Saturday, 31 May 2014

Elite Skills > Elite Equipment

A lot of musicians make the mistake of thinking that upgrading their instrument is the quickest way to sound like the pros. I know a bunch of people who make sure that they have top of the line equipment but they really don't know how to use it. The skills of the artist are 1000 times more important than the quality of the equipment. An average musician with amazing equipment will sound average. An amazing musician with average equipment will sound amazing.

Friday, 30 May 2014

My First CD

I've never really cared about making physical copies of my music. It always felt like an unnecessary complication since most people can just download the songs. When I was funding my album though, a physical copy was one of the perks for anyone who contributed over a certain amount, and a few people passed the threshold, so I had to make some CDs.

I got my test copy in the mail a little while ago and I was surprisingly stoked about it. I thought I'd be indifferent, but seeing a physical manifestation of all of the hard work is actually pretty cool. Makes me want to reeeally go off on the artwork for the followup, and maybe make some vinyl so the artwork can be bigger. Can't wait to get these albums shipped so I can start bringing some new ideas to life.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Fear of Failure

Fear of failure kills progress. Too often, I've found myself in a state of paralysis because I was too afraid of failing. There's a long list of song ideas I didn't record, story ideas that I didn't write, girls I didn't ask out, and opportunities that I didn't pursue, all because I was waiting for "right time". The moment when all of the variables would be in my favour so there would be no chance of failure.

It took me a long time to realize that finding the "right time" is rare and failure isn't an enemy, it's a teacher.

City and Colour - Waiting...