I HAVE NEVER HIT REBLOG SO FAST IN MY LIFE.
I recently noticed that YouTube have changed the comment notification thing for the better - I can now see and reply to comments pretty easily again! Still not as good as the way it used to be, with the inbox… But hooray it’s better! With this in mind I want to get back into making videos as often as I used to.
Unfortunately though my videos aren’t as good quality as many of the other YouTube bassists out there - I’m not complaining, it’s just the way it is! They have better cameras than me, interfaces and better computers than I do. I’m not asking for charitable donations, but I’m asking you to please share links to my music to increase the likelihood of people buying it, so I can save up the stuff I need to make better videos. I am always getting comments from people saying I should get this, and I should get that.. but I can’t afford that stuff at the moment!
I don’t really have anything to give in return… this isn’t really like one of those indiegogo things… I’m just asking you to share my music to possibly help me sell some EPs so I can afford the gear I need to make better videos. I suppose that’s what I’d give in return - frequent videos of much higher quality!
If you took the time to read this, thank you very much. I really appreciate it! I will post all the links to the online stores you can buy my EP from at the bottom of this post. If you share this post, or the link of your choosing (I’ll leave them all there so they’re copyable), I’d be so grateful. Post the links on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, I’m not bothered! Anything helps!
Oh, and I just thought - some times I get people from other countries saying that the links don’t work properly. If that’s the case, I am sorry! You should be able to find it if you just search for “Nick Latham” or “Can’t Sleep In Silence”, wherever you are.
Cheers. Have a nice evening!
My EP is available at the following places:
I’ve kept my mouth shut for a while but I’m done. I’ve had to say something. Even though I’m nobody and you won’t care even slightly about what I’m saying. In fact I strongly doubt anybody from YouTube will even read it.
Your most recent changes to the site and how you run things have nearly completely destroyed the connection between my audience and myself. I pretty much have no desire to upload videos anymore because it is now pointlessly difficult to reply to new comments - the main reason I make videos in the first place.
I signed up to YouTube in October of 2009 as a way to vent pent-up bass yearnings in my bedroom. I thought it could be cool because I had seen loads of people on there doing bass covers of songs I liked, so I thought “why not join in?”
Up until the last year, I’ve loved my YouTubing experience. I’ve grown what I might even allow myself to call a “fanbase”! Something I never thought that I could personally have on my own. I’ve shared my music, my opinions on matters relating to music, and of course performances playing along with other people’s music. I had a little growing community even! It was a small community, but I loved it. I still love it and I want it back the way it was.
By forcing me (and all the other YouTubers out there… anyone with a YouTube account actually) to start up and actively use a Google+ account, you have immediately alienated a lot of people. I don’t want to use Google+! But to keep in contact with my audience, I have been forced to. My friends are being held at ransom on the internet. I read the email explaining the changes and underneath all the waffle, all I could really take from it all was a Liam Neeson-esque “if you ever want to speak to your fans again, you better log in and check your Google+ notifications” ‘Taken’ type situation.
It’s horrible and unfair.
Of course, the new changes won’t really bother the big YouTubers. Or, at least, not as much. And I’m not having a go! It’s not their fault that they’re more popular than myself - many of the big YouTubers get so many comments that it’s more understood by the audience that it’s difficult for them reply to a lot of comments. But me? I have less than 5000 subscribers (amazing, greatly appreciated, but small compared to the big guys) and only get around 20 comments a week. Or, at least, I used to… I don’t know what I get anymore. I checked my inbox on YouTube every day and replied to nearly everything I got. Of course I ignored pointless trolling comments, but everything else usually got a reply. Now I probably look like a douchebag for not replying to comments, so, thanks for that as well.
This might not be the most eloquent of letters but I am just kind of writing this off-the-cuff. And I’m incredibly mad.
I don’t understand why you people at YouTube cannot adopt the philosophy “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. I’ve tolerated the changes you have made up to this point. ‘Tolerated’ being the key word there. I genuinely believe that the site has gotten steadily worse since 2010, and these Google+ oriented changes are the last straw.
Unfortunately though, you guys don’t actually care about the small-time YouTubers like myself. You’d never admit it, but we all know. All us small-time guys know. It’s pretty obvious. We don’t earn you any money so we’re expendable.
I’ve made good friends through YouTube, I’ve gained a following and gotten a bit of a name for myself. I could argue that it was even seeming to snowball into something bigger! But you’ve put a big giant boot in front of it and stopped it dead in its tracks. In all honestly I feel a bit choked by YouTube.
But it doesn’t matter how I feel about this at all, right?
Cos YouTube doesn’t care about us little guys.
Thanks for completely spoiling a major part of my recent life.
BedroomBassist / Nick Latham
Always nice to get Mr Nick Latham (@itsnickonbass) in front of my camera.
(I don’t normally do instruments-in-shot photos of musicians - too twee. Made an exception this time).
Had a great time Graham, cheers!
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