Saying No to Collaberation – How to show respect

In the last 3 months I have had a lot of people approach me about collaboration. I have been processing what that might mean, how to respectfully tell them no, and understanding the subtleties of the interaction.

I was inspired to put together this video around my process. I hope to inspire a respectful and vibrant creative community, even by saying no.

If you have a story of saying no, or being slighted in a collaboration please feel free to share the story in the comments bellow.  Love to hear the ideas and thoughts from the community on this.

By |2018-10-16T12:50:56-07:00November 16th, 2015|Creative Process, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Dedication to Succeed

Through the last decade of being an artist I have learned a lot around what it takes to succeed.  For me the key is recognizing what my goals are, and being true to my aspirations. If I want to be a professional musician, then I need to dedicate myself to that path. Go big or go home has been my motto.  Below is a video that shares my thoughts and how I have reframed this for myself.

By |2018-10-16T12:50:57-07:00September 11th, 2015|Creative Process, Producers Blog, Subaqueous Music Pages|0 Comments

Dispelling the Haters

Being a creative person has its hidden dangers. Being outward and public with it adds a whole new level of complexity.  How do you present your music? What will people think of it? All that stuff bubbles up to the surface. Of late, I have been dealing with having “haters”. People that look down at me for one reason or another.

I wanted to share the story of how I perceived it and what I learned from it.  I also found a way that I can personally change that story in myself.

This video is also the start of a new project. I created a new Youtube Channel to share my process as an artist. It’s about the creative process and the lessons I have learned on this path. I wanted to separate it from my more technique oriented videos at my Subaqueous Channel.  If you want to see more videos like this, please subscribe.

The Creative Process and Depression

Finding a balance in your creative drive, your friendships, and your life can be quite a task. We can easily get trapped in a spiral of self doubt, overworking ourselves, and can have a hard time breaking out.

This subject has been on my mind a lot of late. I had a friend and fellow producer decided to end his life recently. It really shook me into thinking about how hard the creative process can be sometimes. Especially if we are looking externally for validation of our art. Music has the power of bringing us so much closer to each other, but in the digital age our striving to be heard can also make us feel more distant.

I made this video to help express some of these ideas.

I want to keep a community discussion about this.  If you have ever experienced depression as a musician and struggled with this, please comment below. Even if you have not, I  would love to hear your thoughts.
By |2018-10-16T12:51:04-07:00April 20th, 2015|Creative Process, Producers Blog|3 Comments

The Gap From Bad to Good Music

There are many instances where a musician will come up to me and be done and out of themselves over their production. They feel it’s just no good they have been working on it for a year or so.  Well, my word of advice is to just stick through with it, and here is why.

A long time ago my friend Joshua Penman, aka Akara, once told me a very wise statement about making music. He said it’s important to know the music always sounds bad until it’s finished. You have to be ok and know that it will never sound as good as anything out there until it’s done. No one writes the best and already the track blows your mind. It takes a while to develop it and go through the process of making it better.

Your creative mastery works in the same way. It is a process of practicing your skills and getting better and better at it. No one is born with super hero music making skills. There is no luck to it, just dedication.

Don’t let your music get you down at first. Don’t let your inner critic tell you, it’s not as good as everyone else’s music. That is a totally normal part of the process. This short video from Ira Glass explains this idea really well.

 

An amazing point that Ira brings up is that when we first get started our taste is more developed than our skills. This is why you think your music might not be very good. You’re just ahead of yourselves. Given time your taste and skills will align and what you want to create, will be at your fingertips.

Remember, it’s a process. The more fun and adventure you can make the process of learning and developing the quicker this part of the process will pass.

Lets Bring Respect to Gigs

We are more than just musicians, we are people. During my last few gigs I had a few instances of the co headliner being rude. This is not the first time this has happened. I wanted to share my insights on how being present, and kind to everyone involved will lead to more success and a better gig.

It’s so easy to say something simple and respectful. Have you ever run into an issue like that? Love to hear any stories you might have of a headliner being rude, or how you changed the situation. Comment below.
By |2018-10-16T12:51:05-07:00April 5th, 2015|Creative Process, Producers Blog|1 Comment