To celebrate the end of my mid-term exams, I decided to buy myself a ticket to Joe Brooks’ concert which was held last night. For those of you who are scratching your heads, here’s a short introduction:
Joe Brooks is a 25 year old British singer-songwriter who is currently based in LA. Born in Southampton, he managed to garner 11 million song plays on MySpace and won the title ‘Number 1 Unsigned UK Artist’ back in 2008. Although successfully releasing a full album under Universal Republic Records, he left the label to work as an independent artiste two years later, stating that he want to create music the way he wanted to. In 2011, he launched his first independent EP ‘A Reason To Swim’ through a site called PledgeMusic where fans could pledge money to fund his recording endeavours. Following that, he gained enough of a fan base to tour around Asia. His new EP ‘The Boy and the Broken Machine’ is set to be released on the 1st of June.
I arrived at The Bee, Publika an hour before the concert was scheduled to start and while queuing up to enter the venue, Joe’s pianist just strolled by and smiled at everyone. I would’ve stopped him for a picture if not for the fact that I was in utter shock. Imagine if we saw Steven or Mark just walking right by in front of us… :O The concert went well and I had a lot of fun. I even got to meet him and the band after the show.
This was taken from his showcase last year.
Here are some of Joe Brooks’ songs if you’re interested:
Let me know what you think of him in the comments below!
But I’m not here to gush and fangirl over him. At some point during the concert last night, I found myself thinking of David. I guess it’s what us Archies are known for, eh?
I was just thinking: it would be a good move for David to release his music through PledgeMusic as well. It is an online direct-to-fan music platform. Most unsigned artistes would request for funds from fans that would financially aid them in upcoming music projects. If the pledge was successful and the required amount has been collected, the recording process will start. Fans who have pledged their money to the project will receive incentives from the given artiste. Joe had a free copy of his new EP sent to all the pledgers. The only downside, however, is that the site does charge a certain fee on the funds collected.
Just think about it, David could express his creativity and ideas with so much freedom. No one to answer to or no one to block creative juices. Everything is decided by the artiste, right down to the album cover. Plus, David wouldn’t have to worry about the lack of funds. I’m sure the Archies all around the world would help out in any way possible, no?
So, what do you guys think? Do you see this in David’s future? After all, we were hoping he would start writing music once he got back. I think this would be a perfect opportunity for David if he ever decided he wanted to take things into his own hands.
P.S.: I apologize for any spelling mistakes or sentences that don’t quite make sense. Autocorrect can be so frustrating some times. Haha.