As 2016 draws to a close thousands of talented celebrities from around the world will be crossing their fingers in desperate hope that they can hang on for a tiny bit longer. It is irrefutable. 2016 has been a bastard to the famous. Thankfully I am only a Y list celebrity and thus so far have been spared.
I refuse to see the entire year as something all bad. On a personal level it was a year of firsts. I finally visited New York which was just awesome. I threw myself out of an aeroplane without any sensible reason. I appeared on stage for the first time, rather than my customary position in the shadows, and bizarrely people laughed. Not at me either. But with me. I think. Somehow during all of this I learned something important about myself. The greatest of pleasures stem from escaping my own comfort zone.
2016 saw the release of ‘We Are Sorry’, one of the longest running music projects I have worked on. There were music videos to ‘God Doesn’t Love You’ and ‘Walec’. It was both amazing and at the same time a massive relief to finally see it come to fruition as the origins of the project go back a number of years. I believe we made a huge mistake by not calling our first album ‘Greatest Hits’ as it would have saved us from ever having to record another album.
All that is left for me to say to my readers, groupies, and troll army is Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As you might know, I live in the Netherlands, and therefore no longer experience summer. Mostly here, Dutch people spend the middle of the year weeping uncontrollably as Hollywood repeatedly plays with their emotions by pretending that other countries have four seasons instead of just wet. Thankfully there are summer holidays. In the modern age this is where people fly thousands of miles to lay somewhere in sunshine whilst reading, in the hope of getting sunburned, dehydrated and some form of local food poisoning. If you are one of those people, you may be interested in what comes next.
The good folks at #Smashwords have launched their summer sale and you have exactly one month to take advantage of their generosity, providing you are an eBook reader. They are offering:
And just in case you live under a rock and for some reason haven’t seen the new music video from my band #Yu, you should definitely watch this video. The lyrics, the music and the video was all created by us, which is #Yu and not only me #GodDoesntLoveYou
Recently I have been crossing borders like Arnold Schwarzenegger crossed enemies back in the 1980’s. With the #Brexit referendum on the horizon it is somewhat frightening how many of us are facing a very real risk of losing the ability to cross Europe as and when we require. Thousands of international couples may well have their lives indubitably altered for the sake of justifying a slow-burning economic meltdown. It seems to escape the sphere of public debate that many couples and even families will face great difficulties regarding merely staying together should the people of Britain choose to #Brexit. I fear that there is a realistic chance that we will be the silent victims of the madness to come.
I traveled to Poland with just my dog by car for the first time. Twelve hours on the open road with zero conversation, an iPod blasting away, with music old and new, does somehow offer one a great deal of time to think. The conclusions that appeared to me on the journey have formed the basis of a new project, which 10,000 words in, is looking like it could well become a novella at the very least. The premise is thus: What if we are entirely and absolutely incorrect regarding the way we humans tend to measure our lives?
In Warsaw I bore witness to the growth of our music project. Our album #WeAreSorry is in numerous shops. The band have been on national television and radio and have recorded dozens of interviews to promote the record. It made me a little sad to realise how much I am missing out due to mere geography. #Yu also played a concert on a boat, which was very much like a concert on land, except it was on water, which is some degree wetter. There was singing and dancing and bad sweaters. It was like the worst rave of the eighties all over again.
I was lucky enough to spend a week in the big apple, which isn’t that big, and definitely isn’t an apple, but is, in fact, a phenomenal city. I have no idea whether New York really is the city that never sleeps as for at least part of our trip, we slept. To be fair our sleep was well deserved as we walked in excess of 140 kilometers around Manhattan as we explored it like we were aliens, legal aliens. New York was everything Hollywood doesn’t warn you about. The various districts had different edges that made each unique, the people were universally friendly and charming and all in all we had a wonderful time. It genuinely felt like all it took to become the King of New York was one hundred dollars in your pocket and a single evening.
Oh I nearly forgot. I am writing this post from #Warsaw because we have a new video to promote our song entitled ‘God Doesn’t Love You’. Despite the religious title it has somewhat strangely caused a great deal of consternation regarding the sexuality of Hitler. If that sounds odd you should probably watch it right now:
If you like the video or the song or both or neither please SHARE this video and help spread the message of this song.
P.S. Soon #Yu really will be able to play with yourself as #GodDoesntLoveYou is going to be released as a standalone video game. I will share the details when I have them.
Ladies and Gentleman, it’s with great pleasure that I can finally say ‘We Are Sorry’ is available NOW!!! Go and buy it, sell your souls, your kidneys, your bodies NOW!!
First up – for the ‘Old School’
CD distribution for now is somewhat limited. That’s great news for those of you in Poland but a bit pants for everybody else. The album is available from all great retailers, but for the bardzo kulturalny here is a link to buy it from Kulturalny Sklep.
And now – The ‘Digital’ Generation
Thankfully we live in a digital world so it is now easier to spread music quicker than an exotic disease, therefore it is indeed available on iTunes and Amazon and certainly many others that I am too lazy to google.
Go now and buy it, consume it and devour it, and then, let me know what you think.