My song “Stay With Me” is doing well in a voter-based song competition!

It made me very happy to see that my original song “Stay With Me” is doing well in yet another voter-based song competition!

I previously submitted my song to “Fresh On The Net” where strangers listen to and vote for their favourite tune among an ocean of independent songs.

You will be disqualified if you alert your fans and followers to the fact that your song has been shortlisted.

So if you see that your song gets through the initial round you have to stand by quietly and wait to see if you get featured with a proper article on the site.

I take it as a very good sign that I’ve been able to stand out time and time again in such a setting!

Several of my releases have been shortlisted on Fresh On The Net, I even received airplay for my original song “Let It Go” on BBC6 some years ago, which can happen if you submit your song!

Now I’m receiving favourable feedback once again from total strangers to my music!

I did not submit my music to this Instagram site, but I was very happy that they decided to just throw me into the mix!

I appreciate all support and exposure!

It is especially awesome to see that my original songwriting pops-out to strangers!

I have of course told my Instagram followers about “instaoriginalmusiccompetition” so now the percentage looks even better!

Years ago I was featured in a voter-based guitar competition. When I found out about it I posted about it everywhere but once the voting was over the site decided to withhold the results! I figured that they probably didn’t like who won! Maybe it was me? 😮

SONG COMPETITION

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Tonight I’m Going Live On PATREON!

At 8pm (UK time) I’ll be doing another live update stream! I’ve decided to make my Patreon more interactive this year so all update videos will be live streams where Patrons can ask me questions.

For only 1$ you can unlock all of my exclusive videos that I shot last year & now you’ll also be able to access this year’s update streams where I’ll let my followers know what I’m working on, etc; From next month I’ll also start sharing behind the scenes sneak peeks from “Berit-Vol.2”

You can cancel your subscription at any time! Signing up to my Patreon and/or purchasing my music is the best way to support me as an independent, unsigned artist!

NEW video out NOW!

Yesterday I did a Super Chat live stream on my YouTube! This is how that looks like:

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Thanks a lot to those of you who joined us! Elisabeth was also there to thank my followers. We are very grateful for all support!

This was a live stream done to mark that we’ve passed 25k subscribers on our channel!

I’ve also made an exclusive email for the event that you can get hold of if you sign up to my email list on my website: www.commandermusic.com 

The email will only be available for a week, Patreons will get custom made ones with their individual names on it!

I’ll be going live on Patreon on the 31st this month to do an update. Every month I do two update videos available to all of my Patreons, this year I’ve turned them into live streams which means that people can ask me questions and interact with me as I go through the various things that I’ve been up to! You can join me Patreon for only 1$ and cancel your subscription at any time.  

 

The Digital Doghouse – R.I.P. Facebook

I remember how incredulous I was when my numbers outdid establishment guitarists on Facebook. Obviously this made me extremely excited and I saw it as a very strong card to have on my hand. I was proving my potential in terms of commercial appeal. My Q&As were more well attended than establishment musicians who were taking over major instrument brand’s Facebook pages and when I was given a shot at visibility among the major players my numbers were way better than theirs.

I took screenshot after screenshot and sent these to the brands that I endorsed to prove my appeal with “the public“ and felt that nothing could go wrong. This was not based on delusion or wishful thinking but from seeing my actual reach and the reactions from people both online and in the real-world. This made me incredibly excited!

Just posting a picture for fun like the one below received a good response on my page.

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I was certainly on to something since people loved what I was doing! And if people love what you are doing then that must surely result in show-biz insiders dying to work with you and your endorsement deals improving, right?

Even in 2017 when I was largely absent due to bad health my like count was pretty good, it even was at the start of 2018, but then all of a sudden something happened to my Facebook.

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2018 on facebook january

My reach just vanished, followers complained that they did not see my updates anymore, people had no idea that I was releasing a new album, and my Facebook started suffering a slow death.

The fact that we were able to pull off a successful pre-order campaign and had to print up a new batch of CDs before Christmas, sending out these to no less than 19 different countries around the globe can certainly be seen as a bit of a masterstroke with no major press outlet mentioning the album launch and with Facebook (which used to be my number one site) dead and gone.

It certainly looked like digital sabotage to me as it seemed a bit telling that my reach went south when I announced that I was back to work recording my 3rd album. My reach starting going down for the count way before I shared anything from my new release and while my Facebook reach became increasingly horrendous leading up to my album launch I experienced all sorts of strange things online: When Someone Is Messing Around With Your Social Media….

This is how it looks like when Facebook screws you over…

Frustrated  I attended a webinar at the end of last year about Facebook to see if I could catch some valuable information. What I gathered from the whole thing was that you can reach maximum 2% of the people who have liked your page. If you look at this screenshot from late 2018 you can also see that not all comments will be visible anymore on your pictures. Facebook simply filters out compliments and positive feedback so that the interaction seem less than what it is.

december 2018 facebook

Of course this could in part explain why Facebook wasn’t working for me anymore, but I also realised when seeing Facebook’s actual advertising costs that this was the end of Facebook.

Independent artists and small business owners will not be able to pay the sort of fees that Facebook are demanding and if you are interested in reaching young people then Facebook is a dead-end anyway since teenagers have no interest in the site at all.

You start sensing a social media site’s death when there are too many “ghost accounts“ with the latest update being from 2-3 years ago. You can also spot it when people start posting less frequently.

They’ve simply found a new place to hang out.

Which is something that I detected a good while back on Twitter when going through real human profiles.  I felt like I was digitally walking through a ghost-town. Media people and establishment characters still tend to it, but in terms of “the people“ I’ve been under the impression for a while that Twitter’s best days are behind them and I think the same can be said of Facebook.

I hope that new sites will spring up bringing back the organic reach that evened out the playing field between corporate and independent. Only when opportunity is enabled can you have true freedom and diversity instead of a stagnant monopoly which is what is currently happening to the major social media sites.

Users leave sites usually after the youngest players have already abandoned the ship, the pain for independent artists is that they have to build up a presence once again hoping that old fans will remember to follow and that new fans can be easily reached.

 

I’ve passed 1.5k views on my latest video!

I’m happy to see that people have been watching my latest video about Article 13 and Article 11!

I made this follow-up video since I received replies from the EU politicians that I contacted about the future of YouTube.

YouTube has encouraged all of their creators to make videos about this topic since it threatens the video sharing site as we’ve come to know it.

Just yesterday I was watching a hilarious parody/mash-up that made me laugh just as hard as the 007 spy-adventures of the now infamous YouTuber Kraut.

If Article 13 passes through the EU it will probably not be possible anymore to watch and enjoy such content as I sincerely doubt that the content creators had any permissions in place before they created said video.

Google/YouTube are trying to mobilise as many people as possible since the legislative changes would mean job losses in the millions and YouTubers losing out on revenue.

In a worst case scenario it will result in millions of videos being blocked in the EU, videos like the one I was watching yesterday, and it would also mean that people within the EU would be prevented from uploading new content without all of the correct permits!

This might not seem like a big deal, but it is a direct assault on the culture of Millennials & Generation Z, in addition it can potentially destroy countless lives due to their income being drastically reduced or completely taken away from them!

Even though I am an original content creator I stand with everyone else who are part of the #SaveYourInternet campaign!

I hope that my contribution was helpful!

Thanks for watching & thanks for listening! ❤