Hello again lovely people! Well its closing in on the end of the year and we've got a few moments to look back and see whats happened. Things f...
A year in review
December 24, 2014
November 3, 2014
Well it's Monday and the means another blog post. This week I had no idea what to talk about so I'm going to ramble.
Over the last year or so it seems this music thing has become a bit of a job, I say that fondly, because isn't the dream to be your own boss, make your own money and be happy to some extent? I can't really disagree with that. So for what feels like much longer than it really is I've been at this like my life depended on it, not for the reason that I want to get famous and all that noise but because it feels like the right thing to do, and it started to feel rewarding. Like I was pushing myself to do something different than what it is I've done my whole life. And that would be working in kitchens. Quite the drastic chance wouldn’t you say? Going from working in and running professional kitchens to sitting in front of my laptop writing music and trying to get noticed by anyone. Going from working six days a week for twelve plus hours to being at home constantly working on content for sound-cloud, YouTube, the Facebook page, and the website. While I can't consider this “work” for standards sake but it is tedious as hell and I dedicate about ninety percent of my day to it so fuck it, its my job.
Let's look at the daily chores. First it's posting in about a dozen or so forums to push my
SoundCloud and Bandcamp, while listening and commenting on as much as I can. Then it's on to Twitter, and god damn it's more of the same while trying to get people to interact. From there it's off to Reverbnation to submit to as many opportunities as possible. Then it's on to G+ and Youtube for more networking and painful self promotion. Then our last stop is searching music blogs that have submissions for artists. That takes care of the “networking” for one day.
Now to get down to business, Content. That means blog posts, a video for Wednesday and Friday and each video needs music, video editing and promotion. Usually it's evening by the time I'm done with all that, which means it's time to work on my own music, music I'm producing, or the music I'm writing for other people. And that is the usual process for one god damn day. This may not sound like much but when you consider I'm doing all this while not making a dime it becomes a test of patience and endurance. I know what your thinking, “what about all that Youtube money?!” Well, Youtube doesn’t see fit to have me on their Adsense program. Which means a few things; one Fuck them, two, now I don’t have to think about what I make for fear of isolating a portion of the possible audience. So now I have to find a way to monetize in some fashion.
I know all this seems a bit drab when it's all written down, with that and deadlines, trying desperately to keep people interested and somehow get noticed, it becomes increasingly easy to say “fuck it! I'm just gonna get a job again and go on with life like everyone else”. To that I say nay, I'm not doing this cause I want to get rich, I'm doing this cause it's what I feel I need to do and that is make music. It's one of two things that seems to come naturally to me and I feel that I would be completely unhappy if I were to stop now. It's the voice I didn’t know I had, a language I didn’t know I could speak, and a way I didn’t know I could think. It's become a way for me to deal with things in a way that's not violent or resort to the usual tropes of “dealing” with things. As cliched as it sounds it's become my therapy, a means to an end, in that way I don't give a fuck if anyone likes it, this is what I have to say. And as it turns out, people are listening and people do like it. Not feeling obligated to make anything in peticular is more liberating that you might expect. Sure, I'll never have a club hit, be on the charts of anything that is relevant to most people but that simply is not an issue. To make something for the masses takes away from brilliance of creating, no matter what it is you create as long as it's something that speaks to you, from you, in a voice all your own.
And that y'all is just one GOD DAMN day in the life of a house cat. Thanks for hanging in there for this post, I know it's a bit boring but it's my daily activities, no matter how boring they might be. It's what I have been diligent to do day in and day out for the last year and a half, and in that time I've managed to pick up over two thousand followers on SoundCloud alone so it must be working.
Until the next time, Mister Scrambles Over and Out!!1