Tonight I’m trying something new! I’ll be doing a Q&A on my YouTube channel! This is the link to the event:
The glorious saga of me charting and selling music is still going strong 🙂 After weeks of charting on Amazon.com with my 2014 release “2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album” I’m back in the top 10 once again! As I’ve already said in previous blog posts it has been going in and out of the charts since its release in late 2014, being in the top 5 countless times, even hitting nr.1 🙂
It makes me VERY HAPPY to see how popular this idea is and I’m looking very much forward to releasing new material!
My manager and I were able to create a great buzz when I was doing Heavy Metal in the beginning of my career, we scratched our heads a bit since the music industry wasn’t really catching on to what we did, it didn’t really make much sense when you think about how much Metal bands normally struggle and how long it takes for these acts to break even when given the opportunity to release their material on a label! I successfully crossed over in late 2013 into classical music and have proven my worth continuously from my 1st single release to my full length album. I was dealing with a Major Label in 2016 working on something very exciting and classical related, but sadly became ill and lost over a year of my life to poor health. It therefore makes me extra happy to see that my release is still hanging in there for weeks at a time and that my latest video on YouTube passed 50k views yesterday!
It proves that we are doing something very right in an age where people complain about not selling records. Selling physical records was never an issue for me, or it hasn’t been to date. I feel very optimistic about the future when I see my numbers despite having a limited reach on my Facebook. That social media platform in particular used to be very important to me, and I think it is a great shame that you are being put in the position of “follower blackmail” as the social media giant keep on tightening its grip. It’s a shame for small, independent businesses and “free thinkers.”
It is good news however to see that my latest video could get good views so quickly without any mainstream media exposure; I’m grateful that Truth In Shredding gave me a mention and thank them for that, now I’m waiting to see if any of the big guys will actually catch on to this. The meme isn’t dying, at least not for now.
I’m looking forward to releasing new music! What I will release next will be original material, for the simple reason that I’ve been ill for a while and wanted to come back to music doing something that was a bit lighter, the second that I’m done with my 3rd album I will get back to classical!
Thanks again to those of you who pay for my work and keep an eye on what I’m doing! If you want to support my creative endeavours and hear new music as well, then please check out my Patreon 🙂 Thanks a million! ❤
I’m also charting on Easy Listening!
I just think this is awesome!!!! My latest Instagram post says it all! Thanks again! Please keep on spreading the word! ❤ Thanks for the support!!!! My Album Is Still Charting after over 2 weeks on the Amazon charts! 🙂 Thanks!
It made me so happy to see my classical album back on Number 2 on the Amazon.com Music chart today 😀 It has now been going in and out of the charts since its release in 2014 😀 I cannot wait to share my new music with people, especially what I was working on before I got injured 😮 It makes me really, really happy and grateful to see this! At the end of last year I also experienced seeing my children’s book chart as well 🙂 Make sure that you check it all out over here: My Store!
Thanks, thanks, thanks & thanks again to those who support what I do!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
2015 was a year with great contrasts to put it mildly. On one hand things were looking perky professionally while things were looking more like Ragnarok privately. These are the highlights from the year that is soon over. I got my fingers crossed that next year will either be as good as this professionally or hopefully even better! As long as it doesn’t get worse I’m happy!
First up: ” My 10 Most Awesome Moments” in 2015.
1- In January I had the great honour of being in the jury of the Norwegian Grammys in the Metal category! I missed out on the red carpet and as I went all alone I didn’t get any pics but it was still awesome to be part of such a gigantic industry event, especially as an unsigned artist 🙂
2- Later in January I attended the NAMM show for my second year in a row! This year I preformed for the first time as well, last year I only signed autographs. I also had the great honour of performing “Dee” at the Randy Rhoades Remembered tribute something I was very thankful for 🙂 This was the first time I ever shared the stage with established rockstars and my first time on a stage in the US of A. Thanks again to Brian Tichy for being awesome! I also attended my first red-carpet event in LA as I attended the ” She Rocks Awards” 🙂 It was an awesome experience!
3- My original song “Let It Go” from my “Classical Crossover Album” received national radio play on BBC6 🙂 This was something I had never experienced before! I’m still excited about it 🙂
4-My YouTube channel reached a million views 😀
5- My album charted in March as number 1 on the Amazon Classical chart! This was something that nearly killed me of joy! My dream has always been to sell music but when stuff like this happens it is always overwhelming 🙂 The album kept on bouncing in and out of the charts for the rest of the year 🙂
6- I got invited to Guitar World Magazine to shoot “Betcha Can’t Play This” videos for them. As the first Norwegian and the first European woman to ever do so. Only two other female guitarists have ever shot videos exclusively for GW’s YouTube channel 😮 How crazy is that? As I was in the USA I also took the trip over to California to shoot videos for EMGtv 😉 I shot 11 videos in total! Doing 5 live videos of my Metal music over at EMG & 6 videos over at Guitar World, which included 4 Betcha Can’t play This from the classical Crossover Album, One Play Through & My first commercial for a brand. During my US trip I also played my very first US gig 🙂
7-I did my first Live performance on a radio over at Dacorum Radio!
8- I landed a killer spot on Norway’s number one Saturday night’s TV Show “Stjernekamp” 🙂 It’s a brilliant concept where established stars compete each weekend by performing a song each, in a different genre every Saturday. The concept has become a massive hit. I was there as an expert judge and coach in the Metal genre. This was the first time that the genre was included into the program and it honestly was a killer show 🙂 It was without a doubt one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had to be part of such a massive production and give masterclasses to some of Norway’s finest performers 😉 I truly had the time of my life and would love to do more TV ;):)
9- My debut album in metal is done and ready to be released next year.
10- I’ve written a 3rd album 🙂 A mystery album that I’m very excited about 🙂
My most popular YouTube video this year was my live video for “Evolution” that was released by EMG’s YouTube channel.
My most popular vid released on my own channel, was my version of the incredible masterpiece ” Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” which is my favourite music video of the ones we have released so far.
In terms of my personal YouTube favourite, I have to say that I’m very happy with my two latest vids as I feel that they really showcase my singing, especially my version of Disney’s ” Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty.
Facebook remains my number one marketing tool. This year I signed up for Snapchat ( something I rarely use), Vine ( which I’m not able to get to work) & I’m still on Twitter, even though I’ve never really been a huge Tweet-fan.
This year I started a written blog after people had been suggesting it for years. I posted my first entry in February and started posting regularly the following month, out of 94 blog entries ( including some re-blogs) here are the ones that were my most popular entries. Here are my ” Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2015″.
1)- My most popular entry this year was my “anxiety” & ” OCD” entry. After reading it again I have to admit that it was spot on. I don’t regret writing it even though it was difficult. I have a tiny problem.
2)- My second most viewed blog entry was the one about acne and image when you are a female artist.
3)- My “20 practise tips” entry was the only one of my 5 ” 10 year Guitar Anniversary” entries to make the list. If you play an instrument I recommend checking it out.
4)- An hilarious entry poking fun at my experience with session musicians in the UK. Behold ” 22 hopeless musicians ( when you are a solo artist) ”
5)- I posted this on my birthday to poke some fun at myself. Here are 21 Reasons I Suck!
6)- A Year in Selfies a recap of my first year on Instagram. Here are my 38 selfies.
7)- Here I trolled my fans a bit. I didn’t reveal in the title what this entry was about. And in fact I won’t do it here either. You can click here to check out what it is 😛
8)- Crazy Fans! That’s right. I’ve had my share of creepy experiences and decided to share some freaky stories.
9)- 5 Horrible People Whoever likes to play God over other people is a scum bag.
10)- This was an entry about me getting back into virtuoso shape and how hard it is to play classical violin virtuoso music on the electric guitar.
My personal favourite entries differ a bit from my most popular posts, here are the 5 entries I’m the most happy with.
1)- I think this is one of the most well written pieces I’ve written. Here I compared Orwell’s 1984 to Huxley’s Brave New World.1984 vs. Brave New World
2)- My take on annoying everyday robots that we all gotta deal with.
4)- This was a commentary I wrote inspired by a blog entry over at That Metal Show’s FB. This entry is about controversies surrounding the metal scene.
5)- The Art Of Self Expression I hate passive aggressive behaviour. If you wanna talk to someone, do it. If you got a problem with someone, say it.
To round-up my annual recap I was gonna make a top 10 list over my most popular Instagram posts, that’s when I figured that there was a site that compile your top 9 posts for you.
My first pic to get a 100 likes was a professional pic of me in uniform with my guitar. Out of all the pics I posted on Instagram this year it is my professionally shot guitarists pics that really became popular as well as mini-vids of me playing, let’s not forget my Star Wars pics, so maybe I should get into cosplaying 😛
My personal favourites were pictures of things related to me rather than pictures of me, so my personal top 9 would have looked slightly different.
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What is your greatest #Passion in @life that puts a #Smile on your face? There is little doubt about mine, #ILoveToPlayGuitar 😍 & I love #ShirtsWithStripes #CheckOutMyCoolShirt #ILoveGuitar #Guitar #Guitarist #GuitarPlayer #FemaleGuitarist #DRStrings #NeonStrings #DoWhatYouLove #DoYourThing #commanderinchief #GuitarChick #MetalChick #Music #Classical #Crossover #Metal
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Joy is when you can write an entire new song in 1-2-3 about how you feel in that particular moment. #WritingMusic #NewMusic #SingerSongwriter #TeaDrinker #Songwriter #NewSong #FemaleShredder #FemaleSongwriter #Guitar #Guitarist #GuitarPlayer #Singer #Vocalist #Creative #SoloArtist #FemaleSoloArtist @officialibanezguitars #Ibanez #IbanezAcoustic #Acoustic7String #7StringGuitar #FemaleArtist #Artist
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This is fun! This is joy! I cannot wait until I can do this infront of an audience! #ILoveMyMomForTeachingMeHowToSing #Opera #BetchaCantSingThis #ClassicalMusic #OperaSinging #Coloratura #PureColoratura #PureColoraturaVoice #Proud #Happy #100%Soprano #ILoveMyVoice 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎤🎶🎶🎶💃🏼 #ImAHumanBird
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Aaaand in the ongoing #Instagram-series of " I'm-spending-too-much-time-taking-pictures-of-what-I'm-packing-because-I-think-I-have-cool-stuff"…here are two #illustrations I made for my book #TheFreezingSnowMan ! I feel #inspired now to create another story based on another #outsider #character that finds happiness in strange ways! If you want to check out my #ChildrensBook #TheFreezingSnowman just google it! It's available on #Amazon & #BarnesAndNoble you can also get signed ones from me over at commandermusic.com #Illustration #Art #ArtWork #Drawing #Painting #ArtForKids #ChildrensStory #PictureBook ⛄️
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The #CoolestGift ever! My mom did this to surprise me a while back, talk about #awesome! #PrintedPress is great for #sales #Dooropener and is cool to put up on your wall. #Awesome #Revolver #MetalHammer #NewsPaper #FrontCover #TotalGuitar #AwardNomination #SuperCool #ILoveThis #MusicBiz #ShowBiz #femaleguitarist #FemaleSinger #Metal #Classical #ThisRocks
All in all it was a creative year. I also had 2 trips to the US, travelling all by myself, I also had several trips to Norway.
I was lucky to be lent quite an amazing apartment right on Central Park in New York, I got the rockstar treatment in California as well as in Oslo. I experienced being a guest in Norway’s most exclusive neighbourhood and was also a guest at a proper Cotswolds estate in the UK. Personally speaking these were highlights and obviously I wouldn’t mind having the life of a rockstar 24/7 😛
This was my 95th entry and my last one for this year.
Take care people & have a Happy New Year!
Fingers crossed next year will be full of positive experiences!
So I was having fun tonight, photographing my original artwork and listening to some awesome music,
until I decided I was just gonna take a look at the Amazon charts.
I’m now NUMBER ONE! I’m currently charting on 3 Amazon US Best seller charts at the same time! You can see the pictures below!
I’m so proud 😀
This is so awesome! Such a shame that everyone else is sleeping, because seriously this is awesome!
So I guess I’m too excited now to go to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Look! I even got a badge!!!!