DONATION DRIVE 2014 starts TOMORROW: JUNE 11-18!!!
That’s right, one more day and I will open the gates of hell (paypal) and start flooding your social media streams in an effort to keep adamwarrock.com alive and running for another year. In celebration, I have made ALL MY FOR-SALE ALBUMS 100% FREE TO DOWNLOAD ON MY BANDCAMP PAGE. Go download them. Seriously. Go nuts, take it all. I don’t care. Link here.
Why should you donate?
Obviously this is something that I will reiterate throughout the week, and if you are a supporter or someone who has donated in the past, then you probably don’t need to read this.
But if you’re on the fence, you should know that I’ve released almost 600 free songs on my website. I’ve never charged for a song that’s not on an professionally released album. I have over 1.8 million views on my YouTube channel, and I don’t monetize it, so you don’t have to sit through ads and click through garbo just to listen to a song. I don’t do kickstarters or indiegogos or fundrazrs or whatever. Every album, every merch print run, every bit of travel that isn’t covered by an event or concert booker, I pay for out of pocket, upfront, sometimes in the amounts of thousands of dollars at once. Last year, I had to change my hosting to a VPN level, because the traffic was causing massive crashes, and that costs a lot of money. Because I didn’t want my site to load slowly. I want you to have an easy experience to get my music, and I don’t want to tie it to a bunch of strings and stipulations. New song, you like? Download for free, no questions asked. That’s the way it’s always been, that’s how it always will be.
I don’t tier rewards. I don’t set a goal and fill in a thermometer diagram as the donations roll in. I want everyone who donates to get all the rewards, and I want to raise enough money to survive, but know that everything I get from the Donation Drive that doesn’t go directly to something that is inherent for me to live (and/or not go to jail because, creditors) is poured into making the Adam WarRock experience a better one for you. New mics, new mastering software, better equipment, and more and better merch. Etc. etc.
As I say every year, if you don’t have the money to do it, don’t donate. Seriously, I get it. Times are hard, and you should prioritize yourself first and foremost. You don’t need to donate money, tweet/facebook/tumblr it out, share some of my music with people, or just say thank you. There’s no system, no goal, this helps me survive to fight another day, but it’s also in a lot of ways a celebration of this very unlikely story of a guy who quit his job, and had a website with a song about Ira Glass, and has since been able to survive doing nerd rap. NERD RAP guys, that’s my career. I know, I can’t believe it either.
The bottom line is this: this is a privilege, for me. I know that eventually, there will be a day where no one cares about my dumb ole’ rap songs. Maybe that day will come soon. Until that day, I’m going to release more music, do shows, make tshirts with amazing art by my friends on them, and just keep pushing a message out there that you, yes you, no matter how silly or seemingly frivolous the things you love, that move you, that are meaningful to you; that if it brings some warmth into your heart in this cold, cold world, then we should celebrate it. We should laugh at it, we should cry because of it, we should make memes and we should share it with each other. This stuff should be free, and the 1 out of 100 times that we have to pay some money to support the things that move us, we do it, just like I do, with the podcasts I pay to subscribe to, with the sites I donate to, with the kickstarter campaigns that I back, with the merch that I buy from the webcomics and artists that I love.
I hope adamwarrock.com has been something that moves you, in any small way. I’ve always said that I don’t want to make music that changes the world. I want to make music that makes your day a little better; a small soundtrack that makes your errands a tiny bit more fun, gets you through the work day, brings a smile to your face on a stressful day. I ain’t shooting for the moon here. This isn’t high art. But if it’s moved you, I hope you’ll help me keep it going another year.
Okay, time to hit the road and head home. I’m literally writing this from a hotel somewhere in Ohio in the middle of a two-day drive. Donation Drive starts tomorrow. And if it all was to end today, I would say “Thank you,” and feel like I had a pretty good run. Maybe we can do it for one more year.