We had 5 gigs in total, one in Bournemouth (sold out!), one in Cheltenham, one in Swansea and two in Nottingham - the second of these being a talk and performance at a Primary School (which was amazing by the way!
The VII Weekender takes place in the middle of February. I'm going to be performing in 4 different cities alongside my new official DJ, Sebadee:
Feb 16 - Bournemouth @ Blue Line Studios (all ages)
Feb 17 - Swansea @ Scene Club
Feb 18 - Cheltenham @ Frog & Fiddle
Feb 19 - Nottingham @ The Maze
I’m writing this article as a guide to help beginner unsigned, independent musicians to sell more of their music. The following content is relevant and applicable to DIY artists of all genres – whether you’re an aspiring country singer, metal band, or rapper, such as myself.
One of the reasons it’s taken me so long to write this is that like most people, I occasionally suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ – where I feel like because I haven’t sold millions of albums, I’m not yet qualified to be giving advice to other artists. But frankly, that’s BS. To date, I’ve sold slightly 22,000 total albums without ever being signed to a record label.
As a full-time independent musician, two of the questions I get asked most frequently are:
“Why aren’t you signed to a record label?” and
“Would you sign a record deal if you were offered?”
I’ve answered these questions hundreds of times – to fans, family members and even curious strangers. So I thought I’d write a blog to explain my reasoning and consolidate my personal thoughts.
Winter is no longer coming. It has officially arrived. Cold weather, short days and long, dark nights (take your vitamin D homie!) - but don't let it get you down.
The Blue and Purple Store (our pop up shop) is currently in Castle Mall, Norwich so I've spent the last 2 weeks promoting and selling my music and merchandise there. We are open until Christmas Eve so come say hello if you're in the are.
To welcome the winter, I've recently launched SEVEN brand new products. All designed to keep you feeling warm and looking good.
100 hours doesn’t sound like a lot of time to achieve anything significant. I mean, it’s the equivalent of just over 4 days… but let’s think about this amount of time again.
100 hours = 6000 minutes. That’s 100 x one hour sessions or 200 x half-hour sessions of whatever it is that you want to get good at.
Certainly not enough time to reach expert level, but it is enough time to become proficient at something that you currently can't do. That includes learning a foreign language.
I spent last weekend in Berlin, Germany. I was booked on Wednesday for a live performance on Friday, so I ended up on a plane the following morning. How’s that for spontaneous? The joys of being a professional rapper…
I’ve been to Berlin many times but this was my first opportunity to perform in the city. So despite not have complete information about the logistics of the whole thing, I figured there was more to gain than to lose.
So I made my way to Gatwick Airport early on Thursday morning to fly out to Germany for the weekend. I missed my train to the airport. If you follow me on Snapchat then you know how that happened...
Ever since I introduced my first ever Team Zuby snapback caps back in 2013, they've been one of my most popular merchandise items. It's not rare for them to sell out several times per year and I'm always trying to keep the collection fresh.
So earlier this month, I launched a brand new range of the ever popular Team Zuby snapback caps colourways. I don't expect these to last forever, so why not hook yourself up before they sell out?
Happy hat wearing!
It was a great night and I rocked a two hour set consisting of over 25 songs! The rapping was on epic levels.
Here’s a video shot and edited by Kayla Owen with some highlights from the night. Check it out below and re-live the event.
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