Hi, it’s February 9, 2019.
After nearly 15 years, I’ve decided to quit podcasting. It’s run it’s course.
Along with the 145 shows I’ve produced, I released one final podcast yesterday, a lengthy megamix of various tracks I’ve released or produced recently, but it and the rest of the available archive will disappear after February 28th.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been using Libsyn to publish podcasts. I’ve enjoyed using their service and would recommend them to anybody else thinking of podcasting. Prior to that, I self-published.
Now for Some Other Things…
I’ve also decided to leave an online forum of musicians who, more or less, work in more avant-garde/electronic genres. It was fun for a while, but it’s grown tired as the number of contributors has expanded.
Some people don’t want to do any heavy lifting with their art. It’s easier to just be snarky at encountering relatively constructive business advice. If you have major envy issues, or expect the world to fall at your feet, then you should really get that dealt with before stepping foot into the world of The Arts.
For me, publishing music, sound, and paintings is a way of living, not a contest or race to be won.
I’ve been lucky in recent years that some of the recordings I’ve published, mostly under pseudonyms, have done well on the various streaming services since late 2016 to early 2017. It’s not “quit your job money”, but it’s enough where I’m now using a tax professional and taking their advice. After 15 or 16 years of releasing sounds, it’s a nice problem to have, and I’ve learned a lot about what I should be doing on the “business side” of the music industry. But sharing that knowledge, even at a high level, to strangers online is a bad idea. It’s not like we’re sitting around a table at a restaurant or having a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation. And that’s the problem with “social media” - there’s no context - there’s no human algorithm involved.