I am happy to report that the vast majority of the perks from last year’s crowdfunding campaign have been sent out. Qualifying backers received an advance copy of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips in June, limited edition asphalt grey Ektoplazm t-shirts in July, and hand-written postcards sometime last year. Everyone who contributed now has their name on the community supporter list. (Note: if you are missing any of these perks please contact me and I will sort it out!) Apart from launching a beta version of the new site I am only left with a few special perks to polish off for some of Ektoplazm’s most generous supporters. I will be working hard to finish off the last of these campaign promises in the weeks and months to come.
The Ektoplazm redevelopment effort proceeds, slowly but surely. I outlined some of the reasons for being so far behind schedule in the last update. To recap: I moved to Vancouver to partner up with a technical lead for the redevelopment effort but it didn’t work out. Since then I’ve been learning a whole bunch of new skills to do the work myself and even relocated to Taiwan to drastically reduce my cost of living. This way things will get done, though not according to the schedule outlined on the original campaign pitch. It may take a while yet—but I am doing everything in my power to make this project a success.
This brings me to another challenge I have been wrestling with all year: how to keep the free music flowing while I work on the redevelopment effort. As I explained in the last update, running Ektoplazm in its present state is a full-time job. After the crowdfunding campaign was a success I hired someone to handle “content management” duties, a role encompassing almost everything I had been doing behind the scenes for the last few years. This did not go well, to say the least, and I reassumed control of the distribution process this summer. Since then I have worked long hours to clean up the mess that was left behind. I apologize to all label and artist partners for the delays and difficulties experienced during this tumultuous period—I am personally handling releases again and mean to provide the same high level of service that you have come to expect from Ektoplazm.
A month ago I found myself back where I began: with two full-time jobs and not enough time to do them both effectively. Rather than outsource content management again I have streamlined the distribution process and published the requirements that I have been working from all these years. Previously I did a lot of extra work behind the scenes to prepare each and every release—now labels and artists can prepare release submissions to Ektoplazm standards on their own. Actually, this means anyone can do so. If you’d like to help all you need to do is contact your favorite labels and offer your assistance in preparing their release submissions.
With any luck this new process will dramatically reduce my workload so I can return to working on the redevelopment effort at least four days of the week. I need to focus—and this means I might not be able to stay on top of non-essential emails and social media contacts in the near-future. I intend to time box anything related to the existing distribution process by setting aside one day of the week to handle emails and check release submissions. Apart from that I will be deeply engaged in the metamorphosis project.
I truly appreciate everyone’s sustained support and enthusiasm for Ektoplazm 2.0 and regret that it has taken so long to get here (with so much more work to do). Thank you for sticking with the project and I hope to bring you good news in the future. Until then, please continue to enjoy the free music provided by Ektoplazm’s many label and artist partners!