THINGS I HAVE BEEN DOING
I've been busy, so strap yourselves in.
First up, I am still fundraising for Breast Cancer Network Australia ahead of my hike in September. We have got some huge wins on the board as an organisation this year -- namely, getting a breast cancer drug listed on the PBS so that women can now access it for $38 a month rather than $6000 a month and fighting against proposed bullshit private health reforms that would put bad restrictions on where breast cancer patients can be treated. However it's been a tricky year and as an organisation we need your financial support now more than ever, so if you'd like to support my efforts in hauling my carcass up a mountain, support Australians with breast cancer AND get your tax bill reduced, you can make a tax-deductible donation to my page here.
Secondly, I was back in Crikey this week writing about a weird addition my friend Brendan found in the renewal letter for his musical instrument insurance. Basically, if he wanted, he could insure his guitars in the event of theft, and also himself in the event of someone suing him for sexual molestation ... or in the event of someone accusing him of molestation on social media and him suing them for defamation. It's pretty messed up in the light of #MeToo, and the Australian Music Industry Network has released an official response to it. The trickiest thing about getting this story up was finding case studies who were willing to go on the record - everyone was THAT scared of being done for defamation all over again. The story is behind the paywall (that's how I get paid) but you can sign up for a free trial to read it.
Since we're not living in the same place, it's pretty much impossible for us to play local shows, which is how most small bands keep money trickling in. Plus it's 2018 and we want to do things a little differently to how we've always done them - and how everyone else expects us to do them. Our main points of difference are two-fold: we're drip-feeding out singles rather than hoarding them for an album, and we've started up a Patreon account
. Both Ben and I support
writers, podcasters, YouTubers and other people using Patreon, and we have figured it makes more sense for us to do this than anything else.
We're doing it this way for a few reasons which are touched on in the first Patreon post
, but the main one is a sense of transparency and a bit of a reality check. Even though recording costs have come down considerably, it's still bloody expensive to make professional recorded music. For example, Ben and I made this song using the gear and software we already had in our own space and time. Ideally we would have sent it off to Studios 301 in Sydney to get a big shiny pop song mix and master by Antonia Gauci and Steve Smart, but I got a quote and it was going to cost us more than a thousand dollars. Ben had just come off tour with his other band, and for our first song it was just not an option. I don't want this to come off as a dig at the prices of Antonia and Steve (they absolutely deserve it) but this is just the reality of it. We shot the video clip on our phones and Ben edited it - another cost saver (sort of).
We are both huuuuuge nerds when it comes to the process of making things, and we have posts and videos in the works detailing how we made Ceiling Roses and how we are continuing to make the other stuff we're working on - and just how much of the software and tools we use are free or low cost. Really, I guess we're making what we want to make and hoping that people who are similarly into what we're about come and find us. So help us spread the word!