A. I love you, Ezekiel and every word you mumble as you drool in your sleep is pure GOLD! …Cool, read on.
B. True Blood is on, you got 20 seconds to pitch me, kid! …Cool, skip to the Executive Summary below!
So… being an indie musician has been one of the most beautiful, fulfilling, expressive, yet difficult experiences of my life thus far. The music industry has been changing, as you know. The more I read, the more I see how the cards are stacked against me in going the traditional route of hoping for discovery by a record label or using the indie “play as much as possible and hope to make enough to survive” model. Articles like this one could be depressing, but remember, I’m an Aries. That’s astrology-talk for stubborn.
I am always going to play and record music. I will always have live shows. Other than that, I am already looking to climb out of the box that keeps talented people stuck. One revenue source that continues to heat up for musicians these days is song placement. I am now a member of TAXI, a broker for songwriters looking for film, TV and commercial placements. We’ll see if that pans out. I’ve had one song forwarded to an ad agency already, but my selection odds could still be lotto-sized, who knows. In the meantime I will be looking for ways I could partner with others to custom-produce original songs for placement. “Isn’t that selling out?” you ask. Well, if there is such a thing anymore, I can assure you that my taste line is still above jingle-writing. “Haaawt Pockets!”
So, whatup with the job search I heard about? Well, I had thought that a paying job in the music industry was the way to go, but after reading this blog I’m not as firm on that preference. However, my fun project of interviewing people working in music continues! Read the write-ups on my music blog here.
There is a big House of Blues show coming up on Friday, Sep. 7, as part of ListenlocalSD’s Local Brews Local Grooves festival featuring 12 bands. I am going to be on the Delta Stage downstairs at 9pm. Please contact me if you are interested in coming out and I will mail you tickets. They are free from me and are coded for Ezekiel Jay. More happy fans at the door means a better shot at opening for a big name act at HOB some time.
The ACTIVITY album is still free to download (here) in mp3 format for the months of August and September, maybe forever. It’s name your price and you can enter 0 and then put your email address to grab the full record, or any individual song, for free. Even with the amazing help from Kickstarter supporters, I may never make all my money back on the record. But what is most important to me is to get ears on the music, so people can connect with the songs and decide whether they want to support me for live shows or in some other way. If you’ve listened, you know a lot went into the lyrics, melodies, and arrangements. Please tell your friends to steal my record!
The Ezekiel Jay Band (featuring Ryan Irby on guitar and Brock Smith on bass) recently showed up at The Skybox Sports Grill in Clairemont to have fun and jam in an informal setting. Little did we know it would be videotaped and would serve as an audition for So-Cal Showcase. I think Joe and Jennifer of So-Cal Showcase did a great job on this vid. If enough of you view the video and like it on Youtube, SCS will give us a full show and video it with a pro setup. See it here.
As some of you know, my alter-ego in Danny and the Tramp, “4th Guy”, has been songwriting with Danny, The Tramp, and Brandon, and is proud of the new songs DnT have turned out. We are going to take the new material into the studio and have a Kickstarter recording fund drive set up that is happening NOW. If you would like to see a new record made featuring the creative input of “4th Guy” then please check out the site for donation options here.
Executive Summary for people who hate words:
-Still looking for that job. LinkedIn, anyone?
-The Activity record is pay any price (i.e. free) to download this month
-Check out our audition vid for So-Cal Showcase, help us get a show
-Danny and the Tramp are making a new record featuring me, 4th Guy!
–House of Blues. Sep. 7, 2012. 9pm. 21+. Full band. Tix are $5 at the door or FREE from me. Contact me ASAP and I will mail them to you.
–Hard Rock Cafe. Sep 29, 2012. 10pm. Solo acoustic, opening for Lenny Morris.
–Hillcrest Hoedown. October 7, 2012. Full band. More info TBD