6 Years of YouTube as a Hobby

  1. I’ve been doing some livestreamed interviews and
  2. The pandemic has shut down nearly all music-related press. (Normally, I get about 100 new subscribers and about 10,000–12,000 views per month.)
  3. People are probably bored and watching more YouTube.
  • Canon HV30 camcorder
  • Blackmagic Intensity Pro PCIe video capture card
  • 2008 Apple Mac Pro hot-rodded with various hardware modifications
  • Home Depot clip lights with CFL bulbs and paper towel diffusers
  • Polaroid 72" tripods from ebay
  • A cheap 720p LCD on Craigslist
  • Apple iMovie
  • T-shirt sales
  • Donations
  • Non-corporate sponsors
  • Concert ticket sales
  • I don’t know how to place ads on YouTube
  • I don’t think I ever got paid my $134 because Google AdSense is so complicated
  • Make Weird Music is “just” a hobby; I spend fewer than 10 hours a week on it
  • Two Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Lumix FZ-2500
  • A handful of Rokinon lenses, primarily 12mm/f2.0
  • A&J 48" motorized camera slider
  • Manfrotto 351MVB tripod legs with a Manfrotto 519 head
  • Two Ikan Lyra LW10 1x1 LED panels
  • Two Sennheiser MKE600 shotgun microphones
  • Zoom H5 recorder
  • Blackmagic Design 5" Video Assist
  • Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K capture card
  • Blackmagic ATEM Mini (for streaming)
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (for streaming)
  • Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve
  • 2017 Apple iMac i7/580 8GB/24GB
  • Video production
  • Audio recording and production
  • Lighting
  • Editing
  • Script writing
  • Public speaking and presenting with interest
  • A brand I can stand behind
  • A brand that connects me with tens of thousands of people I don’t know (90% of my viewers are not subscribers)
  • Reaching out to artists I’ve never met/talked to
  • Generating credibility
  • Becoming more efficient (I used to spend far more time on videos than I do now)



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Anthony Garone

Anthony Garone

Author of “Clueless at The Work” and founder of Make Weird Music. I write about management, music, and technology. Mesa, AZ, USA.