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3-10-2016 5:28 pm
fuzmeister: Financing Creativity
A second quick note with regard to recent happenings - I've been trying to work out the financials for finishing up my new record. It's been completely tracked and mixed for the last month, but sitting dormant as I try to figure out the business end of things.

I guess I'm curious how people generally self-fund these sort of things. I used crowdfunding for my last album, but I couldn't escape a sense of grime from essentially asking people for donations. Maybe I'm too proud.

Truthfully I have no interest in being part of the music-making machine either, so I don't think trying to hook up with a small, independent label for distribution and finalizing the album would do me any good. I also don't have any delusions of grandeur in thinking I've even be something some company would be interested in as a product.

I guess I thought I'd have this figured out better by this point in my life, but this is the part of music I hate the most. Unfortunately, it's a necessary evil if you want people to actually hear what you've poured your heart and soul into... it's incredibly frustrating though to have worked so hard and not gotten very far in what you're able to do on your own.



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2-16-2016 8:01 pm
fuzmeister: Kanye West
What's this guy's deal?

Kate thinks he genuinely insane.

I think it's all part of an elaborate promotional plot to stay relevant and get media coverage.

Either way, I think his shenanigans outside the studio have overtaken his music as the most entertaining thing about this man.

Sorry 'ye.

Mood: Kan-fused
Music: Gaelic Storm - The Devil Down Below


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1-11-2016 2:51 pm
fuzmeister: What David Bowie Means To Me
While maybe not immediately apparent, I found a source of constant inspiration for my own creative works in the music of David Bowie. Like many fans of his work, I was very upset to learn of his passing this morning and I was immediately reminded of the robust catalog of music he leaves behind for us.

Often, Bowie was described as a musical chameleon by the press, but I've always wondered how many casual listeners truly understand how true that is or, more so, how unlikely it is that he could fit this role and continue to be successful over the years. We live in a society of conformity and one of expectations. Creativity itself is a battle against this mindset. It takes great courage to venture outside of the box just once let alone to repeatedly do so. That's just what David Bowie did his entire career. I'm not going to sit back and claim that I have loved every single phase of his long career, but I give him all the credit in the world for being a true artist never satisfied with the status quo.

In my own limited, musical adventures, I've constantly used Bowie's approach as a beacon for my own direction - always growing, always learning, always evolving. Stylistically, my music shares very little in common with much of Bowie's work, but, ideology-wise, I've worked hard to stay in the same vein of discovery and the creative spirit he did for so many years. I hold David Bowie in the same echelon of artistic spirit I hold Miles Davis or The Beatles in.

We'll never have another David Bowie in this world, but we still have the exceptional breadth of his work for inspiration and enjoyment. Never be afraid to venture outside of what's generally-accepted. More than ever today, the world needs people who push the envelope and continue to challenge the status quo artistically. One flame may have been extinguished, but there's no reason a hundred more can't be lit from the same spark. Thank you for everything, David Bowie.

Mood: Reflective


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11-05-2015 8:55 pm
fuzmeister: Late-To-The-Party Music Industry Rant
Hot on the heels of reading Rolling Stone's recent article on whether or not Adele's upcoming record can save the music industry, I felt it was my duty as an avid music listener to toss my two cents into the proverbial fountain of conversation.

Let me start off by stating that this post is not an attack on the music of Adele or Adele as an artist. I think she's a talented young lady and would probably go on a curmudgeon-esque rant regardless of who the article was putting up on a pedestal. Secondly, I know Rolling Stone needs to sell magazines and get clicks - regardless of whether the author of this article believes what he or she is writing is ultimately irrelevant to the goals of Rolling Stone magazine - selling magazines and advertising to profit.

Now that that's out of the way, allow me to sum up very briefly what I perceive to be wrong with the music industry today. We live in an era of immediate gratification; anyone trying to tell you otherwise is an idiot. I don't want to argue the long-term psychological effects of living in this sort of society, but I do want to mention that this shift in thinking was likely the initial catalyst for the decline of the music industry. It would be easy for me to say piracy was the root cause for this decline, but I don't believe that's the case. I think piracy coupled with an attitude tied to instant gratification gradually caused people to devalue music and buy less and less of it. The recording industry did eventually embrace digital media, but, even then, DRM and artist-compensation issues have kept digital music from really having the same punch record sales did decades ago.

At this point you might be commenting to yourself that you'd be more likely to buy more music if so much of it didn't suck. That brings me to my second point on the decline of recorded music in the 21st century. Around the same time the internet started allowing us to be slackjawed morons, I believe the music industry wanted to increase their profit margins to try and proactively counteract the red menace of music piracy. I'm sure increasing profit margins has always been an active goal of the record industry, but the stakes likely seemed much higher at this point. As sales continued to decline (cut in half between 2000-2010), record labels were less and less likely to take chances and make risky decisions. This has led to mainstream music's current state of homogenized music...

Now, I'll be the first person to tell you there is still good music coming out in 2015. You have to dig a little deeper than the pages of Rolling Stone to really find it, but the internet has allowed some fairly creative groups and artists to have a voice in this sea of sheer mediocrity. So, let me tell you, if you are sick of most well-known music sounding like the white noise of a window air-conditioner, do something about it. Buy music you enjoy. Teach your children to value the arts and music. Just try something. We the listeners are as much at fault as the music industry itself. If you value music as an art form, challenge yourself and others around you. Don't accept the status quo and ho-hum drivel that plagues virtually every media outlet today.

Until then, we can continue to speculate if Adele can save the music industry because the majority of us have no idea what the actual problem is...

Mood: Crotchety
Music: The Mars Volta - Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus


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7-03-2015 2:37 pm
fuzmeister: Streamin' n' Schemin'
AC/DC, one of the last major hold-outs, have finally made their catalog streamable on Spotify.

I know people are making next to nothing from streaming media, but this is the future, people. The userbase for Spotify and other streaming services is growing everyday - time to get with the program, bands!

Yeah, I definitely think the payment model needs to be worked out and revised, but it seems like you're only punishing yourself by not having your music available on modern delivery platforms.

Crossing my fingers we will one day see Tool and The Beatles available on these services... not holding my breath though.

Also worth mentioning - Apple music. I haven't used it, but what's the deal with this platform?

I can't wait for the hardcore Apple folks to act like Apple pioneered this stuff... what really bothers me about Apple is they get so much credit for basically refining existing technology. I give them credit where it's due for being damn good at polishing a user experience, but they very rarely have been the pioneer of this stuff... though so many people give them so much credit.

Oh well... perception vs. reality, I guess... isn't that the way it goes with respect to a lot of things?

Mood: Rawkin'


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