5 Years Going Strong! Thank you!

5 years going strong

It makes me happy to say that ” 2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album” has now been going in and out of the charts for 5 years!!!

I saw this in the middle of the night the other night but was too tired to post about it!

We are still in 😉

I can’t wait to make a follow-up!

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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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“Be Yourself” they said!!! :O

The number one advice spewed out into the social media world by successful “influencers” is: “Be Yourself!”

Just the other day I was looking for some information regarding music gear and stumbled upon a music vlog where the host was sitting bare-chested, clearly intoxicated, mumbling barely audible instructions into his microphone.

I’ve been in the receiving end of links to brand new YouTube channels featuring hosts doing everything in their power to come across as hyperactive, frantic and basically crazy.

Advising people to just be themselves makes it easier for smooth talking charlatans or brand aware entrepreneurs to gain even more ground while their potential competitors self-sabotage by simply “being themselves.”

Let’s take a look at the way that I’ve used Instagram in the past for an instance.

I did my first post on the social media site in 2014 after receiving my first smart phone.

What did I post? A photo of the Ancient Aliens box set I received for Christmas. Currently my like count on the picture stands at: 22

Now Instagram was never our number one marketing tool. I did not have much of a following on there, had other pages that were our main focus and was never consistently  active on the site.

Fast forward to 2019 and so far this year I’ve posted 51 posts with:

  • 38 of them falling into the “self-promotion“ category (since they are photos/videos of me),
  • 2 of the pictures are still of me but they are joke posts, (so that’s 40 out of 51 pictures being of me),
  • 3 are of fans (pictures sent to me from my followers posing with my CD)
  • 5 are of personal objects including artwork for sale and
  • 3 features written text (a giveaway instruction, a thank you flier and a screenshot of my Twitter)

Any picture of me whether professional or self-taken has over a 100 likes with many going into the 200 likes category etc;

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Thanks a lot to those of you who are following me here on #instagram 😘 The last few months I've been following everyone who follows me on here, today however I started unfollowing bands, musicians, etc; I'll keep following those of you who interact a lot with my content! Tomorrow at 8pm (UK time) I'm going #live on my @youtube so make sure that you join me if you want to hear some #music 😊 #musician #musicians #youtube #youtuber #femalesinger #artist #soloartist #guitar #vocals #piano #producer #singersongwriter #livemusic #originalmusic #songwriter #opera #operasinger #soprano #coloratura #shred #virtuoso #guitarist #guitarplayer #creative #artist #newmusic #newalbum #album

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Music posts with clips from my music videos + pictures of me = awesome.

Pictures of personal objects and/or text/quote posts = not so much.

Which is what I observed when going through my Instagram posts from previous years and why I made a conscious decision to change things.

The irony of course is that someone might look at all of this drawing the conclusion that this “commander-in-chief chick” must surely be a narcissist!

Several years ago I remember that a photo of me rehearsing with a bare belly was uploaded to Facebook and the reaction was of course very positive.

This was not done to fish for compliments or to boost a fragile ego, it was put out there to increase buzz and social media reach!

This is why online-profiling can be so very inaccurate, because what is more important to you? Posting a picture from your favourite passage of a book receiving maybe 30 likes or posting a photo that gets you 300 likes and lots of engagement from your followers? The more people engage the more your content spreads which is why it is wrong to claim that “unfiltered-be-yourself“ content seals the deal!

Likewise I love writing on my blog. It is my number one favourite hobby yet even though I’m not a beauty blogger I find that my number one most popular entry of all times is the one that I wrote about skincare!

Blog posts where I write about myself or posts featuring pictures of me even if there is no interesting content in the post itself gets lots of buzz.

Self-help is also high on the list along with “how to“ articles.

What do I prefer to write about? The world, society, ideas, thoughts, books. I like to think about ideas and concepts so if I was to be myself I would just write about this while bombarding my Instagram page with all sorts of nonsense that wouldn’t mean anything to anybody else but myself!

What do I like more than anything else?

To sell music because this is ultimately what I’m all about and what I know!

This is my passion, my craft and my talent!

So keep this in mind next time someone tells you to just be yourself on the internet! ❤

 

My song “Stay With Me” is doing well in a voter-based song competition!

It made me very happy to see that my original song “Stay With Me” is doing well in yet another voter-based song competition!

I previously submitted my song to “Fresh On The Net” where strangers listen to and vote for their favourite tune among an ocean of independent songs.

You will be disqualified if you alert your fans and followers to the fact that your song has been shortlisted.

So if you see that your song gets through the initial round you have to stand by quietly and wait to see if you get featured with a proper article on the site.

I take it as a very good sign that I’ve been able to stand out time and time again in such a setting!

Several of my releases have been shortlisted on Fresh On The Net, I even received airplay for my original song “Let It Go” on BBC6 some years ago, which can happen if you submit your song!

Now I’m receiving favourable feedback once again from total strangers to my music!

I did not submit my music to this Instagram site, but I was very happy that they decided to just throw me into the mix!

I appreciate all support and exposure!

It is especially awesome to see that my original songwriting pops-out to strangers!

I have of course told my Instagram followers about “instaoriginalmusiccompetition” so now the percentage looks even better!

Years ago I was featured in a voter-based guitar competition. When I found out about it I posted about it everywhere but once the voting was over the site decided to withhold the results! I figured that they probably didn’t like who won! Maybe it was me? 😮

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Tonight I’m Going Live On PATREON!

At 8pm (UK time) I’ll be doing another live update stream! I’ve decided to make my Patreon more interactive this year so all update videos will be live streams where Patrons can ask me questions.

For only 1$ you can unlock all of my exclusive videos that I shot last year & now you’ll also be able to access this year’s update streams where I’ll let my followers know what I’m working on, etc; From next month I’ll also start sharing behind the scenes sneak peeks from “Berit-Vol.2”

You can cancel your subscription at any time! Signing up to my Patreon and/or purchasing my music is the best way to support me as an independent, unsigned artist!

NEW video out NOW!

Yesterday I did a Super Chat live stream on my YouTube! This is how that looks like:

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Thanks a lot to those of you who joined us! Elisabeth was also there to thank my followers. We are very grateful for all support!

This was a live stream done to mark that we’ve passed 25k subscribers on our channel!

I’ve also made an exclusive email for the event that you can get hold of if you sign up to my email list on my website: www.commandermusic.com 

The email will only be available for a week, Patreons will get custom made ones with their individual names on it!

I’ll be going live on Patreon on the 31st this month to do an update. Every month I do two update videos available to all of my Patreons, this year I’ve turned them into live streams which means that people can ask me questions and interact with me as I go through the various things that I’ve been up to! You can join me Patreon for only 1$ and cancel your subscription at any time.