’t take myself seriously, I don’t take things like these interviews seriously, I would never do an interview where I’m like, well, you know, tell you how I wrote that song or what it means, nobody gives a shit, I don’t care, you know.
So yeah, I don’t take a great deal of it seriously, if I’m being honest, apart from the records, they’re serious because they last forever. The gigs and the tours and all that, you should be having fun on doing those things or what the fuck even are we doing, I dunno.
Rule #6: Live In The Moment
” I don’t really judge gigs, while I’m doing it, I’m just in the moment, I’m singing the songs, when I come offstage, I don’t like talking about it.” – Noel Gallagher
Funny thing about gigs is … There’s so many factors that make a great gig, like, I mean, I’ve come offstage so many times thinking that was awful, for whatever reason, you know, your sound man’ll come in, he was out front, to say, that’s the best thing I’ve ever seen, you go, really, or then you’ll be offstage and think that your band has played great and the sound man’ll come in and say, oh, I lost the bass for six songs, you’re, like, really, or the lighting man’ll say, well, yes, but the lights didn’t work, you know what I mean, it’s kind of, I don’t really, I don’t really judge gigs, while I’m doing it, I’m just in the moment, I’m singing the songs, when I come offstage, I don’t like talking about it.
Rule #7: Find Your Creative Process
Interviewer: So when you’re writing a song, I mean, how do you put it to, what’s the process?
I just play the guitar, I might be playing a set of chords for three months and I will just be fascinated by the chords and nothing will happen and then one day if I persevere with it enough, a melody will arrive and then lyrics will evolve and then to get a band to play it.
I come from a school of music, well, we all did in Oasis, where you just say, right, it goes like this, you know, I don’t know, I know the chord E, I know quite a few chords, the major chords now and the minor chords, but when we get into suspended and augmented things and all that, I find that, I just, I don’t know what they all are, but, yeah, it was more the punk ethic, it goes like this, just play along and I’ll copy it.
Rule #8: Be Yourself
Interviewer: You’re an independent artist these days, what do you enjoy most about being I guess not releasing music on the major labels?
I enjoy the lack of money that I make. I enjoy the lack of record sales, I also enjoy the lack, I enjoy the lack of recognition and the lack of rewards that I receive. ‘Cause quite frankly my mantelpiece, it was chock a block with the f-ing things, so …. It’s nice to take a backseat, I enjoy not working with people in record labels who are in fact, as we all know, , so … It’s nice to get away from that mob.
Rule #9: Don’t Chase Fame
I’ve never felt the need to be in the public eye or the need, even when I was in Oasis, I was always the last person to get on board to go back to the studio. I never really, that never really, I don’t chase my, I don’t chase fame or success or anything like that.
I mean, I was kind of, I’d taken about a year out and, you know, I’d written a lot of songs and I’d demo’ed most of them, and there just came a point where I felt I should get in the studio but not for any other reason than to record these songs and see what they sounded like and I didn’t really tell anybody, I kept it quiet for a year and a half, and it was all very relaxed and low key, it was just me, an engineer, a drummer, and a part time keyboard player who came in and out, and there was only three of us in there and it was done very kind of leisurely, and then, you know, my wife went and got pregnant, so I had six months off looking after my new son and all that, so it was very, it was quite a leisurely pace, some might say majestic.
“I don’t chase my, I don’t chase fame or success or anything like that.” – Noel Gallagher
Rule #10: Love What You Do
Woman: You could have easily decided to, you know, start to retire.
Well yeah, yeah.
Woman: But you didn’t, but you’re still enjoying making music.
I’ve never lost the sense of wonder of writing songs, you know, in that sense I still feel like I’m 25 when I was writing Definitely Maybe and thinking that’s just f-ing great, you know, I just mastered the art of writing my songs and I loved it and every time I finished a song it was like, oh, another song, I still get that feeling, and as long as I don’t lose that, I’ll always make music.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching, I made this video because IGPK1987 asked me to, so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to see what did Noel say that had the biggest impact on you and why, what would you take from this video and immediately apply to your life or to your business somehow, please leave it in the comments and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Reverse Stereo, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, and making that fun YouTube tribute video, I really, really appreciate your support. So thank you guys again for watching, I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
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