Ok. Rant time. Please read this through and if you agree share it to get the word out because this is legitimately ridiculous to me.
Alright, why the hell do people hate self promotion by bands? Like, what the fuck is the deal with that? I post one thing to a social media app promoting my music (literally one) and people immediately jump down my throat for “spamming” and “spamming won’t make my shitty band huge” and blah blah fuckedy blah.
Number 1: It’s 2013. The Internet is how bands get recognized. It wouldn’t make it any less annoying whether I’m the one promoting myself or if I’m hiring some pushy impersonal douche to do it for me. If bands didn’t promote themselves then you’d never heard another fucking band ever you dickwads. That’s how they get heard.
Number 2: The point is to get one, maybe two new people to listen and build a relationship with. Maybe one of those people will even like it. I’d say taking 5 seconds out of my day to post something to possibly share my music with 1 or 2 more people is well worth my time.
Number 3: If you consider one post of absolutely anything “spam”, then I have some real fuckin bad news for you bros… Welcome to the Internet. Now get your head out of your ass and stop being such a little bitch because I have the drive to share my passion with people instead of sitting on my ass getting day drunk playing video games in my moms basement every day remembering when I played guitar and “totally could’ve made it big man!” Bitter fucknuts.
Oh my god… Tumblr… Is it you? Are you real?
Holy shit you guys. I’ve been locked out of my Tumblr for like months.
I HAVE MISSED THE FUCK OUT OF YOU. I DIDN’T DESERT YOU. I FEEL LIKE I’M BEING SHOWERED IN DIAMONDS OF LOVE AND TUMBLS.
And just in time too. I’m going to drop some big news and I promised you so many things. Man. I’m so excited to be back on here. I hope we never get separated again.
So this might turn out to be a bit of a rant. I’m not really even sure where to start. I have a lot of things I want to say, but I’m not really sure how to say them. I guess first of all, to everyone who has listened to my music and enjoyed it and let me know that they enjoyed it, thank you so much. To everyone on Tumblr and Twitter who I’ve spammed the shit out of asking them to vote for me to play Warped Tour (http://www.battleofthebands.com/u/skywaytraffic), thank you.
Until this whole Skyway Traffic thing I had a pretty cynical view of the world. I thought that people weren’t inherently good people and that the vast majority of them were just little assholes looking out for themselves. This might sound stupid, but you guys completely changed that. Every single one of you who I asked to listen and you guys so enthusiastically saying “Yes, of course!” it’s just… amazing to me. Asking completely strangers to help me further along my dream and having them not only be receptive to it, but actually, genuinely psyched about it?! I honestly, truly can not tell you guys what it means to me. Especially because I’m just one guy, doing everything self sufficiently. (Here’s where the ranty part starts)
I’ve been seeing a lot of bands lately (local/underground bands, mostly) who take so much for granted. Four kids who begged mommy and daddy to buy them the newest outrageous equipment and all the best promotion spots on all the best blogs and blah blah blah. They don’t connect with their fans, they don’t appreciate their fans. They think they’re entitled to fame because they play their Gibson Les Pauls through their Orange amps just like the big boys. I’ve known bands like this all my life, but it’s never really hit home just how fucking annoying they are until recently, when you guys have been SO. FUCKING. AMAZING.
I’ve seen people post on their pages, SO psyched about their music… And no response. I’ve seen people promote the shit out of them, wearing their T-shirts, screaming their lyrics, just to be blown off at shows. I can’t understand… My brain can’t promise just how in the fuck they can be so cold to that? They’re too good to talk to the people who got them to where they are (which admittedly, is not anywhere near as high up the ladder as they think they are). I just don’t get it and it drives me crazy.
I guess the point of this post is to kind of be a love letter to you and a promise, in writing, that I will NEVER be like that. I will never be that guy. And I appreciate everything that you guys do for me because I struggle to get mid-range equipment, I don’t get tip-top stuff just given to me. I have to work my ass off to be able to get high profile shows, I can’t just buy my way on. Etc. etc. So I can’t even put into words how much you guys mean to me. So thank you. Sincerely. You’ve all literally changed my world the last few months and I can feel rumblings of such big things happening and if they do, just know that they’ll only be 10% because of me and 90% because of you. Keep being awesome.