A few weeks ago, a Barclays ATM decided to eat my Irish bank card. While this was a little inconvenient, I had some cash to hand and was able to get by for the next few weeks. The chief hiccup was that my monthly Spotify payment was due the following day – and living in the UK but paying for Spotify with an Irish account meant I couldn’t get a replacement card in time to pay that month’s fee.
I didn’t see this as the end of the world – Spotify offers both a free and a premium payment service, so when the payment didn’t get to go through, I just got demoted to regular Spotify.
Unfortunately, as I primarily use Spotify’s mobile app when I’m walking to college or travelling somewhere, I learned that free Spotify is the worst thing.
I’ve given out about this before elsewhere, but here’s a quick rundown of the problems with free Spotify:
Thing the first: I’ve just launched my soundcloud, with two tracks on it at the time of writing and more to be published shortly.
Thing the second: Kirkos concert tomorrow in the Academy, featuring the music of such Kirkos stalwarts as Sebastian Adams, Robert Coleman, Edgar Grunewald and myself; as well as Kirkos newcomers from Trinity College, including my good buddy Galen MacCaba. There will be a total of SIX pieces premiered at this event, including my semi-improvisational Tight Also. If you can’t make it to the performance, or simply can’t wait that long, a recording is available on my soundcloud. Don’t worry about spoilers – the piece is slightly different in each performance! As this is a Kirkos concert, there is also free wine.