I’m Nr.1! Thanks a lot! <3

I really have one hell of a fan base and the last few days have served as a reminder of that for sure! We went from 0 to hero in less than 3 days of campaigning! I’m now in the lead in the “ iNSTAR Original Music Competition” & I hope that I will able to stay in my number 1 spot until the 28th this month!!!

There are a lot of musicians who participate so I’m stoked that my fans and followers have voted with such fervour!

I’m doing 2 more GIVEAWAYS on my Instagram so make sure that you join in and cast your vote for my song “Stay With Me” 🙂

If I win this competition then it will be the first time that I win a music competition/award!

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME! ❤

From I first discovered that I had been featured in the “Story“ of “iNSTAR Original Music Competition” and that strangers to my music had been voting favourably it didn’t take long before the snowball started rolling once I shared this with my awesome followers! 🙂

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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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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.

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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.

 

Thou Shall Not Laugh In Europe – The End Is Nigh For YouTube Entertainment!

The end of YouTube as we know it might be near thanks to the western world’s most notorious party-poopers: The EU.

YouTubers doing covers of other people’s music, game-channels, parody channels, top. 10 lists and independently run news sites will be the first content creators to be affected since the law is supposed to protect those who own their own copyright a 100%, in addition to whatever mechanical and/or visual copyright. (I do, or  we’ve paid for a license).

In short you need to own all the content that you upload. It will ultimately be the responsibility of YouTube to ensure that this rule is being followed. Which means that it might only be profitable and safe for social media platforms to approve content from major entertainment companies.

This will literally mean the end of socio-economic mobility and independent brand-building via social media an opportunity open to anyone with an internet connection. It will simultaneously be the end of the youth-culture that our younger siblings and/or children have grown up with.

The face of my younger sister when I explained this to her says it all, I don’t even want to know how my youngest sibling might react.

The role-models of Generation Z are YouTubers, when they meet they talk about bloggers, when they laugh they enjoy parody accounts and memes, their heroes are gamers and influencers and Millennials and other Zers who are doing covers, often times 10x better than the actual original.

Not only will it mean the end of their unique and diverse culture it will also put a lot of influencers and role-models who have not become part of the entertainment establishment out of business.

It is an attack on anyone who is not a baby-boomer, an attack on anyone who is independent, an attack on those who’ve been fortunate enough to be able to create their own playlists and choose their own role-models rather than having content defined for them by whatever establishment.

It is an attack on freedom, youth, diversity, creativity, vitality and innovation.

The EU are the ones who claim that they care about diversity, cultural enrichment and children, now we see how deep this concern truly is in their handling of the internet.

Generation Z & Millennials will never forgive them – Thou Shall Not Laugh In Europe.

You can contact your EU representatives and find out who they are by a simple Google search or make a video if you are a YouTuber: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/your-meps/uk_meps.html#shadowbox/1/

 

HATE!HATE!HATE!

Yes, it’s good to know that there are still people out there who hates me. This means that I’m doing something that is right I suppose, and considering how eloquent what I found below is, I thought: “why not share it?”. Behold, the best thing I’ve found so far about myself on the inter webs, courtesy of ” The Bull and The Shit” what I’m wondering is…would this person (whose blog is based in the UK), attack me if he met me in person, or pretend to be civil??? hmmm….anyway….I’m still laughing at his entry…..

 

“The Commander-In-Chief, huh? What in the FUCK?!
Sometimes in the evenings when I sit here by the lake after a day of war with them damn cowboys, I need to chill the fuck down and gather my spirits, talk a bit to Manitou and just be… on my Indian lonesome. It’s at times like these I use YouTube to find music that can relax me and heal me up, so I will be prepared for tomorrow’s battles. And the battles after tomorrow… and so on…

At times these moments of relief fuck up… big fucking time.

We’re there now. All thanx to some absolute idiot calling herself The-Commander-In-Chief. Yes, it’s a girl. Obviously she’s… eh… Norwegian… wherever that fucking country is. Her birth name is Berit Hagen, which sounds just as ridiculous as her “artistic” name. Oh, Wikipedia tells me she has lived in several other countries too… the USA and the UK. She speaks several languages fluently, including Norwegian, English, Italian, and French. When she lived in Chicago she took lessons in visual art with the established artist Linda Cohn (eh… who exactly is that and where the fuck is she established?). Berit started playing the guitar in 2005, at the age of 16, which makes her about 25 or so today since she’s born 3 years after “Reign in blood” was released. I was never good at math, but I do know how to shoot some arrows.

The world biggest metal magazine Metal Hammer has called her The Queen Of Shred (which I call bullshit on right away coz we all know that title belongs to The Terrible Great Kat) and has proclaimed her one of the world’s ten most exciting metal guitarists (seeeeeeeeeeeeeriously… You must be shitting me so much I need a diaper endorsement). Ron “Bumblepenis” Thal of Guns N’ Roses has said about her that “She is a great talent with proper metal spirit”. This Ron fucko is definitely sleeping with her. He might even be her husband. They are probably brother and sister as well. Deliverance vibes de luxe.

Total Guitar Magazine said this:

“It’s a sad fact that when you think of shred guitarists, the majority of them will be men. Enter The Commander-In-Chief, a seven-string wielding uber shredding female who’s ready to melt faces and shatter stereotypes. This Norwegian Metal maiden has her eyes set to command and conquer the masses.”

“It’s a sad fact”? As in… sad? You shitting me again?! Exactly what is so fucking sad about the fact that the best guitarists in the world are men? Men are better guitarists, period. Simple as that. It’s in our DNA. Just like women will always be better at… better at… hmm… they will always be better at…. being women. Yeah, that’s it. They will always dominate that shit. Oh, and they will always be better singers. For fucking sure. There’s a lot of things women will always be better than men at. Let’s just say that guitar playing will never be one of them things. Let’s call a spade a spade and not a goddamn horse, ok?

If this “Norwegian Metal maiden” will ever “command and conquer the masses” I am scalping myself. With a caterpillar. I’ll ask my canoeing brother Smelly Beaver to assist me so the job gets done properly.

But wait, there’s more about this fucking chick:

“She is an official Ibanez guitar artist. She has been using the Ibanez RG7620, but is currently playing the Ibanez S5527 Prestige guitar. She is, however, best known for playing the prototype Ibanez Falchion 7 string guitar, the only instrument of its kind in the world.”

It pains me. She’s an official Ibanez guitartist (see what I did there?). I don’t even know what they mean with that “only instrument of its kind” comment, but hey – I’m but an old Indian warrior. The Falchion is an abomination though, that’s for sure. Ibanez manufacture the best guitars in the world (I know this becoz I play them exclusively, thank you very much). Also, this:

“When performing, she is always dressed in a uniform, reflecting her chosen artist name, The Commander-In-Chief.”

She can dress up in a fucken dildo for all I care, coz what it comes down to is: is she any fucken good? I’ll give you the dubious pleasure of finding that out just now:
You still alive?

Is the world still around?

Did we survive that amazing display of BUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLSHIIIIIIIIITTTTT?!?!?!

Those are the only questions I have, pretty much. This fucking shit sickens me. It’s like Ebola all over again (what in the fuck do you mean it never left in the first place? Shut up), only this time in female form with a fucking guitar on her tits. And that’s some seriously fucken hideous guitar, people. I bet a cowboy designed it just before burning down some tipis. Fucking bastard.

This QUEEN OF SHRED (shoot me now) gets recognition becoz of 2 reasons. Or 3, I haven’t decided yet:
She’s a girl who plays guitar better than her girlfriends and some guys who suck. Big deal.
She’s not looking like a ton of shitting bricks just hit and shit her in the face.
She wears a uniform.
She could afford to make a video. Or five.
Men are pigs. Sexist pigs. Fuck all of us. Fucking assholes, we are.
That’s more than 2 reasons, and I could go on forever, but you get my point. And hey, you know what? Considering the talent and gift this one has, are you even surprised that she’s been nominated for “Best Metal Song 2011” by Hollywood Music In Media Awards as well as nominated for “Best Metal Song 2012” by the same thing?

I just threw up a little in my mouth, so here’s a few more videos for you while I clean up my shit:

And of course she sings too, and this I don’t mind:

And without studio trickery it sounds as displayed in this high energetic performance from 2012:
What in the holiest of FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS is the world coming to? Let me just say one more thing… She is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book, “The Freezing Snowman,” which is her first book. I bet it’s amazing.

Fuck you, Commander In Chief. Try to command this, you twat:
Now, fuck you again, Commander-In-Shit. (BOOYA!!!!)”

The Strange Plight of YouTube’s ‘Middle Class’

This is a very good article surrounding the bizarreness of internet fame. Seriously I even wrote a song about this so I’m glad to see this article! An interesting thing to note is that I’ve read countless interviews in the past with rockstars saying ” you can be in a magazine and still only have milk in the fridge”, Lady Gaga was apparently broke in the start of her fame, doing red carpets etc. with no cash. The dilemma of having fans even stalkers but not being Gaga-huge is interesting and has been taken to a whole new level with the “new celebs” of our age. Check out this article!

Gaby Dunn on the bleak economics of internet fame.

Source: The Strange Plight of YouTube’s ‘Middle Class’