On the line

I was on my way back from a Samba session in Bristol (I forgot to mention, as part of my travels after my graduation, I’ll be spending 2 weeks in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!!!) and I unexpectedly caught the beginning to end of this BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature. This feature was about the questions surrounding what being an artist is and whether there are too many….?! It’s these days of unexpected, fortunate life events that bring home the fundamentals of what you do. 

As part of the 10 days I’ve taken off (until tomorrow when the grind begins once again) I’ve tried to incorporate living and doing the things I enjoy most. That’s why the above podcast really stood out to me. I hope it stands out to you too!

Music is no different to life and vice versa. It’s the same with most things. As you experience new things you grow each day, bit by bit. Things like getting out of the house or work space to go for a walk, learning something new or anything that breaks up the monotonous daily routine.  

One thing I did was to spend 4 days in Fowey, Cornwall on a family holiday. Simply being with your family and learning more about them is rather important I think. You’ve grown up with them, no matter how your upbringing was or is. Take some time to learn understand a little more about your parents/siblings. 

How does this relate to the title? Well, it’s all about getting in touch with you. You don’t even have to have time off, it’s a daily activity! So for me, expanding my travels, meeting new people, those unexpected fortunate life events, family breaks, generically breaking up the monotonous routine are all aspects in your life that enables you to grow as a person through experiences. You’re on the line towards the unknown. Even if that line has a goal, who knows what and how you’ll feel once you get there. 

For me, all of the events that will be happening before my travels to Brazil (and hopefully West-Africa/India) such as meeting new people, are all ‘on the line’. They can go one way or the other….but that’s the exciting part….what will be there? Who knows. 

!!Get yourself on the line and get ready to ride it!!

I hope you guys who get to read this like it! Please do get in touch, it would be great to hear your thoughts! Have a great week! 

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On the line

Can’t see…?

The ‘end’ product. Wanting to be where you imagine yourself in the near future. Wanting to be like someone else.

!Wanting to be something that ΥΟU can’t judge!

Known most of the time as running before you can walk. What struck me to write this, is that I hear even people succeeding to succeed to run their own business who are trying to sell their products, wanting to be like someone else. ‘She has this and that’, ‘He’s doing this…’ etc. etc. etc. 

Running before you can walk. We all do it from time to time. Some more than others and I was that some. But what’s wrong with being you? It’s cool to admire a person that you associate your ‘end goal’ to be. I would love to be in plenty of other world percussionists’ shoes; touring the world, playing with the top players of today. Though that’s where you can come to a halt and you get into the running a little too much. All to often it’s common to get so involved that you end up trying to be like that person, like your ideal place of success. 

But we can’t be somebody else. Genetically, physically and psychologically we are all unique to our own being. It’s not possible to be exactly like another because no matter how hard we try, no matter how skilful one is, we’ll always do it differently. 

On that matter — Do you we really know ourselves? Be your own person.

The first step? 
Stop trying to be somebody else. 

With this simple and effective step, you can begin to uncover how you tick and really understand you. Enjoy the process of reaching your goals, the ups and downs, the doubts the successesSee each and every part of the path you’re on. Through this, you’re going to spot what you need to do in order to go towards the right direction. 

I used to get so caught up, attempting to play drums to tracks that were way out of my depth, until it was pointed out to me I didn’t even realise that the fundamentals behind the really complex stuff just wasn’t up to scratch. How could I even get to that ‘end goal’ if the foundations weren’t solid?!

It’s a tough lesson to learn but the sooner you learn, the quicker you walk. 

I hope you are all enjoying my blogs. From since I begun, they’ve turned more into generic life lessons I’ve learnt through music and that being a musician is more than just the music. I hope to share my own music with you all, once I’ve developed my own profile enough in the next year. 

I’m currently back in my hometown, Bath. It’s great to get out of Cardiff for a little while, to rest and recharge the batteries to come back bigger and stronger. 

To you guys for reading, liking and to those following.

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P ure D edication N o D istraction

Hey one and all!

I hope you all have had a great week. Last week’s blog was about finding your path. So today I’m continuing this idea, but taking a little further with some underlying truths that we take for granted, and may stop us from progressing as much as we can!

It is simply the cost of distraction that can stop us. (That was quick!!) As you can see, it doesn’t take 1000 words to tell somebody this. For example, by simply changing the spacing of the title, forces the reader to focus on the words in order to be able to read it (and it kinda looks cool)

Awesome!

In order to reach your goals, ambitions, focus; you have to really understand what your motivation is firstly. WHY are you doing what you are doing?! HOW can you CHANGE the tiniest part of your work ethic to enhance your performance?!

You yourself can only help. Nobody else can analyse the WHY and HOW of your work (I’m not shouting fyi – I’m merely stating key words that have been based on my previous blogs –> CHECK IT OUT + AND THIS + and FINALLY)

You may ask, ‘what are the simple things’?! Well, it all depends on what technology you use, your work environment and most importantly being realistic about how you are really focused. For me, it’s turning my phone on Airplane Mode, only having the essential notifications from my apps, only subscribing to emails that I actually read etc. See how you work and see what you can change, even if you think you’re on top form already 😉

It could be having a clean/spacious work space, music that helps you to focus, or simply setting a fixed time to get as much done of your project as possible! 

Not only is technology a factor, but also how much you work you set yourself, and whether you have a reason behind your work i.e. what we call motivation, I like to call it PURPOSE. 

What I do, is I get everything that’s in my head, put it into a day’s work of practise and prioritise them from highest to lowest. What I don’t get done, is carried on into the next day, I simply reprioritise them. If there is a particular aspect I’m not focused on, I ask myself why I wrote it down and usually, it’s something that motivates me to go and do it, to go through the motions, work the logistics out, and continue it with full focus the next day.

If I’m not sure why I wrote something down, I’ll research it or ask myself whether it’s useful to do it at that moment in time.

In short, if you simply boil your down, you can see it clearly and have a flowing work schedule. Also, you can see where, why and how you’re perhaps not getting as much as you would like (think distractions and motivation)

TIP: Boil what seems complex down so anybody could understand it, simplify it to it’s raw ingredients. 

If the fundamentals are at there best, then you can really explore your passion.

That’s all for today guys. Remind yourself at least once a day, why you are motivated to do what you do. PURPOSE.

Bring yourselves back to reality this week guys.

Music of the week

Today, I feel in the mood for Brazilian. This is style of Brazilian music called Capoeira. This song is called Parana ê Parana

Love to one and all!

H

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P ure D edication N o D istraction

Knowing where your heart truly lies

Buenos días a todos!

(Good morning everybody!)

I hope you all have had a discoverable week guys!

This week, I will be talking about being realistic about where your heart truly lies. By this, I mean where your passion is, when you get goosebumps, or where you’re reacting in ways that you’re not even aware of…!

…and I also mean, being realistic about what skills you have and if these skills are at a level, that you can reach your dreams and goals! It’s all very well saying you want to be the best at one thing, but if the time, place and location aren’t in the right place for you to utilise the necessary skills, then it can be quite unrealistic.

I had this realisation where I wanted to be a music producer. That guy or gal who’s in the studio mixing, setting up mics etc. That was just an unrealistic goal, and a misunderstanding of where my passion lies. I have little understanding of the role of a producer. Where I am currently in my stage of life, I would seriously have to change everything and put my soul into producing.

In order to come to this stage…

I think it’s important to;

  1. Take some time out for yourself
  2. Look at your situation as clearly as possible
  3. Be realistic about the proficiency of your skills and what you can actually achieve
  4. Try to understand where your true passion is and follow it all the way

But how do you come to realise this?

The way I found this out, was by putting myself out there and trying all the avenues that seemed to interest me. Sending emails, shadowing etc was and is a great way of getting to grips with a particular area of interest. Usually, the people in the chain of the business, are able to see very easily, whether a person is suited/100% in it for the long run. Be aware of how people react and their willingness. You can’t fault eagerness, but at the same time, you don’t want to create a bad impression.

Now, I know where and what I am aiming for. Developing myself as a world percussionist and drummer. Combining the two together, to create something new and unheard of before. This link here will take you to the guys that made me come to the climax to my conclusion. I saw the live performance of Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita where at the RWCMD – that special time in life where you’re experiencing something that hits home hard – I was reacting in an uncontrollable manner (not extremely ha!) in relation to the music.

The use of percussion and electronic sounds, emulating drum kit made me go ‘dayum, this is it!!’ I can see I was and am on the right tracks and how I can get to where I want to be! I was at a jam night the other day, I mentioned Cuba to the drummer after I played and eyes lit up when I said I could bring my congas down…little moments like that really bring home where your heart lies, truly lies. 

This week and thereafter – sit yourselves down and ask yourself where your heart lies. Follow it 100%.

Your gut feeling may mislead you sometimes, but the more you do this, the more times you will learn from errors and the more you will get closer to your path.

 

Album of the week

Check these guys out, who really made a difference to me –  Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (the link is above too!)

Go and find your path guys!

Thank you to everybody! Love to one and all

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Knowing where your heart truly lies