So, we are well and truly into 2018. A little while back I mentioned that now and then I’d be doing a few more personal posts about my own life as a music student/musician or whatever, so here we are.
This year I need to focus heaps more. That’s not to say I didn’t focus at all during 2017, I just probably didn’t achieve as much as I would have liked to, music wise. So this year, I’ve got a list that I’m gonna work through, in terms of making some moves with my music and I thought I’d share them here on my blog.
Not only will it let you guys in a bit more into my life outside of blogging, but last year I was lectured about accountability by a university lecturer, and apparently actually writing the shit down is half the step. I already knew this, but I’m at what you would call Level 10 on the laziness scale, so I’ve always put it off. In that sense, if this list is here, for you all to see, I have to at least try to get something done.
TEACH. I know. It’s a bit of a big step for the first goal, but I’m already working on it. I’ve got my Working With Children’s Check which you need if you’re . . . working with children, in my state, and I’m basically gonna be doing what I went through during singing lessons as a child (which I wrote about in my personal bragging post), but I’m going to fill the role of the teacher this time around.
From what I’ve learnt as a singing student, music student and working in a music shop myself, a lot of the time when you learn a musical instrument, you start off with the classic stuff. When I learnt the piano, I was being prepped to play Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, which is definitely not what I wanted to do. My singing lessons as a kid were one of the only times I was in a contemporary music setting and still learning. When music was offered at school, once you got to VCE or higher gradings, you were singing songs that were 50 years old that had no relevance to you or your interests so you best bet I didn’t do that.
I’ve also got the hang of audio engineering and music recording. Once I rig up my studio, I’ll probably incorporate some of that into my lessons so that students have a legit recording of themselves to take home, which was one of the sickest moments of my life when it happened for me, but for the meantime I’m sticking with singing and songwriting lessons. Two students already down so surely I’m holding myself accountable by now??
WRITE. 2017 was a slow year for song writing myself. I think I had maybe four months where I was in a frenzy and thinking of lines and grooves at the gym, at work or in the shower or late at night right before I fell asleep, but for the rest of the year it was pretty dry. I did however write a ton of poetry, so I’m in the process of working some of that stuff into possible songs.
GIGS. I know. I’m already heading to a ton of gigs. I’m talking about my own performances. I already have a showcase in February that I’m currently preparing for, but I’m desperate to get some more performance experience. I did it a ton when I was a kid, but that was always through a singing teacher or school. I’ve barely done any independent gigging, so hopefully that’s something I can kick up to this year. I’m not extremely fussed about this one, but it is a long term goal that I want to start working towards this year.
BUILD. I’ve been in the process of doing this for a while, but now that I’m moving houses I’ve had to put it all on hold. I’m working on a studio in my house. Our new house has the perfect study and I’ve been given permission to use that as a studio where I can chill with my own music, and as I mentioned before, hold classes there too.
SHARE. I didn’t share as much music as I would have liked this year. December of 2016 I released my album and I didn’t really follow up with much for 2017. A SoundCloud upload or two, but not much that I was keen to share. So this year I want to share a lot more.
COLLABORATE. There are so many opportunities to collaborate with my music, and this year I’m set on grabbing all that I can. I don’t care what it is, but working with other musicians is something I really want to do, whether its producers, DJs, rappers or other singers. I need to.
That’s my list so far for my music in 2018. I’m positive it’ll grow as the year progresses, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I start hitting these targets. If I don’t, someone call me out on it.