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Almost There Son

So it’s 2019 now and believe it or not I am still here and alive! …and I have been working on the label. I am so close now to finalising everything with the distributor.

List of things still to do:

1 – Sign the contract and send it over.

2 – Upload a revised Logo and Album artwork

3 – Do the 2 write-ups. (Release + Label)

4 – Update the label website + post on social media about the release

5 – Request approval

After all this is done it will take 2 weeks for the distributor to show my work to the retailers to see if they want to present my product. Hopefully they will. If they don’t I have to make it better until they do! It will also be 5 weeks from this point that it takes for the release to got through the system and be finally released to the public to buy. Exciting stuff. Soooo close now.

All during this time I will be composing a promo mail out list of contacts and a promo campaign (which I know very little about).

Happy days.

Here’s a quick catchup from the last post:

‘Q3 – Do I need a following already to sell myself to the Distributor?’

A3 – No.

This is the current album artwork that was not actually vectored out. It was scanned with a high quality scanner, and then processed to noise it up somewhat. I have no idea how Dave did it (my graphic designer). But I love it! Just what I wanted. We do have to revise the logo however as it’s just not solid enough. No dramas.

SELLING ARTWORK

I plan to be selling copies of this artwork too, which will be printed onto different mediums (medias?). T-shirts definitely, postcards, prints, etc… This will be available to buy in the Merch shop on the Fraktion Music website and my new Kat Nine Music.com website.


Developing Ideas + Goals For 2019

Happy new yeeear!!!

New Years Resolution

Every year I think of a habitual thing to change or work on, and a overall concept for the year. I quite enjoy thinking of these and making a change in myself artistically and sometimes for health reasons etc…

This year is about Sacrifice. This is something I honestly don’t do a lot. I rarely say no to anything. Another drink, another ciggy, going out, working for other people when I should stay home and work on my own business etc…

Example: I am doing dry January and have given up smoking too. (Don’t worry I’ll be smoking and drinking lots again in February I’m sure). But because I am not drinking, I really wanted to goto the staff party for the place I have been working at recently, but I made a sacrifice and sacked it off 🙁 I am real bummed I couldn’t go cos I wasn’t drinking and wasn’t going to spend £50 travelling back to Cambridge from London for a sober party when everyone else is on the razzledazzle. I would have ended up drinking for sure. BUT, I did stay in that weekend and smashed out looooads of work fror the label and am now really happy with the progress. My thoughts are more clear at the moment and I feel like my business is really coming along. Wahey! Overall, I’m more happy that I sacrificed the piss up and chose to make progress with the things I know really make me happy. Happy days 🙂

I plan to choose to sacrifice certain things to achieve the goals that make me happier in the long run. (Or something like that).

So, more like this in 2019 please. Safe.

2019 Sorting This Website

It’s getting close to the point where my label is almost ready for launch, which means I’m going to set off the big project I’ve been planning and working on for years now. However this website needs to be sorted out.

I am going to state some goals for me to work towards this year for this website.

Goal 1 – To write at least 48 blog (or vlog) posts in 6 months. Thats 2 per week

Goal 2 – To have the newly re-organised Kat Nine Music .com website launched.

Goal 3 – To sign up 100 subscribers

Goal 4 – To make (a) some sales through the traffic from this website. Monetise.

Goal 5 – To finish my first course ready for release on this website.

Goal 6 – To sketch out 2 more courses with timeframes and module content.

2019 A New View To Writing Blogs

I am going to shift my focus towards that of making money from the music business, as this is now a big part of what I am trying to do. I have made music and art for love for almost 10 years, and yielded little money from it. I want to make music my life (Mike Monday) 😉 so this is what needs to happen. I have spent years creating and have a backlog of work, so now I need to maintain focus on how to distribute my product efficiently.

To do this, I will be creating some of my documentation series’ into short courses, which will then be advertised (somewhere…).

2019 A New Notion For The Website

Previously my idea behind the website was ‘follow the journey, learn with me’, but I feel I want to change this now. Some current ideas for new notions/focus-shift are: ‘The journey of an artist in the music industry’. Documentation + Tutorial. Research. (Shop?). OR ‘A creative trying to make it in the music industry’. Research Blog, Documentation, Tutorial (and Shop)’. ‘A determined artist on the road to success in the music industry’. Well something like that anyway. It’s the beginning of an idea.

And just so I don’t forget… Again, a large focus shift which has to occur is the exploration into Music Business, Making Money, Running A Label and alllll that jazz!

Thats enough for now. Crack on!


Stay Focussed – Week 2 – LinkedIn, APA

The other day I was supposed to goto the open evening, however…

I went to visit my friend James Utting at the post-production house Factory studios instead! Wahoo! I had double booked myself here and had to make a choice. Turns out I chose the right one! Quality.

I had called in on one of my uni friends James to check out his workplace after his working day had finished. He showed me a load of the equipment, the rooms, trophy’s, and demo’d some new work that has been occurring. I also experienced the new Dolby Atmos system, which was a soundgasm. Next level surround sound. Insane stuff. Too many variables for me I’m afraid! Lolz.

We had some eats after and I asked him a few burning questions about this whole process and his experience through the journey.

We also both came to the conclusion that doing a Masters is really not what I need to do. It will just defer getting on the ladder by another 2 years pretty much and thats what not what I want.

I’m not going to write all this stuff down now, I think the advise I have been given by Julio and James will be put into action and written up along the way.

This week (Week 2), I’m going to stay focussed on getting my LinkedIn profile tarted up as this seems is something that is very important in this process.

Week 2

LinkedIn – Finish my profile and get started with using the platform. Start actually using my account!

APA (Advertising Producers Association) – Check it out. (Search for jobs and studios here).

Week 3

Showreel Structure (K9M.COM) – Think about what work from uni I’ll put down and where it will go on the website.

Website Structural Editing – K9M.COM – Sort out links to Social Media, contact page – footer, blog re-arrange (scroll / squares), buy links, the label, follow / subscribe, counter, YT, Latest Art, “TITLE”, Insta Feed, post blogs to SM automatically,

PRO TOOLS

Week 4

Accounts

PRO TOOLS

Extra Stuff

E-Mail Tidy Up

Computer Files Tidy Up / Archive

Re-Organise Contact Databases

 

Do I need more training before entering the industry? (Hopefully not!)

I am going to an open day here at the University of West London tomorrow to talk about my situation, what I want to do and if they recommend I really do need to do more training before entering the industry or not.

It would be more ideal if I could learn on the job for a few reasons. For my position and situation (I have a already spent lots of money and years on training), I feel if I did a masters I may feel a little frustrated that I am learning about how to do a job, rather than actually doing the job. If you catch my drift. I know a lot already. I’m should feel confident enough in my existing ability that I can pick up the appropriate skills on the job.

Of course if I did do a full-time masters, it does mean I can avoid work for another year. Hahahaaaa! Ok, alright seriously though I would love to go back to Uni and learn an intense focussed area of the industry (in this case, mixing audio). Then I could come out the other end of it with loads of confidence that mixes are the tits and I could work my way up the ladder faster when in the industry. I would only consider doing a masters if the course content is exactly what I need to further my career in a way that is both worthy of time and money (investment).

Lets see how conversations go tomorrow at Kings.

Uni’s / Courses I’m looking at right now:

Uni Of West LondonOpen Day 22nd Nov 4 – 7 pm, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF

https://www.uwl.ac.uk/visit-us/open-days/postgraduate-open-days

MA Advanced Music Technology

https://www.uwl.ac.uk/course/advanced-music-technology-1/36189

MA Record Production

https://www.uwl.ac.uk/course/record-production-1/36202

Both course could start Jan 2019, but go on for 18 months.

Tileyard – MA Commercial Music Producer – Open Day 3rd December 5 – 7 pm

MA Commercial Music Producer

Note: Course starts Sept 2019, goes on for 12 months

Abbey Road – Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Note: Could start March 2019, goes on for 12 months. Only 20 spaces available. Expensive!

I’ll be looking at other Uni’s and posting about them too…

I NEED A JOB!!!

OK, so in this stream I’m going to document the journey right from the beginning of my decision to get a job in the music industry, which was about 4 days ago now.

I have been struggling to keep my music, art and research consistent because I have been playing the ‘make it as an artist in the music industry’ game. This consists of working doing a job that I don’t want to do for the most part of the week to pay the bills and then pump any leftover money into my music business. (Which seems to be yielding NO money). The reason I didn’t try to get a job in the music industry straight after uni was that I was scared I would stop making music as an artist, as this means so much to me. Plus, I have so much unreleased material stuck on this computer! I will get it released on my label very soon I promise! Jeeeez!

So what’s been going on is… I’ve been cheffing in the kitchen busting my ass of a daytime, coming home, having a beer and doing not much else because my mind is so smashed from the days work anyway, plus I don’t feel motivated because I never speak to anybody at work about the what I do in the music industry, because… they don’t want to hear about it. I want to converse about things I am learning about and things that excite me.

My realisation is that now I have just moved to London, I need to be in the thick of it. I want to be immersed in musicians and like minded people. This will help me connect and keep me inspired to crack on. Rather than being in a kitchen (this new one in particular), where I am not even learning anything new for the cheffing career! This is just a complete waste of life. I quit! No more. No chance.

Only thing is… I have to figure out what I want to do for starters. At the moment it’s an Audio Engineer, working in a studio at a mixing desk. I love mixing. Big time! I do know quite a bit, but I know I have much to learn. I have already spent a few days convinced that the dream job role would be to be a studio producer at a recording studio, which is something I did when I co-ran small time studio in Wanaka, New Zealand, a couple of years ago. I’ll be writing a lot more about this as this was amazing experience for me and I learned so much.

I rang up one of my Uni lecturers (Dr Julio d’Escriván) for some advise as I am so on my ass right now, with a lack of information and understanding about where to go and what to do. He really did give me some great words of wisdom in the form of advise and motivation. I will be laying down blog’s here each day for a while if I can. I’ll do need to keep up a blog habit again as this site is going to be a big part of my show-reel!

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Some quick things to note for me to blog and look at next…

LinkedIn (I need to update this)

Mandy.com

Songtradr

Sync Licensing

The School Of Audio Engineering

ToneMeister

What does the music business need?

List my strengths and weaknesses as a (person + a producer)

Learn to be a parrot (I’ll explain later)

Network list

‘Any entrance is good’

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Thats what’s occurring now. Today Monday 19th November, I am researching how to get a job as an Audio Mix Engineer. Let’s get it together, cash in on all my contacts from the last decade, beg steal and borrow, bone-up and land that sh*t. I really hope to have a job in January, if not February 2019. That would be amaaaazing.