Heart Beat Circuit now on YouTube!

I’m happy to share that Heart Beat Circuit is now listenable (in full) on YouTube. I’m hoping that by sharing it more people will discover Brave Wave and the amazing work they do, and I’m also hoping I might garner a few new fans as it seems to be getting harder and harder to get heard online these days.

Thanks to everyone who’s bought the album so far. Streaming will also help support Brave Wave, who have been heroically supportive of me so far. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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

https://smokethief.sarahah.com/

 

 

My ‘Heart Beat Circuit’ album is 2 years old today!

I released my debut album on August 20th, 2015. It was a big, life-changing moment for me, up there with completing my Master’s Degree in Music Performance. The album featured collaborations with the wonderfully talented Japanese composers Manami Matsumae, Saori Kobayashi and Takahiro Izutani, and was featured in RocketNews as well as Time Out magazine. It’s now half-price too! The CD is $7 and the download is $6.

Since then I’ve made several game soundtracks, podcast themes and managed to get back to making music regularly again (after a year of not being able to play due to health issues).

I have also started a Patreon (www.patreon.com/smokethief), which is my only regular source of income from music. It’s my hope that my hard work and determination will inspire more support for my music. The internet is a big place and it’s hard to get music heard these days,  but I’m confident things are ‘on the up’ again (as we say in the UK!).

Thank you to all my fans and friends who’ve shown support for what I do over the last few years. There have been quite a few obstacles, but I really hope to bring you more music as soon as possible. Thanks again!

All the best.

George / Smoke Thief