I'm writing this because I've been scared. Maybe even been quite wimpy.
You see, when I was 14 I had a dream, I was going to be onstage playing guitar, and writing and singing songs. And, well, I've done the performing part of that. But there's also a part of me that's been a bit chicken. And that's what I'd like to talk about here.
The songwriting part. My original tunes.
I'm still nervous writing this and I haven't even made it public yet, or shared it around with anyone.
But, over the last few years I've actually been writing quite a lot of original tunes. And I haven't shared them, so essentially they lie wasted in my phones voice recordings, or on scribbled pieces of paper and in my head. And unless you're one of my closest friends, I can pretty much guarantee you haven't heard them. Because of 2 reasons.
1. As above, I've been a bit chicken. Original songs have always been such a deep personal expression for me of feelings and emotion, that (at least when I was a teenager) I didn't feel I had any other way to express, and they were feelings I DEFINITELY wasn't comfortable sharing!
2. I've been holding myself back with beliefs that if I release anything online and share it, it has to all be recorded professionally and be perfect - I've held myself to a standard so high that I simply end up not sharing anything at all.
This is where you come in and we get to connect. If you sign up as a Patreon, you become part of this exclusive online club, and I invite you into my personal life and the behind the scenes of my songwriting and music creation. EVERY month I'll be sending out an unreleased ORIGINAL TRACK (as an Mp3) produced and recorded by me in my lil home studio setup. Signing up at any amount also gives you access to my Patreon feed - where we get to connect and hangout together, and I get to share ideas, voice memos, and basically I get to let the walls down and be vulnerable with you all.
My vision for this is...
for those of you that want to listen, you can hear the songs I'm writing, and you'll get the funny back stories behind them, or what I was thinking at the time. Plus you'll gain a cool collection of MP3's of my original music as I create it to listen to at your hearts content. And when I release albums and music online - you'll get to have a laugh if I changed some lyrics or edited things since the demo!
What is Patreon?
Think of Patreon like an online Tip Jar. Or maybe it's kinda like busking too... if you like what you see and hear from me, then you can drop $1 or $2 in my case. Collectively all of those tips mean that I get to record more original music, and am able to put on more original shows and write more as well. I'll be putting out one demo per month, and you can contribute any amount you'd like starting from $1. Please note you'll only ever be charged once per month.
Will you still be doing your other YouTube Videos?
Yes! I'll still be doing my other YouTube Videos and Vlogs, plus some tutorials online as well. This doesn't change any of that. Also - joining the Patreon family here is a total choice. Please don't in any way feel that you have to contribute or any pressure to join. All of my content can now be found online for free (via YouTube and Spotify mostly) - so this is a chance to get content and connect with me 'off the record' and 'behind the scenes' where we can just hang and I can be me and not necessarily some polished persona in normal social media world!
I think that's it! (thanks for reading)