We've been under lockdown in the UK for 7 weeks now. During that time I've mainly been doing DIY! - making our house and small garden work better now that all the family are living here all the time. Two adults and two children in the same space all working from home requires more workspaces than we usually have.
Last October I wrote a post about not having a dedicated work/studio space in my house for a couple of years due to ongoing renovations and posted a picture of the place that would become my new little studio space.
Last month (November 2019) I challenged myself to upload a new track to SoundCloud every 2 days - I was looking to break out of the rut of perfectionism I had found myself in and inject some energy back into my music making - so how did I do?
I suffer from a common problem - not releasing work until I'm 100% happy with it which often leads to me overworking tracks and then never managing to finish them. So to combat this I've decided to start an audio sketchbook experiment. The idea is that I will put something up on SoundCloud on a very regular schedule - once every 2 days.
The summer is nearly upon us! Holidays and increased childcare! So I'm taking a summer break from music and writing. I will probably find some time to continue making music and writing over the next 6-8 weeks but I won't set myself any goals, the pressure is off!
Over the last 4 years at times I've suffered with creative block and "over-working" tracks, so much so that I wasn't getting any music out into the world and wasn't really moving forward at all. These are my current techniques for dealing with those problems.
My current music creation setup is centred around Ableton Live on my MacBook Pro, but this is a fairly recent development for me.
I've just finished reading Overlap by Sean McCabe. It's a book about how to transition from your current day job to making a living from something you enjoy doing more. This is what I am currently trying to do with my music.
I've just uploaded my entry into the Songlines Remix Competition. The competition, run by Songlines music magazine and PRS Foundation, is an opportunity for UK music creators to remix one of David Attenborough’s sound recordings from his critically acclaimed album, My Field Recordings From Across The Planet.
Last June (2018) I finally decided to start putting my music out into the world and I uploaded my first tracks to Soundcloud. Using Soundcloud gave me a focus and a reason to get work finished, a way to start building an online portfolio and get feedback.