Pumped

Today I wanted to share with you how great it is to be pumped to be alive! As I wrote this at 6.30am, listening to Objekt Boiler Room Berlin DJ Setwe can all empathise with one another, that at times we can get really tired of what you love to do….or is it tiredness of the grind? You know when you know you want to get something done, but yet there’s that lack of drive?!

Currently, I’ve been back in Cardiff for just over a week now (and soon to be back in Bath to do the show of Mid-Life Crisis – The Musical! ) and all I’ve been doing is working on my final recital due in less than one month (15th May) and playing only 6 pieces, no matter how creative you are it is a challenge to keep spirits high. High praise for the 6 show a week guys on the West End!

I was talking to a friend yesterday and as conversations go, a 30 minute conversation turned into 2 hours. We were talking a little about post-graduation and acknowledging the most difficult aspect would be to find motivation. Not practising, not getting up early. Motivation. It was rather eye opening, how somebody can open up about their concerns and doubts; concerns and doubts that I had no doubt I’d and most other people had experienced.

The main part of it though, was not doing the things you want to do. We called this resisting temptation. Taking time out from the daily grind but knowing that everything you do, is all part of the process. For me, I could have gone back to practice 90 minutes earlier but I knew that talking to my friend, Elin, was going to have some impact in my life somehow. And that goes for anybody. The most recent good read of mine here has been one of the best reads in a while and is definitely paying off. But how to get started? Take a hint from Nike #JustDoIt. How I did it? I didn’t like reading books all that much, so I watched Ted Talks with the aim of relating what I watch to music, no matter how unrelated it may seem. No that’s what I do everyday as part of my life. Why not give it a go?

If you’re pumped with everything that you do in life, it all falls under the same umbrella.  

When I’m back from RWCMD commitments I have an exciting project (that I need my home studio for) and prior to that, I’ll be getting on the development stage of getting my ideas completed and ready to get out to the world. Wait for music, Vlogs, collaborations, travelling…and we’ll see where that takes us!

So today guys,

Get pumped. If you’re not satisfied get up early to get what you want to get done. #JustDoIt. 

#BlogNo. 27

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Pumped

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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#BlogNo. 25

Can’t see…?

Sunday Funday

For us students, the Easter break has loomed upon us.

Boy-o does it feel good!! 

This week just ended has been the most intense. You know the works, submitting essays, last minute dilemmas, realising you’ve not started an assignment 1 week prior….you know, all of these things in university life that don’t really mean anything, except the piece of paper you get at the end with some ink. Don’t get me wrong, the skills you develop over these modules are useful!

Anyway, I digress. The penultimate week of mid-term is always the same. At this point in time, it makes you think…

…Why do we do the same routines day in day out, month in month out, year in year out…

That question is a real statement, let alone a real question that we should pose upon ourselves. So today, I’m doing the things I love and that allows you to develop your self, to becoming the better version of yourself each and everyday. I have a passion for coffee brewing, calisthenics, electronic music (oh check this! The summer vibes are hitting me today Huxley – Box Clever [2020Vision Recordings]) and seeing fresh out-of-the-scene drama productions –› check out what’s on! RWCMD – What’s on

What are the things you love to do? ↓couldn’t resist…comment below your awswers↓

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#BlogNo. 24

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Sunday Funday

What do you want?

Stop what you’re doing and listen here. It’s time to stop putting off what you want to do. It’s time to stop doing the ‘it pays the bills’ job. It’s time to get in action. It’s your life.

Nobody else is going to do it for you. 

In my most recent endeavours on the entrepreneurial road, I’ve begun to notice how people behave. Most people tend to shrug their shoulders as if to say ‘well, it’s too late now’, even it’s a company that they own themselves!

As a musician, I (and we alike) are self-employed and funny to say, we have to be passionate about ourselves, our business. Me. Me and my mind, my body is my business. The other plans (currently in the stage of writing my business plan) are simply an external part of it all.

Our job is a doing job. 

I see too many musicians thinking theoretically about their practice regime and they don’t get nearly as far as those who just get down and dirty. Theory comes when your level of understanding and knowledge needs to meet the demands of your progression. Simple.

Most people I know that are successful in their own right, also know who they are pretty well. I mean they’re confident in their skin and have a clear understanding of who they are in their life. You can see this type of person a mile off, they have a strong presence and are clear in what they want. The strongest characteristic is there ability in making clear, precise decisions on a daily routine.

So what’s the problem? Well, I can only speak for myself and for me individually it was too many thoughts. But, I’ve noticed that people delve into too many thoughts also. Questioning this and that ultimately results in a trail of mess.

Solution No.1 - Write it all down.

Don’t just write it out how it is in your head. Categorise! Our brains consistently organises and categorises information everyday for us, give your mind a break and do put your questions, doubts and so on into clear perspective.

Solution No. 2 - Just Do It.

When you’ve completed solution No. 1. You should be able to take action now you can see your thoughts clearly. No it’s time to be clear about what you really want. On a separate piece of paper, prioritise in order from highest to lowest and organise them into a daily, weekly and monthly routine. Now, #JustDoIt

Solution No. 3 - What's the excuse.

Get out of the habit of saying ‘I’ll wait until I’ve got more time’, ‘I’ll wait until after I’ve finished this’ and anything else that means postponing what you want. The more you get into habitual patterns that results in action, the better. Ask yourself this question; Well, why not now? This very same question was asked to me, I said ‘I’ll start planning after my degree’, the response was the exact question. Stop the excuses.

Or if your situation is a little more tricky i.e. your boss stopping you getting to your goal, find a solution around it. I recommend The 4-Hour Work Week. It’s not about being a millionaire but finding solutions to allow you more freedom.

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What do you want?

Time

Nowadays, it’s all a rush. A constant stream of information at the end of our fingertips. Hence, why I missed last weeks’ weekly Sunday Blog.

As a self-employed musician, entrepreneur, soon to be unleashed into the world. It seems we are at high-speed. The trick? Be the person at a slow pace.

The heavy snow that’s hit us, especially in Cardiff has in some ways been a God send. It’s forced me to take a slower pace. The slower pace, means reanalysing where you are right now. In the high-speed world, we get so caught up with what we do we forget about what the purpose in what we’re doing.

So what to do? Reanalysing is planning the time ahead of you, being able to plan your income, expenses and mini-holidays is essential. Over the past two days, I’ve been focusing on reading and planning about starting a business (not just promoting me) contacting those who can help and also widening the travelling further away than before. Now most of us (if you’re in the UK) have got the time off, look at where you are now. Is it what you want? Are you where you want to be? What would the worst case scenario be, if you changed to where you want to be? In most cases, the answer is either no or the risk is minimal and reversible. So start planning and eliminate all that is getting in your way, whether it’s your actual job or emails that are distracting. 

It’s time to stop flying around and re-focus. 

Over the next year or so, I will (hope) be making vast improvements and developments in my career. Ask yourself those important questions, do your research and get your focus game on.

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Plan. Re-focus. Live in Time.

#BlogNo. 21

Time

The differences between a Conservatoire of Music and a University + What it’s like to be in the final year!

Ay ay ay!

It’s that time of year again. Naturally everybody will be on high alert with stress levels running at an all time high. Taking a moment to take a step back and see this is quite daunting, how we let ourselves get into a state of mind. On the contrary, it’s rather stress relieving to be able to step back.

That’s why…

In the final 16 weeks I’ll spend, as well as planning to study around the world, I want to take some time out on a meditation course. Having used Headspace for 2 or 3 years now, and incorporating 30-60 mins everyday it’s really time to take the step up.

As a final year student, it’s vital to have a plan even if it’s not a ‘set-in-stone’ plan. You have a base from which you can work from. I began this style of organisation at the beginning of last summer, that allowed me to have all four of my exams in the New Year to be prepped to their maximum.

Two exams done, another one soon to be completed and I’ve felt only the stress required to help in my performance.

Nice.

Some time off too? I think I can fit that in…

Essentially not only does this style apply to students, it applies to everybody. If you can plan all deadlines in the space of 4 hours a week in less than a month for the next 3-6 months, you’re not only saving time but you also allow free time!

In a conservatoire of music you see the same people in and out. Due to the audition process, there is only a selected number each year so everybody is a familiar face. Naturally, in an intense, high level working environment, where learning pieces in a week, on the spot with forever changing irregular hours with the same people day in day out is normality.

In comparison, university is far from different. Generically speaking, not only are the hours less and consistent – you also are surrounded by over 10,000 students in a single block on flats. We only have an approximated 1000 in the whole of RWCMD!! The events are also very different, our SU is probably about the length of 30-36ft long and holds a regular quiz, live music and a few social clubs. On the upside, we have a plethora of gigs, drama productions we can choose from that are either free or discounted. To be honest, the more tame social scene is really nice.

However, you can’t beat a huge two level SU where the events are party crazy and so much fun! On top of that you have a huge range of socials to choose from and the bar is of course cheaper with so many students. As far as I know and have experienced, that’s all there is to say about that really!

And afterwards?

Well us musicians will either and most likely will freelance and teach. Or for those who don’t have that intention, other career options could be and Events Manager, Radio Producer, Music Therapy, Technician, composing for Film/TV etc etc etc. Some will deter from music in search for a more stable lifestyle i.e. regular income, working hours.

Post university? All I know is that most will look for a job, most will get a job (more likely if you’re on a Graduate Scheme) One this is for certain and something all students have in common….

We simply have no clue! 😀

Annnnd on that bombshell I’m outta here!

Thanks for reading guys and don’t forget to share 🙂

#BlogNo.19

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The National Waterfall Site – El Nicho
The differences between a Conservatoire of Music and a University + What it’s like to be in the final year!

A little note #2

Welcome back!

I am back again and in the full swing of things (quite literally)

I had a monstrous Christmas (in a good way, work prep and all) a jam packed NYE, then headed to Cuba to study for 2 weeks! I’ve had 1 week back at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, for the final 4 months!! Time flies bye and it’s amazing.

Batching all of the hard work from the summer until the end of the year, was well worth the stress and now I’m relishing in the practically less, if not non-stressful time I’ve had over the 10 days I’ve been back.

I’m glad I did! 

From now, I’ll be offering a more analytical blog style, on topics such as:

  • Musical styles and niches in music
  • The differences between a Conservatoire and University
  • Being a self-employed musician

+ other topics relating to Living The Life of a Musician

I’m looking forward to it and in preparation…

Next week I will be talking more in depth about my travels and what I learned and preparing and comparing what it is like to be in final year compared to a university.

Thanks for stopping by! Let’s get back into it! #MotivationSunday

Until next week!

#BlogNo. 17

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Last day of classes in Palmira, Cuba. We headed back to Havana for more classes, before leaving 😦

 

A little note #2