What an awesome few days!
Firstly, a massive thank you to Julie, a family friend whose halloween party raised £100 to contribute to paying off some of my car crash debt. I don't think anyone's ever done something quite so nice for me, and it was the best party I've been to in a good long while!
After a fairly normal weekend, playing at the Burton Arms & the Still, I've been chatting to LMG about possibly representing me as an artist, managing my diary and finding me gigs. The way its going, music is looking less like a pipe dream and more like a career every second. Nothing's set in stone yet, but it looks like I may have an agent. Thats a bit like a manager, but I get more freedom to run the record company side of my business. I'm sooooo excited!
Then, the CDs came. I have five big boxes of CDs, 200 in each, 1000 in total and they weigh a ton. It's not as many as it sounds - 500 will be for sales, 500 will be for PR, sending to radio stations, reviewers & record companies. It looks so much cooler than I expected - the color is perfect and it looks completely pro. I can't wait till the album launch when I can show everybody!
The next step is getting onto iTunes, and other music sites. I've used a UK based digital distributer called AWAL who do take a higher cut than sites like CD Baby and Tunecore, but are close to home and always on the end of a phone. They may also license my songs to TV, movie and radio producers for use in their work, which could mean big money & publicity (although thats quite a long shot). All their contracts seem to make sense and have no catches as far as I can tell, so I've made the jump.
Hopefully by the end of the week I should have the digital and physical sides of my first official release completely sorted. I'm set up so that if anyone plays my record on radio I'll get royalties, if i play my music live I get royalties and soon I should be playing live all over the country thanks to my new agents! I'm so on it! :-D
This is gonna sound crazy, but when I was a kid I had a cool, idealized image of my future. I wanted to be a full time musician, gigging my ass off to pay the bills and sleeping with thousands of beautiful women. It turns out I am just who I wanted to be. I've not compromised one jot of my dreams, apart form maybe the beautiful women, who I seem to inexplicably want to settle down and stay with. Weird. Anyway, my point is that I've achieved my dreams. I feel like I can accomplish anything.
I've probably bored you to death with this blog post, but I'm so happy. I feel I should dispense what little wisdom I have. Sex & Drugs are alright, but they're not all they're cracked up to be*. Its all about music - my first and last love, the unfathomable poetry of the senses.
*Actually, sex is. Drugs might be.
On that rather cheesy note, I'm gonna love you, leave you and wait for life to take me back down a peg as it always seems to do.