From A Grad

Okay, so not entirely a grad since I haven’t been to graduation yet, but more so from a gal who’s sitting in Starbucks in the middle of the city after just presenting my last group presentation and submitting my final big assignments.

Note: this is most definitely been a work in progress and by the time this is posted, I would have been finished with university for a damn while.

I don’t know how either, trust me.

Being a university student has been a huge part of my identity for the past three years, especially on here. I started this blog during my first year of university, I’d write during my breaks and learn about topics I’d later cover in blog posts. So much of what I’ve shared on here has been influenced by what I’ve learnt as a Music Industry student.

Now comes the daunting process of actually living outside the confines of student life??

If you haven’t been around for long, I’ve linked some of my university-based posts below;

First Year . . . Done & Dusted

Woah . . . A Rant

A Week In

Festival Culture and Pill Testing?

For The Girls

A Week In My Life

Like…kinda of unsure of the fact that I won’t have any more Week’s In My Life posts that involve me ditching lectures, going to tutorials and resisting the urge to blow all my money in Melbourne Central on my way home from university. A harsh reality.

So what am I planning on doing?

Well, making money, travelling and creating are all on the table for me at the moment. I want to keep working so I can save up some money to go on a few holidays, either with friends or family or by myself. I’m also branching out with what I’m doing creatively.

I’m doing heaps more photography, offering my services to other musicians who need promotional photos, covers for singles and EP’s or albums, and it’s been super fun. I took the photo for one of my friends Gemma’s first single, Adore (click the link below the picture to have a listen, it’s a beauty), and I’m booking myself with a few other artists who are working on budgets to help them get the visuals they need!

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I’m also still going to be teaching piano and singing to the little kiddies I’m currently teaching. It’s heaps of fun, I’m always learning, and it’s another way to stay in touch with the more theoretical side of music while earning a little bit of money at the same time.

With all of that said, I’m not 100% sure what else I’ve got planned yet besides working some more to fund my travels in the future. The day after I submitted my final assessment for university, I decided to have a look at jobs that were being listed online.

Big mistake.

I honestly can’t understand how ‘entry-level’ job advertisements are asking for 2+ years of experience? I can’t get the experience if I can’t get the job and if I can’t get the job then I can’t get the experience? It’s a bit mental, and the entire two hours or so that I was scouring the internet did nothing but give me a headache. Okay, I mean I ended up applying for a few internships, so fingers crossed.

What I do know, is that I need a break, but I also have things I wanna start doing, without the excuse of university in the way. By that I mean, going straight from high school to uni was so much more exhausting than I thought, and three years later I want to take a long, long nap. However, while I was at university, I put music on the back burner a little bit, and used the excuse that once I finished my course I’d be able to devote more time to my music. That’s not to say I didn’t do anything with music, the three singles I released say otherwise, but I definitely didn’t go as hard as I’ve wanted to, so my first priority is to start getting some more music out there, collaborating, doing some of my own producing and recording, just making more music.

That’s already improved exponentially since finishing university. My EP, which I’m aiming to have released by March 2020 is well underway, and we’re close to the finish line with that. But the free time I was given once being free of classes and having to trek into the city three times a week has made the biggest difference. The amount of demos I sent off increased, as did the amount of time I was able to dedicated to challenging and pushing myself.

Then there’s obviously the matter of this blog, and I know for a fact I definitely fell of the wagon a bit this year, though I’m trying not to be too harsh on myself about it. I have so many blog posts saved in my drafts, it’s a joke, so I’m gonna aim to get some more done with this, keep an eye out.

What I’m trying to say, is that 2020 will be an interesting year. It’ll be the first year in my entirely life without the clear annual structure that comes with the education system, and the first year in my life where I get to choose exactly what I want to do which is bloody terrifying.

Let’s see how we go.

x

Priya

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Back To Headphones

Back To Headphones

Hey friends.

Hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a bit of a throwback, to one of my more informational posts, which gave you the run-down on a bunch of different headphones options, over-ears, on-ears,  in ears, noise cancelling, wireless and non-wireless, the whole shebang. You can read it HERE.

Today’s post, is actually a review. I finally bit the bullet and got a new pair of headphones, wireless, thank God, and I’m loving them. Before writing my last headphones post, and up until the end of August, I’ve been using my Beat headphones which just plug straight into my laptop for whenever I’m working or listening to music at home, Audio Technica headphones for whenever I’m mixing or in the studio, and the stock-standard Apple headphones for daily use like riding on the train or around university.

Since writing that post, there’ve been countless new contenders in the market, and today’s post is about my latest purchase.

To fully understand the reasoning behind finally buying a pair of wireless headphones, and why I chose these ones specifically, let me tell you a story.

My favourite pair of running pants for the gym, ripped recently, (R.I.P), meaning I no longer have them with me. They were my favourite purely down to the fact that, not only were they the comfiest pants I had, but they also had pockets. Pockets.

So whenever I was doing exercises that required bending, lifting, or the use of both of my hands, it was just super convenient to put my phone in my pocket and get on with it. However, with the loss of those particular pants, I’m now constantly having to either tuck my phone into my pants waistband, the strap of my sports bra, or keep my hoodie on and put it in the pocket of that. It’s a huge third-world problem, I understand, but it started driving me nuts.

So, I decided that the loss of those pants and my wireless headphone-less life needed to be fixed, and when a sale popped up at JB Hi-Fi at the end of August, I was there.

The pair I settled on, after much deliberation and advice from the super helpful staff, was the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500. These bad boys set me back $150, but for something I considered an investment that I’d be holding off on getting, I knew what I was getting myself into from the moment I got in the car to go to the shops. I got the Teal one, accidentally, but to be fair, I only wear black to the gym so it’ll be a nice pop of colour, I guess. I also made sure that whatever I got, was sweat resistant and made specifically for gym and exercise use in mind considering I really only ever plan on using these headphones.

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So what do I think of the headphones?

So far, so good! They don’t budge, which is something I was skeptical about. They’ve lasted throughout the running portion of my workouts, as well as a range of full body exercises that nearly kill me, but they keep up. They don’t feel sweaty or wet at all, and I’m able to walk around the entirety of my gym while my phone is in my bag and keep a consistent, strong sound.

The On Ear Controls are super handy for changing over songs and checking how much charge I have left, which has been more than enough battery since I’ve had them. It takes me a while to burn through the 18-hour battery life.

 

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The quality of the sound is pretty great. For on-ear headphones, they do the job perfectly, especially for a music snob like me who expects a lot from my headphones. My one issue is that you can kinda hear the music while they’re on my head, as my sister wasn’t afraid to tell me. I have my music kinda loud, and the fact that it can still be heard while the headphones are on my ears wasn’t great because I just feel obnoxious, but on the whole, that’s really the only thing I can fault with them and that’s me being picky!

I definitely sound like I’m affiliated with Plantronics, but I’m just being honest.

 

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But that’s today’s post!! I don’t think I’ve ever done a review here on the blog – fingers crossed there will be more coming soon! What pair of headphones are you currently using? Is there one you wanna try? Let me know in the comments!!

x

Priya

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Songs I Wish I Wrote

Songs I Wish I Wrote

Hello friends!! Hope you’re well and doing grand.

Today’s post is an interesting one, it’s one I’ve had in my Drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten around to working on it and getting out for you guys! The beauty of university break my friends.

Every now and then I listen to a song, and I’m astounded. Like picking my jaw of the floor, tears in my eyes, shooketh to my core. There are simply some songs I wish I wrote first, so I thought I’d collect a few of them for you all and share them in today’s post!

Let me know if you enjoy this post in the comments below.


Human – Jon Bellion: Now, surely you didn’t think we’d be getting through this list without some Jon Bellion? I still remember listening to this song, continuously gasping at all the things Jon says in it. The lyrics are so bloody straightforward – it honestly blew my mind that he was so courageous so say what he does in the song. It’s such a simple message, but I would have been so terrified to release it into the world. This song is in my top five songs from Jon Bellion.

Circle – Allen Stone: It took me some time to come across this song while making my way through my Allen Stone binge back in April, but once I found it, I obsessed over it for a solid month. The chorus is the strongest part of this song for me. Allen’s voice is also incredible strong in this song.

It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch: Tom Misch is a genius and no-one can convince me otherwise. I first listened to this song properly while watching his COLORS performance of it, and I was naturally, astounded. My only issue is that his incredible solo from the video isn’t included in the recorded version as he only did it to fill in for the lack of rap from De La Soul in the COLORS version. This song, is technically so impressive. If I had any theoretical knowledge, this song would be the benchmark.

I’ll Still Have Me – Cyn: I stumbled across this song totally randomly, the music video was recommended for me a few months ago, but I’m so glad I found it. It has such a beautiful message, and I love Cyn’s voice so much.

Never Knock – Kevin Garrett: Kevin Garrett will forever be one of the most underrated artists of all time in my mind. I heard this song first as an acoustic version, with just him, playing a guitar in front a completely silent crowd. Again, he’s technically such a strong performer, but this song game me such emotional chills when I first heard it. There’s really not a lot to this song, other than Kevin’s amazing skill to pull together really heavy, heavy words and ideas in the most delicate way. This song really exemplifies this.

Mine – The 1975: I love The 1975, but this song, this song really does it for me. Close your eyes, and you’re walking through New York, into a dark, warm jazz bar with a guy playing the piano at the back and it’s the cosiest song I’ve ever listened to. And the entire idea of the song, that marriage isn’t the defining feature of love, you don’t have to legally own someone to be theirs, I think it’s such a beautiful sentiment. And when that brush stick starts hitting the snare drum and the saxophone kicks in??? Thank you Lord.

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths: GOY have this knack for writing spiritually enlightening music, that demands you bang your head and scream along to the lyrics like you’re at a heavy metal concert. To date, listening to this song in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths with my two best friends, was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever experienced. This song says so much, but it’s really the instrumentation and the music and most importantly the performance of this song that makes me wish I had the talent or heart to come up with it first.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This is my road trip song. This is the road trip I’m yet to take but have committed to, whether I’m on my own or with a group of friends or with my family, it doesn’t really matter to be honest. This song invokes so much within me, and it’s not a genre I find myself listening to often, but The Lumineers know how to get me going.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: By now, we should know the love I have for this man and his music. His music is so cathartic and emotional, and this song is one of my favourites. Watching him perform it live was magical.

Love On The Brain – Rihanna: This song made me wish I wrote it first for how it just digs deep into the archives of classic instrumentation, leaning back into a blues/gospel sort of genre that I’ve always loved. Rihanna’s performance of it is also insanity.

Gravity – John Mayer: A classic. An absolute classic that cannot be touched. I’ve yet to find a version of this, a single cover, that touches the original. First off, it’s John Mayer, and he has a super distinct tone to his voice that has aged so, so, well. And then you have to consider that not only does John Mayer sing, but so does his bloody guitar, and his playing style is so intrinsic to this song in particular. Lyrically, it’s not super complicated and I think that’s why so many people love it.

I’ve Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: Another 1975 song. I know. This song is like the best possible 80s love song got reimagine and repurposed for right now, and I love it so much. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the keys in this song, and Matty’s singing in the chorus is possibly my favourite vocal performance from him ever. Especially towards the end with the choir, when he really kicks off. So great. So beautiful.

Bright – Kehlani: A real throwback from the mixtapes. This song was super powerful for me later in my teenage years. It came out in 2015, and for majority of that year and the year after, this song was a really inspiring song for me, one I referenced back to for so many issues and struggles. It’s got such a universal message and of course Kehlani’s voice is always magical.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly: This is my favourite song from Beware of The Dogs. My absolute favourite, and it’s the one that made the most waves when she first released. It’s a huge critique of societal culture and the complacency and double standards show towards the raising and treatment of girls and boys. It’s such a gutsy move to release a song as blunt as BWBB but she does it so beautifully. There’s no theatrics with this song, just a guitar and Stella’s voice and it’s perfect.


There you go! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these songs, before or after reading my post, because I’d love to get your thoughts on it! Are there any songs you wish you had written? Feel free to share them in the comments!

x

Priya

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Festify – The Next Move

Festify – The Next Move

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is an interesting one, pretty fun actually.

Recently I was looking at my stats, and saw that a lot of people were still reading the posts I did about Visualify, a website that gave you visual rundown of the music you listened to on Spotify, within much smaller time frames. It was a great alternative compared to waiting until the end of the year for your Spotify Wrapped. (Btw – you can check out mine HERE).

Unfortunately, the Visualify website has been down for a few months now. Upon seeing that quite a few of you were still clicking my Visualify link and reading the posts, I thought I’d share the alternative I’ve found, for the alternative I had.

Enter, Festify.

Festify basically has the same premise as Visualify, however, they’ve put a fun little twist on it. While it only shows your most listened to artists, rather than most listened to songs as well, they present it as your ultimate festival line-up, tailored to everyone’s listening habits, based on time frames of a month, six months and all time.

I think the best way to explain, is to show you how mine shaped up.

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That’s how my festival line-ups look so far!! Wanna check out yours? Head to Festify HERE to check it out! Let me know in the comments how your line-up looks!

x

Priya

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Captain Marvel // A Gal’s Ultimate Soundtrack

Hello everyone!

I know. I’m shocked I’m here too. It may not seem like it, but I’ve been gone for a hot minute, I haven’t written anything in quite a while and I feel like I’m just a few days away from spiralling out of control with sticking to a schedule and giving you guys regular posts.

So naturally, when my 10:30am class was cancelled a mere fifteen minutes before it started, while I was a mere five minutes away from the building itself, I took the opportunity to step into my nearest Gloria Jean’s, buy myself a mocha (cos the amount of coffee I’m consuming isn’t healthy for anyone so we’re trying to ween off a bit), and write up a few posts.

A few weeks ago Kate and I went and saw Captain Marvel. We were super keen for it from the get-go, however as we realised the era and decade that the film was set in, we realised that not only was the action, the clothes and the comedy going to be spot on, but so was the music.

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There were so many times during the film where one of us whacked the other on the arm when a particular song began playing in the background, or when a particular fight scene was accompanied by a particularly nostalgic tune, that I knew straight away I’d be sharing my favourites with you all.

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So, here are a few of my favourite songs from the Captain Marvel movie soundtrack!

  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Whatta Man – Salt-N-Peppa
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Man On The Moon – R.E.M
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes

There are obviously plenty more great songs that feature on the soundtrack, and a bunch more amazing songs that make up the film score. I really enjoyed the music in this film, it was very reminiscent of the Thor: Ragnarok style of music and soundtrack style.

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If you haven’t already seen Captain Marvel, I’d 100% recommend you go see it. It’s a great addition to the Marvel universe, and I love the role created by Brie Larson. I always knew I was going to enjoy it, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d appreciate the comedy, and the aesthetic and obviously the music.

x

Priya

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A Playlist To Thank Spontaneity

Hello hello friends!

Today’s post is one of my favourites. This whole post is created around one specific day I spent out in the city with one of my favourite people in the world, Mia.

Last week Mia and I were in the city, and on a bit of a whim, decided to do something so spontaneous, I was a bit of a nervous wreck. Want to find out what we did? Whelp, guess you got to head over to Mia’s post to find out.

All I’ll tell you was that it was, spontaneous as heck.

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So to celebrate the spontaneity that created a great little bonding moment for Mia and I, something we can look back on together in the future, I thought I’d create a playlist to thank that moment of spontaneous living.

 

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So here’s a playlist, to thank spontaneity.

Street Punks On A Freight Train – Bryce Vine
Wander – Tim Atlas
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
Gasoline – Alpine
Bad Gyal – Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus
Sudden – XamVolo
Nothing’s Forever (Vacation Mix) – Paces, KUCKA
Change My Mind – IV League
Chasing Highs – ALMA
Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Every Day’s The Weekend – Alex Lahey
Just A Girl – No Doubt
I’m So Free – Beck
She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks
Golden Years – M-Phazes, Ruel
Not Nineteen Forever – Courteeners

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x

Priya

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The Soundtrack // Rye 2019

The Soundtrack // Rye 2019

Hello, hello and welcome back to another post!

Today’s post is a short-ish one, but one I love a lot. Over the 24th to the 26th, six of my friends and I took a 50 minute drive out of Melbourne to Rye, a popular coastal town in Victoria. We packed the cars with bathers, drinks and board games and hit the road.

It was a really easy drive, considering we left early on the Sunday morning. Because our AirBnB wasn’t available until 2pm that day, we stopped at Sorrento, where one of the boys in our group had his family’s holiday house and spent a little while there. The walk over to the beach was a short and effortless trip across the road, and the few hours we spent at Sorrento beach were incredible. We played beach frisbee, lay in the sun, listened to music and laughed plenty.

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Once the AirBnB was ready, we made our first stop at the super-market to pick up food for the stay, before heading to the house, a beautiful little three bedroom, two bathroom AirBnB with the perfect kitchen and dining area for us to dump our things.

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The Monday, the one full day we had in Rye, was one of my favourite days of the year. We made the short drive to Blairgowrie, where we walked down amongst the rock pools to get to a deep, blue, beautiful rock pool sitting beneath a huge rock, perfect for jumping off, which is where we spent majority of the day. It was such a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, the water was the bluest I’ve ever seen and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The rest of the day was spent making another stop at the supermarket, an hour or so at another back beach then back to the house for games and drinks.

 

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The following day was a rush of getting the AirBnB clean and out of the house by 10am, with a pit stop for mini golf and fish and chips for lunch on the way home.

 

Music was constantly playing in Rye.

 

As soon as we were up in the morning, the UE Boom was on and it provided the perfect soundtrack for everyone to wake up one by one and come into the kitchen to the smell of bacon and eggs. While we all got ready for the day and drove to the beach, a selection of songs became very prominent for me personally, and of course our games and drinks late into the evening were partnered by the portable speaker sitting on the kitchen table behind us.

Here’s the Rye 2019 playlist:

 

Loverboy – Tash
Alright – Jordan Rakei
dear marie, i’d love to meet your mum – Cody Simpson
Killer Queen – Queen
Deep Down Low – Valentino Khan
Get To Know – Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt
My Favourite Part – Mac Miller, Ariana Grande
Beautiful Escape – Tom Misch, Zak Abel
Senorita – EDEN
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris, Disciples
Please Me – Cardi B, Bruno Mars
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry
Be With You – RUFUS DU SOL
American Love – Smallpools
Gold Snafu – Sticky Fingers
Controlla – Drake
Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Rehab – Amy Winehouse

 

x

Priya

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