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With the recent purchase of the Light Phone, it was an inevitable decision to get off of Instagram under the simple reason that the platform is a phone based platform. Because of this I just went ahead and bit the bullet and got rid of it now rather than later. My new phone will be here before you know it anyway.

So, why delay the inevitable? I shut it down.

It’s sad to see the account go considering I have less than 100 posts, more than 1,000 followers, and am following no one. At first glance a lot of people will look at something like that and think highly of my music. Surely, someone that isn’t following anyone that has that many followers must have something good going on? And with that, surely this account has generated a lot of traction for my website in the past.

But the truth is, it’s all a sham. All of social media is when it comes to hype like that, to be honest.

I didn’t have that many Instagram followers because I have stimulating content. No, not even close. I had that many followers because of my years of experience using social media as a marketing platform as a full time touring artist. With the right skill you can make things appear in your favor even though they aren’t.

For example; when I was touring full time the main platform was Myspace. My player on that site by the end of my career had more than 1,000,000 plays. And trust me, it wasn’t because my music was all that and a bag of chips. It was because I knew how to hack the system. And people are still doing that today and we all know it. The reason why I started this Instagram and boosted the followers was simple. I had one record label recently tell me that they were looking for artists that had a decent number of social media followers. So, in less than a week I started up the account and had 1,000+ followers at the snap of a finger (and no, it did not pay for them, which is something you can do).

Don’t ask me how to do it, because I won’t bother telling you.

The point is this… social media is fake. It presents a construct of what we want others to see and not what true is.

The sad thing is that we all know it. And yet, are still addicted to this stuff.

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Don’t get me wrong… I have a passion to create art through music. And I want it to be heard. But at what cost?

If the cost of getting my art heard is an addiction to self-promotion through countless daily hours with the practice of false narrative in an attempt to get noticed via social media platforms, then what’s the point? I have better things to do with those hours, like experiencing life with family and friends. Or creating more music that should have the capacity to speak for itself.

As artists on the indie level, we spend way too much time trying to develop an online presence. And not enough time just simply being human.

Let your art speak for itself.

Good music is good. And if it deserves to get heard… it will.

Don’t waste all your time building up things like Instagram and twitter just so that you “look” like you have a following. That junk is fake.

And we all know it.

So… I’m quitting social media platforms like instagram and twitter (this time for good never to return).

And just maybe, the record labels I pitch to in the future will be able to look past my lack of online presence with a willingness to listen to what my music has to offer regardless.

I love art. And I want to pursue it. But, not at the cost of losing my soul to the negative sides of social media that we all know exist, but refuse to admit (addiction, addiction to self).

Create art. Not an endless cycle of self promotion.

Well, as of today, the full album for my recent release, Desecration to Restoration, is now streaming FREE on Yotube. Be sure you go take a listen to it over there. And be sure to give it a thumbs up. While you’re at it, subscribe to the youtube page. And be sure to click that bell so that you are sure to get the notifications when anything new gets posted up over there.

Way back when in my tour days I toured on and off with quite a few bands among varying genres. Most notably were a few indie-rock bands, hardcore, bands, and even a parody band that I drummed for while doing my solo stuff.

Among these myriad groups there is one solo artist that I still talk to from time to time named Tyler Melashenko. He and I met at a show in Texas and toured together for a few months. What he was doing back then was much different that my indie-folk stuff. What made us a great fit was the fact that we were both solo artists. We could both fit all of our gear into one ride, saving on tour costs.

Well, like me, Tyler is still dabbling in music, writing here and there with talk of putting together another full band project. He has been releasing a lot of his more recent solo stuff on Soundcloud. I highly recommend you go take a listen to some of his stuff. He is a really talented dude.

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His most recent 6 song release, Lit Cardinal is a really fun listen. The featured track on that release is called Teenager.

But don’t just give his stuff a listen. Go join his mailing or send him a message. Word on the street is, he has some new stuff coming out in the near future with some other guys.

 

Other than having a ton of people come over today to grill out with a water slide and trampoline for the kids on Labor Day, this weekend the wife and I got a lot done around the new house. We hung a lot of pictures and cleaned the place up. With that, I finally got some of my old band shirts from back in my tour days framed and hung up in the studio space as well. Not only that, but I gave my 8-string guitar and my bass the golden treatment with a cleanup and new strings. I recorded a little something with them last night just for fun, and they literally feel and sound like I just bought them.