I tend to look at things just a little bit differently. Perhaps not in a sense that’s considered radical or anything, but just differently enough that it would place me in the overall ‘odd’ or ‘askew’ category in life. It never really bothered me because I didn’t even see it as something of an issue quite honestly. But looking back, it’s probably one of the the reasons why things like skateboarding, Hip-hop culture, and so many other things appealed to my senses. Things that sprung out of an ethos of ‘doing-things-MY-way’. In Hip-hop culture, it wasn’t the norm to put the needle on the record and walk away from it. It was the norm the put the needle on the record and manipulate the record in ways never before imagined. We took a regular run-of-the-mill spray can that no one gave a second thought to, and made sheer art. Skateboarding took a handrail, made to assist you in descending/climbing staircases, and said “nah, this is how were going to utilize this” and proceeded to create their own art & artists.
So whether it’s putting together an unusal outfit for yourself or making a beat like this with odd Gregorian chants, keep that creative spark about yourself because once a creative, always a creative.
This is a brief post going out to all the dancers/rappers/singer-songwriters who have downloaded any of my beats in the past… let’s collab!
You’ve already downloaded a beat or two from me which I am super thankful for, but it doesn’t have to stop there right? Need a version of a beat without the bassline on that hook? What about a dancehall version of this Hip hop beat you got last month? Let’s get to work and keep the energy goin’! This is not just about music, it’s about creating an environment and a community of artists thriving for the highest resolution art possible.
So if you’re down to forge phenomenal art and moments – HIT ME UP and lets WORK!
What goes into my workflow when I make music? Well that mostly depends on what day of the week it is, time of day/night, etc. I generally stick to the same output process, although it can vary:
- Monday & Tuesday = create melodies, refine & polish older melodies
- Wednesday & Thursday = add drums and accompanying instruments/sounds to melodies made earlier in the week as well as sequence/arrange/mix beats
- Friday = Everything else related to music ie. create videos for uploading to IG, YouTube, FB. Write blog posts. Review any pertinent analytics. Source designers for single/album covers. Create marketing plans & review budgets for ad spending, etc.
- Saturday & Sunday = Live life!!!
Now this schedule is something that’s a framework with some wiggle room as sometimes things will come unexpectedly (and you have to come to terms with the fact that things DO and WILL come up unexpectedly), but overall it’s a schedule that seems to work for me. And the main thing is that come Monday, I already know what I have to do. Even if I wake up and I’m not “in the mood”, in those moments I treat this like a professional and just do the work. Whereas if I just do whatever it is whenever I feel like it, I would meander to & fro and at the end of the day have nothing or very little to show for my efforts.
May your skies be blue, and your beats be DIRRRRRTY!