Tag Archive | being a musician

Amsterdam to Bruge. Train Journal.

Hey friends.

I'm currently on a train from Holland to Bruges. The train is fast. Like me in my grade three running race the moment my legionnaires hat blew off my head.

On Sunday I played my first European Living Room Concert.

LRCs are so cool. The attendees are 100% there to share in a musical experience and this makes them the best audiences you can find.

Rudi, Marieke and their daughter Emma were our hosts, and their hospitality was superb. Picking us up from the station, making us lunch, and taking us out to a delicious tapas dinner which they paid for. Emma even drew me a picture. She knew I liked dogs because of the photos I post with George so the picture is of me and a dog on the grass with a few daisies and birds thrown in. It's very cute.

My thanks to Marieke, Rudi, Emma, and all the wonderful people who shared in the day.

It was crazy to find out that one of the girls attending, was playing my last single at her desk at work last week and one of her colleagues said 'is that Broni?' Crazy that someone else at her work knew me as well. The Internet is the best… This is why I find it strange my friends still waste cash on print media in Melbourne, with such small reach that never converts into ticket sales. But that's a discussion for another time.

Side note: you may or may not recall, but I had to move out of the house that I shared with my favourite little bulldog George Bruce, but I was making a point to visit him as often as I could, and taking him to work with me when I could etc, however yesterday I got the very very sad news that he is moving to a new home. He's going where there are 3 young boys who will pamper him and wrestle him like I used to be able to on a regular basis, so I'm very happy for him. But I'm also extremely sad that I won't get to spend any more time with him. I'll admit, I cried for a moment about it. He truly was a best friend, and the family he is going to are extremely lucky. Peace and carrots Georgie Porgie korgie lorgie dorgie.

If you haven't noticed yet, I have just started to check in a little more often on my youtube channel with a new weekly video called 'this is Broni' I swear i'ma try to keep up with is one.

My thanks to Pat McKenna for once again going above and beyond the call of friendship and making the cool animation for the series.

You the man Paddy.

In a few weeks I'll be releasing my new music video for 'I care more than you do' I'm excited, I think we did a good job on the clip. We basically recreated the situation in which I wrote the song, when I was in a cafe, and privy to a very awkward conversation in which I knew the girl was going to break up with the guy, way before he realised it was happening. The clip makes me well up about half way through, and that's due to the great performance by our leading Actors Carina Waye and Jonathan Christopher MacMillan so I can't wait for you to see it.

Whilst in the Netherlands we stopped off in Utrecht on the way to the house show. My mum was born in Utrecht, so we walked for half an hour to find my mums old street. It was a little surreal, she left there 56 years ago, I was just imagining my Nanna wandering those streets back in the day. It was awesome. And a great way to pass the time, as it was a Sunday and Utrecht was pretty closed. Starbucks was open though, so I got my crappy coffee on, and I paid to poop… That was fun…. Gotta get the most out of my 50 cents 😉

Nearly in Belgium, friends, so time for me to sign off for now.

Hope you're smiling.

Broni.

 

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A Song a Week challenge

I've been so content in one half of my music lately. I'm working with some amazing people on the current release and the next few releases. And my current single is racking up views on youtube faster than I expected – check it out

But underneath all that has been the knowledge that I hadn't taken a new song to completion in about 10 months. That song being 'I'm better than your boyfriend' and before that I can't even remember the last song.

I have many a voice memo of an idea I sung to my phone in the car, or a chord progression i was unmotivated to sing to.

And I started to wonder, have I recorded my last batch of songs?

Dramatic, I know. But I'm sure anyone who's gone through this knows what I'm talking about.

I know how to phone it in, and write a song on command, it's not the writing that's hard for me… It's liking what I write that I struggle with. So I've been reluctant to commit to anything and say, unequivocally 'I believe in this song and these lyrics' as I've been able to do with songs in the past.

So I've been searching for something to get me out of this rut. One of my best friends has really serious cancer, its an emotional goldmine of a muse. But I can't go there, it's too close to me right now, I can't step back and really express what it all means to me. Instead I find myself just singing things like “you have cancer, and that fuckin sucks” which we both know, from me, would be a weird song.

Alas, I've continued to struggle finding inspiration to write.

Then my dear friends Rob Deez and Kenny Eng were discussing a weekly songwriting challenge, and it piqued my interest immediately. Every Tuesday night a topic is chosen, by the next Wednesday it has to be completed and uploaded to soundcloud or you owe the other two a 6 pack of beer (stakes are even higher because they live in the US so I'd have to deliver the beer online)

This to me was a perfect way to get writing, and be held accountable for seeing even the crappiest ideas through to the end. The worst that will happen is ill get better at writing or ill owe them lots of beer. So I jumped on in. And the 3 of us are in week 2

The topid of week one was – Elevator/Crush on a Co-worker

Here are our entries

Me: Fries are Cooking

Rob: LF8R Music

Kenny: link coming soon

This weeks topic was – Soul/Giving up

Me: What you said made me sad

Kenny: link coming soon

Rob: Just Keep Swimming

So, now I'm even accountable to you, the audience, who will be aware each week of my failures or successes in the art of songwriting.

Wish me luck, and I hope you like at least 33 percent of the songs. Hot tip – I hate fries are cooking but I've gotta let you hear it, thems the rules.

Hope you're all smiling.

See you with next weeks song.

Love Broni

 

 

New beginnings.

I see no purpose to playing live in this city anymore. It’s been an age since the time when you could get ‘noticed by a label’ in a shitty pub and a label isn’t very high on the priorities list these days anyway. Since then it’s just been about building a following. But even that has stopped dead in it’s tracks because no one’s going out to discover music. Theyre going out to talk.
I’ve built a following here, a small one, but they are still a following. Yet even they stay home, even though I keep offering new songs, a fun new band, whatever I can, they won’t come, they can get their fix of me on the Internet. Which I’m happy to offer too. In fact, more so.

General consumers don’t need much. When they like an artist they can pretty much settle for whats on the cd. It’s not until they LOVE the artist or the artist is suddenly ‘cool’ to be into (see acts like mumford and suns who ever footy club bloke jumps on because radio tells them to), that they have to go see them live.
People also experience live shows very differently to one another. I’ve always been a listener. Even in my teens when my mates would run to the front to mosh I’d try to find a comfy spot to just listen.
I play for the listeners and the dancers But it’s hard to find them amongst the talkers.
In san Diego I played to a lot of listeners. If I lived in that city I’d play every night if I could.
Here, well I think I’m starting to retreat. Unless a booking agent swings in and gets me on the festival circuit, because THAT i still really want to do. And shit man, when i have the audiences attention, i put on a great show, i’m willing to say that and mean it and now care how it sounds.
I’ll keep playing what’s thrown at me.  But beyond that I don’t see any reason to put myself on the line all the time.
For now I’m gonna focus on getting the music out elsewhere. Namely the Internet and radio. And I have good battle plans for both. And a nice little internet following.
So I’m gonna nurture that.
And if you wanna see me live, you’ll have to be active. Look at my calendar, it will be there.
Sooner or later hopefully I’ll be considered ‘cool’ or I’ll have enough people ‘loving’ what I do that I’ll be able to play to a crowd that wants to hear what I’m saying.

For now though, welcome to the 1st in a series of blogs that will chronicle the life of a nobody who has nothing but a bunch of great songs up his sleeves. I say great, because I believe my new album is great. And although I’ve released one before it this genuinely feels like starting from scratch. So here we are… at the beginning. Join me in the most honest series of blogs I think you’ll find from an artist in my position. I’m not going to try to act more successful than I am. I’m not going to wear my youtube views or my sold out shows on my sleeves. I’m saying HEY. My name is Broni. And I’m a singer/songwriter/fun-haver from Bayswater. It’s nice to meet you. Soon I’ll be releasing a new album. Soon after that I’ll be recording a new EP that I’ve already written. And what follows this blog is a step by step guide to how I got to where I get at the end of it all.
Thanks for jumping on so early.
See you next post.
Broni