For the last 10 years, I've operated hate5six purely as a hobby outside of my 9-5 job working in tech. Rather than continuing to sell myself to companies in order to pursue my passion, I'm cutting to the chase and attempting to take hate5six to the next level by going full time with it.
If you have never heard of hate5six.com, it is a project I started in 2008 (officially) as a way to archive live music and connect people to bands. Since then, I've filmed and archived over 2,600 performances from bands all over the world. My content has been viewed over 15 million times and people worldwide have spent 140 million minutes watching these videos. Budding filmmaker, Keith Glidewell, did a short documentary on hate5six that goes into more detail about the project.
In 2017, I developed and released SAGE, an artificially intelligent band recommendation system to help connect people to music in an organic way:
Patreon is a platform that allows people to financially support creatives who produce content they enjoy. So here we are.
Just to avoid any confusion: hate5six videos of shows will ALWAYS be freely available and never paywalled.
Subscribers who support hate5six via Patreon will have a variety of benefits:
- Access to new hate5six web apps I've developed and will develop in the future
- The ability to have a say in what and how content gets produced
- Which bands/shows to film
- Which bands get multiple cameras at large fests
- When content is released
- Early access to some content
With some exceptions, hate5six releases are determined by you, the viewers. Viewers who support hate5six via Patreon (Casual Tier and above) have voting power. Videos with more votes are released first. Votes from Patrons who withdraw their subscription are not counted. All voting is done through http://hate5six.com/vote
NEW APPS FOR PATRONS
Patreon subscribers will have access to two brand new hate5six web apps:
- hate5gifs: an app that allows you to create and share custom animated gifs from any hate5six video
- hate5clips: an app that allows you to create and share custom video clips from any hate5six video
Every month, 8.56% of my income will be donated to a charity selected by viewers. hate5six has been a vehicle for social change since day one, and this pledge is a step towards that commitment.
Once this campaign has reached 1,000 subscribers, hate5six will begin traveling to the regions of the world with the most support and spend time documenting bands in those scenes. Regions that provide more support are more likely to be covered by hate5six in the future. The following heatmap shows where the Patreon support is currently located:
hate5six's reach has grown exponentially and everywhere I go, both digitally and in public (even at a recent tech interview), I hear from people who tell me my work with hate5six has impacted their lives. I really only need a fraction of my viewers who are willing to make small recurring donations in order for this to be sustainable.