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Elton with Daniel Kova

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Some groundwork

Elton competed in a Round Robin Gi Competition a couple of weeks back down at Northern Mixed Martial Arts. After only training for approximately 3-4 months his efforts on the mat were soimpressive and he won 2 out of 4 of his fights. Top effort Elton and a big thank you to all the team that came down to support and represent ELEV8.

We are looking forward to our next big comp down at Headquarters at the AUSTRALIAN ELITE TEAM in Tullamarine this August. We expect big things from Team ELEV8 on the day,so train hard, stay focused and for those not competing, your support on the day is key to our team spirit.

Well Done Elton!

Sunday 2nd of August there is a massive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition held at out affiliation headquarters in Tullamarine. Most of our guys from TEAM ELEV8 will be competing. There will be a big BBQ and an awesome environment with over 150 competitors. It would be great for the rest of TEAM ELEV8 to come down and lend some support to the guys that will be fighting.

Little things.

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5 little things a day.
35 little things a week.
140 little things a month.
1680 little things a year.

Equals a big improvement.

The benefits of working for yourself.

1. Don’t have to fight through morning traffic.
2. Can get up however early or late you want.
3. Give yourself the best part of the day instead of to the boss.
4. Save time by not being forced to talk about the weather all of the time.
5. Stop reading useless emails.
6. Stop reading emails just to look busy.
7. Watch that youtube video without trying to hide it.
8. Don’t have to prepare lunch the night before.
9. Have lunch with your partner instead of yourself.
10. Don’t catch a venerable disease from the guy coughing snot next to you on the train.
11. Don’t have to do Human Resources “CORE COMPETENCIES” every year.
12. Can go to the gym.. anytime.
13. Have snacks at your fingertips.
14. Get away with flirting with strangers instead of getting fired.
15. Enjoy your own money.

Any more?

Can we attach to outcome too much?

When we look into things, it can be interesting.
When we attach to outcomes, the craving in this attachment can cause unhappiness.
This can be an issue with goal seeking.
We can be so focussed on getting to the destination. We forget about the journey.
And that is the most important thing about it all.
It’s not what we get at the end. Money, fame, chart success.
It is who we become on the way, the connections we make, the lessons we leant to make us a better person.
When I have achieved something, it has rarely been anything like I have expected.

Only true happiness comes in the present.
As my friend Adrian (from A+E) says, “You are always meant to be in the position you are at the present point in time”.
Personal development, learning a new skill takes time.
Attaching a craving to something you desire can force you to live in the future. And bring you unhappiness because you are pining for something you don’t have.

Do you have any questions?

A+E – Cobra (Magnetic Brother’s Remix) on Elton Smith’s Youtube Channel.

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A+E – Cobra (Tommi Oskari Remix) on Elton Smith’s Youtube Channel.

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A+E – Cobra (Original Mix) on Elton Smith’s Youtube Channel.

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The production of A+E – Cobra.

To celebrate the release of Cobra on Monday the 8th June through all major digital distributors, I was going to let you in on the creative process, which was quite complex.

Let me say you never quite know how a tune will turn out when you first start out. One of the common questions Adrian and I both ask each other is, “What do you want to go for?”. This can be a vital question to start off with. Previously we have made Nu-Disco, Progressive, Deep House and New Age Deep Techno (WTF is that?). Most of the times we have gone with that and captured a sound that we wanted. I cannot remember us going for a particular sound but due to the success of our previously signed track Mica, we decided a deeper, darker track would suffice.

A+E in the Studio

A+E in the Studio

I own a virus C and I remember us getting that out. We wanted an Andrew Bayer like pad which was gated rhythmically so we looked for that. In the virus you have to record the parts in when you get a good sound. We were off and running.

We also decided that the bass was to come from the virus as well. I remember us making a simple sine patch, however it sounded nice and deep.

We got together in the morning and whilst we had these parts we did not know where it would go. We needed a kick. This was where the frustrating part came in. We sat there (or Adrian did for a lot of it) and seemed to sample every kick I had. There was a lot to get through . However i guess considering it is the most consistent part you hear through electronic music, it was important. I admit i had to take regular rests, giving my ears a break from the heavy pounding, but Adrian soldiered on. It was worth it.

I remember Brett and Steve coming around in the afternoon. We didn’t have much of an arrangement but had the foundation of a track.

I had met Steve at a meet up and we had only been acquainted a number of times. He let me know he had a world class sax player he knew called Brett who would be interested in collaborating on a track. Steve brought his drum kit and Steve his sax.

We didn’t have a plan but some of the best projects have come from pure moments of inspiration. This was one time.

I remember before showing them the techno groove which later became the track, when they walked in I kind of looked at them and thought, right-o, live drummer and saxophone, lets try and make something jazzy. We mucked around for awhile but were getting nowhere. Then Brett asked us to show him the groove we were working on in the morning and that’s when the jam kind of began. I’ve also always wanted to make a sinister/dark techno track with sax on it and it dawned on me that this would be the perfect opportunity. I remember showing Brett the track Marc Romboy – Elif (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO9AKgSdIhs) for inspiration and Cobra become based loosely on this, the idea of having only two chords changing and this dark kind of vibe/groovy with a jamming/always changing sax line on the top.

As with all world class performers, he adapted to the new situation as he was not used to recording with dance music. It was essentially a big 3 hour jam. The easy part for us was the recording, the hard part was to organise the parts into a song.

We found one part that Brett played and looped it, in essence making it a trill that is really distinctive throughout the track.

It was a long day but productive, and we were all happy. But there was still a lot of work to be done. A lot of takes to sort through. And an arrangement still to be made.

Credit to Adrian he took the parts and waded through them, at a considerable time expense. But in the end it was worth it. The arrangement took its place from there.

The song was about 85% complete so and I was very pleased with it. Adrian went on tweaking of all the different saxophone takes to make it all sound like one take and not have volumes jumping everywhere. So i started looking for labels for the track. I had previously sent tracks to Suffused Music who promised they would sign a track from me when it fitted into their deeper sound. This was the track they would want.

The signing of contracts took a couple of weeks, sorting through fine details. I remember signing my digital copy from a foyer of a hotel in Saigon, Vietnam.

The two remixes were of excellent quality from the Magnetic Brothers and Tommy Oskari, and whilst one or two more did not come through, it did not matter. Suffused Music had dome an excellent job on getting a good quality EP together.

The song has already been represented on Frisky Radio (https://soundcloud.com/suffusedmusic/frisky-suffused-diary-050-4-year-suffused) and Proton Radio (https://soundcloud.com/suffusedmusic/over-the-moon-010-proton) as promotion and we hope for added support on it’s full release.

Some of the comments so far:

Darin Epsilon (Perspectives):”Original and Magnetic Brothers remix for me”
Ricky Ryan: “thanks. quality productions. cheers”


Elton Smith – Bystander (Original mix)

Hey guys
Just released a track from the album on youtube. Hit it up, share it and let me know what you think.

Featuring footage from Kazantip in Cambodia, it is a feast for your ears and eyes!

Life’s little reminders.

Here is a brief account of my whirlwind day at my first Jui Jitsu competition. It was really a fantastic day and I gained an insight into life and it’s workings.

It’s safe to say when you do things the first time, you don’t really know what to expect. You can only dive in and challenge yourself to try different things.

Upon my return from South East Asia I was heavily into Muay Thai. My skills, especially after attending Pinyo Muay Thai in Samui got me fit, conditioned and really into striking.

I returned and found a gym, Elev8 MMA, that did Brazilian Jui Jitsu. Daniel the proprietor, a keen participant of the sport himself, encouraged me to try a lesson. I was not particularly keen and wanted to continue with the Thai Kickboxing.

Since then, apart from a sublaxed rib which kept me out for the best part of 3 weeks, I have been a convert. Jui Jitsu is a gentle art, full of manoeuvring and chess like moves. I immediately liked it, but I will admit to some dread in the first month as I constantly got smashed on the mats

I was informed there was a competition this coming Saturday including a novice section of 0-6 months. It seemed like a good idea at the time. So I said yes.

I do believe in life you have to get out of your comfort zone. Those who do constantly get better results.

Fast forward to the day. And i really learnt a lot about life in one short day. More so than many other things I have done.

Obviously I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. I also had a niggling shoulder injury. This could have easily got me a get out easily clause. But one thing i have learnt about life:

Don’t trust your mind as it will talk you out of everything. You are not the mind, you have a mind.

When is a good time to start things? Now. There was not another comp in ages and this was a round robin, guaranteeing me at least 4 fights. No sudden death knockouts. I trained on Thurday carrying the injury so I swallowed some anti inflammatories and decided to go.

It was a long drive out of 22 minutes. It was early so plenty of time to think on the way there.

I only knew one guy when I got there. Thankfully a support crew came after including training buddy Andrew (who told me i was his first submission). I weighed in and waited. I had to wait nearly 3 hours.

What I learnt, I learnt about the nature of competition. I won my first two fights. One on points and another on submission. I was fatigued and my forearms were sore. I had another 2 to go. It was a dream start.

Guys were talking about one more fight to win for a place. At the start of the day I was happy to participate, and have some fun. Being so new I had few expectations, and here I was with a perfect start to my (late starting) career. The gods were shining on me.

The third and fourth fights were interesting. I had not eaten all day I was fading I must admit. The third guy gave me a hard time. He jumped up and took me by surprise by pulling guard from mid air. The umpire later told me that it was now illegal and the fight should have been mine but he let it go. He then scored points on me by getting on top of me. I think I countered with side control. Then 3 things happened.
1. I thought i was winning and was controlling him at the end
2. All i needed to do when he was very tired was put a knee on him to win.
3. I was just about to get the key lock which would have submitted him.

Any of these occurrences and i would have had a gold medal. For me to put a knee up might have been a simple thing to do as I was controlling. Knowledge is power. I didn’t know any better. Nor probably did the guy i was fighting.

In the last fight I was 3-0 up with a minute to go but fatiguing badly. I had scored points for side control But this guy was a beast and mounted me in the last minute. Better endurance . He then choked me out. What if?
1. I had of tried a little harder and maintained sidcontrol for that minute. What if? I would have won the match. I was spent. He was the better athlete.

So I was oh so close to coming first. Instead, because of a flick of a knee or 15 seconds later i came 4th. At the start of the day I would have been happy with this. I somehow felt I could have done better considering the start I had.

You don’t always get what you want out of life. Life can be a tease. Dangle the carrot in front of your face and cruelly take it away.

But always remember your expectations, your mind can get greedy. My expectations initially were to participate. So obviously I surpassed them.

But it also taught me about changing perceptions. With that reality though, practising an attitude of gratitude is really important. I won my fights, my opponents theirs. I am thankful for the great day, the support of Daniel Kovacevic, Andrew, Gabriel and my coach Vince. I am thankful for the cool people I met. I am grateful I participated and now know what to work on. I am thankful to my skillfull opponents who all gave me a hard time.

Life can be a matter of inches. One inch here you get the score, one inch the other way you lose a title.

I have said it before. Showing an attitude of gratitude can make a real huge improvement in perspective.

When is the next one?