Well, it seems that another serious milestone was reached: Darkwave just hit 100 followers on Spotify!
Let me stop here for a while! For an independent musician like me, reaching such an important milestone is a serious reason to celebrate. It’s not every day when a small, one-piece musical project hits 100 follower on the biggest music sharing platform – especially not in times when 100.000 songs get into Spotify’s database every day. This success, however, doesn’t exclusively belong to me: this is a serious achievement of the whole community around Darkwave. We did this together: everyone in the Darkwave family had a significant contribution to achieve it by following, supporting and continuously encouraging me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this wonderful journey. I just ask you one simple thing: please stay with me, keep following and supporting me – and of course stay tuned, because good news are coming!
Numbers can’t describe anything that belongs to the qualitative domain of our reality. Still, I’m quite speechless to see that there are 11 people out there who listened to my songs so many times that it qualitifed me to be one of their Top10 artists. And what is even more amazing, I became one of the Top5 artists of 5 of my followers! A special, huge thanks to all of you guys!
This year proved to be a busy one: I remixed and remastered my first album and created a brand new one. Also, I substantially upgraded my gear (both on the hardware and software side), learned mixing and mastering and wrote a bunch of new songs for an upcoming album. Besides, I had official duties (as most of the independent artists, I also have a regular 9-5 job to make a living that I can spend on guitar gear and software upgrades LOL…) and started to write album and concert reviews as well as do interviews for a Hungarian metal webzine. Taking all these activities together, it was fun but demanding – and now I feel like I have to prioritize my diversified duties.
First of all, I want to further polish my mixing/mastering skills. I’m not at all unhappy with the sound of my albums (especially after the quality rise with the remastered Hexapla), but I see quite clearly the direction I’ll try to take in the future. I aim for a more brutal, thicker and deeper guitar sound – therefore I already started doing experiments with my BiasFX 2 virtual guitar rig. Also, I upgraded my virtual drum instrument and try to achieve an even clearer and more polished mix. I always considered my musical journey as a way of continuous experimentation and improvement, so I’m not ashamed to admit that I still see a quite large space for future development both on the musical and production side. While the development of a songwriter and guitarist is a rather organic process, I wanted to facilitate my production skills by subscribing to one of my favorite mixing and mastering resource page run by the well-known mixing engineer, Chris Selim. Following the years of self-education, I think it’s time to take the next necessary step, and internalize organized learning material to acquire all the details that only a skilled, professional mixing engineer can hand over. I’m quite confident that the new guitar and drum sound together with an improvement in my mixing abilities will result in a dramatic increase in the sound quality of the forthcoming album.
And finally, what is even more important: I will release a new album next year. I still don’t know, when, though – I try not to stress myself with the preparations (although I already recorded a quite huge amount of guitar tracks, I’m sure that only a few of them will appear in the final mix). I plan to put together a darker, sadder material than you could hear on Missa Innominata: it’s not that my thoughts became somewhat darker recently (they were always like that LOL…), but this time I feel like showing you guys something from this side of my mind. You’ll find more pain and sadness with various feelings of loss, loneliness, helplessness and guilt on that material, wrapped in heavy-weight, killer and sometimes slightly dissonant (almost jazzy) guitar themes. Still, I hope you’ll like it as much as you like my previous albums.
It seems that 2022 was a pretty good year for me, at least in terms of Spotify listens, sharing and downloads. If we compare the number of streams (254 vs. 3800), listeners (48 vs. 455), total listening time (20.3 vs. 420 hrs) as well as the number of countries where my songs were played (13 vs. 55) in 2021 and 2022, respectively, then the difference is clearly visible.
To be honest, I’m quite speechless now. I never create summaries on such numbers – not because I’m not interested in the progress of my music, but simply because I’m too engaged in practicing the guitar, creating new songs or learning new skills like sound recording, mixing and mastering. My numbers may not seem particularly high compared to well-known bands with professional promotion, but for an independent solo artist who can dedicate only part of his free time to these activities, they mean the world. Sometimes it seems hard to find something really meaningful in this world, but music is definitely one of those few that carry a very special meaning and give me constant inspiration and joy.
Thank you all for making it possible! Thank you for listening to my music and being with me on this exciting journey – and stay tuned, as the new stuff is already on its way!
“Success is nothing, if you don’t have the right people to share it with; you’re just gonna end up lonely.” (Selena Gomez)
I’m not particularly proud of it, but I hadn’t known much about Selena Gomez before I read this quote from her – but I must admit that it really hit me hard. You guys – the inner circle of my Darkwave family – are those who have been following me from the very beginning of my journey on this vast ocean of music on various platforms according to your personal preferences, habits, tastes and needs. The wide variety of these platforms and networking possibilities made it necessary to create a common connecting point: a website, where we all can meet and share news with each other. And the big news for today is that Darkwave now has no less than 50 followers on Spotify!
This is an important milestone for me (no, there’s nothing symbolic in this number, but still, I find it a remarkable checkpoint!) and I know very well, what does it mean. It means that I found at least 50 dedicated listeners in that specific corner of the world of music, who share the same taste, artistic ideas and vision on music like me. Probably there are even more, but I consider 50 followers on Spotify – where you must practically fight even for the slightest attention – a great achievement, and I’m truly grateful for that. And what is more: if my favorite theory depicting music as one of the most sophisticated ways of building bridges between different persons is right, then my music started to accomplish its duty of building those bridges.
You guys hopefully know well, how grateful I am for the support that comes from each and every one of you! Going back to the quote from Selena Gomez: you are the right people to share my joy with. Thank you for traveling with me on this exciting and inspiring journey!