Devon Welshis creating music
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About Devon Welsh
This is my Patreon account. For those of you who are unaware of what it is, Patreon is a platform to support artists and other people who create things. Subscribers pay by the month and get music, records, shows, etc in return. It’s a way to directly support artists you care about.
I’m making making and releasing music independently. I don't have a record label, I don't have a manager. I record my music at home and I ship orders for records from home (order an LP here!). I'm not interested in corporate or industry influence in music, especially in my music-making process. So when you engage with my music, nothing else is being promoted, no one else’s interests are involved.
My experiences releasing music with a big label, playing corporate festivals, and taking money from brands made me feel like, in the process of trying to "succeed" as a musician, I ended up in a situation that I had never wanted to be in. The things I could do to make more money as an artist ran counter to the way I wanted to relate to my own music and to fans of my music.
I had started making music to communicate with people, about myself and about the emotions and experiences we all share. I don’t want to mediate that through industries and brands I don't necessarily support, if I can help it.
When my past project Majical Cloudz ended, I felt so burnt out and conflicted about my experiences that I felt scared of releasing music again. I guess that's the way it is, I thought.
I did release music again. I self-released my albums Dream Songs in 2018 and True Love in 2019. Both were released via my 'label' You Are Accepted.
Self-releasing my music has made my experience of being a musician much better. There is much less between myself and my music, and there is much less between my music and the people who listen to it.
Patreon is how I’m trying to continue to make that possible. Making music without a label and without working with brands is difficult. Musicians don’t make a living the way they used to, and the way it happens today isn’t ideal. For example, we know that streaming (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) has supplanted album sales. The way most streaming services pays artists is crooked. I won't go into details here but if you want to learn more, read this.
99% of artists are being paid less than what they deserve. Under these conditions, artists often don't have the ability to choose not to play a corporate festival, or choose not to have their song in a commercial. This is not good.
The only two things that should ultimately matter in the exchange of music are the artist and the audience. Everything in between exists to facilitate and/or capitalize on that relationship. Not all of it is bad, but a lot of it is unnecessary. I don't want to just plug what I'm doing into the music industry machine and see what happens. I would rather work on creating a community (here and elsewhere) that can sustain my work as a musician, and hopefully grow my relationship with you and others in a way that reflects my own values.
So what will happen on here?
I have a lot of songs that I have never released that I want to share. When I make a record I write a lot more songs than I release, and they pile up.
So, on my Patreon, I will be posting an unreleased demo at least every two weeks.
I will also be posting instrumental music, new recordings, and other things I make that don’t end up on my albums.
I write poetry, and I will be posting that on Patreon as well.
For all who subscribe to the higher amount ($20) I will also be sending everything I release for free as soon as I have it. I hope to release a new LP in the next 12 months, and I hope to release a book of poetry sometime before that. So all who subscribe at that level will get everything I make for your support.
I will also be putting the question to you: what would make subscribing worth it for you? I want to work with you to make my Patreon something that is valuable.
Making music is one of the most important things in my life.
It is a friend that helps me understand myself and others better.
I hope my music (and I) can be a friend to you as well.