The records! They have arrived.
The album will be released under our new name:
AVIDYA AND THE KLESHAS (read more about it below).
Please save the date! Our NYC CD Release Show will be on June 5 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, at 7:30pm. It will be FREE.
Fun press: MTV Hive premiered our latest single "Body Of Lead" in March on their homepage...
Plus... WE'RE READY TO SEND OUT REWARDS!!!
Please fill out the questionnaire sent to you so that I can ship the rewards out in the next 6-8 weeks. Thank you for being so patient. Great work really does take time, patience, and a lot of learning. It was worth it. As Hugh MacLeod says,
You might be wondering why it really took this long. Here's a little insight into the past nine months and what I've walked away with:
A SUMMARY OF THE LAST 9 MONTHS A.K.A. DEFINING SUCCESS
“I don’t really know,” admitted the president of the record label I was meeting with. I had just asked him if what our plan is after we sign the contract. Who will the album be distributed with? Where will we begin touring? Who are some potential booking agents? What will the general press campaign look like?
And he doesn’t know. Awesome.
He did say, however, that he’d like to be in the band.
So obviously I put this record out by myself.
While wrapping up Tree Of Series, I realized I did not have a definition for my own success. In the past two years I have walked away from two producers, five band mates, two licensing deals, a dear manager and the record label of my dreams. But through those learning experiences I still ended up with a record filled with depth, substance, nuance, and intense feelings.
What do I want to use it for?
Do I want fame? I know I want my work to be recognized in the world, but fame inflates the ego and endangers truthful ambition.
Do I want money? I know I need to make cash, but the fusion of those two worlds will inevitably compromise my art. And compromising art to pay the bills would be a tragedy.
Alain de Botton says in his TED talk that “we should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it's bad enough, not getting what you want, but it's even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn't, in fact, what you wanted all along.”
The thing about success is that there are so many external figures trying to define it for me (us): television, managers, publicists, teachers, the talent buyers at Bowery Presents, bosses, mothers….
The mind is like a crystal. It takes on the colors of whatever is near, reflecting it’s nearby environment.
So take care in who you expose your ideas to.
They all want me (you) to be something different.
But my environment, my community, my thoughts, words, and actions… they should all make me happy. These things, they should serve you -- so that you can serve them.
This is what I decided: I am going measure success with the apexes and valleys of how I understand myself, accept myself, and grow into myself. While all along the way, guiding and connecting to others. I am going to measure success by my own authentic happiness.
I highly suggest this method of success. I suggest it so whole-heartedly that from here on out this project will be devoted to exploring
Avidya And The Kleshas
There are five spiritual roadblocks, or KLESHAS, that all humans experience.
The Kleshas block us from living in truth.
The Kleshas are often depicted as a tree. Ignorance, or Avidya, is the Mother Klesha. It is the trunk of the tree from which the four others grow.
The four other Kleshas? Egoism, attachment to desire, aversion to pain, and the fear of loss (and of death).
These are very real, very universal, very subconscious darknesses that we all cling onto dearly. They drive us to produce and enable karma.
Hold the carving knife up and cut through each KLESHA. Take control and sculpt your self. Explore what they are in your life, through your veils and blinders. Do the work. Practice. Fail. Practice. Succeed. Learn. Clean, purify, heal.
You are not born wise, you become that way. Time gives your work power, and whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing slowly and deliberately.
So, thanks for your patience while I made this record and figured some things out. It took a long time, and thank goodness for that.
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