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Is it time to make a record?

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.

Starlight by Trevor Leyenhorst

Wonderful support in Okotoks.

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!