An Indie Multi-Instrumentalist
Friends, family and fellow music listeners, I wanted to take a quick moment to discuss, and make personal, parts of my creative process and share stories of the past several months of tracking my latest suite of songs. I have doubts that’ll I’ll keep these blog entries regular, but in a sea of seemingly purposeless information I think it’s important to be honest and wholehearted about your creative experiences, or any experiences for that matter. So here’s where the opportunity greets me.
My interest in composition began at roughly age six when my grandfather, a professional jazz pianist, gave me an early Casio keyboard (these are the 45-key keyboards from the early ‘90s with 128 sample sounds programmed on each). I still remember scrolling through samples in my blue-carpet basement and obnoxiously playing “gunshot” (which I remember was 128 of 128), “fret-noise,” “applause,” and all kinds of piercing sounds, much to my family’s discontent. After taking forced piano lessons for several years, I picked up several woodwinds and brass when we were allowed to choose instruments in the 4th grade. After realizing it was MUCH cooler to play other instruments, I purchased my first guitar, bass guitar, drum set and electric piano around 7th-8th grade. All musical endeavors were good chaos from here forward, bouncing from instrument to instrument when the time or band called for it. Now, it was just a matter of figuring out my songwriting process and starting to compose.
In terms of songwriting and recording, many may be well aware that it’s equivalent to say Pushing Static as it is to say Asher Condit. Having complete control over every instrumental, melodic and lyrical decision in my compositions is a perfect example of freedom in music, but sometimes I miss the collaborative or relational aspects of music that I, and most listeners, enjoy. At the beginning of any songwriting or recording project, this is where I start.