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The Truth About Music…

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As a “Starving Artist” unsigned, writing every song/word/piece of music from the heart, getting paid very minuscule amounts of money and pushing hard to chase my dream and my passion i must admit that the state of music industry for an “indie” artist has become better in some ways and WORSE in others.

Nowadays instead of a booked gig, with share of the door or the beer sales its now “Open Mic Nights” where you’re lucky if you even get a beer or a thank you for performing, Although as a way to guilt you they say “It’s great exposure”…. like that’s the reward for hours of practice, warm ups, exercises, the constant feel of not being good enough or worry if your stuff has a place in the music world or whether it’s released at the right time, was it promoted too much? or not enough?

Music is now free to stream, people still torrent/bootleg/download, Get it anyway they can than to pay for it, and it makes things very difficult to reinvest and build and create more content for the people who do actually support the artist or music.

Now other than me not revealing my name i have and always will be as honest as i can be on this blog, and i must tell you, i have music on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Shazam, YouTube etc, all these major platforms and they are NOT looking after the artists. We get paid as little as $0.0001 per stream and in some cases more and some LESS!!! – So when you do stream a song and look for new artists just remember that for us to have a career, to be able to do this for a living you need MILLIONS of plays, It feels and sounds almost impossible at times. The main positive about the online streaming is that your music reaches places you could not imagine, America, Norway, Australia, Russia, Japan, Brazil etc etc, all these countries whether its 1 listener or 100’s it all makes a HUGE difference and i check almost everyday just to see where people tune in from and hear it because it fascinated me. The solution isn’t with the people who enjoy streaming and supporting their artists unfortunately, a lot of it is down to these companies to help up and coming artists be seen and heard. They now tell artists that they NEED to be added to peoples playlists to gain more exposure yet you can’t submit your music to them. The worst part is this is just a fraction of worries for people who write songs and sing etc let alone having a big label behind them funding it all and telling them to basically be robots and do as they are told and thus why a lot of modern day artists have less and less control signing 360 deals (a deal that basically lets the label take a chunk of merchandise, ticket sales, album sales etc).

I am currently in the process of working on my first ever studio album and i am so excited, all i want to do is make great music and leave something behind, it sounds bizarre but one day i could not be on this earth and people can say, these 10/12 songs are his heart, how he sees the world and life and love etc, and i think its an amazing thing to have in the world, it must be like when an artist has spent so long on a painting and its finally finished and there for the world to enjoy.

So i encourage you music lovers to support those local bands, the singer songwriters stood up there with guitars and sweaty palms hoping someone will smile at their song or feel something from it, respect and appreciate how hard at times it can be to perform and have all these things going on behind the scenes. A simple post like, a retweet, a share is SO IMPORTANT because i was always told if you like something you may tell 10 people and they may tell another 10 and so on and thats how things grow.

If you’ve read all this i thank you for visiting my blog and i hope it gives you a little insight to music in a different light.

Your friend,

GS xo

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I just need a minute of your time…

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So recently i have just come back from holiday in Spain and as holidays do they help you reflect on everything and its made me realise that as a 25 year old single male who’s working a normal Monday – Friday 08:30/5:00pm job that there is so much of my life that i am frustrated about.

I’m frustrated because i feel stuck in a job that i HATE to pay rent for a house thats not mine, to not really have many true friends, no girlfriend, stuck in a small town with small town mentality and i know that myself and others around me are BIGGER and BETTER than this, and this got me thinking about everything and even you fellow bloggers out there…..

Am i normal for feeling like this and thinking like this? is it bad that i want MORE from life that i am getting? because IF i could (not saying i would) but if i could i would pack my stuff and head for the city/London and just pursuit my dreams of doing music and being in the music industry…Now some of you will say “Well why don’t you just do it?” and thats a great question but I’m always told that we need to make sure we are set here first and i agree but i feel like I’m going to burst sometimes and do something irrational (like i keep dreaming about walking out of my job and giving them a swift and polite F YOU out of the door).

So as i write this, i would love to hear your advice and if any of you have made the big jump and moved somewhere different or far away? or what your thoughts on it are? and if you are reading this feeling the same i ENCOURAGE you to be confident and brave, to not accept leading a normal life and be GREAT, be BOLD and DIFFERENT!, YOU MUST NOT ACCEPT A JOB PURELY FOR THE MONEY YOU MUST LIKE THE JOB!!!!!, You MUST be around people who want you to win and do well!, You must really tune into your surroundings and ask yourself uncomfortable questions sometimes.., See  i want to leave a positive mark on the world and be positive, bring happiness to others and really make a difference and live COMFORTABLY, i want to build something i am proud of and pass on what I’ve learnt and all the mistakes I’ve made that i wish my parents and loved ones would have told me to be careful of etc, But i want you to feel inspired and encouraged by this….i want you to really look deep inside yourself and find your purpose and passion.

Find something you love and that you’re passionate about, find a way to make it into a CAREER for you, take photos, write poems and music, film that video or youtube channel you’ve always wanted, start a fashion line, write a blog, build a business, join that dance class, do that marathon, don’t discourage ANYONE, Be the reason someone wakes up and smiles on a morning, give someone a hug who needs one, tell someone their great, create the life YOU want to live, be the best at whatever it is you love to do. I believe in you and i know we all have greatness within us and i don’t want ANYONE older, younger or the same age to feel the way i feel because its shit and we ALL deserve GREATNESS.

Please Like and Repost this, Tag a friend, Post it on social medias and get it to anyone who needs to read this…

Your Friend Always,

GS xo

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Purpose…

Well my weekend is over, back to work tomorrow…wishing and hoping for things to change, for work to actually improve and for things to get better and have that feeling of moving forward but sometimes i need to take a step back and really look at things.

I can’t go into details but i can honestly say I’ve seen and I’ve been through some shit, some dark dark places and times in my life but looking back from where i am today, in this very moment I’ve moved forward. Ive had ZERO confidence/self esteem, I’ve had NO money I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult personal demons where at times I’ve punished myself for things that have happened to me or around me.

The beauty of life is the comeback, and the realisation of a purpose. A purpose of knowing where you’re going, what you dream and desire, of you what you truly want in life wether its money a new job your favourite music album or a family with children etc, we all have a dream and we all have shit days and have amazing days and its how you deal with all of it. Take time to truly appreciate all the obstacles you go through and also take a moment not to be so harsh on yourself…Don’t be thinking NEW YEAR NEW ME, start today! take control of your surroundings and be sure to invest time and money into YOURSELF.

If you want to do something GO DO IT!, who cares what other people think?, be unique and stand out from the crowd.

I may be rambling on but I’m just getting off my chest what I’m thinking and if it helps someone or you can resonate with it the please reblog it or comment! i love knowing what you all think and what you experience. Its comforting to know theres good people out there and that we all understand from every and any point of view.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE.

Your Friend Always,

G.S x

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Facebook…

Okay so I had a few emails by people asking if I could and would have a Facebook account for GS….So well now you have it guys!!!

You can’t miss me just type in “Gentleman Sparks” in the search bar and you’ll recognise the picture from the blog

It says the name is “Gent Spar” because I had to protect my real name !

Anyways get adding feel free to message, email me link me things anything and spread the love!

Please please click like on this post and reblog! I want to help as many people as I can

Love Always,

G.S x

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Stronger….

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Just want to thank you to all my followers and friends of WordPress for making me stronger, for having the patience, the love, the comments all the views and the likes of my posts! I’m glad you enjoyed them! At 4000 and 5000 I’m going to do 2 posts that will be a little Q&A and Facts you want to know about me ! So start leaving your questions or things you want to know in the comments and Email me! GentlemanSparks@Gmail.com …

Stay Strong

Love Always

G.S x

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I Can’t Make You Love Me….

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The link below says it all….

My favourite song ever and the way it is sung and the lyrics are perfect!

You can’t make your heart feel something that it won’t…

Enjoy 😊

Love always,

Your Friend,

G.S x

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If you just Smile…….

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I was blessed to have received a wonderful email from a follower today and it really helped and made my day and it inspired me to do the theme of this post and that will be “Smile

Smile because its infectious, we can pass our smiles on through our warm hearts and smiling can make alot of bad things seem okay, we sometimes smile even when we are broken and torn, but it shows bravery and strength.

Today I want you to BE THE REASON SOMEONE IS SMILING!

And today my reason is you guys, and my close circle of followers who I consider friends (you all know who you are), also my new followers who are wanting to get to know me and who comment and like my posts and enjoy them for what they are, I was going to quit posting after I “recovered” from Scarlett but I want to carry it on because I’d miss you all.

Today smile because of what you have in your life, smile because of the qualities you possess in your personalities an your beautiful features! For your hidden talents and your best kept secrets

Be proud of who you are, send someone a smile, show them that you care because I care, I care about you all!

You’ll see that life is still worthwhile….if you just smile

Your Friend,

G.S x

Smile 🙂 <—- Click the link to hear the Song

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