This is it… the last post on Something Like Sound. If you followed this blog during its lifetime, thank you. If you just found this randomly, have a look around- there’s a lot here. There really is not much that I can say that hasn’t already been said, so this post will be brief.
As some may know, I am moving to the live music capitol of the world: Austin, TX. This decision is not the result of having too much fun at SXSW, it came about because of my professional career choices and hate of cold weather and snow. Will I start a new blog down there? I don’t really know at this point, but I imagine it’ll be hard for me to just quit a night-job I’ve found so fulfilling over the past 2 and a half years.
The following is a list of things I learned while writing Something Like Sound. Hopefully these will help any other aspiring music bloggers:
- Always carry earplugs: It’s never too early to protect your sense of hearing.
- At outdoor festivals wear sunscreen, drink water, and eat enough to avoid passing out.
- Tell people about things you like, don’t waste your time with things you don’t like: I tried to only focus on the good instead of being negative about what I didn’t like.
- Get enough sleep: I did college without caffeine and never once pulled an academic “all-nighter.” I was able to go to at least 1 show every week and graduated Magna Cum Laude. My secret was being well-rested and fully present in my activities.
- Network, network, network: Especially in music it’s not about how good your writing is or how snappy your photos are, it’s all about who you know. Furthermore, print up some business cards with your basic contact info.
- Be friendly: Always give everyone a fair chance and try to make a good first impression.
- Support your locality: Love the place you live.
I’ll end by thanking a bunch of people: Jake Rezac and Spencer Nelson helped start Something Like Sound and put up with my sometimes-obsessive management of the site. Dave Herrera and everybody at Westword supported this thing before it was really anything at all, and they’ll still be here after I’m gone. Thanks to other Denver music people who will still be here and are awesome (in no particular order): Tiffiny Kallina, Julio Enriquez, Joe McCabe (& the REVERB crew), Erin Barnes (& the Donnybrooks), Jake Martin, Lance Stack, Evan Mellichampe and James Irvine at Vinefield, and Heather Browne. Last, but certainly not least, there’s the musicians who understood what I was about and helped along the way: Zach Tipton, Eric Peterson, The Knew, Danielle Anderson, Lucas Johannes (and everybody at Hot Congress), Jonathan Alonzo, Rande Kamolz, FC/KCSP, Leighton Peterson, and many more.
Sorry to everyone I forgot to thank, and sorry to the bands who submitted stuff that I never got to. The site will remain up indefinitely and our compilations will still be available for free download.
Tim Weilert, Graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, Class of 2011