I recently setup a Patreon account in the hopes of speeding up the process of releasing new music and new music videos.
I'm very grateful for friends, family, and fans who have been so kind as to be a part of this process thus far:
Ron Feldman, Bridget Mackiewicz, Fernando Gallegos, Heather Renz, Brenda Prisk Mattea, Carey Brown, Tim Grobaty, John Sinambal, Matt Vitale, Joshua Jon Day, Megan Kaplinsky, and Yeggi Kaela Watts.
While I realize that this sort of thing is not for everyone, I deeply appreciate the people who resonate with the idea of participating in something like this.
I've been trying, with very little success, to release music on a consistent basis paying professionals to do quality work in the fields that they are good at.
As a singer/songwriter, I am required to juggle a great deal of tasks, and if I were to be completely honest, it takes a toll on me over time. It is very stressful and strenuous work being your own booking agent, manager, band organizer, graphic artist, mixing engineer, recording engineer, marketing person, show organizer, etc., while also trying to do the very thing that all the other stuff I just listed is in support of: write and perform songs, with a band or just solo acoustic.
I have been very fortunate to have artistic friends who have been kind enough to help in any way that they can, from time to time, but at the end of the day, things happen faster and move much more quickly when people are being paid for what they are good at.
I've tried my hand at several different fields within the realm of music, partially out of interest, and also, mainly out of necessity. For example, I mixed the audio for the video below. It took me roughly two and a half months. I read some books. Did some studying. Made about 49 mixes of this song (approximately). Treated my room for recording and mixing. I had fun doing it to begin with, but it became more difficult, the more time I spent working on it. During those two and half months, I wasn't writing songs or successfully maintaining the other aspects of doing music business related stuff listed above; I was concentrating on mixing this song. I became exhausted and depressed after about one month of work on it. I kept chugging along though. I took several breaks because it became difficult to have a good objective outlook on the work I had put into mixing the song:
However it turned out, I worked very hard on this, and did the best I could. However, in the process, I realized that I can't do everything by myself. I need help. That is why I am writing this: to ask you for help. If I have a budget to work with, I can reduce my work load by hiring professionals, and effectively, create more quality art. Ideally, I hope that I can focus on that, mainly. This is my goal. In the meanwhile, I appreciate your attention on the art that is being made, and hope that if you find yourself in a place to pledge even a small amount of money, you would have my sincere and deep gratitude. Here is a link where you can learn more about how you can help: