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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music in Community Development

Sometimes we ride the same train. It’s easy for me, a non-descript white male, to blend in to the background. For them, even without their loud excited conversation about a studio session, not so much. Young African men in hip hop attire – an outward expression of belonging somewhere –  in a country that still largely treats them as “the other”, something to be feared. In late 2014 I moved my recording studio to a location in inner city Melbourne. Directly opposite one of the largest public housing estates, and…

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Mental Health Matters: Accepting Help

We always try to encourage and talk about how it’s okay to seek help with our mental illness, but we never talk about how hard giving ourselves permission to receive that help can be. I’m in that position right now actually. These past few months have been very difficult, from the birthday of my departed best friend, to my father holding my mother and I at gun point. After I moved in with my two friends, I cried on the floor in my new-found home for over a week straight….

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Finding Business in Pleasure

I started touring right out of high school with multiple bands, including Time & Distance and Westland. We were fortunate enough to spend time on the Vans Warped Tour, open for blink-182, and multiple overseas tours including playing for the US troops in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. In each one of those bands, I always found myself interested in the business operation and would either manage the behind the scenes goings on or would assist our dedicated managers. While I still tour (never giving up that passion and dream!) I…

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The Most Important Thing We’ve Learned: Treat Every Show Like It’s The Most Important One Of Your Career

You finally landed that gig that will put you on the map.  You put countless hours into practice and promotion, text everyone in your contacts list (even that girl you had a crush on back in high school ), and strike a deal with that shady promoter to sell 50 presale tickets, otherwise you’ll have to mortgage your parent’s house. After weeks of stressing out, the day is finally here. You pick out your best clothes, do all your pre-show rituals, and load into the venue. Now you are ready…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: The Impact Of Social Media

From the very beginning, everyone in Palatine Harbor has continuously been learning from our successes, failures, and opportunities. We started with something simple and of course, as most bands start, only thought that we had to produce good music for people to notice. We soon learned the importance of social media and how intense of an impact it makes on fans and their impression of you as a band. Starting with Facebook, we learned it is crucial to spread the word to anyone who has interests in bands that seem…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Invest In Yourself and Follow Your Passions

I’ve been making music my whole life. I started playing piano at age five, guitar at twelve, and started writing songs around the same time. I used to get in trouble when I was young for drumming on my desk or singing during class. All I wanted to do when I was young was write songs, sing, and play music. I’d sit in my parents’ basement for hours fiddling with Garage Band, recording, making beats, and playing with ideas. Time was irrelevant — I got lost in the creative process….

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Don’t Try To Control Your Creativity

I have spent a lot of time writing songs. A LOT of time. It started when I was 13, matching up simple poems to the first 3 chords I had learned on the guitar. Fourteen years and a huge stack of notebooks filled with songs later, I still notice something peculiar about it: you never know how the song is going to turn out. I’ve also realized that you also never know where those songs may lead you in your career path. It does take hard work overall, but those moments…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Be Your Own Clock

Often times, and especially when you are DIY, artists have deadlines they have to meet. They have to have songs done in time for recording so they don’t waste time in the studio. They have to be on time for shows. They have to get the video out in time for the corresponding season. They have to book shows 5 months ahead of time. It’s crazy! When I was recording the demos to my newest batch of singles, I was very concerned with timing. I was getting them done, but…

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Mental Health Matters: Overthinking

It’s normal for me to overthink things. From the small day to day elements that hardly get a second mention, to the overarching difficulties in life that feel sticky in my head, there’s always something coming back to me again and again. When I’m going through life as I usually do, I’ve learned to combine a healthy mix of a stimulating and busy schedule, a calm, direct approach to over thought worries and being honest with my friends and family as a means to overcome. It’s important to both not…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Patience

I have played in various musical projects for the majority of my life, some of those projects did better than others, but the main points of learning ring true for every band, regardless of skill or genre. The main, and most important learning moment that happened for me, and this took quite a while to sink in, but it is critical, is that while playing music you have to learn to be very patient. Patience is a virtue that will never hurt you, but is unfortunately very difficult to manage…

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