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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Creativity Is A Habit

I often think of my creativity as a relationship. There are ups and downs. There are seasons of my life where we spend every waking moment together, completely infatuated. Then there are times where seeing each other is like trying to plan a trip to Key West in the winter time. If you’re not familiar with this particular experience, the island has a tendency to book out months in advance. Though difficult to sort out the timing, it is still very worthwhile, so I hear! The same is true of…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Change Is Your Friend

Have you ever felt like everything you worked for was in vain? Well, that’s how I felt in 2016. I had been with my girlfriend at the time for 6 years. I had a steady day job as a high school teacher. My band, Hombre Bestia, was playing better than ever and we had just released our second material, called Janus. Everything seemed to be just following a nice course. Going according to plan. Except one thing: I couldn’t write a single song. Routine had become such a part of…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music Is Your Job, Treat It Like One

I’ve been playing and touring with Big Something for seven years this May and I’ve learned so many things from these guys individually and from our travels together. After so many shows and miles traveled it’s hard to pinpoint the most valuable thing that lends itself to success: staying in shape, squeezing in practice time, putting on an entertaining and engaging live show…these are obviously all really critical to thriving as a group. But after taking some time to think about something I’ve learned in THIS particular band that I…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: It’s Not About the Fame

(photo credit: Megan Thompson ) When I started performing, I was about 7 years old. I fell in love with music and the adrenaline rush of being on stage. I was excited for every rehearsal, vocal lesson and talent show. When I decided to pursue music as a career though, my focus changed. All of a sudden it became about “making it”. My only goal was success, and many of my relationships suffered because my life became about networking and only making friends that could help me achieve this very…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED: The Music Is Only Half Real

Alright, you’ve read the Buzzfeed style title and have thus been sucked in by my ruse. You’re here, why not stay for a bit, I’ve only been given 500 words so you won’t waste too much time. The most important thing I’ve learned is actually something I came to terms with far too late in my ‘career’ and as such I bring it to you, here, hopefully early doors, so you can interact with it in any way you see fit. Perhaps a lot of it will sound like the…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Allowing Time For Play

The experience of writing and recording our first album, youth shield antioxidant complex, was a necessary medicine during a frenzied point in time.  The songs were recorded at Morph Productions in Toronto in the years 2016 and 2017.  Both of us were pursuing academic degrees that demanded most of our time and so writing and recording became a powerful elixir for anxiety and fatigue.  Because of the rigorousness of our respective schedules, I do recall really looking forward to any kind of jam session or time spent writing lyrics for the album.  Such breaks…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Staying True To Myself

The most important thing I’ve learned as both an artist and young woman is to stay true to myself. Growing up, I always wanted to sing and perform for people one day. I began my musical journey in theatre, begged my parents for guitar lessons, and wrote my first song when I was 12 years old. What I didn’t really know at that time was the amount of work artists put in other areas outside of the music. In this day in age, the artist’s identity is key for success…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Post Every Day

Post something every day. Hands down. When it comes to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, do EVERYTHING you can to post something every day. Anything. A silly picture of your frontman. A thank you graphic for everyone who liked your page this month. A 15 second clip of your latest music video. A black and white photo of the drum kit. I’m literally just word vomiting! If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that your band and/or your art is not just competing with other local bands on a…

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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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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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