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Jonah Knight

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Here’s what I’ve learned from my first CD.

Singer/Songfighter was a good first step for me. I had older recordings that were good and done. I paid for mastering and duplication but didn’t have to pay for additional studio time. Getting it out there felt great, like I was finally legit. However, because these were older recording the disk doesn’t really represent what I am doing now. I’m not embarrassed by it. It’s a good document. But I didn’t want to use it as a ‘resume’ for potential venues or for reviewers.

With the new CD, my goal is not to offer a rollercoaster of musical styles that show how quirky I am, but to really focus on what I am doing well right now. I want it to reflect where I am with my songwriting and performance. The songs I have selected are stylistically consistent and among those most singled out by fans at my live shows. In addition, I’ve selected songs that I can see a marketing path with. Songs with themes that could be marketed to a number of organizations within an industry. I have a lot of ideas and hopefully they will pan out.

Working with CDBaby (online distributer) was a mixed bag. They got me listed on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc, and I did sell a couple CD’s through them as well as some downloads. On the downside, I was continually disappointed with their webhosting branch, hostbaby, as well as with their Off The Grid customer service for the five months around their redesign. I also got spammed by their auto emails that were saying things contradictory to what the humans were saying. In one word: frustrating.

Will I go with CDBaby again for my online distribution? Probably, but I will try to minimize other involvement with them. Sell the CD’s, pay me for iTunes sales, and that will be that.

I currently use reverbnation/bandzoogle for my web hosting. The user interface is kind of fun and has almost everything that I could want. The big thing lacking is the ability to set up a store. They rolled something out a few months ago but it was a mess, nobody liked it, and it was shutdown. Let’s hope they’re working on something better because I am not a fan of paypal. I have paypal links but, blech. Talk about a stagnating company. If only there was some competition there.

So, nothing really went wrong with Singer/Songfighter, but the new one will be sharper, on point, and have a smoother rollout. If you're not learning, you're not living.

posted 7 years ago
My three goals for 2010 are

1) Get noticed online.

2) Draw better to my shows.

3) Double my email list and facebook fans.

I think that these are reasonable goals. Get noticed and draw better are vague intangibles, but if I am successful with them I will be able to achieve #3.

Part one: Release 3 EP’s in 2010. 5-6 songs per release, priced reasonably, on a regular schedule.

Part two: Give away music. By spring I will begin posting free songs on a regular basis.

Part three: Do cool stuff live and get creative with my venues.

posted 7 years ago
Overall, I think the year went well but I want to step it up in 2010.

Good things.

I integrated myself pretty well into the local music scene. I think I know all the players and have been able to share bills with most of them.

I successfully released my first CD.

I played a lot of shows.

Eh things.

CD sales were fine but not a runaway hit.

I haven’t mastered the ‘get on my mailing list’ pitch.

Some of the shows felt underwhelming.

And that’s fine. I don’t think there were any bad things this year, just areas I can improve. And improve I shall.

posted 7 years ago
This may sound silly but is there a FAQ page around here? I get the idea behind hearts but I have a feeling that I should be doing something. Should I be doing something with them? Or something?
posted 7 years ago
This marks the third time in two years that I've changed my website around.


If you care about such things, first I was with godaddy. A lame experience. Then I moved to Hostbaby, owned by CDBaby. That was fine, but I wanted more flexibility. This, website #3, is with ReverbNation via BandZoogle.

I like that they are widget crazy. I like widgets. There are a couple features that are lacking. Most prominantly, a way to sell downloads on site. They promice it's coming soon.

I hope you like it. Let me know if you have any thoughts.

Rock on.
posted 7 years ago
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I play Paranormal Modern Folk. Songs about Ghosts & Monsters, Superheroes & Space Travel, Pirates & Clones.

After some years of writing about bars, girls, and the long, lonely road I had a moment. I've always been a fan of sci-fi/fantasy stuff. Why have I never written music that reflected that?

I will slowly roll out my 3 new albums about ghosts, supernatural danger, and superheroes as I begin working on my fifth album.
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fuzzyorangebug (level 37) wrote:
Have you found some level of success in the past 6 years? I hope so. :)
9 months ago
CCDC (level 30) wrote:
Love Kate's Fate :D

Was reading the bio and grats on the 1st CD.
7 years ago
faberex (level 43) wrote:
WELCOME to t61
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