Friday, October 19, 2012
A while back, I was in a band called Karma Ghost. We played some shows, had some fun, and even put out a record. As sometimes happens, the band broke up. I got distracted by some other things for a while, but I’ve decided that I’d really like to make music again. Trouble is, playing songs for my dog gets a little lonely.
I keep saying that I’ll get a new band started. Soon. Just as soon as I’m not busy with work. At some point, reality kicks in and I admit that my musical dreams are over. I have no band. Can’t play shows without a band. Can’t make a record without a band.
Fuck that. Dave Grohl did it. And he didn’t even have the Internet.
This is 2012. We have blogs, Twitter, Facebook, seemingly limitless storage and bandwidth, and a whole world of people out there looking for new things to read and listen to. We have computers that come pre-installed with recording software. If there’s ever been a time for an aspiring musician to make music and find an audience, it’s now.
One of my favorite listens is the Ben Folds iTunes Originals. In it, he gets very personal about his songs and where they come from, and the power of the Internet to let an artist record a song and put it up for the world to hear in minutes. Roger Clyne has built an entire career on sheer, untainted integrity. A few years ago, a guy named Jonathan Coulton proved that you can skip record labels entirely and find an audience online by being honest and giving music away.
I’ve always loved getting to hear the artist talk about the art. I love it when I go to a show and the lead singer introduces a song with a story. Any glimpse I can get into the creative process makes me feel a little more connected, like now it’s my song too.
So here’s the deal: I’ll write and record demos, and I’ll post them here for you to listen. As the project grows and evolves, I’ll write about it. If things go well, I’ll go and record a full album. Maybe there will be videos. I have no idea. I’m making this up as I go along.
I suspect that part of what’s held me back this long is half fear of rejection, half perfectionism. My goal now is to let go a little and give myself license to fail. Everything here is subject to change, and I don’t claim to have the answers. I’m going to build my band, record my music, and tell my stories. Will it work? We’ll find out together.
Welcome to Airplane Mode.