You’ve probably noticed Bottle Imp has been quiet for a while. I want to address that, and explain what I want to do from here.
I had a stroke last year.
You can read about it more on my personal blog:
Nothing really begins or ends there, but that had a major impact on activity. The stroke made me unable to do anything with Bottle Imp for the greater part of last year. It wrecked everything, made it hard to deal with life personally and professionally.
Then 2020… I mean, what can I say? We’ve all been suffering together. This pandemic has affected everyone worldwide, but obviously, here in the states, we’re getting hit really hard. Plus we’re facing the most important election of our lifetimes.
Add to that, it’s been tumultuous personally. I lost my father in April. I’ve lost two uncles, one recently. The business I’ve been involved with was dead in the middle of the fitness industry, so needless to say that’s in dire straights, further complicating my condition post-stroke.
It’s no joke, 2020 has been tough, almost unbelievably so.
What this means for Bottle Imp
Obviously, this explains a lot of the lack of inactivity lately. For the time being, new releases have been mostly halted, but I’m hoping to change that in the near future. Speaking personally, a lot of my focus is going to go into playlists and other music related articles. I’ll probably be reaching out to some of you with some ideas.
For now, everything will be a bit slow, but I will get back into it as I go. Getting used to typing is a real challenge, but I still listen to a lot of music and have opinions about it. This sort of thing makes you evaluate your priorities fairly critically. Bottle Imp has been with me a long time, so I will keep pushing forward in some capacity.
I already published a lot of mixes at 8tracks, but I don’t use that platform as much anymore. I’m slowly moving my playlists over to Spotify, and I’m publishing my new playlists there. Back in the 80s, I used to make a lot of mixtapes, and it is a hobby I still enjoy. I like curating similar moods and meanings. I may put a greater emphasis on this, as it requires a lot less typing, an activity that is not as easy for me now. You can follow me directly.
I’m aware Spotify isn’t terribly popular with artists, but right now, I use Spotify because it is easier and the alternatives aren’t much better. I much prefer Bandcamp, but there isn’t a good way to make Bandcamp playlists (yes, I know about Playmoss and it’s awful).
How Spotify treats artists is something I’m working on and I want to help address it. I’ve been doing research and I have some ideas.
I like to write reviews because I listen to a lot of music and it excites me to share that music with people. However, my plan is to focus on older, obscure albums that warrant being revisited and introduced to new audiences. Basically, I want to expand how I write about and share music. I want to share what I’ve heard and experienced.
Bottle Imp will still release new music, but it will likely be slower at first. I will likely keep working with artists I already have a relationship with, and will slowly work with new artists as I have more time and energy. Both of these resources are in short supply these days. What Bottle Imp releases will be special and unusual, which isn’t new. It is just especially true now.
There’s work to do
I was overhauling the website prior to my stroke, so there are more than a few things in disarray. Hopefully I can get these thins tightened up in the next few months.
If you want to stay in touch, the best way to do so right now is through Twitter. I pay closest attention there, as I don’t pay a lot of attention to other social media, including Facebook(??). If some notable alternative exists, I’d love to hear about it!
Keep in touch! Bottle Imp has always been a small community and I’d love to hear what everyone is into or doing!Follow @DanielCTuttle