I’ve just reached the age of 65 and my life as a music promoter and agent is about to end.
I’m changing my life and nothing is going to be the same again. I plan to leave the music industry to write more and travel as much as I can. Join me as I make a journey into the unknown…
Just to recap on my life (it’s all and more in the video): I used to promote shows at many London venues and beyond, including the 100 Club, The Cricketers at Kennington Oval and Chelmsford Chancellor Hall.
I was a music journalist at Time Out magazine (Time Out London) and I went on to write about music, beer, pubs and Indian food for a variety of publications. Now that I’ve reached the age of 65, I’m managing to avoid “retirement crisis” and I’ve decided to make retirement videos about me, my life, my plans and myt stuttering/stutter/stammer.
I’ve lived in Ramsgate since 2014 and promoted several shows at Margate Winter Gardens. My next video will be about my last show there.
First off, just let me say that this post is subjective and subject to change. I find new YouTube channels to watch nearly every day and go off them almost as quickly.
There are two reasons I watch YouTube videos: to be informed and to be entertained. When I want to know how to do something, such as animate a title in Adobe Premiere Pro, I’ll search for “how to animate a title in adobe premiere pro” and pretty soon I’ll be watching a video about how to do it. I’ll be honest if there is one that’s 2 minutes long, I’ll tend to watch that one first before eventually submitting to the inevitable and viewing the 26-minute one about how to do it properly.
Mostly, I watch YouTube to be entertained. I suppose you can’t really write something like this without mentioning PewDiePie. The first YouTuber to reach 100 million subscribers, Swedish-born Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg isn’t really making videos for the likes of me. His demographic is younger gamers and the few videos of his I’ve seen (not about gaming btw) have been quite enjoyable but I wasn’t driven to subscribe. I was surprised to find out he lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, not a million miles from my home in Ramsgate.
I first came across Bald & Bankrupt when I was searching for videos about Udaipur before a visit Rajasthan in December 2018. The most refreshing and interesting was by a tall British YouTuber who wandered the Indian backstreets, meeting people and talking English peppered with Hindi words and phrases. At the time he was new and I remember watching a video where he celebrated reaching 30,000 subscribers. Bald & Bankrupt currently has well over a million signed in to his YouTube channel. His entertaining Indian series was followed by visits to Eastern Europe (his true passion, by all accounts) and Bolivia.
Harald Baldr came to my attention as a friend of Bald & Bankrupt. It turns out that the Norwegian came across B&B in Russia a while back and persuaded him to start a YouTube channel. Although I have issues with Harald personally (he seems to be a bit of a rightwinger and a “pickup artist” in a past entity), his videos are generally informative, entertaining (“Pork o’clock”), and worth watching.
Most recently, I’ve been watching CollegeFree, a series in which an American student called Alexander undertakes a seemingly ridiculous journey across the entirety of Pakistan by rickshaw. Gwadar to Khunjerab Pass via Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, and Islamabad. All you need to know is that the rickshaw is named Aloo (Urdu and Hindi for “potato”) and keeps breaking down.
More binge-worthy YouTube channels in my next article.
Or is it the End of the Beginning?
I’ll let you be the judge. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t going to write a post right at this very minute: it was kind of sprung on me when this site suddenly became live. I know from past experience that the search engines (especially the one whose name rhymes with ‘moogal’) don’t like it when webmasters (and webmistresses) leave the WordPress ‘Just another…’ post up too long.
It looks lazy.
The point of this site is to accompany my new project of making entertaining YouTube videos. I can promise that future articles will be a lot more interesting!