Making a living from music is hard work!…
I've recently recorded a new EP, which I love and have enjoyed sharing with you… but through all the hype of releasing it, I started to think about what I'm doing… I’m spending most of time doing admin work and finding myself begging people to watch my videos, buy my cd's and read my posts! Its so tiring… I just want to create (and be paid to do so).
What I would really love to be doing is to spend less time on marketing and more time writing on a regular basis and sharing what I create with you, my patrons, as I go!...and be able to make a sustainable amount of income from it. I really want to keep creating music, videos, art, as my full time work, I don't want to burn out… again.
The idea is…
- I'll be aiming to release ONE thing per month… maybe less… maybe a little more…
- In exchange for your support I'll create things like quality recordings of new songs, professionally made film clips and send them to my Patreon supporters as soon as they're ready.
- You, my patrons, contribute per thing.. $1, $5, $20, $50, $100… whatever you think you can afford. There’s a reward for any contribution. (If you think about it, it’s not that much! a coffee is $5… a yoga class is $15… ;) )
It’s like a crowd funding campaign, only better! It’s more sustainable for me as an artist as it allows me to focus on the creative side of what I do on a long term basis. I'm not just asking for an amount of $ to fund a new album, I’m asking for you to join me on my musical journey, to help me make a sustainable career and help me to write and create more regularly.
Spending less time on the computer and more time with my guitar and see y'all touring live!
You'll be rewarded with ONE special thing that the rest of the world won't see til after you do… if at all. And you can give me feedback on new songs and even suggestions on what you would like to see me do. We can chat on the Patreon feed… you can share ideas, let me know what you think of my new song etc. It will be fun!
If you don't want to be a part of Patreon, I appreciate you reading this far! I'll still be posting on YouTube, SoundCloud etc…and you can still buy my music and see me live, but here, you’ll be involved a lot more, and you'll see and hear about all my creations first.
The reality of being a small independent artist…
Its hard work learning how to record, market and sell your art successfully… and to be honest… it’s draining, and a big reason why so many musicians stop creating and get jobs behind desks.
If you don't write hit songs, and you're not being played on the radio, or signed to a label who can work the magic for you, then you're pushing rocks up massive hills to try and be heard.
I would rather share this adventure with the beautiful people who believe in my music and give away what I create - share it far and wide and for free if that becomes possible… that’s why Patreon is so awesome.
I'm not sure if it’s going to work but I'm really keen to give a try… will you go on this journey with me?
Still not sure what this Patreon thing is all about?... this explains it!
... and if you stumbled upon here and don't know what my music is like, check out my first ever video clip!...