New Phone, etc.

Hey guys.  In my last video I said I broke my phone and showed it.

RIP iPhone 5c Blue.

In the end, it’s fine.  That thing has 32-bit architecture and wasn’t going to be upgradable to iOS 11.  Given that my Mac Mini is also outdated (currently running OSX 10.8.5), the whole shebang needs an overhaul.

I’ll be doing a clean install to High Sierra when it comes out.  I know the advice to first get clearance from 3rd party developers (Ableton, Native Instruments et. al.) but I’ve got to move forward.

I have a new track hopefully being released this upcoming Thursday called “Honey Diamond”.  This is another “deep dive” which has taken, as of now, about a month to complete.  eek.

I have more music in the pipeline but haven’t yet started another production in earnest.  Therefore, since I’m not amidst any contiguous projects, now is the best time to upgrade.

In the future, the 8 Bar Embryo project will be comprised of what I refer to as Digital Punk Rock.  I probably haven’t invented the term but maybe I’ll be giving it new meaning by keeping my arrangements and orchestration as minimal as possible with the view of more easily obtaining my objective of completing 100 virtual instrument-based tracks within a reasonable time frame.

I, with Karla’s help, have replaced the 5c with a used 6s.  It’s a beautiful device and I hope it’ll last me at least five years like the 5c did.

Unfortunately, it’s incompatible with my current version of OSX.  Coupled with the previously mentioned difficulties and the resulting desire to upgrade I’ll be slowing down my production while I switch over to newer software.

Hopefully this will result in helpful content in the form of videos, blog posts and forum responses relating to clean installs, software compatibility and other technical advice.

I hope you guys have been enjoying my latest content and that whatever I can release in the near future will hold you over until I’m up and running in full 64-bit land.

In the meantime, please sub on YouTube, join my email list and listen to my music.

Thanks,

-m

Mental Health For Musicians – iBroke (A Communications Story)

I broke my phone.

I’m not proud of it but what’s done is done.

It’s far better to be able to talk about how you feel.

But, talk as you may, you’ve got to feel like you’re being listened to as well.

A Communication Breakdown can lead to to broken phones and other mishaps.

Watch the video and don’t let it be you.  When you’re done, please subscribe for the Hexie Dose newsletter which should go out about once a month.

Thanks!

 

Mental Health For Musicians – Green, Yellow and Red Zones

ROAD RAGE!

As musicians we’re all sensitive people with so much to give.

Understand me, Sugar.

For real though.  We need to chill.  Enough of this 27 Club.

Enough of swinging from a noose.

In this video I describe a model of mental states that might help you NOT become the next headline.

Actually, let’s be honest – you won’t become that headline unless you’re famous.

So, let’s make a pact: dying in obscurity is no virtue.

Chill out, watch the video, subscribe and be here next week for more great content.

Peace.

 

Mental Health For Musicians – Intro

“You’re crazy…

…and that’s where I come in.”

That should be my new pickup line.

It’s not, though.

What it is is the intro to a new video series intended to help musicians overcome mental health challenges.

I plan to fill a playlist with videos containing, tips, tricks, techniques, strategies and tactics for making it through the tough times.

Being a musician can be a perilous journey through oceans of the blues.  It can be a safari through a jungle of substance abuse.  It can be boring and it can be awesome.

It’s definitely not like working at an office.

So, if you’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts then watch my video before you do something rash.

I’m not a doctor so take all my advice with a grain of salt.  I just wanted to share what I’ve been going through so others can possibly benefit.

Cheers.

I Am Here

Hey guys.

Thanks for coming to my site.

Getting about 65 new visitors each month.  Imagine two people a day coming to your house asking about your passion.  Pretty amazing!

I’ve been going through a lot.  Depression, social growth and the rest.  I know a lot of you music makers can relate.

Turns out that most of what people want from me on YouTube is music-making-related infotainment.  That is to say funny videos related to gear, music production, instrument techniques and the like.

They say it’s easier to sell people what they want than create a great product and convince people to buy.  I agree.  Therefore I’ll be making more talking videos.

One topic I want to cover is Mental Health for Musicians.  I see tons of posts about this.  Being that I’ve struggled with this, I can definitely relate.  I also feel I have something valuable to offer on this topic.

I’m going to upgrade my YouTube production setup and then make a playlist outlining some mental strategies which have helped me during my darkest times.  Hopefully this will be of assistance to you all.

I hope to make some actual money by doing this so I’ll be starting an email list.  I’m going to provide for you guys a lot of valuable free content and then make a sales offer.

I really think that everyone should have a shot at doing what they love and enjoy.  By making a purchase with me, you’ll be helping me to live location and time independent.

It’s really the greatest gift you can give.  Especially because I plan to sell my book for about a dollar.

That’s it.  No affiliate links, no links at all and not even images for this post.  I’ve been silent for about three weeks and I wanted to let my most interested fans know what’s been going on.

All is well and is unfolding as it should.

Thanks.

USA

Say what you want.

I hear a lot of talk on YouTube:

“America is the laughing stock of the world.”

“Stupid Americans…”

Yet, when all things fail around the globe, where come the refugees?

No one is running to Indonesia, Britain, India, Russia or China.

Yes, it seems that Uncle SAM leads the way as it has since the beginning.

You might hate Americans but they are YOUR grandparents (and their descendants) who favored life over judgement and death.

Think of these things next time you talk shit.

P.S. To you “Americans” who self righteously call this “your country”:

Stop creating artificial boundaries.

I was at a bar where the bartender called me a “half-assed American” (or some shit) because I’m half Mexican (Aztec, actually).

But, genetically, I’m half Cherokee, Polish and Scotch-Irish which all predate America’s independence.  That’s besides this land being primarily Mexican as well.

Wait, there’s a song about it.  I guess I am a musician, after all:

If you like this post then buy a song from Amazon.

Or support me on Patreon (although I can’t get that page to load).

Honestly, and I’m no genius, it’s time for the bullshit to end.

Bye.

 

 

Dream High

Spark it up

So this one’s about dreams and stuff.

I don’t smoke weed all that much anymore but, you know, once a stoner…

As you might have read, these Eight Bar Embryos (8BE) are me trying to improve my skills.  I want to release one a week but it’s tough.  In reality this one took three weeks to finish from first starting.

It’s based on Soma Sonic’s “Crazy Moon” and Sade’s “No Ordinary Love“.  Check out those tracks if you get a chance and let me know if I captured the vibe.

Thanks for watching.  Subscribe on YouTube (thank you to the 104 who’ve already done so!) and join me on Patreon so we can chat more directly.

-m

An Ode to Skull Candy

Skullcandy aren’t garbage.

That’s Skullcandy’s most popular video.  I haven’t even watched it.

However, I have been using some basic-assed SC earbuds for about two years now.  The same pair of, maybe, $9 earbuds.

I primarily use them for music-making and listening.  That’s listening both in-and-out of my apartment.  Whether I’m checking bass, stereo panning, trying to be quiet for neighbors, reverbs and ambience or just ’cause I want headphones, these things have delivered.

As you might know, I make music.  I’ve used several headphones including the Sennheiser HD280 and others.  After you’ve been playing music for awhile, you get to try a few things out.

So, take it from me, if you need a supplement to your full-range system for editing, reference or just pure enjoyment then go ahead and pick up some of these guys.  They have my approval.

Careless

Apparently ijdgaf!

Songs are fun because you get to expose different shades of meaning.

This is about being all independent, not caring, then falling in love.

But then, not caring, I sent some dim witted shit during the courting process (as we are wont to do) and screwed it up due to carelessness.

See how that works?

I can’t really recommend any dating products butt if you’re interested in gear I used for this it was primarily Ableton Live‘s Operator synth for nearly everything but the drums.  Those were mostly the 2020 Beatbox kit presets tweaked slightly iirc.

Not that it matters to the end listener, I spent over 30 hours and at least three weeks working on this track.  I consider that a setback considering I’d been meaning to release music every week.  On the other hand, it was a deep dive and those can be rewarding.  I consider this one a big learning experience.  Turned out alright though.

I just hate being in the studio during the summer.  I should’ve released the Uncomfortable EP Pt. 2 as soon as it was done and been doing shows now.  Now I’ll be releasing it in October then another EP next spring so hopefully shows by next year this time.

Hope you like it.  The primary production reference was “Something About You” by Level 42.   It’s probably obvious once you know that but why hide it?  The whole idea with these 8 Bar Embryo tracks is to improve my production skills.  I’m not here to pretend I’m the next Attlas just yet.

It’s a long way to the top…

 

The Art Of Mixing – David Gibson

Holy educational 80’s, Batman!

David Gibson’s Art of Mixing is a classic and standard in the genre.

This was one of the first videos I watched on the topic.  I’ve since seen many and have completed several mixes yet returning to it offers new value.

I really just wanted to make a post sharing this video.  It doesn’t seem to be an official version but it’s been up for awhile so I guess it’s cool.

Again, if you want to pick up the book then just click the link.

Thanks,

-m