Feeling self conscious? People don’t give a f*&^.

Hi all,

A little note as I sit here making a video film clip on a tripod in a cafe in Koh Tao in Thailand.

Now I set my camera up on a tripod and plugged my headphones into my laptop. I put my latest release on and bopped away, arms flailing to the music hoping to capture some magic. Did I? Possibly….

But as with everyone I was self conscious. Who is watching me? What will they think? And you know what. No-one even cared.

A bunch of 4 girls in front of me could not have been less impressed if I had paid them. The staff at the cafe looked like they wanted to join in. And I achieved my aim. Shooting a scene in paradise.

The same yesterday when i was shooting in the street. In fact, two lovely young ladies stopped me and asked to be part of it. I duly obliged and it was fun. I met new people and had a cool experience.

Maybe it is time you took some risks. It’s better to blow out and know than not try at all. The biggest regrets I have had in my life are the things I have not done, rather than what I have.

In essence. People are too worried about themselves to even remotely care about what you are doing. Unless it is office politics. People seem to care when there is money involved.

I hope this helps you.
Take action now.
Elton

A little update. Online wellness centre to be opened soon.

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Hi there,

A little update on what i have been up to. I have not been particularly active on this site but i have been keeping busy in music and other areas. My November set was featured on FSEDM radio in Orlando in December and I am in the process of completing an EP or an album. I am not sure how many songs it will turn out to be, but it is a lot more than my recent output in the last couple of years.

So there has not been a lot of time to update blogs and create much new content. In response to demands and to prevent conflicting information, I am also opening an online wellness centre for people wanting to get more out of life. I have often blogged here on productivity and wellness but do not feel it is the right environment for this. I will keep you posted.

What I have noticed is that there are a lot of people struggling. With stress, anxiety, chronic unhappiness and unhealthiness. I am a qualified physiotherapist and have an interest in mind, body and spirit. I have worked a lot with chronic pain and understand physical and psychological pain. I want to help. You may not have pain but feel you are not thriving in life. I believe i can help with my practise of yoga, meditation and the hundreds of self help books i have read. I understand the physical aspect to these problems as well. I have worked in multidisciplinary teams for years, including psychologists.

So I will keep you posted. I am working hard on this. Do you feel like you need a hand with your physical, emotional and spiritual development? Drop me a line at info@eltonsmithmusic.com to arrange an affordable and intimate look at your lifestyle. Consultations will be through Skype at your convenience.

To your health.
And the music.
Elton.

Elton Smith Presents Live @ 125 January 2015. Gettin’ The Prog Back!!

Getting back to the prog!! After a hiatus I have put together a more progressive house mix for you. And what a joy it has been. Featuring tracks from Advent’s Rising, Pryda, Hugo Ibarra, Robert R. Hardy and Mo’ Funk, there is something here for all of you house and progressive fans. As always feel free to leave comments and hunt down your favourite tracks :). Follow me on twitter @ DJeltonsmith and join the fun on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/eltonsmithmusic.

Enjoy.

Elton

Elton Smith’s Christmas message

Hi guys.

A Christmas message to you all from Kualar Lumpur. Wishing you the very best Festive Season and a safe and Happy New Year.

Much love,
Elton.

A revealing insight into Elton Smith at the Full Moon Party, November 2014.

Hey guys,

A few of you have asked me how my gig went at the full moon party in November.

Here is a preview of how it went. Let me know what you think.

You can also see it here if you are unable to access it above.

Cheers,
Elton.

Elton Smith presents Live @ 125 November 2014. The Full Moon Party.

Hi guys,

Here is a mix I have put together of some of the tunes I dropped at the Full Moon Party in Thailand. Hope you enjoy!

Cheers,
Elton.

Elton Smith presents Live @ 125 November 2014 by Elton Smith on Mixcloud

Gig preparation.

Hi y’all,

As in my last post I am going to talk about preparation. It is a key to success in anything.

Be organised and know where everything is. A clear mind requires a clear workspace. Whatever that is. And surprisingly this does not take long. But it is well worth the effort. For my gigs I have organised all of my songs by key and I have full confidence I can pick a song which will harmonically match with another. This helps in the heat of a high stimulation environment.

Once you have prepared you will be more relaxed and will perform better. Always go to the venue before and do a soundcheck, get your head around the equipment. It is a must with preparation.

Me preparing for the full moon party gig.

Make sure you are well rested and have had some proper nutrition. You can’t do well if you don’t feel well. That is a fact. Your body is a temple. It surprises me how few people understand the mechanism that drives us through the thing we call “life”. What happens when you don’t take care of your car… it breaks down or performs poorly. Your job is to treat your body like a temple.

And you don’t have to work incessantly on your preparation. Focus, focus, focus. Parkinsons law tells us that 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. Do your most important work first, in the morning. Get up earlier if you are working. You can then rest assured that during the day you have done what is most important to you, and the universe will reward you.

Is there anything else you want to add?

Cheers,
Elton.

Gig summary @ Oasis Room, Nah Trang, Vietnam.

Hi Guys,
Last friday night, the 17th October, I played a deep house set at Oasis in Nah Trang. Some of the photos are included below.

A little snap of me Djing at Oasis bar.

A little snap of me Djing at Oasis bar.

Elton DJ shot @ Oasis

It was an interesting experience and I learnt a few things. It is always important, when playing away in an unfamiliar environment, to check the equipment before you actually perform. The Denon decks I was unfamiliar with so I went down to the venue to sound check before the gig. And just the best I did. There were other numerous “issues” to iron out. One of the volume faders on the mixers did not work properly and the play button on the right side of the decks was faulty.

These were not insurmountable issues but were things that taught me a valuable lesson. Would
I be able to sort this out if I had not come down earlier and in the midst of the pressure to perform? I don’t think so.

The moral of the story is preparation. The better prepared you are, know the setup even if it is not yours, the better chance of success.

Do you agree?
Best
Elton

What to do when you are out of flow?

Hi y’all,
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who commented he had been on this website. And that I had not been posting of late. I love writing, so sometimes it feels very easy and flowing.

But what happens when you get out of flow? What happens when lethargy takes over, or the bigger picture becomes involved. When things happen in your life that really make the maintenance of a blog seem small and inconsequential.

It means you are out of flow and i have done a lot of looking into this. Life does happen and not only good things but undesirable circumstances as well. That’s the thing we call life. One minute you are up, the next you are down.

Life is in a constant state of decay. Nature is doing this for you in a way. Your body is decaying all of the time and regenerating, cells die and are replaced.

The reason why the home renovation business is so big is because houses, like humans, decay if not looked after.

So sometimes, in order to make light of a confusing situation, we need time to breathe. To work through our feelings of confusion, lethargy, sadness and happiness. But never to push these away as they are an important part of yourself.

If you are in this state, it is a natural state and a state that is encouraged by nature. What seems like fighting and randomness of atoms on a cellular level, is part of a whole bigger more structured form called the human body. Realise this, and you realise the process of life. We cannot go through life without a state of confusion and resolution because these times are the times of highest growth.

I went travelling. In fact it was great. It opened my eyes. My music was being played over Thailand. But I then needed a break. The higher forces led me to go internally and take a deep introspection of my life. I met people who helped me do that. It’s not comfortable. But nothing hard ever is.

So the news is that I have a new release with A+E which is coming out shortly and a feature on Brock and Ryan’s Australian made. Things are happening. You can be out of flow and still maintain some momentum. But other things also take a hold. And that is life.

More to come,
All the best.
Elton

Elton Smith On Kiss FM Melbourne 01.08.14.

Hi guys,

Here is a link to a mix I did on Kiss FM Melbourne on the 01.08.14.

I really enjoyed going down to the studio to entertain on a Friday night from 6-7pm. The accompanying video clip is here for a bit of fun.

How do you think it turned out?

Cheers,
Elton.