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¤ The Mozzie to my Neal ¤

Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought

Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth
Maybe you’d understand…

-Ari Herstand, “Maybe” (x)

I’m coming home

-Ari Herstand, “Maybe” (x)

Close your eyes and feel me hold you

This is love, this is pain
This is sacrifice

-Ari Herstand, “Maybe” (x)

Please come home

-Ari Herstand, “Maybe” (x)

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This video is obscene.

(Source: ariherstand)

Ari's Anthology Archiving Anything Amazing...blog: the real shit

ariherstand:

Today is my 26th birthday. Well i guess it’s officially over, but i’m still up.. so it still is my birthday. I’m still technically on tour. I’ve been out since March 1st. I didn’t make the kind of money I was hoping to on the tour with Ron so I had to stay out a little longer and book a few more shows for just me.

The hardest part about being an independent musician is sustaining. I don’t have a record company pouring money over me to live on while I sit at home and write or take “inspirational” vacations. I don’t have a booking agent setting up my shows and making sure I get the best deals at the best venues with the best acts. I don’t have a manager talking me up to everyone they know, getting me big opening tours, sending my music out to music supervisors, getting me in the door to record companies. I don’t have a publicist getting me on late night/early morning TV shows, pushing me at local press, getting radio interviews. I don’t have a lawyer getting me in the door everywhere and anywhere, reading all the contracts I’m not getting and negotiating deals to make me famous.

It’s just me.

Would i like all of these people on my team? Sure, someday. But I know that these people will eventually come to me and I do what I can on my own, pushing my career forward. I’ve been doing it all on my own since the beginning and I’ve gotten it down.

But right now it sucks. At this very moment. On my 26th birthday when all I want to do is be back at home in LA with the person that I love the most just walking down Sunset getting frozen yogurt.

But I’m in Madison, Wisconsin after playing a living room concert on my 26th birthday because I need to make enough money to sustain for the next few months until I hit the road again.

Now, this isn’t a pity party. I know everything I should be grateful for and I am grateful for everything. Yes I’m grateful that I’m able to make a living playing music. To have made a living for over 3 and a half years playing ORIGINAL music. That’s my #1. That’s all I really want, but at the end of the day making a living by having to be on the road most of my life isn’t much of a life.

Cam (our Australian opener for the tour and played in Ron’s band) had a quote tattooed on him “make a life not a living.” I think it’s Jason Mraz line or something. You know, that’s much easier said than done. I’m trying to make a life and a living, but you can’t make much of life without money. I don’t need to be rich, but it would be nice to not have to worry about where my next big money show is going to be, or how long my tour has to be to pay all my bills for the 3 months that I won’t be on tour. Or how I’m going to fill the club in Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco…

I had a wonderful time tonight playing this living room concert. I truly did. Surprisingly. I mean, I do enjoy playing these living room concerts - sometimes more than the clubs. It’s a balance. But I’m at a point where I just want to be home. I have one more living room concert, a show at a high school and then I perform “last day” for that high school’s graduation - they chose it as their senior class song (awesome).. and then i drive back to LA. So less than a week I’ll be home.

I’ve been out since March 1st. It’s June 1st. My birthday.

I do love doing what I do and I am honored and fortunate to be able to do what I love for a “living,” but it’s not all bubble gum like many people think. I book 100% of my shows. Yes, the entire 45 date Ron Pope tour also. Anytime I’m on TV or the radio or in the newspaper is because I convinced someone to put me on.

So far it’s worked out - for the most part. Some people don’t respect me because I have to do the talking for me.. if that makes any sense. Some clubs don’t want to book me because I don’t have an agent. Some newspapers won’t write stories because I’m pushing me. Most radio stations won’t play me because I can’t send them tickets to Hawaii or am not withholding the new Taylor Swift record unless they play me. Most TV shows won’t put my music behind their show because they want to go through the proven publishers first, then the artists whose managers took them out to dinner, then the record company, then the lawyer’s clients, then their good friends, then the artists who they “discovered” via their intern… and then me… maybe… if they have enough time or energy to listen to my song.

There are million things I don’t understand about this industry and a few things I do. I don’t get why Rebecca Black can get 100 million plays and my “do ask do tell” video can’t get 1 million. Hell, can’t get 10 thousand. Why a video of cats running into doors goes viral and a video promoting equality, human rights and love to a song with a good beat and positive message doesn’t. Oh well. It is what it is.

There are a thousand more successful independent artists and a thousand less successful ones. Again, I’m grateful. I am. I know I could be working back at Starbucks. But I’ve worked so hard to get here. I’ve worked 16 hour days of making sure I can survive playing music. And had some time to write a song occasionally and practice my trumpet.

There are independent artists who can sit at home and do nothing and wait for checks from iTunes to pour in. I’m not one of those. I make my money beating the ground on the road. Show to show. Tshirt sale by CD sale by poster sale. That $20 you just gave me for my Tshirt just bought my lunch… and dinner.. and some of my gas tank. That’s how this works. Sell enough Tshirts, CDs and posters and there’s rent. And on to the next show.

So this is the music industry. I don’t need to be a star. I’m not clawing for stardom. Will I turn success down? Of course not. Of course I want amazing success, but will I sacrifice my integrity to get there? Fuck no. And that’s why I released “do ask do tell” and that’s why I’m not drooling at record deals and that’s why I’m not blowing record execs, managers and booking agents. I’m building my career from the ground up gaining one living room audience at a time. One quarter full club at a time. One YouTube view at a time. One iTunes download at a time.

There it is. The real shit. peace

~Ari

I know this is a long post, but I just really need it on my blog right now. This man is incredible for making a life for himself by doing what he loves at great personal cost. We need more people like this in the world, and more importantly, we need to look to people like this when making critical choices about our own lives. More specifically, I do. I can’t give up because the career I want might be a hazard of a dying industry. It’s my passion, it’s what I love, and I shouldn’t give it up just because it may be difficult to sustain life in it. No one said this chapter would be easy. I may have to write it a few times before I get it right. Hell, I might never get it right. But I can’t give up on it and start a new book. I’ve put too much time and love into this one, and I’m not ready to give up. I never will. I love what I do (or rather, what I did) and I won’t let it go.

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ariherstand:

this is the most creative holiday song you will hear this season! &:) 

ari herstand - “carol of the bells” LOOPED!!!

get the song here or itunes

happy holidays <3

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ariherstand:

this is the most creative holiday song you will hear this season! &:) 

ari herstand - “carol of the bells” LOOPED!!!

get the song here or itunes

happy holidays <3

AMAZING. And that’s coming from someone who’s a Christmas music Scrooge, but I’ve gotta say, this is bombastic fantastic. One of the rare Christmas renditions I’ll listen to. :D 

Congratulations on making it to the halfway point, Ari!

http://ariherstand.com/loop

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michygeary:

You should back this project. I mean, if not because he’s a brilliantly talented and quality musician who is trying to make it in an industry that celebrates the Rebecca Blacks of the world, then at least to see him make more videos like this. (x)

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Ari. I effin love you. Waiting on the gif from just a few minutes ago…

Don’t you worry, I’ll have it/them up tonight! :D 

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