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!

My 1st SPONSORED YouTube Video Is Here!

In this video I launch my MERCH STORE & also show other UK based content creators how easy it is to set up a Merch Store with Teespring & Youtube Merch Shelf!

Please check it out & share – & remember to go to MY NEW STORE to get your affordable Commander-In-Chief Merch! Never before has it been this easy to get hold of a Commander-In-Chief t-shirt! Run & buy! 😀 It looks really cool!

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two.

So back to my incredibly unhealthy hobby…

I guess being illiterate when it comes to ones understanding is preferable when it comes to the horror of reading….

What I have in my possession is a book that would probably fall into the self-help or personal growth category, and if this work had crossed my path let’s say … five years ago, I would probably have loved it.

The issue is that I’ve read quite a lot of different material since then … such as….

  • A deeper understanding of genetics  paves the way for targeted medicine, beauty treatments and weaponry. On one hand there is nothing to find but praise and optimism for this on the other: total hysteria if any official findings clash with political correctness. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter because while the Western world is busy with political limbo dancing our enemies and competitors will advance in this field.

One of the most common products that private companies are seeking placements for in the YouTube community are DNA testing kits to discover ones heritage.

Obviously if you are to make a YouTube video featuring such a product you’ll probably be expected to test it normalizing the act of sending ones genetic material to a private actor.

This DNA harvesting combined with the behavioural data-mining at the hands of online media platforms (such as this one I assume) paints private industries in an interesting futuristic light.

Targeted online advertising is all about the individual just like custom-made beauty treatments and targeted medicine.

It is the individual that the private sector are after which makes DNA-denialism absurd.

Just like it is vital to manufacture DNA-denialism whenever it is convenient it is equally crucial to feign a diversity-friendly profile while exploiting the resources of those one pretends to aid….

  • My reasons for going on about this is that I couldn’t even finish reading one chapter in “Seeing What Others Don’t,” without seeing what others don’t. The author seemingly attempts to paint a picture of humanity as consistently and generally: curious, creative and insightful with an innate pattern recognition software.

He presents the following “sample” to the reader: a Nobel Prize winning hard-scientist, an anti-fraud investigator, a police officer, the man who discovered AIDS and himself.

All of these characters are/were involved in investigative professions, even the author….

What I instantly detected was that this is a work shrouded in “noise” targeted towards people like myself and others who are pattern-observant, people who have a curious and investigative spirit and those who are inherently creative with insight deeply embedded into their behavioural patterns.

Yet the work is shrouded in “noise“ so that the author appears to be appealing to anyone something that is useful if aiming for speaking engagements and general popularity.

Everyone seeks to optimise their own performance and especially their income.

From the first chapter and the beginning of the second I sensed that the aim of this book is to seemingly unlock personality traits that are unevenly distributed within the populace to being with.

And I guess this is why I felt an underlying dissonance in the back of my mind as I read.

This feeling of dissonance was so troubling that I had to put the book down in order to write some notes and figured that I could might as well just write a blog entry.

  • It greatly surprised me and puzzled me when I started playing the guitar that so many musicians seemed to lack creativity. To me it made no sense that one could play an instrument but have no desire, drive and/or ability to create. I spent many quiet moments reflecting on this very peculiar phenomenon only to reach the conclusion that I really did not get it.

I don’t understand how you can write without having the ability to come up with characters and story lines.

Nor do I understand how it is possible to paint and draw without having the ability to create.

Something appears incomplete and off to me, yet the majority of musicians that I’ve encountered have not possessed even an ounce of creativity which baffles me to this day. :/

  • I guess this was another reason as to why Gary Klein’s book made me feel weird in addition to the inclusion of James Watson and Francis Crick.

Watson & Crick identified the structure of DNA which hasn’t helped Watson much since he has been completely and totally thrown under the bus due to his comments in regards to diversity.

As I said above: it is beneficial to non-Western actors that our culture currently is as it is.

So why even bother to comment? You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight – and the gun fights of the future are found in our very own building blocks.

This might be why private companies want to have a sample of your DNA!

To be continued…..

 

 

 

How To Get In Touch With Your Politicians.

This post is meant to encourage civilian political participation in the West.

Our involvement is not supposed to be restricted to the ballot box but is designed to be an ongoing activity.

This is why the role of the press is so crucial since it is their job to keep power players accountable. They should not function like a propaganda outlet or as their own special interest group. Their interest is meant to be the people, and the health of their nation, with investigative journalism as their number one tool to uncover wrongdoings and abuse.

Thanks to the internet and the popularisation of gadgets it has turned every individual into a potential investigative journalist. Even though there are negative side-effects to our tech-culture the upside is that it will hopefully become increasingly hard to cover up human rights abuses and wrongdoings around the world.

Hopefully the emergence of tech will mean more transparency, liberty, opportunity and fairness rather than lies, imprisonment, destitution and exploitation.

In this post I’ll include two emails I’ve written: one that was ignored and one that was not.

I’ll also include a little introduction to activism since this is the tool utilised if representatives ignore the very people that they are meant to represent.

  • In 2018 I sent an email to the local Parish council which is the lowest level of government in the UK. I did this after reading about MicroPlastics from an environmental organisation in the USA. This issue is truly global, so I reasoned that it would make sense to raise my concern over here in Europe. I received an instant lengthy response from the Parish council who encouraged me to contact the Cotswold District Council, in addition to our local representative in Parliament and the local Water provider. This is what I sent: Dear Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

    I’ve been reading about the latest news regarding Microplastics finding their ways into the planet’s tap water. There are also plenty of petitions being passed around about this issue.
    I was naturally wondering what is being done to investigate and improve any problems we might have with our local drinking water?

    Sincerely yours; Berit Hagen. 

    http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/9/6/microfibers-the-plastic-inside-us

    http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/national/14700238.Plastic_microbeads_in_hygiene_products_should_face_outright_ban_by_2017__say_MPs/  I did not receive a response but this was what I had expected. This plays into the popular depiction of the “elite“ not bothering about what the people have to say for themselves. I’m convinced that “arrogance“ and/or “silence“ adds fuel to the fire when it comes to conspiracy theories because why on earth wouldn’t politicians be concerned with the quality of their own drinking water?
  • In order to force power-players to the negotiating table or to tackle important social issues there are those who have developed techniques in order to make their presence so manifest that they cannot be ignored. Likewise the establishment might respond to activism by using state-force in an attempt to force obedience and silence upon their population. This can in many ways be interpreted as the breakdown of democracy and the rise of totalitarianism. You’ll be forced to compliance. Organisation within the civilian population in order to obtain political goals is commonly referred to as activism or community organising. It hinges on alliance building within the civilian population and to get journalists within the establishment media onboard. One aim of political activism is to get a powerful photo-op such as the picture taken of the father of a child killed in a high-school shooting extending his hand to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. Even though Kavanaugh probably had no idea who this man was, he turned around and looked at him while the father was seemingly trying to shake his hand. This resulted in a “powerful” viral image used to portray Kavanaugh as an uncaring, demonic human being regardless of the actual circumstances or what Kavanaugh was actually thinking in the moment. Other examples of text-book activism can be observed during social media campaigns where a specific post from a company is targeted by what appears to be “consumers“ and “the people.“ In truth this is in most cases a coordinated effort where organisations send out mass emails to individuals who are already politically active online. “The mob“ then target said post or whatever individual creating the illusion that “the people“ are furious. Since it appears that power-players either have no clue or interest in political activism they cave-in fearing the loss of potential consumers. You can read more about political activism here: “How To Resist – Turn Protest To Power” by Matthew Bolton.
  • In an ideal situation it will be possible to receive a response from political representatives since they are meant to be the bridge between “the people“ and “the establishment“ much like the media. This instantly dissolves conspiracy theories and can potentially make “the people“ less hostile and blood-thirsty when it comes to individual political characters since a conversation is being had and the people will feel that their concerns are being listened to. Demonization can be actively worked against with political transparency, which is undesirable of course if aiming for political totalitarianism. My second attempt at contacting politicians was the result of YouTube urging their creators to raise awareness in regards to Article 13. Out of 5 representatives 3 came back to me. This was the email I sent them:

 

Hi __________. I’m writing to you as an original content creator on YouTube asking what you are currently doing to prevent Article 13 from hurting independent artists and creatives?

YouTube has made it possible for young entrepreneurs and innovators to build a brand, a business and a career.
Not to forget that Generation Z has grown up with a new set of heroes far removed for the more polished, establishment stars of previous generations.
I’m wondering how you will explain and justify to your children and grandchildren that the EU took away their heroes and role models in addition to making it impossible for younger people to start their own brand and be leaders of their own businesses in this new and exciting digital age.
Millennials and Generation Z will be devastated by this outright attack on their culture and form of self-expression.
Since the EU seem to believe so strongly that diversity is our strength, they must surely be in favour of individual expression from all demographics, globally, on a platform such as YouTube.

 

To hear what the EU representatives replied to me go here: The EU replied to me! – Article 13.

I hope that this entry was helpful! ❤