“I’ve always been given to self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.” – Leonard Cohen I learned Leonard had died on a Friday. I was sitting eating breakfast when my girlfriend came to the kitchen doorway. She asked if I knew. Knew what I said. She told me gently. I was grateful for that. I put […]Read more "You Want It Darker…"
For Christmas this year I received a turntable, some speakers, and a few hand-picked records – I’d been thinking of starting a vinyl collection for a while and had decided to take the plunge. There was something exciting about opening that first record; about feeling the transparent wrap tearing back beneath my fingers, flexing the […]Read more "A Love Letter to Vinyl…"
In Jan of 2008 I left my last ever regular job (rock climbing instructor – not kidding), screwed my courage to the sticking place, and began making my way as an independent artist. I made art, and I put it out into the world. I played live, and worked hard to find my community. I […]Read more "The 3 Things You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job…"
I have something to admit. I’ve failed you. In the past I’ve consciously not talked about: politics, religion, or world events; on my blog or anywhere else for that matter. I rationalized this choice in a few ways: I did not want to exclude any of my audience, and I felt unqualified to comment (I […]Read more "A Letter To My American Friends…"
If you have the right audience social media can be a barometer for what is: cool, valuable, and of worth to others. It can let you know what connects, what is interesting, and what is needed in the world. But there is just so much stuff online that sometimes good things can slip through the […]Read more "New, Interesting, and Popular Things…"
One of the most frequent things I get asked is: ‘How did you build your following?’. It’s a fair question. A few years ago I started as everybody does, with pretty much zero support and 5 followers (2 of which were my mother who had signed up twice to make sure she didn’t miss anything). […]Read more "From Zero to 17’000 – Some Thoughts on Building Community…"