Before I dove into the weird and wonderful world of libraries, I wanted to be a songwriter. In my head, it worked like this: start a band—write a lot of music—perform that music with the band—record that music with the band—tour—release albums—repeat. That’s how, in my aged 18-23 brain is how I’d become a songwriter.
Well, now that we’re here on justinthelibrarian.com we know that I didn’t become a professional songwriter/musician/rock god. For a few years I was bummed out about how my life did not go in that direction. As I get older, I care less and less about it. I like where I am, I like who I am, and the journey getting here was pretty radical. I also went through the “hide all of the music from everyone because I’m embarrassed” stage. I think that as 2014 wraps up I’m finally coming out of that.
2014 was the year that I picked up a guitar again. I wrote three songs! I like those songs. I hope to record them and share them sometime in the future. 2014 was the year that I actually told people about my musical past. I wasn’t embarrassed! In fact, I was kind of proud to say that between the years of 1998-2008, I had taken part in the writing, recording, and performing of about 10 albums worth of music (different projects, etc, all of which will be revealed in time). That’s one album per year on average, and overall that’s a good amount of love and work put into something.
I’ve probably made $1,000 total from music (performing, selling physical/digital albums, etc) since I decided that this was (is?) a path I wanted to go down in life. In 1998, the idea that one could really make a living from music was still a real thing that people did. Bands actually sold CD’s at shows! People actually bought those CD’s! These days, I realize that there’s no money to be made in music so I’m in the process of taking everything that I’ve done and putting in on the internet for free. We live in a world that thrives on sharing and ideas these days. My thought is simple: put it out there because it is a thing that people may possibly enjoy. That’s what I’m working on, and here today I’m putting something out into the world for free that I haven’t before: the albums recorded and released by the band Zomo.
Between 2002-2008, Zomo recorded three albums and released two. At the Zomo Bandcamp site, you can now download or stream those two albums free of charge. Enjoy! The music may not reflect me as a person at this stage in my life, but it is an honest and accurate representation of the journey which I have been a part of.
If you actually want to buy a physical CD, those are still avaliable: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Zomo
We also have our discography on iTunes. For some reason I can’t figure out how to change the price to $0.00.
Fun Fact: The most “exposure” that my music has ever received was when I decided to give Jason Griffey the A-OK to put the entire Belsapadore catalog onto his LibraryBox project. How many of those things are out in the wild? Jason? Well, whatever that number is is the biggest exposure music that I have created has ever received. Free? Sharing? Caring? See, it works.