ONE YEAR OF NO EARBUDS

January 3, 2020

A year ago today, I made a promise to myself.
I was going to take my January 3 back.
‚Äć

For the twelve months that preceded, I dreaded the date. As much as things were looking promising as I built my freelance business from the ground up, I couldn't escape the serious impact that losing that job had on my life. I didn't want it to be the one year anniversary of when I got laid off, and I didn't want every year to start in that same way. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such an emotional person and that I didn't let other people's decisions and actions hurt me so deeply, especially when they're as normal as losing your job, but these last couple of years have helped me realize that that's exactly what makes me who I am. I've since learned a lot about being more honest about the way I feel and have been practicing embracing my emotions instead of burying them, building up an inner strength that I didn't know I had. And the combination of that newfound courage + the support of my community and people are exactly what's gotten me here, celebrating an entirely different kind of anniversary.
‚Äć

You see... I did take my January 3 back. One year ago today, I launched this website and my very own creative promo and marketing business. I remember feeling like I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do, how I was going to grow it from nothing, or if I'd even get through year one, but I knew I had to just take the chance. And at the end of the day, investing in myself and my own creativity has been both the scariest and most rewarding decision I've made in a long time.
‚Äć

I remember about a month before I launched everything, I went out around LA and had a bunch of meetings with different labels and ~biz people~ to give them a heads up of what I was planning. It's funny ‚Äď‚Äď I felt like¬†I had been relatively low key about my hustle throughout 2018 so maybe it'd be worth it to catch up with these people who always wanted my attention when I worked for a label beforehand. Some people were receptive and excited, but most had questions. Most didn't understand what I was trying to accomplish. One couldn't even look me in the eye when they told me that no one would care about what¬†I was building until I had "real numbers" behind it. (Yes, that really happened.)

It was after that meeting that I realized what I probably knew in my gut the whole time; that I'm not made for this business, and neither is No Earbuds. My idea from the start was to empower our own community; with media outlets dying off by the day, pivoting to video or whatever the fuck else they spout when they abruptly lay off hundreds and thousands of brilliant journalists each year... and even fewer existing that support, never mind acknowledge, the ever-growing modern indie punk/emo scene, I knew that taking a traditional approach to publicizing and marketing a record in 2019 and beyond would eventually fall flat. Sure, you can get some blog coverage on a band but are there people at their shows? Is their audience growing? Is it authentic? Did working with whoever you worked with actually change their career for the better? As an artist, do you want your label to just hire their go-to PR person and run a standard campaign for a couple thousand dollars that YOU will eventually have to pay back even if nothing comes of it? Or do you want someone who will become a part of your team, who understands what makes you different and is passionate about trying anything to get more people to pay attention?

‚Äć
No Earbuds' strategy from the very beginning has been to combine both traditional and modern strategies to spread the word about a band or new release. Incorporating fans and staying alert to what different music communities all over the world are doing to share art with one another are the benchmarks of what I do for my artists, in addition to covering the traditional bases of music PR. I believe in the bigger picture, always, and building things one step at a time for natural growth to take place. I'm so happy to look back on this first year of No Earbuds and be able to point out several examples of these strategies working; on campaigns for bands like Queen of Jeans, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Origami Angel and others, I was able to help grow their audiences by implementing creative social campaigns, ensuring key music outlets were covering the release, and utilizing the strength of their existing fanbases to increase awareness to entirely new levels.

And not that it matters, but our social numbers started one year ago today at 0 followers across the board. Today I'm proud to say that between Twitter, Instagram and my mailing list, our little family has grown to over 6,000+ fans all over the world... and counting! So take that, shitty industry dude!

‚Äć


So as I kick off year two of No Earbuds, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this endeavor so far; you know who you are (and I know who you aren't). I couldn't have imagined that enough people would care about this for me to keep it going this long. I honestly thought I'd have to find a real job at some point, but thanks to all of you, I get to do this for another year and that's awesome. And we've got a podcast now, too! So you can hear me talk about music and play clips of my favorite songs from time to time, which should be fun and hopefully can grow into another medium to expose you all to some new bands.


2020 is going to be a monumentally huge year for me, both professionally and personally. Within the first few months of the year, we'll have new releases from AJJ, Ratboys, Rosie Tucker, Bartees Strange, Dogleg, talker + lots more... epic tours from Chris Farren + Retirement Party, The Wonder Years + Free Throw + Pool Kids, oso oso + Prince Daddy & The Hyena, plus one EXTREMELY HYPE reunion that I can't tell you about just yet... and oh yeah, I'm having a baby in March! It's gonna be a wild year but I am so ready for it all.

To celebrate, I updated the Spotify playlist as sort of a 2020 preview. It's got some current clients you already know about, future clients I haven't told you about yet, and some other bands/projects I'm just really excited about. Check it out.
‚Äć

Again, I seriously appreciate you all giving me this platform and the opportunity to do this in the first place. You're the OG earbuddies and I can't thank you enough.
‚Äć
Here's to year two. Happy January 3, everyone.

Love,
Jamie

Life

ONE YEAR OF NO EARBUDS

January 3, 2020

A year ago today, I made a promise to myself.
I was going to take my January 3 back.
‚Äć

For the twelve months that preceded, I dreaded the date. As much as things were looking promising as I built my freelance business from the ground up, I couldn't escape the serious impact that losing that job had on my life. I didn't want it to be the one year anniversary of when I got laid off, and I didn't want every year to start in that same way. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such an emotional person and that I didn't let other people's decisions and actions hurt me so deeply, especially when they're as normal as losing your job, but these last couple of years have helped me realize that that's exactly what makes me who I am. I've since learned a lot about being more honest about the way I feel and have been practicing embracing my emotions instead of burying them, building up an inner strength that I didn't know I had. And the combination of that newfound courage + the support of my community and people are exactly what's gotten me here, celebrating an entirely different kind of anniversary.
‚Äć

You see... I did take my January 3 back. One year ago today, I launched this website and my very own creative promo and marketing business. I remember feeling like I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do, how I was going to grow it from nothing, or if I'd even get through year one, but I knew I had to just take the chance. And at the end of the day, investing in myself and my own creativity has been both the scariest and most rewarding decision I've made in a long time.
‚Äć

I remember about a month before I launched everything, I went out around LA and had a bunch of meetings with different labels and ~biz people~ to give them a heads up of what I was planning. It's funny ‚Äď‚Äď I felt like¬†I had been relatively low key about my hustle throughout 2018 so maybe it'd be worth it to catch up with these people who always wanted my attention when I worked for a label beforehand. Some people were receptive and excited, but most had questions. Most didn't understand what I was trying to accomplish. One couldn't even look me in the eye when they told me that no one would care about what¬†I was building until I had "real numbers" behind it. (Yes, that really happened.)

It was after that meeting that I realized what I probably knew in my gut the whole time; that I'm not made for this business, and neither is No Earbuds. My idea from the start was to empower our own community; with media outlets dying off by the day, pivoting to video or whatever the fuck else they spout when they abruptly lay off hundreds and thousands of brilliant journalists each year... and even fewer existing that support, never mind acknowledge, the ever-growing modern indie punk/emo scene, I knew that taking a traditional approach to publicizing and marketing a record in 2019 and beyond would eventually fall flat. Sure, you can get some blog coverage on a band but are there people at their shows? Is their audience growing? Is it authentic? Did working with whoever you worked with actually change their career for the better? As an artist, do you want your label to just hire their go-to PR person and run a standard campaign for a couple thousand dollars that YOU will eventually have to pay back even if nothing comes of it? Or do you want someone who will become a part of your team, who understands what makes you different and is passionate about trying anything to get more people to pay attention?

‚Äć
No Earbuds' strategy from the very beginning has been to combine both traditional and modern strategies to spread the word about a band or new release. Incorporating fans and staying alert to what different music communities all over the world are doing to share art with one another are the benchmarks of what I do for my artists, in addition to covering the traditional bases of music PR. I believe in the bigger picture, always, and building things one step at a time for natural growth to take place. I'm so happy to look back on this first year of No Earbuds and be able to point out several examples of these strategies working; on campaigns for bands like Queen of Jeans, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Origami Angel and others, I was able to help grow their audiences by implementing creative social campaigns, ensuring key music outlets were covering the release, and utilizing the strength of their existing fanbases to increase awareness to entirely new levels.

And not that it matters, but our social numbers started one year ago today at 0 followers across the board. Today I'm proud to say that between Twitter, Instagram and my mailing list, our little family has grown to over 6,000+ fans all over the world... and counting! So take that, shitty industry dude!

‚Äć


So as I kick off year two of No Earbuds, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this endeavor so far; you know who you are (and I know who you aren't). I couldn't have imagined that enough people would care about this for me to keep it going this long. I honestly thought I'd have to find a real job at some point, but thanks to all of you, I get to do this for another year and that's awesome. And we've got a podcast now, too! So you can hear me talk about music and play clips of my favorite songs from time to time, which should be fun and hopefully can grow into another medium to expose you all to some new bands.


2020 is going to be a monumentally huge year for me, both professionally and personally. Within the first few months of the year, we'll have new releases from AJJ, Ratboys, Rosie Tucker, Bartees Strange, Dogleg, talker + lots more... epic tours from Chris Farren + Retirement Party, The Wonder Years + Free Throw + Pool Kids, oso oso + Prince Daddy & The Hyena, plus one EXTREMELY HYPE reunion that I can't tell you about just yet... and oh yeah, I'm having a baby in March! It's gonna be a wild year but I am so ready for it all.

To celebrate, I updated the Spotify playlist as sort of a 2020 preview. It's got some current clients you already know about, future clients I haven't told you about yet, and some other bands/projects I'm just really excited about. Check it out.
‚Äć

Again, I seriously appreciate you all giving me this platform and the opportunity to do this in the first place. You're the OG earbuddies and I can't thank you enough.
‚Äć
Here's to year two. Happy January 3, everyone.

Love,
Jamie

Life

ONE YEAR OF NO EARBUDS

May 26, 2020

A year ago today, I made a promise to myself.
I was going to take my January 3 back.
‚Äć

For the twelve months that preceded, I dreaded the date. As much as things were looking promising as I built my freelance business from the ground up, I couldn't escape the serious impact that losing that job had on my life. I didn't want it to be the one year anniversary of when I got laid off, and I didn't want every year to start in that same way. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such an emotional person and that I didn't let other people's decisions and actions hurt me so deeply, especially when they're as normal as losing your job, but these last couple of years have helped me realize that that's exactly what makes me who I am. I've since learned a lot about being more honest about the way I feel and have been practicing embracing my emotions instead of burying them, building up an inner strength that I didn't know I had. And the combination of that newfound courage + the support of my community and people are exactly what's gotten me here, celebrating an entirely different kind of anniversary.
‚Äć

You see... I did take my January 3 back. One year ago today, I launched this website and my very own creative promo and marketing business. I remember feeling like I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do, how I was going to grow it from nothing, or if I'd even get through year one, but I knew I had to just take the chance. And at the end of the day, investing in myself and my own creativity has been both the scariest and most rewarding decision I've made in a long time.
‚Äć

I remember about a month before I launched everything, I went out around LA and had a bunch of meetings with different labels and ~biz people~ to give them a heads up of what I was planning. It's funny ‚Äď‚Äď I felt like¬†I had been relatively low key about my hustle throughout 2018 so maybe it'd be worth it to catch up with these people who always wanted my attention when I worked for a label beforehand. Some people were receptive and excited, but most had questions. Most didn't understand what I was trying to accomplish. One couldn't even look me in the eye when they told me that no one would care about what¬†I was building until I had "real numbers" behind it. (Yes, that really happened.)

It was after that meeting that I realized what I probably knew in my gut the whole time; that I'm not made for this business, and neither is No Earbuds. My idea from the start was to empower our own community; with media outlets dying off by the day, pivoting to video or whatever the fuck else they spout when they abruptly lay off hundreds and thousands of brilliant journalists each year... and even fewer existing that support, never mind acknowledge, the ever-growing modern indie punk/emo scene, I knew that taking a traditional approach to publicizing and marketing a record in 2019 and beyond would eventually fall flat. Sure, you can get some blog coverage on a band but are there people at their shows? Is their audience growing? Is it authentic? Did working with whoever you worked with actually change their career for the better? As an artist, do you want your label to just hire their go-to PR person and run a standard campaign for a couple thousand dollars that YOU will eventually have to pay back even if nothing comes of it? Or do you want someone who will become a part of your team, who understands what makes you different and is passionate about trying anything to get more people to pay attention?

‚Äć
No Earbuds' strategy from the very beginning has been to combine both traditional and modern strategies to spread the word about a band or new release. Incorporating fans and staying alert to what different music communities all over the world are doing to share art with one another are the benchmarks of what I do for my artists, in addition to covering the traditional bases of music PR. I believe in the bigger picture, always, and building things one step at a time for natural growth to take place. I'm so happy to look back on this first year of No Earbuds and be able to point out several examples of these strategies working; on campaigns for bands like Queen of Jeans, Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Origami Angel and others, I was able to help grow their audiences by implementing creative social campaigns, ensuring key music outlets were covering the release, and utilizing the strength of their existing fanbases to increase awareness to entirely new levels.

And not that it matters, but our social numbers started one year ago today at 0 followers across the board. Today I'm proud to say that between Twitter, Instagram and my mailing list, our little family has grown to over 6,000+ fans all over the world... and counting! So take that, shitty industry dude!

‚Äć


So as I kick off year two of No Earbuds, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this endeavor so far; you know who you are (and I know who you aren't). I couldn't have imagined that enough people would care about this for me to keep it going this long. I honestly thought I'd have to find a real job at some point, but thanks to all of you, I get to do this for another year and that's awesome. And we've got a podcast now, too! So you can hear me talk about music and play clips of my favorite songs from time to time, which should be fun and hopefully can grow into another medium to expose you all to some new bands.


2020 is going to be a monumentally huge year for me, both professionally and personally. Within the first few months of the year, we'll have new releases from AJJ, Ratboys, Rosie Tucker, Bartees Strange, Dogleg, talker + lots more... epic tours from Chris Farren + Retirement Party, The Wonder Years + Free Throw + Pool Kids, oso oso + Prince Daddy & The Hyena, plus one EXTREMELY HYPE reunion that I can't tell you about just yet... and oh yeah, I'm having a baby in March! It's gonna be a wild year but I am so ready for it all.

To celebrate, I updated the Spotify playlist as sort of a 2020 preview. It's got some current clients you already know about, future clients I haven't told you about yet, and some other bands/projects I'm just really excited about. Check it out.
‚Äć

Again, I seriously appreciate you all giving me this platform and the opportunity to do this in the first place. You're the OG earbuddies and I can't thank you enough.
‚Äć
Here's to year two. Happy January 3, everyone.

Love,
Jamie