Well, first the obvious part. The name of the guy that runs this website is Jeremy and because the handle @Jeremy was already taken, you might internet know him better as @HI54LOFI - which is why you will often see a 'Jeremy / HI54LOFI' links scattered around the site. There is also a chance that you better know 'Jeremy / HI54LOFI' as the guy that does that 95eh thing in the mountains. 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 you do". Fair enough. We all take different roads and end up at the same place and this is just another one of those times.
↑ a special hi5 to anyone even thinking about clicking that donation button ↑
Ok, so I have been a big fan of how almost anything is possible on the internet for quite some time now, and because of said internet fandom, I have been mucking about on it for many years. I’ve run a record label that wasn’t a record label. I've had a 24/7 internet radio station. I've shared thoughts and feelings, unprovoked. 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.
I am a Canadian that has not always lived in Canada (although I currently call a small mountain town in BC home). I've had a few moments of minor internet relevance (very minor) amongst a plethora of online invisibleness and—in the end—it has all amounted to not very much at all. Especially when it comes to making a living from my internetting.
I currently have more non-paying personal projects than jobs, a reality that is based less on the fact that I have lots of 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—because even though I may suck at Capitalism, a little birdie tells me that Capitalism is pretty flawed itself. And who wants to be good at something that is flawed?
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. Hence this specific "Jeremy/HI54lOFI" page that I link back to often.
Now, as I mentioned in this website's 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 whenever 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 just general sending of high fives & wtf are you talking abouts—you can reach out to me via the power of email. You can also find me on Twitter / Instagram if you do those things and would prefer to say hello over there. Or try one of these circles.
If you are still reading, then that means you are a true trooper and perhaps you would be interested in supporting a fellow human of the internet. 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 a button for that…
…and maybe a little bit later I will look into starting a Patreon account. Because I'd really like to focus all my money making energy on fleshing out these internet projects of mine as I feel like they can provide more value to the world then if I get somebody to pay me to dig holes or something.
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, so if you know 10k people that would be down with sparing me 5 of their dollars please send them this way.
Jeremy / HI54LOFI