Hi. My name is Jeremy, but some of you may know me better as @HI54LOFI. Or maybe you clicked on one of those Jeremy/HI54LOFI links scattered throughout this website. Or maybe you're like, "dude, I don't even know how I ended up on this page, let alone have any idea who you are or what this is". Fair enough. I will try and keep it short.
I have been a big fan of the overall appeal of the internet for quite some time now, and because of said fandom, I have been mucking about on it for many years. I’ve run a record label that wasn’t a record label. I'm old enough to have had a brief love affair with Myspace before it was My___ and I am young enough to realize how old that makes me sound. I’ve started and stopped and re-started many a project, slightly changing names and domains like a maple tree changes colours. Sites like the site you are on right now. I am from Canada, but have lived in England for many years, although I am currently back living in Canada (and building more sites). I've had a few moments of (very) minor internet relevance amongst a plethora of online invisibleness and—in the end—it has all amounted to not very much at all.
I currently have more non-paying personal websites/projects than jobs; a reality that is based less on the fact that I have multiple websites/projects and more so on the fact that I have zero jobs. But please don't cry for me Archie & Tina, for I have recently got into meditation and am totally cool with all my flat-lined attempts at being a successful modern human. It's all spilled drinks on a duck's back around here these days.
At the moment, I am pursuing a run of intentional unemployment whilst trying to figure out 2 different projects of mine: HIGH FIVE FOR (the site you're on right now) and 95EH (a site I started to play around with after moving to a small mountain town in British Columbia).
Both of these projects are similar in that I would like them to be more collaborative than the sites/blogs I have run in the past. I still want to contribute frequently to them as myself (Jeremy/HI54LOFI), but, unlike previous attempts at having sites/blogs, I’m hoping that “Jeremy/HI54LOFI” will not be the only contributor. Because, having paused and un-paused and recalibrated so many times over the years, I now fully realize just how exhausting and disheartening it is to constantly try to get people to come look at what I am saying / doing / listening / watching / thinking / et cetera-ing.
That's not to say that I won't still be trying to get people to come look at what I am saying / doing / listening / watching / thinking / et cetera-ing, it's just that I only want to do it when I'm really feeling something new, not just because it feels like I should post something new. And with me, that stuff doesn't happen every day—sometimes it doesn't even happen every week. It happens when it happens and it doesn't when it doesn't.
And it's not even that I want to try and keep up with that unrelenting content churn of daily posts—to be honest, I'm over that—it's more that I just want to make a space online where the pot is being stirred every day and the reason it tastes so good is because my dumb thoughts & questionable musical tastes are not the only ingredients. They are just some of the ingredients.
Look, I genuinely believe that blogging and social media and just general internetting can be really fun and life-improving if you do it right, but the trick is that you need to do it alongside other people who are also out there baring a little bit of their soul too. Because that's when the good vibes of sharing things you genuinely love and discovering things that someone else genuinely loved start to mix and it all gets infectious.
Now, as I mentioned in the ABOUT section, I'm still trying to figure out what I am doing with this website. And to be honest, if you were to check the ABOUT section of my life, you would find the same thing:
I don't exactly know what I am doing, but I am trying to figure it out; and when I figure something good out, I'll try and share it with the rest of you (and I hope you'll promise to do the same). Life's hard, but it doesn't need to be as hard as we're making it. Repeat after me: This isn't a competition, it's a collaboration.
If you would like to get in touch with me about collaborating, or hiring, or working with, or just sending general high fives & wtf are you talking abouts—you can reach out to me via the power of email. You can also follow me on Twitter / Instagram if you do those things and would prefer to say hello over there.
If you are still reading this then that means you are a true trooper and perhaps you would be interested in supporting a fellow human that really sucks hard at capitalism. Maybe you like this listening to all the mix tapes and mix cds I can't help from making, or maybe you like the regional events calendar I keep up, or maybe you're just concerned about how a guy with no actual paying job actually pays the bills.
Well, there's now a button for that…
…and maybe a little bit later I will look into starting a Patreon account.
To be honest, this is actually the first time I've ever really tried to ask for money for any internet stuff, so I'm not really sure how to go about it. But it would be pretty sweet if I could find 10,000 people to give me $5 every year. Do you know 10k people that would be down with sparing me 5 of their dollars?
Jeremy / HI54LOFI