You are important to me. More than you know. I value your friendship and your fanship. If you’re reading this, I’m talking to YOU! An indie musician depends on massive amounts of one to one communication. The internet is both a blessing and a curse in this pursuit. It is a blessing because I get to meet new people, regularly communicate with current fans, and just basically get the word out there about my passion…my music, and hope that it resonates with others. It can feel like a curse sometimes when rankings depend on numbers of people who fan you and so forth. For me, this is my passion and it is about my music and the people I can communicate my music to, not about numbers, numbers, numbers. Yet I need to recognize the value numbers of people influence such things as rankings on Revarbnation and Google. Ranking on Reverbnation, how many fans on facebook, yes these things all make a difference to the livelihood of indie artists like myself. It’s a delicate dance. That is why I appreciate all of you friends and fans so much.
Your support truly is immeasurable. And did you know that your fanship is even more critical to those of us who are indie artists? There are two kinds of music today. Top 40 that is made to fit a computer algorithm that decides what you must like. That’s the first kind. Then there is indie music that comes from the heart and soul of a single individual or a band. We care nothing for the record companies and what they think you want and need. We care about what you do actually want and need and hope that what we are creating not only is beautiful to us, but to you as well. I do watch numbers, of course…we all do. I am aware of how more fans can rank me number 1 indie artists for my area. I can’t deny paying attention to those things. Though I felt it was important to communicate with all of you that while I am aware of that, my livelihood really is centered around creating art for those who enjoy my music.
Next time you wonder if you should fan one of us indie artists or not, remember how much of a service you are doing to the artistic community and know that even though the industry has changed so much and so much of it is about online activity, we care about you, we need you, and we want to be able to share our passion with you. Yes, click that like button and that share button and just know, you are helping an indie artist follow their love! Go ahead…click away!