Thoughts and updates
As always I’m doing a lot at the same time, but the more I work with my musical project, the more structured and efficient I have become.
If there is something I learned the last 6-7 months that I’ve been getting me and my music “out there” is that in the end, the most important thing is building relationships. I’ve heard it from such great people as D Grant Smith and Steve Palfreyman but in the beginning I had quite a hard time really grasping the true meaning of it, even though I did a lot of relationship building and it took me for example on a tour to the UK this summer.
But the last month or so, after starting working directly with Steve, it has really struck me how effective this relationship building is. Before I still did some “spamming” in various Facebook-groups, but last months I totally left that work flow and instead all of my social media time goes towards creating connections with people one to one. I do still use some automation on Twitter and so forth, but just as a mean to create that first connection, but from there on it’s all organic.
Before I also had a miserable newsletter that I sent out like once a month and it got read by maybe 20 % of the subscribers each time. But then I changed to a Messenger channel, that works a lot like a newsletter but is way more interactive and lets me both send out updates and keep in touch with each and everyone of my followers. And so far I got a really positive response from my subscribers and I will use it as my premium channel where I post stuff I wont share with anyone else. So if you feel tempted, check out m.me/Jon.magnusson3 which opens a Messenger Chat. Then just click or write get started (or something similar in your language).
Had some spins on radio last weeks. Mike Pougounas played me on his show “The Blackout Radio Show” on Mad Wasp Radio. And once again I got the honour to be on Radio Kaos Caribou on Nessi Holt’s show Suavia’s Carmina. And “Ode to a Friend” are doing quite well on place 16 at Zone Radio’s top 40.
And also been honoured to be a part of Music Hour UK and their YouTube-channel as a guest vlogger. Here’s the first episode:
I usually prefer not to add more than one song at a time from one artist. But Col Patersson knocked me to the ground with his album “Hangover Moon”. Solid indie rock but with a lot of influences and variation that makes this one of my favorite albums so far this year. And here’s two songs from it.
I had a period when I was younger when I listened a lot to video game music, or chiptune as it’s also called. Retr0nite done some really cool old school chiptune music, so if you’re in to that you have to check him out.
Dodgson has a special place in my heart since they was one of two bands I played my first gig ever with. And at that gig they played one song that really struck a chord with me. And it’s finally recorded and released to the world.
Morosity plays a type of alternative folk rock with some psychedelic influences and it sounds really original and cool. Here’s my favorite from them.
And all my recommendations can be found on this Spotify playlist