On Monday, my Third Annual Donation Drive will begin. From June 24 thru July 3, I’ll be accepting donations of any amount, and donors will receive a rewards package including a new album, a live video concert, and a digital comics bundle from various comic publishers and creators. I’ll also be debuting two new music videos and a slew of new songs for everyone. So starting Monday, a whole lot of activity will happen at adamwarrock.com.
Before all that starts, let me say a few things…
I’ve been lucky enough to do music full-time for the past three years, and you’ve been gracious enough to give me your time and attention in listening to songs about everything from mo-capped dogs to Ryan Gosling to Adventure Time. We’ve been able to share our enthusiasm, joy, and love for these silly things that mean so much to us, and together, I’d like to think that we’ve done our best in keeping the fires of enthusiasm burn a bit brighter than they would’ve without our efforts.
Since the beginning of this year alone, I have released a total of about 71 songs. That’s a total of about 3 songs a week: all of them for completely free, costing nothing more than your time and attention. I believe very strongly in keeping things free around here, for this simple reason: I believe your time and attention are valuable, your enthusiasm for what I do here, for the music I make and this thing I’ve built up, it’s invaluable, and I will always treat it like that.
Because of this, I do a Donation Drive once a year where I ask you to give something, any amount, to keep this site going and to keep things free, to allow content and fun to flow freely through the internet, to make these songs that hopefully bring you some happiness in your cubicle, or your commute, or your desk job, or wherever you listen to music during the day.
I don’t accept donations at any point during the year, and unless I am selling an actual album or tshirt, everything that I do is free. I work hard to make your donation worthwhile, and this year, I’ve spent almost 8 months preparing, shooting video, calling in favors, and building a donor package that I feel is worth your time and attention, and hopefully, your money.
As I always say, if you can’t donate, don’t. There will always be free music at my site, and I’m not in the business of making life harder for anyone. But if you can, and find it in your heart to give, I hope you’ll consider donating to keep this site running for another year, to help me do bigger and greater things, to show people that independent art can exist and thrive without this institutional belief that you HAVE to do things a certain way. I have never done things the conventional way, I have heard so many people tell me that I’m doing it wrong, that i won’t succeed, that what I do isn’t sustainable, and you’ve helped me prove them wrong. Oh, how sweet it feels.
But most importantly, the Donation Drive is an annual way to celebrate this idea these all these things I make music about: these comics, tv shows, movies, video games, whatever… these seemingly silly things can be important to us, can be celebrated, that together we can help spread some more joy throughout those weird corners of the web, and have a great time doing it.
Thank you for your time, for your attention, for your support for these past three years. Starting Monday, I’ll do my best to earn your contribution. But even if it all ended tomorrow, I’d still say thank you for the greatest three years of my life, and some experiences I’ll never forget.
-Eugene Ahn aka Adam WarRock
(photo by Keith Binder)