How have you been doing over the last twelve months? Busy? Making music? I hope so.
2013 has been a huge year for me. Probably the biggest.
Progress has (mostly) been pretty steady, so it’s easy to lose sight of how far I’ve come. But then I look back and realise that while I’m focussed on taking each step at a time, I’m actually climbing a mountain. And it’s pretty steep.
Twelve months ago, I was working a 9-5 day job unrelated to music. I was fitting in my music activities on evenings and weekends. I was living in a house that I owned in the suburbs with my girlfriend of four years. I had just started the lease on my new (now current) studio and had begun setting it up for work.
Now, as I sit here writing this, my life looks very different. I’m now working on music pretty much all the time (I quit my day job at the start of the 2013). Most of the year I’ve been recording and promoting artists. I’ve also been teaching composition at Monash University on the side. I sold my house in the suburbs and rented near the studio with my girlfriend. And recently broke up with my girlfriend (she wanted to live the suburban dream and I chose music). I’ve also now got a publicist and a second producer on board working for me. I’ve made some great relationships and inspiring music with my artists.
Of the actual music work I’ve done this year, I’m most proud of (in no particular order) the three videos I produced for Bare Toes Into Soil, the three singles I mastered and promoted for Gosti, the two Community Kitchen compilations I curated and mastered, the ambitious single I produced with Jennifer Kingwell (and the awesome upcoming EP, which we’ve just finished), the several indie EPs I recorded (only one has been released online, the others will be out early next year) and the promotion I did for Iain Archibald‘s regional tour.
And next year’s going to be even bigger.
Let’s see how fast this thing can go.