I’ve been trying to accomplish 5 things a day. I thought I would update everyone on the progress. Actually, I feel I’ve accomplished quite a bit, but also didn’t get 5 things done everyday.
I’ve gotten responses from guitarists this week. One of them, however, doesn’t want to do the Shiplosion thing. He hates the name, and he hates punk. Also, he doesn’t want to play weekday shows. I said I’d jam with him to see if we’re compatible for another project, but I think I might just pass. I’ve denied my feelings before to settle for something, but it’s always been a mistake. I think I’ll tell the guy I’m going to pass.
Not playing weekday shows is a mistake. I know that the local venues here want new bands to play weekday shows just to try them out. A show for a new band is a risk for a venue, so they like to keep those to weekdays. Usually what happens when I play a weekday show, I get offered an awesome weekend show with a bigger draw. It’s basically a trade. With The Funhouse here in Seattle, that happened quite a bit. We’d do a weekday show, and within the next couple of months, they’d offer us a bigger weekend show.
I don’t know the guitarist, so I’m not judging him or criticizing him. He could have it completely right, and I’m the idiot. But not wanting to play weekday shows raises a red flag for me. That he might not want to do much of the work it takes for an independent band to rise from nothing to being sustainable.
Yeah, I’m going with gut. I’ll give him a call and cancel the rehearsal for next week. Shiplosion may be a weird name and a silly idea, but I really like it. It’s silly but fun. I want to be with other musicians that don’t mind a bit of silliness and fun. Yes, I want to it to be serious, dedicated project, but I don’t want it to be all seriousness.
Another guitarist contacted me. I’ll be giving him a call tomorrow. Looks like he has chops, but I can’t tell if what I’m doing is something that would groove with him. Only one way to find out.
I’m most of the way through a new song, plus a couple of additional riffs. The song is called “Higher Reasoning”. I think I just made a geek metal song. It makes of fun of people that don’t use their brain. So there are references to “Engage your neocortex. Use your frontal lobes” and so on. I think this song will fall into the “suck” category, but it’s good to be writing and getting my brain constantly writing new music.
I opened Fanbridge, ReverbNation, and YouTube accounts. I prettied up the YouTube account a bit, but I still think it’s pretty ugly. I’ll need to spend some time on graphics design; something that takes me forever to do. Ah well, gotta make some sacrifices.
I found a script that will allow me to render RSS feeds into HTML. I’m not sure why RSS feeds are such a pain in the ass, though. Seems there should be a simplified, free way of dealing with them. Maybe there is and I’m not seeing it. Yuck. Every time I try to make web design simple, I always end up hitting the most difficult route. That’s my life!
I ordered business cards for Shiplosion. Only $9.85 for 100 cards at 123Print.com. Truthfully, I didn’t research if I could have gotten them for cheaper. But for only $10, I’m not too concerned.
Things I didn’t accomplish
I put on my list of things to do for two days in a row, “Make a flier for Shiplosion”. This flier is purely to get people curious about Shiplosion, or, at least, start recognizing the name. Two days in a row, I didn’t get to it.
Also, I tried to organize a rehearsal with my friends for recording “My Life Fucking Sucks”. The drummer never gets back to me, though. Seems like I’ll have to be more aggressive with him. Probably calling him instead of email and FaceBook.
Okay, I know this was a boring post, but I want to be real and show how things are progressing for my band. I also want to show that I’m practicing what I preach, and where I’m failing. Also, by airing the dirty laundry, someone can tell me I’m a dumbass and doing it wrong.
Time management is the biggest problem I have. Doing 5 things a day makes it easier, though. Chris Rockett of Promote Your Music had a great post about time management for musicians. Also, Tim Ferris’s book, The 4 Hour Work Week, is a must read for cutting out dead weight from your schedule and gaining measurable success. Even though I need to be active with social media, I need to also limit myself on how much time I spend with it. I need to batch things into limited time slots, and, also, cut out distractions wherever possible.