How would you pick a new artist name?

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by thesamhill, May 4, 2021.

You have to pick a new name to release music. Which do you do?

  1. Stick as close to your name as possible? (e.g, "Sam Hill" becomes "Sam Hall")

  2. Go with a realistic but all-new name? (e.g. "Archibald Leach" becomes "Carey Grant")

  3. Go with a nickname that riffs on your real name? (e.g. "Joseph Cartagena" becomes "Fat Joe")

  4. Just pick a moniker you like? (e.g., "Prince," "Snoop Dogg,” "Bono," etc)

  5. Take a band name? (e.g., Trent Reznor becomes "Nine Inch Nails")

  6. Something else?

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  1. Lucius Paisley

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    Wait, your real name is Sam Hill... and you think changing it to Sam Hall is "good"?

    Your artist name should be 'Sam Hell' if anything.
     
  2. tery

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    * try cashing a check with some made up name .
     
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    And I thought you only put your location as Tennessee to try and be cool.
     
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    I certainly wouldn't use a band name generator.

    Like Post Malone did. Really.
     
  5. thesamhill

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    Not one super-famous person. It's kind of a "perfect storm" of search-function issues, combined with trying to keep the (admittedly minimal) public-facing day job stuff separate from music.



    I shall check! And FWIW I knew Wooster but not Mole so you out-obscure-charactered me-



    Lol. No, my real name isn't Sam Hill. I use thesamhill on the internet because when I was first encouraged to get an email address in the 90s I didn't know what I was supposed to do with it.

    I will say that my attachment to the expression "what in the Sam Hill?" comes from having seen Hell Comes to Frogtown on USA Up All Night and thinking the name was pretty funny.
     
  6. Peegoo

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    I'd probably go into The Wayback Machine to the old Rock and Roll Confidential site and grab a name from The Hall of Douchebags--the section with crap band pictures and hilarious commentary by the site owner. Here's a sample:

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    Childhood pet’s name plus mother’s maiden name.
     
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    Good idea, but keep in mind that in about five minutes I can set up an ancestry.com account and know the mother's maiden name of 75% of the population. Even if you haven't set up a family tree, chances are that someone else has. Likewise for other personal info, much of it is out there already.

    The best choice is to have an alternate identity you use when they ask for personal info (or the "security questions ") and use answers that no one but you knows (because you made them up).
     
  9. NoTeleBob

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    Change your last name to something kuel. Use the same first name so you respond when someone talks to you.
     
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    I'd just go with "The Beatles"
     
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    Nicholas Cowan chose a new name Niko Moon and wrote some great songs for Zac, Dierks, Rascal Flats and Morgan.



    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    I'd go with the first thing that comes to mind:

    Blind Booshie Turpentine.
     
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    In my case that would be a double name.
     
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    Seriously though, maybe a catchy name that has a bit to do with your real name and sounds familiar even if it's not. Let's face it, a name can help you sound interesting on an ad or poster.
    What if Shakira used her real name; Isabel Mebarak Ripoll ?
     
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    Hi.

    Well, to tell the truth, it’s my kids’ book, not mine. Adrian Mole is a character by Sue Townsend. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 12 3/4. Early eighties best seller, which is why I was disappointed in Google. Mind you, maybe Google was being clever and showing off its algorithms, offering up once well known characters as obscure.

    Pax/
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    They misprinted my name in the ad for the first show and consequently the review in the paper, so that's what I went with.
     
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    I had a guitarist friend whose name was "Pat Ryan" but his named was misprinted as "Fat Ryon" and he went with that for a bit, too.
     
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    I’ve never understood the need or even the desire to hide who you are. In academia and engineering, no one hides who they are. Nearly all women continue to use their name at birth. I guess I could start using the middle name with my mother’s maiden name but who would care. Would I have to change my TDPRI moniker to MM_LI? I’d lose my professional history but now that I’m retired, no one cares about that either.
     
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    Well... yeah. This is my day job. I don't hide who I am there. I don't really hide who I am here either.

    But I'm not putting my real name directly in a forum post. Students retaliate when you give them the F they deserve and I'm not handing them an easy way to find where I spend down time and [email protected] with me.

    But the real problem is the search term issue. There are already people with my extremely common name, as well as all the variations, all up and down Spotify and iTunes and everywhere else.

    If I ever get back to gigging, I'd like to be able to provide a fairly unique, searchable name to the booking people so they don't mistake me for the smooth jazz kazooist of the same name when deciding whether to call me back.
     
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    I'd still be in love with her, lol
     
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