Hi! My name is Rui. This is both my real name and artistic name. The meaning of the name “Rui” comes from a long time ago, from ancient times…
What does it mean?
Rui is a Portuguese name. The meaning of the name is Famous, Powerful Ruler.
There are different meanings of the name Rui for different languages:
The Japanese meaning is – Gem life. And for the Chinese is – Sharp intellect.
I was born in Lisbon – Portugal. Raised by the sea in the beautiful town of Cascais.
As a child I would sing songs in bed, until I would fall asleep.
At 4 years old I could sing all the songs by memory from Sunday church service and would sing along with the Choir.
At 7 years old, I loved standing in front of the TV watching the BBC Proms and conduct the orchestra by waving my arms to the music.
At 9 years old I self-taught myself to play keyboards.
At 14 years old I self-taught myself to play the guitar.
At 15, I gave my first concert for more than 2,000 people.
By 16 I was already organizing, performing and making money by playing live concerts and private parties.
Had Catholic School education until I was about 18.
I decided to drop-out of high school were was studying Art in order to pursue my life’s passion – Music!
As a teenager, I would sneak out of the house, to play in gigs since my parents were opposed, for me to pursue music and be a musician.
I worked as a waiter and bartender for 5 years, in order to raise money to study music in the United States.
I attended the prestigious Music Institute of Hollywood from where I graduated successfully the GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology), professional program.
Life was good, but I knew that BIG challenges were laying ahead. And I could tell that I was about to embark on something that I was not prepared for or that any school in the world could possibly prepare me for… The Music Industry!
Thousands of Musicians arrived every year to Hollywood California to compete for a “place in the sun”! Basically for fame, glory, recognition, millions of records sold, money, sex and of course for some… drugs. For everybody, the American dream was different, for most musicians was very similar.
The competition is fierce and brutal and while the social veneer makes it seem mild make no mistake, it is a ruthless game and it became a greedy business which has led us to the present condition of the music industry.
The Music Industry makes shark tank world of entrepreneurs look like a kindergarten playground. While studying and living in Hollywood, I was told the real stories… not rumors actual true stories from the mouth of top managers, recording artists and power players of the music industry!
I was shocked! I just wanted to do music, I did not want to be a slave of somebody or an industry that is fueled on money, greed and back stabbing!
I felt that my dream was crushed. After an internship working as a professional musician in the Hollywood scene, I walked out on the Music Industry. I was 25 years old at that time.
I decided to dedicate my life to doing humanitarian work. I worked the next 10 years, in helping people in need, working for charities and non-profit organizations.
I traveled around the world, working, living in different countries, experiencing different cultures and their music, but I never gave up my love and passion for Music!
A NEW ERA!
With the advent of the internet and the creation of devices like the iPhone, iPad and the Laptop, the world changed dramatically and so did the music industry!
A new amazing opportunity arose and it was time to act…
It daunts on me that for the first time there was an amazing opportunity with the new technology and new independent platforms to change forever the music industry a give back to the musicians what rightfully belong to them… the control of their music careers!
With this evolution, a new type of musician emerged… the musician-entrepreneur!
The days of “nothing to do with me attitude”, “I am a musician, all I want to do is music”, “Don’t bother me with the business side, I leave that to my manager, lawyer and record company people” – Those days are over!
A new breed of musicians has emerged since the new era of the internet and the crisis in the music industry… a generation of music entrepreneurs, a do it yourself attitude – A let’s get it out using social media, print out our own music, release it online, create our own merchandise, and most importantly perform live to get as much exposure as possible.
So I decided to create a show where I could interview talented Musicians, creative genius, amazing artists to find out what are the music models that these power players are using to be so successful!
I committed to create a platform where I could share ideas, help real talent to solve their problems, invite power players of the Music World to give pro-advice and inspire!
– Music Success was born!
Music Success Formula:
- Deliver Valuable Content for Free
- Do it consistently
- Share the successes
- Help inspire talented musicians
So it was really from necessity and desire that MusicSuccess.net was born. I created this platform so it could allow people from all around the world to have access to Music Success stories, and teach how to be really successful in the music industry while having control over your life!
I know deep within all of us lives a dream and a passion as musicians, creative minds, and free artists to achieve worldwide success with our music and be recognized for our work!
I want to thank you again for joining me here at Music Success.
I truly hope that this show and the platform that I created for you, will help you build a long-lasting successful music career! And remember to…
LIVE YOUR DREAMS!