The biggest obstacle is coming up with a topic people want to read about. Just because I find something interesting doesn't mean someone else will. I then started to question myself a bit. I thought, I'm not going to be able to write about something I don't enjoy just to please the masses. Then a friend told me something that made my decision making a lot easier.
He said, "It's your site, just write about whatever you want, if people want to read it, fine, if not, oh well. Maybe they will want to read the next one or the one after that. Maybe they won't want to read anything at all, but the main thing is that you enjoy what you're writing."
I thought about this for a bit and said to myself, you know, he's right on the money. I mean, I'm not expecting to get rich off this site, nor am I expecting everyone to love it. The main thing I need to do is to make sure I love it.
In essence, my writing about something I love goes hand in hand with the reason for this site in the first place, the independent musician. Yes, I'm sure just about everyone who has been featured on this site would love to be signed to a major record label. Just like I would love to have this site be The Rolling Stone of independent musicians. In the meantime, we all strive to put something out there that people will enjoy, that we enjoy ourselves.
I love this site because it gives me the opportunity to interact with musicians all over the world. We may not share the same language, but we all have one common goal, and that's to put out a product we love and hope that others will love it too. I'm inspired by some of these indie bands that have been together forever and never received that big break. I'm inspired because they keep chugging along and making music they love for people like me to enjoy.
Doing this site has opened me up to genres of music I never thought I would love. I recently did an interview with a trio from Italy called the Psychords. Their genre of music is punk, and for almost all of my life, I avoided it like the plague. Then I see these three hot ladies and decide to give them a listen, and it opened up a whole new world. Same thing with SPELLCASTER. I hadn't listened to heavy metal since I was a little boy in the third grade. Once I listened to them, I was hooked again.
Then you have the lighter side, like Sydney Blake and the Misters, Valerie Broussard, Mariah Domby, and most recently Alexandra Kay. Every single one of these ladies sounds different, but I enjoy each and every one.
Same with every other singer or band on this site. If I didn't like them, they wouldn't be on here. Bryce Vanhoosen from SPELLCASTER said something during the interview I will never forget. He said, "I really don't know where the need to classify everything as its own sub-genre comes from. I guess it makes it easier for the hard rock/heavy metal record nerds of the world to organize their LPs."
He's right, music is music regardless of the genre. Don't get too caught up and labeling yourself a fan of one particular genre and neglect the many others out there you might just come to love.
It seems so simple for a musician. Just put something out there you love and maybe people will love it too. I think I need to live by that same motto. Write something I love and maybe people will love it too. And that is exactly what I am going to do.
You see, every artist on here and myself have one common goal, and that's to love what we do. I am going to take inspiration from all these fine indie artists and write what I love until my fingers bleed. Guess what, writing this here blog page was the easiest thing to write about in months. Want to know why, because I enjoyed it.