My friend Tyler posted a new song today. If you are into indie artists that are doing what they love by simply just being creative for the love of it, then you should check out his new song “Normal“.
A Martyr’s Oath released a new merch design today of two dogs fighting over a dog bone. The truth is, we should quit fighting over the little things, like survival, and just learn to share.
The shirt is $15. The hoodie is $25. And the tank top is $15 as well. You can get this design in either light grey or white over on Teespring, the official AMO merch store.
To start of the New Year right, the first day of 2020 is seeing the release of a three song EP titled, From the Heart. This EP is available for free on all major platforms like Bancamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and more.
But, enough of that… Hope you enjoy the new release as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Like any release I do, this thing will be getting plastered all over town and the surrounding area at local music stores, coffee shops, and the like. With that, the promotion poster has already been created and printed. Obviously, it hasn’t gotten put up around town yet seeing as to how it’s 9-AM on the day of the release. But still, I’ve got them ready and putting them up will likely be on the agenda for this coming weekend.
This is how the poster turned out.
As for the album artwork, credit for the cover photography goes to Lisa Fotios. Lisa was very generous for letting me use her photography for the album cover. Although I am personally no longer on Instagram, if you still use it you can see some of Lisa’s work over there by clicking here.
Thanks for listening. And here’s to hoping you have a wonderful New Year. Start the year of right. Go download this FREE EP!
Other than doing a little bit of the ol’ grass roots promotion, I think the 2020 year will be a year of working on a full length indie rock, post-hardcore record. I look forward to the writing and recording sessions to come in 2020.
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.
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.
Classic Tee – $15.00 | Classic Tank Top – $15.00 | Classic Women’s Tee – $15.00