I was going through an old file cabinet the other day and I found a mailer that I sent out in way back in 1995.
The first line was:
“Hi. My name is Jim Walker. And I’m an independent artist.
Boy, that sounds pretentious, doesn’t it? Trouble is, I don’t know how else to describe who I am and what it is I do…”
Rereading that with the benefit of hindsight, I kind of wish I’d changed the wording a little as it sounds a bit lofty, but really, the bottom line of it is as true for me now as it was back then.
Because that’s what I am…an independent artist.
- I make music.
- Someone buys it.
- I take the money from that purchase and put it back into the making of more music.
- Bob's your uncle
One could argue that I’m not a truly ‘independent artist’ if there are other people involved who help support the music.
So does that make me a ‘dependent artist’?
Or a ‘co-dependent artist’?
‘Indie artist’? Yuk.
Not sure what the right wording is, but I do know that ‘artist’ all by itself doesn’t sit well with me. Sounds like I need a beret and brown cigarette for that.
So let’s agree to just leave it at ‘independent artist’ for now, okay?
Besides, I like the ring of it.
Hi. My name is Jim Walker. And I’m an independent artist.
Now that THAT’S out of the way…this independent artist has something to tell you that he's very excited about (takes deep drag off of brown cigarette):
As of this week, all of my albums (including the Tim and Jim Live Archives albums) are available to stream and purchase DIRECTLY from my website, www.jvamusic.com
What does that mean?
That means no more middle-men (iTunes, Amazon etc) taking a cut. No third-party in the way.
Now the relationship is just you and me, kid.
So if you go to www.jvamusic.com and buy an album, you become an instant Patron Of The Arts, and that’s very important. You support the music, and then more music gets to be made. That’s about as simple and real as it gets.
You and me.
Hey, we make a pretty good team, right?
One of the coolest parts about this is that if I want to share some oddball release, or a single, or a demo I’m working on, or whatever, I can upload it right to the site and let you know it’s there, right then, without having to deal with uploads, wait times and and dealing with online distributors.
It’s right now.
It’s you and me, buddy.
So go check it out. Here’s a record.
Take a look, click on any song and have a listen. But don’t forget to come back because I have more stuff to tell you:
Also, I’ve put about twenty hours of sweat and toil into the mobile version of the site, revamping it so it’s way more readable and and easier to deal with.
I very much appreciate you, and I appreciate you taking the time to check the music out.
Thank you -