I've been making some tracks. I will eventually use them for the EP that will be online and sold at gigs.
Here is a clip of me performing 2 songs, the first is Bulletproof and the second is Make Believe. The second song starts 12 minutes in on the first video.
This was me performing whilst trying to remember the script. It was pretty soon into the set when I realised that following a script wasn't for me - it felt like too much pressure and restricting. I have never told the story the same way.
After the set I felt good about how it went, but watching it back I've picked up a few things that need work.
Things to think about for next time:
Could I get some people to be the characters? (This also helps with not playing guitar as much)
I made the decision to get a video of me performing a song story online ASAP. I've been thinking about which song to film and I'm going to go for a song called Make Believe which is about a pigeon that falls in love with a dove. I think it's a good story to tell as its got a bit of comedy and romance as well as I like performing the song at the moment.
I'll start looking into some performance opportunities that would be OK with me documenting it.
My issue now is that I have a job contract that won't finish until the new year, so the ASAP thing is not going to be particularly soon. Hopefully It'll be online by the end of Feb.
I'm battling with something in regards to marketing. See, I want to show what I'm doing with show to people and potential audience folk, but I don't want to spoil the stories and/or songs, so haw can I market something without showing anyone anything?
It would be a lot easier if I was Bruce Springsteen talking about his songs because people know Bruce and want to see him. Maybe he should do a show where he tells the stories behind some of his songs, perhaps in a theatre on broadway?
Posters and photos are spoiler free materials but I want people to know the songs and want to see the show because they want to see it, not just because they're my friends and family.
So how can I achieve this?
Well I've had a discussion with Tom and he suggested creating a trailer for the show in the same way they do for a film - the trailer doesn't have spoilers so that makes sense. During the discussion with Tom, I did realise that I was probably being too precious about the stories, if you think of for example Tim Minchin who's often tells stories and then sings funny songs, his work is online and people still pay to see the songs live, even though they know how it ends. Plus, you don't buy an album and think "Oh good, no I have their album I never have to go see them live again".
So suck it up and make some content already. Get some good footage of me telling a story to an audience and get it online.
Now to her back in and hopefully get a sweet hit of dopamine when I see how many more likes I have.
After a very interesting presentation on Social Media it got me thinking about what I'm trying to achieve online. I realised that my main goals would be to gain fans ('followers') that would hopefully pay to come see me play or to buy my music. Most of my current followers are just my friends or family, so I need to create better content to attract fans that I don't know.
As a lot of my work is going to be story based, I have looked into the app 'TikTok' and its uses. Tiki's Tok is the fastest growing Social Media Site and is visual orientated. I Have created a profile and using the information from the lecture I will try to gain some followers on there. I will incorporate my music, my storytelling and my cute pet bunny rabbits. Maybe something will get lots of 'likes' and could maybe lead people to my other social medias and even maybe lead them to come see a show sometime.