I make music because of the place that it comes from.  The state I am in when I am making it.  That place where time disappears and everything else dissolves.  The place where fierce joy rises up, unbidden, like golden light filling a well.

That is why I make music.

I believe that this state is communicable thru music.  And that the communication of this state is something as vital and important to us as food, or air, or love.

For me, that is the value of great art.

I am still recording every night; from around midnight till maybe 5 in the morning.

This is my favourite part of the day.  It doesn’t feel like I have a deadline; it feels almost indecently pleasurable, like rolling in ice cream.  The music is a distillation of all the greatest moments from this practice.  It is concentrated joy in a bottle.  It is captured lightning.  It is my love.  By the end of this week I should have a useable draft of the album in all it’s crazy, light filled, lo-fi glory.

I did some math and worked out that I have spent well over 1000 hours this year solely working on the record.  It will be the distillation of over 1000 hours, into 1 hour of sound.  My most truthful sketches, the most inspired moments captured with a butterfly net and poured over a hard drive, like honey on your tongue.

There is still work to be done; I know this because I still have time.  I will work on this record up until the day I release it.  I don’t have any days off scheduled in the next 6 weeks.  It is going to be the very best it can be.  I can’t wait to give it to you.

It isn’t going to sound like a super produced pop record.  It is going to sound real; like somebody playing and singing their heart out sometime after midnight.  It is going to sound bare bones, lo fi and gorgeous.  A record made in my home studio, using equipment held together with love and duct tape.  Beautiful,  honest and vulnerable.

It is as close to the truth as I can get.  Soon, soon, soon. ;-)

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723 thoughts on “ Why I Make Music… ”

  1. Wow! Beautiful and very inspiring. Your descriptions about your way to perceive and pursue your creations, and the whole process, your dedication to your Art is beautifully expressed! It is very motivational for others, and I am agree that this should be your Artist’s statement Congratulations for all your great work!


      1. Thanks you are giving me a smile too, and yes my day is going great! Just you know I am going to post a Meet and Greet post in a few it’s not up yet but it will soon I would love for you to post a link to your wonderful blog please…


  2. I like reading about the process you go through to create music, and can relate to much of it. (Perhaps not the hours. But the feelings, yes.) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your music. All the best.


  3. And this is passion. One of the characteristics I like about humans. Having passion for what you do, whatever it is. It does inspire others, at least me.

    By the way, from midnight to 5 a.m recording, you´re neighbour probably an old lady is probably about to jump out the window……


  4. Music feeds the soul. The soul is worthless without it. I hail from a family who is into music.My mother is a lyricist,composer and a singer as well. My husband is a singer as well as a keyboardist and my 8yr old daughter is a singer as well.
    I can relate to your passion towards music and the knack towards it. Please keep the up the good work of making music and writing as well. I shall definitely buy your music :)
    And if any day you would want to experiment with Indian music and get some infos as well than you know where to hit :) . Shall be more than happy to help you with it :)

    Peace and Love ~


    1. Hey Dipti,

      It’s nice to meet you. Thanks for taking the time to reach out – it means a lot to me. ;-)
      Let me know what you think of the music, I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and I will for sure bear you in mind if I should venture towards Indian sounds. ;-)
      – J


    1. Thankyou in return. I really appreciate your words.
      I think I’d be lost without music too. Life would definitely be… less colorful, no? ;-)
      And Thankyou for taking the time to send across your thoughts,
      Have a great day,
      – J


  5. Hey James! Sounds like you make music because you have to, because it’s a part of your very soul. I know that feeling, only for me it’s not music, it’s writing stories and poetry. I couldn’t stop writing even if I wanted to.
    Thanks for liking my poem :D


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