Gig Guide 2019 – SO FAR

Gig Guide 2019 – SO FAR

Hello, hello and welcome back to my humble abode.

At the date of writing this, it’s currently the 26th of January, and in celebration of yet again purchasing some more concert tickets, I thought I’d share with you my gig guide for 2019, so far.

For some reason, I failed to do a Gig Guide for 2018, so I’ll do a really quick dot-point rundown of the gigs, festivals and concerts I attended last year before I move on to this year.

  • The Kooks – January, 2018
  • Rudimental/Jakubi, Australia Open Live Stage – January, 2018
  • Let Go Fest – February, 2018
  • Billie Eilish – February, 2018
  • Jet – March, 2018
  • Bruno Mars – March, 2018
  • Ed Sheeran – March, 2018
  • Blues Fest – March/April, 2018
  • Harry Styles – April, 2018
  • Niall Horan – June, 2018
  • Gang Of Youths – November, 2018
  • RINI – November, 2018
  • Peninsula Showcase – December, 2018
  • Falls Festival – December/November, 2018

So 2018 shaped up to be a banging year for music and live gigs, concerts, stadium tours and festivals, and if I continue the way I’m currently going, 2019 looks like it’ll be much the same.

Here’s the Guide so far for 2019:

Laneway Festival – February
Besides the disappointing news that my queen Jorja Smith won’t be performing anymore (I mean, a clash with the Grammy’s is reason enough I guess), I’m still super keen for this festival. I’m going with a great group of gal pals who I love, and I mean when I’m seeing Rex Orange County, Masego, Cosmos Midnight, Crooked Colours, G Flip and Middle Kids, I can’t complain too much. I am however missing Gang Of Youths because I have to leave early, but still, stellar line-up for what I’m sure will be a fab day.

Lauryn Hill – February
If you know me, you know this is a huge one. Heck, you know she’s one of my top favourite artists of all time, she featured in a squad of five artists I drew and framed for my room, and I’ve been singing Killing Me Softly since I exited the womb. My cousin, who I basically grew up with and have been best friends with since birth and I are going as a kind of celebration for her 21st birthday, and I cannot wait. If you read my write-up for Blues Fest which I attended with my family last year, you’d know I’ve already seen Ms. Hill, but a whole concert dedicated to her? A whole few hours of just Lauryn? Yes please.

Bene – February
Again. If you’ve been around the blog for a little while, you’ll know how keen I am for this concert. Hopefully you’ve read my write-up all about Bene and what a cool chick she is. Heck, I was 100% prepared to go to the concert on my own, luckily my best friend Jess jumped at the chance to come with me when I asked her if she was down. Currently Bene only has two singles out, so I’m keen to see what else she performs at the show!

Kodaline – March
This was a moment for 14-year old Priya. There are so many songs by this band that I listened to throughout high-school, so when I saw they were coming to Melbourne, I quickly messaged Jess who is 90% of the time always down for a cheeky concert, and booked our tickets straight away.

John Mayer – March
I’M SO KEEN. As soon as even the whisper of a concert was mentioned, I was on it. My mate and I waited for tickets and I spent the most stressful twenty minutes of my life trying to secure some decent tickets. Getting the confirmation email that we had our seats was such a relief and I’ve been counting down since that moment. John Mayer live, what more could you ask for? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

Matt Corby – April
Another magical man I get to see and hear live this year, and again, I’m counting down. I’m going with two friends who I’ve never been to a concert with before so I’m excited to experience it with them. Again, if you’ve been around for a little while, you’ll understand my obsession with Matt Corby and his incredible voice. Stay posted for the blog post all about seeing this man in the flesh.

RINI – April
Literally the day after Matt Corby, one of my close friends and I are going and seeing RINI, a homegrown, Melbourne RnB artist who we saw only in November! I can’t wait to see him again, he’s released a few new songs, and I’m sure there’ll be some stuff coming out before this concert as well.

Blues Fest – April
I’m super duper keen for Blues Fest. Like more so than I was than last year. ALSO! I’d like to make a small announcement. A few months back, I wrote an short article about a band called Ocean Alley, and said this:

 


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Low and behold, guess who was added to the Blues Fest line-up earlier this month? Ocean Alley. But anyway. Besides Ocean Alley, they’re are a heap of artists who I love coming to the festival, like Norah flipping Jones, Tash Sultana, Six60, one of the first bands I ever wrote about here, Allen Stone, Jack Johnson, Snarky Puppy and heaps more. Plus, this time my family and I decided to book an apartment in Byron Bay rather than camp at the festival, so I’m keen to enjoy some beach time and wandering around Byron before heading into the festival for the day.

Shawn Mendes – April
Possibly the cutest concert I have booked this year. I’m going with my best friend Kate, my little sister, and my little sister’s best friend. I genuinely can’t wait to see Shawn live, his vocals and his lyrics are amazing, and there are so many songs off his latest album that are sure to be hits in an arena setting.

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Live Files – A Moodboard

Live Files – A Moodboard

Here are a couple of my favourite moments, from my favourite concerts and gigs, seeing some of my favourite people live, in a mood board. Majority of these also have links to posts dedicated to each artist and concert I went to.

ED SHEERAN // March, 2015

ed march 2015

ELLIE GOULDING // October, 2016

ellie oct 2016

ADELE // March, 2017

adele march 2017

GRETTA RAY // April, 2017

gretta april 2017

DEAN LEWIS // August, 2017

dean august 2017

KEHLANI // August, 2017

kehlani august 2017

THE KOOKS // January, 2018

kooks jan 2018

RUDIMENTAL ft JAKUBI // January, 2018

rudimental:jakubi jan 2018

LET GO FEST // February, 2018

let go feb 2018

BILLIE EILISH // February, 2018

billie feb 2018

BRUNO MARS // March, 2018

bruno march 2018

ED SHEERAN // March, 2018

ed march 2018

BLUESFEST // March/April, 2018

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HARRY STYLES // April 2018

harry april 2018

NIALL HORAN // June, 2018

niall june 2018

I’ve been vicariously living through mood boards, either on Pinterest, Instagram or on paper, and so I thought I’d make some for some of my favourite moments ever, concerts and live gigs.

More to come …

x

Priya

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Matt Corby Spare Me Please

Matt Corby Spare Me Please

Hello friends. Hope you are all doing well and good, hope this week is treating you nicely, cool let’s talk about Matt Corby.

Matt Corby, is one of Australia’s finest exports, and not only is he a beautiful, beautiful creature to look at, but… boy has pipes. He first showed his face during one of our prehistoric Australian Idol seasons, when he was fresh out the womb stunting a side fringe and a vest over his white t-shirt, and then promptly disappeared from the public eye for a couple of years.

He then reappeared with a full grown beard, a guitar, slightly blue-er, dreamy-er eyes and an arsenal of incredible, mind-numbing-ly amazing songs that give you shivers no matter what order you listen to them in.

I’ve definitely done a cover of his song Resolution and to date, it’s one of the most popular songs I’ve ever posted, and I definitely believe a lot of that is down to how incredible the song is.

 

 

 

You may also know his song Brother which is the pinnacle of all contemporary choreographer’s dancing repertoire, purely for the shivers you are guaranteed.

I’ve 100% included some of Matt’s songs throughout my blog, you may recognise his name popping up from time to time, because his songs are scattered generously throughout a lot of my playlists.

However, I was not aware of this song, Song For Interlude, probably because it isn’t on Spotify, and it’s live from his tour. Well, my friend who plays the drums for me, you may recall I mentioned him in my post all about my gig experience, is obsessed with the man. Not only has he shared with me many times that his brain would probably shut down if he met Matt in person, but he’s also sent me quite a few songs and videos that I’ve never seen or heard before.

Specifically the one I’m about to show you.

I have to apologise to my mate, considering I only watched the video a whole day after he told me to, and I have to apologise to myself, for willingly missing out on this magic.

 

 

That song, basically sums up the entirety of Matt Corby and what he means to the Australian public. Matt Corby is a national treasure and I dare anyone to tell me different.

That is all.

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Priya

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Maybe, Probably, In Love

Maybe, Probably, In Love

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By now, we all know how utterly obsessed I am with the phenomenon that is Billie Eilish. Since first hearing her early last year, I’ve wanted to grow up to be Billie, which made seeing her at The Howler on the 8th of February all that more incredible. As I’ve mentioned in my posts about seeing Gretta Ray and Dean Lewis, The Howler is one of my favourite venues in Melbourne, and Billie made it ten times better.

 

Two of my friends and I caught the train into the city, and after a quick dinner and some drinks, caught the tram down to Brunswick, where The Howler is located. It was a short tram ride and we made it for the last part of OKENYO, the support act’s, set. She was such a great support act. A mix of the hard hitting bass and dimension that Billie brings to her song, with an ethereal quality to it with really beautiful backing vocals. Her voice was equally as amazing. After listening to some of her songs on Spotify, I definitely enjoyed her live performance a lot more. It was so dynamic and impactful live, her vocals seemed so much more stronger in person, but definitely check out her Spotify and have a listen to some of her music when you get a chance.

 

There was a short break and finally, Billie came out.

 

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Despite coming during the support act, we managed to get a pretty good spot, and when she came out it was slightly unnerving and unreal. After two years of seeing her through a screen, laughing at her Instagram mystory’s and just being in awe of her as a being, seeing her in person was so strange, but at the same time, one of the best experiences ever. She opened with bellyache, her most popular song from her album dont smile at me.

She was the perfect mix of insane energy and stillness when it was needed, and watching her, it was so hard to imagine that she only turns 17 this year. It’s simultaneously the most inspiring and crushing thing ever to know that she’s accomplished so much in such a short time and that she’s accomplished so much in such a short time.

Anyway.

Her set was perfect in every way. She was no-nonsense and while a lot of the time I genuinely enjoy when musicians stand on stage and have a bit of banter with the audience, Billie kept it to a minimum, but you could still see how much fun she was having and it seemed so natural that she kinda flied from song to song It really suited her and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

Her brother Finneas is just as talented. He co-writes a lot of her songs with her so halfway through she stepped to the side and he sang a song that literally punched me in the gut. It honestly runs in the family, I’m telling you. They even teamed up for a few dance breaks that link back to Billie’s formal dance train, and he accompanied her for a couple of songs as well.

 

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Billie even sat down to sing a song that’s yet to be released, and if it’s anything like the live version, it’s going to be one of my favourites. The song captured everything I love about Billie. It was super, duper sad, but her vocals literally soared. It was a simple song, but the lyrics made my heart stop a couple of times, and there were genuine audible gasps from the audience. I’m just going to patiently wait for this song to be released. Probably not so patiently.

She finished with my boy, which was definitely a crowd pleaser and one of my favourites. Off stage for a minute, she swear to God, Naruto ran back on for the encore where she sang hostage, which hushed the crowd entirely. I’m pretty sure everyone was equally in awe as I was. For a 16 year old to hook and hold an 18+ crowd as tightly as she did, Billie’s charisma and energy was so infectious. Finally, finally, we were instructed to mosh as much has we wanted (“yeah even you guys at the front, punch someone.“) as she sang COPYCAT. It was like she had saved up her stores of energy for this one song, and she bounced and jumped around the stage, dancing and head banging along with the rest of us. The live version was so dynamic and the drum breaks added a whole new layer that the studio version doesn’t even touch. It was great to get another side to the song that allowed the audience to really physically get into it.

 

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Not even a week after Let Go Fest and my mind was once again blown by such an incredible live act. To date, Billie Eilish is probably in my top five concerts I’ve attended and by far, my favourite act that I’ve seen at The Howler. From the moment it ended, up until the time we all got home, all my friends and I could think and talk about was how she surely wasn’t real? She seemed too good to be true, not only seeing her in person, but hearing such a mature and strong voice from someone so young, live and so close. If you ever get the chance to see Billie Eilish live, please go. You 100% will regret nothing, I promise.

 

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Priya

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Tunes Of I

Tunes Of I

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Yo. Okay. New music, new discovery, new slight obsession.

So yesterday, I spent most of the day undertaking a task, that most would not deem necessary at all, but is almost essential to my life. Cleaning and reassessing my Spotify playlists. Sometimes I lose track of how many songs I had to the streams of playlists I have created, which results in a huge build-up in songs, that on reflection, probably don’t need to be there. So I do a general clean out, spend an hour or so flicking through the playlists, and really asking myself, ‘does it suit the vibe?’. 

However. This also leads to several things.

  1. Me just generally wasting time jamming out by myself.
  2. Me also questioning what was going through my head when I added a song to a specific playlist.
  3. Sometimes creating a whole new playlist altogether because the vibe is so unique that it requires it, and finally…
  4. Finding new music.

Which leads us to today’s post. Tunes Of I.

I have a special place in my heart, a deep love and appreciation for jazz, soul, big band, neo-dub, go hard shit. Like it’s my secret jam. But yeah I love it, and I somehow, praise Jesus, stumbled across Tunes Of I, a seven-piece ensemble from New Zealand. I mean, horns and all.

 

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I was kind of subconsciously listening to one of their songs as it came up on a random jazz playlist I was listening to, before my mind registered that it was an actual slam, and I was feeling it.

I obviously jumped over to their entire Spotify profile (linked) to suss out the rest, all the while listening to their most recent single, Kiss The Sky, the first track from their 2017 album, Wicked Ways. It was the deep as heck drum groove that initially made me stay on the song and the introduction of the horns in the verse that hooked me, but it was the chorus that made me stay. It’s one of those choruses that I could 100% picture myself in a mosh pit, singing along to with a hundred other people. While the drums and the bass are this incredible skeleton for the guitar and horns to embody, the vocals are some of my favourite that I’ve heard in this style of music. ‘Yeah I’m dazed and confused, but I’m trying to see straight.’. You have to listen to Kiss The Sky, which I’ve linked for your convenience, to understand how incredible that line really is, not only to listen to, but to sing along to as well. Conway Jeune’s voice is probably my favourite aspect of this particular song.

 

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Notable achievements include opening for The Original Wailers on Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, as well as supporting my dudes Sticky Fingers at their Wellington shows.

I love the infusion of jazz, a lil bit of calypso, fusion, reggae and blues that flesh out what’s obviously a strong fundamental background, having grown from the New Zealand School Of Music, combined with Jazz School qualifications. While the credentials are all there, it’s this sense of literal soul that you can just hear in their songs. Take The Circle, for example, the fifth song from their 2015 album, Restless. I’m listening to it as I write this, as I often do. Like I don’t know if this sounds beyond stupid, but you can almost hear how friendly and chill they are in their music? I don’t know if it’s a statement, but they seem to embody the feeling that I get when I think of the amazing roots, blues and soul music that I’ve heard out of New Zealand. The break towards the middle of the song is purely percussion and vocals, but the musicality in the drums is one that I love listening to, purely because it’s not something you hear everyday, especially on broadcasted radio.

 

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I definitely recommend giving Tunes Of I a listen. They’ve quickly become a small obsession for me. As in I heard them for the first time yesterday, and here I am today writing this post having already listened to majority of their catalogue, of course adding some songs to the necessary playlists. Cannot wait for someone to catch me absolutely jamming to Kiss The Sky at the traffic lights.

Here’s hoping Tunes Of I come up to Australia some time soon, I’d be so keen to see them live, their reviews sound promising, and I’m sure it’d be an incredible show. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Priya

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The Kooks // Live

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Hello friends! So a few posts back, I did an updated Gig Guide, where I mentioned that I would be finally be seeing The Kooks, live in concert.

I did it.

It was a little while back, but due to being away with some friends in a small beach town two hours away from my laptop, I’ve had to wait a little while before writing this post. The concert however, was a night in itself. I’m going to apologise now for the shocking photos that I barely managed to take from where we were sitting. I promise it was a lot better in person, the view was completely fine, but the slight want for a gin and tonic in the Over 18 section next to the bar outweighed the desire to get in the mosh-pit on a 28 degree celsius evening. Entirely.

 

So, since arriving there an hour before the doors opening, an hour and a half before the support acts came on and a whole two hours before The Kooks stepped foot on the stage, we decided to find something to eat. While I’m always down for a good mosh pit, what I didn’t miss, was lining up for hours before the show, knowing happily that we had three seats reserved for us, the bar a couple of metres away, and absolutely no rush.

We ended up going for quite the little hike, we did. I’m going to talk Melbourne, Australia. The Kooks were playing Festival Hall, which was fantastic, great venue, however there is absolutely nothing around the place, in terms of shops of restaurants or any food whatsoever. Which meant that we ended up hiking all the way to Etihad Stadium. Why? Because back in the summer of February, 2015, the three of us had indulged in what is to date, the best hot chips we’ve ever tasted, only a two minute walk from the Etihad Stadium doors. So that’s where we were headed. Except we got to Etihad, did an entire lap of the stadium, before finding the place, shut and under new management. That was a disappointment. The kicker? It dawned on us that it was actually 6:30 on a Wednesday evening, and most sane places, were shutting. So from there, we came to the conclusion to catch a train from Southern Cross Station and high tail it to our favourite spot for $5 pizzas and drinks, Melbourne Central’s Asian Beer Cafe. Only to realise that 1/3 of our party didn’t have her train card, so that idea was food. Want to know what we ended up eating? A medium fries each from Hungry Jacks.

 

Then we followed a couple of teenage girls who were dressed like the only place they could be heading at 7:45 on a Wednesday night, was a concert. Spot on.

 

Getting in, getting our seats it was all easy, and we were right in time for the opening acts The Belligerents, a Brisbane band who we were convinced we’d never listened to before. Until they started playing. I have to admit that they had amazing music, very familiar songs which I know I’ve caught on Triple J a couple of times, but the best part has to be the lead singer. Call it dancing, call it writhing, call it a medical fit, a seizure, I don’t know, call it what you will but he was doing something, and we’re still yet to figure out what it was. However. It was hypnotic/erratic. He just seemed so in tune with himself that you kinda went along with it, simply because of how much fun he looked like he was having, despite it being all by himself. It made a lot of sense while you were watching it. I would definitely look into going and seeing The Belligerents headlining their own show.

 

 

Finally, at 8:40, The Kooks were on stage. Now. If there’s one thing I honest to God couldn’t deal with in the Over 18’s section, was how bloody boring everyone was. You’d think, ‘Wow. I paid money to come and see these lovely dudes play some songs that I love, I’m gonna enjoy the show, have fun, dance.’? Right? Nah. We were literally some of the only people of our chairs, dancing, singing along and actually enjoying the concert. But enough about the whining.

So, considering this was their first headlined show after performing at Falls Festival over the new year’s ever weekend (we’d heard from one of my friend’s brother that they were one of the best bands there), the English band killed it. I mean, they opening with Eddie’s Gun, a song from their debut album, which seemed like a fitting way to start off the show. It was released in 2005, like I was only in my second year of primary school, 6 years old, but it still got everyone, especially those down in the mosh pit, pumped and cheering. Ooh La and Sofa Song followed, along the same lines, but still warming everyone up for the newer stuff.

Then Luke organised a literal crowd tribal chant to lead into Bad Habit, probably one of my favourite songs from the band. The band powered through a ton of songs (She Moves In Her Own Way, Do You Wanna, You Don’t Love Me, Shine On, Junk Of The Heart (Happy) a TON more), mixing through this feeling of nostalgia mixed with absolute chaos as we watched from above, people up on shoulders, the small nods of recognition they received from the lead singer, and the short, succinct banter between the band between some songs.

The set finished so quickly, it was like I blinked and they were heading down the ramp, off the stage. And that’s when the audience, those in the mosh pit, those up in the stands right in the back, the boring old folks up with us in the Over 18’s, everyone, descended into tribal insanity, I swear Festival Hall shook with demands for the encore.

Now my only idea is that they all literally crawled at a snail’s pace for a toilet break. That’s how long this gap was. I think I recall at least five attempts of the audience organising chants, either for the band to return to the stage, for the particularly popular song, Naive, or even just shouts of ‘encore’ in general. There was also the standard stamping like wildebeests and banging on chairs. Eventually, Luke reappeared, and serenaded the shit out of us all, performing Seaside all on his own. Considering the brewing anarchy moments beforehand, Festival Hall was so silent while he sang. Then the band joined him for Always Where I Need To Be, which pumped the audience up even more before finishing with the one we had all been waiting for Naive. I’ve never been so excited to finally hear a song as I was with this one. I felt like we’d been waiting the whole concert for this one, and the entire audience went crazy for it, even the grandparents in our section.

 

Overall, it was an incredible concert. The Belligerents were the perfect opening act for The Kooks, and The Kooks smashed any expectations I had out of the window. They were so amazing live, I’d go as far as to say they sounded better live than they do on record. The tiniest licks and deviations in their live performances, especially in Luke, the lead singer’s voice, made all the difference, and really fed into the amazing atmosphere they were able to create.

If you ever get the chance to see The Kooks perform live, whether it’s at a festival or their own headliner, I would 100% recommend it.

 

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Priya

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2018. . . What’s The Picture?

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.

 

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