They could go to the Rock Philosophy website. And they might also find a thesis on underground music in Bangkok from Pablo Ramirez and edited by yours truly. They might also find a book on the Bangkok Underground, Inside the book, they might find the familiar names of bands like Degaruda - exactly like the ones on the concert flyers we see today. Also in the book they might learn of Wisconsin-born entrepreneur who went from rags to riches within a decade and still plays a unique brand of soul-infused country rock music. I wonder if this all wishful thinking?
In fact, the website and thesis already exist and the book is in a preplanning stage. Bangkok underground music is part of history. It exists in both a scholarly academic paper, a website with further evidence of the existence of what looks like one cool time in history and one day soon, a book.
Right now, there is an opportunity for someone. I need at least one major patron or sponsor to support my work documenting Bangkok underground music. All of my equipment (camera, computers) need serious repair or replacement and I need backup drives to preserve those precious photos and videos that take up massive amounts of space when they are recorded in the highest quality. The plan is to create a new music website and open door for contributors. The exact structure and framework of that is still being planned.
Let us take one step out of the future and into the present. My site at davecrimaldi.weebly.com is the #1 site in the English language for the keywords: Bangkok Underground Music. I worked hard for that place yet it was not rocket science just long hours out at shows and many many more hours in front of a computer screen. I have no intention of giving up my SEO (search engine optimization status and plan to expand the music I cover to include blues, jazz, world and electronica. I have also become a pundit on music and lend my knowledge to many a writer seeking an opinion or quote.
This year I am also strengthening my relationships to the Thai indie labels and businesses. I believe they can benefit from a free site which promotes all music coming out of Bangkok and beyond and yet is totally free because of a few major sponsors and/or patrons. Musicians, promoters, indie labels benefit from a site which promotes music – there is a need and demand for it which means there will be web traffic and that traffic can be leveraged into advertising, commercials, sponsored ads. That revenue can be reinvested into further projects and create jobs in the creative arts and services.
And in one hundred years time, people would still be able to find this site and read about Bangkok music, the shows at Fatty's, the festivals, Panda Records, and a whole bunch of people that made it happen. I kinda do this stuff because I want to make a contribution to history – I want to know my life counted when I get to the end.
Contact me ASAP if you can be the one person to become a patron or make a loan to keep all this happening.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I don't say it much but this website would not exist without you.