I just recently reviewed my accounting data for sales through my distributor. Honestly, it was sometimes painful to look at it because so little changed but I finally decided to go look at it. My look revealed some interesting facts.
- Even after being a published artist for over 6 years, I still haven’t even made more than $50 total for my music. Clearly I am not a rock star! Good thing I had the brains to realize that.
- My most popular song, bar none, appears to be “Cannonball” which is interesting but somewhat expected. It has over 200 unique plays.
- Of the big players, my music appears to be most popular on Spotify since that is where a majority of my plays appear to be from. Unfortunately, it also offers the least amount of money per stream.
- Most of my listeners appear to be from North America as most of my plays are from the USA and Canada. However, I actually have about 10 different plays from Indonesia. I have no idea how I became popular out there but that works for me. Another distant listener appears to be from Thailand (which may or may not be the Thai exchange student we’ll be hosting in a few months).
- Most of all… my music simply does not interest the majority of the world. I was somewhat aware of this fact but it hurts to see it in print.
That’s all for now! I promise that although I am somewhat sad that my music is not getting much attention, I am not depressed about it, I just wish things were different.
Hey fans! I finally scrambled around and got the video to my remix of the Final Fantasy Prelude uploaded to YouTube. I used a little image editing to nest my logo in a cool Final Fantasy II fan art of Cecil as Dark Knight and Paladin. I think it turned out awesome. Here you go!
Hey there friends! I hope this finds you well. Despite the demands of twin babies, full time employment, transitioning to a new job and various other things, I managed to spend some time in the studio to do a project that is a labor of love. You see, one of my hobbies for many years has been playing video games but when the game systems got more and more complicated and the games longer and longer, I stuck with my NES and SNES games. As a result, I have become somewhat of a retro gamer (see my RGB Blog).
One of my favorite games of all time is the Super Nintendo classic “Final Fantasy II” (FF4 in Japan). It has so many great elements in it that set the stage for so many of the RPG’s to come and really set the tone for the future of the Final Fantasy series as a whole. You can read why I love this game so much by checking out my post about it on the RetroGamer blog.
The first song you ever here… literally the way you are introduced to the game is with a song track that essentially consists of a rising and falling harp arpeggio. This song also plays any time you are in a “Crystal Room” in the game. The actual name per Nobuo Uematsu (the song’s composer) is simply called “Prelude” but it has also been called “Requiem of the Crystals” and even “The Final Fantasy Theme”. It is this song that I have decided to remix.
Please check out one of my favorite remixes I have ever done: Requiem of a Fantasy
I had mentioned in one of my previous posts that my daughter was playing around in the studio and learning a few things. Well, she finally got serious again yesterday. She wanted to play Hot Cross Buns but had no instrument to play it on. I told her she could use my studio to play it on any instrument she wanted. As a result, she made her own remix of “Hot Cross Buns”. It’s not a very long track but I have to say she did pretty good work for a 10 year old with little experience. Check it out for your selves:
I promise that I had very little to do with this at all. I seriously just pulled up the sheet music for the song and helped her put the first note in. After that, I explained that she needed to keep any additional stuff she added in the “G” Key since that is what the song was made in. I am pretty impressed with what she came up with. This may be the start of a wonderful new musician!
Wow! I really missed the boat on this one. For any of you who were curious, yes, DJ6i’s 2014 Christmas track, Space Jingle, is out on YouTube for you to watch. It has been posted for some time but it looks like I just forgot to post it. Either way, here it is! Enjoy and share it with your friends!
Hello fans! I told you that I was still working on stuff but hadn’t released it yet! Well guess what? You are in luck! I have just released my Christmas 2014 song. I made a decision when I was just starting out as a musician that I would attempt to release one Christmas song each year and with the exception of one or two years, I have kept that promise.
This year I was trying to think of all of the different Christmas carols I wanted to do and which one I felt like doing the most. I finally decided to go with one of the most well known carols in the world – Jingle Bells. However, the song (even with verses) can sound very repetitive and would have bored people to tears pretty soon so I wanted to try and think of a way that I could easily liven it up so it wouldn’t be too simple and repetitive without taking away the simple charm. I finally decided I would do it in space! What would Jingle Bells sound like in space?
Without missing a moment I dug into the public domain bin and found the public domain version of the song and off I went. I even came up with a pretty silly story behind it involving a robot hearing the melody, downloading it, playing it for his crew and then sending it back out to space after they all join in. I guess that is what happens when you watch a lot of Doctor Who!
So far my kiddos sure do love singing this song and I have been told by my other fans that their kids started dancing and singing to it as soon as it came on. I guess that means I am doing it right. With that being the case, please enjoy “Space Jingle”: