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So to keep in sync with making changes this year that are beneficial for me, I've been looking at the fact that I've supported particular brands for a good chunk of my life, simply out of brand loyalty. I still have the same email that I had in high school. I've been using the same website blog for probably more than 10 years now. I've been using the same music website for about 4 or 5 years now. When I really look at it, times are changing, but these services are not really helping me in the way that is targeted to me and my specific needs.

First of all, I think that it's time to change out my website a lot. I'm not even sure if I'm going to remain on Blogger after I do this. To be honest, the only reason that I've kept blogger this long is because I have learned a lot through editing HTML on that blog. But I could definitely take my skills to another platform, something with greater engagement Factor. In the last month or two I've been using Tumblr quite regularly, using it as a reflector of my blogger account. And one thing that I've noticed is that I've gained a lot of attention from total strangers who have discovered my blogs based on the hashtags. While I don't particularly care for the Tumblr Community, I like the way that the platform works. Since since every block template seems to since every blog template seems to be a ripoff of Wordpress anwy, i may just go that route.

 another thing that I've noticed is that music sales are way down from where they already were. I already don't make very much music from downloads. I won't get specific, but I can definitely say that if I used my music downloads for gas money, I'd be walking. No one seems to be downloading music from my bandcamp page. I see a few streams a week, but nothing significant. Nothing worth getting excited about. Just when I was getting ready to give up on bandcamp, they introduced a bunch of features that I thought would really be cool. Now don't get me wrong, the features are cool, they're just not useful for me. If you're Amanda Palmer, then yeah, use band can't because you have thousands of fans and you can utilize that tool. But for someone like me who is still building a core fan base, of the niche theme music of Christian Pop EDM (of the Michael Jackson Style), it simply doesn't work for me. There is little-to-no music discovery on Bandcamp, and they don't pay for streams. So while it's cool that I get unlimited hosting, even enough to do a audio blog, I'll never see a penny for the strings that I see running every week.

I've noticed features like download cards with something that I got excited about in the past. There was a while where I would staple download cards to every t-shirt that I sold, and pass them out at festivals. To this day, I don't think I've ever seen more than 10 download cards redeemed in the four or five years that I've used them. I've sold enough CDs to pay rent, but nobody cares about download cards.

However, people are willing to pay $10 to $20 a month to listen to my music on streaming sites along with other people's songs. So what that tells me is that streams are literally worth less than a dime a dozen, and download cards are worth less than that. That means that download cards are basically worthless. I can recall getting download cards from other artists and never redeeming them myself, so it's not that I'm complaining that no one uses them, they're just worthless.

So, I think that it's time to switch to a new platform, and I can definitely say it's not going to be SoundCloud. SoundCloud is more worthless than bandcamp. Because it doesn't even let you sell music or anything like that. There is a music Discovery Factor, but there's so much software out there that lets you rip songs directly from SoundCloud that it's almost dangerous to host there. The songs that get the most streams on sites like Spotify and Deezer (and my bandcamp page), are the songs that are not on Soundcloud. That probably means that they're being ripped right from the server, and there's nothing SoundCloud will do about it.  Anothe thing is that music blogs love to use soundcloud because it saves them from having to pay royalties. So, whenever I get a song featured by a music blog (like Rapzilla os someone like that, the 3000 - 4000 streams are basically wasted on my ego. No stream in the bank.
Not even YouTube does that.

So in conclusion, I'm going to be trying to find a website that suits my needs (which is fan discovery and engagement), and a new music hosting strategy that also allows for the same things, but at least let me collect royalties for streaming. These free sites are literally killing my career, and it's not like streaming sites don't let people have free accounts. To be honest, if people are willing to pay $10 a month for a Spotify account, then that means that they're a lot more serious about music than someone who visits SoundCloud.

As always, I'm open to suggestions.
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Transgender identity/Gender Neutrality is next to Idolatry.

Allow me to explain. Gender is a God given state of existence. Those who reject or neglect gender, either by preference or by confusion,  are refusing to trust in his divine judgement...they are saying that they will change objective realities by their own hands and will,  and that they know BETTER than God. I you refuseto trust in God,

This is not an issue to be respected or sensitive about. It is as the same nature as witchcraft.

How sad would it be if, in the afterlife, those who persevered in Christ were made genderless in the next world, while those who refuse God will were left to their own choices. Those who mistrust will never know for sure.

You may not be able to choose your gender. But you can choose how you respond to your reality. You can choose who you stand with. And you can choose your fate.
Monday, May 2, 2016
https://thelegendofxero.bandcamp.com/track/pastors-kids-parents-4-14-2016

This is relevant to EVERY ministry.
What if PKP's took more focus on the home ministry?

1 Timothy 3:1-7American Standard Version (ASV)

"3 [a]Faithful is the saying, If a man seeketh the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 The [b]bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 [c]no brawler, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no lover of money; 4 one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the [d]condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."

Footnotes:

1 Timothy 3:1 Some connect the words Faithful is the saying with the preceding paragraph.
1 Timothy 3:2 Or, overseer
1 Timothy 3:3 Or, not quarrelsome over wine
1 Timothy 3:6 Greek judgment.
Hey guys,

This is one of those things we musicians like to do in the summertime called "Battle of the Bands", except it's not at a loud bar...and I'm not a band.....and you don't see me perform first.....
Bummer right?
But hey, there is still a really cool set up to this contest. Like what? How about getting to help me get to the Big Stage on 3 major festivals, like Rock the Island in Saginaw, or Unityfest in Muskegon? I want it. You wanna go. maybe we can help each other out.  I just need your help with 3 simple tasks and I'll be able to put on the BEST show you've ever seen from me!

  1. Visit me Rawkzilla Page. CLICK THIS LINK
  2. Listen to 2 songs or more.  Actually just let this page play while you wash dishes or clean your room *wink,wink*
  3. leave a comment in the comments box at the bottom of the screen! (This one is really important)
That's it! Rinse, lather and repeat as many time as you like. I'll be sure to keep you in the loop (especially if you comment on that page) and let you know new information as it becomes available. Hope to hear good things from you, so that you can hear more good things from me.

XERO


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Many of you may notice that I like to upgrade my stage gear every year or so.  This yeah I've added a new Armor Hoodie created by The Magic Shadow shop on Esty.  It was hand made by the shop owner and took a little over a month.  when it finally got here I was so excited to do a photo shoot. This is the first shoot from DFC Photography that I'll be posting.  Hopefully, there will be many more great shots to share as I continue to upgrade my armor over time.

Check em out!




 Click here to view the full Photo Shoot


Dear Fans and Subscribers,

Over the last few years, I've gone through a lot of changes.  I've switched up the website (several times), experimented with different social media outlets, played around with new styles of music.  What I've learned over that short time is priceless, but not as priceless as you guys.  The few people who have stuck with me over the last few years are what make it worth all the work I do, and I want to start giving back to you all using my new found talents and skills.

Over the next few weeks, I will be experimenting with team members.  I have been approached by a few people who want to be a part of my live show, as well as help me with behind the scenes stuff.  It is a blessing since i really DON'T like to work alone.

I am also going to put a lot more focus on my subscribers.  I want to connect with you guys the most since you find my work to be valuable enough to support.  I will try my best to give you more exclusive time to get first dibs on new and announcements, as well as demo tracks and stuff. So here's what I want to do from now on:

  • New music and demos will ONLY be available in the Subscriber's Page.  You can access it through the Bandcamp app (iTunes or Android) and on the web. Demo's will be available to stream once you log into the Subscriber's section of Bandcamp or on the app.
  • For those of you who can't afford to support monetarily but still want to enjoy music can stream for free on once songs and albums are officially released (or in season). There's also the GIVEAWAY CD.
  • You can stream my music on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify!  There are other streaming services that host my music, but I support Spotify the most since they accept ALL of my submissions. (SEE LINKS BELOW)
  • Every Month, I will also try to give away some kind of cool prize!  These prizes are made possible with the money that comes in through subscriptions. So in theory, the more Subscribers I have, the cooler the prizes will be.  Right not my subscriber's list is pretty small, so EVERYONE on the list got either a t-Shirt or a CD mailed to their houses this month.  
  • In the future, Prizes will be selected and distributed in random ways, and ONLY made available to those who show support by commenting on posts, sharing content, and engaging in other ways online and at shows.
And Finally I want to inform you about the various platforms I'll be using this year.  I have different behaviors on different platforms (based on the outcomes) and I want to connect with you in ways that matter most. 
  • Bandcamp - This is my music hub. Here you will be able to become a Subscriber, Purchase Merchandise, Listen to Demos and Singles (Subscribers), Access Exclusive News and Info, and of course, Download/Stream all my music.
  • Soundcloud -  Here you can Stream seasonal tracks and hear some of my most popular music.
  • Spotify - Stream my entire official Library.  Once I reach 250 followers tho, it all changes!
  • Facebook - This is my go to Social platform. Holla at me!
  • Instagram - See my latest pics from live shows (and life)
  • Tumblr - This is where i do a lot of brainstorming late at night.  you can also ask questions here. I also reblogg interesting stuffs....nothing too big.
  • Bubbly - This is my Audio Blog where I explain the meanings behind my songs, and answer questions. UPDATE - it turns out the Bubbly will only let you record up to 140 seconds and then you get cut off.  not enought time for me to host and audio blog.  I'm exploring other options.
  • Youtube - See music videos, and the occasional coffee break series.
Now that you know where to find me, let's hang out, have fun, and get ready for next month's big prize!  Bye.

XERO






I now have physical Cd's available for order for Heaven's Hype and Awakening! You can check them out on the links.

This also means that I will be selling CD's at my next few live events and exhibitions. So if you want to get one of these CD's, Make sure to come to any of these events, and get a great deal on them.

Events for March and April:

April 2nd - Show w/ICRIS, Ionia (more info soon)
April 9th -  TSA CD Release Party, Bay City (more info soon)
April 16th -  Show w/ICRIS, Ionia (more info soon)

New Physical CD's

Thursday, March 3, 2016
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