2018 studio investment fundraiser

Hiya!

I have made this in the hope of raising £600 to buy a Roland AE-10 electronic sax .

Basically since I got arthritis in 2015, practising the real sax has become a bit tough. My aim is to get one of these new electronic saxes for my studio recordings and for future live shows , as they’re easier for me to play and more sonically flexible. I love my sax but often if I play it, whatever song I’m making sounds more jazz. With the Bluetooth MIDI outs on the AE-10, I can transform the sound into anything I like – from an ambient pad, to a kind of Blade Runner-style synth lead.

l am optimistic that it would bring me closer to capturing the melodic approach I’ve developed on the sax and I have a lot of productions that really just lack an organic sounding melody, so using my breath to define phrases and vibrato to make them more vocalesque, I can do it in a way that is more intuitive to me than twiddling a joystick on a keyboard.

Please don’t feel obligated to support, I don’t want anyone to go to undue trouble, this is just for fans that feel particularly comfortable with supporting my quest to finish more music and stay creative!

If you’re able to donate or just share, it would mean a lot!

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/birthday-2018s-music-investment

Or if it’s easier, it’s also possible to support via Ko-fi .

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I am so strong, indefatigable Pokemon-level strong!

This year I am responsibly becoming a Hot Papa and so every yen I make I wish to use to help bring my family more happiness and security. I have a lot of amazing fans and a good reputation among my peers and senpai as a very capable,  very good soundtrack composer.  Next year I wanna maximize my home studio time to have productive sessions that help me complete more music and also hopefully level-up my YouTube so I can reach new fans.

At at the moment I have a lot of near-finished productions that really just lack a final melody. I have traditionally relied upon synth keyboards, but actually increasingly I find myself disappointed by the lack of intuitive, vocalesque articulation options that the traditional keyboard allows. With my arthritis as it is, I can’t always play guitar or sax as much as I’d like, so i’d like to vary the instruments I play as much as possible to minimize over-working certain joints.

Thank you for reading and for all my friends and fans for standing by me. I will keep believing in my music and keep trying to improve it and myself. I still get lovely messages about the Highway Blossoms soundtrack and the Heart Beat Circuit album, and that rocks my world! I just wanna make more stuff that means something to people, so I’ll keep on truckin’!

g xxx

 

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Highway Blossoms O.S.T

Heya, I am very buzzing to be able to share this mix featuring all my contributions to the Highway Blossoms soundtrack. Thank you to Alienworks for being so amazing and supportive. I hope that this soundtrack makes its way into many hearts x

 

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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