The Commander In Chief is creating music, music videos, artwork & books.
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From the moment I started out on MySpace in 2008, it has been the support of my fans that has helped me build my music career, as an independent artist. From witnessing the very first independent radios playing my songs, via more and more printed press in major magazines all over the world, to appearances on major TV shows (including being a judge on "Battle of the Stars" in 2015 and 2017) to having a number 1 album on Amazon.  It has been an exciting journey and my fans have been a crucial part of every step. I never set out to be a "super guitarist," since the guitar was only a tool I needed for songwriting, when I started out. Somewhere along the way I got hooked on playing guitar, and before I knew it I saw myself featured as "1 of 10 modern guitar gods" in the biggest music magazine in Europe. Some years later (2014 and 2016) two of my classical crossover videos were on the "top 10 viral videos of the year!" in Guitar World Magazine. But in between all the big moments, there were countless other moments, that were just as precious.

I was very proud when one of my original songs was played on BBC radio, after hearing my music played on countless independent radios, all over the world, for years. After all, writing music is what I love the most.

By supporting me here and becoming one of my Patrons, you make it possible for me to continue to write music, record it and shoot music videos for the songs that will be on my upcoming album.
I have written and partially recorded 30 new songs. All the vocals and acoustic guitars were done live, so everything is very organic, with no auto tune. When I thought I was done with the songs, my manager asked me why I did not have any lead guitars on any of them. I could not really answer that, so we started to play around with the idea of adding lead guitars and loved the result. Some times I get lost in creativity while writing guitar parts and before I know it I have written a new song.
I also wrote a couple of songs on piano, and they were recorded live as well.

In between everything I do when it comes to music, I also write and illustrate children's books. 

I will post at least two videos every month, where I will do my best to update and surprise you. Some times I will talk about where I am in the writing or recording process. Other times I will play something from one of the new songs for you and maybe ask for your feedback when it comes to new ideas.
Before FB started to restrict the reach for musicians, I used to have LIVE Q & A sessions quite regularly. I usually answered more than 50 questions in an hour, so it was intense. I will do sessions like that for my Patrons, once a month from now. 

In November 2016 a serious parasite infection suddenly changed my life. Due to complications, it would take 16 months before I was back to having my energy and strength back!  After being bored out of my mind while slowly recovering, (sleeping up to 15-18 hours a day), I am finally  back in business again, writing and recording new songs every day. It feels GREAT to be back!!!

Needless to say, being out of business for that long, in addition to a lot of expenses to private doctors and treatments, has been a tough experience financially.

Over the next weeks my manager and I  will continue to work hard to finish the 30 songs. We also need to shoot a lot of music videos, so we will be very busy! Which also means, a lot of updates to make for you guys! 

I am very excited about the new songs and upcoming double album! With your kind help and contribution, I will be able to get both the songs and the music videos ready for release soon! And fingers crossed, there will be a  new children's book or two on the way soon as well. I have so many ideas that I want to get down on paper! 

Thank you so much for all the love and support!!








Rewards
Silver
$1 or more per month
Silver Patrons have access to all my regular video updates, which includes hearing parts of new songs before anyone else. I will release two (or more) videos a month. 
Palladium
$3 or more per month
Palladium Patrons have access to all my regular video updates and my monthly Q & A. 
Osmium
$5 or more per month
Osmium Patrons also have access to all my regular video updates and the monthly Q& A. In addition they get a free download, from the upcoming album, before the release date. They also have access to behind the scenes photos and videos of the recording process. 
Benitoite
$10 or more per month
Benitoite Patrons have access to the same rewards Osmium Patrons have. In addition they get access to a 30 minutes video where I talk about guitar playing and give some advice. 
Gold
$20 or more per month
Gold Patrons have access to all the benefits the Benitoite Patrons have. In addition they get an additional free download from the upcoming album, before the official release date. 
Diamond
$50 or more per month
Diamond Patrons have access to all the rewards the Gold Patrons have. In addition they have access to a more in depth guitar lesson, of 45 minutes, where I demonstrate some of the more advanced techniques I use. If they prefer, they will  have access to a 30 minutes video where I talk about and demonstrates the Bel Canto singing technique, and how I use  the technique to sing songs from very different genres. All Diamond Patrons will be named as sponsors in the credits for one music video per contribution. 
Platinum
$100 or more per month
Platinum Patrons have all the rewards the Diamond patrons have. In addition they get a signed CD and a copy of my Illustrated Lyric Book, which is only available as a physical copy through my Patreon. They also get a Skype call from me on their birthday, or other big day. They can choose between a live, acoustic performance of Happy Birthday or another song previously agreed upon.  
Red Diamond
$250 or more per month
Red Diamond Patrons get the same rewards as the Platinum Patrons. In addition they will get a 30 minutes private concert via Skype and a signed care package, including signed photo, signed CDs and one small, original, artwork/illustration. 
Blue Diamond (I would LOVE to have one :P)
$500 or more per month
Blue Diamond Patrons have all the rewards of the Red Diamond Patrons. In addition they get to meet me for a small, private concert. Travel costs must be covered by the Patron.  Like Churchill, I love a good bottle of Pol Roger Champagne and good food, so feel free to ask me out for dinner after the concert! :P 
Goals
16 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 Patrons, I will make a video expressing my happiness and gratitude, in my own way.
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From the moment I started out on MySpace in 2008, it has been the support of my fans that has helped me build my music career, as an independent artist. From witnessing the very first independent radios playing my songs, via more and more printed press in major magazines all over the world, to appearances on major TV shows (including being a judge on "Battle of the Stars" in 2015 and 2017) to having a number 1 album on Amazon.  It has been an exciting journey and my fans have been a crucial part of every step. I never set out to be a "super guitarist," since the guitar was only a tool I needed for songwriting, when I started out. Somewhere along the way I got hooked on playing guitar, and before I knew it I saw myself featured as "1 of 10 modern guitar gods" in the biggest music magazine in Europe. Some years later (2014 and 2016) two of my classical crossover videos were on the "top 10 viral videos of the year!" in Guitar World Magazine. But in between all the big moments, there were countless other moments, that were just as precious.

I was very proud when one of my original songs was played on BBC radio, after hearing my music played on countless independent radios, all over the world, for years. After all, writing music is what I love the most.

By supporting me here and becoming one of my Patrons, you make it possible for me to continue to write music, record it and shoot music videos for the songs that will be on my upcoming album.
I have written and partially recorded 30 new songs. All the vocals and acoustic guitars were done live, so everything is very organic, with no auto tune. When I thought I was done with the songs, my manager asked me why I did not have any lead guitars on any of them. I could not really answer that, so we started to play around with the idea of adding lead guitars and loved the result. Some times I get lost in creativity while writing guitar parts and before I know it I have written a new song.
I also wrote a couple of songs on piano, and they were recorded live as well.

In between everything I do when it comes to music, I also write and illustrate children's books. 

I will post at least two videos every month, where I will do my best to update and surprise you. Some times I will talk about where I am in the writing or recording process. Other times I will play something from one of the new songs for you and maybe ask for your feedback when it comes to new ideas.
Before FB started to restrict the reach for musicians, I used to have LIVE Q & A sessions quite regularly. I usually answered more than 50 questions in an hour, so it was intense. I will do sessions like that for my Patrons, once a month from now. 

In November 2016 a serious parasite infection suddenly changed my life. Due to complications, it would take 16 months before I was back to having my energy and strength back!  After being bored out of my mind while slowly recovering, (sleeping up to 15-18 hours a day), I am finally  back in business again, writing and recording new songs every day. It feels GREAT to be back!!!

Needless to say, being out of business for that long, in addition to a lot of expenses to private doctors and treatments, has been a tough experience financially.

Over the next weeks my manager and I  will continue to work hard to finish the 30 songs. We also need to shoot a lot of music videos, so we will be very busy! Which also means, a lot of updates to make for you guys! 

I am very excited about the new songs and upcoming double album! With your kind help and contribution, I will be able to get both the songs and the music videos ready for release soon! And fingers crossed, there will be a  new children's book or two on the way soon as well. I have so many ideas that I want to get down on paper! 

Thank you so much for all the love and support!!








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Rewards
Silver
$1 or more per month
Silver Patrons have access to all my regular video updates, which includes hearing parts of new songs before anyone else. I will release two (or more) videos a month. 
Palladium
$3 or more per month
Palladium Patrons have access to all my regular video updates and my monthly Q & A. 
Osmium
$5 or more per month
Osmium Patrons also have access to all my regular video updates and the monthly Q& A. In addition they get a free download, from the upcoming album, before the release date. They also have access to behind the scenes photos and videos of the recording process. 
Benitoite
$10 or more per month
Benitoite Patrons have access to the same rewards Osmium Patrons have. In addition they get access to a 30 minutes video where I talk about guitar playing and give some advice. 
Gold
$20 or more per month
Gold Patrons have access to all the benefits the Benitoite Patrons have. In addition they get an additional free download from the upcoming album, before the official release date. 
Diamond
$50 or more per month
Diamond Patrons have access to all the rewards the Gold Patrons have. In addition they have access to a more in depth guitar lesson, of 45 minutes, where I demonstrate some of the more advanced techniques I use. If they prefer, they will  have access to a 30 minutes video where I talk about and demonstrates the Bel Canto singing technique, and how I use  the technique to sing songs from very different genres. All Diamond Patrons will be named as sponsors in the credits for one music video per contribution. 
Platinum
$100 or more per month
Platinum Patrons have all the rewards the Diamond patrons have. In addition they get a signed CD and a copy of my Illustrated Lyric Book, which is only available as a physical copy through my Patreon. They also get a Skype call from me on their birthday, or other big day. They can choose between a live, acoustic performance of Happy Birthday or another song previously agreed upon.  
Red Diamond
$250 or more per month
Red Diamond Patrons get the same rewards as the Platinum Patrons. In addition they will get a 30 minutes private concert via Skype and a signed care package, including signed photo, signed CDs and one small, original, artwork/illustration. 
Blue Diamond (I would LOVE to have one :P)
$500 or more per month
Blue Diamond Patrons have all the rewards of the Red Diamond Patrons. In addition they get to meet me for a small, private concert. Travel costs must be covered by the Patron.  Like Churchill, I love a good bottle of Pol Roger Champagne and good food, so feel free to ask me out for dinner after the concert! :P