Make Oklahoma Weirder

Make Oklahoma Weirder

is creating local music grassroots journalism

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Howdy, y'all! The name's Jarvix. This here's a lil' somethin' called Make Oklahoma Weirder.

Except I don't actually talk like that.

When it comes to Oklahoma, people around the country still think of cowboys and country music. There's nothing wrong with that stuff, but Oklahoma music is so much more. And I'm not just talking about The Flaming Lips or BRONCHO, either. I'm talking hip-hop, chillwave, death metal, jazz, experimental. We have all of that and more.

New original music is stuck in a splintered underground music scene here, though. I want to change that.

Make Oklahoma Weirder is a multimedia grassroots platform designed with a fresh perspective to support, curate, and spotlight original music in Oklahoma.


The phrase "Make Oklahoma Weirder" is, sure, a riff on the Austin, TX, slogan, but this is no competition. My mission is to cultivate a thriving music culture in Oklahoma that is uniquely ours.

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Did you say "multimedia"?

Indeed. Most music coverage here has been stuck in written words and still photos. I want to give Oklahoma something more. That means audio/visual coverage like on-location interviews, podcast recordings, and video album reviews.

It's also my hope to inject some personality into this content to make it a more rewarding and engaging experience.

_


Yeah, but who are YOU?

Fair question. My name is Evan Jarvicks, but people call me Jarvix. I've been writing local music articles in Oklahoma City since 2015 across various internet blogs and news publications. My style has been praised for its insight, passion, and constructive criticism.

I'm also an acclaimed musician in my own right, a solo looping pedal performer known for inventive arrangements and quirky narratives. This gives me a unique perspective on music that you simply won't find in more mainstream publications around here.

Make Oklahoma Weirder is my passion project.

_

Are you gonna be consistent with updates?

Another very fair question.

My regular series as of now is First Impressions, which I come out with weekly on YouTube. In a quick 5-7 minutes, I introduce viewers to a new local album and give some early thoughts on it. It's like my written reviews, but not as in-depth. I also give the album a weirdness rating.

Beyond that, it's on a case-by-case basis. I work with videographers like long-time collaborator Sean Carr to do interviews and live event coverage. These simply come out as quickly as we can get them out. I also have more projects in the pipeline that will come more to fruition once the MakeOklahomaWeirder.com website is up. Series I've done in the past like Choose Your Own Interview and Singles Grab Bag will be making a comeback. There is also a podcast in the works.

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And if I support this?

You'd be helping the music community more than you know.

More than anything, a musician wants to be heard and understood. That's where music coverage begins with Make Oklahoma Weirder. When done right, that coverage can then spark reputable word of mouth, and in today's industry, that word of mouth is what makes independent artists thrive.

You're not just supporting me. You're supporting a whole community.

But you'd be helping me out some, too. Things like running a website, investing in & maintaining equipment, paying for professional services when such needs arise....this all adds up. It'd be amazing to do this for a living, but that's not why Make Oklahoma Weirder is on Patreon.

There is a huge gap between the average Oklahoman (or even the "savvy" Oklahoman) and the pool of diverse talent in our own backyard. This can help bridge that gap.

That you are even reading this far shows that you care. THANK YOU for that alone. And if you should decide to make that extra show of support with a monthly sponsorship, you'll get a more proper thanks in the form of our unique reward tiers.

Let's do this together. Let's Make Oklahoma Weirder.


Signed,

Evan Jarvicks
Chief Executive Weirdo
Tiers
Club Weirder
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the club! This gets you access to exclusive  updates on the various projects of Make Oklahoma Weirder. You also get to instantly watch the first three episodes of First Impressions that aren't available publicly!
Club Weirderer
$2 or more per month
Like Club Weirder, but weirder. (no additional reward, just the satisfaction of knowing you're weirderer)
Mystery Burrito
$5 or more per month
You're willing to try that weird burrito even though you're not sure what's in it.


This tier gets you all those sweet updates + the first three eps of First Impressions AND access to behind-the-scenes footage ranging from longer unedited interviews to a time-lapse of Jarvix eating a burrito at sunset.

Special Thumbs
$10 or more per month
This has nothing to do with the OKC psych-pop band Special Thumbs.


In addition to all those updates, exclusives, and behind-the-scenes goodness that come with the lower reward tiers, we will send you a 4x6 photo print every month of a different local artist giving you a thumbs up!


You're doing such a good job!

CD Me Please + Special Thumbs
$25 or more per month
You still listen to CDs, which is apparently the weird thing to do now.


This tier gets you everything from before (including the thumb photos!), PLUS you opt in to a special music subscription. We will send you a local album on CD every month, curated by Make Oklahoma Weirder. Shipping included!

All About the Benjimanjis
$100 or more per month
Benjimanji is an Oklahoma singer-songwriter that put out a weird album in the winter of 2016, then disappeared into the mists. We miss Benjimanji.


You dedicate $100 each month in honor of Benjimanji and the way he truly made Oklahoma weirder.


This reward tier gets you all the updates and behind-the-scenes footage, PLUS the monthly thumb photos AND the CD subscription. This is all included in the CD Me Please tier, but you chose this one because you truly are a weirdo.

Howdy, y'all! The name's Jarvix. This here's a lil' somethin' called Make Oklahoma Weirder.

Except I don't actually talk like that.

When it comes to Oklahoma, people around the country still think of cowboys and country music. There's nothing wrong with that stuff, but Oklahoma music is so much more. And I'm not just talking about The Flaming Lips or BRONCHO, either. I'm talking hip-hop, chillwave, death metal, jazz, experimental. We have all of that and more.

New original music is stuck in a splintered underground music scene here, though. I want to change that.

Make Oklahoma Weirder is a multimedia grassroots platform designed with a fresh perspective to support, curate, and spotlight original music in Oklahoma.


The phrase "Make Oklahoma Weirder" is, sure, a riff on the Austin, TX, slogan, but this is no competition. My mission is to cultivate a thriving music culture in Oklahoma that is uniquely ours.

_

Did you say "multimedia"?

Indeed. Most music coverage here has been stuck in written words and still photos. I want to give Oklahoma something more. That means audio/visual coverage like on-location interviews, podcast recordings, and video album reviews.

It's also my hope to inject some personality into this content to make it a more rewarding and engaging experience.

_


Yeah, but who are YOU?

Fair question. My name is Evan Jarvicks, but people call me Jarvix. I've been writing local music articles in Oklahoma City since 2015 across various internet blogs and news publications. My style has been praised for its insight, passion, and constructive criticism.

I'm also an acclaimed musician in my own right, a solo looping pedal performer known for inventive arrangements and quirky narratives. This gives me a unique perspective on music that you simply won't find in more mainstream publications around here.

Make Oklahoma Weirder is my passion project.

_

Are you gonna be consistent with updates?

Another very fair question.

My regular series as of now is First Impressions, which I come out with weekly on YouTube. In a quick 5-7 minutes, I introduce viewers to a new local album and give some early thoughts on it. It's like my written reviews, but not as in-depth. I also give the album a weirdness rating.

Beyond that, it's on a case-by-case basis. I work with videographers like long-time collaborator Sean Carr to do interviews and live event coverage. These simply come out as quickly as we can get them out. I also have more projects in the pipeline that will come more to fruition once the MakeOklahomaWeirder.com website is up. Series I've done in the past like Choose Your Own Interview and Singles Grab Bag will be making a comeback. There is also a podcast in the works.

_

And if I support this?

You'd be helping the music community more than you know.

More than anything, a musician wants to be heard and understood. That's where music coverage begins with Make Oklahoma Weirder. When done right, that coverage can then spark reputable word of mouth, and in today's industry, that word of mouth is what makes independent artists thrive.

You're not just supporting me. You're supporting a whole community.

But you'd be helping me out some, too. Things like running a website, investing in & maintaining equipment, paying for professional services when such needs arise....this all adds up. It'd be amazing to do this for a living, but that's not why Make Oklahoma Weirder is on Patreon.

There is a huge gap between the average Oklahoman (or even the "savvy" Oklahoman) and the pool of diverse talent in our own backyard. This can help bridge that gap.

That you are even reading this far shows that you care. THANK YOU for that alone. And if you should decide to make that extra show of support with a monthly sponsorship, you'll get a more proper thanks in the form of our unique reward tiers.

Let's do this together. Let's Make Oklahoma Weirder.


Signed,

Evan Jarvicks
Chief Executive Weirdo

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Tiers
Club Weirder
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the club! This gets you access to exclusive  updates on the various projects of Make Oklahoma Weirder. You also get to instantly watch the first three episodes of First Impressions that aren't available publicly!
Club Weirderer
$2 or more per month
Like Club Weirder, but weirder. (no additional reward, just the satisfaction of knowing you're weirderer)
Mystery Burrito
$5 or more per month
You're willing to try that weird burrito even though you're not sure what's in it.


This tier gets you all those sweet updates + the first three eps of First Impressions AND access to behind-the-scenes footage ranging from longer unedited interviews to a time-lapse of Jarvix eating a burrito at sunset.

Special Thumbs
$10 or more per month
This has nothing to do with the OKC psych-pop band Special Thumbs.


In addition to all those updates, exclusives, and behind-the-scenes goodness that come with the lower reward tiers, we will send you a 4x6 photo print every month of a different local artist giving you a thumbs up!


You're doing such a good job!

CD Me Please + Special Thumbs
$25 or more per month
You still listen to CDs, which is apparently the weird thing to do now.


This tier gets you everything from before (including the thumb photos!), PLUS you opt in to a special music subscription. We will send you a local album on CD every month, curated by Make Oklahoma Weirder. Shipping included!

All About the Benjimanjis
$100 or more per month
Benjimanji is an Oklahoma singer-songwriter that put out a weird album in the winter of 2016, then disappeared into the mists. We miss Benjimanji.


You dedicate $100 each month in honor of Benjimanji and the way he truly made Oklahoma weirder.


This reward tier gets you all the updates and behind-the-scenes footage, PLUS the monthly thumb photos AND the CD subscription. This is all included in the CD Me Please tier, but you chose this one because you truly are a weirdo.