-you check your AJ account first thing in the morning
-you buy gear that’s way out of your wallet’s depth just to try to keep up with the competition
-you can’t watch an ad or TV without analyzing the music to see if you could write something similar.
-when watching TV or ads you say to yourself “I have a better track than that they could have put there”
- you use “review time” as a standardised measurement of time
- you sincerely hope not to see too many of your musician friends on this site, especially the ones that specialise in the same type of music
-you feel that your paw colour is akin to a military rank in our little society
- you’ve memorised your AudioJungle rank
“Jobs that we don’t even know exist” LOL So true man. Don’t you hate it when they feature some 24 yr old kid as a global photographer, music producer or architect using said product and I’m like “Yeah, not too many 24 year olds doing that… they’re mostly either working in bars/restaurants or doing photocopies if they’re lucky enough to have an office job”
You don’t play guitar? You sure had me fooled with some of your tracks! Good job making the guitar/uke sound realistic in them, I had no idea.
I don’t play guitar either and mostly either had friends play on them or used some of the sample library ones (some are far better than others). I’m trying to expand my employability in the gigging world so I’m currently learning bass.
As for Ukelele advice… always keep it in the same place LOL. Since they’re not that big sometimes you can’t see them so they’re surprisingly easy to lose. Also surprisingly easy to break as I sadly found out one day. I bought this beautiful Ukelele from the Philippines many years back, it had really good tone and looked gorgeous. I was sitting on my bed learning some new chords then I had to get up and do something, when i came back I didn’t see my ukelele and I accidentally sat on it and broke it! Never leave it on your bed LOL!
Been noticing this trend of people leaving, don’t really know why given you lose nothing by leaving your portfolio here. I guess maybe he got tired of the rat race and wanted to walk out. To be honest, as I’ve mentioned in other posts, AudioJungle can be emotionally draining. Especially if you’ve been here a while and still straddling the middle/lower ranks and not seeing too many sales.
No matter what it is sad to see people give up just because it’s easier to chase a dream when many others are on a similar path. Well I hope he’s rocking a different venue now…
Hey Joel, also wanted to show support from my end. So sorry to hear about this, I’m quite disgusted that anyone that considers himself a musician would do this. Really hope you are able to squish this as soon as possible.
and I stopped talking about AJ after the first few months too… I am trying to build a business, not invite everyone to an “open mike”...
Even when I started I was pretty cautious about who I told it to, I tried to keep it limited to the team. Of course, as in all projects, people come and go and this project was no different. Some of my old team even set up shop here but they ended up getting into other things more.
That’s the thing though, to have any level of success here on AJ you have to (somewhat) love what you do here and some musicians would rather be doing other types of music that isn’t as suited for AJ. To be honest I was quite relieved they had chosen to move into other areas as they were good friends and I didn’t want a petty rivalry to tear that apart.
I definitely have the thoughts about the whole competition thing. Even to the extent that I don’t tell my musician friends/contacts about this site. I do get concerns about new people here but to be honest in many ways I’m also not concerned as A.) It’s an expanding market and B.) I too was a newbie at a certain time, if I didn’t gain the ground or the traction in the time I had ahead of them it’s only my own fault that I was not able to advance in that time period.
About the farewell posts I don’t see it as “Hurray competition is gone” I see it more as “Interesting, they are moving to something else in their musical lives” which to me is far more interesting. I really do love this site and I love how essentially it keeps earning me money but at the same time I also have bigger dreams and I am interested in how others are pursuing their other musical objectives.
Enhorabuena amigo! Congrats!!
Hey Josh. Sorry we’ve all kind of highjacked your thread but I think we’ve stumbled upon something close to all our hearts. Even though many times we disagree, I feel all (or at least most) of us have a lot more in common than we don’t. All of us here are composers/musicians/producers and all of us had big dreams. All of us thought that by now we’d be scoring that film, playing a concert at Madison Square Garden or Wembley Arena, or making big bucks producing for the world’s top artists. Whilst some here have achieved a certain amount of success most of us here haven’t. Most of us here want more. We’re here because finally we found a place where some find value to our tunes and are willing to pay for our time and talent. Thanks to the internet this has made the turnover and the creation time a lot faster. We live in a generation where everything happens so quickly that we often get impatient when things don’t happen at the speed we want them to. I’ll admit I’m frustrated, I’ve seen deals come and go and whilst I’ve had moments where I regretted perhaps overcharging and losing out on a gig, I’m glad I held my ground.
I do agree with your point about making music for the enjoyment and for yourself rather than for sales and that is definitely a beautiful thing. If you want to give it away to casual listeners, go ahead everyone is doing it now anyway, be it grooveshark or youtube the days of royalties and pay-per-plays is (nearly) over. But be crafty in other ways so you can still monetize, you’re a skilled musician, you deserve to be rewarded for it. What we do here with our licenses is pretty good but you can also earn in other places. Youtube partnership programs, get a fanbase and let them pay for your concert tickets or merchandise.
I know it sounds like I’m nagging and to an extent I am, but to be honest I’m writing this more for everyone else and even for myself to read when I begin losing hope. This has been reiterated in so many other’s forum posts but I will say it again for everyone’s sake. If you’re someone who is serious about something (be it making movies, drinking wine or buying clothes), you know paying for exactly what you want is a lot better than making do with what is free. The people that really make the moves and shakes in this world are like this. If any director has the right amount of passion and dedication to the craft that is making a film, they should not shrug at paying the composer the right price for giving his/her work of art the breath of life that music gives. If they don’t have the funds they should go on a site like AudioJungle and search meticulously for the cue they want and request edits to make it perfect. It’s this dedication that makes people successful and if you want to work with this kind of person then let’s all start trying to be this person, a little more…
@ Justin, Greg, Anthony and Cyclo: Thanks for all the advice, I’ve taken note of it and will definitely upload a video if I can convince a friend to come out and film us. We plan to perform at Hyde Park, a park located at the CBD (Central Business District) of Sydney.
On the topic of busking with keyboards, two occasions I saw it done, both guys were making great money. I saw this guy in Downtown Disney District in Anaheim and he had a complete show with lights, smoke pre-recorded arrangements… the works. It was an amazing one-man show and the guy made bank thanks to great showmanship and fantastic location. The other guy i saw doing it was an elderly gentleman here in Sydney using a Yamaha Keyboard. He’d made arrangements using the keyboard’s band-in-a-box function, it was a bit cheezy but he was doing great so who am I to criticise.