More About Sharron-Idol – Entertainer / Technotainer – 2018 Edition( 'Takes about 7 minutes to read. )
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Hello. I’m Sharron-Idol, and I’m currently an entertainer and tech-geek; or should that read “tech geek and entertainer”? – ‘Either or both.
As far as music & entertainments goes… Well to cut a long story short I don’t have much of a story to tell; I don’t come from a musical family, and neither was I any kind of musical child-prodigy.
I was a kind of technical child-prodigy in a way: Well I could draw an astable multivibrator in circuit diagrammatic format, pick out the components to build it, map out the component-positioning on a piece of Veroboard, assemble, build, and test it – at age 8. – The result of that was my family getting a bee in their bonnet that I was going to become an electronics engineer, + the resulting aggro when I tried to go with the arts rather than engineering.
My family that I grew up with could be described as dysfunctional and verging on insane perhaps; but nothing masterfully musical, other than possibly my mother, who seemed to be somewhat of a Hyacinth Bucket-type character – composing little tunes a couple of times in years gone by during my childhood.
Born to be a Geek
As for my technical leanings – well to maybe help you to understand me, I’ll use the term “born to do it”. – I remember being pushed in my pram by my grandmother while I “connected” a battery to it to see if it would go faster.
But I didn’t write this page to bore you with my life-history. I may include some of my life history in my dialogue, and I do hope you’ll forgive me for dwelling upon myself and my inflated ego.
While I was in my teens, and at school, my control-freak family had decided in the 1970s, based upon information gathered during the 1950s, that a certain school would be an ideal place for me to excel in the technical field that they had decided that I would work in, and that I should gain qualifications to that end.
I wasn’t particularly taken by the school, but technical things were a passion of mine, and something that I showed a natural talent for. The thing was that the school chosen for me by my family didn’t actually teach electronic engineering, despite my flying-in-the-face-of-fact family’s continued insistence that it did.
– So I taught myself about technical things, including electronic engineering, which led on into scientific things, including physics, and particle physics, and the universe, and cosmology, and all that kind of thing.
At the same time I was, by Age 16, a follower of the New Romantic scene, and desperately wanted to be a pop-star, as well as an engineer.
Now you may think that being a pop-star and electronic engineering are like chalk and cheese; and to some extent you’d be right. – But you’d also be totally wrong with regard to many aspects of both trades.
I have a dual-nature: I am naturally drawn to technology and things technical. I am logical, methodical, cold and sterile. – The stereotypical engineer-type… Yet on the flipside I’m artistic, an entertainer, and drawn towards the performing arts, adventurous and creative, with an inbuilt naughty-streak.
These two, almost opposite, aspects of who I am pull me both ways. – The battle is constant and intense. I can never be a totally devoted technician or engineer, nor can I ever be a totally devoted artist or performer… But what I can do is to vent both aspects in equal measure; and in doing so I gain my Unique Selling Point ( USP ); as a tech-geek/entertainer.
I bring two vastly different, yet surprisingly multiply overlapping, worlds together.
In the early 1980s next to nobody had heard of the internet; and it was a huge struggle to become either a pop-star or an engineer. I wanted to be both; and so I built my own equipment and used it to perform.
As I continued on my journey through life I began to see more and more how technology, science, and engineering, were closely related to acoustics, the arts, performing, and music.
Torn Two Ways
To cut a long story short I eventually became an electronics technician. – I didn’t even make it to engineer, and the reason for that was to some extent because the artistic aspect of me was doing its best to drag me away from that and back into my artistic calling as an entertainer.
I dabbled in sales and offline-trading at times too: You’d often find me working or running a market or boot-sale stall, and I also entered the world of home improvement sales in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Eventually, having started up a white-box computer-building and repair business in 2003; which went to the wall in the big crash of 2008 without really making a profit, I decided that the internet was a perfect place to express myself to the full.
(My “old website” at kkomp dot com – ‘short for Kustom Komputa – was going to be where I would have the company’s website.)
In At The Deep End
I was a tech-geek with technical experience. I was also a repressed natural artist, with very little if any artistic experience.
I threw myself in at the deep end: I repressed my educated and experienced technical side and opened my inexperienced artistic side to the world.
Despite this I found it almost impossible to repress the tech side of me; no matter how desperately I wanted to be an artist/performer/singer/songwriter. Once again I couldn’t give 101% to a single profession… But I found that, if I combined the two sides of me, I could not only find an outlet for full expression but I could also find and utilise a great USP.
Forward to The Present
( That title is so the opposite of ‘Back To The Future’. )
And so these days you’ll find me geeking-out, sometimes building or wiring up equipment, maybe creating something audible or technical or both: perhaps involving writing songs, singing, producing tracks using a Windows-operated computer; at which I’ve become a bit of a boffin.
I create music, I create websites; I create content for your entertainment. – I am the ultimate technotainer.
I didn’t choose the stage-name Sharron-Idol because I want your worship. – I’m not that kind of idol: Your acknowledgment, acceptance, fandom, and some of your money will suffice. – But to get that I have to earn it, and I will do my very best to do so.
I hope that what I produce brings you that little bit extra in the way of entertainment, and that it contributes to your overall happiness and contentedness.
I am, after all, your servant: I work for you; if you’ll accept my products.
I am in your hands; and you can accept or reject me as you will.