Last month i played a show with Jason Cruz of Strung out, Jared Stinson of Dead Frets/Sic waiting, and Will Locken.. all 3 of those guys are passionate and talented with their expression so for the lucky hundred or so folks in attendance down in oceanside that night it was definitely memorable..
the month before that i played inside whole foods market for third thursday where they have locals night and hawked some compact discs.
ok so my youtube has been popping off a bit as of late, i was featured on a few high trafficked blogs, as well as featured on youtube spotlight. im getting close to a million total views.. coolest thing thats happened lately is CAPCOM the creators of the Street Fighter franchise, are going to feature my HADOUKEN cover on their 25th anniversary collectors edition package as part of the fan made art section as the very last track and they are going to give me one of these epic packages for being a part of it..
whenever i street perform, i am invariably told authoritatively by a fan or two to immediately sign up for ‘americas got talent’.. and im not against getting massive exposure.. an income boost would definitely allow me to really blossom as an artist and a person cause recently my growth has been held back by a lack of financial resources.. after a couple years of this, i decided to finally look into ‘americas got talent’.. so i went online and read the contract… heres a couple excerpts..
wow so i can go on americas got talent if i give them a contract for anything and everything i do, AND give them the right to make me look bad to millions of people EVEN if its fictional..
let me give you an excerpt from EARN IT YOURSELF.com about what it means to have integrity as a growing artist.
Earn It Yourself” is the idea that one must earn one’s successes in life the right way, without compromising his/her integrity, ignoring his/her instincts, or going against his/her values. One must earn every dollar in his pocket by means of his mind and his will — not by means of others’ pity for him, by begging for alms, or by being dishonest. It is not a philosophy for those who make “fame” or “fortune” their goals; rather, this is a philosophy for those whose goals are tangible, and have substance and meaning. This is a philosophy for those who want to contribute goodness to the world, and build a career — and a life — that is full of joy, purpose, and truth.
A lot of artists #1 goal is to become famous.. what does that tell you about their value system? it tells you that their center is their popularity. which tells you that they would choose more fame over more truth, honesty, happiness, self-respect or anything else. it may tell you that they feel superior to anyone less famous than them and they feel inferior to those more famous than them.. other artists like me would rather build a foundation on balanced principles.. if an opportunity for big exposure presents itself i will take it but not under the terms of being a disposable pawn to some big corp that doesnt give a shit about an artist..
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the first time i ever beatboxed and played guitar it was role model by eminem back in highschool.. hip hop beats is all i used to do, i figured i would compile some eminem tracks that made up my adolescent years. i can still remember where i was the first time i heard every eminem single it was like a divine revelation to my pea sized teenage brain.