Finally some sponsored YouTube content! Find out how you can do the same!

So this morning I woke up to the beautiful sight of my account looking like this:

sponsorship notification

This is how it looks like when you have made an approved sponsored video! It will show up in your content section and automatically become part of your “commercial-cv.”

If you want to know more about the site and my experience so far then make sure that you join my LIVE stream on Patreon for only 1$ on the 28th this month! I do minimum two update videos every month and have turned these into live streams in 2019 which means that not only will you get all sorts of tips and advice relevant to being an indie-musician you can also ask me questions and interact with me!

Obviously I’m very excited about my first sponsored content and I hope that I will get hired to make many more videos in the future! I’ve only contacted brands that are related to interests that I’ve expressed on my social media, which is an important detail when it comes to sponsored content! You have to aim for products that genuinely interests you or that you think that your fans/followers will have an interest in!

Whenever you create a video that features sponsored content you are obliged by law to notify the viewer, which means that none of the videos that I’ve made in the past for brands were sponsored! The standard for a video with 100.000 views on YouTube is 10.000$ for a featured product. That’s quite something to find out, especially when you are creating content that is in perpetuity, which obviously is the case whenever an artist makes a music video!

I wish that there was an organisation for independent musicians that could notify creatives of these things! As it is you just have to find out things on your own which means that you’ll miss out on financial opportunities!

The secretive nature of musicians also makes it difficult to “unionise” if you get what I’m trying to say. When I was offered to do my very 1st clinic some years back I tried to shop around and ask musicians who only do clinics what an average rate might be. Nobody wanted to help me with this so I was never able to figure out what a standard industry rate might look like. Likewise; when I was ill and injured I couldn’t find any averages for injuries or an estimated retirement age which meant that I had to resort to online forums which is not representative due to limited sample sizes! 

The music industry is so murky that it leaves a lot of people fumbling in the darkness when it comes to: technique, health & money! 

I think most aspiring musicians will have come across people who play amazing licks and runs only to receive a note with a scale written on it if asking about said lick!

I took lessons with a very difficult (but well-respected) guitar teacher some years back who waited until my hand was hurting so much that I had to take a break before he shared health-related knowledge with me. He literally waited until I could have gotten injured. That is not acceptable tutoring. Nor is it acceptable to shower students in sarcasm which I guess is common with miserable musicians. Envy is apparently rampant in this business which is not a good thing.

The secrecy that guitar players shroud themselves in is ridiculous as well since it only makes it harder for musicians as a demographic. The general atomised culture makes it easier to take advantage of performers or creative artists in show biz!

If you are looking for a mentor or a teacher who doesn’t hold anything back then you should get in touch with me! Not only do I customise my music lessons to fit whatever individual needs, I also share my knowledge. Obviously I don’t do this for free! In order to have a one-hour customised private lesson with me over SKYPE or in person you’ll have to pay 30GBP, I will also expect that I’m mentioned or thanked if I aid you when it comes to your recordings, etc; It is a bit silly to seek out expertise only to pretend that you came up with everything on your own afterwards!

I always give credit to Ramon Ortiz even though I didn’t take that many lessons with him, because he had a great influence on my heavy metal guitar playing. I also mention Steve Smyth even though I only had one masterclass with him. He is a great teacher and if anything, he  boosted my confidence as a player before I recorded my Evolution EP!

And of course I always thank my mother Elisabeth who taught me how to sing opera by using the bel canto technique, not to forget that she is also my manager!

Letting people know that you appreciate their help and support by giving them credit or by officially thanking them should become more commonplace in showbiz!

There is always a generation of musicians coming after you and it is the duty of those who are more experienced to pass their knowledge on, especially if you know how to sing or play classical music.

This is part of our irreplaceable European heritage and it can never be allowed to get lost!

How To Be Evil In 2017.

A little while ago I came across a “scandal” that was creating quite a buzz over in Norway. The online frenzy had been caused by  a commercial, launched by a Norwegian weapon manufacturer. The company in question had teamed up with the national ski jumping  team creating a poster depicting the athletes with a Norwegian flag waving in the wind.

This created a social media “backlash” since the “national romantic” picture could resemble “Nazi” propaganda according to critics. A representative for the company even bothered to officially apologise claiming that they only saw “proud ski jumpers & the Norwegian flag” but that they would never use such an ad again….(here is the story)

Yes…you read that right…I’m guessing that one of the reasons for the backlash was the fact that all of the athletes were white. You see an all-ethnic-Norwegian line-up, looking towards the sky, with the “evil” flag in the background. This of course looks nationalistic and has to be suppressed. I’m willing to bet that the ad would have been welcomed with open arms if the girl in the front was wearing a hijab. But alas, only Norwegians are in this picture featuring representatives of Norwegian sportsmanship  so of course this is offensive………..

Everyone knows that a national team is only good if the majority are immigrants so that they don’t really represent how an ethnicity/nation would actually perform internationally…. A good team, just like the military has to reflect what is politically correct, so I have to say that I’m amazed at the fact that a quota hasn’t been forced upon the ski jumping team as the absence of such measures must surely be racist….

I’ve previously mentioned “national romanticism” in my “Identity” entry, as this movement was very important to Norwegian culture as we had just gained our independence from Sweden. This movement emphasised and celebrated everything Norwegian, as we took our power back.

Now though, regardless of its contribution, the mainstream do everything in their power to destroy it, in a desperate attempt to create the “new Norway” where being Norwegian is not an ethnicity anymore and where the Norwegian flag only counts if an imam is waving it…if a blond Norwegian waves it I bet it would be very “nazi-ish.”

There was a debate raging some years ago about whether or not it was wrong that Norwegians were waiving Norwegian flags on Norway’s Constitution/National Day as this was offensive to outspoken Muslims.

Yes I repeat…it was offensive to wave only Norwegian flags on Norway’s National Day.

Norway is only Norway if anything or anyone can be Norwegian….including the flag.

So a Chinese dish is as everyone knows very Norwegian, a mosque is totally viking, a turban wearing Sikh is the epitome of Norwegianness, in fact everyone knows that it is very “Nazi-ish” to be white and live in Norway or any other Scandinavian country…

Openness is the new shared European value, which means that there really is no culture anywhere at all, as anything goes. The only cultural identity is no identity at all or actual cultural appropriation.

In this spirit Sweden has apparently spent or is going to spend   1,5 million Swedish Kroners of taxpayers money to build a camel centre…..as everyone knows camels are very Scandinavian, so of course it makes sense that you would go to Sweden to pet them. Muslims are for some strange reason feeling insulted as the initiative is meant for them! I have truly no idea as to why they would feel that a camel zoo in Sweden is ridiculous…(when I first heard of this I thought it was a joke…a part of me still want to believe that…)

This ties in with some other articles  I came across where a certain Eastern-European leader is described as disgusting. Why is he disgusting? Because he is an actual nationalist…and everyone knows that the number one way to make enemies in the current year is to be European, proud of your country and waving your flag while singing your national anthem…..