I’m working on many different styles of music now including some electronic stuff like my new song “A Trip to Mars.” I have just been trying to have fun with it. There’s been a lot going on in my life especially in the background. I’ve been working hard on a new version of In A Ditch for Stacks of Wax productions out of NY. I’m hoping that they enjoy the end result. Music and art are not things that can be forced or rushed. I wish that I could rapidly produce this stuff constantly but it is definitely hard with a full time job and all the responsibilities of being an adult. I’ve uploaded a lot of songs and hopefully given you something to enjoy today. There will be more coming from me in all forms of creative expression so keep an eye out. (Sometimes I feel like I am saying the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over…..)
1. Start with an idea.
2. Give it some color, and character.
a. Give it depth with shading.
3. Implement an idea.
4. Work out the details.
(Here’s one of the songs we played on 10-6-12 at Manny’s)
“Great green earth I wanna see your towns, I wanna love your people and turn their frowns upside down…” As cheesy as it might sound this is exactly what I want to do. I’ve come to the realization that I can’t do that if I’m stuck in Billings for the rest of my life. After yesterday’s show I got pretty inspired to expand my horizons a bit more. This is going to be tricky because I own a house and have a really good job here in Billings… but I feel that it is time to move away from here. I am trying to figure out if I wanna sell my house or rent it out. If I sold it I could make quite the profit and I’d probably be able to move anywhere I want and set up a new home… so that’s what I’m leaning towards.
I don’t want to feel stuck anymore. I am like a bird in the fact that I just want to be free… I NEED to be free. I’m not going to be tied to my job for much longer. I’m not going to be tied to my house much longer either. I’m working on getting rid of a lot of things that I don’t need anymore. I am looking to focus more on music and just make my life more flexible for touring and doing what I love.
Sometimes doing what you love means taking huge risks. Well I am going to be taking a risk unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
(Check out this video where I color my robot drawing, featuring 2 of my songs!)
Greetings and happy October! I hope that you are all doing well today. There have been some good things happening lately in the realm of Affinitia. I’m trying to stay positive and just keep pushing no matter how discouraged I get at times! So I applied to play at the Lunar music festival in Utah during the beginning of January 2013. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll be accepted yet, if you want to support me you can check out their Facebook page and post a comment requesting “Affinitia.” It would be really awesome if you did.
My album “These Other Words” is also now on iTunes which is pretty exciting. You can find it on my Facebook page too for a discounted price. Check out the store tab here on my website if you want links to the main places where people go to buy my music. Also keep an eye on my “Free Music” section because free song downloads are always available to the visitors that come here. I’m pretty happy that over 2,500 people have downloaded “My Stray Bullet.” I really need to get to work on that official music video.
I also added an “Animations” page today but it’s more like an embedded page of my Newgrounds profile. Please let me know whether or not you like it, for now it should at least make my animations more easily accessible. I was reading the reviews on some of those old cartoons I made and I must say that they were quite hilarious, inspiring, and uplifting. Even some of the negative reviews were pretty fun to read. It got me inspired and I worked on my new animation a bit more today.
I’m overflowing with ideas and I’m strapped for time. Eventually I hope things balance out.
First thing is first. I applied to play at the Lunar Independent Music Festival in Utah (January 10-12, 2013). I am really hoping that I get accepted to play there, it would be an absolute blessing. If you want to show me some support please head over to their facebook page and request Affinitia. Click HERE.
I’ve also got a show coming up on Saturday October 6th at Manny’s in Billings MT that I am very excited for. I will have my drummer Jonesy with me and it’s the first show we’ve played together since 2007. I’m also very thankful for all of the recent support. I have a lot of wonderful fans out there and I wouldn’t be where I am without you guys!
Also I would like to note that my album “These Other Words” will be coming out early next month. VERY EARLY. I will let you know when it hits. All songs were written and recorded by me and they were mastered by my friend that chooses to be unnamed, I like to call him JM or Mr. Unknown. It’s nice to have a little mystery. If any reviewers are reading this post please keep that in mind. He also mastered my first album “Do We Go Wrong?”
I did have quality issues with track 3 from These Other Words that forced me to upload the original version of the song which was mastered by me on my BOSS BR64 8-track mixer. Did you know that I have the same type of mixer that Conor Oberst used to record his album “Fevers and Mirrors“? Well if you didn’t know now you do!
I wish you all the very best, thank you for being there for me. I will leave you with one final note… Communication is very important and necessary for successful relationships and friendships. I’ve got an song called “In Silence” that will be released on my next album “6 Strings 1 Heart” that covers this topic…. but more on that later!
This has been a pretty hard week and I’m barely through Monday. I’m hoping things start to go a bit easier so that I can rehearse with my drummer for our show on October 6th at Manny’s in Billings MT. We’ll be playing with Themes, a Portland band, and I’m pretty excited for it. This week I’m on call with my job so it’s even harder than usual to get stuff done in my spare time since I have to drop everything at any given moment. It’s all good though, this job pays the bills for the time being.
I’m also really making some efforts to be more active on here. I’m gonna try to blog at least every other day. Hey do you have an Android phone? You might be interested in my Free Android App if you do! Please check it out if you enjoy my music, art, or tweets. There’s some other goodies on the App as well and I’m gonna eventually be bringing exclusive content to it.
Yesterday was awesome because I got to read through tons of comments on my Newgrounds.com profile. I remember back in the day when I was making animations I made it a goal of mine to respond to every single review posted on my videos but it eventually overwhelmed me… I can’t wait to be overwhelmed by comments/reviews about my music.
I do want to make a music video to the song “My Stray Bullet” too but that’s gonna take some time to finish. I don’t ever want you guys to feel like I am neglecting what I love. I’m always working on music, art, or something behind the scenes and if I go inactive for a little bit it just means I’m hard at work. Please also check out this art gallery of some of my work that my Girlfriend put together on her site. She’s been keeping an eye on other artists online, you can contact her if you’re interested in submitting any artwork!
I am hoping for a faster week come tomorrow. Have a good night and thanks for reading!
First of all I would like to say that I’m very happy it’s the weekend. I spent most of my night responding to reviews on my newgrounds profile and trying to keep up with things. I notice every day that it’s harder to please my fanbase on Facebook. I got more dislikes today than I got likes, I think sometimes they just get bored with me or expect more from me. Either way it’s not like it matters too much, to each his own.
I did also release a new download of my song Cloud of Smoke. This is an earlier version so although it’s technically not “New” it is interesting to hear a song from a while back that I chose to re-record. I did mix it a bit before uploading it so I guess it’s kind of new? I’m not sure.
I also uploaded a bunch of art to my Newgrounds profile. I need to make an art gallery here on my website but I think sometimes I get overwhelmed by the thought of how much art I’d actually like to post. I’ve got a whole backlog of unfinished pictures. The treehands picture I posted yesterday took like a week to even finish. I spent a lot of time blending the colors because there were definitely some spots from when I scanned it onto my computer.
Anyway I hope you have a good night and thanks for reading. I have gotten some Emails recently too that have been quite inspiring. If you ever want to contact me just email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to respond. You might even get a little surprise from me! You never know until you try I guess.
I’ve been really inspired lately and although there’s a lot of negative things happening in the world I’m trying to maintain a positive outlook. I hope you like the new drawing, I spent a lot of time on it the past several days. One thing that was really exciting for me this week was that Affinitia got reviewed by indiebandguru.com. It felt good to see what he had to say and I’m thankful that some people are starting to notice Affinitia these days.
I’ve also been running across tons of wonderful music online and interacting with a lot of cool artists. I think that Soundcloud.com in particular has a really cool community and a lot of aspiring musicians. I want to start talking about some of these musicians but I feel like they all deserve their own blog. I also want to start blogging more frequently. My goal is to eventually be able to write at least a little something on here every single day. There is a lot that I have to talk about in regards to everything. I want to share what I love with others and try to make a difference in this world.
The world has problems and they might be too big for me to fix but that doesn’t mean that I won’t try. I’ll do what I can between all my projects; I just need to figure out how to become a more self sufficient musician. I’m an artist, writer, animator, musician, vocalist, comedian, sculptor, and so much more. There has to be a better way to make a living than sitting at a cubicle 40 hours a week processing information. I can do so much more with my time.
My biggest dream is touring, I need to find a way to tour. Traveling the world playing music for everyone I come across would be an absolute blessing and it would mean that I am one step closer to my goals of helping. Right now the best answer I’ve found is to sell my house, quit my job, and just go… But I need my recording studio and thus I cannot get rid of my house. I’ll figure something out, thanks for listening to me think out loud! Please don’t give up on me and I’ll never give up on you. <3