Today, we’re going to switch things up. Thus far, all of the updates have been coming straight from Johnny on the Kickstarter, today; it’s coming from behind the scenes.
years. I help out with anything from booking shows, to working the merch table, websites, merch design….etc. In indie hip hop everyone involved in a project needs to wear a few hats, it comes with the territory. If you’re familiar with what Johnny’s done in the past, you’ll also know the other part of the 3 person team that makes up “Team Questionmark” Bill, who just like me, wears a million hats and does anything and everything needed to keep this thing rolling forward.
The hardest thing for an independent artist to do is get off the ground in the first place. Many projects such as this one burn out before even getting anywhere. Without name recognition it’s hard to get spots on shows, it’s hard to get published on blogs, it’s just plain hard.
The three of us have been working hard submitting the music to as many blogs and websites as we can. We’ve reached out to artists we respect for opinions. We’re basically doing anything we can get to the name out there to create a buzz around what we believe is really some great music. We’ve got more we want to get into your hands, but we need to get this project funded.
So, this is where you come in. We need you reach out to as many websites, blogs, artists, friends, and monster truck drivers as you can. Tweet at them with a link to the files on Soundcloud, link the files on your Facebook page, and post them on forums you’re a member of. I’ve seen a lot of you do this already (it turns out Santa isn’t the only jolly fat man keeping tabs on you) and we thank you for your support. If you’ve already been doing it, keep it up. If you haven’t started yet, please do.
I’ll give you some general guidelines:
1.Kill them with kindness – Ask people to please check the music out. Thank them for their time. You’re asking someone to take time out of their day to check this out, thank them for it.
2.Let them know why they should listen – You like the tracks, why do you like them? What makes you want to listen to the tracks? We live in a world that is absolutely saturated with new music, and multimedia, why should they give this more of a shot over anything else?
3.Thicken up your skin – Reality is, when you throw something like this out there, there are going to be a lot of people that don’t like it. Since we’re dealing with the internet you’re going to run into people that react negatively to the music. That’s fine, and it’s expected. No music is for everyone (Except maybe the Beach Boys) a lot of people are going to hate it. What we’d like to avoid, is you blasting something someone else likes in the name of Johnny’s music. That’s not the way we do things, and we’d appreciate it if you’d steer clear of it while promoting Johnny.
4.Get Creative – If you’ve got ideas on how to get this out there. The three of us all work jobs that can be stressful, we give as much time to this as we can, but the reality is between work, family, and friends, we don’t get to spend as much time on this as we’d like to and awesome idea is likely out there waiting to get submitted to us. If you’ve got a great idea on promo, shoot me an email: email@example.com
5.Share what you’re doing – Post on the Facebook page with your progress, email with your progress for us to feature on the website and Facebook. If you’re out there kicking ass, we want to know about it and give you credit where credit is due.
With all that being said, the links we need promoted are as follows:
If you’ve got your own blog, website, podcast, video gimmick, or you’re willing to tattoo a URL on your forehead and you’re interested in helping out, shoot me an email as well.
Again, I can’t thank everyone who’s already donated and shared the links enough. You’re awesome and even though you may not have selected the virtual fist bump as a reward on the Kickstarter, be assured you’ve received one. The good vibes are on backorder, but as soon as we get them in we’ll get them sent right out.
Also note that if you’re holding off on pledging money for a paycheck, there’s no need to do so. The money won’t come out of your account unless the project is fully funded, and even then it won’t happen until the end date, that means you don’t have to worry about coming up with the funds until November 8th.
Thanks Again, and feel free to email with questions.
Big Joe Grizzly