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Vara La Fey

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  1. I wish I knew what to tell ya. I've not been involved in my scene in years - just been woodshedding to work on my writing. If you have the cash, you can join the pay sites like Bandmix and Musicians In Your City, but from what I've seen from the free versions, you're better off on CL. Post an ad at Guitar Center et al, and most of all, follow Lazz's advice and get involved. Go to shows, join an originals band. Write songs and post 'em like I do. If dancepop is your thing, I'm looking to collab on one of those. Normally I'm HR/HM tho.
  2. Hi guys, and thx for the responses. :-) I'm in Phoenix AZ. 4.5 mil in the metro, and most of it's ok with trans. Not active with trans, tho, as they're still warming to the idea, and most people here of any age are in some kind of retirement. No one wants to do much. Mike B - There are tons of LGBT bars here, and I think some have open mic. I don't really know what the open mics are like these days, but I suppose most would be friendly enough. And I'm not very hater-friendly anyway, so it could work out. But I don't see a point in me and my (hopeful) singer doing open mic at straight events when searching for trans musicians. T-musicians are rare even among trans, trans rare among the LGBT, and they say that LGBT averages 1 in 10 of any population. Best open mics for prospecting would prolly be just ways to get the LGB to spread the word that there's a T project forming. Joan - Thanks for a detailed response. Yeah, I didn't realize you were asking about a place for the whole band. I have (and can get more) contacts to slot us on LGBT events as an unknown opener. I just see open mic as a way to go prospecting for members. There won't likely be any in the audience, but people know people, and the LGBT is very communicative among our members. Good to know there's a visible funding progress bar of sorts. Thx!! I guess it's time to browse those sites. I wanted some knowledgeable advice first, as I've never browsed one and know so little about it. (I'm on 8 different learning curves right now anyway. Ick.) I do hope to eventually mainstream this thing like you suggest The LGBT circuit would be the starter and the ultimate home, but a trans band will break mainstream before too long, and I wanna be the one, or at least spearhead the movement. Trans is the new black, and people are starting to be fascinated with us (more than they should). Right now I'm writing a lot of trans-perspective stuff ("Incoming", here in Song Crit, is my intended opener) because it's an almost untouched playground. It's fun to have a whole playground of song possibilities pretty much all to myself!! :-) And as a libertarian trans-girl, I actually have two of them. Thus I can focus more on one or the other as needed without selling out my old principles or my audience/s. You can see why I'm obsessed with this idea. I have this whole compound vision, hardly anyone is doing either half of it, the time is right for both, I'm honing my writing skills, I know I'm getting better, I get positive and very helpful feedback - and I can't find members or afford advertising that would reach them. I feel like an explosion in a hopelessly sealed container with all these other fuses being lit, any day now, just outside of it. Thx soooo much especially for your last paragraph. I didn't even know that was how it works.
  3. Hi Joan, and thanks for the thoughtful comments. Having heard my posted songs (and song critiques are welcomed), you've heard my "singing", and you understand that open mic nights won't work for me. But soon after I posted my crowd-fund question, I found a local trans-female singer through Craigslist who has huge potential, and I'm hoping like crazy that we can work together. We meet this Sat. Pretty much all my stuff is full-band hard rock, so if we did open mic, I/we would have to write material specifically for it. Which would be a good writing exercise and a good live-test of the material. For both of us, it would be good experience. I have a decade of stage time, but not out front. I was a drummer. (And sorta still am at heart.) Re crowdfunding, I literally need funding just to get enough product to go ask for funding. And even then - since I will never be a good singer - I would need the whole band together. And if I have the band together, I don't think we'll need crowd-funding. We'll be unique and have a built-in potential audience of LGBT, who are known for their loyalty to LGBT causes and operations. But still, I'll start dreaming up crowd-fund angles for me, as I am now, just in case. Is there a way to browse a crowdfund site and know which are the successful campaigns?
  4. Hi Mike, and thanks for some very sensible advice. I have tentative plans, but not solid yet as I'm just starting to look into crowd-funding as an option. I def have a built-in audience who has almost nobody writing songs for them, but I don't have an established audience. I don't know how that will break down into percentages when the day comes. The writing is always the most important thing, and I'm still working on that ("Incoming" and "Radio Free World" are my to-date submissions to the Song Crit section here, so check 'em out if you're curious.) I've spent over a decade in bands in my day - gigging, recording, cover, original - so I'm not totally new to that side of it. I figured that "creating a trans-band" is way too nebulous by itself. T-bands are more rare than you think, so that helps, but I understand that uniqueness is a selling point and not a product. I have a couple things that I need to coherently fit together. Certainly it's past time for me to stop just writing and to actually start moving. I'll hammer it out a bit more on my drawing board. Thanks again!!
  5. Sorry if my review : post ratio is running low - and I'll fix that. But a reviewer of "Incoming" kinda challenged me to write something more risque, like a bathroom bill song. And since I've already DONE that, I just had to post the lyrics. (The music needs a rewrite, so this is just words at present.) Also sorry if this is a little too risque for this general frorum.... Anyway, this is for YOU, spanishbuddha!! :-) JOHN JOHN SUPERSTAR (copyright 2016 Vara La Fey) Hot sexy trans, but they're calling me a man And I'd love to earn your 20, but there's nowhere that we can Gotta wait to do my hooks til the law's on the books and they give us a place where no one wants to look Get rich, and I'm gonna get rich, yeah I'm gonna get rich when the law makes me pee with the men Get rich, and I'm gonna get rich, yeah I'm gonna get rich when the law makes me pee with the men OOOH BABY let the games begin!! See, the code in the boys' room says you always look away So a city full of husbands gets a private place to play No one knocking on the stall when I'm knocking on wood A feel-good law gonna let us feel good Get rich, and I'm gonna get rich, yeah I'm gonna get rich when the law makes me pee with the men Get rich, and I'm gonna get rich, yeah I'm gonna get rich when the law makes me pee with the men Never thought I'd be in HERE again!! Meet me in the bathroom, Bill all innocently Ain't nothing suspicious It's just where I gotta wee Meet me in the john, John where your wifey can't go Ain't no Trick to it It's easy like Ho Ho So meet me in the john, John Meet me in the john, John In my hotly trending john john I'll be your john john superstar!! Every day I'm in the john john, and I'm looking like this and the boys form a line cause everybody gotta piss Oooh, we can do biz from sea to shining sea Yeah, I got big plans and I got all my sisters and me!! Get rich, and I'm gonna get rich, yeah I'm gonna get rich when the law makes me pee with the men Rich bitch, gonna be a rich bitch, gonna SO get rich when the law when the law when the law makes me pee with the men OOOH BABY let the games begin!!
  6. spanishbuddha, LOL! I actually HAVE a song about the bathroom thing!! I don't think the music is up to speed, so I've been thinking about rewriting it, which implies a slight lyric rewrite too, down the line. Ok, my review : post ratio here is a bit low, but I gotta post those lyrics now!! See "John John Superstar" here in Lyrics Crit. :-) I love that you understand what I'm trying to do, and think I should push it further!! Incoming is meant to be my "intro" song, and if I can ever get my trans-band together, that is designed to be our set opener. I'll think about making it more risque, and I've never been sold on the title either. But I have several others for risque.... including "John John Superstar"....
  7. Hey, thanks for giving it a shot, even tho it's not your style. :-)
  8. Rewriting one of my songs as dancepop with a hard-rock edge. Or some combo like that. I'm a trans-girl and it's a humorously naughty LGBT theme in the lyrics. DaHell do I know about dancepop?? Not much, but I'm studying it and some of it, I really like. I'm not sure I can write dancepop by myself. Or do those kind of synth tricks. Ya prolly don't need to be LGBT to collab this with me, you just have to be able to put up with a humorously naughty LGBT lyric. :-P Don't wanna describe the song further in public, but I have several reasons to believe it's a good idea that can be picked up by DJs doing the Phoenic-area LGBT dance circuit and open a few doors and maybe expand from there - if written well enough. Msg me if interested. :-)
  9. I read an article yesterday about Amanda Palmer, a singer who got herself hugely crowd-funded on Kickstarter. Hmmm!! Too bad it didn't go into any details. I only learned that Kickstarter worked for her, and that SellABand.com exists. Does anyone have any real knowledge or personal experience with crowd-funding? I'm a trans-girl working to hone my writing skills so I can put together an all-trans band and maybe take it somewhere. The time is soooo right for this!! Being trans, I'm basically a part of the "LGBT" community (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and nowadays countless others). The LGBT is very good about supporting its members and generally sticking together. There's friction, but we're generally good about it. And generally affluent. And generally have very few members writing hot original LGBT-themed music for us - and somewhere right around ONE hard rocking all-trans bands currently doing it. (Really, hard-rock all-trans original bands are right around 1, worldwide - and that one is a punk trio.) I think the LGBT is my built-in audience, and would be perfect crowd-funding donors of LGBT projects in general. If you can reach 'em. I won't even tell you how bad my financial situation is right now. Let's just leave it at this: I do odd work for small businesses near me when they have anything for me to do, and I cannot afford to buy the software I use, whose trial periods are expiring. In general (LGBT or not), does anyone know how this actually works? How do you beg your peeps for money? What do they need to ensure that their donations are going to a legitimate cause or project, rather than just dope money? Or are these sites disappearing because of dope money and other scams?
  10. I was soooo sure I had already posted this here a couple months ago. Turns out I'm an idiot: I posted it on other lesser sites - evil sites where the moderators were hatched from rotten eggs and I just bet they sacrifice puppies to satan. In my horror, I guess I forgot to post to Muse. :-( INCOMING on YouTube Copyright 2016 Vara La Fey Heads up!! Welcome to the future here in front of you where I shake my custom body with my custom gender crew We've come a long way baby, and this thing is gonna grow So drop the torch and pitchforks cause deep inside you know - - a new age dawned this morning Be warned: incoming This is still the free world where wonders never cease and I can mold my own self into anything I please So get used to new creations, we're coming anyway When one comes and lights your fire, remember on this day - - a new age dawned this morning Be warned: incoming It dawned this morning Be warned: incoming Heads up!! Come meet the hot new redesigns The spawn of a thought outside the lines Wayward, onward, upward, spread the word Yeah it's true, we'll show a new age to you Wake up, it's dawn Hello world Might want to put your shocked face - - on this morning Be warned: incoming It's been a long time forming Be warned: incoming Heads up!!
  11. I thought I had posted this lyric on this site a couple months ago. Apparently I posted to others and forgot this one. OOOPS. So here are the lyrics, and the song link will be posted in Song Crit in about 2 minutes. So don't be late. :-) Copyright 2016 Vara La Fey INCOMING Heads up!! Welcome to the future here in front of you where I shake my custom body with my custom gender crew We've come a long way baby, and this thing is gonna grow So drop the torch and pitchforks cause deep inside you know - - a new age dawned this morning Be warned: incoming This is still the free world where wonders never cease and I can mold my own self into anything I please So get used to new creations, we're coming anyway When one comes and lights your fire, remember on this day - - a new age dawned this morning Be warned: incoming It dawned this morning Be warned: incoming Heads up!! Come meet the hot new redesigns The spawn of a thought outside the lines Wayward, onward, upward, spread the word Yeah it's true, we'll show a new age to you Wake up, it's dawn Hello world Might want to put your shocked face - - on this morning Be warned: incoming It's been a long time forming Be warned: incoming Heads up!!
  12. Aneanani, there are indeed some similarities there. I've never heard (or heard of) that song til now, but I'm happy to channel some Zappa mindset. :-) It turns out that "Radio Free World" is simply too old of a reference to use now, as it's confused a lot of people. The lyric is about the seductive power of what should be our completely free American version of the internet, and the analogy is to "Radio Free Europe", which was in West Germany and broadcast Western news into the old Soviet Union. For decades, "radio free <this>" and "radio free <that>" was generally understood to mean any medium broadcasting messages of freedom. I will certainly be more careful with my old-school references in the future. I'm not entirely 100% a spring chicken anyway. cupcake10 - I'm glad you liked it. I'd love for a polished version of it to be heard by a wide ranging audience someday. :-)
  13. I was so sure I did, and I def meant to. I did post it on 2 other sites, plus my YouTube. (Good detective work!!) Also a user on here mentioned that I'd posted it, but it turns out that he's also a member of one of the other sites, and prolly saw it there. Ok, I guess I can post it all fresh and new here. Sorry for being a dingbat. :-(
  14. I went looking for my "Incoming" thread from - I dunno, a month and a half ago? - and can't find it. I understand that posts are deleted to free up space. I'm just wondering how often that is. I wanted to save all my old feedback into a file for later reference when I rewrite the tunes. Guess I missed the window on that one. :-(
  15. John!! I had a flashback for a moment, seeing Evans & Stokes on here. Welcome aboard!! :-) And pls tell Jen I say "Hi". See my "Radio Free World" post if you are curious whether my experience on that censorship site led to anything. I don't wanna re-review Defying here, but post some more and I'd love to have a listen.