One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September. It’s a pretty long time to do absolutely anything let alone a music blog. Therefore I thought I should do something to celebrate the crazy fact that I’ve been doing this almost my whole adult life. It might not have been a wise career move to spend 18 years and hundreds and hundreds of hours in something that has only made me lose money, but still I feel that my life is much richer thanks to onechordnet and I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep this thing alive for so long. I’m a shy and quiet man and this has kind of been my voice in this world.
That’s why it’s time for an anniversary festival. OCTA18 will be an online festival in the spirit of the legendary Couch by Couchwest Festival (CXCW). The goal is to get unique live videos from the artists that have shaped the 18 years of onechordnet. It’s not open for everyone due to the reasons that a) the idea is to celebrate the 18 years of the blog, so naturally it makes sense to include only people who have been featured here b) I’m just one man and at this point it’s impossible to know would there be 5 or 500 videos if its open and I have a limited amount of time to spend on this. However, if you’ve been featured on the blog during its existence, I would love to have you on the event (I try to invite and ask people too but it’s not always easy to know who would be interested and able to participate. Plus I’m a man who has a masters degree in self-doubt, so asking for favors is not very easy). I would love to get submissions from all the eras of the blog, because both the early Finnish pop days and the current americana emphasis are important parts of the history of this little music blog. Obviously a lot of the early favorites have stopped making music ages ago, so that might get a bit tricky.
If you want to participate, here are the basic instructions:
1. Shoot a live video of one song. It can be a song that I’ve featured here over the years, but it can be a new song too or well any song that you would like to play. It can be just a quick phone video or you can use as much time, equipment and creativity as you wish. There does not have to be any birthday wishes or one chord mentions on the video. However, the video does need to be new and made for this event. So not an old video that is already circling in the net. Therefore it would also be nice if you kept it hidden/unlisted or at least didn’t share it on your social media before I’ve posted it during the anniversary week. Afterwards you can of course do what you want with it. It definitely doesn’t need to exclusive to this event as long as it ”premieres” on this so-called festival.
2. Upload it to youtube/vimeo and tag it OCTA18. Send the link to submissions(at)onechord.net. Don’t use the other addresses on the contact page, because they might get lost in the crowd in the other inboxes (I get a hundred or so emails every day). Also don’t use this one for the other promo emails. Just this anniversary festival stuff on this email address.
3. That’s basicly it. I will then embed it to a blog post, add a few words and links to your website and/or social media pages. Then I will post it to the blog during the anniversary week. I’ll tag you so you know when it’s live. That’s your festival performance.
4. Submission deadline is 31st of August, because I’m indeed just one man with a dayjob and I’ll need some time to write the posts beforehand. It’s not absolutely set in stone, so ask if you would love to do it, but you are not able to do it before that date. I just need to get most of them in advance. Otherwise I will be in big trouble, if I get lots of submissions.
I’m happy to answer, if you have any questions. There might be a small live event in Turku too, but more about that later if it happens.