Why marketing your music doesn’t matter and you should stop wasting your time doing it

The internet is full of stuff…. all kinds of stuff. There’s factual information, news, fake news,, smart people, crazy people, forums, shopping, movies, social media… and music. There’s too much actually. Way too much for anyone to ever see all of it. Way too much to even see 1% of it! Way too much to even see .001% of it! Seriously! That’s an insane amount of stuff!

So why are you driving yourself crazy and spending all of your time trying to get .000000000000001% of them to maybe listen to your music and then .0000000000000000000001 of those people to possibly follow up and buy, stream or listen to more? Are you spending all your time on instagram, facebook, twitter, youtube, tiktok, tumblr, like some desperate child in need of attention grasping at straws in some pathetic attempt to get a ‘name your price’ bandcamp sale?

Stop.. Just stop it. It doesn’t matter. No really, it doesn’t. I’m not saying don’t put your music out there, by all means do. Make it accessible, get it on all the streaming services, and places people can find it, but then stop screwing around trying to ‘make’ people listen to it. They won’t or they will. Tricks, gimmicks, hashtags and other nonsense aren’t going to help you at this stage. I don’t care what anyone says. What will help you is making the best possible music your are capable of.

Instead of wasting your time on 9 billion social media platforms, pick one or two and post completed work there consistently. That’s all. Once you post, forget about it, and move on to making the next thing. Make it better than the last thing, finish that then post it, forget it and repeat.

If you make a great product that resonates with people, they will find it. If you spend all your time on social media ‘marketing’, you’re not a musician, you’re a social media marketer. Is this what you want to be? If nobody finds your music, so what? Do you like it? Good.. keep doing it. Do it good. Put it out there and people will find it or they won’t. You can’t force them.

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit – Complete List Of Drum Sounds and Missing Manual

The Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Set is probably the best electronic kit for the money, but the manual is strangely missing a lot of information, like the complete list of drum sounds included in the drum module.

In truth the drum module was designed by a company called Medeli and is internally exactly like their DD512 module. I’ve made it easy for those of you looking for the full drum kit list and you can see them below. As well as the full manual here for download.

Alesis Nitro Mesh May Be The Best Electronic Drum Kit For Under $500!

I recently picked up an Alesis Nitro Mesh electronic drum set, and am loving it! I have never purchased a new e-drum kit before, and didn’t (couldn’t) spend a lot of money on it. I did a ton of research and watched hundreds of YouTube videos about electronic drums before deciding on the Nitro Mesh.

I want to give a huge shout-out to Justin from 65drums for his incredible and insanely extensive videos on all things electronic drums. Without his channel I don’t think this would have been as easy as a decision.

The nitro mesh gives you a lot for the money. You get full drum kit with two cymbals, hi hats, quality module, pedals and even sticks, for only $350! Putting it together is a bit time consuming, but once together the kit is very solid. There’s absolutely no crosstalk on my set (crosstalk is when wrong drums trigger when hitting other drums). I’ve played more drums in the past two days than I have in months!

Making your own kits is fun and creative on the Nitro module, there’s a lot of settings such as changing pitch, panning, reverb, and volume for each sample, it has standard midi in and out, usb midi, stereo 1/4″ outs, headphone out, and expansion ports for two more triggers. I am very happy with this purchase so far.


 

Who Is Generation X, and Why Don’t People Talk About Them?

Generation X is actually my Generation. I was born in 1975. If anything, I am the perfect example of a Gen X person. I’m a non-conformist, cynical, musician, computer nerd who never really grew up. My parents were never around, and I basically raised myself. I’m damn proud of my generation and we deserve to be recognized. Boomers and Millennials get all the attention, but it’s all pretty bad, so maybe it’s good we’re the forgotten ones.

A lot of people don’t really realize that it was the punk band, “Generation X” who were fronted by a very young Billy Idol (who is actually part of the Boomer generation) were basically the ones responsible for this title. I loved these guys as a kid (still do). Plus Idol was a pretty damn hot sweaty twink in his day, haha.