Zap Nilesis creating album reviews and hosting a radio show.
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- Receive my recent album ratings, recommendations of both old and new artists, and join in discussion threads about other music-related matters.
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- Be the first to learn which artists I'll be playing on upcoming shows, and discuss with me which artists you'd like me to include on future episodes (provided I have the appropriate MP3 files).
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- Access to written transcripts of each radio show (basically, all the detailed notes that take me several hours to compile prior to hosting every episode). This will save you from having to make notes while listening.
Not only am I a former professional musician, songwriter, and recording artist, having spent more than twenty-five years in the music business before retiring, but I'm also a lifelong fan and collector of music. Indeed, since purchasing my first LP way back in the early '70s, I have accumulated more than 7,000 albums through the years. Perhaps my all-time favorite genre is Progressive Rock, yet I also crave Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, AOR/Melodic Rock, Glam Rock, even some Country Rock, Punk Rock, Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, and (on occasion) pure Pop and Power Pop.
Additionally, I'm a multiple award-winning author of both novels and short stories, and I worked for nearly two decades as an owner, managing editor, and cover artist for one of the first successful e-book publishing houses. Unfortunately, due to drastic changes within the industry several years ago, the majority of e-book publishing houses (including my own) swiftly found themselves forced out of business, which in turn forced most authors into self-publishing.
So when my livelihood suddenly disappeared, and health-related issues prevented me from seeking employment outside the home, I wondered, what could I do for income? Certainly, I continued working as a freelance book editor and cover artist when I could find clients, but since self-published authors (struggling more than ever in a shaky industry with rampant Internet piracy) can ill-afford to hire editors or cover artists, that single source of income couldn't come close to paying off my mountain of healthcare debt, let alone allow me to keep up with monthly living expenses.
Therefore, I toyed with another idea...why not combine my writing skills with my love of music? I've been collecting music for more than four full decades, after all, so why not share my extensive knowledge regarding various albums and artists, making it easier for other music fans to focus in on the type of entertainment most appealing to them?
So soon thereafter, I created a pseudonym and began "Zap Niles - Musical Musings & Album Reviews," where in the past few years I've posted hundreds upon hundreds of album reviews and other music-related articles I wrote in my spare time. Simultaneously, I built a growing and loyal Facebook following, expanded my contacts in the music industry with both musicians and record companies alike, and recently, with my album reviews and articles gaining more and more exposure, the owners of an Internet radio station invited me to produce and host my very own show, "Prog-Scure: Obscure Bands on the Prog-Rock Scene (Past & Present)," every Wednesday, 8-11 AM (CST) and Saturday, 1-4 PM (CST). As the name of the show implies, each three-hour episode focuses on Progressive Rock artists through the decades that time has forgotten, as well as current artists who still remain shamefully underexposed and ignored by the masses.
The problem, however, is this—although "Zap Niles" has now happily gained a reputation for writing top-quality reviews and articles, and my radio show is gaining a following, most of the work I'm being asked to do earns very little income, while much of it is voluntary. Alas, I'm still not any closer to paying off my healthcare debt or being able to live each month without going into further debt. But as many of my friends, colleagues, and Facebook followers have said (in variations) since I began this exciting venture, "Your detailed and polished album reviews continually direct my focus toward great music, make me yearn to hear the material, so you should find a way to earn steady income doing what you love, while also sharing your extensive musical knowledge with other music fans." And now, with listeners of my radio show also delivering similar feedback regarding my efforts in that medium, and with the show helping to further boost the profiles and record sales of musical artists, I feel I'm contributing something positive to not only the Progressive Rock community, but to the musical entertainment industry at large, for both artists and fans alike.
Therefore, I decided to build an exclusive community on Patreon. All pledges and support will directly finance my activities as I write as many album reviews and music-related articles as time will allow, produce and host my weekly radio shows (which provide six exciting hours of musical content and commentary for your listening pleasure each and every week), and allow me greater freedom to broaden the range of written material I can generate for music lovers in the future, interview musical artists, etc.
So, might you decide to join my community as a patron?
When making your decision, just think about the radio show itself, for example—should you generously elect to pledge at even the basic monthly level, it will help me to produce at least eight new episodes (and podcasts) of Prog-Scure each month—that equals 24 actual hours of musical entertainment (and don't forget, depending on the calendar, some months will have nine episodes). That comes to one full day's worth of entertainment, mere pennies on the dollar for each hour of listening pleasure. And aside from the show itself, even the basic monthly pledge will help keep my website afloat and allow me to continue writing album reviews and other music-related articles each month. Also, as a reward, you'll have access to my most recent album ratings, my recommendations and various insights of artists both old and new, and you can participate in discussion threads about other music-related matters with fellow patrons and myself.
Additionally, at higher levels of support, I'll reward patrons with other treats, including advanced knowledge as to what artists I'll be playing on future shows—usually many weeks in advance—and I'll take all of your artist recommendations into consideration for upcoming episodes. A higher level of support will give you access to written transcripts of my radio shows (basically, all the detailed notes that take me several hours to compile prior to hosting every episode, which keep me on course during the broadcast—perfect for fans who jot down their own notes while listening). An even higher level of support will give you "artist interview extras," sections of the interviews that will be exclusive to this community, not even posted on my main Zap Niles website. And finally, the highest level of patrons will also have their very names mentioned on the radio—that's right, 5-Star Patrons will be given a shout-out on my first radio show subsequent to joining my community (which, in turn, means it will be saved for posterity in the resulting podcast). How cool is that? I also hope to add extra "music-related goodies" as rewards for various levels in the future, depending on whether I'm able to meet my goals here at Patreon.
To view examples of my written work, I invite you to visit my Zap Niles website or view my Facebook profile. Moreover, to hear my radio show live, visit ProgRock.com every Wednesday morning from 8-11 AM (CST) and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 PM (CST). But if you can't make it, don't worry—you can listen to podcasts of my shows or download them by visiting my page at Internet Archive.
Thank you for taking the time to view this page, and special thanks to those willing to help me keep my dream of being a freelance music journalist and Radio DJ alive, thus allowing me to shine a spotlight on an endless array of talented artists who delight each and every single one of us with their music.
Keep Rockin', Everyone!