Summer update!

Heya,

Just thought I’d do one of those big updatey things cos artists sometimes do this to reflect
on all the magic and stuff. Firstly I’m super hype to have finished a song for a lovely thing, hopefully will have some more info on the release sooooon!

Things are definitely a lot more awesome than they were in 2016 when I got arthritis and C.F.S and had to bail on music. My health’s a lot more bae, I have a less stressful and actually awesome job and I have a 最高Samurai-style home studio where I can just get into the music with no internet or distractions for short, focused DAW sessions. Got my MPC60, REDDI D.I pedal, Esméralda the Gibson Les Paul, the SV1-88 and the Waldorf Blofeld all just a cable away whenever I wanna get creative.

 

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I’ve also learned a lot more about production – it’s taken about 3 years but I’ve figured out how much quantization I like on my beats (or not) and how to compress, level, place and EQ textures so that they have meaning and enough clarity for me to dig them in my mixes.

I also learned to reference more clinically so I can a/b my mixes and decide if they cut the mustard in whatever genre they’re rocking in.

I plan to share some of my beginner’s mixing tips on my Patreon page once I’ve managed to write them in a nice coherent fashion.

This year brings new challenges, including being a super, rent-paying adult person as well as becoming the newest resident of Hot Papa Town (🤱!). *spoiler alert 🤸‍♂️💛

As always, thank you to everyone who’s supported my work both past and present, it’s been a rollercoaster but I’m happy to still be trying to build Wonder Worlds out of frequencies n stuff.

If anyone wants to join The Smoke Thieves’ Guild or buy me a digital coffee you can @ www.patreon.com/Smokethief and www.ko-fi.com/smokethief.

I’m looking forward to sharing and creating more whenever lovely opportunities arise (and my newfound adult life of paying rent myself permits!). Thanks for making the ride such a blast! I feel like I’m driving in a muscle car with Bruce Springsteen💕💯🎵💛🤸‍♂️🎼✌️)^o^(^ – ^

Geo (soon to be Hot Papa)

 

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西東京で音楽の授業を教えております

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(日本語頑張ります!)
やほー皆、ジョージと申します。楽しく西東京で音楽の授業しています。初心者から中級レベルの生徒に教えられます。
レッスンは:
ギター(エレクトリック/ アコースティック/両方)
サックス(アルト/テノール)
ベース(エレクトリック)
キーボード
作曲の書き方
DTMソフトの使い方/録音/プロダクション
もし「レッスンチャンプル」したければ、それも出来ます。もし英会話的な授業いただきたいとぜひ、半分音楽、半分話出来ますね。50分のレッスンの中は生徒さんの知りたいことを教えたいです。
私は18年間くらいコンテンポラリダンスのBGM作っておりますし、ジャズも、ロックも、ヒップホップの作り方について詳しくなりました。2015に日本のゲームコンポーザーとアルバム作りました。
音楽演奏の文学修士ですから十分な演奏の経験ありますし、本当に色々なスタイルで生徒の演奏又は作曲磨けると思います。
私は演奏か、作曲家とプロデューサーですね、と前に5年間英会話で英語を教えていましたから英語の使い方にも詳しくです。
吉祥寺で、荻窪で、阿佐ヶ谷で、高円寺でリハーサルスタジオで教えています。私は毎回生徒さんの好きな西東京町でスタジオの部屋を予約しますね。
一ヶ月間 4 x 50分授業 = 二万円。
一ヶ月間 4 x 80分授業 = 三万二千円。
生徒さんは四つの授業を買いましたら好きな時間でレッスンを頼めますね、ともし一日前キャンセルしましたら、平気にリスケジュール出来ます。もし連絡しませんとレッスンに来ないも、返済出出来ませんよね、部屋の費用払わなければなりませんからね。
もし一つずつを予約したければ 1 x 50分従業 = 六千円
1 x 80分授業 = 九千円。一つず予約しましたらキャンセルしないでください、私はスタジオ費用を払っていますからね。
ありがとうございました。
本当に誰でもは音楽出来ますと思います、ガッツ、楽しみとやる気は第一と思います。偉い演奏かについて「タレント」はよく言われたですけれども、普通にそれは生まれつきのことじゃなくて、静かにその人はどんどん頑張りましたし、練習してましたし、少しずつ地力を気づきましたと思います。だからタレントより「頑張り」、「ガッツ」ということがいい単語と思います。
勇気がなくても問題ないです、それも見つけられます。最初のピアノ演奏しました時に私の手もブルブルしちゃった。始める時に演奏は怖いけど、楽しく練習するし、いい所で優しい人の前演奏したり、なれますね。ロックスターのことにもなれますね!つまり。。。
音楽皆出来ますよ!やってみましょうか?
もし聞きたいことあればぜひ連絡してくださいね、このページで又はメールでgeorge@bravewave.net。
(日本語いっぱい間違えちゃったはずがあるですけど、ごめんね!)
よろしくお願いいたします。
ジョージ

Never give up!

2017 has been a slobberknocker so far! I’ve had to quit my teaching job for health reasons (chronic fatigue/epic arthritis) so next year is looking hela-tough.

I’ve met so many amazing people through my teaching, and while the schedules have often been obscenely intense, I have cherished meeting the kind-hearted people that I have and hopefully playing some small role in broadening their opportunities.

I’m trying to stay in Tokyo making music, streaming and writing manga so any help/projects/job I can do from home would be amazing. 💛

 

Thank you for your support.

関節炎とやばい疲労起きちゃったから英会話の仕事辞めちゃう。五年間に教えてたから、親切な、ラブリーな人に会えてよかったです。嬉しいこと多いから、終わりはなかなか悲しいけど、来年新しいキャリアーチャレンジ本気で頑張りたいね!音楽/BGMを作りたいし、漫画を書きたいもー。もしそんな求人口こと聞いたら教えてくださいー。頑張りたい気がするから、と音楽/作文について沢山のいいこと言われたから、 諦めないね!ガッツー!ありがとうございます。

www.patreon.com/smokethief

 

 

Health/2017 progress update

So about two years ago I got arthritis and an accompanying dizziness/pain/chronic fatigue/join imflammation combo that makes stuff a bit challenging in my daily life. I’ve tried a lot of epic medicines all of which spaced me out too much to really function socially and mentally.

So this year I’ve mainly focused on fitness, interval running to trigger adrenaline and trying to ensure I don’t lose too much height due to rubbish posture! Unfortunately this year I haven’t had the mental energy to give my mixes the attention they deserve/need.

Fortunately, I think my fitness stuff has paid off a bit, as this week I was able to come off some pretty epic painkillers and despite being reminded of the true epic’ness of stubbing your toe, mentally I feel a lot better – I have more energy after work and literally feel like I can jump into Logic X and get stuck in to what I love doing. This has been going really well the last few consecutive days, and I wonder if by blocking off pain receptors in such a boss way – the electrical impulses that are my thoughts were also made harder to detect? I dunno – but I know that NSAID drugs are still new and aren’t fully understood yet – so it’s v.possible that the drug I was on was crampin my style!
I’ve also found a way of visualizing my energy levels – it’s like an RPG Where the game character has HP and MP only my MP is mental power!

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So recently to boost my HP I’ve been interval running (unimpressively!) every 2 days, that attempting to t-Rex run relatively fast gives me adrenaline and sorts my mood and MP so I can cast awesome magic spells (make music n stuff!)
I’m trying to alternate that with just basic home workouts + Tai Chi + karaoke every other day – again, making sure the home workouts are intense enough to lift my heart rate and inspire a more alert conscious state.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at! It’s just me and money I get from Patreon supporting my music at the moment – without label support or a manager it’s been tough, but I’m doing my best and working more productively than I’ve been able to for the last 9 or so months.

I’ve aimed for a lot of collaborations this year, but almost all of them have fallen through sadly, and without label support or a manager I’m gonna have to work very hard to make some waves again, but I feel more equipped do so now than ever, and I have a lot of experience and expertise to fall back on – so while I’ve seemingly lost a lot of fans and support, I’m extra thankful for the love I’ve been shown by friends, fans and all who occupy both categories.

It’s been a v.rough year so far, but I’m not giving up, gonna try and get 4/5 tracks sounding dope and then get in the studio with a great collaborator (hopefully next month!). Fingers crossed I can get it all done 💪 (If I can’t, it won’t be for lack of tryin’!)

✌️🔥💟

http://www.patreon.com/smokethief

http://www.ko-fi.com/smokethief

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