Monday, March 27, 2017

Steve Grand Narrates His Sydney Mardi Gras Performance

Some time after performing at Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras, singer/songwriter Steve Grand is at the vlog hustle again and you know the rules; after the video will come some OBSERVATIONS. Though before I let the video stand where it will, note to the outlets [Sydney Gay Mardi Gras and LGBT outlets in turn] how dare you cheapen Grand's appearance as "hot dude on float with suspenders and a smile".

Double shame to the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras' Twitter for not even reminding people he was there to perform the next day. Seriously, it's shit like this that enrages me. I have not been lucky to see him in person yet. Don't take away needed coverage FOR HIS MUSIC/live shows all because it's easier for you to pinch from his Instagram and call that a story.

Steve, you must take righteous hits as well for playing into this cheap press. You are not a bad person if you demand respect for your music from outlets as far reaching as Sydney Gay Mardi Gras' Twitter or any of the outlets that should be focusing on your music. Every time you end up retweeting a fluff account focusing on your looks, you say to the outlets, "You know what; you're right. My music is secondary even if I have it in my social media identity. Looks matter way more." No more of this shit.
I, a fan, should not be fighting for music coverage more than you.




OBSERVATIONS: With that out of the way, Steve decides to narrate the trip/some of the things he went through to put on a different kind of show. Remember, the choreography/showmanship/dancers thing was something he hadn't done before. Also, let's get this out of the way...yes, the Australian men in speedos were featured. Whatever, let's get to the important stuff.

- One last side note/fluff to get out of the way, HE FINALLY ADMITS he's 27 now. I turn 27 in October. #ShameIsForQuitters

- Anyone that played Gran Turismo 4 knows Holden as being an Australian manufacturer [GM is their parent company] with the Commodore [SS in the game] being a featured model alongside the Monaro CV8. The truck featured in the video is kind of like a Chevrolet Avalanche but still like...made.

- Well, at least in some capacity he does promote himself. Also, as mentioned before in a previous blog assist, ANTM buffs remember the Sydney Harbour Bridge being featured as a prize for Jaslene winning the go-see challenge.

- Hugging koalas is illegal. The More You Know...

*something, something, Australian men in speedos, blah blah get to the important stuff*

- His first ever press conference? THAT'S what I'm talking about. If only we could've gotten a glimpse into what an international press outlet could ask a singer/songwriter that's Kickstarter/BuzzFeed famous. Clearance issues probably prevented that but oooh, press coverage. Also, Wonder Woman lifted him up and that was adorable.

- His Aussie fan/reason he got booked was featured so hi there! Thanks for booking Steve an international stage that big.

- As for the show details, the jock or "soft butch" aesthetic isn't really explained [also what the fuck were those giant darts about] but we're to realize this is the most...flashy is a bit of a setup considering not much clothing was involved. "Busy" has a bad connotation...this was the most out there/pop production based a show of his had ever been.

- Rehearsal footage did make this seem that the Sydney stage was turning into the VMGays and I'm impressed with a creative stretch Grand was able to make.

"Sometimes I feel a little silly standing there waving like a princess going by on her motorcade."
- Steve Grand, Pop Princess on The Rise

- Back to the VMGays style rushing, hair and makeup were done as to prevent messy hair and make it look like he wasn't sweating profusely from nerves & nerves about the performance.

- The setup goes like this; the DJ wasn't breaking to introduce him and Grand had to time when the bassline of the Dave Aude remix of "We Are the Night" was starting. From the looks of the video edit and remembering what little SGM's Twitter would show of his time there on stage, it looks like all went well.

- CLOCK the shady fan in the audience who says "I know" after Grand says "Sydney Mardi Gras you guys are amazing!"

- No "ideal" day at the beach was had the day or so after the show but at the very least his performance went off without a hitch.

- YAY recording area footage [and also bad acting...he's such a musician when he acts.]

- The social media plugs are pop-up style...and the pattern achieved had Twitter pop up first. Apparently, he's been reading the blog or it was really lucky on my end.

- Fresh from his social media, Grand writes "I’m waiting for the green light to release footage from the whole performance. Hopefully that is on it’s way sooner rather than later!"

Monday, March 6, 2017

Steve Grand Updates his EPK

In news that excites me [and pretty much only me], singer/songwriter/LGBTQ activist/hot dork Steve Grand put a new BTS vlog out. This time it deals with his EPK; what that is will be partially explained in the OBSERVATIONS after the video.




OBSERVATIONS: First thing's first, an EPK is an Electronic Press Kit. What Steve is doing in this case is updating his to reflect how much more he's done since the last EPK on his channel was uploaded.

- The EPK itself isn't updated in the video, but what he does is write down the notes of what to update and which song/video should be where. Anything more than 4 creates clutter on the page.

- One of the changes he talks about is song/video choice. "Time" would have to be scrapped for the Dave Aude remix of "We Are the Night". As he points out, it is a plus to have a now Grammy winning DJ behind a remix of a song.

- OK one thing to knock you for; uttering the words "an actor/enactor of change in this world". What kind of verbiage? Not even early social media profiles had anything that vacuous/pretentious/motivational speaker-esque.

- Thing 2 in the Seuss to knock you for is calling a stylus "dainty". Just don't; use your finger if you must but for the love of Gaga.

- It's not a bad lie to say 14,940,526 views is "15 Million Views". It is after all selling yourself; maybe go with "Nearly 15 Million Views" for the draft but wait a little bit to see...shit I'm starting to sound like one of the "A&R stans".

- Oh yeah, he also mentioned "Look Away". Worked with Eli Lieb who's internet famous as well.

STOP IGNORING TWITTER, Mean Muggin' the Mug. You know full damn well critics who don't do their research mean nothing and fans like me should matter more.


***BONUS SCENE of Shady Me vs. Me***

SM: FINALLY, he promotes himself instead of me having to do it just on Twitter.

M: Don't be shady...me. You and I both like it when he does BTS videos like this. Besides, we just plug his music since he's too busy being booked or more likely tending to calendar orders.

SM: Don't you mean online orders in general, you shady bitch?

M: Whatever. Do you think he'll tackle "streaming" but not be stupid like Taylor Swift?

SM: Latter confirmed, but the former might not be coming for a long while. I mean not after he posts more pre-recorded stuff with those damn suspenders showing up.

M: Agreed. He'll take his time, maybe release another cover he won't promote on Twitter...err perhaps plug on Facebook more than Twitter.

SM: You're not wrong...or is it we're not wrong...

M: His vlog is good and more of the BTS content we like.

SM: Exactly.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Steve Grand Reads Comments/Pimps His Mugs

In the latest vlog, singer/songwriter/hot dork/crush Steve Grand decides to read comments about his first vlog of the year on Facebook and YouTube [there he goes again, treating Twitter like dirt even though he has the logo in the social plugs.]

Observations shall be made after the video...




OBSERVATIONS: OK he doesn't just comment about the mug and pimp it on his website, shop.stevegrand.com 😉 he also gives brief mention of trying to download a new plugin that's supposed to make his drums sound better. The download apparently failed and then apparently he needs Windex to clean his monitor. #WindexForSteve y'all.

- He then turns to Facebook [BOO! Facebook is evil! I'm not joining just to get attention from him! Plus my family is on there and simply put...NO.] and pretty much points out the following:

FACEBOOK VIEWS AREN'T YOUTUBE VIEWS

Plus with numbers to back up his claims [4,704 views in 2 hours for the vlog vs. 39,570 in a day for a flashback photo] he has to be given credit where it's due.

-_- Really Steve...you almost had to look up Daniel Radcliffe when Randy pointed out "from Harry Potter"? This is almost as bad as that Google search for Chris Evans eating up precious Q&A time.

- You know, you could promote that "We Are the Night" video too. Throw out some links, point out it's a Dave Aude remix...I mean I've done that A LOT. I mean it's not like I pointed out that at the time of me writing the "We Are the Night Deserves More Views" post it had under 45K views [42,611] vs. the 500,000+ views in 6 days for a Mariah Carey [Michael Buble arrangement, whatever] cover.

[I'm pretty sure being pissed over the gym rat video with that video model noun had something to do with it as well, but I'm projecting again.]

- Aww, I sort of made it in another video of his at the 2:52 mark. I'll pat myself on the back.

- People talk and Steve sounds like he's trying not to let that screw with him too much. Perception vs. reality has kind of plagued him since the beginning of his career. That can't be dealt with overnight but at least now he seems like he can at least understand the nature of it all.

Not like certain outlets [Q, T, I, N, B & a lot more] could have focused on his music instead of Speedo pics and misconstruing his words but hey; I'm only someone who cares about music and not a narrative other people buy into.

The vlog schedule might take a hit considering he has a Sydney Mardi Gras performance to give in like a few days.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Steve Grand: PREview of things to COME

Nearly forced pun aside, I am personally so stoked right now. Singer/songwriter/LGBTQ activist/hot dork/crush Steve Grand uploaded a new vlog where he previews NEW MUSIC. *screams internally* This is the kind of content I love to see from him, so I can safely say, this is a good day.

You know the drill by now; after the video, I will be making some observations...





OBSERVATIONS: The new tentative song [possible album cut at the very least] is called "Good to See You". This happens to be the song he previewed in his Recording Piano vlog from a year ago as seen here...



- As far as the direction of the sophomore effort, "Good to See You" actually makes better sense than I realized. Granted, this can either spell the death or possible downplaying of "Don't Let the Light In" [even though that song still gets performed and gets something of good reviews from those lucky enough to see him live. I'm not one of them yet and it makes me sad.]

- The "subtle sense of sarcasm" direction is more than likely canned given how Grand appears to be "of the Earth"/in a peace of mind. Although a darker album/that righteous anger at the Church song mentioned in Billboard would be a great outlet for him, it does make sense now that "Good to See You" is a starting point [not "the" but "a" starting point] for the sophomore effort.

As it stands now, #SG2 is still tentative but TBD tracks include "Good to See You" and "Don't Let the Light In". The only real scrapped track among his work is "Say Goodbye to Your Man".

- In general, this is another step closer to a songwriting vlog/"I'm not country, stop calling me that" video and that makes me even happier than I already am.

- Alright, I'll get this cheap joke out of the way. "I have such a raging Bosendorfer for BTS music content from Steve Grand right now."

- I can't possibly be the only one to have spotted the lion picture and thought "that's probably from his South Africa trip." Either that or his "big cat" obsession is a bit...well..."odd" is a strong word and "interesting" is shady as fuck to use so it's just...worth noting.

- Steve, let me tell you now; it's not really cheating and to be honest, musician types and critical types like me wouldn't really know the difference [and in my case, I wouldn't give a shit about a technique whether or I like a song or not.]

- "I walked across the universe/but I never left this place" Mars from "Better Off", universe in "Good to See You"; what is it with singers and outer space?

- No video is planned right now nor are we expecting one considering that you're just now starting to work on the record again. Calm down you hyper-perfectionist.

- Don't spoil all the songs but at least talk about musical influences [besides The Beatles because every other musician will say them, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Hozier for some reason] or songwriting/lyricism/telling off critics once and for all that you're not "country". Just a thought.

- Did I clock the lyric or half the lyric..."...California/getting lost in someone else"? At the very least some Lana Del Rey influence is seeping in and I am pleased with that.

- At the very least, Steve admits that other business [or "business-y" stuff] does eat up a lot of his time especially for a yet to be signed artist and is trying his damndest to navigate the oxymoron that is the music business.

- STOP IGNORING TWITTER. Don't let those critics take away from me...err...another platform. At least the logo is there but don't ignore Twitter.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Steve Grand: A DYMO Dozen

Keeping to schedule [maybe a smidge bit early], singer/songwriter, hot dork, LGBTQ activist Steve Grand has another BTS video. Yes, it deals with merchandise again, but let's face facts; a lot of you out there didn't bother to stream his songs on Spotify/YouTube or buy CD units of All-American Boy.*

*OK, maybe passive-aggressive plugging isn't the kosher thing to do. Also there's something called iTunes but whatever.

However, this verse is the same as the first. After the video comes some observations...




OBSERVATIONS - As far as organization goes, he's stuck to the same method for inventory. Even if he sounds like he forgot what the at was at first.

- Oh great; the calendar. No T, No Shade but as much as I'm happy for you raking in more money to further your music career, maybe get to a cover [of a song that doesn't suck] or talk about songwriting/artist identity/say once and for all "I'm not a country artist."*

*OK, he's done that once before in that Cricket sponsored Max Emerson video but considering Grand is still called "country"...maybe get around to something like that. Your vlog, your rules but don't ignore this.

- The printer from the last merchandise video is officially retired with his new thermal printer from the Wonderful World of DYMO. Yes, with our revolutionary thermal printing technology, say goodbye to buying ink cartridges ever again.

DYMO/Skynet Corporation: We Make Printing DYMO-mite!

*swats corporate thugs* I'm barely a thing with my favorite; fuck all the way off.

- Randy the camerman or post-editing is shady as hell. Trying to read Steve for his clothing. He's still not materialistic, y'all. Remember the Hey Qween interview? That's where he talked about his sense of recyclable style.

- Oh great...the calendar again...for what it's worth, that green speedo of his is his signature one. He made a shot of it with a hat into that meme thing I and like 4 other people did. Me being the crazy bitch I am, I took it into overdrive. #WhoElseHas32IterationsOfASillyMeme

- The thirsty sect of the fanbase buys calendars but not coffee mugs...how can that be? #FanneeDoolee
Credit where credit is due, at least he does point out that some merchandise doesn't sell as well as others.

- Quote of the day: when prompted about an image of his face that appears on the modest selling coffee mugs...

"It's like my version of the Mona Lisa, only more cuntier."
- Steve Grand

Singer/songwriter/LGBTQ activist/hot dork/almost poet laureate if he would realize "more cuntier" is a grammatical fuckup. You might sell ten...err tens of coffee mugs to people but consider yourself lightly roasted, sweetheart.

- Even with the shipping label scenario improved upon, you still have things internally holding you back as a musician, Steve. Hyperperfectionism AKA when you record multiple takes of a song you end up scrapping, is the biggest one.
Oh and honey bunny, musician and clean go together like...well as well MC Skat Cat and Paula Abdul did after the late 1980s.

- STOP IGNORING TWITTER. I'm the nice one on there. This time, no preview for what's coming next week but maybe just maybe it's that elusive songwriting video. I am allowed to hold out for hope that he comes to San Antonio and that he can finally rebuke the country label once and for all and have people listen.

Until he vlogs again, off to the races.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Steve Grand Makes an AD of Himself

Normally, anything that's a glorified commercial/trailer/teaser wouldn't get much attention as it's cute. Considering it's a Steve Grand montage, I'll take certain exception and use this as a lightning round set of OBSERVATIONS...





OBSERVATIONS: YOU HEAR THAT? Singer/songwriter Steve Grand. If I have to remind any of you of that again, it's not going to be pretty.

- We're reminded of his Fort Lauderdale gig, him being suspender in disbelief and the OutClique interview* [which has him saying he's not putting out an album though that was planned before]

*Yes I'm aware that a photoshoot took place and that "Soakin' Wet" is playing over the small snippets of BTS footage shown. MUSIC FIRST. If you can look at him, you can listen to him too.

- Apparently, he either had to be reminded, or that cathedral in Fort Lauderdale has to constantly tell people "Don't touch these buttons".

- The suspenders fell off but later reappeared with his shirt off at one point...I mean; it's nice but reminder: HE'S A SINGER/SONGWRITER FIRST.

- Oh what's that? The original mix of "We Are the Night" gets a little love too. Not that ignoring the videos of it are excused either. #JusticeForWeAreTheNight





Overall, the commercial/self-promotion is cute. His next "official" vlog is coming and I forgot to mention he even previewed what would happen. It's shipping related as a printer acted goofy, technological mishaps look to have happened. Either way, it's something to look forward to.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Steve Grand MUGS For the Vlogs Again

Fresh off of announcing his highest profile international gig to date, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras held in March, singer/songwriter/LGBTQ activist/hot dork/noun Steve Grand released a new video in which he's trying his hands at vlogging again.

You know what that means. After the video, I'll be making observations...




OBSERVATIONS: He's not actually self-absorbed. Selling a coffee mug with his face on it is simply him trying to make a living aside from releasing music...(That the rest of you could've at least streamed on Spotify, watched on YouTube, or shared on Twitter, etc. so he wouldn't have to sell mugs, calendars and anything else you'd let slide with another artist. 💅)

- Wait a minute...someone named "Randy" behind the camera with someone I've been crushing on for years on camera...this is taking me back to my Randy Blue 2007-2009 viewings and I'm not ready for that.

- "I'm not sure exactly what story we're gonna tell here" AKA what musicians learn to say in a certain happy/nervous/neurotic manner.

- He does have a point when it comes to $ "vs" Spotify as in his case, he's been learning how to strengthen his business acumen. At the same time, don't be stupid and act like it doesn't exist. Less acerbic, at least find a way to say "I can make iTunes and Spotify work for me as to not piss off fans but also make a viable living off what I love."

- The new booth he built by hand gets more screen time. And even if you wanted to have hot, filthy sex in there, if it's soundproof...it's probably poorly ventilated so the sex stench would probably fuck around with the vocals.

- Just a reminder: keyboard/piano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> acoustic guitar.

- OK what keeps getting blurred with the "foggy shower square" thing? Wait...cameraman...Randy...the setup is much too ripe and I shant be touching that.

- HOT DAMN, he just admitted to being in therapy. Best of luck.

- And his co-host Mean MUGGIN closes out the show [don't forget TWITTER. I'm the nice one here.]

So in around 2 weeks to some point on the Gregorian Calendar, Steve could have a nugget/snippet/new video. Can't wait.