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Will I return to the Capital Region music scene? Probably not… I have no desire to as of this moment, life is real good…

Some of you may wonder if I’m ever going to get back out to the local music scene aka the Capital Region. Will I? I don’t think so. I’m not too worried about getting back out there anymore and I lost interest in local music as a whole.

You hear a lot of talk throughout the community how the scene is “thriving” and how the local music scene has gotten so much better. Well, in my eyes, we haven’t gotten any better so don’t believe all the hype. From what I’m seeing there are still no music venues around the area and there are bands/solo artists out there still playing to empty venues. The music scene has always been the same it’s always been.

I’m also not so thrilled with the talent around this area ’cause I haven’t really heard anything good in a long while. There are a few local bands that I actually dig but lately, I haven’t been hearing anything that interests me.

On top of all this, I’m also not thrilled with the attitudes of some of the bands & artists around this area. This area has some of the most egotistical and narcissistic musicians I’ve ever seen (not naming any names, btw). Too many around either think they are “rock stars” or they want to be rock stars, take your pick. That “rock star” attitude has never changed with them even to this day, I see. They are still the arrogant jerks even to this day.

I also have no desire to come back when this area’s local music scene is very liberal with their politics. Almost every band and solo artist you’ll see around here are all liberal. Most everyone around here are all Trump haters for sure. I’ve always believed that this area would be more supportive of me and my music if I wasn’t a “conservative” and a “Trump supporter”, but I don’t give a shit whether they do or not. Liberals ruin everything, even local music scenes. I wish they would keep politics out of music but they never learn.

I almost wanted to come back to the music scene and actually thought about it but I don’t think I will. I am still playing music. I am still playing my guitar and singing. I haven’t written new originals in a long while but I’ve been learning cover songs more than playing originals lately which I feel proud of doing.

If I were to ever play live again then I would try to play a few gigs in Saratoga Springs and that’s about it. I don’t think you’ll ever see me play in the city of Albany again, though.

As of this moment, life is really good. Just keeping my focus hitting the gym 4 times a week, focusing on bodybuilding & powerlifting. I’m still keeping myself busy in life even though some don’t think so.

As for new original music, I’m still itching for new stuff and trying to come up with new stuff. Even though I don’t play live hardly at all anymore, I’ll always play music for the internet. Always.

Kev

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Truth bomb: Are local musicians in your scene a bunch of narcissists? Yes, they most definitely are!!!

Here’s another shocking truth bomb that many of you I know will call “bullshit” but it’s true. Knowing from my own experience of dealing with local musicians over the years, most of them don’t really care about you. Most of them only care about themselves really. You want to know why a lot of musicians around the scene are friendly with other musicians and sharing gigs with others and all that stuff? It’s because musicians will only like you if you do stuff for them. Like, if you give them positive feedback on their playing, buy their music or go see a show of theirs that’s when they’ll be all over you, but at the end of the day… they don’t give a flying fuck about you. You may support them but many of them will not support you in return knowing from my own experience.

A lot of people make the mistake that a lot of musicians out there in your scene are good people and a bunch of sweethearts. Um, no. Like I said in a post before, not all of them are gonna be good people. Some of them will be but from what I’ve experienced throughout the years of my life in the music scene, most musicians around here are nothing but flat-out douchebags. Like I said in a post before, you can’t really trust a lot of them. You will meet musicians with many different personalities. Yes, you will meet some musicians out there who can be good people and sweethearts but you will always meet some that have many different personalities. You will meet musicians who can be real jerks… a lot of them can have short temper problems. You will meet egomaniacs, attention whores and you will meet musicians who are really weird.

There will be a lot of musicians out there who only accepts positive feedback about their playing and their music. If you give them any criticism of any kind or disagreements of any kind, they can be all defensive. Maybe that’s a part of why a lot of them hate me ’cause they don’t like that I can disagree with them.

A lot of musicians in your local scene like to promote themselves as if they are rock stars when they are not and that has always been a problem for years. It still is a problem and it’s even worse now with all this social media stuff going on with bands. Yeah, I understand they use social media as a way to promote your band but acting like a rock star when doing it is wrong, in my opinion.

Some of you may ask, how do local bands act like rock stars when promoting themselves on social media? Hmmmm… let me give you some examples: announcing tour dates (even when the shows are all local they still call them tours), announcing release dates for their records, releasing singles, having a merchandise section on the band’s websites (sell t-shirts, posters, etc.), bands & artists being mostly about themselves instead of engaging with the fans, etc. I can go on all day. You don’t need to promote yourself that way and I never did.

So many live in rock star fantasy land. It’s pretty crazy, ya know?

I never took myself seriously as a musician. If I wrote a demo or a song, I’ll just release it. When I promote myself on social media, I like to be more engaging with people and actually talking with everyone and replying to everyone. I just want to make music and play. That’s all I want to do. I’m an unsigned musician and I act like it. Even though I am an unsigned musician, I don’t pretend that I’m a signed artists like so many local musicians do around here. That’s the rock star wannabe, I’m talking about. What’s even worse with “local bands” acting like rock stars is that a lot of them have managers and booking agents when you don’t need either one of those.

The reason why so many unsigned bands pretend to be “signed” bands is ’cause they think they’re entitled to success and recognition. That’s why you see many of them going off about their successes and accolades in front of their fanbase. Many of them just don’t let the music speak on it’s own and they think success/recognition will fall in their lap. Either that or many of them already think they’ve been established in the scene when they are not really.

I don’t see myself as a professional musician or a rock star and never did. I just want to play, play, play and that’s all. Just play, rock out and have fun. I just want to do like what everyone else is doing is playing music.

No doubt that a lot of musicians are big narcissists and I’ve been saying it for years. I’ve had too many musicians who got so hell-bent on destroying me and had many refusing to talk to me ’cause of my “right-wing” views in politics. This is not good for the scene and it’s getting worse. I’m sure many of them still hate me but I don’t give a shit, ya know? Life is real good. I’m still playing the guitar, singing and focused on powerlifting. Life is great.

Kev

 

 

 

 

Is the local musicians community a toxic community? Yes, it always has been and always will be…

Some of you may wonder why I always have negative feelings toward the local musicians community and toward the music scene itself. Well, I don’t have negative feelings toward the local musicians community for no reason. I’ve been a part of the musicians community for like a decade or a little over. So I’ve experienced a lot of what goes on over the years… some good and some bad.

A lot of people like to make the mistake that the musicians community is a positive community. People mistakenly believe that the community is fun and all musicians are good people. Well, I’m about to give you a major truth bomb, y’all.

The local musicians community isn’t always a positive experience. All I’ve experienced over the years in the musicians community is nothing but negativity, lots of egotism and so much drama. The community can also be pretty cliquey as well. Not all musicians are the same. They’re all different. Yeah, you will meet some nice musicians… there can be some pretty nice ones out there but not always. In the music scene, you’ll also meet some egotistical attention whores and you’ll meet a lot of douchebags and assholes.

One thing that I’ve learned through the musicians community is that you can’t be trusting everyone. I made the mistake of trusting everyone too easily in the musician’s community and I’ve gotten much better at not giving a fuck about everyone anymore. The scene might be cool to be making friends with other musicians but I don’t really care to make friends with other musicians anymore. I’ve made friends with musicians in the past but many of them turned on me, stabbed me in the back and I don’t speak to a lot of them anymore. Some people would think it’s my fault and some may think I brought it upon myself and burnt too many bridges but not really. When will people realize and wake up that some musicians can be real douchebags out there? I’ve had musicians who I thought were big supporters of mine but now a lot of them turned into haters and enemies.

Interesting on how a lot of this is. Some people wonder why I talk about the musicians community in this way, well… I’m just doing my best to wake people up more and hopefully try to give people the red pill about what the music scene really is.

If you’re a musician, you just got to realize that not everyone is going to like you and you won’t get along with everyone either. You just gotta stay above this stuff and only focus on you and your own music. Not worry about everyone else. You need to be focusing on your own dreams and goals. You want to grow your own fan following. You don’t want musicians supporting your music anyways ’cause it isn’t good really. You want non-musicians to be supporting your music is what I mean.

Some of you may ask, why would some musicians turn on you when they supported you in the past? Is it you that they don’t like? No, I don’t think it’s you at all. I think musicians turn on you and stab you in the back for maybe a few reasons: 1) You’re doing stuff with your music while they aren’t 2) They know you’re more talented than them.

Why would other musicians hate you and not get along with you? Well, not only ego and jealousy is a huge part of that but there’s more. The music scene online and offline is a pretty cliquey scene, ya know? They’ll hate you if they feel that you’re not talented enough. I’ve experienced this a lot. I’ve had musicians harshly criticize my music in the past and they felt like I didn’t belong ’cause they felt I wasn’t “professional” or “established” enough like they are. They’ll make you feel left out for those reasons. I think these could be the reasons why I have a tough time getting along with some out there. If you’re not talented enough, these musicians will feel more superior than you.

On top of all this, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing when musicians dislike you. It means that you are probably a good musician and you’re doing good stuff with your music. So let ’em hate and don’t worry about it. Just ignore ’em and fuck everyone, ya know? That’s my attitude. While I do have a lot of musicians as haters, though, despite all that… I’ve got some pretty loyal musicians who stayed supportive to me even to this day and they never turned on me at all which is awesome. The more haters you get, the more supporters you’ll get too so don’t worry about it if they don’t want to like you anymore. Just keep making your music and that’s all you need to worry about and nothing else.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I do love live bands and I love other local musicians but gotta be in red pill mode and be realistic about everything, ya know? Nothing wrong with that and it’s a good attitude to have.

Kev

 

The Eddie Awards at Proctors is such a joke, lol… nothing but a huge pat on the back!!!

Does the Capital Region music scene really need a music awards show? In my opinion, no. I’ve said it once before and will say it again. We’ve had this problem in the past when people wanted to host a local music awards show and now, here we go again. Proctors Theater in Schenectady just happened to start their own music award show for the local music scene.

As you can see they made this very similar to the Grammy awards you see on TV. They have the red carpet and people dressing up in really fancy clothing… live performances on stage, the whole thing.

No offense to everyone but I don’t support this and not a fan of this at all. Some of you may say, “You’re just jealous that you didn’t get nominated for anything”. No. Even if I did get nominated, I still wouldn’t get care and wouldn’t accept it. Why? Simply because I don’t play music to get awards. My ego is not that big, ya know? I don’t need that kind of attention. I just play music ’cause it’s what I do and I just do it for fun. I don’t take myself that seriously. I just don’t care about awards for my music. That’s why you don’t see me doing music competitions of any kind.

This post might spark some controversy and might create a backlash but I don’t care. My blog, my opinions.

I’ve been saying for a long time that musicians and people in the Capital Region music scene have huge egos and this thing comes along which proves my point. All this is it’s just a big pat on the back and nothing more. No different than other award shows you see on TV. This looks a lot worse than the Grammy’s and the Oscars.

We’re not celebrities, we’re not rock stars. Get over your freakin’ selves. I look at all the pics of the red carpet of the Eddie’s and I just laugh at all of them. This isn’t Hollywood, y’all. This is the local music scene and you’re just local musicians and that’s all.

I understand that the whole purpose of this lame award show was to celebrate “local music” but we don’t need awards to celebrate local music. There are ways to celebrate “local music” just by getting off your ass and go see a local show. That’s pretty much all you need to do really. Awards mean nothing ’cause all they are is just a pat on the back and nothing more. It’s like: “Hey look at me, my music is great and I work so hard to make it great… now pat me on the back!”

This music scene is getting worse and kind of makes you wonder why I don’t play live around here anymore ’cause this scene is full of arrogant people all over.

Some maybe upset about this post but that’s okay, let ’em. I’m sure there will be plenty of bands and musicians out there that may actually agree with me that local music awards are a joke. I don’t think I’ll be alone on this at all.

Once again, you don’t need awards to play music. Just play and enjoy. People supporting your music is the only award that you should accept ’cause there’s nothing more rewarding than that. An award is just a piece of metal and not worth anything anyways.

Kev

RIP: Caroline Isachsen aka Motherjudge…

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I am pretty bummed about this news. I never knew Caroline but I was always a huge fan, admirer and supporter. I first heard about Caroline aka Motherjudge when she did a performance on the Sounding Board TV show from years back. While I never knew her much, we did talk online for a little bit, though.

She was definitely one of the best local performers around the area. She had a singing voice that would send chills down your spine and give you goosebumps. I never saw her live but I’ve seen plenty of her live performances on youtube.

I’ve always had immense respect for Motherjudge. She was an artist who was humble and was a very nice lady from what I’ve seen. We definitely need more musicians like her ’cause she was one of the very few good ones.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Local-iconic-singer-open-mic-host-dies-13677343.php?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=socialflow&cmpid=fbsocialflow&utm_medium=referral&fbclid=IwAR1GWGJECEQb4iNppDNQNYI1o8MTkYRaoOZyNvtu2RBag_Mv1W5w3C9IKP8

RIP Motherjudge and thanks for the great music. A sad loss in the Capital Region. Cancer sucks. I’ve lost 4 different people in my life due to cancer.

Kev

10 Reasons The Local Musicians community isn’t always enjoyable…

There are some music lovers that want to believe the local music community is wonderful, positive and enjoyable to be a part of but not always. As someone who has been a part of the local musician’s community for a little over a decade, you will experience some negatives and positives. There will always be ups and downs for sure. Knowing from my own experience of being a part of the local musician’s community, I can tell you for sure that it’s not always going to be positive.

Why? I’m about to explain 10 reasons why being a part of the local musicians community/scene is not always a positive experience. Here are those 10 reasons in no particular order, these are just some signs to watch out for:

  • A lot of musicians have massive egos: This is true. Throughout the years of my life as a musician, I’ve seen many other local musicians around here who have massive egos. I’m not gonna name names but you will meet plenty of musicians who think they are bigger and more special than others. You will meet plenty of musicians who will jerk themselves off on their successes and jerk themselves off over their playing ability. You’ll meet plenty of musicians who are arrogant, stuck-up and can act like a bunch of prima-donnas. There will be plenty of those for sure. I know not all musicians are egomaniacs, it’s very rare that you’ll come across someone who is humble and isn’t full of themselves. Many musicians really do think they’re important. Too many musicians around here think they’re rock stars and too many want to chase super stardom which I think is sad.
  • Musicians with unprofessional attitudes: You’ll see musicians with plenty of these too. Ya know, musicians who are always impolite, rude and negative most of the time. You will meet plenty of musicians who aren’t very nice and that’s the way it is.
  • Some musicians will always be critical of you: You’ll see plenty of musicians around the musicians community who think they are a music critic. If they don’t like the way you play and if they don’t like your songwriting, they won’t be afraid to say it out loud. If you’re going to be a part of the local musician’s community, you’ll have to expect some Simon Cowell wannabe critics out there. Be aware of some nasty reviews that are aimed at your playing and your music.
  • Some musicians can be untrustworthy people: You will deal with a lot of backstabbing and drama for sure. A lot of musicians will be using you and will try to ride your coattails and stuff. If you become friendly with a musician, this musician could be a secret hater of you so be careful. You can’t trust anyone in the musician’s community just like you can’t trust anyone anywhere!  You’re definitely not gonna get along with everyone. That’s just the way it is.
  • Many musicians are wild party animals: There are a lot of heavy drinking musicians out there and there might be some drugs going around too. A lot of musicians can be a bunch of drunks at the gigs and it’s always not a good thing. There will be many musicians out there thinking music is all about partying hard and it doesn’t always have to be.
  • Musician’s can be one cliquey community: If you think high schools and colleges can be pretty “cliquey”, the musicians community can be just as bad. Musicians around here will make you feel left out if they feel that you don’t belong. For example, if they feel that if you’re not a professional enough musician, they’ll make you feel like an “amateur” and I’ve definitely gone through this. If you’re not cool enough and not a good musician then be ready to be feel left out ’cause you will feel that a lot.
  • It can be difficult to get recognized as a musician and get your music: heard: Yes, it can be quite a challenge to get recognized as a musician and it’s hard to try and earn respect around here in the musician’s community for sure. You work extremely hard on your music and you’re proud of the music you make. You put it out there and promote it as hard it as possible and all of a sudden, no one cares. I know the feeling and admittedly it hurts. You send your music out to promoters, bloggers and local music websites only to get ignored by most of them. I know the feeling and I’ve gone through this. You also try to get support of your music from other musicians as well. They know that you’re a musician but many of them just don’t seem to care about your music. I know this feeling.
  • Music scene can be too political, most musicians are very “liberal” and they can be a bunch of snowflakes: I’ve had too many musicians and too many promoters refusing to support me and my music ’cause of my conservative views. I can’t count how many times musicians around here refused to add me/follow me in social networking ’cause of my conservative views. The music community like to go around saying, “Support All Local Music” but that’s kind of hard to do when they’re always hating each other over political views. Yeah, I love supporting musicians and bands too. I’m willing to support them even if they are pretty liberal. We really need to keep politics out of music but they’ll never learn.
  • The internet and social media can sometimes be hurtful to musicians: The internet and social media is not always a great thing for musicians. You could get your reputation destroyed if you’re not careful on how to use the internet. I definitely know the feeling. Over the years of my life through the musician’s community, I’ve been a victim of internet trolls, cyberbullies and haters. I still have that problem today but I’ve gotten much better at ignoring the trolls.
  • Be ready to get rejected a lot when you submit your music for reviews, interviews, get some press and even getting some gigs: Another downside of being a part of a musician’s community is that you’re gonna get rejected a lot. When you submit your music to get reviewed, get interviews for radio, get some local press and even get some gigs… you might just get ignored. I’ve been there. When you’re trying to get actual gigs at venues and if you try to get on a slot with other band shows, you gotta get ready whether or not they’ll accept you. I’ve been rejected too many times. It’s pretty tough to get your music some attention in the scene. If you get rejected then you just gotta ignore it, move on and keep moving forward ’cause that’s all you can do.

Well, there you have it, y’all. Hope you enjoy the read. If not, I don’t give a fuck.

Kev

8 reasons why the local music scene sucks and I’m no longer interested in playing live music…

Some of you may wonder why I stopped playing live shows around the Capital District. There’s a pretty good reason for that really is simply because I’m no longer interested in the scene. I’m pretty much retired from playing live music, but I’m not retired from making music, though. I will always play guitar and make music forever but playing live? I don’t know, I’m pretty much done playing live.

Some of you would probably read this post, get all offended and pissed off but that’s all good. I’m not afraid to be real. I don’t give a shit if this posts offends people ’cause I’m not afraid of the truth. The Capital District music scene isn’t as good anymore like it used to be.

Here are 8 reasons why in no particular order:

  • Too many assholes and too much negativity around: Enough said? I have been a part of the musicians community around the Capital District for years now. Not everyone around here is gonna be nice. There are gonna be a lot of douchebags around here for sure just so you know. You will indeed be experiencing a lot of feuds with musicians and you won’t get along with everyone that’s for sure. Not everything about the music scene is gonna be positive. You will get backstabbed a lot, you will get criticized and bullied a lot too. That’s one thing I never liked about this area is too much negativity and drama around here. If there is one thing about the Albany region that has a problem is this right here… the attitudes. I can’t think of anything positive about the scene really.
  • Too much arrogance: The huge egos of musicians never really ceases to amaze me. It has always been a huge problem and still is now.  In fact, it is getting MUCH worse. Too many musicians are full of themselves and many obsess with their own self-importance. Many of them can be pretty pretentious. Acting like they’re rock stars when they’re not. It’s still a problem even to this day. Many of them think they’re so talented and won’t be afraid to say so. While egos of musicians is a huge problem, the more established musicians and bands have an even bigger ego. They are much worse, in my opinion. If they have more success than you, they’ll make you feel like you’re unimportant. Don’t get me wrong, though… I know not all musicians are arrogant and egotistical but most of them are, though. It’s very rare nowadays when you’ll come across a humble and friendly musician. I know they are out there, though. All musicians are different.
  • Scene is too liberal and area getting too political: Here is another thing that is frustrating me. The local music scene getting too political. The left-wing music scene is especially getting much worse under Trump as president. A lot of bands and musicians won’t keep politics out of their music and social networking. No doubt we have a very liberal music scene and it makes me want to avoid the scene like the plague even more. I’ll never forget the day when Donald Trump was elected president, all the local musicians and bands here got upset. No doubt most musicians around here are very liberal people. I’ve had many musicians refusing to support me ’cause of my somewhat “conservative” views. I’m guessing this is why the music scene lost interest in me but I don’t give a shit, though.
  • Lack of venues: If you’re hearing things out there that people say the music scene is “thriving” don’t listen to them. We’ve had a pretty dead music scene for many years and it still haven’t change. There are no venues here and no places to play from where I am seeing. Venues come and go around the area that’s for sure. I’ve seen some of the most iconic and popular music venues close down over the years and now there is nothing pretty much. What’s the point of me going out there to play when there are no venues anymore? Don’t call craphole bar rooms a venue ’cause I won’t go to a bar ever again.
  • Nobody goes to shows anyways: Usually when I go play a show in the area, it’s usually me playing to small crowd or no crowd at all. I may have performed in front of a large crowd a few times but that’s only because I opened for a few established acts in the past. It is hard to get people out to your shows. It isn’t because your music is bad, it’s not that… it’s just that not enough people support local music nowadays.
  • Not a lot of good talent anymore: Honestly, I haven’t really seen any local band and talent that really grabs my attention. There are a few local bands and artists that I support around here but other than that, I haven’t really heard anything that I really like. I miss the old days of local music when there were great talent everywhere.
  • Genres changes around here every now and then: Rock and roll and metal used to be pretty big around the area. Now this area seems to have switched to country, pop music, DJ’s, rappers and the hipster indie rock scene seems to be getting the most attention nowadays. What is going on?
  • Promoters around here are actually pretty selective on who they promote: Without naming names, there’s a lot of online promoters who claim to be supportive of all local music and artists and bands around here but don’t believe the hype. I can’t count how many times I sent in music or requested to get interviewed only to get rejected every time. You can’t trust the promoters around here for sure.

So there you have it, y’all. Hope you enjoy the read but if you didn’t, that’s okay too.

Kev