So I’m really working hard to try and get my new rock music out there for people to hear and see. It’s funny how things work out, sometimes. I’ve always had a tendency to watch for the little coincidences that happen in life, and on a certain level, I often wonder if they’re not planned… The cancellation of my August tour is no exception to this. The way that things happened, coupled with the timelines of getting P2 visas in order to be able to tour with no worries about getting turned away at the border, was something else for me to watch happen, but at the end of the day, the tour dates are simply going to be moved into October. We had a number of things happening with my band mates, death in the family, MAJOR surgery to be scheduled, etc. When you have to apply for the visa at least three months out, and those guys have all of this other, more important stuff on their minds, it really all just pointed to moving the dates.
I’m happy to report though that my touring effort has been taken over by a gentleman by the name of Rick Eberle. From what I understand of this man, he’s been around the biz for quite a long time, including having spent some time working at Arista Records, and has done all kinds of promotional stuff for Pink, Usher, etc , and has himself spent time touring with the like of The Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and the Spin Doctors. Needless to say, I’m quite excited to hear how this is going to go down, and If I’m right, I should already have a bunch of dates by the next time I post here on my blog.
So I’m doing my best to be ready for this. I‘ve started the P2 visa applications for me and the band, and am looking into border services requirements for the purpose of getting our guitars and drums across the border and back without having to pay duty on them and am still working away on a costing spreadsheet, so I have an idea of what it’s going to cost me to do this. I’ve already paid for some of it, but I know that I have quite a ways to go before I get there, and I really want to make an effort to do this without going into any serious debt (As if…. Lol). In any case, I’ll be sure to keep you all apprised of what develops here, and the dates that come out of it, of course.
Also, my management company is in the works of planning a sort of, reality type show for next year. It’s going to be called Rise Up TV and it’s basically going to be a chronical of life on the road with a bunch of the musicians from Rosner Management. My own stint in this seems to be a series of dates from Windsor to Montreal, and from what I’m hearing, it may actually go to Netflix, so that’s pretty cool for all involved as well. It’s a great way to get some of these new rock music releases from bands from all over together in one place, on one tour and have the opportunity for this stuff heard by a significantly huge audience, possibly millions!
So that’s it for me, for now at least. I’ll check in again in a few weeks to let you know how this stuff is panning out….
Also, please take a second to preview some of my songs... http://www.ian-k.com/music-and-stuff.html
Well I gotta' say it... I've been working away solidly for years now writing and recording music. Well, learning to record could arguably be a more apt description of that, but nonetheless, I've been recording and putting my music out there.
Of all the many ways that I had always dreamed of getting my music out to a place where people can hear it, I had always thought that I would like to have the opportunity to have my music in television in some capacity. Loads of people watch TV, and I believe in the music I write, and so I always just kind of figured that it would be cool to be watching a program, or a movie, or something, and hear my own musical works in the background. Seems like it would be pretty cool if you ask me, and I've actually worked towards that goal over the years, refining the quality of my recording process, and making song that just sound better. I've amassed a grwoing catalogue of songs with a Music Supervisor site that deals with musicans online. In fact a number of my works appear to have at least been listened to for consideration for this type of thing, but I've had no luck so far in landing a placement.... Until now.
My very diligent team over at Rosner Management have been working diligently with music that I've submitted to their own music library, and would you know? They were able to get my song 'Never Let Me Go' placed on a series on The Sports Network called 'ighways to Fairways'. This was very awesome news for me, and naturally made my day, and subsequently, inspired this post.
It actually couldn't have come at a better time for me because I had just had to cancel my own 'Rise Up' tour date in Peterborough, due to a number of lineup problems, most notably that one of my band mates was to receive a major surgery immediately after the show date, and he just had too much medical stuff going on to be able to devote time to playing live. He's going to be away from playing for many months, too, and s very talented, so the task of finding a replacement is not an easy one. We'll keep looking though. We have a couple of guys to check out that have shown their interest., and I'm confident that we'll find the right guy.
On top of that, my summer tour I had been planning had to be cancelled. This is because of the timing involved in getting everyone on the tour aligned with the proper credentials to apply for the P2 visa. That process takes three months, and this surgery, although expected evebntually, literally came up at the last minute.
In any case, we're looking for the replacement, and are planning to set up some summer shows in the absence of the tour, and I've been writing and recording all the while, so there's still some productivity afoot. You can be certain that there will continue to be some new rock music coming from Ian K in the near future, and I've even started thinking about a CD release party type of event here in Peterborough. Hopefully some of you will be able to attend!
Till we talk next time, Have a great day!!!!
Me and the boys had the opportunity to play with these guys back on April 15th, in my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario at a club I know and love called, The Red Dog. It was a four band night with Ian K taking the stage third in the night, performing just before the metal legends. We had really great support there that night. The crowd was awesome, and dare I say it, the loved us! People were hooting and hollering the whole way through our set, dancing, raising their fists, and having a great time. Even better than that, I had many people come up to me telling me what a great set we played. I even picked up a few new additions to my email list.
One of my buddies that I've met in the scene is a promoter, and he was generous enough to allow me to play with these guys. At the end of it all, I think he was pretty happy as well, and so I'm hopeful to get some more opening gigs with him and his concert series.
But now that this show is done, I have couple of more planned and am still working away at trying to get a US tour booked. I have some interest from promoters in the New York state area, but nothing sold yet. My booking guy will keep working on it though, and you guys will be the first to know.... Peace.