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THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be Tom Service’s guest on the 31st this month discussing “Anger In Music” and playing some live music.
This is part of a festival called “Free Thinking” arranged by BBC3.
It is possible to join us! Get your FREE tickets right here: Anger In Music
I’m looking forward to it!
Make sure that you check out my previous interview with Tom Service right here: Here I Am, On BBC3!
Today it is the 8th of March and the whole world, including businesses, seem united in this socialist/communist celebration.
In my 1st blog entry about the 8th of March in 2015 I did the politically correct thing and featured 20 Badass Women from stereo-typically male dominated fields.
Once again I would like to remind my readership (and the world) that Russia was ahead in all things egalitarian. So there is nothing new with policies currently promoted in Western countries, in fact I highly recommend reading: The War Has No Female Face., a book about female Russian war heroes.
This year I will say thank you to mothers and women who are good at keeping our societies going; those who have gone down in history nameless in terms of the history books but whose memories were/are kept alive by their descendants.
Music wise I think that I’m a good role-model professionally for women who want to choose an untraditional career path, more than anything I think that I’m a good role-model for musicians regardless of gender, since a number of the pieces that I’ve recorded and performed had never been recorded by men nor women. The same can be said of my creative versatility, this is not a common thing to come across, whether you are a man or a woman or somewhere in between.
I hardly have any female fans and that has always been the case! I’ve received countless messages through the years from men telling me that I’ve inspired them to practise their instruments! So my influence is not over women.
The assumption that women will have female fans or that women will make other women purchase instruments is very wrong, or at least it is in my case.
So today I will use my blog to thank grandmothers, mothers, etc; who always worked in the fields, on the farms, in the house, in the home, those who were never thanked and are never thanked even today!
A great deal of “awesome female role-models” have no children in our societies which becomes a national crisis if it is too widespread! A great deal of propaganda material is currently being promoted seeking to discourage Western people from having families.
Infertility though is a major catalyst for depression in women who feel less womanly if they can’t give birth to a child. It is regarded as one of the worst news that a woman can get which is why adoption is seen as a Godsend and a blessing to those who can’t have children.
I woke up this morning to a news story about a woman’s group here in the UK promoting having no babies in order to save the planet, the article also mentioned a group of French people who have voluntarily sterilised themselves in order to be eco-friendly.
As I’ve already mentioned on my blog before: there has been numerous mass extinctions on this planet! Climate change is an ongoing factor, with or without man-made pollution. Trash and deforestation can in many ways be seen as the result of one species gaining too much ground, which the planet has a tendency of cleaning up on its own, regardless of what we want as humans.
An eco-apocalypse will probably happen at one point or the other, but there will probably also be some people who survive! My bet is that Scandinavian rangers, African bush-men and mountain people in Afghanistan will be among those who will inherit the earth. Our modern culture of consumption and tech-convenience is a lure that will result in the death of millions of people incapable of surviving without the crutches of a developed Nation-State.
Self-sterilising eco-friendly Westerners are completely missing the point and are yet another example of how our part of the world is mentally and culturally decaying.
Happy International Women’s Day.
“Who’s Gonna Make Me Happy?” is the 5th music video taken from “Berit-Vol.1” – Make sure that you get a signed CD from my website if you enjoy my music!
If you like my music and want to support it then it is possible to buy signed CDs (in all three genres) from my website right here: WWW.COMMANDERMUSIC.COM
We will soon upload some new music videos to my YouTube channel & just released a new album teaser! You can see some sneak peeks from the upcoming videos so make sure that you check it out!
We’ve done lots of live streams recently & have been very active on YouTube, make sure that you check out & share the new videos and keep an eye out for all of the new ones that are coming!
One of my absolute favourite entries that I’ve written so far is: The Glorious Hustle.
In fact it might be my number one favourite blog entry.
The funny thing about hitting the wall health-wise is that you easily end up going back into the same patterns of behaviour once you feel better.
This month I’ve had the flu but I’ve still been “hustling” and only stopped once I was forced to physically.
I guess that should turn me into a 21st century icon especially if I die of exhaustion.
When you exit the system and become an entrepreneur your rights are directly linked to whatever portion of the market you are able to reach.
There is no union or government department ensuring that you only work so-and-so many hours or that you have an x amount of paid holiday days or sick days.
Whatever percentage of the market that you manage to reach and expose yourself to decide as a demographic whether or not you deserve a holiday or time off due to their purchasing power.
The best thing that can happened to you as an independent artist is that the entertainment establishment gives you a call and want to hire you to do some work for them, this gives you a proper salary and you’ll know upfront what you are dealing with.
It will also give you a spike in online engagement and sales if a major outlet writes about you. This will be instant and very noticeable.
Most of the time though there will be a direct relation between how much time that is spent online and how much money you make.
I’ve been very lucky since I don’t work alone but have a manager and representation, however these last few months I’ve had to be very active online myself since there has been lots of health issues within my family. This means that I’ve hardly touched my instruments since I’ve been busy promoting my videos and music online in addition to spending time reading and watching videos updating myself on all sorts of changes in the music world.
Pledge Music for example now find themselves in the middle of a scandal and Spotify has changed some of the services that they offer unsigned artists, which are things that I wouldn’t know about if I hadn’t been reading myself up on certain things.
My sponsored video was also the result of me finding out about an online site connecting brands and YouTubers, a site I didn’t even know existed.
Posting updates and being active online raise awareness of your product and results in tangible sales, this then obviously means that you lose out on potential sales if you turn off your gadgets and don’t engage! You also need to have something to sell and this should be of the best quality possible which means lots of blood, sweat and tears when it comes to creating quality content….
Being accessible and “open” might result in extra opportunities and work coming your way since people who follow you gain insight into your charity work or interests, so cutting yourself off from the online world as an artist is a bad idea especially since fans and followers love to connect directly with you as a creator.
So how on earth do you then manage to have some me-time?
If how much money you make is directly linked to how much energy you spend online (without your reach being restricted on social media) then it goes without saying that you can never disappear.
I’ve now heard it repeatedly said that the old model of artists creating something and then vanishing for a couple of years is over.
Just like your social media activity has to be consistent well so does your artistic output. This works well for those who just put things out there, not so much for perfectionists who believe in quality over quantity.
It might even make it less common with creative “masterpieces.”
The whole aspect of you having to be a “social media” person as well will reward characters that aren’t totally socially retarded which also might reduce the amount of masterpieces produced in our time since it is unreasonable to expect that talent or genius should go hand in hand with “agreeableness,” “openness,”etc;
I also see an increase in individuals online becoming upset if they do not get an instant reply when they contact an artist/business. It is in fact very telling that Teespring (the company that I work with on t-shirts) have a system in place that makes the service as close to instant as it gets.
Because of people’s detachment to the production and delivery of goods they seem to think that no effort is required in the stage of production or delivery. Everything ought to be instant!
I receive lots of videos/music from other musicians all the time and that has always been the case. We as a team have also been approached by people who seem to believe that we have the power to get people endorsement deals, even record deals.
Sometimes people have reacted in anger as if thought they are entitled to priority time-wise when we have so many other things to be concerned about both in business and privately.
Every single revenue stream has to be monetised when you aren’t part of the system and it might even prove to be a good idea to share pictures and updates about your life outside of music. I started a blog because there was a demand for it.
This obviously blurs the line between who you are as a person and who you are as a professional person, I see no way out of this because what people expect from their artists and public people have changed so dramatically. Even sharing your artistic process and recording sessions is now a thing. It is all about being accessible as an individual.
The establishment is not static either and have suffered enormous financial losses these last few years due to the digital revolution. Everyone regardless of stature has a social media presence and I do get the overall impression that you somehow have to be extra-likeable and extra-nice if you are very skilled professionally or famous as if thought people are looking for asshole-signs.
People are weird, yet what people want colours where businesses go.
Once again I see AUTOMATION as the solution to me-time.
It will also satisfy the market’s desire to get instant replies and attention once social media platforms offer more diversity when it comes to automated responses.
AI to the rescue.
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