Yesterday, my letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, reached 11,000+ people. I received shares all over the country from people who support the creative arts and humanities and how important it is to keep them alive.
Later on, I asked people to buy my albums. I made one sale.*
The other night in Cardiff, I met a band called Your Protected. They're amazing. I want to buy their album, but as I don't have a secured income from music whilst I'm touring this month, I have to wait just incase I run out of petrol/food - things are that tight. Played a great gig. I sold two CDs, the guy I was supposed to crash on the floor of didn't show up. So I slept in my car.
The other night in Andover I played a great gig (after sleeping in my car in Wales the night before), a nice guy who loved what I was doing asked if he could by me a drink, as I was driving I said 'no thanks, but please buy an album' - thankfully he came over to the merch box and did so, but it very often goes the other way.
So last night, I made both of 2013's albums PAY WHAT YOU LIKE, had an angry debate with my girlfriend about how to break even/survive the creative arts/humanities and nearly found myself agreeing with Nicky Morgan, MP.
Then I look at bands like Juan Direction and realise the ONLY way to make money out of music is to aim it at pre-teen girls, fill it with extreme language and love-lies, get as many oil, mobile, sugar companies to fund it. So, here's the question: how should I get my hair cut? :)
But then the tattoo on my arm reminds me that this is a long journey and I don't have to do that. I want my work to mean something.
I appreciate every sale and it all goes back into playing music without compromise - I can say and do things like defending the creative education of kids because I'm independently funded. December is coming and no one splashes out on independent music for Christmas, so I'm asking now:
Please pick up an album, come to a show and share things that resonnate with you.
Grant Sharkey - "1/40" - Released 6th May 2013
PRICE: PAY WHAT YOU LIKE
Includes: Pork Pie Hat, I'm Sorry To Hear You're A Racist, The Clown (aka The Onesie Song), Rupert's Tunnel Of Love, Call To Arms.
Grant Sharkey "2/40: Binge Thinker" - Released 5th November 2013
PRICE: PAY WHAT YOU LIKE
Includes: Feed The Kids, Liam, HEROTERRORVICTIM, Matter and much much more.
Grant Sharkey "3/40: Free Nuggets" - Released May 1st 2014
A 45 minute love song to live music and the people we are missing from each show.
Grant Sharkey - "4/40: URSS!" - Released November 5th 2014
Includes: Borborygmus, URSS!, Gimme, Gimme UR <3, Jelly People and A Good Place to Start and much, much more.
*(all four albums to one person - £15.00 - thank you! x).