Tell me you don’t know Jimi Hendrix and then I will imply you were born after the world enjoyed good rock music.

That was on a lighter note!

Late Jimi Hendrix was a popular Guitarist Singer and Songwriter who delighted audiences in the 1960s with his outrageous electric guitar playing skills and his experimental sound.

Unstable Early Life

Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed by his father to James Marshall) on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington.  His mother Lucille was only 17 years old when Hendrix was born. Jimi’s mother had an unstable relationship with the Father and later got separated from the family after the couple had two more children together, sons Leon and Joseph. Hendrix would only see his mother sporadically before her death in 1958.

Growing up, music became a hiding place for Hendrix. He picked so much interest in rock music. With his father’s encouragement, Hendrix taught himself to play the guitar.

In 1959, he formed a new band the Rocking Kings. Thinking of following his father’s footsteps he joined the United States Army. On a fateful day when training as a paratrooper, he injured himself and was kicked out of the Army in 1962.

Jimi Hendrix     Jimi Hendrix

Here are lessons you should learn from him:

1. He was Focused

After Hendrix was discharged from the military, he didn’t allow that to deter him. He gathered the pieces of his life and continued his musical career. Confused about how to ignite his career again, he then worked under the name Jimmy James as a session musician, playing backups’ for performers like Little Richard, B.B. King, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers. This helped him gather momentum to form a new group called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1965.

Today, artistes get distracted easily. At a knock of a heavy challenge, they give up on their dreams, seeing themselves as a “failure” rather than seeing the event as a failed project. To Hendrix, the military path was a failed project, so he decided to move on.

2. He Had a Manager

In 1966, Chas Chandler signed a contract to become Hendrix’s Manager. Chandler who understood what it takes to get an artiste into stardom convinced Hendrix to go to London and join forces with bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix agreed and that was the breakthrough to what we know today as “the Jimi Hendrix Experience”. To corroborate this while performing in England, Hendrix built up quite a following among the country’s rock royalty, with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Eric Clapton all becoming great admirers of his work. One critic for the British music magazine Melody Maker said he “had great stage presence” and looked as if he were playing “with no hands at all.” No serious artiste can become a start without a great manager. This is one decision upcoming artiste must take.

3. He Segmented & Appealed to His Listeners 

Oftentimes, I hear artistes say they have to release music to delight the public without being specific about who their listeners are. It is a case of trying to get everyone’s attention and then getting no one’s attention. Hendrix understood this perfectly and always appealed to his audience. His listeners called on both the radio and TV to ask for a lasting experience other than just the stage performance. They wanted him to release an album. So in 1967, he released the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first single, “Hey Joe.” That single was an instant smash in Britain and was soon followed by hits such as “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” As an artiste when you segment your listeners you’ll know the kind songs that appeal to them. Your target listeners will make you know the right time to release the next single or album.

His final album as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968), featured the hit “All Along the Watchtower,” which was written by Bob Dylan. The band continued to tour until it split up in 1969.

Quickly becoming a rock superstar, later that year Hendrix scored again with his second album, Axis: Bold as Love (1967).

His final album as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968), featured the hit “All Along the Watchtower,” which was written by Bob Dylan. The band continued to tour until it split up in 1969.

4. He Died Early 

 Despite his many achievements, Jimi Hendrix died in London from drug-related complications on September 18, 1970, at 27. Most music stars die due to drug-related issues.

I’m sure that as an upcoming talent you want to stay alive enough to enjoy the works of your hand. Then I advise you to run away from drugs and other related issues that would cut your music career and life short.

I beg you to learn from the life of Jimi Hendrix. So you can use his success secrets and avoid is failures.

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