Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Favorites: Patreon edition - Part 2

You can find Part 1 directly under this post or right here if you're feeling lazy. No judgement here. I'm going to keep up the pattern I started in part 1 meaning that we're kicking things off with...

Christmas Favorites: Patreon edition - Part 1

Merry Christmas everyone!

Last Christmas, I  wrote about my favorite versions of Christmas carolsstandards and lesser known originals. This year, I knew I wanted to do some kind of Christmas post, but couldn't pinpoint exactly what that would be. Then it hit me: this would be a good opportunity to promote the artists that I support on Patreon. I've written a fair amount about a couple of them, but not all. That's about to change. I know some of you are familiar with Patreon, but others of you aren't. So first things first: Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that helps content creators create content on a regular basis. It's not about funding one big project; it's about helping them make multiple projects over time. This is done through the use of subscriptions. You choose your level of support and each level comes with its own perk. You also have the option of not receiving any perks, if that is your preference. Worth nothing that you can change your level of patronage or opt out at any point. You can also set a monthly cap on your donations to help you stay within your budget.

All kinds of content creators use Patreon, but all of the artists I support use it to create music videos. People, this is a game changer. See, it's usually the record labels who pay for the music videos. As such, they usually have the final say in which songs become singles and which get music videos. But Patreon puts this power in the hands of the artists. Why is this significant? Well let's look at two of my favorite vocal groups: Little Big Town and Home Free. Since 2002, Little Big Town has released 19 singles from 6 studio albums. 18 of those singles got official videos. 10 points to anyone who can tell me which single did not get a video.

Now Home Free on the other hand? 20. Big deal, you might be thinking. That's only two more than Little Big Town. Oh wait, I forgot to mention that those 20 videos? 21, if you count the lyric video for "I've Seen"? All released in 2015. Yes, I counted. 38 total since 2013, if you go by their official music videos playlist on their YouTube channel. About 30 of these were Patreon funded. I'm telling you: Patreon = game changer.

Back to Christmas. I'm currently supporting six acts of Patreon: Home Free, VoicePlay, Peter Hollens, Evynne Hollens, Pentatonix and the Hound + the Fox. All of them have released Christmas videos. Several Christmas videos in a couple of cases. Some of these were Patreon funded, but not all.  I must say that trying to narrow it down to my favorites was pretty difficult. So without further ado, here's some of my favorites.