Part 3: Surviving As A Musician In Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Part 3: Passion: Ok. So, by now you’ve read some insight into how I see Consistancy and Connection are as important as performing itself. My words aren’t the “be-all-end-all”, but this brings me to the reason that I chose to be an Artist to begin with. Creation and performing live are my two favourite things to do, but they need to be directed and defined with clarity. Sure, I love writing and presenting my own material, but the general public hasn’t heard my catalogue, and generally, the places I perform at hold (new) audiences that want to hear something familiar – something they can relate to. The unique “catch” is my presentation of each song with my “Acoustic Live-Looping” technique. Using my guitar to create sounds of percussion, bass, guitar (unlike beat-boxing or using the microphone for unattractive mouth sounds, lol), I present each song in ways that are easy-on-the-ears, and are acoustic based.
So in a nutshell, that’s it.
Sure I learn new songs and create new subtleties along the road, but all this 3-part blog is here for is a guide (even for me to review!!!) to stay on track.
I’ll keep writing and presenting songs, they way I do, and absorb new ideas from other artists.
Speaking of which, on another note, if you watched the 2015 Grammys, just remember that things aren’t always as they seem:
Swedish Max Martin produced and/or co-wrote:
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
“Break Free” by Ariana Grande featuring Zedd
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
“Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Shake It Off ” by Taylor Swift
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
Produced and co-wrote 7 of 13 tracks on Taylor Swift’s “1989” album,
Produced and co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on Katy Perry’s “Prism” album
Produced and co-wrote Ariana Grande’s “My Everything”
Co-wrote Jennifer Lopez’s “First Love,”
Co-wrote Shakira’s “Dare (La La La)”
Co-wrote Pitbull’s “Wild Wild Love,”
Scored his first hit with the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 “Quit Playing Games”
First No. 1 single as a songwriter with Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” in 1999
Wrote songs for N’Sync, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, (and others)
Songwriter with the third most No. 1 singles: Paul McCartney, with 32 and John Lennon, with 26.
More No. 1 singles than Michael Jackson.
Although you might not have heard of him, this Max Martin Dude has figured out a formula that works. Many steps beyond, and many connections.