Today is my birthday and I’ve been reflecting a tonne in meditation this morning on how my life has evolved since this time last year! Thank you for the role you guys have played in that journey. It’s huge and blows my mind how much limitless love you have for me, my music and my journey!
I recently watched an amazing TED talk by the wonderfully inspiring independent artist and human being Amanda Palmer. It was all about the art of asking people for help with your music.
I’m not well practised on asking for anything but today, on my birthday, I’m going to humbly ask YOU for your help with my music.
How can you help? I’m glad you thought that question. These days you, the fans, friends and family of any artist ARE THEIR RECORD LABEL! You determine any artists success. Did you know that before I make any money on most streaming services it has to be listened to 200 times on that service…and even then I make about 2c ever 200 listens, but services like Spotify are making a tonne of money from my music! Now I have no issue with them making money at all. As an entrepreneur myself, I offer them my congratulations on developing a product that works so well for consumers…but it doesn’t work well at all for the artists. This is were I am asking for your help!
I NEED YOU TO BE MY VOICE OUT THERE ON THE INTERWEB!
The new album, Laundry After Midnight, was made by a team of very hard working individuals who worked day and night for 2 years (outside of day jobs) to create an album that is as honest, raw, and technically brilliant as possible. I’m not gonna lie, I’m in awe of what we’ve created and it seems the people who are hearing it are loving it too! It’s starting to get played in clubs and on podcasts all over the world…and while that’s amazing, it’s not nearly enough, because the people who helped me create this baby deserve to be see the rewards for what they have done.
So here’s what I humbly ask from you…my fans, family and friends:
1. Please go buy the album. You can listen to it in full length for free here at Bandcamp. Decide if you like it and then buy it. If it’s not your thing but you know someone who would love it…please tell them about it. It’s also available on iTunes and almost everywhere else! But the best sound quality you’ll get is on Bandcamp, plus you get the official lyric book and and extra mix for free. (also for my Australian peeps…it’s cheaper here as well) Please remember to rate and comment on iTunes or anywhere else you get it. This is a huge help! x
2. Share it with your friends! Yep that’s right…let your friends rip the album from you! I don’t mind people sharing my music through file sharing. Just ask them to go pay for it if they love it. Many a time I have given the album to people for free to listen and every single time they later tell me that they went and paid for it. So give it to everyone you think might enjoy it! x
3. Share it with your favourite DJ’s, club owners, bloggers, and podcasters all over the world until they listen to you! THIS ONE IS HUGE! If you want to hear this album in your clubs or on your favourite radio station TELL THEM TO PLAY IT! AGAIN & AGAIN! e-mail them, tweet them (and tag me @leesafar) Facebook them, comment on their blog posts with links to the songs on youtube or soundcloud. Again..this one is a huge help x
4. And finally…please watch and share this lyric video. The first lyric video from the album has been released today. ‘Serenity Now’ is track 3 from the album, and I LOVE how much you guys are LOVING THIS TRACK! Come find me on facebook and tag my page when you share it if you can! Otherwise, just share the shit out of it and help spread the word about an album that a handful of amazingly talented people have helped me create.
Thank you for doing any or all of the 4 things on the list above and helping to make this the best birthday ever! You’ve no idea how great it feels to have friends like you to ask for help and to know that you are there when I need it. I am truly blessed and so humbled!
It’s taken me some time to figure it out, but something that’s important to me, is living life at the pace that I choose and not the pace that’s dictated to me by others. It seems strange to me, now that I’ve realised this, that it’s taken me so long to figure it out, and once again I’m left wondering….”Am I the only person that didn’t know how important this was?”
I’ve noticed that there are many different elements in my life that I allow to set the pace of my life. Be it the people I welcome into my life, the community I’m living in, the governments “controlling” the world around me (an beyond), the artistic collaborators I invite, business associates and those I work with, corporations I interact with either by dealing with them in my music business or whom I spend my money with….whatever. Pace is becoming a “thing” my mind seems to be chewing on at the moment. Mostly because I’ve noticed overwhelm, panic, confusion and a lack of centring have been rather present in my relationship with many of these previously mentioned elements of late, and I am working on being the decider of the pace of my life!
Check It out: The footage above is from the very first Music Street Jam held at Coco Cubano Parramatta on Oct 23rd. What an AMAZING success it was.
Details for the next one below. If you’re in Sydney come down this Sunday. The first single off of the new album will be played for the first time in public. Be one of the first to hear it!
Music Street Jam
Nov 6th 5-7pm
Coco Cubano Parramatta
302 Church Street Parramatta
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