Patreon and distrokid!

In the previous post, I outlined some ideas for creating some revenue with my music. I have done two of those things I mentioned, and I would have to look into the others. First of all, I hooked up with Distrokid and I am releasing content through there. My single “Hymn of Belial” has been released there and is now available on Google Play, Spotify, iTunes and many other places. More releases will come as I sort out the artwork for those tracks.

Secondly, I have set up a Patreon where people can encourage me by monetary means. I’m not keeping my hopes up with it though, even though I am constantly telling people about it. It remains to be seen if that will get any legs. It would be nice if it did though.

I also have plans for BMPS. I want to subsection the Society under the Ninth Circle Alliance banner as a separate project. It kinda always was in a way though.

So, wanna help me out? Listen to, or buy my music, or better yet, become a patreon.

Turning a hobby into a paycheck? 

I have been thinking. I can write music. I got some music production chops. I also have quite a bit of nice gear to record with. When I ask for feedback about my music, I usually get positive comments about my production quality (many people are actually surprised it comes from a so-called ‘bedroom’ studio). Now that got me thinking. Why don’t I generate some extra revenue with it?

I got some ideas to generate some income from this (warning, incoherent stream of thought ahead):

Set up a monetized YouTube channel.

This might sound simple, but it actually isn’t. Besides coming up with content to post (music? blogs?), there is also time lost in editing and processing video. And what the hell do I talk about? I’ll probably won’t do tutorials because has been done to death by everyone else. I could do some sort of diary thing and point to sources that I’m using. I could review the gear I already have.

Finish and release unfinished music.

I’m currently sitting on a venerable mountain top of musical ideas. I record myself a lot. I should just get off my ass and finish some songs and release them through sites like Distrokid. Also, I’m playing with the idea of making BMPS a subproject of the Ninth Circle Alliance and releasing the BMPS material under that banner. Also, I’d have to monetize the songs too.

I like what Ola Englund does with Feared. When you buy music by Feared, you also get the raw DI tracks, impulse responses, VST presets, and all sorts of other goodies. This might be a nice idea for hooking into something like Patreon.

Stop providing services for free.

I’m a generous guy. When someone needs some web space in a pinch or needs a domain registered, I usually offer those services for free, but that is bleeding me money. Maybe I should stop doing that.

Look into Patreon

Patreon is an interesting model. Basically, you can have people donate to you for what you release whenever, whatever  and however they like. When they do, they can get some extras. I would have to figure out what would be worthwhile.

I have no illusion that this probably won’t replace my actual work (even though it would be nice if it would). But I’d like to be rewarded for my efforts.

Full disclosure or GTFO

I also posted this on my LinkedIn, but just to have some coverage I have posted it here as well.

I have a pet peeve. When recruiters/headhunters try to pitch me for a position at a certain client, they are always so skimpy with information. It is always generic terms like “a client” or “a big player in <some industry>” and some vague and incomplete description of the typical work involved, and usually some namedropping of some big clients. This does not entice me at all. In fact, I really wonder how this trend of withholding information came about. You are pitching me, so provide me with information. I will not tell other recruiters, honest. Not giving me all the information tells me that you don’t trust me, and that is no way to start a relationship if you ask me.

Here’s a worthwhile tip for you headhunters and recruiters out there. Provide full disclosure. If you want to really show that you are serious about trying to entice me to leave my current position for another one, you will have to provide at least the following information:

  • Who are you trying to recruit for? No vague statements. Name company names. I know how to Google, you don’t have to provide a complete bio for a company. I might know of them already, and otherwise, I will look them up.
  • What is the work? Tell me what they have and what they want. What would your client need me for? Give me specifics.
  • For how long? What is the initial time frame that they need extra FTEs for? Is there a possibility for a fixed contract? Again, specifics
  • What’s in it for me? What is the salary bracket you are recruiting for? What are the fringe benefits? How about insurances, compensations and the like?

Yes, I will treat all information I receive with the utmost confidentiality. I have worked with NDAs my whole career, so I know how to keep a lid on something. Instead of trying to entice me with summary information, just come out with it. When it comes to prospective new jobs, I don’t like surprises.

I hope this helps the recruiters and headhunters amongst you in finding valuable new people for your clients. The engineers you are trying to recruit will thank you for your candour.

PS: If you are worried that I (or someone else) will go to your client directly, well, I won’t. You are the guy with the “in” and the lead, so I will respect that. I won’t speak for someone else, but that is again dependent on something called “trust”. Most people will reward it, like yours truly. I am certainly not alone.

PPS: If you do send me mail, those 20-line signature blocks filled with disclaimers and whatnot are not doing you any favours. They are legally untenable, and not enforceable. So why bother.

Pushy recruiters

Yes, I do put myself out there. I have profiles on networking sites like branded.me, LinkedIn and probably some others. Usually, the recruiters and headhunters there behave themselves and don’t pester me that much. They send me messages through LinkedIn or whatever, but lately some of them have become REALLY pushy. Pushy insofar that they somehow found my personal mail address and are now reminding me through my personal mailbox to respond to some job I don’t want.

Let me give you some advice. Don’t do it. My profile states CLEARLY that I am already happy with my current job and that I AM NOT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER ONE (unless you have a solid offer). Second, the recruiter in question is not being open about who she is recruiting for. I wrote an entire article about it here (which I might repost here for safe keeping): “Full disclosure or GTFO“. Read that. It’s one of my major pet peeves about the whole recruiting/headhunting thing. If you are recruiting for your client, name your goddamn client. Fuck the secrecy. Transparency for the win.

Oh, am I using foul language? I warned you about that in my profile, too.