It has been awhile, a long absence, hooky if you like. A lot of things have happened, which I'll update with you in future articles. I took a break because I needed to regroup, re-focus, and re-prioritize things. I did that and now I'm am back...
At this point I have done over 100 examiner articles all on indie music, more specifically Canadian indie music (except my third or fourth article).
I have done many interviews, covered and filmed performances at lives shows, festivals, a few top lists, and music award articles, etc. It's been fun, met a lot of people, made a lot of contacts, and stayed true to myself.
The most important for me has always been the music first. Before, any show, tour, video, and whatnot, the music has to impress regardless of the genre. Fortunately, I'm a fan and supporter of indie music, so I've got a vested interest in promoting our country's best and brightest independent artists.
My philosophy with indie music has grown as I've published article after article. It doesn't really matter to me if the band is signed, or hasn't even had "chart" success because if I wanted to write about mainstream chart topping artists, it would be very easy to do, but not very satisfying.
One of the coolest aspects of indie music for me, is that I can hear an artist's music today, contact them via websites or social media, and chat with them A.S.A.P. (definitely not like the old days). And when they tour and perform in Toronto, I can go see their show, up close and personal. Sometimes I even interview them (scheduled or impromptu).
That's the complete indeie music experience for me, which also happens to be affordable and fun. The indie music scene is alive and kicking all across Canada, U.S., and beyond. But the artists need your support, in buying their music to help them build a career and tour.
Last of all, the indie music artists I've met, have taught me so much about music and life through our conversations. In my opinion, they are one of the most interesting, intelligent, and determined people you'll ever meet. Their stories are well worth writing about, and I can't wait to write more.