It’s a nice day today :) I bought some new furniture from IKEA – in every piece of IKEA furniture there’s always one fucking screw that doesn’t fit – and will be spending the afternoon assembling everything in my room, probably with Spotify on. I’ve recently consolidated all my music on Spotify into one playlist of hit songs, about 350 of them that I just throw on shuffle, the best that music has ever had to offer
I thought I’d follow up a little on my life because I always hate it in videos when people say “I’m gonna be doing something super cool and I’ll tell you more about it soon!” – tell us now! Stop being a dick! So this is me telling you now.
Since Forever Yours charted I met with a load of record labels, they made me a bunch of offers and I turned them all down. That’s the short version. The long version is that they really couldn’t offer me anything I can’t do myself, used a lot of vague buzzwords (“we’d like to take what you’ve done so far and expand it”), and would insist on me playing by their silly rules; getting a VEVO channel, giving them most of my money even though I’m doing most of the work, getting a big say in what songs I release and when, not letting me produce my own music … sounds rubbish! So I said no. I really don’t need much money – I’m proud to say that with music and YouTube combined I make enough to pay the house and food, and that’s nice, so now I might as well just focus on doing things that are lots of fun and that make me happy.
With that in mind, I recorded a new song which I think sounds great; much better than Forever Yours, although a lot of you will hopefully disagree with that, since part of what makes music exciting to me is its diversity. It’s so much fun, because I can play all the instruments myself and have complete control over my sound; I learned so much from my time being produced by Tom about what works, how to make things sound good. For the first hour I was in the studio, I just listened to various songs Tom’s made and tried to figure out why I liked them so much. In short, it’s all still me and I like it that way, and I’m grateful that you’re happy to help me along for the ride :)
In general, I think change is fantastic. If you stay in one place too long, people will pass you by; you might as well move ahead and hope other people follow. Either way you’re doing things on your own but one way is clearly more exciting. On the topic of my videos themselves, I don’t feel they’ve changed at all; I’m sharing my life like I always have done, but my life now has a specific direction that excites and drives me. It’s me that’s changed. And as always, I never want to stop saying that you should only ever support my music if you actually LIKE the music. To me it seems simple: buy and enjoy what you like; ignore and move past what you don’t. I’m gonna be the same either way. If you think my videos are becoming less entertaining I’d highly advise you to stop watching them!
My absolute favourite thing about all the Forever Yours stuff was that a lot of people told me it felt like we all strengthened as a community of people, sharing in one cool thing and (most importantly) having loads of fun while doing it. Someone asked me on YouTube ‘why are you doing this again?’ – imagine that as a question!
A: Lady Gaga’s releasing a new single.
I’m doing it again cos a) I like making music (obvious) and b) because chasing impossible dreams, stealing whole days and doing things our way is FUN and I definitely wanna do more of it :D