how powerful the internet really is, especially in the world of music. I remember when you actually had no choice but to go buy a band’s record or see them live to hear their music, and I take for granted how easy it is to listen to artists now. It bothers me how kids use the internet and think it’s so important to have a certain number of myspace plays/friends (or I guess likes on facebook since myspace is pretty much dead) and think THAT should determine a record deal or not. No one wants to DIY anything anymore. They all want instant gratification on the internet.
Now I’m not saying that I’m anti-internet by any means. That would make me a HUGE hypocrite because I use the internet for a lot of my musical discoveries. It’s a great tool to meet people in faraway parts of the country that want to listen to your music but can’t come see you play shows. It’s a great way to keep people interested in your band posted on tours, shows, song/album release dates, etc. and make it available with a few clicks of a mouse. That’s also amazing to me. When it gets to the point where people argue about how many people “like” their band as opposed to others and who should get a record deal based upon that is ridiculous. (Keep in mind, this is not aimed at anyone in particular, it’s just something that I know happens all the time and was on my mind.)
It should be about the music, not about the social status. Of course I say this now, but when I’m in a band again, I’m inevitably gonna say “Hey, go like my band on facebook!” and it’s not for the social status, I just want to spread music. These kids I know recently started a band and they haven’t played a single show but are so stoked on having x amount of friends liking their page. That’s great and all but why not play a show? Jump on a bill? Ya know? The amount of kids liking your facebook page means absolutely NOTHING if you haven’t even played a show because they don’t even know what they’re liking. And quite frankly even after you play shows, the amount of kids liking your facebook page means barely anything. It’s not about your facebook likes, it’s about what you do with them.
When I was in my first band, The Epitome Of Everything, ALL I cared about at first was putting it on myspace, which I think was really stupid of me. Putting up my picture for everyone to see and putting the band’s page on my top friends for everyone to see that I “was in a band”, which was really stupid of me because all we did were cover songs. Haha oh man, that was a long time ago…
I’m making a huge decision here. I’m quitting school. I want to be in a band and make it in the music industry. I’m absolutely terrified of failing but I must do it. I don’t care what anyone says to me anymore. I know what I want with my life, I won’t tell you what you need for your’s. I need to be in a band with people who are as serious about it as I am. I don’t know if I will find that here in San Angelo. I have faith in a couple of guys. I just want to do it. I’m sick of going to shows, and I’m sick of just playing acoustic sets. They are fun, but I want to play with other musicians. I know almost all I talk about on here is music, but I wouldn’t talk about it all the time if it didn’t mean the world to me.
I’m just sick of being sad. Playing music makes me so happy and I love doing it. That’s what I want in life.
Because a stupid old man pulled out of a parking lot halfway into my lane, stopped because of how close I was, and then DIDN’T MOVE. I stared at him and he just stared at me. This was immediately after I almost saw another old man run a red light and nearly collide with an oncoming car because he had to make that left turn when the light was clearly red. He did not stop, the other car did. I have nothing against old people, but c’mon man.
What up world? Just wanted to let everyone know that we have been added to a few shows NEXT WEEK! April 18/19/20 we will be joining The Wonder Years, Make Do and Mend, and Living With Lions. Information on all the shows is below! See you soon.