Hello friends, I hope you had a good weekend. Just wanted to write a little bit about some of the gear I have recently acquired and how that has helped and altered my workflow. I made countless mistakes when it came to buying gear so I hope this will point a few of you in the right direction.
First Here are the items that I recently invested in:
Industry Standard soft-synths, effects, and sampling instruments
Wide range of sounds for any style of music
Ease of use and ubiquity from their NKS partnership program means many other industry-leading midi controllers and electronic instruments will work seamlessly with NI plugins and have pre-map parameters.
One could get by having only this for music making — it’s that good.
Categorized Patches i.e. allows one to designate a patch to a specific category, there are already categories like leads,keys, or bass but you can make custom categories as well
I use this synth for the special sounds in a song that you want to stand out from the rest.
So far the combination of a very satisfying laptop experience, with easy to use and customize digital instruments, has really increased my efficiency. I’m no longer frustrated by my laptop not being able to handle what I throw at it. It took a really long to find a laptop I truly enjoy so big ups to Razer for making solid products . The one-two combination of Native Instruments soft synths and Waldorfs powerful Blofeld desktop Module delivers all of the efficacy the world has come to expect of German engineering. Having those tools as the base of my sound design really helps me get into a groove because the Native Instrument tools work so consistently well. It has taken me years to find a setup that helps me get ideas out so well so if you’re in the market, I highly recommend any of the these three items. I’ll try to make a video soon showing them in action.
This entry is an update on the happenings since the start of the year and to share a little bit about what’s on the horizon for the rest of the year. I couldn’t ask for a better start of 2019, still I will try to keep it short and sweet.
Firstly, just dropped my first original songs in over a year! Castle EP was released a couple days earlier than intended, due to a distribution error, but we rolled with it and I am really happy with how everything turned out. My amazing companion and co-creator Maja contributed both the cover art for the EP and a vocal performance for track three. I was also blessed to have The Adaptive apply his signature, atmospheric guitar to the title track. This EP helped me break through barriers and I promise I won’t let there be such a long wait between releases next time.
Regarding what I have planned for the next couple months; you can expect a track I’m producing for a student artist in partnership with Nurture The Creative Mind. Working with students is a joy and privilege and I am very thankful to break up my normal workflow in this way. I’m also working on some spatial mixes using Envelop E4L tools, I want to spatialize my first album and then work on finding a good way to share the music I have been composing in Ambisonics formats to begin with (still waiting for a good time to write in better detail about that, stay tuned). If the timing is right I am going to try and do a small 7″ vinyl release of Castle EP as well.
Lastly just wanted express my immense gratitude for this stage in my life I just want to slow down and not take it for granted. If you’re listening to my music and have any feedback or want to get involved, shoot me a message at igamasounds.com/connect. Much love and thanks; wishing you all a lovely spring.
As I consider everything that 2018 brought I can only be thankful for the life I live. I had a lot of great opportunities arise throughout the year and was fortunately in a position to make the most of these moments when they were presented. I wanted to write this post to document some things that happened last year that move me forward both personally and as an artist and express my intention for next year.
From where my last post left off, I left my day job to be able to travel and just start out on a new foot. I ended up securing a new job in SLC by the time I returned back to the states and so far it has been exactly what I needed. So the risk payed off (Thank God) and left me in a better position than before. So did I learn from this ? When you get the chance to take a risk to do what you love, take it. Life forces almost all of us to take risks for things we don’t love, (houses,cars,etc.) so we may as well take risks for the things we do love!
The synchronization of life was in full effect this year and I saw this clearly when presented with a chance to work on an SLC pop project for Envelop, an SF based non-profit dedicated to amplifying the power of sound by through providing immersive listening experiences. The director and co-founder, Christopher Willits, is an artist whose music has meant a lot to me over the past few years. I actually was able to meet him at one his shows and later connect through his subscription service, Drip. Having this foundation made it possible to jump right in comfortably and start learning right away. I’ll go deeper into this topic in separate post, but being positioned in SLC because of work allowed me to take on the role and open the door to more chances to learn and grow. The main lesson I learned from this, is to just to have an open heart and support the projects you believe in.
For 2019 my goal is to release as much music as possible and just let love take over every area of my life. The more I hone in on that force the more I see the world around me working in a positive direction. I have always invested in my own music, but this year has shown me a new depth of love I can give and that is what I am most thankful for. Here is to surrendering and growing in love for 2019 and year after.
This summer I took a leap of faith and decided to travel to Germany and find a new day job instead of staying in Utah because I couldn’t get the time off approved at my old job. What I have learned so far ? When you want to make progress on your creative journey, you need to clear your path of obstacles that are within your power to address
Since coming here to Berlin I have noticed a giant surge in creativity and inspiration from all of the new influences and scenery. I also noticed that having no job hanging over my head (but also little financial stress) has granted a freedom I could only dream of the last two years. This really underscores the importance of saving money as an artist– there is no better way to open up options than having your own resources to work with. In this way I would say that financial stress and untenable working situations can equally become creative obstacles and one must achieve the right balance to keep moving forward. Furthermore, the “administrative” task of life, paperwork, bills, taxes, etc., are better to take care of right away before they can come together to create bigger problems.
To put it simply, it is easier to be creative and expressive when one isn’t burdened down with unnecessary obligations. Unfortunately, for many of us this ideal seems so far away and we find it hard to see the way out. If this sounds like you, I would like to share my experience of a system that has worked for me in the past.
1. Make a list of tasks to complete in order of priority.
Make sure you address the most important tasks first.
It is better to bring one task to completion than to leave three things half-finished.
2. Determine how much time you can dedicate to addressing the items on the list.
Set aside as much time to complete these things as possible, but don’t forget to leave time for yourself as well.
If a task involves researching researching something like jobs or schools, it is really easy to get burned out. Try getting some information and then taking time to digest it — slow and steady is the key.
3. Once you have completed a task, reevaluate the priorities and adjust the order if necessary.
Sometimes you will finish a task quicker than expected, when that happens use the momentum to your advantage!
Realize some things will take more time than others, if you have done everything possible on your end and are just waiting on another party, move onto the next task or to one that is small enough to complete without stressing you out while you wait.
4. When you run into delays, complications, or dead ends reach out for help!
If you have family and friends around don’t be afraid to ask for help from those who might have experience with what you’re working on.