So my search for band mate’s is going horribly slow. I just had one jam session with a friend today, but it wasn’t what I wanted for my band. Other than that, just a couple of contacts online. Despite searching for a guitarist daily, hardly any posts on the classifieds for anyone to contact.
Result? I’m frustrated! I want to get something done. I want to play shows and write music. I want to jump around like an idiot on stage. I want SOMETHING to happen!
That’s when it occurred to me, I’m waiting for someone else to make something happen. In an earlier post, I loved the idea of not relying on anyone else. Also, I expounded on Pomplamoose’s not playing live and just making videos. What am I waiting for???
I have a song that I wrote for my last band, “My Life Fucking Sucks”. It was a definite crowd-pleaser, and it’s never been recorded. It’s a 4 chord punk song with a sing-a-long. Why wait for a band? I have friends that can knock this out in one recording session, and I have a high-def camcorder that can shoot a cheesy YouTube video.
“Do it NOW!” I yelled at myself. So, I went to a comedy night with my girlfriend, and, magically, a kick ass drummer I know was there. I asked him, “Hey, want to record this cheesy song?” He was all on board and didn’t want a dime. In fact, he referred me to a place to record the song for $50. How’s that for networking?
Found out my girlfriend has some movie experience and will help set up the shots. I called my former band mate that actually played the song with me, and he said he’d do it. Yes!
And my next idea leads to…
Experiment 4: Get fans involved in the music video
Since Shiplosion hasn’t done anything yet, having “fans” do something is not in the cards. However, I have friends. Good ol’ Facebook. After recording the song, I’m going to throw it out to my friends and ask them to record themselves on their webcam or cellphones singing along with the song. In addition, I’ll ask if they want to be extras for the video. I’ll do something to make it fun for them (maybe pizza).
How to measure the results of getting fans involved in the music video?
- Did I have fun?
- Did they have fun?
- Does everyone now know the name of my band and want to come out to our first show? Heh-heh!
The bane of musicians: Not Doing It NOW!
You can listen to all the music pundits you want. However, if you have an idea that sounds good and fun, DO IT! Stop what you’re doing and do it now! I’ve had all these awesome ideas. You know what I did? Nothin’. I got drunk at the bar, bitching about the show instead of meeting people. I recorded a show and considered editing and posting that video to be too much of a chore. Netflix seemed more important. If only I got off my ass, lost a bit of sleep, and did all these cool things right there and then, my former band would have gotten WAY farther ahead.
I started this blog because I realized I needed to DO IT NOW. Yes, I’ve lost sleep. It’s not easy to do a full-time job, come home and write an article for a few hours, and then try to contact musicians and write music. I’ve been going to sleep at 5am. That’s not important, though. The important thing is to get something going. Get it working. Fall on your face and fail in the most fantastic way possible. Then get up and do it again.
The major failure of any musician is thinking anyone else is going to make it happen for you. That just by simply putting it out there, people will flock to you and make you some famous asshole with a fashion line. No. Make it work despite all obstacles. And that’s what I have to do. If they don’t want to reply to my ad for musicians, I’m going to make the band awesome even without members.
And back to the experiments. By doing it NOW, I’ll be able to use Experiment 1: Free Downloads. After recording, I will make a unique URL for people to download the song, read the lyrics, and give them the option to donate.
Also, I’ll actually attempt the copyright process for a song. This will be a huge pain and something I’ve been avoiding forever. But my pain will be your reward. I’ll write up an article with a step-by-step process for copyrighting a song.
And I’m done. Only 2am, so I’m doing good tonight. I still need to contact guitarists, try to write a bit of music, and contact my friend for that $50 recording session. I might only need 5 cups of coffee tomorrow.