Two New Promo Photos

Today before church I stopped in at an abandoned parking bay behind a gas station near my house to take some photos. I took about 50 shots within a 30 minute period. Out of all of them I was happy with 2.
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As per usual, I updated the website layout after having taken these. That seems to be a thing that I do often. I plan on updating the home page soon to make it a little bit more visually appealing.

Turns out I created a New Music Genre

Brandon over at Victims and Villains (an indie music review established in 2016) reviewed my new three song EP release, Ignorance is Woe. And what he had so say was an encouragement to say the least.

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I’ve gotten some good reviews in my life, but this one is definitely in the top 10 for sure. It turns out, according to Brandon, that I have created my very own genre.

A Martyrs Oath released their newest EP title “Ignorance Is War” on March 1st of this year. Pat, the man behind it all did something very different here combining instrumental progressive metal-core with clips from a sermon by Dr. Kent Hovind. And therefore putting together Sermon Jams… or what I’m going to call, Sermon-Core. The clips he used were from Dr. Hovind’s first lecture in his Creation Seminar. 

Let’s just say that I have decided to full on embrace the term.

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For the full review by Brandon, you can check it out by clicking here. I also recommend surfing their site further as well. They are big advocates for suicide help prevention.

Social Media & promotion’s poor choices

A while back I posted a blog about shutting down my social media accounts. And yet, here I am with them live again. I spent the last month doing the “promoting racket” on places like Twitter and Instagram. But, I am going to have to be honest with myself here. I just don’t really feel like it’s worth the time.

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Now, I realize that its somewhat of an oxymoron to have a website with the intent of promoting a project while refusing to really hit the “social marketing” strong on those types of platforms. I get it, I really do. But, let’s face it. That just isn’t where my time needs to be spent. By having these accounts, and constantly being active on them I find myself wasting a lot of the day, my face down glaring at my phone. And when I’m not promoting something with a new post or adding followers, the resulting conundrum is that I find myself scrolling these accounts with no genuine purpose.

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I look around and it seems like people don’t know what to do with themselves anymore unless they’re face palming a mobile device of some kind. And, I just don’t want that to be me. And here’s why…

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.Psalm 101:3 

If promoting my personal projects on social media means that I have to subject myself to viewing the nonsensical sins and perversions of the world in the process, is it really worth it? Because, the way I see it is… what you see becomes what you think. What you think becomes what you say. And, what you say becomes what you do.

With that, I have come to a conclusion to resolve the issue while maintaining the social media platforms for what they are. I have decided that I am going to keep the accounts active for anyone that does want to follow on an alternate platform outside of my personal site. But… the conclusion is this; if I have no one that I am following, there will be no reason for me to feel the need to scroll the accounts when I could be doing something better with my time.

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The question then, would be… what is my time worth rather than surfing social media?

I can think of a lot of things. Studying scripture. Spending time with friends and family. Being creative. We live in a world of cell phone social media addiction. And, that’s just not me. And if backing off to a large degree on “self promotion” to break away from a habit that I’m not interested in forming, such as what I see all around me in the personal lives of others… then so be it.

In closing, the social media accounts are staying up. And I will post to them regularly for the sake of promoting existing personal projects. But, my days of following others for the sake of entertainment are over.

I’ve got better things to do with my time.

Promo Poster Tour is a real thing, I guess

Well, I spent about two hours today driving around town hitting up some of the local Starbucks locations with the intent of slapping a flyer up on their community boards. I posted up about 10 or 15 around town. The carzy thing is… I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface when you actually take the time to count up how many Starbucks locations there are in this town. I’ll work on hitting the other locations on another day.

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I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cheesy to call it a “tour”… but, that’s the dad side of me missing the tour life. So,oh well… it is what it is.

Between now and when we move this summer I plan to do some more flyer spreading here and there. Beyond this I hope to begin writing some new material and eventually updating my “band” photos to something a little less “back porch“. Because, let’s face it. That’s exactly what i did. I stepped out on the back porch and took a quick shot. I need a little something more fancy.

Central TX Starbuck Poster Promo Tour

Now that the Ignorance is Woe EP has been available for two weeks, I think it’s time for a Central Texas Starbuck Poster Promo Tour!!!

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These flyers have gotten sent out to about 10 different States, an equal part to the northern and southern States. With that, I have decided it is time to spread out the rest of them locally. There are a few places, like local venues are hipster restaurants. But, the primary spot that we all know will always have the so called “community board” is going to be Starbucks.

Other than this promo push that I plan to do all at once on a single day very soon… I plan to take a step back from sending out flyers. I’ve been thinking about whether or not if I should put together some band merch; things like an epic deathcore shirt or a band logo sticker. I might… I might not.

Either way, once the Starbucks flyer flood happens, I will post on how it went.

Photoshop it up just for the relaxation

Just for fun while relaxing this afternoon I thought I would mess around a bit with Photoshop. I snatched a few of the band promos from the new label that I am with, Raven Faith Records, and put together a before and after. I’m no expert, but I think the after images have a cleaner, smoother look. The first one is from a band called Rival Empire. The second is from Outside the Shadows. The second one was a little hard to clean up because it had a gradient type of affect already on the photo. Regardless, you should check OTS out. They have a new release coming up in a few weeks or so.

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The new Flyer in action

So, I had a few places come back to me with pictures of places that the flyer has started appearing. Just thought I would share a couple with you that got sent to me tonight while I was out on the town hanging with the family.

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