The Adelaide EP was a big step for me. It was the start of 2016 and boy was it a rough winter. I'm not referring to the weather, but more to my overall life state. I was done with college and had been working full-time in the construction business. And man, I hated that. I'd been doing it during the summers while I was still in school and at that time, it was great. The money was good and I like to be doing work that got me physically and mentally stronger. Also, I got to build stuff out of lumber. Ever since I was in middle school and started skateboarding, I've loved carpentry and building things out of wood. My Dad has been building potting benches in the backyard ever since I can remember and so its no mystery where I get it from. But anyways... the construction stuff was pretty cool while in school, but afterwards, when it became full-time and I'd be beat to shit everyday after work and my hands would have a toll taken on them, it began to get old. I was working out a bunch at the time too and doing the Wim Hof Method to prepare for a 6 week trip in Haiti to teach English and continue learning about the people and there lives. My departure date for Haiti also marked my departure date from the construction business.
I left for Haiti on a Sunday and returned on Thursday of the same week. Political strife and the riots that ensued had all the schools shutdown and the U.S. Consulate advised everyone who was in the part of the country where I was staying to leave or else they'd be on their own. Warren McGuffin, the leader of the trip, made the decision that we would go. The schools were shutdown and there wasn't much we could do and he was not going to have anyone be put in danger. I was definitely bummed, but upon returning to the states I had a new Mac Book Pro waiting on my desk (I had ordered one right before I left) and after almost giving up on the music the weeks leading up to the trip, I dedicated myself to the craft and began work in full stride. I would read songwriting theory in the morning and then produce beats and other tracks all day in my Dad's garage. After about a month I was in the city for Halloween and after having showed up late to the event I had ambitions to attend, I decided I would go around to all the studios in the city and knock on the doors in search of opportunities. After a few tries I found myself in the heart of the Tenderloin at the door of Hyde Street Studios and somehow ended up on the phone with Jack, the manager. Somehow I ended up getting an internship there and thus began my pursuit of audio engineering.
With Adelaide EP, I was really in the "I'm not a real musician" mindset that I think confronts anyone who starts out making beats or really any music for that matter. I wanted to play songs and do all the instrumentation for them too. Over the months of December and January I wrote and recorded the music for the Adelaide EP out in the garage. I remember feeling awful most of that time... just like super depressed but kept on going and made it happen. It's pretty dark to be honest, but there are beautiful moments. That's my buddy Nick on the cover at his Mom's house. I took that photo on a disposable camera one day, not sure when. It's not the original artwork, but there's something about his life and the struggles I was going through in mine at the time that seems to sync up. Ever since this project I've had these two side of me; one is the beat maker and the other is the indie singer-songwriter. I'm still trying to reconcile the two and make that project that brings it all together. Soon enough, someday. Onward we go!
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