Yesterday my seriously talented sister managed to once again take some fantastic promo shots for me. I think I’m probably the luckiest person in the world, because I’m surrounded by family and friends with insane talents. It’s easy to be resourceful when you live with the crème de la crème. So, since my promise, I’ve been pretty good about checking out new, random artists every day. I usually try to dig until I find one I’m passionate about, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. However, today was different. She was the first artist I clicked on, and I think I just fell in love with her music and found a new inspiration. She is probably now one of my favourite artists, ever, actually. Her name is Lisa Crawley and she is from Auckland, New Zealand. Her music has a playful quality that is reminiscent of melting bubble gum ice cream and no napkins in the middle of August. With melodies that gracefully dance through the octaves, full of cheeky, clever phrases, make sure you take the time to fall in love with not only her voice and backing tracks, but also her words; because you most certainly will fall in love with her. Ladies and Gentlemen: Lisa Crawley http://www.reverbnation.com/lisacrawley http://www.facebook.com/lisacrawleymusic When you realize you’ve also fallen in love with her, go find her on itunes. Don’t forget to “Like” “Comment” and “Share” her music. xox
The other night I had a mouth watering friendsgiving weekend dinner prepared by the seductive broom dancing and gorgeous Mandi Funk and Adriana Han. Seriously though, Candied yams to die for and a bacon wrapped turkey, food fit for kings. The absolute BEST way to kick off my first turkey dinner since my recent return into cannibalism. The best part about that last sentence is that I'm actually writing this in word, so I have full control to edit my mistakes, but I'm not going to correct it; because then only I would know I just called myself and cannibal. During the evening Mandi half complimented me on my first blog entry "Adage Smackage", specifically on my point about not judging a book by it's cover. You see, while she agrees that the last artist I shared with you was very talented, she seems to think that i only picked him to listen to based on the fact that he is a mega babe. Fair point, but I only shared his music because he's talented. On that note, I would like to share another artist I found today. All the way from London, the also good looking and talented: Cosmo Jarvis. I think the best way to describe his music would be fun. If you find that your summer play list has become redundant because of the extended one we've been having, then you should visit his page, purchase some of his music and listen to it with your windows down; apparently our summer is going to be here for another couple of weeks. Remember, if you like his music: "Like", "Share" and "Comment".
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend everybody!
http://www.facebook.com/cosmojarvis http://www.reverbnation.com/cosmojarvis xox
About an hour and a half ago, an overused adage hit me across the face and clicked in an entirely different context than it ever has:
"Treat people the way you wish to be treated"
One of the biggest challenges an independent artist is faced with is self promotion. How to do it tastefully? How to do it cost effectively? For many musicians, including myself, the knowledge of how to do it properly is slightly foreign.
Sometimes, It feels like I'm in a country where I've only learned enough of the language to order food: I can get by, but I'll never get anywhere of importance or learn anything if I can't have a conversation. In the music industry, I have become the tourist who believes it is their right to visit without a visa, take pictures of what they want, and benefit from the culture without allowing myself to change with it or giving anything in return.
By simply changing one word, I see the saying in a whole new light: "Treat musicians the way you wish to be treated".
How can I expect potential listeners to take the time to check my music out, when I pass up listening to new artists almost every time I sit down at my computer?
Time to modify my behaviour.
From now on: I will check out at least one new artist a day, and actually LISTEN to their music. The artists I listen to will be picked at random from reverbnation, based solely on whether or not I think their display picture looks interesting/their name catches my attention.
Can't judge a book by its cover? I know. But, as I am trying to avoid listening to these artists based on predetermined opinions of others, and go in with a neutral mindset: I have to start somewhere. If I like the artists, I will share them with you!
Today I sifted through several, and found an artist who lives in Las Angeles named Graham Harper. He's got a wonderful voice, and brilliant lyrics. I fell in love with his song "City of Dreams"; I think that any starving musician, or ambitious person out there can connect with this song. Check it out! Check him out! If you like him, don't forget him. The sad reality in the new age of music is that every "like", "share" and "comment" counts.
Now, go form an opinion.
But I promise I will get better. It's nearly 1:30 in the morning, and I have come to several conclusions within the last hour: 1. I am by far, the World's worst procrastinator. 2. The last time I wrote a blog update, or even updated my reverbnation page, was June 2012. 3. I rely on microsoft word too much to justify purchasing an ipad and calling it my "laptop" 4. I not only want, but am beginning to NEED a manager. Specifically a tour/booking manager for Canada and the UK. 5. I am my biggest obstacle. and 6. I have the most ridiculously awesome, good looking friends and family in the World.
Alright, so most of these things I already knew, with the exception of number 2. Hah. Number 2. Oh good grief!
Here's my solution. I promise to: 1. Start making lists, so I can stop putting things off. 2. Blog on here at least once every two weeks. I would try for more, but let's be honest: I don't think anyone's actually going to read these. 3. Not get an ipad, because I can't afford to spend money that's not on music right now. 4. Contact tour/booking managers and find one for the new year. 5. Get out of my own way. and 6. Continue to surround myself with ridiculously awesome, good looking friends and family.
That's all for tonight, xox
I can not believe that is is July already!!! Last month I released my first EP. It was the first time that I cried on stage while performing. The evening began with Rebecca Simms, a 12 year old jazz singer with a voice to die for, opening the stage with her set. Rebecca was also releasing her first EP. What a talented little spitfire, she was a touch act to follow. When it was my turn to perform, I was in the middle of singing my first song "City Lights" when I saw one of my best friends in the Audience. She lives in Vancouver, I had no idea she was going to be there. The tears started coming and just didn't stop until the end of the song. I think the show went pretty well though! I was so happy to have shared the stage with the inspirational Dan Hill who played a few songs in the middle of my set. I can not believe how down to earth that man is, he as accomplished so much and is still so humble. It was a true honor to be able to perform on the same stage as him and to have had the opportunity to talk with him and learn from him. I had such a fantastic time that week, working towards the release and attending the Vancouver island music business conference.I met some truly amazing people. I also got to play a house show with Jamie Warren! He has such an amazing ability to connect with his audience that it was really a memorable experience to be able to see him perform in such an intimate setting. Talk about another amazing man. To top it off, that week I was able to play host to Vancover's "Familia". A true pleasure. Aside from being some of the most swell people around, those guys owned their sound and stage with an incredible energy! I am now in the midst of organizing a fall tour and finishing writing a new full length musical "Changeling" with local writer/director Kymme Patrick! The show is now fully cast and will be starting rehearsals at the end of this month. The story touches on the relationships between youth and their parents while focusing on the struggles of growing up. It is based loosely around the celtic myth of the Changeling: a child believed to have been exchanged by fairies or malevolent spirits for the parents' true child. Changeling performs August 18 - 21 at the Mark Isfeld Senior Secondary School Theatre. I hope to see you all there, Wish me luck! www.danhill.com www.jamiewarren.com www.myspace.com/familiaband