In the last few months, much has happened that has made clear to me that I need to focus on being a composer. I can’t only do engineering. I’m certainly still recording, producing, and spending plenty of time in the studio (and plan to keep doing so because I still love it and need to record my compositions), but I’ve realized that, first and foremost, I’m a composer.
In the wake of an exhausting freshman year, unfortunately, until a few weeks ago, I had been struggling tremendously to compose anything at all. It wasn’t that I didn’t try—I tried harder than I knew I could. But the music wouldn’t come. I hated almost everything I did manage to write. On some level, I even began to hate composing itself because it took so much effort to even write things I didn’t like.
I’m excited to say that I have just been brought on as a composer by the production music library Musinc! From now on, anything I write and record, once accepted into the library, will be available for licensing for film, TV, and other media. The material from Airborne is already in the catalog. There will also be opportunities for filmmakers and music supervisors to commission me to write custom pieces.
I just released some new music! I’ve recorded a solo piano song called “To the Sky” written by an artist named Dirk Maassen. It’s a lovely piece, and if you enjoy my own piano compositions, then you’ll love Dirk’s music, too. Check out more of his work here. This is my recording:
These past three months in Nashville have been a whirlwind of a semester. While this semester started off rough, I’ve finished it having done things I never dreamed I’d be doing so soon. But it was a tough start…
When I went home for fall break in October, friends would ask me, “How is your first semester of college so far?”
After five years of studio work, I somehow continue to hope that, maybe, my next recording session will be “normal”—no technical problems, no surprises, and no burnout. But I’ve never had a “normal” session. Apparently, in the studio, exceptions are the rule.
Recently, I’ve decided to release my first-ever solo piano album. In addition to composing and performing every piece on the album, I will be producing and engineering the project myself. I’m also directing the marketing, promotion, and finances. In other words, I’m doing the whole thing on my own. (Hence, my lack of updates lately.) I know there are significant advantages to pulling from others’ talents for a project, but at this stage in my career, I’m doing the album by myself to learn. Am I crazy?Maybe. Am I a control freak? Not exactly. Let me explain… Continue reading “My First Solo Album: What’s REALLY Involved?”→
It’s great to be back! So much has happened this month. I’m in shock right now.
Firstly, those crazy music school auditions are over. They went well, as far as I can tell, but I still don’t know for sure if I got in. We’ll see in a couple more weeks, I hope.
But that brings me to my main piece of news–I didn’t audition as any kind of composition major like I had thought I would. I’ve changed my mind again, and now I’m a music minor majoring in Audio Engineering.
Wow. Just, wow. I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple weeks, but I’ve been insanely busy mixing and mastering My Heart Beats and rehearsing for the release party. So now, the album is finally out, and Lily and I performed to a packed house last night at the launch party. It was incredible. It was one of the best nights of my life.
I know I said I was going to make posts about everything that happened this summer, but right now, I’m in the middle of something big–I’m producing my first album. I’m producer, engineer, executive producer, and keyboardist on Singer/Songwriter Lily Garay‘s debut bilingual pop EP “My Heart Beats.” For the next few weeks, I’m going to be keeping a “Studio Diary” so you can have an insider’s look at the whole thing. I will also have some mixing and production tips interspersed here, too, to make it even more interesting. Continue reading “Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 1: Long Hours and Little Sleep”→