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  • so I didn't always make my living from music for about the five years after graduating from an upstanding liberal arts university.

  • This was my day job.

  • I was a self employed living statue called the Eight Foot Bride, and I love telling people I did this for a job because everybody always wants to know who are these freaks in real life?

  • Hello?

  • I painted myself.

  • Wait one day, stood on a box, put a hat or a can at my feet.

  • And when someone came by and dropped in money, I handed them a flower and some intense eye contact.

  • And if they didn't take the flower, I threw an adjuster of sadness and longing as they walked away.

  • So I had the most profound encounters with people, especially lonely people who looked like they hadn't talked to anyone in weeks.

  • And we would get this beautiful moment of prolonged eye contact being allowed in a city of ST, and we would sort of fall in love a little bit, and my eyes would say Thank you.

  • I see you and their eyes would say nobody ever sees me, Thank you, and I would get her asked.

  • Sometimes people would yell at me from their passing cars, Get a job, And I think this is my job.

  • Um, but it hurt because it made me fear that I was somehow doing something unjam Bleich an unfair, shameful.

  • I had no idea how perfect a really education I was getting for the music business on this box.

  • And for the economists out there, you may be interested to know I actually made a pretty predictable income, which was shocking to me, given I had no regular customers but pretty much 60 bucks on a Tuesday 90 bucks on a Friday, it was consistent, and meanwhile I was touring locally and playing in nightclubs with my bound.

  • The dress involves This is me on piano genius drummer.

  • I wrote the songs, and eventually we started making enough money that I could quit being statue.

  • And as we started touring, I really didn't want to lose this sense of direct connection with people because I loved it.

  • So after all of our shows, we would sign autographs and hug fans and hang out and talk to people, and we made an art out of asking people to help us and join us and I would track down local musicians and artists, and they would set up outside of our shows and they would pass the hat and then they would come in and join us on stage.

  • So we had this rotating smorgasbord of weird random circus guests.

  • And then Twitter came along and made things even more magic because I could ask instantly for anything, anywhere, so I would need a piano to practice on.

  • An hour later, I would be in a fan's house.

  • This is in London.

  • People would bring home cooked food to us all over the world backstage and feed us and eat with us.

  • This is in Seattle.

  • Fans who worked in museums and stores and at any kind of public space would wave their hands if I would decide to do a last minute, spontaneous free gig.

  • This is a library and Auckland.

  • On Saturday, I tweeted for this crate and hat because I did not want to schlep them from the East Coast and they showed up care of this dude, Chris from Newport Beach, who says Hello, I once tweeted.

  • Where in Melbourne can I buy a neti pot and a nurse from the hospital drove one right at that moment to the cafe I was in and I bought her a smoothie and we sat there talking about nursing and death.

  • And I love this kind of random closeness, which is lucky because I do a lot of couch surfing in mansions where everyone on my crew gets their own room.

  • But there's no wireless and in punk squats everyone on the floor in one room with no toilets but with wireless clearly making it the better option.

  • My crew once pulled our van up to a really poor Miami neighborhood, and we found out that our couchsurfing host for the night was an 18 year old girl still living at home, and her family were all undocumented immigrants from Honduras.

  • And that night her whole family took the couches and she slept together with her mom so that we could take their beds and I lay there her thinking these people have so little is this fair.

  • And in the morning, her mom taught us how to try to make tortillas and wanted to give me a Bible, and she took me aside and she said to me in her broken English.

  • Your music has helped my daughter so much.

  • Thank you for staying here.

  • We're also grateful and I thought, This is fair.

  • This is this.

  • A couple months later, I was in Manhattan and I tweeted for a crash pad.

  • And at midnight, I'm ringing a doorbell on the Lower East Side and it occurs to me I've never actually done this alone.

  • I've always been with my band or my crew is what stupid people do.

  • Is this how stupid people die?

  • And before I can change my mind?

  • The door bus open.

  • She's an artist.

  • He's a financial blogger for Reuters, and they're pouring me a glass of red wine and offering me a bath.

  • And I have had thousands of nights like that and like that, So I couch surf a lot.

  • I also crowd surf a lot.

  • I maintain couchsurfing and crowd surfing are basically the same thing.

  • You're falling into the audience and you're trusting each other.

  • I once asked on opening band of mine if they wanted to go out into the crowd and pass the hat to get themselves some extra money, something that I did a lot and as usual, the bound was psyched, But there was this one guy in the band who told me he just couldn't bring himself to go out there.

  • It felt too much like begging to stand there with the hat, and I recognized his fear Is this fair and get a job?

  • And meanwhile, my band is becoming bigger and bigger.

  • We sign with a major label, and our music is a cross between punk and cabaret.

  • It's not for everybody, but, well, it's for you re sign and are.

  • There's all this hype leading up to our next record.

  • It comes out and it sells about 25,000 copies in the first few weeks on the label.

  • Considers this failure and there's like 25,000 is not a lot there like no sales are going down.

  • It's a failure, and they walk off right at the same time.

  • I'm signing and hugging after a gig on a guy comes up to me and hands me a $10 bill, he says.

  • I'm sorry I burned your CD from a friend I but I read your blawg.

  • I know you hate your label.

  • I just want you to have this money and this starts happening all the time.

  • I become the hat after my own gigs, but I have to physically stand there and take the help from people.

  • And unlike the guy in the opening band, I've actually had a lot of practice standing there.

  • Thank you.

  • And this is the moment I decide.

  • I'm just gonna give away my music for free online whenever possible.

  • So it's like Metallica over here, Napster bad Amanda Palmer over here.

  • And I'm gonna encourage torrent ing downloading, sharing.

  • But I'm gonna ask for help because I saw work on the street.

  • So I fought my way off my label and for my next project with my new band, the Grand Theft Orchestra.

  • I turned to Crowdfunding and I fell into those thousands of connections that I had made, and I asked my crowd to catch me.

  • And the goal was $100,000.

  • My fans back to me at nearly 1.2 million, which was the biggest music crowdfunding project to date, and you can see how many people it iss.

  • It's about 25,000 people and the media asked amount.

  • The the music business is tanking and you encourage piracy.

  • How did you make all these people pay for music on?

  • The real answer is it didn't make them.

  • I asked, Um, and through the very act of asking, people ID connected with, um and when you connect with, um, people want to help you.

  • It's kind of counterintuitive for a lot of artists.

  • They don't want to ask for things, but it's not.

  • It's not easy.

  • It's not easy to ask on a lot of artists have a problem with this.

  • Asking makes you vulnerable.

  • And I got a lot of criticism online after my Kickstarter went big for continuing my crazy crowd sourcing practices specifically for asking musicians who are fans if they wanted to join us on stage for a few songs in exchange for love and tickets and beer.

  • And this was a doctored image that went up of me on a website, and this hurt and a really familiar way.

  • People saying you're not allowed anymore toe ask for that kind of help really reminded me of the people in their cars yelling get a job because they weren't with us on the sidewalk and they couldn't see the exchange that was happening between me and my crowd and exchange that was very fair to us.

  • But alien to them, this is slightly not safe for work.

  • This is my Kickstarter backer party in Berlin.

  • At the end of the night, I stripped and let everyone drawing me.

  • Now, let me tell you, if you want to experience the visceral feeling of trusting strangers, I recommend this, especially if those strangers air drunk German people.

  • This was a ninja master level fan connection.

  • Because what I was really saying here was I trust you this much said, I show me for most of human history musicians, artists, they've been part of the community connectors and an openers, not untouchable stars.

  • Celebrity is about a lot of people loving you from a distance.

  • But the Internet, on the content that were freely able to share on it, are taking us back.

  • It's about a few people loving you up close and about those people being enough.

  • So a lot of people are confused by the idea of no hard sticker price.

  • They see it as an unpredictable risk.

  • But the things I have done the Kickstarter, the street, the doorbell, I don't see these things as risk.

  • I see them as trust now the online tools to make the exchange as easy and as instinctive as the street they're getting there.

  • But the perfect tools aren't gonna help us if we can't face each other and give and receive fearlessly but more important, toe ask without shame.

  • My music career has been spent trying to encounter people on the Internet the way I could on the box.

  • So blogging and tweeting not just about my tour dates and my new video, but about our work and our art and our fears, our hangovers, our mistakes and we see each other.

  • And I think when we really see each other, we want to help each other.

  • I think people have been obsessed with the wrong question, which is how do we make people pay for music?

  • What if we started asking, How do we let people pay for music?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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