I’ve been writing this post for weeks now and never seem to get to the end of it. I’ve been doing my usual monthly review, looking back at what went on in May, and realised that we’re already in mid-June! Better start drafting the June review already if I’m going to get it done on time! 😄
I felt like I spent a lot of May project managing the manufacturing process of the CDs and Vinyl which was actually a lot of work, and a lot of paperwork. But I found a great manufacturer who was very helpful.
I also had to take care of getting licenses (!) to actually be able to manufacture my own music. I, of course knew this needs to be done, but it’s usually been handled by my record company or distributor. Now I’ve been in doing the whole thing myself and I didn’t realise how much paperwork that was going to be. But a positive surprise was, that clearing the two cover songs was super easy. I thought it was going to be a major pain in the butt, but it wasn’t at all.
And boy was all that work worth it!
The CDs just arrived and they are BEAUTIFUL. I may be slightly biased, but there is something very special about holding a record in your hand that digital music can never quite capture. Don’t you think? These babies will start shipping to my Indiegogo backers soon. The rest… will have to wait until August, I’m afraid, but pre-sales have started.
Have I mentioned The Blue Pill, yet?
I also prepared The Blue Pill single and video in May. I wrote earlier about my video making process in more detail earlier on. Check it out if you’re curious.
Making the videos for Dark Heart and Villainess especially were very fast and fun, but I felt like I needed to work a little bit harder to get all the ideas together for The Blue Pill video. I had a collection of ideas that I shot, but found it tricky to put them all together in the editing phase. I definitely spent a lot more time on editing this one than the previous videos. But I got there in the end and that time spent was also so worth it. I already have an idea brewing for the next one, and it’s quite to be a little bit different than these three were…
Working in seasons
Recently I’ve started to really feel like writing some new music. I miss the process and for months now I’ve been focusing on all the other stuff except making music. That’s ok, this the time for getting it out there. Then I’ll crawl back to my writing cave and make some more music.
I work in seasons. There are people who are always and constantly writing new music, but I can't do that. I work in seasons, and feel like my head needs to be in one place for the duration of the season and then when it's time to move to the next season, I'll stay firmly there until the time is ripe to move on to the next thing.
So, when I'm writing songs, I don't do much else. Once the music is done, I work on the visual stuff like photoshoots and designs and not much else. When the art is done, I shift to the marketing/project management season to get all the work out to you. This is an exciting phase in itself, which I like doing too, but I'm starting to feel the itch to get back to the creative season.
Lots of good stuff happening this month, too, I’ll keep you posted.