Dear friends of queer blogs, queer reporters and aspiring queer writers, a small request from me, who loves you very much.
Perhaps it is time to hang up the old, “We asked [heterosexual interview subject] about those gay rumours”, or the always delightful “What does your gay audience mean to you?”
The first question perpetuates the idea to the broader community that someone needs to come out publicly and if they were gay it suggests that would be somehow “exciting” or “scandalous”, the flip side of that is saying “It’s not normal, this a headline!”
Can we just leave this to A Current Affair or OK Magazine? It’s good, and helpful for famous people to come out, but we shouldn’t make it “exciting.”
It’s 2013. Stop giving a fuck. Cool.
As for the second question, it always ends awkwardly. “I love my gays because…” because… because why? Because the guys fuck each other or the girls kiss at your concert? The question almost forces the interview subject to spout a out tedious stereotype that they’ll probably be attacked for later and it’s your reporters own lazy fault.
P.S Thank you for promoting my shows and refraining from asking me about all those nasty “straight rumours” that have been swirling about.
I'm really keen for your new EP, and actually prefer crowd-sourcing as a way of preordering music or books. It usually means that I get good quality, limited edition stuff, but the most important thing for me is that I don't just end up buying it on iTunes (& it supports the artist directly)
That is so awesome to hear. I agree, I’ve been supporting projects all month and the feeling of seeing them succeed is just killer.
I imagine my lead up will include some YouTube clips and announcements on Tumblr / Twitter / Facebook. Hopefully that will be enough to get the word out!
For all you other kind folks, there’s only a few days left to vote in this wee competition. It’s a fucking pain in the arse could you have to sign up to the website, so you know I’m loving you if you took the time. xxx
Good grief. The amount of dickery on the Internet about Wafu’s chef Yukako Ichikawa today is amazing. For the most part I think people are just excited that their casual racism may be justified.
Sure she had an odd way of delivering her message about sustainable food and eating. But after eating there a few times I did start to think at other restaurants: Maybe I don’t need to order an extra plate “just in case” and then leave half a chicken on the table when I leave.
Perhaps I don’t need to pour out half the bottle of soy only to dip two pieces of sushi into it.
Sure, she struggled to convey the point but I think a lot of that (and the angered hype around the article) is because they’ve printed quotes from a woman who speaks broken English.
Also, she is the one pulling the plug. If it were the other way around then sure, I’d have to accept that her behavior might never work. But people have always been desperate to get in there. I haven’t eaten Japanese food of that quality anywhere else in Sydney.
We are greedy. We are wasteful. She isn’t wrong for pointing it out.
Jen Cloher is an ARIA nominated songwriter who put together the iManageMyMusic project. It’s for musicians who, like me, take care of all their business.
Today I spoke at a roundtable of artists and these are a few thoughts that I felt were worth sharing:
Crowd-funding isn’t for everyone:
We can’t all be Amanda Palmer and make $1,000,000 but we can learn from her tactics. The ability to start the conversation and train your audience to keep it going is priceless. Your followers, fans, friends or whatever you want to call them need to be in on the process. Without them crowd-funding is begging and you’ll hardly crack the two grand mark. As Amanda says, “to crowd fund, you need a crowd.”
Australia’s most successful crowd-fund project is Tom Dickins ($26,000+). This is great but here is the twist: Tom spent a year or so supporting… you guessed it, Amanda Palmer. He learnt from her process and most of all tapped into her fan base. We’re not all going to be able to have this tool in our box so start the conversation yourself. You know what they both do very well? They talk everyday to the people who love their music. They are able to “activate” their fan base at the point of album releases or videos. It’s genius. But hey, maybe that’s not for you. PJ Harvey does not tweet, she doesn’t even talk after gigs or do all that much press and things have gone just fine for her.
Even record contracts are still a viable option despite the backlash. A shit contract is a shit contract, you signing it is the mistake and no one else is to blame.
Hold yourself accountable for your failures and success
If you are independent in the same way I am you have no manager, PR, touring group or agents but imagine for a second that you did.
If your publicist didn’t send out a press release to the local radio station for a major gig you’d be pissed off right? If your touring agent didn’t respond to a booking request because they had a party they wanted to go you’d fire them.
You are the agent, you are the manager. If you are letting e-mails slide, missing easy gigs or turning up to venues stressed out of your brain or unprepared then you’ve only got yourself to blame when things fall through. I’m still waiting for the right people to be my “team” (and they should be a TEAM) but if you’re really not getting things done and you think you deserve better than fire yourself and hire someone.
Some very important questions:
What do I want?
Why don’t I have it?
How am I going to get it?
Who are you?
What do you do?
What do you sound like?
Answer these before you go into any important meetings and you won’t be caught off guard.
Being independent doesn’t mean being unsupported, it means being in control:
Just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be talking to promotion companies, touring groups and record labels. You have to have scary conversations to get your name in the hat. You don’t get to play The Enmore without having a few big chats to trusted names.
I see a successful independent as someone who retains control over the project and has some sway in all the facets of it. If you stopped choosing the tours, looking at your posters or stopped being apart of the songwriting process you’re probably not an independent (AND HEY WE WORK HARD FOR THIS TITLE DAMNIT).
Be in control of your direction, your image, your music.
TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC
If they can help or even MIGHT be able to help than tell them about your music. Always ALWAYS ALWAYS have a cd in your bag. AAAALWAYS.