Monday, November 7, 2011


It has been a very productive season for me. These last 5 months have been a challenge for me, mentally and artistically. I have had new opportunities come my way, and some have even disappeared. In the midst of all of this, I have been pushing myself to work harder as an artist; to go outside the box and try new things. Experiment with different things that affect my art - or even examine the process by which I follow to even change it and do things differently so that the final piece is a completely different one from other things I do. One project that has really motivated me to do this is the project that I have collaborated on with Mark Melnykowycz/American Peyote.

I have made everything ranging from Trip-Hop, regular Hip-Hop, Techno, and Experimental Electronica as far as the soundtrack is concerned. The process I go through to make these songs is interesting. It is always evolving, but changing. I never do the same thing twice. As far as production goes, I tend to start at different places when I am writing a song. I usually come up with the rhythm breakdown first, followed by the intro, then the ending. Then I go through and add the main motifs and themes that the song carries, which ends up forming a foundation for the next song. However, as I said before, the creative process I follow ends up changing constantly, so it's hard to put it in a nutshell. 

With this project, the imagery Mark has provided via his blog, Instagram (@americanpeyote), and Twitter usually serves as inspiration for me and my work. He has been an incredible inspiration to me, and I am eager to see how this video series turns out. I'm honored that I can be apart of it. 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

American Peyote.

As all of you know, I usually enter a contest whenever I get the chance. Very rarely do I forget about the contests that I enter. However, that wasn't the case for this one. A couple of months ago, an art organization called Talenthouse, which is based on interactive art marketing, and a guy Mark Melynkowicz (American Peyote) held a contest. The winner of this contest would have the opportunity of working with Mark on a series of video poetry films and they would write a soundtrack to accompany the intense imagery of American Peyote. I had honestly forgotten about this contest once I had entered, because I thought I had no chance of winning.

Well, I was wrong, and in this case, I'm glad I was.

Over the past month, I have been working on the soundtrack, and it is coming along quite well. I'm really excited to see how this whole thing turns out. If you want to listen to what I have come up with, you can find my music here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Hello Blogger people. It's been a while... Well, I guess this is the part where I rant for a few paragraphs discussing what I have been up to and how my school year ended and how my summer has been, as well as how my mixing has been coming along for the past 6 months. My school year was great. I learned a lot about myself: what I can do, and how I do what I do. Ultimately, that is really important. Anyway, I discovered how much I love music, as well as art, and iPhoneography. First, lets talk about the music.

So, at my school (Masters Academy of Fine Arts), I realized how much I love playing instruments. It's what I do. I play guitar, bass, piano, and the ukulele. I really enjoy playing music, and it's just so refreshing when I learn how to play certain songs on the instruments that I play, and I love writing music as well. That's also something I have been doing a lot of lately. I have written at least 10 songs on my acoustic guitar (most of which are jazz songs) in the past 5 months. Something that has also really made me love music is how much I am getting involved in publicly. I love performing for other people and I will be glad when I am able to perform for people more often. In the past 5 months, I have also been DJing and making mixes. These mixes vary in styles and genres, but lately I have found myself making beats that are heavily influenced by Hip-Hop and Dub, as well as Trip-Hop. So, I have spent a lot of my time editing these beats that I have since I have made so many, and when the time is right, I will definitely post them all for you guys to hear. 

Secondly, I have found myself making art, whether it be making mixed media pieces influenced by street art, or even drawings of landscapes. I have been doing lots of art related things, including going to see exhibitions of handmade art, and graphic design pieces as well. This all is inspiring me to keep making more art, and I'm thankful that I'm so fortunate to have the opportunity and ability to keep working at all of this because I love doing this. Also, even though it might not be directly related to the subject, I love iPhoneography as well. 'nuff said.

I will hopefully post on this blog more. Lately, I have just been wrapped up in other things. But for now, goodbye, and stay tuned for more posts and links to my mixes.