Tune of the week.

Well last night when i was bowling with my mates, this track came up. I Shazamed it. And of course I cannot stop playing it.
Old 70s type vocals (can anyone tell me who this is?), real guitar hooks and a funky ass baseline. Stormer.

Enjoy,
Elton.

Galantis – Runaway (U&I)

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Well unless you have been living under a tree you realise this song is everywhere.

My first impressions: I did not like it. I thought it sounded a bit generic with the pitch shifting vocals.

But I changed my mind through hearing it more. The production is spot on, as you expect from pop music. It’s a clean sound, great arrangement, with catchy power piano chords and a massive drop. No doubt a killer both on the radio and in the festivals as seen by their Ultra set in 2014.

I was further intrigued though. Who was this group? I did a Google search. This is what I found on Wikipedia:

Christian Karlsson[edit] History: Grammy winning Christian Karlsson (of famed producing team Bloodshy & Avant and Swedish Indie-pop band, Miike Snow) is a main-stay in the pop world. [1] Karlsson has co-written and co-produced tracks for artists such as Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Madonna, to name a few. Specifically, Karlsson co-wrote the Britney Spears single, “Toxic”, which eventually earned an Ivor Novello award (for songwriting and composition) and a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. [2] Karlsson is also a founding member of Swedish artist collective and record label INGRID.

Linus Eklöw[edit]

Linus Eklöw: Otherwise known as established electronic dance music producer Style of Eye, he also co-wrote and produced Icona Pop’s international No. 1 smash “I Love It” ft. Charli XCX.
History: Style of Eye, the Stockholm-born and -based DJ/producer resides in the techno genre and comes from the underground scene. He explores a range of musical styles, from techno to house via distinct percussion and minimal, floating melodies. After growing up in a jazz and soul oriented family and playing a drumkit at age 10, Linus transitioned to electronic music after getting his first computer aged 15 and making “weird downtempo dubbeat and trip hop”. DJing upbeat drum and bass followed at 16, and Linus moved into studio production with releases and remixes on such labels as Classic Recordings, Tiny Sticks and Rabid Records.[3]

See what has happened here? These guys are not an overnight sensation. They have been making music for other people (and themselves) for years.
Mastery does not happen overnight.
Anything worthwhile I have found is something you need to work for and delay gratification over.
A surgeon does not become a surgeon overnight. It takes years just to get there, and then years to learn the skill. Believe me, once they get there, they are well rewarded.
Are you able to delay gratification? Or do you just give up because it is too hard?
The one determinant of success is persistence.

Peace out.
Elton.

Little and often.

As I finish off my album I remember a little saying when I occasionally work as a physiotherapist.

Little and often.

When you mobilize a stiff joint after a fracture, the exercise prescription is a little and often. That is: small amounts of exercise at a higher frequency rather than one large bulk at the one time. Not many people know this as because our lives are so busy, we often try and fit everything into a small amount of free time. Binge drinking, binge holidaying and binge exercising.

When I am sculpting my song, due to the acclimatization of our ears to sound, it is better to do a little and often. One big session leaves me less able to make good mixing decisions. My ears become in essence fatigued and less sensitive to tiny changes that may be critical. It is essentially like an athlete becoming more fatigued towards the end of an event. One 2 hour session per day it is more beneficial than one 8 hour session on the weekend to avoid this effect.

This in essence gives you momentum. Even if your life is busy, like mine is, if you can fit the most important thing in (even if it brings you no money) with a little practise every day, you soon find those improvements add up.

You need to clearly define what you want to get better at. Ask yourself this. What is the one skill you dream of doing to mastery? Once you find the answer, this is your “little and often” skill.

If this means you have to get up a little earlier because you have a full day then you do that. Because it’s the best way to do things. Small little improvements every day really add up. With any skill you are attempting to master.

Once you activate this knowledge you can harness another important trait: Patience.

Because we can think about dreams a lot faster than they materialize, we often get quite anxious that what we are learning is not getting practically manifested.

Turn up, practise and you HAVE to get better. You are strengthening neural connections in your brain for the skill and your dexterity to perform the skill. But you have to be patient. Why?

Mozart did not write his most famous pieces of work until into his 20s. Considering his dedication to his music and as he started so early, that is nearly 20 years of practise. There are so many examples like this.

I am reading Steven Waugh’s biography at the moment. At the start of his career it was tough with limited success. But his persistence, practise and patience paid off. One of the best cricketers to play the game.

As long as you practise the art of doing. Without fail.. It will not happen overnight. But it will happen.

Cheers,
Elton.

Recently found myself.

On Discogs.
It’s cool that people update websites like this. All my information was correct. Thanks!
But it also highlighted. I have to get some more music off my computer and into your ears.
I am currently working on an album which I am eagerly waiting to finish. These things I have realised though you cannot push.
I have learnt to relax and not get too frustrated that the process is not happening quickly enough. Because I want you to be able to enjoy the music.

Relaxing the body from all tension tends to help. Focussing on the breathing brings you into the moment.
In the meantime there is A+E’s huge track Cobra going to be released on June the 8th. Who is looking forward to that?

Remember if things are not going your way, breathe. Relax your body. And put it into perspective.
It helps.

Cheers,
Elton.

I was only 19.

Having recently been to Vietnam, I cam across a sketch on Fast Forward that reminded me of the original. It is a thought provoking song on war. We don’t know how lucky we are.

It is a good reminder not to glorify war. Remember those men who went forth and sacrificed so much for in the end, nothing. We owe them so much and I am humbled at my problems when I think of what they went through. But never glorify war. It is brutal and involves the horror of death on both sides.

This song brings a human element to the tragedies. Thats why i like it.

Have we gone too PC?

Last night I happened to stumble across the best of the comedy show Fast Forward. For those of you who don’t know, it was made in the early 90s and had some fairly crass sort of humour. But it was what i call Australian humour. Able to have a joke at oneself, our culture or anyone else.

One particular Indian rug maker sketch really caught my attention. The character were shonky Indian carpet dealers. As the extent of the dodgy dealings were coming to the fore, i was laughing uncontrollably.

Then something came over me. Was this what they called the “good old days”? It was ok back then to have a good laugh at yourself on a Sunday night. Or at the expense of someone else. Without causing anyone to get upset.

There was an innocence about it. It does not happen now for fear of offending. I take my mind back to when Harry Connick Jnr stormed out of the light entertainment show “Hey Hey it’s Saturday”. This show was always a vehicle for some light hearted entertainment.

Maybe we need to lighten up, treat people with respect, but not take things too seriously. We are taking our corporate ideals and bringing them into everyday life.

Being fearful of saying something for fear of being berated is not free speech. There has to be a happy medium.

Bring back the good old days?

Until next time,
Elton

A+E – Cobra EP out on the 8th June.

Here is a playlist of the A+E release out on the 8th June on all major digital retailers. Enjoy!

Controversial…..

This photo caused quite a stir when i posted it up on Facebook. So I would like to share it with you… Enjoy!

New look

Can’t stop listening to this tune.

The power of collaboration.

Hi guys,

Some interesting things happened on the weekend. One of those made me realise the importance of collaboration.

I had breakfast with my friend Doron in the morning. You may know him from the excellent photos he takes of me. After not seeing each other for a long time it was good to catch up. Invariably music came up as a topic as I discussed the album I was working on at the moment.

Without going into details, the important point here is I was willing to listen and I was able to gather information to use for my project and enhance my learning.

Use all meetings as a potential for learning. In other words, don’t let the ego get in the way and be a sponge for everything. It does not even have to pertain to your particular project. Advice comes in many shapes and forms.

When I started production, the learning curve was steep. I still learn every time I sit down to make some music. But what I found after a while was that I plateaued. Learning the intricacies of a skill takes a lot longer than the core basics. However I am always willing to listen to people when they give me advice. In fact I want to collaborate MORE!

Anyone can learn to kick a football. But it can take years and years of practise to bend it like Beckham.

Another friend I caught up with in the evening gave me a similar creative advise. I realise I am not the best at photography or creative digital media so i am willing to listen. She was able to give me some creative direction and by being open to this, there is some momentum going forward on this project. And I learnt something about the thought processes that one goes through to develop creative media.

So the whole point? Never be afraid to ask for help. You cannot learn skill by just watching. You have to do it and do it. Over and over again.

Want to be better at production?.. Yes do the reading but put it into practise after you do.

Often my Ju Jitsu teacher will demonstrate a technique and it will look so easy. However when the process comes to actually doing it, the reality is different.

He has honed his skills over many years of practise and action. Don’t be afraid to try something new and expect to fail until your skills are good enough. It is not good enough to be just shown, you then have to do it yourself.

Most importantly I believe you have to collaborate to get to the next level of improvement in any endeavour. And it is a lot of fun developing skills with other people. But you have to be open.

Until next time,
Cheers.
Elton.