Keeping Kurrent Interview, Part II

November 21, 2010 by: Simon

On October 7th, I sat down for an interview with Wayne Potter who hosts a show called Keeping Kurrent. Here’s audio and a transcript from that interview. This is part two of that interview. Part one is available here.

[Audio]

Wayne Potter:
You have a website, and you’re using that as your primary tool for the sale of the CD, or are there other ways?

Simon Bielman:
There are other ways. I’m still getting my feet wet in a lot of this. I just now finally have the CD, and I’m just now finally putting on concerts and finally getting out there. The question is how. I have a Facebook fan page that I’ve just started advertising, and so far there are about 126, I think, fans on there. There are billions of people in the world, I just need to get that number higher. Now, the part of this plan is: how do I market it? How do I treat this like it’s a business? Because that’s what it is. That’s how I pay taxes. It’s just, my product is music. It doesn’t mean I’m all about the money, and I’m not writing anything with that in mind. I have no plans of selling-out, but, at the same time, how do I do what I want to do, reach the people I want to reach, and make a living doing that? Because this is a very full-time job. I’m practicing six hours a day, and then I’m writing music, and then I’m maintaining a website, and marketing. I don’t see where my full-time job at Kinko’s fits in.

Potter:
It’s sort of an aside now, it sounds like. Perhaps you could let the audience out there know, in some very specific terms, how they could get to your site.

Bielman:
It’s pretty simple, it’s SimonBielman.com.

Potter:
You’ll need to spell that.

Bielman:
(Spells it. Describes the site, which is irrelevant since you’re looking at it right now.)

Potter:
Now, you have done at least one concert that I’m aware of, and you asked for donations. You didn’t charge for the tickets?

Bielman:
Yeah, because this is all about people and communication… Well, I have personal feelings about music where I got involved with it for free, and I taught myself, and the music I grabbed was from the library, or samples on the internet, or CDs that a friend has that I just borrowed and listened to. Always, in the back of my mind was: if I didn’t have that opportunity, where would I be? So, it’s something I feel like I can’t really charge for, although I know I need to. I ran on a donation model just because I wanted to see [if] people really care enough that they’re willing to donate. Those who can’t donate, I still want them to hear this. I also want to get more subscribers to the website, and, at the same time, I just want people to hear it. I want poor college students to be able to go see a concert and be inspired, or someone on the street to just come in and see a concert. It’s because music changed my life and I think, well, maybe I can give that back in that way. And, sure enough, I think I [requested] about a $15 donation and, on average, [I recieved] about $10 per person and that works just fine by me, so that’s how I’m going to do it.

Potter:
If people want to learn more about a potential schedule, an actual schedule, they could go to your website, and is there anything in particular that they look for once they get there?

Bielman:
(Describes the events calendar, etc.) I kinda waiting until I come up with a very solid, sure-fire gameplan before I just really go out there. You know, I want to do it right when I finally go and do it.

Potter:
You don’t want to use a shotgun, you want to use a single bullet that goes straight for it. (Laugh)

Bielman:
Right. (Laugh) I’ll operate with a scalpel instead of a hacksaw.

Potter:
That’s a good idea. Now, one of the things I didn’t ask you earlier… Perhaps we could spend some time listening to one of the pieces that are based on another composer. Is there one particular piece that you think is good for that?

Bielman:
Yeah, the first track on the CD I made, Iconoclassic is the title, which is odd because classical music usually doesn’t have titles, and I kind of didn’t even want to have a title, but I… Yeah, it’s a complicated story. Anyway, the first three tracks are a sonata that I wrote that is very classical. It’s intentionally so because I just wanted to write like Mozart for a little while because it just sounded fun, so I did it. The first movement of that… there’s a lot of Mozart, Scarlatti, Bach, a little bit a Beethoven, maybe even a little Schubert. There’s a lot of different things, and it’s been described a lot of different ways. The second movement is essentially a Mozart knock-off. There’s even a piano sonata theme in there that’s pretty similar [to another Mozart sonata]. The third movement is Beethoven all the way. That was [really] looking over the classics, that piece.

Potter:
Long ago, his name was Joseph Campbell, talked about passion and it’s place in being a driving force in your life, and it sounds like you definitely have a lot of passionate for this, and not only do you have passion, but you play wonderfully, and it would be great if you had more opportunities to express yourself and portray your music and things of that nature. I would certainly urge my audience to consider it and take a look at Simon’s website, or be in touch with Wayne Potter to talk about it a little more. So, thank you, Simon, for coming and talking about this wonderful experience in your life.

Bielman:
Thank you. It’s been great.

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Comments

3 Responses to “Keeping Kurrent Interview, Part II”
  1. Wayne Potter says:

    Hi Simon, I was searching for Keeping Kurrent and in the process I found you reference to your website. I was impressed with your site and your ability to transfer the interview to the written page. Thank you. I hope that you are well. I trust that your career is doing well. Once people leave the choir it becomes impossible to keep in touch. So, fill me in.

    I’m still doing my show but I’m hoping to branch out and develop a podcast of of my interviews. I am trying to work up some interviews with local musicians through a friend of mine who does house concerts at his house. He asks for a $15 donation. What do you know about this sort of venue?

    Sincerely, Wayne Potter

  2. Wayne Potter says:

    Simon, I recently met four event Managers from Russia. It was great to learn about them. I am trying to keep in touch with them.

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