Thought I’d do a big ole update for y’all!
Really happy in my little town, it’s very safe and always bubbling with people pottering around doing stuff and it’s SO CONVENIENT for allowing me to focus on my music work, I can get fresh sushi, chocolate almond milk and all sorts of miscellany like 40m away! Recently I’m thinkin I’d love a dog or a cat or some sort of monster animal, but I’d need a bigger house and to do that I’d need work that brings in more money. In the meanwhile, I’m cruisin, got a cool little home studio setup and a really sociable, fun job that is challenging but rewarding.
Hoping next year I’ll have enough money to do a little tour, possibly try and play Korea or somewhere, that’d be cool. What dreams may come eh!
I think mainly thanks to a ridic new attempt to get more nutrients, sleep loads, drink less and do some fitness every day, my health has improved quite a bit. My blood test shows CRP is down, so my body is definitely fighting less inflammation, which is definitely good. I’ve been able to come off the heavy NSAID meds I was on and move to just using an over the counter Ibruprofen, that has a lot less boatful of crazytown side effects than I’ve been encountering. I feel a lot better spiritually and physically, so my plan is to continue on this positive path toward better fitness and quality of life.
Still very much in its early days, but I’m really thankful for everyone’s support, I’m finally back to playing live again and it’s really exciting to have a small audience that really wants to see that kinda thing! If anyone wants to join, even a dollar a month helps me keep making music, thanks! www.patreon.com/smokethief
Made A LOT of progress with the arrangements, aiming to get one or two more tracks over 100bpm in just to lift the album’s pace a bit, as it’s in danger of being a bit slow-mo! I totally miscalculated how much the album would cost to make, but the Kickstarter really did launch my career and I owe it to those people and to myself to rock this thing. My field recording trips haven’t been as productive as I’d hoped, but I’m hopeful I can scavenge some gold out of them, in their stead, I’ve been really focusing on channeling my sensory, spiritual experiences of nature into melody and harmony. I’m approaching collaborators (both eminent Japanese rapper and instrumentalists) this month, but for whatever reason none of my planned ones have worked out yet. If no one’s up for it, I’ll just spend my studio time on the sax and piano and if possible a day playing with the koto I got and hope the melodic ideas can conjure enough of a setting to hold the album’s vibe together.
So far the album looks to be an independent release, the best thing I can do is focus, get it finished over Christmas and then hope that it turns enough heads to create some label interest. T-shirts, Cds and vinyl with obviously be a bit delayed cos this is all coming out of my pocket, but I think getting the download out will be a strong gesture of commitment to my fans and honouring the promise I made to them exactly 4 years ago now. I’m still buzzing about it, and it’s a good life lesson, obstacles are a part of life, ya just gotta focus on innovating a positive way to get around/go through/transcend them. I feel that I’ve really put a lot of love into the composition-side, I hope that shines a light on some mystical mountains for everybody
Lol, no idea what I was gonna write here. Here’s a nice picture of the local park!
Thanks for reading and supporting me!
Geo / THIEF XX