Archive for November, 2015

 

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For me CSM has been an journey of expressing all of my musical skills, experimenting outside of the box and breaking down some of the ethical and creative thought processes behind making music and inclusively making a statement as an artist. As much as I have enjoyed every session on the course graduation draws near and I have recently been under a lot of stress and confusion as to what it is I am actually doing as an artist and where do I go from here, I haven’t actually found my sound yet! Its a positive reflection that I was auditioned for a publishing deal but that was back in 2012 and at that time I was at the end of my ‘rapping phase’ which began at the age of 13. I believe I was I was picked up not only for my writing and performance skills but mainly for my youth energy..? …The deal was not signed but the advice of the back of the audition was ..‘Write me a number one hit record!’  as my music was not ‘radio worthy’ as yet.

This was great advice to me for the commercial industry requirements and it brought a more structured construct to my song writing and disciplines to composing however, I felt I had reached out so far and wide when it comes to my music preferences that everything I tried do was simply just that… only an effort of trying to do something.

Take Reach for the Skies for example; I performed this track acoustically at the interview for a place at CSM. At the time performing this track was a new height for me as an artist… Its my first full track of rapping and singing the chorus. Before hand I would just rap over instrumentals or sing along playing my favourite rock/pop song on the guitar. Although written only four years ago since then I’ve grown

I aim to produce some material for a portfolio career as a Songwriter and Record Producer. Unfortunately this released content is me in the middle of a transition and is rather off putting, Personally i think its a such a flop, Not quite here or there… The video does not capture the essence of how this song can really connect with people. When it is performed live its easy to catch on to the chorus and sing along to but the full production and break drums take away the songs potential. I can not finish this year the same!!

My acoustic guitar and the piano have become my go to instruemnts over the past three years on CSM, I feel my older values and opinions toward my music have changed, I’ve tried every face in the book and now I’ve been stripped back to just myself. Its for the best i know but I feel exposed.

Theres a few sides to my musical expressions. Outside of relevance to CSM theres

AphitZ who writes electronic music influenced by cinematic atmospheric glitch music, IDM, Drum and Bass & Techno.

Mr. Fitz who is the animated character that presents some of my more uplifting, playful or whimsical songs. (Artwork under development)

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Aj-Fitz is the Rap & Songwriter who self produced a mixtape and now writes songs more often than anything at the moment

 

This first lecture was a fun and inspiring session. Covering themes from the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon we discussed the boundaries or ‘lack of’ when it comes to copying ideas and the dangers of becoming a pastiche when copying is over used or not thought out thoroughly.

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We discussed as a group the ‘life of a project’ and some ways to overcome feelings of no longer being engaged with an idea

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After some group discussions we were given a task to be completed in 20 minuites. Steal Like An Artist suggests one of the best ways to fully understand what your trying to portray as an artist is to fully understand your influences and influences’ history and inspiration.

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Without thinking about it too hard i chose to use Meat Loaf as my favourite artist because ’Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through’ is probably one of my favourite songs of all time.

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I had never thought of doing this exercise on my own influences especially in the songwriting field, it was an interesting discovery to find that stage musicals and some great pop writing was behind such a dramatic and operatic artist as Meat Loaf.

We can see from the slides above there were two main writers behind the production of Meat Loaf. Jim Steinmans background was Musical Theatre, New York popular music and he was responsible for classics like Bonnie Tylers ’Total Eclipse of the Heart’. Celine Dions ‘All Coming Back To Me’.   …  Phil Spector was basically responsible for the contemporary girl group and the wall of sound.

Its interesting to know that as a result of the Rock Opera sound that MeatLoaf the ‘stadium rock sound’ started its journey with the works of Bruce Springsteen, Queen & Elton John. It is fair to say all of these artists express a wide range and full emotion in there performances.

Emotions… That’s the reason I write my music, I am always going ‘with what i can feel’ when writing a song or piece of music & Attending CSM has broadened my knowledge and techniques for being creative.

’So how can Meat Loaf and the ’Steal Like An Artist’ exercise inspire me or my music..?’

Although there is predominantly large productions and dramatic story lines to the music videos of MeatLoaf his works are usually based around the guitar or piano, I play the guitar and piano myself. I will look at some youtube tutorials and see if i can identify any common themes or methods in his music.

I will also strip back all of my material and perform them as they’re written. This way i can focus on the strength of the songwriting rather than a production of something that is a near miss.

I look forward to recording some more demos but before that… Practice!