July, August, September, October 2020
So we're still in this world of Covid-19. Getting really tiresome now and it would be so easy to let it drag you down. I've felt it quite a few times. I've managed to shut it all out pretty well, I don't watch the news anymore and go about my day trying to fill it with positivity instead of the doom and gloom we are fed via the media.
I've been as busy as ever, my live set performance is complete, playing live isn't a thing we are able to enjoy at the moment so I might just film it and upload it...we'll see.
I started a HNC in Sound Production at UHI Perth College in September. I want to learn more about the recording process and I felt it was a good opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone. It has been good so far and I definitely learning a lot.
I have continued writing new music, although I've not had as much time as I would've liked. My time management hasn't been great lately so I gave myself a kick up the arse and am attacking all of my plans.
I filled up my ideas board with things I want to achieve this year and next and decided to prioritise things.
I do this a lot, but this time it felt right - like these things are actually going to happen.
So my top priority was - create a live performance set.
I have been talking about playing live for years as Crombie Point but always ended up talking myself out of it.
Well this time I have built a full live performance in Ableton Live along with visuals. Now it's down to me to keep practicing and perfecting things. Hopefully the lockdown will be lifted this year and I can get out there.
I've been sitting on a bunch of new music for quite a while which I will release when we can eventually get back out into music venues again.
I've also been learning to DJ on the side. It's something I've always had an interest in and never got round to doing. It's been great fun so far and I'll keep practicing away!
I put myself forward to become an official Ableton Certified Trainer at the beginning of the year. The application process is pretty tough and not something to be taken lightly. I managed to make it through to the Top 10, meaning I was selected for interview via Video Call. Getting this far is a pretty big deal in itself, there were rumoured to be 500-1000 applicants. This was totally new to me and nerve wracking! I felt I gave it my best shot but unfortunately I didn't make it through to the final test. I learned so much from the whole process though and it was totally worth it. It took me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to do things I normally wouldn't.
The process has only made me more determined to learn and push myself further.
A lot of things are on hold throughout the world at the moment. It is not the normal world as we know it.
I am lucky that I have plenty of things to keep myself occupied and busy. There is plenty to focus on.
I feel I have written enough new tracks for now, I will release these later in the year.
I recently recorded a live mashup video - Jamie xx vs Daughter. Head over to the videos page to see that.
For the next few weeks I will be concentrating on reading through the Ableton Live manual and writing up a few learning curriculums for my Music Production courses I am planning to start later in the year.
It's a bit of a crazy world out there at the moment with Covid19, there is a lot of uncertainty and panic.
All you can really do is stay as positive as possible and help people who need it.
I've been very productive over the last month and will continue to do so, creativity helps the mind.
I have finished around 9 new tracks this year, some of which will make it onto an EP release later in the year.
In other news, I've been continuing my course at Subsine Academy and have also been doing a bit of teaching myself. This is something I'm going to working a lot on in the coming months and is something I'm very passionate about.
I have a few things planned in for this month..
First of all I'll be continuing with the course at Subsine Academy, i'm sure I'll learn a lot from the course and i'll share my experiences over on Instagram.
This month i'll be in the studio with Magnus Collie at Substation Studios, Rosyth.
This will be the first time I've been into a studio as a solo artist and I'm really looking forward to taking myself out of my comfort zone and learning from Magnus.
The plan is to record 2 new tracks over the course of a weekend, will let you all know how it goes!
This month I have been writing new music. At the moment I have 6 new tracks, some were written on the acoustic guitar, something I've not done for years and it was great to get back to my roots.
I start my 10 week Ableton Live Artist Course at Subsine Academy, Glasgow this month.Â
It's all about making the leap from being a music producer to being a proper artist.
Also this month has been all about getting my online presence organised - including building this website through Wix which has been a joy to use so far!
If you use Instagram give me a follow over there!