Alison - Elvis Costello (cover) by Mannequins Breathe
Costello is the king. He wrote the book about crafting great ballads. Although Shipbuilding may be my current all-time favourite, his classic Alison has been resonating with me recently. Also, it’s a blast to play unplugged.
Thrift Shop (cover) by Mannequins Breathe
No Money in Touring for Bands
We’ve all been told there’s no money in recorded music. Touring is where the action is, right?
Unless your band has a sizeable following touring is a money losing proposition. Even massive acts like Lady Gaga are having a tough time.
It’s a catch 22. You can’t build a following without touring, and can’t tour without a following.
I can’t say I’ve got the answer to this pickle, but the Eventful ‘Demand it’ feature is a step in the right direction. Bands need to go where and when they’re most wanted rather than gig based on geographical convenience or where they’d like to vacation.
Why I’ve Begun Playing Covers on YouTube
The first videosong came together wonderfully considering my videography and editing skills make freshman film students look like Martin Scorsese.
I have no allusions. Breaking through the noise on YouTube is a gargantuan feat.
The singer from Karmin spoke candidly about the grind.
“I was actually surprised how long it took to get noticed on YouTube and how much work it was,” Heidemann told Mashable. “For a long time, we posted videos that would get about 300 views at the most, and we were posting often too — about once a week.”
While I don’t expect to achieve one tenth of what they did, I do want my music to be heard. Adding the element of video makes that more likely. It’s more engaging. People are more adventurous about streaming videos versus the MP3s they put in their phones.
I wasn’t keen on doing covers until I came across Pomplamoose.
Reworking tunes with the jazz approach is a phenomenal creative outlet while still providing listeners with familiarity.
My inner music geek loves the insight videosongs shine on the recording process and arrangements.
I’m working out the details for three more songs. Pop by my channel to see what materializes.
The Incestuous Music Scene
Unless you’re in a major hub, be mindful of the limitations of the local scene.
It’s cliquish and the energy it takes to buddy up with other bands and tastemakers is better spent elsewhere if it doesn’t happen early on. This is especially true if you deviate from a generic sound.
It’s natural to want to impress other musicians and those immediately around you, but this urge can limit one’s progress.
Do you really want to jockey for position to get quoted in a local arts mag 2,000 people read? I don’t in the age of the internet.
It’s time to better weigh effort versus reward.
I’ve seen fantastic bands grind for years to conquer the local scene, attempt to move beyond it, then dissolve. Getting known locally creates the illusion of success, then the bubble bursts during a string of disappointing big city gigs.
The old model of what it takes to succeed is broken. For those unwilling to adapt it’s game over, for others there’s a window of opportunity.
Corporate Whoring for a Dime
If Jim Morrison was alive to see how easily many bands kneel to vampiric businesses he’d be tossing TVs at everything.
It’s perhaps more of a naivety issue than one of integrity.
I had no problem with Pomplamoose getting in bed with Hyundai because they were properly compensated.
Exploitation gets me fumed at both sides. I’m disappointed in the artist for getting suckered, and in the business for cynically associating themselves with whatever is hot while posturing like it’s a community service.