My debut album 'TIME?' has been out for 2 weeks! An update on my musical journey

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It's been 2 weeks since I released my debut album 'TIME?'

What a great journey this has been. It was a long time coming, and this is something that I have always wanted. So, my main message to start off this post is - if you are thinking about doing something, just do it! Don't hold yourself back anymore :)

That is actually the overall theme of my album :)

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Here is the original photo for my album cover! I just had to have a sunset shot, and this one is just amazing in my opinion! The water, sun rays, my silhouette... just a perfect shot!

When did I start writing songs?

I've been playing guitar for years, but was mostly learning other songs, or writing just the music. I hadn't really sat down with the goal of writing my own songs. This said, I feel that my songs have been in the works for the past 2-3 years, but the last year is when I really had them all at a stage when they were ready to record.

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Do I have any advice for people wanting to start writing?

Well, I'm not an expert song writer. But, I would say just start with 3-4 basic chords, even a song that you already know, and try to change up the vocal melody. Just start strumming some chords and hum a vocal line - It will sound off at first (it did for me!) but then you start to hear something, and before you know it you can put some basic lyrics behind and build up from there!

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How have the first 2 weeks been

I have had lots of support and really great feedback from many people :) I am so grateful for this! I can't express how much I appreciate that! It is a great feeling to have my music out there and even better to know that some people are listening :)
The plays aren't that high yet, but I am still working on that part!

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What is next?

Well, more guitar videos! Some live versions of my songs too! Expect to see these live versions coming in the next few weeks!
I am hoping to book some live gigs! I am a bit unsure of how they will work with my backing tracks, but that is something I am working on! :)

Advice

This is where you come in! I am also seeking advice from others as a new artist trying to get my music heard. Does anyone have advice or an input? Any feedback or thoughts are welcome!

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Links

Of course, I'm going to drop some links below! Seeing as it is the 2 week anniversary, why not have a listen to my tunes! :)

Here is my 'everything' link https://linktr.ee/Joeyg4658

So if you don't have Spotify or apple etc, you can listen for free on my YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV0X7nJY1BusNcDPHV3N3NcRidBEdbeDu

I sure hope you all enjoy it! Have a great weekend everyone! Now... time to record my open mic entry ;)

Peace and love!

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Brother I must congratulate you a few days ago I was visiting you to talk about your album, I listened to it completely and brother it is too well done, I loved it; your voice, the guitars, everything sounds perfect and well done, you did an incredible job and give it with fury to present yourself with the tracks, the important thing is that they listen to you and promote you more, here is where the most difficult work begins, to do the respective marketing. We know that the music industry is very difficult, just start looking for those places where they rock where you live and start spreading the word, but I think what will help the most is to have your band, recruit great musicians to make the experience more complete, if I lived near you, I would definitely be in your band, so apply what we always do when we start a band 🙌😀💛!!!!

I think a suggestion I could make you from my experience is to open a TikTok account too, and post more intimate content of the musical process, as well as your powerful covers, that social network has an incredible reach and many bands upload content there, you should try it, since instagram and facebook don't help much...

I really enjoyed your album, everything is excellent, but there are always favorites, mine are: Renegade's Mind, Night and Day and Lies Blind the Mind 🔥🔥🔥!!!!

Brother many congratulations and I wish you much success in this adventure..... You Rockkk!!!! 🤘😎🤘🔥🎙️🎸🎶❤️🌟🍻💥💫💯

Ah dude, this message really means a lot to me! I appreciate this so much man, thank you for not only taking the time to listen to my music but also to share some advice, but to also mention your favourite songs!

Yes, you're right dude - the journey really starts now with the marketing! I am quite new to it all and just learning along the way. I think a tiktok would be a good idea! I do have an account but I don't really post there much, I think I am focusing on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube but not getting much growth!
Thanks brother, I truly appreciate this message, means so much to me!
Dude, I would LOVE to have you in my band! That would be awesome and we would combine our efforts to grow!
Thanks man, I wish you all the best! Keep rocking!

My brother I am not an expert in the field, but I am in the game with the issue of marketing at the musical level and there is much to learn from the new market because it does not move like before!!!

Something I have learned is that YouTube, Facebook and Instagram are not enough anymore, marketing our music is a job that sometimes can lower the spirits but everything is in the power and faith you have in what you did, you have to mix the old school with the current, promote yourself in the streets and doing virtual work, believe me that TikTok will be another tool that will enhance many things, it will not give you what you want but it will be another important window for you!!!!

Here is when I say, why are we so far away? hahahaha it would be an honor to rock with you Bro, with all my heart I hope you do great with the album, it has an incredible potential and more than now the 90's and early 2000's movement is reborn, don't give up, now is when the adventure begins!!!! 🤘😎🤘🔥🎙️🎸🎶❤️🌟🍻💥💫💯

Thanks so much dude! Yes man I wish we could jam together and form a band! Our efforts together would be unstoppable :D I guess we will have to both make it first and then join forces down the line! :D

Really appreciate all of the advice and support man, means a lot to me! It sure is a lot of work to do, but you're right man I have to mix the old with the new! I'm going to save up a bit over the next few weeks and hopefully run a successful facebook ad campaign... could be worth it. It is hard, I'm working full time and have a busy schedule haha - but that is what makes champions right?!

Peace brother!