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Artists Social Insurance Fund

Today I sent in the last papers for my application to the austrian artists social insurance fund. It pays a part of your social insurance if your work is considered art.

Before 2016 the rules were pretty strict and it was very hard to get accepted. In the beginning of 2016 the rules have been renewed so that you can also apply with work that is teaching art and promoting art.

Therefore I highly encourage you to check if you are within in the rules that qualify you to receive funding from there. The KSVF supports freelance artists that live and work in Austria.

More Info on the Homepage of the KSVF (in german language).

Social media is not the problem

Often we tend to feel that social media is keeping us from doing more important or more productive things. But saying social media is the problem is a serious misinterpretation of the case.

If we hang out online instead of doing stuff we want to do – the problem are our priorities. Because we just don’t want it enough. Facebook and friends can be ignored if we really have something to do.

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a plea to the djs

Todays post is about laziness … and how it does damage to people that did work that some of us make their money with. DJs that play only their own stuff can stop reading here.

The following stuff is based on laws in Austria. Most countries have their own societies for that and the details in the process may vary but the concept stays the same.

In Austria we have a very controversial insitution: the AKM. It is the copyright collecting society for musicians an composers. This means whenever a piece of music is played in a commercial context, the AKM takes care of giving some money to the people who created that music.

That’s great, right? Yep but a lot of DJs don’t care about doing their part in giving the people their money. Because the AKM gets money from the promoters. Either with a yearly fee or on a per event plan. The money goes to the artists of the music that was played during the event. But the AKM needs to know which music was played. And it is your responsibility as the one who plays the music to send your setlist there. If you don’t do this the fee that is payed by the promoter is distributed via a distribution key that favors mainstream artist and well known composers.

Damn, that means by not handing in the list of your set, you give money to the people that are aired on mainstream radiostations instead of the people that made the awesome sound you are playing. Shame!

 

Playing the missing Instrument

At the Red Bull Beat Riders Camp in 2007 we had a lot of discussions about topics related to dance and life in general. One evening was about musicality in dance. B-Girl Asia 1 made the following statement:

When dancing I don’t follow the music. It is more like I am playing the missing instrument to the track.

While Asia 1 is really doing what she says she is doing, the same statement is often used by other people to justify the fact that they are off-beat and not listening to the music while dancing.

The thing is: improvising an instrument to an existing piece of music is not as easy as it may sound. You can not just do “whatever you want”. To make such an endeavour successfull you have to follow the rules of the music played. Using it as an excuse to dance without a relationship to the music is disrespectful to the people who can actually do it. There are people out there who can pull it of. Asia 1, who made the original quote, is one of them. If you are not, don’t worry – all is good. But please don’t make claims you are doing it, when you have trouble hearing the music or you just don’t care enough.

#thinklikeamusician

Why you should dance to the whole song

In workshops or interviews with OGs of our dances you hear the phrase “back in the days we danced to the whole song” a lot. I am sure their reasons were different, but here is a list of reasons why we should dance to the whole song.

  1. A good song has different parts that can shine through our dance. If we don’t dance to them all, we miss out on opportunities.
  2. The longer your work with a song, the better you understand it.
  3. We dance for a longer period of time. That helps our stamina.

Being upset without listening?

Sometimes you meet people that don’t listen to the things you say, but they get upset about the things they think you said.

I know that can happen when there is a language barrier. So people have to communicate in languages they don’t fully understand. Or the topic might be totally boring and therefore somebody does not listen.

But I do not understand why shit like this is happening when people talk about at topic that is relevant to everybody in the discussion AND everybody speaks the same language. We need to start paying attention to the things others are saying in order to understand what they mean.

book recommendation: Sketchnote Handbook

Recently I picked up my Sketchnote Handbook again. The book from Mike Rohde is a guide to visual notetaking. I have a notebook on me most of the time, but usually I struggle with catching all relevant data. The Sketchnote Handbook suggests an approach that focuses on core content and binary coding with words and images.

The Sketchnote Handbook. Mike Rohde. Peachpit Press.
ISBN 978-321-85789-7

Die heilende Wirkung der Community

Der Titel meines heutigen Beitrags hört sich ein bisschen esoterisch an. Wenn man die Bedeutung des Wortes betrachtet und nicht die ganzen Assoziationen und Klischees die ihm anhaften, ist er es sogar.

Als ich heute aus dem Haus ging, war ich ziemlich angepisst. Ich hatte mich aufgrund von total unwichtigen Kleinigkeiten viel zu viel aufgeregt und war den ganzen Weg zum heutigen Open Floor im SDC in einem Zustand innerer Unruhe.

Bereits nachdem ich die ersten Leute begrüßt hatte und in kurze Gespräche verwickelt wurde, verflog mein Ärger. Gemeinsames Tanzen, Jammen und Plaudern mit der versammelten Community brachte mich auf andere Gedanken. Und die Wirkung hält an. Mir ist zwar nach dem Training sofort wieder eingefallen, was mich aufgeregt hat. Ich konnte es nach einem tiefen Durchatmen emotional total beiseite schieben. Das war mir vor dem Training unmöglich.

Danke Leute!

Salzach Sonne

Soulya TV Interview

Heute ist ein Soulya TV Interview mit mir erschienen. Philip Hagenhofer aka Freakyphil hat für die erste Staffel mit zehn Leuten aus der österreichischen Szene gesprochen. Die anderen Interviews findet ihr auf der Facebook Seite von Soulya TV.