True Believers

March 18th, 2013 | By

One of my friends has read all the great books. Obviously it took him a minute to get through them. I have endeavored to do the same thing and have been loving it.

I just finished reading Descartes’ Meditations on First PhilosophyIt’s usually considered the foundation of modern philosophical thinking. It’s all about Descartes’ preoccupation with the idea that he has accepted many things as being true since he was a child. As an adult, he realizes these beliefs could very well be false. If his fundamental views of reality have been false he’s in trouble because everything else he’s learned has naturally been based on those assumptions. Everything he believes could, therefore, be false.

These types of questions are what drive me to create music. I’m constantly interrogating my own beliefs, and I’ve always been that way. I need to believe something in order to move forward. Being a true believer is a beautiful thing because it sustains a person, but it’s also dangerous because it can blind. It has clearly helped me achieve certain objectives in life but it has also set me up for failure with others.

Descartes is considered one of the greatest thinkers/scientists/philosophers of all time, and even he was aware that he could be wrong about many, if not all, of his beliefs.

I could be wrong, too. And, that sucks to think about. But the music I write helps me deal with that uncertainty sometimes.

To Want But Little

March 16th, 2013 | By

In Walden, Thoreau talks a lot about why he has chosen to isolate himself from society for the two years two months and two days he spent in the woods.

He says his “greatest skill has been to want but little.” While his friends went “unhesitatingly into the trade or the professions,” he spent time exploring his transcendental inclinations. He realized that one can live very well, and arguably better, without all the luxuries that have become culturally commonplace.

I first read Walden when I was 17. I loved it and resonated deeply with its ideas. My family was going through some serious challenges at that time which helped me realize how much I valued a peaceful life.

I recently downloaded the audio version of Walden through a website called Librivox (which is one of the coolest things I’ve ever found online), and, as I listen to it again, It’s clear that I’ve become even more of a transcendentalist since high school. I care even less about owning stuff then I did back then. I yearn for simplicity even more. I’ve spent years outside of the United States, and have lived in every time zone within it. These experiences have taught me that I, like Thoreau, want but little.

In fact, the only possession I would be excited to own right now would be a one bedroom shanty. Walden style.

 

Subtraction

March 12th, 2013 | By

Walden Cabin

I’ve been motivated by two seemingly unrelated things lately: The Matrix & Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau talks a lot about simple living. According to him, “the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.” And also, “none can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.”

A true disciple of Thoreau would say that stripping away each unnecessary object and activity from one’s day-to-day life is the fundamental prerequisite to good philosophical thinking. It’s also a prerequisite to creating good art and living the good life.

I agree.

The other day I watched a documentary about The Animatrix and the history of Anime. One of the anime artists that was interviewed talked about how, historically, American art strives to make itself better by adding more and more elements. Japan has a legacy of celebrating minimalism. When a Japanese anime artist tries to improve something, she will usually try to subtract something rather than add.

Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to subtract unnecessary tasks from my life and live a more simple existence. It feels good. I think it’s making my art better too.

Invisible Signs on iTunes

January 9th, 2013 | By

iTunes store

B. Smiley

January 7th, 2013 | By

B. Smiley was one of the first to remix Invisible Signs. I instantly loved what he did with it. Since he’s based in San Francisco, we’ve actually been able to hang out since then. He’s one of two artists who worked on the Invisible Signs remix EP that I’ve physically met. Great dude & awesome artist.

 

Invisible Signs Beatport

December 11th, 2012 | By

As of today, you can snag the Invisible Signs remix EP on Beatport. I’m pretty sure the way they displayed some of the key signatures is a little off, so DJ’s beware! BPMs look good though.

Invisible Signs Remix EP

November 27th, 2012 | By

Alright folks, the day of reckoning is upon us. The remixes have been flowing in from all corners of the earth and we’ve selected the finest to be released.

The remix EP for Invisible Signs is up first. Go to Beatport  on 12/11/12 or everywhere  else on 1/8/13 to get your hands on it.

I’m trying to be objective as I say this, but, I really don’t think I’ve heard a remix album this good before. In all seriousness. Really proud of these artists.

Huge shout out to Sebastiaan van Beest, Be Smley, Return to Mono, Zencha and Jumpshot for doing such great work!

TestPress EP Out Now On Beatport

October 3rd, 2012 | By

The top 3 tracks from the TestPress competition back in May are out now on Beatport. Pretty stoked to be part of this compilation.

The remixes keep pouring in for the remix EP’s my label is putting together. Lately we have gotten a stream of dubstep remixes for Master Plan that sound RI-diculous! I’ll be posting the release dates for all of them very soon, along with the official release date for my EP.

Stay tuned!

 

Gray Goo

August 28th, 2012 | By

I recently did the music for a very cool iOS game called Gray Goo. It was developed by Revelary and just got released at the app store. Anyone who has an iOS 5 device needs to hit it up. Super fun!

Some ridiculously good remixes have been pouring in from all directions for my remix EP album. We’re doing the mastering this Friday for all the Invisible Signs remixes. I’m honored that so many artists have done such great work with this track. I’ll be posting release dates soon.

Aside from that, life marches on. I just had a baby girl last week and we’re lovin’ it. I recently performed at the Ferry Plaza right below the Bay Bridge. SUCH an awesome location. There’s an amazing view from the stage and the weather was perfect. I was even able to sing over a few of the new remixes that have been produced. One by Be Smiley (Invisible Signs) and another by DJ F (Touch The Sun). Both of them are sooooo good!

Here’s a little pic of the venue (sorry that it’s not the greatest).

 

I’d like to sign off with some inspiring words. I’m not really a Jason Mraz fan, but, I came across a good quote from him last night that really resonated with me. . .

“Go be that starving Artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You’ll thank yourself for it.”

Boo ya!

 

Being Labeled Feels Nice Sometimes

July 12th, 2012 | By

I’ve been labeled! Record labeled that is . . .

I’m really happy about it. It feels nice to have some super creative and talented people gunning it with me.

We’ve got all kinds of things planned (a remix album that is already sounding SICK, some different companies that are using my music in conjunction with their products, some live performances to announce, etc).

I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks in South Dakota and Utah, but now I’m feeling renewed. Ready to unleash!