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。

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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’!)

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Update! Life/health/patreon/kickstarter/YOLO

Yo!

Thought I’d do a big ole update for y’all!

Life

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!

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Health

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.

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Patreon

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

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Kickstarter

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

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YOLO

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

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