I think that neatly sums up both the problem and the potential solution. I’ve spent the last week ( / all my life ) being music obsessed. I can’t really do anything else; ok, I’m quite good with computers and designing websites and all that, but ultimately I love melody and everything that goes with it. The trouble is that the financial equation doesn’t work, in theory it should but in practice busking keeps me alive. I live hand to mouth and have absolutely no capital to invest in turning what I do into a sensible business. I so am not a businessperson.
People have different definitions of skintness, for some it means only one holiday this year, or we might have to think about selling the boat; for me it means not having enough money to buy an onion or packet of Rizlas. We all have our own levels and definitions.
So the Elephant In The Room is
Where can I get hold of your album?. Tricky question to answer that. It is closely followed by
well, have you got anything on youtube then?. It would almost be better if I just answered
No, but even that isn’t true.
So this blog is the next stage in the process to rectify that. Answers to these questions and more will come if you continue reading. Yes, of course I’m teasing you, fun isn’t it?
I have blagged a multi-track recording device and a decent microphone (Don’t ask me for technical details, they are not my concern) and I have started work recording a second busking album, which will contain acoustic guitar and vocal versions of all the songs not included on
Charm. So far I have put down versions of
Maro eo ma Mestrez (beautifully sad trad Breton tune), Robb Johnson’s
Who But I? that I am happy with. So that leaves another 16 tracks to complete.
Beyond that I have a huge backlog of material, involving collaborations with various musical allies and several bands that all needs recording, releasing and getting out there. So here’s the crunch: I need your help and support. This could be anything from Marketing, Agenting, Publishing or business advice to pre-ordering albums, loaning / gifting equipment, shooting a video, cooking me dinner or passing on a spare packet of Rizlas. Or you could have a go on the Donate button on the right –>
Over the coming weeks I will be putting together a wishlist (because I expect you have more important things to focus your psychic powers on) and I will also be compiling a ‘Benefactors’ list, which some of you are already on – although I might call it something a bit more imaginative (suggestions please) – so please let me know how you would like to be credited or not.
That’s probably enough for one post. So here’s to transforming being a spaced-out penniless musician into a coherent business model. This approach is all Amanda Palmer‘s fault. She does stuff like this: