I have recently been involved in a discussion revolving around how we self-sufficient jazz musicians make our work available to the amorphous mass of the populace that are variously know as ‘the readership’, ‘the audience’ or ‘the public’. In other words, you.
I consider myself to be a mid-level musician on the national scale. In my early 30s I have missed the ‘young lion’ boat but still have the best part of a decade to wait before I am entitled to think of myself as part of the establishment. During my career to date I have had some modest successes and as time passes I have more and more. I’m not signed to a record label, nor do I have an agent or any management staff. From time to time I am lucky enough to collaborate with musicians and organisations in exciting and inspiring projects. Basically I’m a relatively dedicated musician with no great pretensions to immortality who is, by and large, ploughing a lone furrow.
When I have some great news or a particularly exciting project in the pipeline I use this blog as a forum to disseminate the information. However, as a general rule, I don’t like to publish my day to day activities as I don’t think they are necessarily of any great interest Consequently when there is no news there is no new post. (Incidentally, I have quite a few things in the pipeline for 2014, each of which will be announced in their own time)
The reason I’m writing this post is to invite response. I would genuinely be interested in the number of readers I get, who they are and what their relationship to my music is. If you are a ‘fan’ (for want of a more comfortable term) then I’d love for you to get in touch. Let me know what it is about my music that you like, or hate, or that confuses you, or uplifts you. If you would like to hear more about what I had for breakfast or what mouthpiece I use then I’d be happy to oblige. Do you think I am personally making enough of an effort to ensure you know when and where I’m playing?
Likewise, if you are a fellow musician who is checking in to see what I’m up to musically these days, or even to make sure you’re still getting more gigs than I am (I refer you to the ‘Gigs’ page of this site), then let me know. I’m fascinated to know who you are.
If you want to keep updated with what I do then subscribe to my blog. I’m also adding links to all of my other social media outlets. In fact, I’ll even link this post to my Facebook and Twitter pages.
I look forward to hearing from you.