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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.

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THE HUMAN USE OF HUMAN BEINGS | CYBERNETICS AND SOCIETY | NORBERT WIENER

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If reading this book doesn’t show you where society has been heading with the rise of social media marketing on the internet, nothing will. This book was published in 1950 as a warning to the coming social conflict that now exists in this world as a result of our advancements in the realm of cognitive sciences.

Okay, for the second or third time now… I have finally deleted my social media accounts. The first time I deleted them was when I quit touring and set down my solo singer-song writer career. I later built them up again because I sold patches on Etsy for about two years (which was a lot of fun, but took up too much of my time the more successful it became).

Then, with the launch of this project, A Martyrs Oath, the home studio recording project… I launched them up again. But, honestly what’s the point?

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Most of what goes on within platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is just pandering anyway. I would know. I spent 6 long years as a full time musician nationally touring. That isn’t a braggart statement either. I’m just saying that I know what it takes to maintain a well-oiled social media platform for the sake of self success. Proof of that would be the Instagram account I just deactivated. I only had 70 posts or so and was only following 1 person (Raven Faith Records). And yet… I had more than 1,350 followers.

I know how the social media racket works.

If your business model relies on outlets like these, you might want to think about re-branding and coming up with a new marketing platform. Those markets are over flooded with competition. And as a result they tend to just be an echo chamber of the rat race.

Life is more than this.

As for the internet, I am obviously still on it. I have my blog and my Youtube channel (something I plan to add to in the future). Beyond this… I have managed to take it a step further this time around. I deleted the internet browser along with all of the social accounts, including Youtube, from my phone. The only thing my phone is worth now would be calls, texts, and listening to books and podcasts.

That’s all.

I think the whole world would be better off if we were all less addicted to our devices.

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.

Well, in the view of what my current goal is with the EP I’m working on, I did something drastically in the wrong direction promotionally speaking. And, to be honest… I don’t care. I’m better off for it anyhow. My goal for the EP might not be better off for it, but I am. And that’s what matters.

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To those of you that have kept up with me through my other various endeavors will know that I am not much on social media. After I quit touring full time, the novelty of social media for me lost its flair. And with that, I have started and stopped different accounts a few times. So, this is nothing new. If you look around on the site, you will see that the one social media account that I do still have is Youtube. Right now there isn’t anything on it (accept a few old songs). But, in the near future I have some ideas that will cause that platform to come in handy.

As for things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like… I realize that those platforms are good for getting the word out about my current projects.

But… at what cost?

Don’t get me wrong. I am having a great time putting together this EP and would love to see it have success by reaching people that would enjoy it. But, at the end of the day the only reason why I find myself on these social platforms is self-serving. And that’s not what Christ was about. Most people will assume that Satanism is the worship of Satan. But this is far from the truth. It is actually the agnostic worship of self. I must decrease that Christ might increase in me. It is pride that comes before the fall. This has always been true, therefore it will always be true.

When I get on these accounts, all I see are people boasting self. And upon reflection, how am I any different?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no more a sinner or saint for choosing to step away from or keep social media active in my daily life. I just personally can’t do it. I’ve got better things to do with my free time than work out my thumb while eyeing the benumbed social habits of our fallen society one finger swipe at a time.