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Well, 2010 was a mixed bag Brad Sucks-wise. My live show is sounding good I think and I’m happy with that. A few encouraging shows went down. I got some demos done. But I betrayed a next-album deadline and overall I was distracted with some mid-year depressions and med change as well as other projects and jobs.

Money from the Brad Sucks stuff is nice but it’s unpredictable. It’s been hard to justify working on music for potential future maybe-dollars when there’s guaranteed money waiting for me somewhere else.

But I need to do better. It may sound awful, but my goal for 2011 is to treat music more like a job. As opposed to a hobby that gets pushed aside as soon as I have another opportunity. I’m fortunate to have anyone wanting new music from me at all and I’m disappointed I didn’t deliver more in 2010.

But that’s in the past. I hope you’re all doing great.

Posted on - January 1, 2011 [at] 5:42 pm by Brad
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17 Comments on this post

Michael Jordan on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Good luck in the new year! Don’t feel pressure to rush anything, good things take time! I’m thankful for your delicately-crafted quality output.

Aaron Jackson on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Happy new year!
Thanks for the great music so far :)

Jon Kalka on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Having only discovered you in August, I suppose I haven’t waited as long as some people, so I can’t imagine their excitement. That said- don’t rush it. I’d rather a focused great album than a quicker good album. Thanks for the great music.

FxyxyW on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Happy new year, Brad (rocks)!
Love your albums so far, good luck on further work and life :)

sympodius on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Just wanted to drop a line of support. I would love to hear a third album this year, but I’d rather it was the album that you wanted it to be. I’m happy to wait. All the best for 2011.

anotherrandomname on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Happy new year! Have a great time in 2011, and good luck!

Dennis on Oh hello 2011
January 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Hey Brad don’t pressure yourself that much.
Everyone is having depressions from time to time and tbat’s really
not a situation you can be much creative.

We want to hear you unique and creative sounds so you have to
Have a clear hand and all open for your imagination!

I hopeyou are doing good meanwhile and wish you all the
Best for 2011. Rock on man!


Chad Merkert on Oh hello 2011
January 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

Happy New Year Brad.
Love your music so far, and look forward to your next album. It is definitely worth the wait! Keep up the great work, and I hope you have a great year!

Justin on Oh hello 2011
January 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey Brad, treating music like a job doesn’t sound bad to me! I was down to working 20 hours a week for two months, and I decided to spend my spare 4 hours per weekday on my music. It turned out to be the most productive period in my music-making history.

I’m back in the office full time now and happy to be there, but I do sometimes miss spending afternoons sorting my sample collection, converting and uploading audio files, making checklists of blogs to send mp3s to, and dicking around with vocoders.

I guess if you look at it like work, I didn’t get paid very much. At all. But man that was some time well spent.

Anyway if you want more music time, try taking a half day off from work every other week.

Matt-the-twat on Oh hello 2011
January 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Wow I was seriously getting worried by the end of the second paragraph that you were going to throw in the towel on your music career. I feel like you’ve been on the brink of big success for a while now, and I think treating it like a job will probably facilitate the change to the big success which has seemed so long in coming :P

Andrew Spicer on Oh hello 2011
January 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

2010 has been a lackluster year. I myself have been saying I was going to release a third album in 2010, but that all fell behind. I too went through some deep personal troubles. But it’s a new year and I’m feeling a bit better about music happening this year.

Hopefully we hear your third album as well. It’s not good to pressure yourself, but at the same time it’s also good to push through and just “get it done”. I know I sometimes need to do that in order to get moving. Hey you can always add/subtract songs from there constructing a better album once you get started. Songs written last year may be much different and mean less to you than any new stuff you write now while doing the new album.

Anyway good luck!

Jack on Oh hello 2011
January 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I don’t care when the new album comes out, but I’ll be very excited when it does. Good luck!

julie skye on Oh hello 2011
January 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

Yea, you idiot- music IS your job. Fuckin’ Get on with it.

V3RILY! on Oh hello 2011
January 6, 2011 at 1:14 am

@julie skye: wow. just wow. shut up.

Brad, love your music. You’ve been a great inspiration to music hobbyists like myself. I’ve been listening since mid-2009 and would be delighted to hear some more of your music. You are definitely talented, and it shows in your music.

pseudosu on Oh hello 2011
January 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Don’t take this as icky fun-killing pressure, but yes– people are into your music and ARE waiting– patiently. :) I’ve bought every album so far, and will be happy to purchase your next one too, whenever it happens.

Hybridan on Oh hello 2011
January 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Good post, and I am glad to see on your newest that a live show went well. Regardless of how things go I hope you keep making great music that I love to listen to. And that you will stick with an ethic that puts good (and creative) music ahead of making money.

Nothing wrong with view things as work or a job though, that sometimes is the exact motivation that you need to really push through good work.
Best of luck, have fun, and keep rocking.

rap legend Jesse Dangerously on Oh hello 2011
January 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

“[In 2011,] I betrayed a next-album deadline and overall I was distracted with some mid-year depressions and med change as well as other projects and jobs.”

Oh hello, the same person as me!

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