So, it's finally here - the day where I launch my EP. Part of me feels kind of underwhelmed by the whole affair - after all, I've had plenty of time to get used to doing gigs and at the end of the day, this is just another gig. But the other part - and the part I'm sure will start screaming louder as the day goes on - is quick to remind me that I've intentionally made this particular gig all about me.
Making myself the centre of attention is usually something I actively avoid, but writing an EP demands a launch party, and I'm not going to miss out on an opportunity to party with many of the people who made it possible and supported me through the whole thing. Also, it'd be nice to sell a few copies now it's done!
I've done pretty much everything I've needed to do - putting the CDs together, making posters, drumming up a little bit of publicity, rehearsals, getting audio gear. The Facebook page for the launch is looking pretty healthy as these things go, so hopefully I'll get a decent crowd. But until 7pm tonight - and possibly some time after - I'm going to be terrified that no-one will show up. But at least I can rely on the friends and family who got me here, and even by themselves they make a nice little (but vocal) crowd.
I intentionally didn't put any thanks on my EP itself: mainly because there wasn't much room left. But also because I'd rather do my thanks in person (or... well, in internet). So thank you - everyone who's bought a copy already, asked about it, even considered buying a copy, asked me how things were going along musically (both with the EP and in general), come to (or wanted to come to) my solo gigs or those with the band. If it weren't for all of you, they would have had to drag me out from under the table to get me to perform at all! I said this gig is all about me, but really* it's all about you**.
I'm really looking forward to tonight, and playing a gig that means a lot to me. Even more than that, I'm looking forward to continuing on with music after tonight - planning gigs, writing songs, maybe even recording some. Nearly all of that will be done with my band, The Solution, because - well, because they're awesome, and I find it much more fun and rewarding playing with a band than solo. So look out for us!
For those of you who can't be there tonight (or randomly stumbled upon/were directed to this blog) the EP is now available to download on my bandcamp site for $4, complete with secret bonus tracks! You can listen to all of the tracks live on the bandcamp page and decide for yourself whether I'm worth the price of an overpriced packet of chips ;) Go to http://nickbeeton.bandcamp.com or press some buttons below!
* cliched moment warning
** I warned you!