Happy end of year! (Dec 2020)

Dear all,

Hope your all having a great end of year. It’s been crazy innit!

Just thought I would round off this year with one of my latest creations. Here it is:

I decided to show you how far I got with this one instead of just an extract. Unfortunately with this track, I just couldn’t figure out where to take it…I did take some breaks in-between writing it, maybe that contributed to it?

I’m just gonna leave it there and maybe I might revisit it again one day.

I feel I am getting better at composing…just a little bit, I tried to focus a lot more with this track, and really tried to pay attention to creating the drum parts. I feel this song isn’t really that exciting even though it does seem quite interesting to me. I didn’t really play anything in this time when I composed and just tried to use my mind and the sequencer.

We’ll see how the next one goes, I do want to really take it slow now when I compose and really try to make it sound good…I think I just need to get better at generating ideas. I know what we hear at the end of a finished piece isn’t what we heard in the early stages of creation, but I have to learn to accept that process more and try to compose more consciously.

Anyways, I hope you have a great end of year, and I look forward to seeing you in the next one!

Love Jamie

Being OK with the creative process (Nov 2020, Month in Review)

Hi everyone,

I’m pretty proud of myself this month. Didn’t manage to stick to that intention I made in October about working on the tracks I have released these last couple months, however, I recently started working on a new track in the last couple days.

It went off to a good start, but then I got a bit stuck…I’m going to share with you just the bit that I like, I don’t know whether I will continue working on it.

Apart from that, I’m slowly realising to take my time with things, especially when it comes to creating music, so I don’t try to rush it now and really try to be in the flow and take care when I create. I am actually quite excited to create music now. Also I am realising to keep going with a musicial idea untill it sounds good to me and I am happy to listen to it. I will share the example below:

There was other parts in this song, but I wasn’t that happy with them…it didn’t sound as exciting, so I am just gonna leave it for now.

On another note, I recently bought a domain and the WordPress personal plan. I’ve thought many times of trying to put a bit more TLC into this website. I am quite excited to see what WordPress has to offer as it seems to have changed a lot over the last couple years. Happy to go on this journey and see where it takes me.

That’s all for this month. I hope your having a great time wherever you are,

Love Jamie

Month in Review (October 2020)

Dear all,

So this month didn’t go so well either, in terms of musical output 😦 I just couldn’t get myself motivated to want to compose music. I mainly engaged with other hobbies when I was in my bedroom.

I did manage to start an idea, I did that about 3 times this month. There was one idea I liked but didn’t have the effort to really dedicate some time to create how I imagined it in my head.

I think this time, it’s not worth posting the idea. What I can do though is post the main pad idea I created:

Listening to it just now, I realise it’s not a bad idea, I can probably work on this at some point. The pad sound really has an atmosphere that I wanted to develop with other accompanying sounds.

This isn’t really a good habit, 2 months having nothing of value to show…but I will keep persevering. If it happens again next month, I will accept that at this time I am just not inspired enough to create music at the moment.

The good news is, I have recently started volunteering! 🙂 This has been a really good thing, and is pushing me forward in the other areas of my life.

Until next time,

Love Jamie

Month in Review (September 2020)

Haven’t been able to do as much this month 😦

I allowed myself to get distracted so I was never really able to think about spending time doing music and being creative.

I managed to create an idea earlier in the month and worked on it on and off, but it doesn’t seem good enough for release.

I might post an excerpt of it here, just to highlight what I was able to create. Maybe at a later time I can revisit it and expand on it again.

Sorry it wasn’t as eventful as last month. I’m still really proud of ‘Box and Form‘, grateful I was able to create something like that and sing and be honest with expressing myself.

Love you loads,

Jamie

Music Month!

Hello,

I’m really proud of myself this month! I am quite liking this new intention I have set for myself, giving myself a timescale of one month to work and create things. I want to commit to my music! So this is a great way.

This month I managed to create a song. I was inspired about how I felt after going to the opticians. I felt sad about my life and how I had to fill in a form as soon as I entered. I even wrote some lyrics and managed to sing and record them in my parents house. That was definitely a challenge exposing myself like that, but I wanted to do it! It’s ok to feel vulnerable, to be honest with your emotions and how you feel. I am a human being after all.

So I hope you like this song, and I hope it can connect with you and with whatever you are going through right now.

That’s all I got for this month, I am excited to see what I could try to do next.

For now, God bless!

Simple Beats

Dear all,

I would like to introduce you to my latest release, “Simple Beats“.

This is a collection of beats I want to share with you. Some of these are popular tracks that I have improved as well as some new ones that I composed in Mauritius in 2017. Others are just great little ideas that I wanted to include in this album.

I hope you enjoy my music and it helps you reflect and contemplate and come to new inspirations.

Love Jamie

Giving up Music Production for Good!

Heart to Heart, for my listeners

Dear all,

I want to write a post to get you up to date on what’s going on with me. I am working on a new release called ‘Simple Beats’ which is a collection of my beats that I want to share with you.

I wanted to write that I am thinking of making this my last release because I start to wonder, I love making these little tunes, they may not be masterful, but for me they bring me so much pleasure. But I have to ask myself, why bother, why keep making this music and then releasing it on the internet, it isn’t making me a living and it doesn’t look like many people actually listen to my music, so why should I keep making it?.

I know it gives me pleasure, but what benefit am I giving humanity by doing this. I think I need to change my focus and place my attention elsewhere. I think I will develop more on my musical skills and becoming a teacher of music, and also performing music more. All the music I make, I can only go so far, I don’t know how to make it sound good, professional, and I don’t know that much about composition to expand on my ideas properly, but like I said, to me, it is enough, it doesn’t really matter.

So I just wanted to set the record straight for all of you. I want to leave my Soundcloud as it is, so people get the full journey of what I created here, but I may add tracks and maybe possibly hide tracks on there, we will see.

I want to leave you with this piece that is from the album, it is called ‘Walking’. It encompasses my journey on this website, through all the ups and downs, and my intention of walking away from music production with a peaceful resolution inside.

I don’t know what else to say, I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but I am the one to blame really, if I don’t have the belief or willpower to create a world out of this.

I love you all.

The Composing Truth

Dear friends,

Today I realised a very important thing. I no longer seek to become a professional composer.

I am very happy being a lover of composing and I compose because of the love of sound and the creation process.

I realise I had to make a choice in regards to my music aspirations:

Composer or Musician

I can see from my own life experience that I have a genuine love for music and expressing sound. My musicality has always been well received, and being a musician is much more natural to me. I can envision my path in this direction very clearly. With composing, not so much, and I have been trying for around 10 years now.

One of the key things I have realised is, I have never had an intention to become a professional composer even though I have achieved a degree in electronic music (it was very hard, and I even developed an illness during this time). I have always been very happy just simply loving and appreciating the art of composing, and it brings me great joy creating with sound.

My role as a musician is much more supported. I can see myself, being a session musician, being a private teacher, performing in bands, singing, recording songs in a studio, basically being happy. What I love most about being a musician is expressing music together with others. It’s that collective, supportive expression of creating music that I love wholeheartedly.

And that is why I will ultimately achieve more success in this direction than I ever did with composing.

Love Jamie

The Problem all Music Producers may face

Ladies and Gentleman, I’ve cracked it!

I’ve finally figured out what was stopping me progressing with my music.

 

LAZINESS

 

Let me show you an example:MP3 Bouncing

In Logic I always wondered about MP3 bouncing and because I don’t really know what I am doing, I always just put it at the highest quality, 320kbps. I even read in a book about it and it mentioned how you can bounce at 256kbps at that would be fine.

But what I realised today, is the REAL reason why I worry about this, is because I never bothered to actually find out what 256kbps actually means!

AHA!

If I actually knew what that was, why would there be any reason to doubt what I am doing.

So that’s it really. I guess the answer is so simple, it’s staring you in the face.

Love Jem

Internet Distraction

Dear all,

I have come across another interesting realisation that I believe can help you focus on your music more.

I often click on my internet browser and connect to the internet, many times to check social media sites like YouTube and check up on my subscriptions, or I listen to my music on SoundCloud or go to my website. But many times when I go on the internet, there is not always a specific intention, just browsing. You feel this?

But what I have noticed, today I simply turned the wifi off on my mac, as I wasn’t going to use it for the time being, and then I realised what a different it makes just turning it off on your computer.

I usually just leave it on. But here is the wisdom. When I turned it off suddenly all that I had in front of me was my computer and its hard drive. And it was amazing!

Suddenly I started to pay more attention to what’s on my computer rather than thinking about something outside, and connecting my mind to the internet.

So, I believe if you turn your wifi off from time to time, when your not specifically using it, you might be surprised how it can help you focus on your music and everything that’s related to it!

Sent with love from the stars.

I hope this helps you dear.

Love Jamie