No matter what label you choose to use for me- blogger, social media influencer, radio personality or super fan, I hope the passion that drives everything I am trying to accomplish shines through. There have been many nights where I have questioned my effectiveness in helping musicians, and I’ve talked myself out of just shutting things down and walking away more than a few times. However, the rewards have far outweighed the challenges the entire way and have energized me in a way that I have never experienced before. The time dedicated to making my small contributions to the music community has multiplied, and life has become extremely chaotic. The hobby became an infatuation, which became a mission and has now transformed into an obsession. And now the obsession takes a big next step.
I am both very happy and very nervous to announce that I am creating a yet-to-be-named social media network devoted exclusively to independent musicians and fans. A network where artists can share music, music videos and concert announcements, and fans can explore and discover new music. It is not meant to replace networks like Facebook and Twitter, but rather to be a targeted resource to help gain exposure.
I am very excited. The platform will provide a number of advantages, combining the best of Twitter and Facebook- no character limitations, no algorithms to determine what people see (they will see it all) and the ability to categorize music in a way that will allow musicians to target specific audiences. And, of course, this will all be made available at no cost to either the artists or fans. The goal here is to bring the music to the forefront of the music industry.
Target date for rollout is scheduled for May 1st. This will give me time to give it a good shakedown, explore some other functionality options that may be of use to musicians, as well as work with artists to have content available when it launches to the public. This is something that I believe has to grow organically, in order to be truly successful, so word of mouth will be essential. I’m going to go a little light on the details right now but will start sharing details as we get closer to launch. Keep your eyes focused here for updates.
Artists- if you feel this is something you want to be a part of, please contact me. As I said earlier, it would be great to have a ton of content available when it rolls out
I don’t have any delusions of grandeur, but I do believe this has the possibility of becoming an essential tool for both fans and artists. If it works, it works, and my dream is for it to be a special place for independent music. Time will tell.