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.
Blessings for the New Year.
I’m happy to report I will soon be making my second trip to Berlin! What I did differently to prepare this time is make a Spotify playlist for listening in-air and in-line. It seems like a no-brainer looking back now, but with all of the other preparations it was simply overlooked last year . Having a good playlist keeps your hands free longer and makes airports more bearable, so feel free to follow and add this playlist to your library on Spotify if you use that platform.
On this playlist I started with some energetic downtempo grooves for the pre-flight hustle with some Papadosio, Ulrich Schnauss, and Pantha Du Prince. Next, the music begins to slightly resemble the conversations with myself as I wait for take off with North Valley Subconscious Orchestra’s Neutral Buoyancy . “THIS COULD BE THE ONE THAT GOES DOWN”, goes one voice and ” Non-sense, you’ll be fine just relax, BREATHE…” goes the other. At this point, I let the more rational voice win and the music gives way to some very relaxing ambient compositions including cuts from In the Branches, Machinedrum, Deru, and myself. Of course, you will need to raise your energy just a bit again for the post flight rigamarole before it’s over — enter Casino Versus Japan, Telefon Tel Aviv, and Hammock to see you through the last tasks and safely on your way.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this playlist even if you don’t use it for a flight. I will keep updating with new songs, keeping the same trajectory for the playlist. I would love to hear what you listen to when flying as well!
Safe Travels My Friends,