What do you create? Art, cartoons, music, games, etc?
I am a musician who performs, composes, and produces.
What inspires you to create?
I first learned guitar when I was 7, and this opened me up to the world of music. I have always found it amazing that there is unlimited directions you can go with a piece of music, though there are only 12 notes you can use. This is what inspires me. Every time I hear something I have not heard before, it reminds me of picking up my first guitar.
How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you work in short bursts of inspiration or do you have a daily routine?
I just sit and write for a minimum of 3 hours everyday. This got me in a routine were I don’t necessarily even need to feel motivated. I can let an auto-pilot take over, as it is such a habit now to create music.
What do you do when you hit a creative block?
There is no one fix but, I listen to other music to get ideas of what I want to put out. I also go out and try to have life experiences that I can put into my music. Sometimes I do tasks that have nothing to do with what I am doing, like read a book, just to clear my mind. Sometimes 420blazeit helps.
How do you deal with trolls online and in real life?
Luckily, I have not had to deal with this yet.
Have you ever created something you thought turned out pretty bad but then when you posted it online everyone else liked it more than your favorite creations? Why do you think that happens?
Usually my friends and family’s favorite pieces of mine, are ones that I consider ‘filler’. I attribute some of this to a difference in our personal taste. But mostly, I think when you are very involved in the process of creating something, you know every little detail of what you don’t like about it, and it can be hard to move on and focus on the stuff that is working. We are our own worst critics.
Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
When I tried selling my first piece, I was told they didn’t like it. This made me start to ‘play it safe’ when I was showing my music. If it wasn’t overly conventional, I would usually keep it to myself. I have broken out of this habit, though, as I think you need to break rules to make original work.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Sit down every day and do your work. Even when you don’t feel like it. It’ll help your overall creative process, and create good work habits.
What do you do when you’re not creating or posting on Newgrounds? Do you have a job? Are you a student?
I am currently a mortgage funder at a monoline money provider. I frisbee golf for fun.
What does the internet mean to you?
The internet is a tool to me. To connect to other artists, people who need music, people who share music. I use it to learn new skills, refine, old skills, network, run my “business”. It allows you to do what you want, if you bother to learn.
I sold my first piece of music to someone I met here, so I am sticking with it.
What is your favorite accomplishment? Post a link if it’s available online!
I was part of a band that won three world championships, three years in a row. One in Calgary, one in Japan, and one in Brazil. It was the Calgary Stampede Showband.
Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
I love having people hear my work, as I love hearing the feedback. It allows me to grow and evolve as an artist. I just wish it reached more people 🙂
What do you wish to accomplish with your art? Is it a hobby or do you plan on making it a career?
I would love to have a career in music, and I am trying to make this happen. This is a tough goal, so I have back up plans as I am realistic, but the dream is to create music and get paid for it.
Do you ever feel that you have to censor your creativity because you don’t want to offend anyone?
Luckily, it is hard to make overly offensive music, when the music does not have lyrics, so no I have not.
Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
I make what I feel is right at the time, though, I would characterize my music as having a certain “style”. I think most of my stuff has an identifiable sound, even if the genre or what not is not exactly the same.
Do you believe it’s important to get good reviews and have lots of followers or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
I love good reviews, who doesn’t? Though I believe negative reviews can be more helpful, as they can give you direction on what to work on. As long as I am putting out a product I love and am proud of, I will keep making music, even if no one likes it or hears it.
Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?
Yes. My ‘studio’ is still my bedroom, and I am a recent grad, so still a bit broke. However, I have the basic equipment I need to fulfill my needs. When I have an idea that I am unable to execute due to lack of materials, it is slightly annoying, but I view it as a chance to problem solve. What could be a more creative idea? Can you achieve the same results some other way?
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Whatever you are doing, do it everyday, no excuses. You will learn about what you want and like. You will refine your skills. You will learn you DAWs. There are so many tiny benefits that will ultimately help you out when you are doing real work. You are essentially putting tools in your tool box everyday if you do this.
Where can we find out more about your work? Post links to your Newgrounds page, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, website, or anywhere else we can find you on the web!
Please check out my YouTube and SoundCloud!
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