What is P-A-T-R-E-O-N?
No, it's not some new element on that infamous periodic table that you studied in high school. Patreon is a great way to connect, entertain and build a community while pursuing your passion.
I discovered Patreon several years ago, but up until recently didn't think I had a reason to start one. You can read a lengthier post about that here
. Check out that link for the post on why I decided to start my own Patreon. There are several ways to contribute using Patreon, but in my case, you contribute a low monthly amount of money (choose from three tiers of engagement) and that helps sustain my music. Check out the different tiers to the right for more info.
Who is Brandon Clark?
That's a great question. If music were a drug, I'd be a recovering addict. I stopped doing music full time
in 2012. I have played solo for years, and formed several bands like Brandon Clark & The American Standard
, Gin House
and California Prayer Book
. I was signed to P is for Panda/Hopeless Records for a little bit, and made a short appearance on The Voice
(Season 3). Currently, I play the occasional bar/cover gig, and play in a private event/party band called The Retreat. I am very proud of those efforts, but what I really love to do is write/perform my own original music for folks like you (I did not mean to rhyme there but let's go with it). Having this Patreon, in conjuction with you, the listener, can help me sustain recording and releasing my own original music. I see the changing musical landscape as a perfect opportunity to connect on a more personal level with music lovers out there.
Why are you doing a Patreon?
Sustaining a career in music is hard -- at least with it is with original music. The music industry is and has been in a state of flux since the introduction of the MP3 (maybe even before that). In 2018, you have to be especially creative to sustain a career in music. Only recently have I started getting fairly compensated in music, and that comes primarily from playing in a private event band. Like a majority of musicians -- I’m somewhere in the middle at being business-smart and being an artist. As artists, historically, we aren’t well known for our business acumen. After reading Real Artists Don’t Starve
, I was inspired by what Jeff Goins laid out, and drew some inspiration from the artists of the Renaissance. Artists in those times weren’t paid like we are today. They had patrons -- people who paid them directly, and in return, they created art for them. Why can’t it be that way today? Well, thanks to Patreon (and you), it can be!