It seems each and every time I start to write a new post it just strikes me how much has happened within the duration of the note I am writing and the previous written note! So this will be an update around essentially what has been going on in my life within that duration!
Something I have been thinking quite a lot about is the notion of living your life in the shadow of others; to be living your life in accordance to social norms or to expectations. One of the biggest concerns I was faced with when starting my college course was “If I study music I will be academically bound to this one area, whereas if I study A Levels it could allow be to branch out.” What I came to realise when declaring my decision was that it would be a decision I would live to regret if I chose to do A Levels, and here is why. I believe everyone has a forte, something they succeed in but most importantly something they enjoy. This very profession, whether it is to become a candle maker, an engineer or a freelance worker, is the profession that particular person is destined to persue, and to give up on that would be a waste of a life in my eyes. So in terms of music, it being something I love, I enjoy and ultimately makes me happy, I don’t think I should have taken the route of ‘playing it safe’ by doing what ‘you should do’. Anyone with more than half a gram of brain matter should know that within any sector of work right now their are cuts, less job opportunities and carrying on into further education does not necessarily secure you a job. So with this point in mind, no matter what area of work you go into, you are equally as screwed. So why not go for something you do well in and enjoy, right?
Apart from this point, which I think will have a few brains thinking, a lot has happened since my last blog post and since I put the two tracks up on Soundcloud (relevant links provided at the end). First of all, I have got in contact with my auntie who runs a charity called Jacaranda which is based in my deceased Great Grandma’s home in Malawi. Her charity provides educational resources, available accommodation and food for orphans and AIDS victims. Hopefully, after I have built up a decent amount of music, a few of the tracks I will be releasing will be available to down as an MP3/FLAC file for a minimal price, but with all of the proceeds going to the Jacaranda Foundation.
Also, I think it will be the right time to say this, but I will not just be releasing music under my name (even that might change). I will be running two projects; the music that I have been putting out as of recent (created as part of college assignments, made in spare time etc) being one project, the other being based around synthesis techniques and replicating drums/bass/guitar all live; on the spot. This will be under an alias, which I will announce, but essentially it will just be the name I go under when playing gigs and the more serious music I make. Ultimately, it’s what I want to be known for!
It’s great to be able to get back into writing, I really enjoy doing this! I think it gives everyone an insight towards the progress I am making and also the creative process I sometimes go through when making my music. As long as you guys keep supporting them, I will keep them coming! As always, all the links including a link to the Jacaranda Foundation webpage and my Soundcloud will be below, so if you have some spare time hopefully you could check them out! Thanks guys.