This is a highlight reel from a short set I did at the Uptown Folk Club in Edmonton last week. The Club plays a valuable role supporting live music and songwriters in the city and they have an open mic one Friday each month, which is a great opportunity to try out new material in front of a friendly audience.
Slowly but surely I’m starting to take steps toward making a record. As an independent artist it is a significant investment of time and energy but my aim is to think about it as a creative act while approaching it with a business-like frame of mind. A platinum selling record isn’t the goal obviously, but a decent return on the investment through modest but steady record sales supported by a smart might be within reach.
Most important, however, is to approach this as a learning opportunity that brings together the creative and business sides of the music industry as it is today (i.e., complicated!), and to use this initiative as a way to connect to other people and make it a rich social experience that contains its own rewards.
Taking that lead, I’ve started doing my homework to figure out the “unknown unknowns” as it were. Cameron Mizell’s four-part series “Introduction to the Self-released Album” on Musicianwages.com has been a great starting point to gain some awareness of the various things involved in this process. It’s recommended reading for anyone taking this route as an independent.
Okotoks is a pretty little town just south of Calgary with a lovely main street and Art Gallery located in the old railway station where they are hosting a weekly Art on the Lawn event each Thursday.
Last week I had the pleasure of performing at the event where I met Allan Boss is with Culture & Historical Services for Okotoks and his team Andrea and Nicola. Allan and his team do a wonderful job putting on this event and creating an opportunity for local artisans and musicians to be seen and heard.
I had the pleasure of meeting Allan last year at the Summer Saturdays event in Okotoks when I performed a few songs on stage during a beautiful morning at the market. Allan is a great supporter of local artists and I am grateful for his energy and enthusiasm for events like these. And he’s written some cool kids songs too!