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Check it out in the video above!
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Are you an artist wanting to create your own merch shop? Well this week I'm sharing a video on how to use SHOPIFY to create your own official store to sell T-Shirts, Hoodies, and even your own music! Check it out in the video above!
The amount of "full circle" moments I've been quietly experiencing recently has been astronomical.
Trying to write this post has taken numerous attempts as I keep getting lost in thought as the memories come flooding back to me. It's like the perfect movie made just for me playing in front of my eyes as I type these words.
💔 A decade of trying. A decade of heartbreak. A decade of work. 💔
Around this exact time in 2010 I was being whisked away to Los Angeles, filming a music video for "If You're on the Same Level," deferring my college education to chase my dreams head-first into the concrete wilds of the Music Industry.
I had no idea the amount of pain and sadness the following years would bring as my personal and family life went up and down. My parents divorce, my time at Starbucks, paying $20,000+ for an album that failed when it came out, very dark spells of depression, an infection that almost killed me...
Somewhere along the lines I lost count of all the times I was told to "grow up and get a real job." To stop being a silly little dreamer and "let the music be a side thing."
The amount of times people literally laughed in my face when I said I wanted to be a pop star became unreal. Everyone jumped to diminish my music, criticizing every lyric, melody, sound, and rhyme.
When every heartbreak happened, people swooped in to tell me to "let go" of my music, attempting to break my heart further into multiple pieces.
🧠 And, up until recently, their voices stayed living rent free in my mind. 🧠
Serving that eviction notice will probably go down as one of the best things I've ever done for myself. If there's anything I would tell Jon-Jon of 2010 it would be this:
Don't. Ever. Stop. Trying.
This is what I want anyone who watches my videos on Tik Tok or YouTube or where ever to take away. Don't ever stop trying even on the nights you've got nothing in your cupboards and have to eat a can of tomato paste because that's literally all you have and can afford. 😅 If music is your passion, everything else becomes secondary. Back in 2010 I couldn't understand that and often went back-and-forth about if my passion for music was "real."
Until I lost it in 2019 and realized just HOW MUCH it was my lifeline. When my hard drive crashed and I lost all of my project files for "Utopia" and "Ouija Board," I realized the deep connection to music that was in my soul. It turns out one of the worst moments of 2019 taught me the most about myself.
So now it's 2020.
Everything, no matter how small or minute, that is happening in my music career is a win for me. No one else may see it that way, but it is to me. It's a testament to myself that I CAN do this. I was BORN to do this. There is so much value in all of the views, comments, DM's, shares, other artist's success brought about from my content, like it's all a win for me. It's a beautiful moment that I'm going to cherish every second of, no matter how stressed or frustrated I may get.
"Grow up and get a real job."
OK, I did. 🙃
📖 This next chapter is going to be fun. 📖
Thank you to everyone who is in my corner and supporting my videos, music, etc.
It all truly means more to me than you'll ever know. 💗
This week I'm discussing the System of Music Marketing and how independent artists can use it to find their own unique sound! 🔊
It's an expansion to the type of content I've been doing on Tik Tok that has amassed almost 2 MILLION Views! 🤯I've gained almost 15,000 followers since I started doing them and since I've been asked numerous times how I do them -I thought I'd share!
⭐️ In addition to this video, I've uploaded my first ever Tik Tok Compilation video featuring some of my album genre breakdowns from artists like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, BTS, and more!
Check it out!
Are you an artist wanting to learn how to chart in Australia? Getting on the coveted ARIA music charts is a sought-after feat for many artists. So if you want to learn how to improve your chances for charting, make sure you watch this video!
Have you ever wondered how to chart your music in other countries like the UK? Have you wondered if there's an exact formula for charting and what that might be? If that sounds like you, you won't want to miss this video! Take a look and don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments!
As someone who can't play a typical instrument, one question I get asked a lot is how I make music. Well, I thought today I'd share some of my experiences and how I got making music without much formal music training in order to help others who might be like me! (Anyone can make music!!)
~ JONATHAN MILLER🌙
In an almost poetic fashion, after 13 long years of online creation I had my first video anywhere hit 100,000 views right when the platform may get banned...
Regardless of the "what ifs," to have 100,000 views attached to something I made feels incredible.
I know for many people 100K is probably nothing, but for me, it's a symbol of long-term dedication. Funny enough, the topic of the video happens to be about an aspect of the music industry I've always found interesting and what made me feel the most like an alien👽 - how pop albums are marketed. 📋
If I could tell each and every person who has viewed my TikToks in the week since I posted this video how much I appreciate them for giving me 60 seconds of their time, I would. 🙏🏼 I know this is an age of instant gratification and everyone having millions of views so to some this post might be a bit pathetic, but for me this is brand new and a huge milestone.
Not entirely, admittedly. I've had 28 years of knowing what I'd do if something I created every caught fire 🔥and now it has. This is where the fun and the story really begins. 😁
Grateful is the word ringing in my mind. Getting some kind of virality for the first time, even if it isn't for my music specifically, is a privilege I don't take lightly. I recognize the fact that people caring about my content makes me LUCKY🍀, however the work it took to get there must be honored too. I'm still an absolute no one, but maybe this is a sign of things to come? If it's not, like I said, I'm grateful for this moment whatever it signifies. 🌸
13 years of dead ends and "maybe this will work's." 13 years of small wins and major losses. This is why I tell people to never ever quit chasing their dream for a career music. The path that leads you forward may not look like the path you imagined... but you're still on the path if you open your eyes and just keep walking.
2020 really has been something, huh?
I've been writing this book alone for so long... Let's see what happens if you write it with me going forward.
Are you familiar with how Taylor Swift recently surprise dropped her latest album, "Folklore?" If you'd like to know how to do a surprise drop effectively then this video should help you out! I've put together a checklist for independent artists who want to know how to release a song step-by-step so make sure you watch this video if that's you! :D
Did you know that there is no such thing as failure in the music industry? Every little mistake is actually a building block that improves you as an artist, even if it feels like everything is crashing down. So here's a video on how you can handle things when a project falls apart or doesn't yield the results you were hoping for! Check it out!
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