You Might Also Like...
We Made This!!
First things first - NEW MUSIC ALERT!! This Friday 10th August, we are releasing ‘The Calling - Afterglow Mix’, a chilled reworking of one of our tunes. We’ve been working on this over the past few weeks and are so excited that you can now all hear it! If you haven’t heard it yet, you can do so by clicking here ‘The Calling - Afterglow Mix’. And if you love it, you can buy it here!
So, this week I sat down again to write you a blog post based on the series of posts we’ve been doing for the past few weeks. I wrote a book in my final year at Uni as part of my dissertation entitled ‘How To Make A Living In The Music Industry: 10 Rules and 10 Revenue Streams’. I’ve been sharing chapters of this book with you over the last few weeksso you could get an idea of the industry we’re trying to make it in. And while this sounded like a really good idea a few weeks ago - ‘let’s share the book in chapter form, it will give us 11 weeks of fodder for the blog, wooooh!’ - I now see it for what it was; an attempt to make life easier which in actual fact, has made life more complicated. Reason being, every time I’ve sat down to write a post related to the chapter I’m going to share, I’ve felt a little bit uncomfortable about it. And I now know what the uncomfortable feeling was - it’s because it doesn’t feel authentic.
Where’s all the stuff about making music in a van, like you promised? Well exactly. That’s why it hasn’t felt authentic. Cos I’ve been going back over something I wrote 5 years ago!! Don’t get me wrong, the book I wrote is good, it stands up as a piece of work and it is very useful for anyone wanting to enter the music industry. But it is not what we are about now. And our journey now is what we are supposed to be sharing with you.
As a result of this, I will be wrapping up the book sharing this week. There are 5 more chapters to share with you plus the appendix, so you will be able to download all of these at the end of this post. The chapters you will get here are:
- #6 Streaming Services
- #7 Synchronization
- #8 Radio
- #9 Teaching and Education
- Job Roles and Further Information
Let’s see who’s paying attention. Do you spot a problem? Why are the chapter numbers only going up to number 9 I hear you ask?? Ah, well. Yes. That is a problem. A problem I refer to as ‘what-happens-when-you-put-all-your-belongings-in storage-then-leave-in-a-van-and-drive-very-very-far-away’. Unfortunately you can’t possibly take everything with you. And the hard drive that contains all of my uni work was something that we just didn’t envisage needing. The chapters that I have shared with you thus far were all fished out of my emails! So I’m afraid that for now, we are missing the final chapter. I know, I’m sorry! It was a good one as well! All about music publishing, the intricacies of which I find fascinating. But alas! It is not for today. I will share that chapter with you when we eventually get back to the UK and I get my hands on our hard drive. I hope you can wait til then!
In the meantime, if you know anyone who is either starting out in the music industry, or wants to, or just has a keen interest in it, please do share the posts relating to the book. The book was designed with students in mind and anyone who wants a bit more guidance on where the money goes and how it can be accessed. And aside from a couple of bits that I would re-phrase now, I think it still stands up pretty well. Yay!
To read and download the rest of the book (minus chapter 10, sorry!) click here: Revenues 6-9 Plus Appendices
To hear about our travels, read on!
What part of the book have you found most interesting? Were you surprised about anything you read? Let us know on social/in the comments!
Day 135 to Day 152, Saturday 21 July to Tuesday 7th August
The first thing to say is we are still in Croatia! It is very hot and very lovely. The only downside is there are no free camper stops and it is highly illegal to free camp, so we are having to pay to stay on campsites. And we inadvertently arrived just as the peak season was beginning so everywhere is really expensive! We look for the cheapest places possible, which we’ve found is around the €20 a night mark, so this is dictating where we stay at the moment. We have still found some gorgeous spots though…
Day 135 to 142, Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 July - Camp Terre, Selina, Istria, Croatia
This place was lovely. Really small campsite, really chilled. Amazing outside shower! Soooo good after a bike ride. The owner of the site has olive groves and a vineyard and the camping area is right in amonst it all.
Some highlights while we were here:
1. Went for a walk near a town called Poreč and had a paddle in the sea. I felt something tickling my foot and looked down to see a small fish nibbling my feet!! I think they must be the type that are in some pedicure places, where fishes nibble all the bits of hard and dead skin on your feet. So funny! I let it nibble a bit more cos it was cute and made me giggle 🙂
2. The amphitheatre in Pula. Right in the middle of town. Very old, very beautiful, very impressive.
3. Rovinj. What a lovely little town! Gorgeous views of the sea, houses literally right on the seafront, little shady, cobbled streets… beautiful little place. And I got an awesome birthday hat and birthday pretty dress. Winner!
Day 142, Sat 28 July, Camp Terre to Camp Odmoriste, Otočac
Drove from our lovely temporary home in Istria to Camp Odmoriste, Otočac, not too far from Plitvice Lakes National Park. We were heading to a place online which is, from what we’ve seen, the only free camping place in Croatia! But we got there and it was quite busy… there was just about room for us but all the other campers there were in quite small vans and with our hulking great home we felt a bit like we were p**sing on someone else’s party!! So we didn’t stay.
Day 143, Sunday 29th July, Camp Odmoriste, Otočac to Camping Ninska Laguna, Nin, Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
Today we drove from Otočac to Camping Ninska Laguna which is not far from Zadar. What a drive! Mountains galore! Gorgeous! The roads round the mountains were really wiggly as well, which is always fun!
We stopped in a layby on one of the bends in the mountain road so we could take some pictures, as did another car at a similar time. Bryn struck up a conversation with the chap who got out and he told us about a viewpoint about 5km down the road with incredible views. So we followed his instructions… and he was not wrong! We found this amazing spot with a natural ridge where a stone path has been built and a few little stone seats and memorials. And the views… In one direction we had the view back towards the mountains we’d just driven through… breathtaking. And on the other side we had views out to sea… simply stunning. You could see a few islands in the sea as well and it just didn’t look real. It looked like some sort of magical land you imagine in a fairy tale. Very hazy and the colours were so pastelly and soft… it was just gorgeous. We both had to stop and take a moment, just drinking it all in.
This trip is making us appreciate so much. What it means to be free. What it means to have the time to experience these beautiful places. And also the realisation that to have a blissfully happy life you really don’t need much. We feel so, so grateful to have this opportunity.
Day 143 to Day 153, Sunday 29th July to Wednesday 8th August, Ninska Laguna Camping
I think we may have just stumbled into paradise. This place is insanely beautiful. We are near a little town called Nin which is about 16km north east of Zadar. From our camping pitch we have an amazing view of the sea, then Pag Island, then finally the Velebit mountains on the mainland. It’s incredible!! Our campsite is about 5 mins walk to the beach and it’s actually sandy!!! There are only a handful of sandy beaches in Croatia and we’ve found one! The icing on the cake is that the laguna - the stretch of water between here and Pag Island - is really shallow. You can swim out for ages and still touch the bottom! Perfect for Bryn and I as neither of us feel particularly comfortable in the sea. It is so lush!!
Some highlights while here:
1. My birthday! Woohoo! I had a lovely day… very relaxing and Bryn made me feel properly spoiled. We didn’t really do anything… went for a swim, did a lot of lying around… it was perfect. Bryn even made me macaroni cheese and chips, one of my favourite meals ever, despite the fact that it was way too hot to have the oven on! It was so yummy 🙂
2. Borrowed a paddle board from a German family opposite us and found it was amazing fun!! They have one that can take 150kg so me and Bryn can sit on it together and row it like a kayak. Oh my god we love it!! Definitely gonna have to invest in one of those at some point 🙂
3. Getting a mozzie net and an electric zapper racket. Since we’ve been here the mozzies have been crazy as we’re really near a marshy area… and at night it’s been mental, there’s been so many in the van, we’ve had so many bites and Bryn’s been up all hours trying to get them. We were starting to despair! Mozzie net and racket have helped loads. Definitely recommend these. We don’t enjoy killing bugs but if it’s gonna bite us then it’s fair game!!
4. Getting a fan for the van! It has been between 35º-42ºC every day since we’ve been here… the hottest temperatures we’ve ever tried to work in. The fan has been a godsend!!
That’s it from us for now, we’ll be back soon with the next installment…
Lots of love
Heather & Bryn