Well damn. Got through our showcase last night, the release was real. I thought everyone would hate us, but we were pleasantly surprised by how much warmth and support everyone showed. Even the judges, I thought they would rip us apart but they we’re honest, kind and gave a lot of really great insight into how to improve. There was a definite level up last night, my eyes are open, the road is lit and I feel ready.
I really learned to scrutinize and appreciate all the small details throughout the art of music and the music industry itself. It’s a crazy world out there and I can’t believe how naive and ignorant I’ve been. So thank you to our wonderful instructors and the wonderful band mates for teaching us so much and pushing us in the right direction. Now I’m confident that I, myself am able to impart the same wisdom that was imparted on me:
-Everything starts with good songs, no matter what.
-Be true to your message, believe and stand by your vision.
-Strategize with tactics, you can’t have one without the other.
-You are a business, you are the CEO, run yourself like a boss.
-There is no “luck” per se, hard work will return itself to you.
-Be expressive and personable, let that reflect off your music and vice versa.
-Take care of your people and the people that take care of you, respect the efforts of others especially when they are benefitting yourself. (Jordain, you’re my dawg)
-Be on time.
-Don’t cling onto your songs, let them grow and be influenced by others (Thanks Nik!)
-Learn from everyone, yet take it with a grain of salt (what works for some might not work for others)
-Fixing the small things will help create the big things.
-When you’re on the stage, that stage is yours and your audience is yours. Open up and let your presence flourish.
After a week of no phone service, low quality internet and no sleep I think I’m ready to return home. Thank you to The Peak for establishing this magnificently well organized project in partnership with Alberta Music and BC Music. I’m still blown away at how much time and money you invest to level up us struggling, broke musicians. Thank you to Rock Ridge staff for taking such excellent care of us, letting us use your space and indulging in the beauty of your camp. Thank you to the excellent team provided by Nimbus, your students are so outstandingly passionate and it blows my mind everyday (and they’re all music geniuses!) As well thank you to the producers (Nik you’re my boy), sound technicians, technical staff and videographers for making us all sound and look so great. Last but not least thank you to the family I’ve made here, you’re passion and drive is so incredibly inspiring, your conviction is genuine and your talent is unparalleled. I can’t wait to catch up with all of you in the future and reminisce about this project.
For now, I’m going to enjoy this last little bit of nature and close my laptop for a bit, love you all, bye <3 – Sam