#MEExposed: Things that concern me about Instagram
Social media absorbed much? Well, as an independent recording artist I have no choice but to self-promote on social media. I believe the key to self-promotion is how you do it. Also why you do it. What do you hope to achieve from it? All of this crossed my mind because lately my biggest social media addiction is Instagram. I wake up and I check it just because, and I often find myself going into the app in any moment of boredom or when in need of a good distraction. This can’t be healthy for starters, and more importantly I have become terribly bothered by our self-absorption as human beings. I would be a hypocrite to leave myself out, as I occasionally post a shirtless selfie and then look back and wonder what the hell got into me. That said I feel overall I have tasteful posts, but you can be the judge of that —-> Mario’s Instagram Page. I feel like many others take it just a little too far.
So here are a list of things that concern me about Instagram:
1. Conceited Hashtags - #InstaCute #ImSoSexy #BodyForDays #MyBlankIsBetterThanYours #YouKnowYouWantThis. Sooooo who died and crowned you King/Queen of deciding that you are the ish. Get over yourself quickly, and stop posing in your underwear and hash-tagging the backside out of it. You are not a super model, and though we are proud of your ‘progress’, an occasional picture will suffice for us to not think that you are narcissistic and shallow. Four pics of yourself back to back in your underwear is frankly UNinspiring.
2. Tagging me in a pic that I have nothing to do with - You will hear me preach about posting things on other people’s Facebook walls…I don’t believe in it or do it unless the person is connected to the project. This is the same thing on Instagram. I’m not in your pic, I’m not on your PR team, yet I’m tagged, @MyName is there, and I had to stop to think if I had agreed to helping you promote your show. Oh I just remembered…I didn’t. Why are you tagging me? (NB Sarcasm is part of the fun in my blog posts. I actually don’t mind when some of you tag me in self-promo posts cuz I rate unnu, and I will gladly promote, but you know yourselves. The rest of you please stop tagging me!!).
3. Selfie Central - If I see one more pic of your face again, I may smash my phone, then find you and smash yours. Ladies this also includes those nail selfie pics *Holds gun to head*. Yes yu face cleeeeeean. Gyal yu nails look good uuuuuuuup *In raaaae dutty gyal voice*, but mi tyaad fi see it. Don’t you like other things? Landscapes? Fruit? Wine corks? I dunno just give me a break from your face. I’m through with you…even if you are good-looking. *Blocks* LOL.
4. Pointless Insta-Videos - Ok you can sing your ass off. I def want to see 15 good seconds of that. You are blowing out your birthday cake…That’s kinda sweet. I’ll watch that, but did you just take 15 seconds of my life making cute faces at your phone camera?? #GTFOH No change of scenery. No plot. No build up. No fireworks. Just you making duck face. *Smashes phone on ground, then jumps on it 5 times*
5. BBM Pins; Kik Messenger name in your profile description - I tweeted about this recently, and with all due respect, if you aren’t a company or corporate entity, I totally do not understand why you would have your BBM pin and Kik Messenger info up. Oh actually I do understand…Some of you are just thirsy and nasty and want people to hit you up so you can then seal the deal elsewhere. Even if I wasn’t an entertainer, there is no way in hell I’m putting that ish up. Anyone who needs to find me will know how to, in an appropriate manner. How do you even manage and navigate all the random strangers that hit you up?? Unless no one hits you up. I really have other things to do.
As usual I could go on and on, but the power of 5 is really awesome, so if you are one of these people, take no offense. To each his own. Take as many selfies as you’d like; continue to be #AboutThatLife. I’m not judging you. I just wanted you to know that these things bother me ever so slightly. And as MJ would say, everything I mentioned about but…”with L.O.V.E.”
#MEExposed: 10 Things you didn’t know about M.E.
1. I didn’t wear braces.
2. I have moderate road rage, unless it’s Sunday. Sunday driving is allowed only on this day, otherwise Miss Daisy needs to pick it up.
3. I think I’m allergic to shellfish. Unconfirmed allergy, but I don’t mess with Shrimp or Lobster etc.
4. I only started wearing bright colours (excluding purple and yellow) maybe in the last 5 years of my life. Otherwise I was bonded to black, navy blue and anything called an earth tone.
5. I cook, but I don’t like cooking anything that takes longer than an hour. Prolonged kitchen time isn’t cool to me.
6. I dance…a lot. I go out to dance, not to socialize. If things were different I’d probably have been a dancer instead of a singer. My wife needs to dance. I hope my kids can too. Dance is life.
7. Want to piss me off? Give me bad customer service, or treat someone unfairly. My Libra scale doesn’t allow for it. It will get me upset very quickly. Otherwise I may appear to be one of the most even-keeled persons you know.
8. I almost only sing on a stage or when performing somewhere else. You know those singers who sing everywhere and at any chance they can get? I’m not one of them.
9. I don’t believe that Vitamin C shortens the duration of a viral illness. Rest and drink some water. Take some antihistamines and fever meds for comfort. It will go away in 5-7 days. Not everything in life we can prevent or have control of. I truly believe that.
10. I believe men must approach women always. It’s the law of the jungle. If you are a woman and a man is not all over you, then he may not be that into you, or not ready for you yet. Believe dat!
I am Reggae-Soul Singer, Mario Evon. Proud Jamaican and advocate for following your dreams. I’m doing great things for myself and only aspire to do more. This is M.E. Exposed. #MEExposed
The M.E. Year In Review 2013
For the past 2 years I’ve made it my duty to generate a year in review. Too many times we get so caught up in moving forward that we don’t acknowledge the beauty and the inspirational power of the past. The things we have accomplished but inadequately celebrated, because we were too hungry for more. In the event your life is to end tomorrow, all you would have was the past that you created. The same past that people will know and remember you for. So here are some of my most memorable Mario Evon moments of 2013.
With a prime spot, I performed on the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Talent Stage, just after Dionne Warwick, and right before John Legend performed on the main stage. It was my ‘Guess who’s back in Jamaica' performance and marked an awesome beginning of the year for M.E.
M.E. and the leading lady, Apryl McIntosh.
The iconic blue and yellow shop in Keto, Westmoreland.
In late July I auditioned for NBC’s singing competition, The Voice, and though I didn’t make it, I had the courage to share this experience within the last month or so. Initially reluctant to share that my audition was unsuccessful, I realized the success came not only in the bravery to audition, but also from the lessons learned from the experience. Here is my FB post on the same, where I pour my heart out.
I got to see BEY!!!! Let’s just say I’m highly critical of music and the art form, and this sexy beast of a performing woman had me speechless. She worked! I got to share the moment with Danae and Janella, two of my most awesome friends from high school days, so that’s pretty much that. Amazing! The end.
The Programme & Ticket
Danae, Janella and I before heading out to the concert.
In September I would release the 1st single, ‘Soul Tek’, off of my upcoming debut album, ‘Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. On Love’. The song is available through all popular online distribution/streaming services.
Amazon mp3: amzn.to/1eQmhYB
Bandcamp (use if you have an international credit card): bit.ly/1dePM4v
Only a few days before my earthstrong I would get the pleasure of being the only R&B singer on the October 5th installment of Jamaica’s Premiere Hip Hop show, Pay Attention. Again truly honoured to be asked to be on this event, I went and gave my all, and the Pay Attention audience truly gave me back mad love in return. Check out Jessica’s serenade below, and don’t sleep on Jamaican Hip Hop.
After ‘Live & Revive’, it seemed Macau would want some more of M.E. and invited me to sing along with Ruth Royes at the Macau Gaming Lounge’s 1 year anniversary. Dario Morgan filled out our lil trio with his amazing guitar chops. Check us out at 2:26 below.
OCTOBER 9!! Happy Birthday to M.E. So grateful for another year of life, and I got to spend it with friends and family at 689 by Brian Lumley then Pepperseed. I had everything that I needed on my special day.
I would arrange to go to my Alma Mater, Campion College and link up with the Campion SFA (Sixth Form Association). Following your passions was the aim of the game and of course a little singing was not detrimental to the sharing. It was an amazing time, and the students asked me some very relevant questions about music, life, medicine and career choices. They were a fun bunch, and I def plan to go back. A small crew dubbed themselves the #Evonisers :)
I went to PERU!!!!! I must admit that I fell in love with the Peruvian people, the food and the general vibe of the country. Strangely enough many elements of the country reminded me of Jamaica. Pops and I walked the streets, took cabs and spoke as much Spanish as we could. I’d definitely go back. Lima was great. Machu Picchu next.
Finally our hard work creating the music video for ‘Soul Tek’ would come to fruition, as we decided to have a free and public launch of the music video at the new Ribbiz Ultra Lounge. Special thanks to Kamal Bankay and Ribbie Chung for being open to the event and recognizing the importance of live music and the independent musician. It was a short but sweet night, and my 1st ever music video launch event. These are the moments I deem as successes in my career. Some want you to win a Grammy tomorrow, but my team just made a video without breaking the bank and also showed it publicly without breaking the bank. This we give thanks for and celebrate.
The Reynaldo Martin designed flyer. Photo by Randy Richards.
'Soul Tek' - Mario Evon (Official Music Video) - Filmed, directed, edited and co-produced by Reynaldo Martin. Other producers - Elva Clarke & Mario Guthrie.
Soul Tek would be featured a few times over on RE TV, HYPE TV, On Stage, RJR, ZIP FM, KOOL, Nationwide, Stylz FM, Susie Q, plus blogs like LargeUp.com, Jamaicans.com, JamaicansMusic.com, JussBuss.tv, Headline Entertainement, just to name a few. The support has been enormous. Appreciate the love.
Then there was December and what seemed like a 1 week media blitz that put my face in the minds of many Jamaicans. Firstly, I was featured on Smile Jamaica, on Television Jamaica. You can watch clips from that performance HERE.
M.E. and the band. From left: Djenne (Keys), Miguel (Guitar), Elisha (Drums), Dejah (Background vocals), Niquet (Background vocals), Stephan (Percussion) & Craig (Bass).
Neville, M.E. and Yendi after the show.
As an employee of the Bustamante Hospital and also a Recording Artist, I got the pleasure of being the MC for the Press Launch of the Shaggy & Friends Concert, as well as the Kids Treat, which I also performed at. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Goldianna (Jamaica’s only female magician), Kip Rich, Konshens, Jah Bouks, Microwave, Jamal Gordon, Christopher Martin and none other than Shaggy himself. It was really an epic day! I got interviewed and featured on Entertainment Report and made great connections.
M.E. and di boss, Shaggy, after the Press Launch.
Just a lil recap of the day. From top appearing with M.E. is Shaggy, Christopher Martin (Recording Artist), Rebecca Packer (Co-founder & Organizer of Shaggy & Friends) & Peter Lloyd (Marketing Manager of Digicel Jamaica).
I was invited to sing at a treat for the families of the inmates at the General Penitentiary. I make it my duty to give back not just at Christmas time, but throughout the year, as best I can. This event was a lot of fun, because I could see the families were happy for the offerings of the day, and I got to see my old bredrins, T.O.K. Thanks to Mark Gonzales for bussin’ mi on dis one.
M.E. & T.O.K.
The day after the General Penitentiary performance, which was the day after the Shaggy & Friends gig, was my KOOL 97 FM Interview with Yohann and Joy. It was a fun and detailed interview into what I’ve been up to, and we all really had a lot of fun. Little did I know I had an interview that same evening with Cliff Hughes on Nationwide, about my unsuccessful Voice audition, and my being a doctor with such a serious passion for music. That night the Entertainment Report interview would be aired, and the next day my video would be featured on Winford Williams’ ‘On Stage’. Good things were clearly happening and a lot of it outside of my control. Give thanks.
M.E. with Joy Kelly & Yohann Stephens from KOOL 97 FM after my feature on ‘Earshot’.
It was definitely a ‘689 Christmas’, when Jai-Gary Smith and Stephanie thought it would be great to feature myself and Stephanie singing originals, covers and of course Christmas songs at the amazing 689 by Brian Lumley. The vibe in the restaurant was intimate and Christmas-sy. They were great to me on my birthday, and now I got to mek some musical noise in their restaurant. Check out some clips from the show filmed and edited by RudeKidDesigns:
M.E., musically supported by Stephen Maxwell (keys), Yelluh (Percussion), Miguel (Guitar) & Sparrow (Bass).
I hope the Christmas season was happy and prosperous, and I wish you a productive, amazing and Happy New Year. Out with the old and in with the new.
That said, the new year is not so much about all of my achievements, of which I am proud, but to remind you that anything you really want in this world can be attained with some vision and perseverance. I wish for you a clarity of mind going into the new year. I wish for you to feel compassion towards others who are in different situations than you are, that you will see the person inside of the shell they were given. I pray that you will love yourself to the point where you allow no one to take advantage of you; to the point where you can say no to things that degrade your character because your self-worth is greater than pleasing another. I hope that you will find a connection to some greater power, and that you will realize that you have very little of it anyways, and that in any second all that you have can be gone. The new year is really just our way of reminding ourselves to try to be the best us we can be. So to that I say Happy New Year my friends. Thank you for all of your support in my endeavours, and whether I am present in your lives or not, know that I love and respect every one of you for who you are and what you represent.
Check out my previous year in reviews:
So this next section is really only for the real M.E. supporters, cuz I’m gonna go in on some emotional ish, so if you can’t handle the heat then pack it up right hurr and gid outta the kitchen. LOL.
Special thanks to #TeamME:
Elva Clarke (Assistant Project Coordinator) - You have become my career rock, and such a dear friend. The contour of my career has changed since you have entered it and words cannot express my gratitude.
To my brother, sister and family. I love you so much. The patience and understanding you have all had with me as I pursue something that maybe you never fully understood, but now I know you get it and your support has been my fuel. Thanks for all your help, advice and just simply your presence.
To the musicians: You also have me a bit speechless. I have been working with essentially the same crew since January, and all I have to say is that your were brought together not by me but by God and divine intervention. Djenne, thanks for always believing, once I made you believe I was serious. Miguel thanks for always being willing and determined to make it happen no matter what. Craig, thanks for coming on board to play for someone you never knew before, and always being so humble and kind. Ellis, your energy, spirit and talent always exudes pure love and livity for music. We appreciate it. Obi, thank you for being persistent, and for always reminding me that you will be there, and for showing up, even when di dollars nah run. Jasmine, thanks for always just being you unapologetically, and for sharing your beautiful talent. Suzanne, I also thank you for being comfortable in your skin and I’m honoured to perform with you. Your family is uniquely blessed. Niquet and Dejah, thanks for filling in recently. We loved your sound and vibe. To all the musicians who have ever played for me, I appreciate you.
Reynaldo Martin, my friend, my graphic designer, my videographer, sometimes my boss. You have a beautiful mind. Visual and complex but in such a perfect way. You see in pictures and in stories and it is a gift you were born with. The visuals you have provided over the years to accompany my brand have stood out as professional and elegant. People would have no idea how far back we go, but I thank you my brother. Nuff nuff love that I can’t even express here. Thanks over and over again. It is appreciated. Taj & Randy, look out for your thank yous this year. It’s happening.
To my fans/supporters, you feed my soul more than anyone else. On any given day when dat give up energy waan tek mi, I read a post about how much you appreciate my voice or how much you admire me for following my dreams, then I remember I’m not alone on this journey, and if I give up, then I fail you. Mi luv unnu!
Rohan Dwyer(Studio/Mixing/Mastering Engineer), I have know you much longer than we have worked together, but your expertise, perspective and judgment is priceless, and I am really happy that you allowed me to work with you. It has been a pleasure, and I look forward to working even more in the future.
Friends, you get a different thank you from the fans because you all really are the foundation under the foundation. Ride or die. Love you guys. Nothing else to say really. You know how I feel about you.
Haters, well I can’t say I’m aware of too many of you, but hateration energy I get sometimes, and I welcome it. It keeps me on my toes. Reminds me that this isn’t about winning fans all the time. Some will like you, and some won’t. This is about my journey and me sharing it with you, and all those who like the ride I welcome you to come on board. The rest of you can wait for the next bus…with LOVE.
If I left anyone or category of people out, know that it was without Mal-intent, and I appreciate all you have done for me.
Blessed love. Leggo 2014!
I am Reggae-Soul Singer/Songwriter, Mario Evon, from Kingston, Jamaica. Graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I live. I speak. I love. I believe.
Why I Love Appleton - Mario Evon - This is just a lil contest entry from Xmas 2012 about Why I love Appleton. Didn’t win, but had fun producing it and laying the vocals. It’s kinda funny.
Source: SoundCloud / Mario Evon
#MEExposed: Hail Campion Hail - It’s been way too long.
So Wednesday, October 30, 2013 I had the pleasure of speaking to the 6th formers of my Alma mater, Campion College, about following their dreams, believing in, and finding their authentic selves. I always hear people talking about how much you learn when you teach, and the experience felt almost more enlightening to me than it may have been for them.
The fountain now in the middle of the Courtyard, which in my day was the staff parking lot. This is a much better touch. There are a few coins in there too.
Firstly it was just lots of fun. The students were well-behaved, cool, asked awesome questions and were very willing to participate. There were at least 70 persons in the room, and to be honest I had no idea when they congregated in the lecture room, but they were there to see me, and I thank them for coming out. Who is this Mario Evon dude anyway, and why should we come listen to him? That’s the question I probably would have asked if I were them, but somehow they were curious enough to come and stay, irrespective of whatever I was about to offer.
After my introduction, and telling my story, I sang John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, which was well-received, then launched into my recap. I would say this recap summed up many of the things I have learned about life thus far, and wished someone had told me a long time ago. It also summed up the essence of some of what I wanted them to go home with. So here goes:
Remember what it is that makes you smile and feel fulfilled all the time.
Get involved, because the relationships you build now are some that will last for the rest of your lifetime, and you never know who may open a door for you in the future.
Once you find your love, chase it fearlessly and without shame. - Only you will truly know what you love. Knowledge of self is key. This doesn’t happen overnight.
Do your research - Especially as Jamaicans we must ensure that we don’t feel limited by anything that we don’t have here. There is always a way - Scholarships, grants…Google it.
Don’t let others define you, but be open to constructive criticism.
Have great vision & ambition.
Be practical - Do what you love but sometimes you may have to do other things to get to that ultimate love, and don’t frown on those steps inbetween.
Be patient - Anything you love will require hard work and not occur overnight.
Define your own success. Too many times our success is determined by external people and factors.
Work hard but enjoy the journey. Discipline/Drive/Determination are key, and celebrate small successes.
Be supportive and kind to others - Your talent will only take you so far. You, the package, will take you much further. Karma is real.
Don’t be afraid to fail - “Failure often does that for people. It reawakens us to who we really are and to what we truly want, and it shakes us out of complacency.” - Robin Sharma, ‘The Surfer, The Saint & The CEO.”
Don’t take this moment for granted. Be grateful for what you have - There is someone dying to be in your shoes right now.
It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
On my request for ‘Crazy Faces’ this is what we came up with.
This was followed by more and more singing, and one of my new Campion crew, Maria (aka Big singa Maria) came down to share a song too. How ironic she had the feminine version of my name. She will be big one day…I’m calling it.
M.E. & Maria
Some highlights from my awesome day!
After this came the school tour by Ms. Katie Stewart (my old Bio teacher and friend). Everything was so different from my days, but thankfully in an amazingly good way. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, and I wish I had old pics to show you real comparisons. Check out more pics on my Facebook Fan Page at this link —-> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151694490126962.1073741829.16497476961&type=3
Brick is definitely more friendly than the asphalt of the old days.
It was just a really great experience and I thank Alexis Goffe and Katie Stewart for making it happen, and I really can’t wait to be back.
Katie & I. We haven’t aged a day, lol.
Hail Campion Hail! It really had been too long.
#MEExposed: Tessanne’s Bread & Butter
Inspired to write again after Tessanne’s riveting performance on NBC’s hit reality TV series, ‘The Voice’, I am rendered speechless, but at the same time very anxious to speak.
The impact of this performance on the country of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world, has been extremely intense to say the least, and there is so much to be said about what happened, what is about to happen, and what could potentially happen.
Firstly I would like to personally congratulate Tessanne for taking the risk to audition for a show such as ‘The Voice’. With her local accolades it would seem that an artist of her calibre would have no need to be on a US reality show, but little do people realize, her audience has been mainly a Caribbean audience. She also hasn’t released a lot of new material recently, so this was actually the perfect opportunity to introduce herself to a new fan base. Thanks to Jamaican DJ, Shaggy for making the suggestion to her.
After years of honing her already stellar gift, it would seem like this is divine timing in her career. Many forget the impact of every tweet, instagram photo, FB share etc. adorning this Jamaican artist who represents the ‘Out of Many One People’ of Jamaica in such a unique but fitting way. Now the world can see a Jamaican who is not the stereotypical darked-skinned locked reggae singer, but a mixed race Jamaican with an undoubtedly Jamaican accent, and a true sense of national pride. This topped off by having vocal cords comparable to or even better than some of the best power singers there have ever been.
Now the massive population of America. and the rest of the world, can tap into her already created album, available on iTunes, bringing in for her an increase in her passive income stream from album sales. Yet the naysayers would argue “She doan need fi deh inna dat.”, again reflecting the short-term scope we have chosen to apply to so many things in this culture.
What Tessanne has done for herself, Jamaica and Jamaican music, is successfully re-opened a very large door that was preventing us as Jamaicans from crossing into genres and places where we were never expected to stay afloat. Making it evident to the world that the brilliance that we exhibit in sports also exists in the arts, and through the brilliant minds that are born and raised in our country. I like to think of this door as a swinging door, because we are not to deny those that have come before Tessanne and paved the way in music, from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff to Shabba, Patra, Sean Paul and Shaggy, we have never been denied in the international music scence.
Tessanne Chin amongst the 1st 5 members of #TeamAdam
I am beaming with pride, and though early out the gate, I think my prediction of her winning ‘The Voice’ will be an even more epic experience for us, and then we will see where next her journey goes. Truth be told, she doesn’t have to move one step further in this competition, because all who needs to see her I assure you are already bidding.
Last but not least, Jamaican artist, Protoje, spoke quite frankly about the Jamaican government not being proud of their culture, in a recent OnStage interview. Though I wouldn’t use those words per se, I have to agree with him that the investments that have seemed obvious to be made in our entertainment sector, have been ignored. The government has repeatedly missed the mark with taking the bait to sustain things that attract so much attention to the country. Proto mentioned that we don’t have a proper indoor live music venue, yet our own artists travel far and wide to perform in many.
We don’t even have a stable standardized high school music education system. We haven’t taken the time to see that Jamaican children need instruments and creative development, and that it would probably take them off the streets and have them doing something that would serve them better mentally and otherwise.
I really have said enough. As a musician myself, who has been formally trained and made many sacrifices for music, I have connected to it in a way that words cannot express. Having myself auditioned for a few of these same international shows, I could have very well have been in the same position as Tessanne, but my time is not now. Tessanne has the world stage, and for this I am proud and immensely supportive. There is nothing I have wanted more for her ever since hearing her voice, but for it to get the recognition it truly deserves. She is a humble, proud Jamaican with a talent like no other. I wish her every success that is to come, and I wish for Jamaica to take more responsibility for our arts.
Every man for himself has always worked, as artists have long nurtured and believed in their gifts, but it’s time the country steps in and helps more people to truly realize their potential, and also capitalize off of brand Jamaica in a way that allows everyone to have their bread and butter.
I am MARIO EVON, Jamaican ‘Reggae-Soul’ Singer/Songwriter. UWI (Mona) and Berklee College of Music graduate. Lover of food, exercise and life as we know it. Follow me here on ‘M.E. Exposed’. Also check out my new single, ‘Soul Tek’. Blessed love.
Life of an Indie Musician… #MEExposed
I’m an Independent Musician, so I guess if I don’t have a legitimate 9-5 job, the rest of my time I don’t really do anything, BUT:
1. Book rehearsal rooms
2. Coordinate musicians
3. Plan set lists
4. Get the show and promo flyers designed, proofed and printed
5. Get the show tickets designed, proofed and printed
6. Listen to mixes of songs for my new album with the precision to ensure I will be happy hearing them for the rest of my life
7. Distributing the printed tickets and flyers
8. Fleshing out logistical details of private and corporate events at which I will be performing in the near and distant future
9. Social Networking on the major networks - Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and my .com, which not only involves posting, but responding to comments
10. Seeking potential sponsors for events
11. Building my mailing list and updating it
12. Building my media list and updating it
13. Managing my accounting and finances
14. Building a consistent brand image by carefully and strategically deciding what I share with my audience
15. Live performances and the rehearsals that accompany them
17. Supporting the shows, performances and other events of fellow artists
18. Providing advice to fellow colleagues about questions they may have about things in the industry that I may be familiar
19. Workout - Every performer should look as good as they can
20. Have a life outside of music
Hey in essence, since I’m an INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN, once I’m not at a 9-5 I really have NOTHING to do, since musicians don’t really do anything but waste their lives.
This post goes out to all the INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS and INDEPENDENT CREATIVES (poets, artists, dancers etc.) who actually get it. Keep grindin’. Keep pushin’. The work has got to be done, and someone has got to do it! Hard work does pay off!
Pree Jamaica feature on one of Jamaica’s next biggest talents, Reggae-Soul singer/songwriter, Mario Evon.
Check out what they had to say about me at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in the Gleaner today!