Very smart words from @eugewarrock about supporting indy artists. Go buy his or another indy release!
My new album is now available for pre-order. $10 for a digital download, $12 (plus shipping) for a fancy digipack. I also released a music video for it. Check it out here.
WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THIS ALBUM:
I feel like I’ve probably said all of this before, but it’s worth saying it again. I know, believe me I know, how disposable music is in this day and age. You can torrent any and everything; and fwiw, there’s just so much stuff out there, it’s not like you need this album. Plus, hell, money’s tight. Trust me, that I know.
But you need to support the artists you love, now more than ever. There’s no amount of notoriety, fame, buzz, no amount of youtube views and webpage hits that will automatically lead to some kind of financial stability. There’s no magic record contract, there’s no silver bullet. If you want the artists you love to keep making stuff, if you want musicians to tour, to make tshirts, and even moreso, to be in a secure enough place to be happy, to make really great stuff with better equipment and the freedom to keep evolving and growing as an artist, you need to buy their albums… or books, art, whatever.
I don’t say this about just me. I say this about any of my friends who do this too. I don’t ask that you support everyone that you love, I just hope that you support someone.
Think of it like you’re buying stock in their product and their future, and plunk down the $10-$20 and buy their thing. Help them keep existing. Every day, we buy the products of multi-million dollar corporate conglomerates who probably don’t give a shit about who you are; and even if they sorta did, would never know you exist or how to get in touch with you. These indie creators are people you can tweet with, directly email. I answer emails every day about advice, talking about whatever pop culture thing. If I sell out of a size of a tshirt you ordered, I email you and make it up to you personally. Hell, I’ve even searched through four hard drives trying to find an old song instrumental just to help someone with their podcast.
The point of all this: you’re not just buying an album, or a poster, or a book. You’re helping us keep making shit. You’re helping ME continue to make free music every other day of the year. Someone told me recently that I’ve made something close to 550 free songs over the course of my career. In there, were some songs that meant something to some people. And a lot of that may never have happened if I didn’t sell a few copies of my albums, sell merch, do shows and have the financial stability to keep growing as an artist, to do free shows at comic stores, to come to your city and to have the time and the peace of mind to share in the enthusiasm of things that we all love. When you buy an album, it’s one of the few ways that you can support all of that in one fell swoop. With just $10.
That, and I’m really proud of this album. It’s among the best music I’ve ever made, with some of the greatest producers I’ve ever worked with, and some amazing guests. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. I mean it. I wouldn’t lie to you.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me over these past 3 and a half years. Thanks to everyone who’s already pre-ordered the album. Thanks to the 3,500+ people who’ve already watched the music video in a single day.
Pre-order the album now. November 5 release date. And support independent art.