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I’ve been quiet here about such things, but I feel an absolute need to speak on this.  Bono, a guy I like a ton even through his self importance, seems to speak clearly on what he views as moral imperatives. I’m hip to that, if all that money he got can’t help him do what he thinks is good then what use is it?


Either way, Bono, you know well by now that the soapbox is a prop for a target. I’m not going to do that kind of archery, I simply disagree. I read your op-ed here and I’m on the bus with your dissentors.


I get your concern for intellectual property, I really do. I think of myself as an artist. I have a different vantage point, though: I cannot allow myself the luxury of believing my hype – I don’t have any.


You stated “The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we’re just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of “24” in 24 seconds. Many will expect to get it free.” and “A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators — in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can’t live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us — and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.”


I cry bullshit. I’m a songwriter. I’m a performer and I’m a goddamn artist. I’m not starving, nor have I been unable to find ears for my voice because thet profit has gone out of CD sales. In fact the opposite is true, I find some barriers fallen with the financial aspect taken out of the equation. I think I write more directly and sincerely knowing that I have to win an audience loyal enough to purchase tickets and merchandise. I write songs as songs and not commodities. I think it’s done me a world of good. Excellence is commonplace – I have to be better than that. I have to be better. I hope you’re not afraid that the bar raised when they lowered the price of admittance. I do not believe a market corrects itself, but I believe that value is a social contract.


Last I checked your shows attracted a lot more people than mine and you command $100+ plus a seat; I get about $15. The money is not being Robin-Hooded from you, Bono. You’re one of the last players not giving the songs away or asking people to set their own value on it, but that fails to surprise as you’re also one of the last major players to hold onto your label.


You spoke later on about the power of people and the upside down pyramid. How can you not take your own advice? If these people are smart enough to criticize a corrupt government then it follows that they can accurate set the value of a collection of music. Try not to be offended when you find that value of your recorded music is zero.

posted 7 years ago

I’ve been quiet here about such things, but I feel an absolute need to speak on this.  Bono, a guy I like a ton even through his self importance, seems to speak clearly on what he views as moral imperatives. I’m hip to that, if all that money he got can’t help him do what he thinks is good then what use is it?


Either way, Bono, you know well by now that the soapbox is a prop for a target. I’m not going to do that kind of archery, I simply disagree. I read your op-ed here and I’m on the bus with your dissentors.


I get your concern for intellectual property, I really do. I think of myself as an artist. I have a different vantage point, though: I cannot allow myself the luxury of believing my hype – I don’t have any.


You stated “The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we’re just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of “24” in 24 seconds. Many will expect to get it free.” and “A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators — in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can’t live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us — and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.”


I cry bullshit. I’m a songwriter. I’m a performer and I’m a goddamn artist. I’m not starving, nor have I been unable to find ears for my voice because thet profit has gone out of CD sales. In fact the opposite is true, I find some barriers fallen with the financial aspect taken out of the equation. I think I write more directly and sincerely knowing that I have to win an audience loyal enough to purchase tickets and merchandise. I write songs as songs and not commodities. I think it’s done me a world of good. Excellence is commonplace – I have to be better than that. I have to be better. I hope you’re not afraid that the bar raised when they lowered the price of admittance. I do not believe a market corrects itself, but I believe that value is a social contract.


Last I checked your shows attracted a lot more people than mine and you command $100+ plus a seat; I get about $15. The money is not being Robin-Hooded from you, Bono. You’re one of the last players not giving the songs away or asking people to set their own value on it, but that fails to surprise as you’re also one of the last major players to hold onto your label.


You spoke later on about the power of people and the upside down pyramid. How can you not take your own advice? If these people are smart enough to criticize a corrupt government then it follows that they can accurate set the value of a collection of music. Try not to be offended when you find that value of your recorded music is zero.


Mine is, too. So are the sounds of Gould playing the Goldberg Variations and the images of Picasso and Cezanne. It’s all out there for free.


We’re fine, though. Not only are you in good company, your arena shows still sell out. My sales increase. I constantly find a new audience. My ticket prices are going up. Don’t be scared, man. There’s great songs in you. People will steal them – but they will pay dearly to hear your words from your mouth.


Things change. Be grateful

posted 7 years ago

I’m trying to drum up some radio. Nope, I’m not trying to get some of that old fashioned stuff, I’m looking for real people who have their own little stations and podcasts like I have my own little studio. It’s not as easy as it sounds for me. I have no idea where to go….I don’t know where I am.


I sound like me. I have the genre thing on it, I’m adult contemporary/ adult alternative. That’s if I care about XRT and I only care some…..on the internet anything goes and even looking in the specialized niches I find I’m not a fit.


First things said: before I submit to a radio program or podcast I listen to it. I want to know it’s well done and cared for, I want to know if I fit. Passing that test is rare and time consuming. Very time consuming. I dunno precisely what I do. I call the music I make “loud folk” which I’ve been all proud of myself for having come up with on my own, because it’s two things I wish to be defined as: Folk Music and Loud. I have an intense and well planted love of the idea of “folk music”, just not so much the execution.


“Folk Music” as a genre sucks. It’s political or poorly written as a lump, and I don’t know when it became something pure and hokey, but it did. I understand folk music as music by a people. Seriously, it’s a lot of songs about how life is like some body of water and having to kill their true love. Lame.


to me folk music is best defined as the music of a people. Like us, midwesterners and such. We have our lives and our cultures and our art lives in a body of song that is well written and tells our story. It’s none of that shit. It’s our music.


Loud scares people, but I’m loud. I feel that some of the old folks like me are a little intimidated by the adjective, but it’s stuff you’ve heard. Loud is good. I love the sound of air being moved by amplifiers. I love guitars and I love to play them. I grew up on the Beatles and Zeppelin. I’m gonna play that way. Loud and dirty.


It’s just that for a long time the loud songs sucked and the good songs often ignored the primal.


So. January is gonna bring this new trio, Meathawk. Justin and I already started recording and we’re integrating this loud folk thing a little closer now with Chad. I’ll have some recordings soon and I hope to see you in January. In the meantime..if you hear of a radio station or a podcast where I’ll fit, let me know….


kt

posted 7 years ago

T61 is the affectionate term for thesixtyone dot com and I signed up and I’m actually impressed as hell with what they have going on.


Yes, I linked to myself. I think you should join anyway, but I would appreciate you giving a listen to the guy who sent you. It’s free and good way to hear new music. I have this issue a lot of the time where I hate the music being sold to me – you know the stuff I’m talking about – the abject shit I feel I’m being asked to like: Smegma such as Cobra Starship and The <shudder> Black Eyed Peas.


I have been asking myself lately who I am. I’m writing another dumb post about that…I’ll get it out eventually (I wish you all knew how slowly I actually get things done) but the thing I can’t seem to find is folks like me. I say that about music of course..


I’m anything but revolutionary as a song writer, but I see a lot of groups playing out, but very few that I could comfortably share a bill with…I’m working on that…but the question is: “where do I find those people?” I won’t describe the process, but the place I found the other day is The Sixty One.


Just give it a try, it’s slowly turning into my radio when I’m working. I just find so much I like – and it’s a mix of indy and semi-indy artists – that I need to set up a straight user account, I’m not able to heart from the artist account.

posted 7 years ago

I made a big production of how I got rid of the email list.  remember, y’all were confused and looked at me with long, indulgent looks that said things to me like “Aww, I guess that’s just Kevin” and “well, whatever!”


The thing to come in the wake of that is the Tuesday Project (and there’s one tomorrow) and that I can reach out and get feedback and somewhat interact through Facebook.  I like that better. I’m easier to get rid of in your life and we’re just a hair closer with the whole facebook fan page. Well, I just made it a lot easier to be a friend and a fan! Go Me!


Try this on the next time you have a burning itch to find out what I’m up to….IHateTheKevinTrudo.com – It’s that easy!  Go on now! Have a better life and connect with me!


Tell a friend!

posted 7 years ago
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I am a songwriter and musician in Aurora, Illinois. I'm writing Loud Folk Music.

The idea is to write honest, direct songs and record them at home with out all the compression and pat studio sounds that seem to make songs not very surprising any more, it's all DIY and homemade...but that's some artistic mumbles and manifest stuff, it's not me. I'm looking for a good tune. I hope I deliver.

Every Tuesday I add content on thekevintrudo.com under the Tuesday Project heading. I give it away, but the thing I ask is to be able to connect with you if you enjoy my idea of cool. please connect with me @ ihatethekevintrudo.com (it's a shortcut to a fb page) or find me on myspace.

the content started out being all covers and some of those will show up again (and some will never see the light of day unless I die in a hurry) but it could be a video or some random share. C'mon, y'all. Play along.

This is supposed to be fun.
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Dephoric (level 12) wrote:
I like "No More" a lot. Good stuff.
7 years ago
Morville wrote:
Hello,
I am also an artist on T61.I would just like to say that I think you are a very talented singer/songwriter.Why you have only got 30 hearts for No More is beyond me.I can only hope that people start to take notice of the true talent on this site.Look forward to your next song.
7 years ago
cravenmonket (level 13) wrote:
Hey man, thanks for the comment, and I'm enjoying listening to NO MORE - really nice vibe, and your vocals are great. Looking forward to hearing and hearting some more...
7 years ago
eliizabeth (level 22) wrote:
Great song - love your stuff. Can't wait to hear more here. ♥ And quit smoking.
7 years ago
nutmeg251 (level 29) wrote:
It's not creepy at all! :) Thank you. And I really enjoyed your song!
7 years ago
zenfira (level 38) wrote:
nice!! welcome to t61!
7 years ago
AceTough (level 36) wrote:
OK, now you have a couple of more people paying attention, and I will be 3 on thesixtyone. So, welcome. Hope you kick some musical ass.
7 years ago
rafaelbrandao (level 33) wrote:
I recommend you to not upload many songs. You'll find out "less is more" here. Leave that one to receive the love it deserves and wait at least 1 week between new uploads. You can read more on those links. And you've got a very nice album cover! :) Let me know if you need any help.

Yours,
Rafael
7 years ago
rafaelbrandao (level 33) wrote:
This is beautiful! Welcome to T61! :)

Here you are, some hints and tips: what artists should know about thesixtyone. You can also find information on thesixtyone guide. These might be helpful! First hint, be patient. Do not upload too fast your songs and not many at the same time. Second, never delete a song. Third, enjoy your time here!
7 years ago
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