Kim Lajoie's blog

Breaking workflow (or: If you’re getting stuck, you’re working on the wrong problem…)

by Kim Lajoie on February 6, 2013

This post was originally published on Ilpo’s excellent blog: You probably get stuck sometimes. I know the feeling. I’ll be looking at a half-finished song and my brain is fixated on the next step. But the solution isn’t coming to me. As you probably know, I tend to be pretty organised in my workflow. Step […]

It doesn’t have to be good, but it does have to be something

by Kim Lajoie on November 20, 2012

Why aren’t you making more music? Actually, why aren’t you making any music? Don’t get bogged down in the technical stuff. Sure it’s fun to explore synth settings or audition presets or jam on your guitar. It’s actually important to do that stuff. It’s called practice. But you’re in trouble if you’re spending all your […]

Bare Toes Into Soil – Sarah [video]

by Kim Lajoie on October 29, 2012

I didn’t write this song. (if you like it, download the song here) This is a cover of a great song by local (Melbourne) electro-folkers Brightly. Creatively, this was an interesting project. Even though the song is a cover, we approached it as if it were one of our own. Obviously, the instrumentation and creative […]

Variable creativity

by Kim Lajoie on October 12, 2012

Erik Magrini: [I]t’s a reminder to myself and other musicians out there that if you keep your head high and stick with it, the ideas WILL flow again.  Every one of these lulls in my creativity is ultimately followed by a beautiful period where I’m able to create at an almost magical pace, I just […]

The difference between exploring and finishing

by Kim Lajoie on September 28, 2012

There are two different mindsets that are required when making music – ‘exploring’ and ‘finishing’. ‘Exploring’ is the more artistic and creative of the two mindsets. It’s when you’re trying things out, discovering new sounds, experimenting with putting different things together and generally creating. It’s when you start at a single point and fan out […]

Anywhere can be a studio, but not everywhere should be a studio

by Kim Lajoie on September 5, 2012

Modern technology is astonishing if you think about it. At one end of the scale, I’m currently in a hotel with little more than my laptop and headphones. And it’s not slowing me down – being away from the studio for a few days doesn’t have to put a dent in my productivity. And I […]

Don’t make music. Make experiences.

by Kim Lajoie on August 27, 2012

When most people hear music, they’re not listening to each individual note. They’re not paying attention to the mix. They’re not tuned into the intricate harmony structures or waveform modulation. When most people hear music, they’re having an experience. Chances are, you fell in love with music for the same reason – the amazing feeling […]

Bare Toes Into Soil – The Dust We Share [video]

by Kim Lajoie on August 23, 2012

This is not the 135BPM techno project that I’ve recently started. This is an atmospheric electronic project I’ve been working on all year. The first video has just been finished (above), and the debut four-track EP is on Bandcamp. Believe it or not, the Bare Toes Into Soil concept began as minimal electronica. Aside form […]

A true story

by Kim Lajoie on May 22, 2012

Seth Godin: There’s no such thing as a true story. As soon as you start telling a story, making it relevant and interesting to me, hooking it into my worldviews and generating emotions and memories, it ceases to be true, at least if we define true as the whole truth, every possible fact, non-localized and […]

Monitoring with reverb

by Kim Lajoie on May 18, 2012

No, not that monitoring. I’m talking about feeding a reverb-processed version of a singer’s voice back into her/his headphones as s/he is recording. Don’t do it For years I’ve preferred to give singers no reverb in their headphones. The intent is that they can clearly hear the details in their voice and thus deliver a […]