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I never asked James Blunt to tell me about his new single. This is why I’m annoyed that he has…

Okay, so I might be taking this a bit to seriously.

As nobody musicians and artists and designers and creative people with websites and products… We work hard and do all we can to convince our followers and fans to give us their email address.
It’s a slow process, and sometimes the only reward is your mail app telling you that 41% of your audience opened the email. (41% is a good amount by the way. The average for most mail blasts from most artists is much lower)

When you ask a new fan for their email address you are also asking them for their trust.
Trust that you’re only going to contact them about yourself and new things you have for them… And trust that you’re not running some sort of email selling racket.

Hell, some pompous music industry suits will ask you how big your mailing list is and judge you on the amount of addresses you’ve acquired over time. Almost as though your songs aren’t actually any good unless they are coupled with a few thousand built in fans.

I don’t have a few thousand email addresses. I have about a loyal 700. I’m happy with that loyal few, when you look at my twitter follower count and my Facebook count and my YouTube views/subscribers, you might assume I’d have more addresses, but email can be seen as quite personal and email is where busy people go first thing in the morning. Someone with a passing interest in my music videos probably doesn’t want me all up in their inbox every few weeks.
So I’m stoked having 700.

All of this is why I’m pretty damn mad I’ve received 3 emails from James Blunt and Atlantic records in the past 12 hours.
They hit me at 3 different addresses. And I can promise you I never signed up for the James Blunt mailing list. I’ve never listed to him beyond what was on the radio about 5 years ago.
I’m pretty sure the only artist on Atlantic Records I am subscribed to is Jason Mraz. And I wonder what he or his management would think about the fact that I’m unsubscribing from him now due to the misuse of my email address by his record label.

They have announced this was apparently a clerical error… “Yeah sorry guys… Whoops we accidentally made a huge portion of music fans all over the world aware of one of our artists new records… Whoopsie doodle”
I don’t buy it.

Surely your email system has a geographical filter? So you ‘accidentally’ emailed all of the UK… But that’s okay, you didn’t go ahead and ‘accidentally’ follow it up with Australia and Japan and the US etc etc…. Oh wait.. Yeah ya did.

The big boys get to break the rules. Apparently.
Adding someone to your mailing list without their permission is like the number one no no in mailing list etiquette. We little guys abide by this rule and then have to watch one of the big dogs at the top take advantage of their advantage.

Shame on Atlantic Records and James Blunt.
I won’t be listening to the new James Blunt single and I’ll be unsubscribing from their mailing lists.
I’ll also be going to any Atlantic Records contact page I can find and adding all the email addresses I find to my mail out.

Deal? Deal.

Okay I’ll get on with my day now.

Let me know if I’m being silly.

Love 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

 

 

You can dance at any age. Official film clip

Hey Friends.

Please request this song on Rage

and on JJJ super request.

Please also embed this video in your blog or website or facebook or myspace page if you feel so obliged. It would greatly improve my coverage of this ever expansive world wide web.

Please. and Thank you.

Enjoy the clip.

The single is available for purchase on iTunes

Hope you’re having a pleasant day 🙂

I’m sorry this blog has lacked humour…

More light heartedness and funny videos to come.

Love Broni