Yeah yeah, official release date is June 11th, but if you're a sneaky one and want it now you can download the MP3 on my Bandcamp page like, NOW! Bandcamp is a great resource for indie musicians as, unlike other online music services, we get about 70-75% or the revenue that any sales bring! So, if you're an indie musician reading this and you don't yet have a Bandcamp page, get yourself one! asap!
Love, hugs and sunshine
I am SUPER happy to let you know that my new single OWN ME will be out on June 11th (which also happens to be my birthday as I thought that was fun!)
Own Me is a natural sequel to I Don't Care which has definitely been one of my best received songs to date. It's a bouncy, punk-rock, empowering song; with an undertone of female power and strength!
I cannot wait for you to hear it, and to perform it live!! Once the rest of the EP is done too there will be a launch party online on my usual Concert Window page so look out for that!
Big love and hugs
My blog has been SERIOUSLY lacking over the last month, I can only blame the lack of wonder that is Preston for this. As those of you who are on my Patreon know - I was working away to get some money in and, well, it didn't go quite according to plan. I'm back home now, and am sadly on double the meds for my anxiety so, yeah, not wondrous... but I'm strong and I'll get through it as I always do - with MUSIC and FRIENDSHIP.
Just wanted to let you all know that I've finally added the new Hoodies and Tees to the store. I'm so pleased with these, as they were a real VW team effort, as the logo was designed by one of my fans. All orders will also get a free glow in the dark VW postcard which was also designed and printed by a fan. Really, my fans are like a family to me, so please lovers send a massive thank you to Claudi and to Nick for their hard work - and swing by the store to get your hands on some goodies!
I'm also in the process of writing a new EP which when it's done I'll be doing another online concert to release, as well as pimping a new single!
Oh and if you've not yet seen it, theres a brand new music video for Breaking Out, out now, too!
So, what are you waiting for - go discover these things!
Love you all, thanks for reading and for the continued support of my music, you're all totally amazing!
I have to be honest, I've never really been that involved with IWD. It's passed me by every year and I've never seen a problem, probably because I've never stopped to think about it in detail. I guess that IS the problem, so many of us just accept how things are and see the status-quo as 'normal', so we think 'there's no issue'.
I can categorically say, that over the last year I have been on the receiving end of direct discrimination because of my gender - both in the music industry but also in the day-job that I do (to get money in so I can continue to be in the music industry!). It is STILL a problem even in 2018.
As a woman: I am often not taken seriously. I have to go above and beyond to get people's respect. I have to work twice as hard as any man, in work or in music, to get people to pay attention to what I'm doing. I have been turned down for things because of what I look like. I am turned down for things because I am of an age where I might have a child. I have been sexually abused at work. People have treated me like I am unintelligent, and that my opinion means nothing. Those same people have been shocked when I have proven them wrong. #metoo #enoughisenough
I'm not saying this as a made up rant, I'm saying this because IT IS THE TRUTH.
Men still reign supreme over many industries, especially music - it's an old boys club where if you don't fit in to what they expect a woman to do, or what they want you to look like, then you're not worth their time (see my previous Women In Music post.) It's celebrated when a lowly woman is able to write music, produce music, gets a record deal, be a boss - like it's something out of the normal. Like its an amzing thing that woman have been allowed to do this. Why is it celebrated, why isn't it just NORMAL? ...And don't get me started on how little the media help!!
So, when you sit down and think 'international women's day isn't needed' or 'I don't know what all the fuss is about - we have equality' just take a second to think, really think, about whether that is the case.
It's time to push for this to end.
Thanks for reading, I'd please encourage you to comment and share this post with everyone who needs to read it, every woman who feels like they're struggling on their own and, well - just talk about it.