This is music that acts more like an organic soundscape. It includes both left brained science and right brain intuition to create a music that takes you deep into a meditative or trance state quickly and efficiently. It can be used for hypnosis background sound, astral projection, meditation, or intense focus for practical brainstorming or zoning during difficult tasks.
I held off for a really long time on doing this post. I really don’t like having to criticize someone and I’ve always worried about defaming a person or company for having done something I didn’t agree with if fear that they’de retaliate. I guess now, I don’t care because at this point, I’ve kinda given up on the music business. Sitting around on my keyboard was the contract that I did with LaFaMos to do some publicity for me. Whenever I got thru my stack of bills, there it would be, sitting at the bottom like the mold under a shower mat that’s waiting to be cleaned.
I met a canvaser for LaFaMos at the Taxi conference down in L.A. in 2009. I gave him my name, number and web site. Some time later, Gideon Black contacted me and told me that they reviewed my content and really like what I was doing and thought that his company could really help me get some publicity and for a discount rate. For $570 per month with a two month minimum contract, I was told that they would be able to do all the art work to put together a nice press page for me with sample tracks, and get my press kit out to bloggers, radio stations, and other print and online publications. I looked around to find out if there was any web feedback about LaFaMos but didn’t really come up with anything. I really like Gideon’s enthusiasm so I made another trip down to L.A. to meet him at their new office on Hollywood Blvd.
The meeting went really well and I felt positive about it so I agreed to the two month minimum contract and laid down $1140. I didn’t need any creative services because I’m a graphic designer and so all my own work so it was really simple to just hand over a bunch of content. I did this just before a 3 week trip to New Zealand. In an ideal world, I’d just hand it over, go on vacation and return with a nice press kit and maybe a couple blog posts. I was very mistaken.
Amanda Blide was assigned to my account. I liked her attitude when we started out but I found that the communication via email was very slow. It began on Feb 3, 2010 and it took until Feb 20 to get a simple press kit up and approved by me. When I’m talking press kit, I’m talking about one page on the internet with mp3s and a bio. Mind you, I already had all this on my web site. They took my already posted bio, my already posted mp3s, and the graphics I supplied them, and made their own page from this in 17 days, WAY too long. The first blog article happened on March 3, one full month after I signed the contract. By this time I was getting worried, especially when the next possibility for any review of any sort came in the form of notification of a possible radio interview. This came via email on March 18 while I was out of the country. I specifically told Amanda that I would be out of the country and NOT to email me because I would not get it. If she needed to get ahold of me, she must call. That didn’t happen and I lost the opportunity for the radio interview, partly because I told them to suspend the account because I wasn’t getting anywhere with them. Amanda said she’s still try to schedule the interview for me, but she didn’t. So, two months of publicity and $1140 and I got a blog post buy a random blogger. I was really unhappy about my experience and wrote Hunter Scott, the owner of LaFaMos a letter that I had sent via U.S. Postal Service with a delivery confirmation. It came back marked “rejected.” Another big red flag for this company.
The thing is, I don’t know anything about publicity, and all that I do know is that they’ll take your money and make no promises. I’ve confirmed this with every publicity agency. They hold your music accountable for everything they do and don’t do. I can’t say that it doesn’t work because some people do experience success, I assume, or there wouldn’t be publicists. But as for LaFaMos, look elsewhere. Like I said, their attitudes were great, but the delivery fell flat. I didn’t feel that the competency level was up to snuff. And as for Hunter Scott, I chatted with him briefly on the phone when I first signed the contract, but afterward, I couldn’t get him on the phone, he wouldn’t return my calls, and he rejected my personal letter to him when I wanted to complain about their service. As far as I’m concerned; snake. Sorry Hunter, gotta call’em like I see’em.
This coming Monday, June 18th is the night I will *actually* be playing at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View as the featured performer for their open mic. I play from 9-9:30pm. The address is 201 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 — (650) 967-4473.
Come out, have a coffee, scream a little… and wear something fun!
I rarely play out anymore these days, but if you’re missing hearing what I’m up to musically, come out to Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA. 201 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 967-4473.
I’ll be playing pretty much all new music from the past 12 months or so. It’s a half hour set after their open mic for which I’ll be the featured performer of the evening, starting at 9pm.
I’ve created a page for the single, Coming Home, and added iTunes and Amazon download links. But I’m also offering the song for free. You can make a donation to PayPal if you so desire. I’ve added the video onto the page as well.
I’ve always believed that the universe was forged in primordial sound, and at our core, we’re musical, and music is healing. That’s why it’s important for me to introduce music in a way that touches and informs.
I’ve created a warm thank you video for our troops to welcome them home from 10 years of war. If it’s true that there are only six degrees of separation between every individual, then I believe that if you help me share this video with at least 6 facebook friends, or just forward this email to 6 people, it will eventually reach every solider so that we can all show our appreciation for their courage to risk their lives to help make this world a better place, and welcome them home.
I hope you enjoy this. Thanks and blessings to you.
I went and set up a cafepress store where you can get tshirts, mugs, water bottles, stickers, and badges. Go check it out and see for yourself. Cafepress Rhythma Store. You may not have time to get something by Christmas, but I bet you could get something by New Years!!
If you don’t know Jenn, you should. She’s an awesome talent with incredible voice and song writing skills. Funny, entertaining and beautiful. See for yourself: