Beyond The Maze (original demo) by Mannequins Breathe
An exciting first! Video demo of a freshly written original performed stripped down and live in my home studio.
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.