The start of something new! (composing, software and teachers advice)

Dear all,

You may not know this, but ever since I got unwell during early 2009 at uni I have found it really heard to compose. Not being able to go with the flow and getting stuck all the time.

But, slowly slowly I am realising what I need to to do get compose my music freely and let it come out.

I have just started using Logic again, after I realised I am not doing myself justice by not using it as I should be using professional software. I ain’t used logic properly since my first term at Guildhall in Sept 08 and I made some cracking music around that time. I basically been in Limbo all this time not accessing my full potential.

I am also realising these days, how lucky I am to have gone to study electronic music at Guildhall, cause they taught electronic music professionally and gave real professional advice from people that actually make a living out of it. There was one time earlier this year when my elective teacher was giving me honest professional advice about the industry, software, livelihood etc, and was actually a good guy who was looking out for me, but I remember not liking him. But now I realise,  I wasn’t ready to listen to him then.

It’s also taken me a long time to realise that I am a composer even though it says so in my bio.

Basically in a nutshell, I been in a dream I think all this time I think, and I am starting to believe in myself and making the choice to be professional about my music making.

There are so many things I want to try out as I am so talented at music, but who knows where my career will be, time will tell.

I think I am slowly becoming happy again lol, doing more things, and being responsible.

Love for all,

Jem

p.s. I hope one day I can tell you that I made it, doing what I love, earning a living and i dunno starting a family.

I like making music again

Dear all,

These days, I’ve got into this habit where I think too much, so much so that I end up not actually doing things, you know what I’m talking about?

but anyway, yesterday, I was getting ready to go out with my friends, and while I was in the house I noticed I was thinking a lot and just sitting in a chair lol

Then I thought of just making some music on Reason, and then BANG!

I had like an amazing experience composing, check out the result below. I can’t believe I made this in like an hour or less i dunno.

Man whats wrong with me.

Peace

New Direction

Dear all,

After giving it much thought, I have decided to take a new direction with this website.

I realise these days that my main strength in music comes from piano compositions and my ability to sing and write songs on the guitar.

I also realise now that my passion for electronic music really comes from my hobby of synthesisers.

So what this means is, I see myself as more of a musician who sings, plays piano and guitar, and has a hobby for synthesisers.

I can do other things like play clarinet, violin and use electronic music software, but I consider this extra and not my main focus. This has been a major milestone for me as I though I wanted to be a producer with a studio and record other artists etc.

Now I know I don’t have to take the electronic music so seriously and that it is ok just to be a musician who has a hobby in synths. I don’t have to be able to do everything, record, arrange, mix, I can leave that to someone else, who has strength in that area.

Of course no one told me to put pressure on myself, but I guess that’s what I did.

In terms of the website, this means that I won’t be releasing much electronic music anymore. My material will be focused more on piano and guitar composition and maybe some sounds I have made on a synthesiser, who knows?

The only project I’m working on these days is Scrapbook Dreams, which I hope to release hopefully by the end of this year.

I feel a lot calmer these days as I know I am doing the right thing and I am being realistic and true to myself.

Love for all,

JAMIE