Its been over a year since I last blogged and it wasn’t until I read a fellow Crohnie’s blog early this morning and then coincidentally spotted a tweet asking “whats the best blogging app/site” that I thought it’s probably time to add something to my blog.
This past year has been a roller coaster with a new job, some intense recording, releasing records, really setting up my studio, battling constant infections and balancing that with a family life. Of course my family come first but doing all these other things can sometimes push a Crohnie’s limits to the edge. I also did 12 week intensive ‘Audio Mastering’ course, which just had to fit in where possible. Now anyone who knows me or has read any of my previous blogs will know that i’m not one to just waste time. Any spare time is spent being creative in some form or another. That’s important to me as it make me feel normal and ‘not’ a Crohnie. I am a Crohnie, but I do like a sense of normality once in a while.
So, this past year. OK, where do I start. Obviously it has to be music. My studio has been invested in with new monitoring, interfaces and software. My sound is now equal to a full professional studio (thanks to technology). The days of the professional studio are limited as technology means you can record on a modest budget with excellent results. Some better than others and its taken me a few years to nail down ‘my’ sound. I’ve worked with Multi-Platinum artists like ‘Space’ and i’ve mixed lots for other bands and worked with genius mastering engineers on my own work, including Joe LaPorta of Foo Fighters fame and the very talented Andy Wilson.
I have released two records in the past year, “Is This All” and “Life’s not Mine”. Is This All has gone on to sell nearly 3000 copies so has paid for any studio upgrades. Life’s Not Mine was released this week and is already selling to my small fan base. I like small. It means I can just create and I’m way to old to want to be ‘in a band’ and play live. Been there, done that, bought the fricking t-shirt. No. i’m all about enjoying what I do and I’m happy producing other peoples mixes and my own.
New Job. Well that was an eye opener. Far East are one of the largest facade companies in the world and did the Burj Kalifa tower in Dubai. They are owned by China State, the largest contractor on the planet. Small fish in a big pond, but I’ve been there before. My title was Senior Designer and with that came what can only be described as complete and utter stress. To be honest I hated every minute. I hated the job, the people and most of all the politics. I quickly realised why I liked being self employed with my own design consultancy. Like anything I fell for the ‘honey-trap’ as the pay was in excess of £70K a year, which in UK salary terms is probably 3-4 times the national average. But If I really want to earn that, I can do by sitting in my office design projects for the many clients I have worked for for years. However, money is not a driving factor for me. Quality of life is and as long as I have enough money to live and save, well i’m happy. So ear;y this month, after 10-months at Far East, I decided to go back to what I enjoy and work sub-contract for these companies. So Facade Design Associates (a company I have run for 11 years) is once agian banging out the designs for clients. Its on my terms, I decide what work I want to do and I’m so flexible. Crohnie’s are generally insomniacs which comes from years of pacing the house in agony at 2am whilst it seems the whole world sleeps. A very lonely place. So I can work from 2am to 9am and then sleep if i want. I can work when I want and have no restrictions. I had a busy week, its Sunday morning and I thought, why not clear that little job and invoice it. 3hrs on a Sunday is no biggy, i’ll take 1/2 a day tomorrow and spend it with my family.
Finally the infections. Ahhhhh. Bloody bladder has been playing me up. I’ve had CT’s, Ultrasound, Cystoscopy under General, probes and poking all over the place. Can they work it out. NO.. Its a by products of the surgeries and 9-months in hospital. I’ve been told i’m lucky this is my only issue. So I remain positive and just take the drugs, see the Doc, pee in a sample pot, see the Doc, take some drugs.
Well I hope that has summed up the last year. I will try to maintain this if anything interesting happens.
https://soundcloud.com/skyscraping/sets/is-this-all-ep (IS THIS ALL – EP)
https://soundcloud.com/skyscraping/ratio-crohnie-song-mix (LIFE’S NOT MINE)