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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

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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.

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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

 

15 More Local Musician stereotypes… part II…

I did a post on a bunch of different musician stereotypes that are out there well I can come up with 15 more.

Enjoy the post!

  • The fund my album/fund my tour musician: These are the ones who are begging their fan base to fund their albums and even tours. I’ve never been a big fan of crowdfunding for projects if other people wanna do it so be it. Not my thing.
  • The not care about their fans musician: Unfortunately you will see some of these. Not all musicians and bands care for their fans. Many will be into music for themselves. Some don’t care to interact with their fan base online and even at the gigs. It’s worse at the gigs, though. Some bands don’t use their shows to hang out with fans at all. They just hang out in the back or leave right after their gig.
  • The lazy promoter: You will see a lot of these. Bands and musicians not doing shit to promote their music or live shows. They mostly rely on social networking and doing nothing outside of that.
  • Local bands & solo artists with a manager: In my opinion, you don’t need a manager when you’re just a local musician but some of them will have managers. I just don’t get it but if they want to have one so be it.
  • The play dress up for your live shows musician: Some bands and artists take their shows so seriously. They’re not fashion shows. What’s wrong with just wearing jeans and t-shirt on stage?
  • Musicians who think they are comedians: You will see some musicians who try so hard to make people laugh and that’s all they do.
  • That cute couple who plays in the same band or in a acoustic duo together: You will always see couple musicians out there. This happens all over the place.
  • The always hope to play in front of huge crowds guy: There will always be musicians hoping to play in front of huge crowds at their gigs when they shouldn’t worry about that. Big crowd? Small crowd? Who cares! Just give the show your best shot either way!
  • The very talkative musician: There will always be a musician out there who just won’t stop talking. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy talkative people but when they go on and on and on and on… ugggghhhhh… that can get annoying after a while.
  • The quiet musician, the one who always keep to him or herself: You will see some shy ones out there too like myself. I’m guilty of being the quiet one ’cause that’s who I am.
  • The musician who plays on stage like a zombie, always looking bored: Just standing there playing their instrument looking bored. Not smiling, not dancing or moving around on stage. You will see some of these.
  • The musician who has way too much fun on stage: You will see some musicians on stage who looks to be having too much fun. Running around back and forth on stage, doing stunts like jumping in the air, climbing on equipment, smiling throughout the whole show, etc. I can go on.
  • The musician who is extremely talented but he/she doesn’t think so: You will see musicians who are very talented at what they do but they don’t think so. They don’t like compliments and they are very humble people. They just do their thing.
  • The take a girl home after a show to get laid musician: There is rock n’ roll and drugs in music but there will be sex too. Just ask the band Kiss, they’ve been there.
  • The nervous performer: You will see some musicians on stage who are not all the way confident and they look nervous performing. Maybe that is why some of them play like a zombie, ya know?

There ya go, enjoy!

Kev

 

15 local musician stereotypes… are you one of them???

I have been a part of the local musicians community for many years so I have observed the different stereotypes of them. Musicians have different stereotypes and personalities and I’m about to list them all and explain them too. Chances are, you have pretty much seen all of these and I’m sure you’re one of them as well.

Well, lets get right to it… these are in no particular order:

  • The Egomaniac and Narcissist: People always think I’m full of shit that there are egomaniacs and narcissists in your music scene but you will meet some of these guys. Ya know, the type of musicians who are full of themselves and love themselves a bit too much. Always talking about themselves and only thinking about themselves. They don’t care about you at all and only about themselves. They think their musical talent is so great and they think they play better than other people. You will meet some huge egos out there in your scene whether you want to admit it or not.
  • The Expensive Gear Collector: These are the type of musicians that are obsessed with musicians gear. They’ll collect all kinds of guitars, amps, pedals and get all kinds of home studio gear too. They spend a lot of money on gear and obsessed with it. You’ve probably seen these kind of musicians too.
  • The Music Theory Expert: You’ll see these kind of musicians too. Ya know, the music theory expert. The one that is always talking about theory and you don’t know what the hell he or she is talking about like the notes in a chord, scale degrees, chord progressions and things like that. There is always going to be a music theory expert around for sure.
  • The Asshole Musician: Yeah, you’ll definitely see some of these too. Not everyone in the musicians community are gonna be nice to you. That’s one thing that you’ll have to accept. All musicians are different. They’re gonna be assholes and some are gonna be nice. You will run into an asshole musician who is never friendly to people, just one thing for you to be aware of. You can be nice to all musicians all you want but not all of them will treat you kindly in return. Trust me, I know from experience.
  • The Music Critic: You will get a lot of musicians around who think they are a music critic of other musicians and bands. One thing to be aware of, some of them are gonna be brutally honest about your music and playing ability. So because they’re a musician they feel the need that it’s okay to critique others music.
  • The Political Activist Musician: This is the type of musician that will bring politics into music. This isn’t just liberal musicians that goes for conservative musicians too. These are the musicians who are always going political in their social networking pages, writing political songs and going political at their live shows. You’ll definitely see some political activists around here for sure.
  • The Unprofessional Musician: These are the guys who are no-shows for gigs, late for gigs, irresponsible promoters and just plain lazy that they don’t get anything done. They also have unprofessional attitudes as well. You will get these in your music scene too.
  • The Attention Whore Musician: This is the type of musician who will do anything it takes to get well-known in the scene and community. They don’t care what it takes even if it means acting foolish and just plain dumb. Just ramming themselves down in everyone’s throats is what they’ll do. I’ve seen some of these.
  • The Mr. Know It All Musician: This is the kind of musician who goes around thinking he/she knows everything. Watch out for these types. They think they know everything about being a musician, they think they know everything about your scene and blah blah blah. They think they know more than you just because they’re a musician and out there playing.
  • The gullible and naive type of musician: These are the ones who trust everyone and everything so easily when they shouldn’t. For example, musicians falling for all the scams and pay-to-play bullshit that is out there. Also, easily going for the gigs when they shouldn’t and stuff like that. You get the deal.
  • The pretentious and rock star wannabe musician: This would probably fall under egomaniac/narcissist but this is a little different. You will get some musicians out there pretending to be something they’re not. For example, there are too many musicians out there thinking they’re rock stars just because they’ve been hitting the bigger stages and having some successes. You will also get some musicians claiming they’re a “professional” musician when they only know 3 chords and playing shitty gigs.
  • The Hard Partier: You will meet plenty of musicians who are into it for the hard partying so watch out for that. There will be a lot of heavy drinking and maybe even hard drugs involved too.
  • The obsessed self-promotion musician: These are the musicians who will be obsessed with promoting themselves and their band. There will be some who will over do it so much. Always sending you show invites, ramming show advertisements in your face and blah blah blah. You get the deal. You don’t need to promote yourself too much.
  • The only do it for the money musician: You will meet some musicians who are into it for the money alone and that’s it. They’ll only want to play music for the money. Meaning they don’t do free gigs… always wanting to get paid for it. Some like to see music as a “make a living” kind of thing… ya know, kind of like a job. Money is the only thing they think about so just be aware of that too.
  • The Mr. Perfectionist Musician: Everything to them has got to be so perfect… whether it’s their playing or the way they record their albums. Everything’s got to be spot on. There will be demanding musicians out there like this so watch out for them.

So there you have it. Enjoy the list!

Kev

Why are local musicians so douchey? Are there any friendly and humble musicians left nowadays???

I’ve dealt with musicians for many years; pretty much over a decade. I’ve dealt with musicians online and at the gigs. Too many local musicians out there have really douchey attitudes. Many are full of themselves, ego-driven, self-absorbed, naive and delusional. Always pretending to be something that they’re not. It is hard to make friends with other musicians nowadays, ya know?

It seems to me nowadays that in order to win respect with another musician is that you got to kiss his or her’s ass most of the time. Meaning that you have to respect their talent and respect them as a person. If you give them any kind of criticism, disagreements and all that stuff be ready for all kinds of backstabbing, betrayals and all kinds of drama. Like I said before, all musicians are different… they all have different attitudes and different personalities. Some are gonna be really nice and some are gonna be arrogant jerks.

I learned over the years that you can’t trust anybody in the musicians community. There will also be many that will pretend to like you but deep down inside, they can’t stand you. Whenever I talk about musicians with douchey attitudes, most don’t believe me most of the time. Most would point the blame on me is why they all act this way. There’s a lot of musicians out there with negative attitudes. I can easily sit here and name a bunch of names all I want but I’m not going to do that and won’t name any names.

No doubt that musicians are really sensitive and dense people. They get upset and angry over stupid things. It seems to me though that musicians with douchey attitudes has become more accepted nowadays. If you don’t act like a rock star and act like a douchey person then you probably won’t be accepted in the music community. That’s how cliquey it’s become lately.

The thing is there are too many musicians out there that think they are talented and just ’cause they play in a band and had some successes, they want to feel more important than you. That’s why a lot of them feel more superior than you… they obsess with their own self-importance. No doubt there’s a lot of narcissists and primadonnas in the local music community for sure, again not naming names.

I’ve had many musicians over the years supported me in the beginning but stabbed me in the back later and then I never hear from them again. That’s just life and that’s how crazy the musicians community can be. The musicians community is not always fun, there’s always going to be ups and downs. Watch who you trust ’cause not everybody is your friend around here.

In the past, I used to network in the musicians community and used to like meeting them. I still do like to meet local musicians but I’m gonna watch who I trust this time and be more careful. I learned that you should only support the musicians who truly believe in you and yes, I still do have some wonderful musicians who still has my back to this day. I’ve had a lot of musicians come and go in my life, lol… it just happens.

Anyhow, I’ve had many musicians who claimed to be supportive of my music over the years and then they became backstabbers later on. If you’re a backstabber then they weren’t true supporters to begin with and I’m fine with that. A loyal supporter wouldn’t stab you in the back at all and would always support you no matter what.

The musicians community is crazy especially the Capital Region. Yeah, nobody believes me and thinks I’m full of shit most of the time but I just tell things like it is. Tell things as I see it. The problem is many musicians around here think they’re rock stars and that explains why a lot of them have a douchey attitude most of the time. Many just don’t know how to leave their ego at the door which to me is sad.

I learned that when you want to play music, play in a band or solo acoustic or whatever… you leave your ego at the door. Don’t act like you’re better than everybody else ’cause you’re a musician. Yeah, you maybe a talented person musically but that doesn’t mean you have to act like a big shot about it. To me, musicians with a rock star attitude is a turn off and those are the kind of musicians I want to stay away from.

Kev