When you’re a musician getting a lot of bad publicity like me, here’s how to handle it…

Are you a musician who gets a lot of bad publicity? Ya know, the type of musician when you’re getting a lot of negative feedback of your songs or even full studio albums. You get a lot of negative comments from anonymous trolls in youtube, blogs and message boards… things like that. Even worse, you’re not very well respected in the music community and you’re one of the most hated musicians out there. The pros and more established musicians always looking down upon you and not giving you the respect that you deserve.

Well, I have been through all that over the years of my life and still do get negative publicity. I used to be upset at getting bad publicity but over the years, I’ve learned to get used to it. You just got to be able to learn to accept that not everyone is gonna like you that’s all. You can’t make everyone happy and you can’t please everyone. The trick to dealing with bad publicity is that you just be flattered by it all ’cause after all, bad publicity is not a bad thing. It’s actually good promotion for your music… the haters, trolls and critics promotes your music when they aren’t even realizing it. It’s so true if you think about it.

Another trick on dealing with bad publicity is just keep playing the music and ignore it all. A lot of musicians have a problem at responding to negative things aimed at them which is a bad idea really and it’s an unprofessional thing to do is to be confrontational at the haters.

I went through a lot of negative crap over the years of my life, sure. All one would have to do is google my name and you’ll see it all. People bashing me publicly. All it did was helped make me an even stronger person.

I’ve had too many local music websites over the years not being very accepting of my music… basically ’cause of the cliquey scene we have. They thought my music wasn’t professional enough and I didn’t get too many article write ups, didn’t get much radio airplay locally and didn’t get many shoutouts on local music blogs.

When you get all this, you have to ignore it all completely and just keep playing ’cause there will be many out there who’ll think you’re nothing musically. I’ve learned that I should just keep playing music for myself and that’s the attitude you should have. Just keep playing and do your thing. Writing the songs, releasing them and let people hate.

Who knows, maybe one day people will come around and realize that you are talented then the haters will get turned into fans. It can happen. You just gotta keep playing and enjoy yourself no matter what anyone says. No matter how negative people get around you, just gotta keep playing the music. I’ve had this attitude a lot lately and it does make life easier.

It is interesting though how the local music scene claims to support all local music and yet they look down at certain musicians. Think about it, right. You already are going somewhere with your music if you’re getting so much bad publicity. There’s a saying out there that says, “Your haters are the biggest fans” which is true if you think about it. Take your haters and critics as your motivators. Honestly, they inspire me to keep going in my music and I have much more music coming up ahead. I have seen so many other musicians get destroyed by bad publicity and many gave up because of it. I won’t give up what I do and you shouldn’t either.

Kev

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Programming my own drum tracks when recording my own music…

One thing I’m trying to teach myself when recording on DAW is programming my own drum tracks. I want to be able to program my own drum tracks and I’m gonna figure out a way to do that in Mixcraft. In Mixcraft, you can program your own drums. Sometime down the road, I’m still planning to buy “EZ Drummer” software by ToonTrack ’cause I heard that’s really good software, but for now I’ll use what I have in Mixcraft.

This is why I’m doing my best studying rhythm and timing. Ya know, get good real good with the metronome and learn to play in the pocket which I have improved a lot on. I used to hate playing along with the metronome but now I love it and take the metronome very seriously now.

I want to program my own drums for my songs ’cause I don’t have a drummer and I don’t have a real drum set of my own. I am trying to study drum lessons even if I don’t have a drum set ’cause I feel I need to learn this stuff if I’m going to program my own drums.

Learning to program drums shouldn’t be that hard at all. As long as you understand timing and rhythm, should be a piece of cake for you.

I’m studying this stuff by myself ’cause someday I want to be a one-man band when making an album. I want to make a full band rock album all on my own. For bass lines, I think I’m gonna buy myself a real bass guitar pretty soon.

My full band rock songs will probably be pretty simplistic anyways. I’m not gonna be playing technical virtuoso stuff like Dream Theater or Yngwie Malmsteen or anything like that. I just want to write bad ass rock n’ roll songs with big riffs, guitar solos and vocals and all that stuff.

I think I’m capable enough of making good full band rock music. People don’t think I can but watch me.

I don’t know, maybe I should collaborate with a real drummer. I’m actually thinking about that too. Finding a good drummer are hard to find, though. I’ll want to find a talented drummer who can stay in the pocket and rock tight. For now I’ll just use drum programming through software and things like that.

Studying timing and rhythm in music is everything. It may seem intimidating and annoying which is why it’s overlooked by a lot of musicians but it’s crucial to learn. Studying timing is not that hard as you think. Someday, I’ll want to jam with a real drummer just to see how I do.

Kev

Friends are gonna stab you in the back and cut you out of their lives… when they do that they were never your friend to begin with?

I was never one to cut people out of my life. It’s just something that I would never do. At least I try not to. If I did then I would only do it if some people get way out of line about me. If I did cut people out of my life, I would welcome them back in it as long they are all for it. If not, then I’m okay with that.

Yes, you’re definitely going to go through with this a lot in life. Friends stabbing you in the back and cutting you out of your lives all of a sudden. I’m sure it happens with you whether you have male friends or female friends… it happens to me too. I’ve had a lot of people come and go in my life and I’m okay with that. I’m not heartbroken if someone wants nothing to do with me anymore. Life goes on, ya know? It always does. When people shut you out, all you need to do is to move on and forget about them. When friends turn out to not like you anymore, you get so hung up on defending yourself and winning them back. A huge waste of time, in my opinion. I say just let them go and give them the big middle finger.

When people stab you in the back, it’s definitely gonna make you think to yourself… “What did I do wrong? What did I say that pissed them off?” The answer to those questions is that you didn’t do anything. It’s them. Not you. They are the problem. Why are they the problem? Usually ego, jealousy, insecurity, selfishness, etc. Friends becoming enemies with each other is becoming a major problem in this society. It definitely is for sure. Can’t deny it. What’s even worse about ending friendships nowadays is that they end it quickly over social networking. You’ll know a friendship is done when they block you in all social networking. Instead of calling you by phone or writing an e-mail to you, they just block you with no explanation. In the old days when there were no internet, people used to end friendships by hanging up phone or getting their ass kicked on the streets. Now people end friendships over the internet which makes it easier for them.

Like I said, you’re definitely gonna deal with backstabbing friends and betrayals a lot. It’s part of life so you gotta learn to deal with it. I’ve had a lot of people in my life that I thought was my friend but wasn’t after all that time. Your true friends and people who truly care about  you would be the ones who won’t stab you in the back and won’t cut you off. When people decide to cut you off, they are just showing their true colors. They weren’t your friends at all so you gotta stop calling them your friend.

People call them “fake friends” nowadays and there’s a lot of them out there. When you have a fake friend and they cut you off, you really need to let them go and leave them be. Don’t try to win them back. I’ve tried my best to win some of my former friends back but was unsuccessful at most of them. They bury the hatchet with you on their own terms, I guess, but I must warn you that when your ex-friend tries to bury the hatchet with you and you did for a while… you’ll be feuding with that person again. Remember, they were never your friends — they never were.

So you may ask, why would someone fake a friendship with you? Well, maybe they just want to use you and take advantage of you, ya know? Maybe they just use you ’cause they have no one else to go to. Some would use you for money, would only come to you when they need something and some would ride your coattails for their own success ’cause they know you got good things going. You can’t trust a lot of people nowadays.

So when you run into fake friends in your life, you need to tell them to fuck off and move on with your own life. Just keep smiling and keep moving forward. That’s what I’ve been doing lately and I’m doing a much better job at that. I don’t really give a shit if people don’t want to be in my life anymore. My life is good and I’m happy. I don’t have time for drama and negativity. I have music, I’m a musician and I’m also a fitness/bodybuilder guy so I’m good. Those are the two things that I care about most.

You don’t want to waste time with people who hates you. Losing friends isn’t actually a bad thing ’cause you can get even more friends out of it. There’s a saying out there which is, “We don’t lose friends, we just learn who the real ones are”. Which is very true if you think about it. The ones who stays with you all the time and is loyal to you are the real ones.

Most backstabbers only care about themselves anyways… they’ve always been pretty selfish. When they stab you in the back like that, they just confirmed that they are selfish so don’t worry about it.

Like I said, don’t try to win the backstabbers back. Move on with your own life. Keep on’ keepin on’ and keep being happy. You can’t make everyone happy ’cause the world doesn’t work like that.

Kev

Ric Flair dances on the Tonight Show with some rapper…

In August of 2017, Ric Flair the wrestling legend had a pretty scary health scare that almost killed him. He had some kind of heart problem and he had part of his bowels removed ’cause of it. After the surgery Ric Flair took a little break from the entertainment business and now he is back at it full time.

As you can see, nothing is slowing him down. Even after a major surgery which removed part of his bowels, he’s still out there doing physical things like dancing with rapper Offset as you can see here. Yeah, as you can see Ric’s got the dance moves even at 69 years old which is impressive.

I’m not a big fan of the song too much but I just enjoyed watching Ric Flair having a blast. He looked like he was having too much fun dancing like that. I think Ric deserves to have fun again after he went through a tough time so it’s nice to see him smiling again.

Ric’s stylin’ and profilin’ is not just a wrestling gimmick, it’s how he is in real life too. In real life outside of the wrestling ring, he looks and dresses like an alpha male ’cause that’s what he is an alpha male.

Ric Flair is one of my top 5 favorite wrestlers. He’s pretty high up on the list for sure. I’ve always respected that man immensely. Ric can play both the heel and babyface pretty well, but I think he’s more entertaining as a heel though. Ric has worked through pretty much all wrestling companies except for ECW. Flair is a genius in and out of the ring.

Kev

I was never the best at producing my own music. I’m the worst at it but I’m learning, though…

Over the years of my life being a home recording artist, I was never the best at producing my own music. I was never really that smart about recording. In the past, I never really cared about sound quality. All I did over the years was hit the record button and what you hear is what you get. I didn’t care if the recording sounded bad whether it had background hissing, humming, clipping and all that stuff. I just wanted to make music and listen to it. I would also share my songs with other people to get feedback. Despite the bad sound quality, people would strangely give me nice feedback on my songs anyways. It’s like as long as you can listen to it, who cares about sound quality?

I am trying to educate myself on producing my own music which is what I want to do. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and researching about mixing and mastering. I’ve gotten much better at educating myself at getting recording equipment to get a better sound. For now, I don’t have a pro-studio yet, but I just have a small and basic home studio. I have a computer, a DAW (Acoustic Mixcraft), an audio interface, speaker monitors, a phantom powered mic w/ pop filter and things like that.

When I was in my early 20’s just starting out in home recording, I remember using those old Tascam 4 track cassette recorders. I remember I used to own that thing and I used to record acoustic demos on those things all the time. I kind of wish I kept it but the old school 4 track Tascam broke ’cause I used it so much.

I’ve been doing home recording for many years. Long before DAW’s on computers started coming out and my first computer DAW for music recording was Cakewalk, I think. Then I used the old ProTools software for a long while which I don’t use anymore due to getting a new computer. The DAW that I currently now use is Acoustica Mixcraft which is very cool. I’ve contemplated going back to ProTools and someday I will whenever I can afford it but for now I’ll use the affordable Mixcraft. I think Mixcraft is way better than ProTools, in my opinion. Not only that Mixcraft is a DAW, it’s also mixing and mastering software too.

I really am trying to educate myself on how to produce my own music better. I want to teach myself mixing and mastering. Do it all on my own. Is it possible? Yes, it’s definitely possible with all these DAW’s and digital recording is huge nowadays. Recording the old way (Analog) is still possible, though. I want to teach myself mixing and mastering ’cause I want my own ideas and my own sound. I’ve educated myself about “clipping” finally and know what that’s all about. Now I got to learn how to mix which shouldn’t be hard and mastering shouldn’t be hard either.

What is my recording process like when recording my own original songs? Well, most recording artists would just record little bits at a time and finish ’em later but I never recorded like that though. When I hit that record button, I keep working until the song is done complete. I record all in one go pretty much. If I can’t come up with another riff, I’ll just make something up and improvise.

I’m now taking producing very seriously and I want to to make the best sounding music. I want to make music as if a professional engineer did the work. Is it possible to teach yourself how to mix and master your own music? Yes, it’s definitely possible. Jimmy Page taught himself how to produce Led Zeppelin music. I don’t think he spent a lot of money on courses. My guess on how Jimmy Page taught himself was that he learned by watching other engineers do the work with his other bands before Zeppelin. With DAW software, it’s definitely possible now. I’ve been teaching myself by reading books, watching youtube videos and things like that.

I’m getting slowly better at producing my own music but still got long ways to go, though. This year, I’m gonna mess around with mixing and mastering through Mixcraft. I just need to get a TRS balanced cable for my speaker monitors and audio interface which I plan to order online soon. I want to practice producing my own music and get good at it.

I want to make an actual album and doing all I can to make that happen. I love recording music and want to get back into it this year.

Kev

 

 

Happy 80th birthday, Superman!!!

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Superman Action Comics #1 was officially released 80 years ago today. After the release of that comic that year, Superman became immensely popular over the years. Yes, Superman has been 80 years in the entertainment business. Not only that Superman was a hit in the comics, the character continues to entertain us in various forms of entertainment in cartoons, big screen movies, animated movies, TV shows, video games, etc.

I’ve been a fan of Superman my whole life, really. When I was a child, I used to watch the old George Reeves Superman TV show and I watched the old Superman cartoons. After the first Superman Action comics was released, 40 years later we saw the release of the live action Superman film, “Superman: The Movie” which starred Christopher Reeve. That film was a huge hit in the box office which also made 3 more Superman films with Chris after that. I love the original Superman movies with Chris Reeve. Those movies are very special to me.

Superman continues to entertain us even to this very day. Superman went through different actors on the big screen and now currently Henry Cavill portrays the character in which I think he does a good job at. Superman is still the most iconic superhero in the entertainment industry. I’ve always loved the character and still do. I just love the stories and find the Superman character fascinating like a lot of people do.

I wasn’t a big comic collector over the years of my life but I’m trying to get into comic collecting now. I’ve been buying a lot of Superman comics ’cause I just love reading them. I only buy comics like once a year at Saratoga Comic Con but I’m planning to buy comics a lot more often ’cause they are getting quite addicting. I love comics. I can see why they’re popular and why everyone loves comics. I’ll mostly collect Superman comics ’cause he’s my #1 favorite.

Happy 80th birthday, Superman. Thanks for entertaining us for 80 years!

Kev

Why haven’t we been seeing Melania Trump our first lady on covers of magazines at all???

When Barack Obama was president, Michelle Obama the previous first lady was everywhere on the newsstands. Michelle was on almost pretty much all magazine covers you see. Ever since Trump has been elected president have you ever seen Melania Trump our current first lady on any covers of magazines? It’s been a little over a year now and I’ve been going to the bookstores all year long. I browse the magazine newsstands at Barnes & Noble all the time and I don’t see too many magazines with Melania on the cover.

James Woods pointed this out on twitter that if the Trumps were Democrats then Melania would be on the cover of every magazine then.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/14/magazine-editors-turn-blind-eye-to-melania/

The magazine industry do put Melania on the covers but they only put her in the tabloids putting her in a negative light. No doubt the magazine industry are ignoring Melania. Have you seen her on covers of women’s magazines such as “Cosmopolitan”, “Vogue”, “Elle”, “Marie Claire” and magazines such as those? They don’t even put her on men’s magazines such as “Maxim”, “Stuff”, “GQ”, “Esquire”, “Playboy”, etc. WTF?

Melania is definitely a beautiful and stunning woman. Everybody knows it and even the magazines knows it. It’s obvious that the magazines you see in newsstands refuses to put her on the covers ’cause they are afraid to lose their liberal readers maybe? Why are they so afraid to put Melania on the cover? If they ever put Melania on the cover putting her in a positive light, no doubt, those issues would fly off the shelves like mad. Melania is very popular. She’s loved by everyone in America (well she’s loved by everyone except liberals, of course) — having Melania on the cover of a magazine would be a hit.

Maybe another reason is that they’re afraid to put her on the covers is ’cause of her nude pictorial she did for GQ magazine once. During Melania’s modeling years, she was on all kinds of magazine covers but nowadays you don’t see her on magazine covers anymore.

The obvious answer is ’cause most magazines are pretty liberal… there are liberal bias in all of them too. Magazines are also in bed with the Obamas, Clintons and Democrats which is sad really. They shouldn’t be afraid to put Melania on the cover ’cause like I said above, it would be a big seller and they know it.

The anti-Trump crowd knows Melania is beautiful, they’ll just never admit it publicly.

I used to buy a lot of magazines to read but I don’t buy too much of them anymore except the only magazine I buy is Guitar World magazine and that’s about it. Next time I hit Barnes and Noble, I’ll take a pic of the women’s magazine rack and see if you can count how many magazine covers that has Melania on ’em. I bet you won’t find one.

Kev

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