I started out blogging, mostly about music, less than three years ago. Little did I imagine that a hobby I started as a creative outlet would give me so much pleasure and lead to the making of a huge number of new friends and a second career.
My site now sees around 30K visitors a week and has led to paid work as a writer. More importantly to me is that i now get numerous requests from artists and musicians asking me to review their work.
I can’t possibly meet all these requests, especially during the summer months, but I am really honoured that people are prepared to put their work into my hands to ask for a review. An artists work is an extension of their person, every note in every song took thought, creativity and a huge amount of work to create. An artist trusting me to review their work fairly and objectively is a huge leap of faith. Every time I listen to a new piece of work I am aware that I have been handed a truly precious gift, a piece of work that someone has poured their all into.
I try very hard to that each piece of work with the respect it deserves. I listen to an album numerous times before finger meets keyboard and I try to only review things that resonate with me on some level. If I hate something I recognise that others may love it, I know that my view is not going to be shared by some who read my writing. It is hard to tell an artist you won’t review their work because you don’t connect with it.
I am so thankful that people like to read my work. As any musician will tell you it is incredibly difficult to be heard in today’s music industry. It is equally hard to build an audience for your writing.
That is why it is such an honour to see musicians sharing your posts and reaching out to thank you for a review.
If you want to write about music it takes endeavour but much more importantly it needs total honesty if you are to gain any sort of credibility.
This week is something of a case in point. I am off to Europe’s best and biggest rock festival, Download, on Thursday. I have been inundated with requests for interviews and coverage of bands performance at the festival. Of all the bands I have asked to interview not a single one has turned me down (though I still await two responses). Those I will be interviewing are amongst the biggest names in rock music and they have agreed to be interviewed by me.
I do realise that bands are keen for any sort of coverage that will help to keep their name out there, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling that I am blessed to be able to do “work” of this nature.
This has been a very very good week.