Im not really a big fan of blogging in general; im typically a micro-blogger because it suits my attention span but from time to time I like to vent any built up steam.
You might notice certain posts are being made; they are being made to clarify a relationship to the project that either exists or doesnt... or another way; I am distancing myself from the association to the previous singer and her family.
The problem is as we agreed on, all communication. I was getting early morning messages, posts on our facebook page and snarky posts that would disappear not long after they had gone up.
Im not without my share of detractors and have no claim to angels wings but the constant attack/complaint about how I was running my own project was yesterday just too much.
All reference to Annalivia, and imagery is regretfully being removed and wont be shown any further. This is at her fathers request (he says hers as well).
The videoclip (while successful) has been removed from my youtube channel (along with its views) and is en route to be brought down off vevo network as well this week. Apparently it will be available to view on other alternative sites (I think the videographer has one).
What wont be happening is deregistration of works released thusfar; up to and including Afraid of the Dark. As copyright and publishing owner I will not allow these works, on which she willingly appeared, (and with parental permission) to be "disappeared".
Bear in mind this post is meant to explain the untenable arrangement that this had turned into; and with all due respect, I have NOT consulted Annalivia who is not at any fault as far as I can see and deserves an explanation just like the rest of you. I was asked in December last year to direct any queries or comments through her parents; 95% of this are at her family's request.
There will be no further entertainment of "take down" requests for materials, posts etc (unless ive missed something and her image is showed in a manner that shows her identity.)
Ive put thousands of hours into this project and while its never a good thing to see your work undone, it isnt undone completely. The tracks are there, enjoy them streamed for free for the time being while I figure out the best way of managing the content shift from reverbnation.
Our website goes live in under 30 hours...
I have been playing with the idea of releasing my material for over ten years now. First it was privately bankrolled, then it was (shock horror) privately bankrolled by myself!
I think, in the lead up to the release, about all of the people that have contributed, had things to say (both good and bad) and have been generally supportive, and I smile; not only because it makes me happy to think that there are others around who like our stuff as much as I do, but because Im pretty cynical and wonder why it took me so long to figure out what the price was to do it, and then pay it. In this instance, I might work in finance, but that doesnt automatically make me wealthy (in fact quite the opposite here in Dapto); In the case of this recording it cost me nothing less than my dream car! It came down to a choice between selling the Celica and putting the band together and it was a no-brainer to me! As the little puppet said, "Do, or do not, there is no try!"
I dont pretend to know whats good in the market; just that I like what I have been creating. Unfortunately the decision to do this properly is no easy one. When people understand what is involved behind the scenes, they tend to get more behind it, so... firstly thank you to everyone who has supported it thus far and to all of you who tell your friends and family; an even bigger thanks!
As we ready for the final release of the songs for sale, I give everyone this commitment; if I get anywhere near breaking even, then I'll fund the full CD.
There will be announcements for Merch popping up around the place, so please show your support and throw some business our way!
The Contagious Dave
Hi all and welcome to the first Blog from the Contagious; My name is Dave King and I will be your host for the blogular proceedings.
You will soon see wonderful things popping up - such as T-Shirts, posters, CD's mugs and signed photos of me, so keep an eye open. We will of course be letting everyone know through our shop and syncd sites (ie facebook etc).
Be sure to pop in and say hello and to ask any questions - no matter how ridiculous.
Be well and rock on!