...do some limited edition prints of some of my work. Just a thought. Also just sitting here thinking about when I should start thinking about packing some stuff to go on tour. Then thought better of it and poured myself a Coke.
It's been a while since I've had my dusty suitcase out and packed for touring. Last time I was in the UK I got stranded there. US gov wouldn't let me back in to the states. had three weeks with myself sitting in Wales twiddling my thumbs (shivers). I am looking forward to playing some shows again. To be honest I'm more psyched about doing the warm up shows and the European festivals than the higher profile gigs. My arse is going a bit for Download. Kinda can't wait to be on the other side of that show. I'm sure it will be rad, it's just (as always) I don't enjoy being all profession and serious, yet a show of that caliber requires a bit of focus and sensibility. I like the shows where I can have a few bevy's and go piss about and have fun. Who gives a shit if I cock a part up or sing a bum note...but the big shows are recorded and nothing worse than that flat harmony getting repeated on BBC3 every Sunday night for weeks.......gives me nightmares.
Talking of nightmares, my usual pre-performance bad dreams kicked in last night. It was a dream where Mike Chiplin was still in the band, kinda sad cos I haven't seen or heard from him in like years, but we were on stage and I didn't recognise any of the songs the band were playing...not entirely sure if I was fully clothed either. Woke up screaming ..."uuur arrgh... WAKE UP WAKE UP!" (boooooooo hissss not funny).
..I don't know how to follow that now...I've kinda upset myself by that god awful pun, I promise it wasn't pre concieved, it just fell out of my brain onto the keypad. sorta taken the wind out of anything else I was going to say.
Finished another painting today. On the fence right now as to whether I'm stoked on it. I was trying out some new ideas and techniques. bit different for me. It's not shit by any means, I'm just not as blown away as I thought I might be when I was 3/4's of the way through. Ah well.
I think maybe its a grower.
Talking of growers, Bought the new Portishead Album, pretty tasty if I do say so. A little off the wall, right up my street. Reminded me of some of the wacky break beat stuff I used to do. I found a track me and Stu make for a skate movie back in 2003. It was crazy awesome crazy! I wish there was a way I could post it up here. I surprised myself with what I did on the scritchy scratchy decks back in the day. (bighead). Most of the break beat stuff I do now is so left field that I have to be intoxicated to even listen to it. I dug out about 30 odd tracks which I had made over the years. There's no way I could ever release anything like that for 2 very important reasons. Three...three important reasons. 1, most of it is samples from other records...2, some are like 40 second loops, others go on and on for tens of minutes, and 3, they aren't really all that good. Like, when I was doing them I didn't really think about making songs (starts, middles, ends etc.) with them so for the most part they are like a handful of loops that go nowhere. A bit like my blogs I guess. Maybe one day, I'll rework some of them with all this new technology and put it up on the web for free, I'll still probably get sued.
LETS GET THIS RECORD DONE FIRST THOUGH EH?????
Oh, here's a subject. xbecx asked "how do you think the internet has positively impacted on the music industry???"
As for any question of this caliber there are always positives and negatives. This is my opinion and not representative of the band in any way before we start.
It is obvious these days what the downsides are to sharing music on the Internet. In order to get some perspective I shall name only a few. Smaller signed bands used to survive not on record sales but on selling merch and touring. In the past these things were out of the reach of the record labels greedy fingers, but since music was being shared and record companies were taking losses, they decided to dip their hands into the touring and merchandise rights of the new bands they were signing, hence making it even more difficult for upcoming bands to survive. Ironically, most people think that sharing/stealing music only hurts the "man" but as you can see, these companies bandage their wounds with the very cloth that used to keep smaller bands afloat. This circle gets worse, as the number of record sales reduce the more bands need to tour, the harder it is to tour when the pie is being cut into smaller and smaller pieces. Also, with this heightened frenzy for bands to tour in order to survive, the touring circuited gets flooded with show after show, the venues are booking band after band, however the scene eventually gets diluted, and with so much available, the apathy grows in the people who usually attend shows and venues get emptier and emptier. I've had experience and heard first hand how much more difficult it has become to tear people from their xbox's and reality shows to step out and dip in pockets to attend shows.
As for a positive angle. The ease of access and presentation of music, levels the playing field so that quality can rise to the surface. Gone are the days where a label has the power to force feed their weak bands down the throats of the buying public. Gone are the days where money dictates the artistic fashions, where once quality was thrown aside and kept in the dark in order that the next dumbest most sugary obvious band can come and clean up only because he/she had the tallest most expensive pedestal to stand on.
Now, music and art can speak for its self, it doesn't require a sugar daddy to push it into the spotlight. It goes straight to the source. The most important source, the listener. And he/she dictates whether something is good or bad. The power has moved from the press and the money lenders who try in vain to tell you who you should like and who you should hate, because they can no longer censor music. It makes no difference whether you have been around for decades or weeks, you can still present your art and if it has quality, it will be recognised and heard. So, even though, the survival of artist is becoming more and more difficult, It seems that the balance is being readdressed and the priority is has moved back to where it should be. Only Quality will survive the test. Music is being seen and heard for what it is. If your music has quality, and this quality can be recognised and appreciated you have a chance of survival. If you're crap, tough shit..no amount of money will make you any less crap (unless you still live in a place where there is no freedom to individually source your information e.g. the Internet, where you can make up your own minds about things, and shit still gets rammed down your throat....believe me, these places still exist) And don't moan about it. It's not the reviews or the record labels or the press (who get your cd's&mp3's for free anyway) that will let you know how good or bad you are. It's the real people would want to or don't want to listen to your art. If you are an honest artist, and you do what you believe in, and this is of your highest standard, people may see the truth, quality and value in your art. This is how it should always be (my opinion). Believe in what you do, cross your fingers and hope that you aren't so different from everyone else and prepare to weather the storm.
disclaimer: I only feel like this today, tomorrow I reserve the right to feel completely different. Please don't bother to comment in opposition to what I have written. It has been my opinion, not a forum and it isn't up for discussion. I will simple block my ears, close my eyes and sing "bla, bla, bla can't hear you, bla" if you do. thanks