I have very exciting news! As some of you know, I’m a musician. (or so I’m told…) I’ve been working on a solo EP for what seems like forever, but I’m proud to say it is finally DONE! That’s just the beginning of the exciting part. Several new things have happened this last few days.
Recently I submitted one of my songs “No Other Way” to an entertainment website/record label called Indie Vision Music. Long story short, they liked it enough that they wanted to upload it to their website! Not only that, but it will also be featured on their Family And Friends sampler album set for release at the Audiofeed festival on July 4th. This is a huge opportunity.
Since submitting my song to IVM, I’ve realized just how unprepared I was for such a positive response. Suddenly, things are crazy. I’m scrambling to get copyrights sorted out, get my cover artwork done (pretty much required for putting your music online nowadays), finding the right publishing/distribution company, etc. With all that’s going on, there comes a lot of news that I want you guys to know about, so you’ll be seeing this blog undergoing a lot of cool changes.
Speaking of news, the latest happenings have been pretty mind blowing. This past week, we teamed up with Hamil Bros Studios to start brainstorming ideas for a music video. I met with Ross Hamil (Owner/Creative Director) for dinner this past Friday night and discussed some concepts and options. Needless to say, he had some great ideas! I can’t wait to see what comes of this. Although they say the camera always adds 10 pounds, so I guess I should’ve started living a healthier lifestyle a while back. This should be interesting. Hahaha…
So, what’s next? In the next few days, I’ll be working on affiliating with a PRO (Publishing Rights Organization, such as ASCAP, BMI, etc.) opening a business bank account through Bowen Branches (gotta have somewhere to put all those piles of cash I’m sure will start rolling in) and lots of other things. Through all of this, I’m learning about what it takes to truly be an independent artist. Now I think I know why some really talented people just never make it very far. It takes more than just talent. It requires a lot of research, determination, and perseverance. Most of all, relying on the help and guidance of a great Heavenly Father is key. An extremely helpful and supportive wife certainly doesn’t hurt either!
Even though all of this seems like an endless amount of time and effort, the entire process has been totally worthwhile. From the songwriting to recording, mixing, mixing again, mixing AGAIN, mastering, finding a concept for cover artwork, finishing the cover, signing up for distribution… it’s all been tedious yet exciting. Then comes figuring out how to release it to the world. I’m in that process as we speak. After that, the sky’s the limit. I’m anxious to see what the future holds, and I’m glad you’re along for the ride!
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