I was looking through my old notes the other night and ended up going over some old goals and realized that alot of the stuff on the list was stuff that I just accomplished or it became apart of my day to day routine.
ive been more focused over the last year than i ever have been and ive elevated as a professional. my stuff is organized, my goals are clearer and my music sounds better. but the more you learn the more you start to realize how much more there is to tackle on this journey.
every stage of progression has infinite value and lessons in it and i feel the more we soak up the quicker we progress.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve done a lot of writing and recording. The most in a while. I like the feeling of being able to make music just because you want to make music. In the past I’ve made music in the hopes of… idk, a lot of people hearing it in about a short amount of time? Thinking that one day I’ll wake up to my song having a million plays on SoundCloud and my phone blowing up from every label calling me. But that’s not really how things work.
Or at least that’s not how they’ve gone for me and over it time it made me pretty pessimistic about “making it”. But in a lot of ways that gave me the freedom to just do what I want. There’s no pressure to impress or please anyone but myself. It’s really just about creating and loving it. With all that said I want to keep it going and create more.
Last year was a humbling year for me in a lot of ways that showed me that I just need to work and focus on making dope shit. I got a request from a company to send work for their producers to work on, and the fact is if I was good enough they would’ve signed me and it would’ve changed my life. But I was good enough to work with. So like I said, it’s humbling to know that I’m heard and it’s even more humbling that the company doesn’t necessarily wanna hear that shit 😂😂. But it’s back to the drawing board.
I’ve been working a lot and doing a lot of streaming lately. U can watch my streams on https://www.twitch.tv/bluffgawd and u can watch older streams on https://www.youtube.com/bluffgawd –
is my job bullshit?
sometimes i get to thinking about what i do with my time and more often then not ill start thinking about my job. it doesn’t really matter what i specifically do for my day job for this conversation because it isn’t really related to music. its a good job and all. but sometimes i think about whether or not it holds me back from my potential. its hard to say.
theres some people i meet who i would tell them quit their jobs in a heart beat and grind. then theres some people i wouldn’t give that advice to. i know that i still have a little bit of work to put in with the free time i do get before i can be afforded the luxury. however i read somewhere that the more you sacrifice the more you’ll get back. often times i think about what it would be like if i just didn’t go to work the next morning. wake up a couple hours after i normally do and get to work on beats right after or while I’m having my coffee. post a couple instagram posts, some tweets, send out a couple emails and make some sales.
its obviously a lot more work than that. where ever i am on the ladder of success its important for me to be observant of the signs. i recently read a couple pages from the alchemist, a book i go back to often to remind me of what i learned from initially reading it. and the main thing is to be in tune with the universe and pay attention to what its trying to tell you.
i know that learning to make and sell beats has empowered me over the last year or so. i know that no matter what happens in my life ill be able to get on a laptop, get to work and ill be able to earn a living. i know that i can get a job engineering at a studio and be successful if i work hard. but with my current responsibilities just quoting my job or getting fired would be… well irresponsible. PRODUCE RESPONSIBLY!
as far as signs, the only ones I’m able to read clearly right now is that i need to work harder. i have time before and after my job and my other responsibilities that i have to take advantage of before i start looking for “more time”. which is really all that dropping a day job is. so i guess tomorrow ill be waking up at 5 am to put in work!
This Goes Out To You is my latest ep, now on my soundcloud. Click the image to listen. It came about in a few sessions with a bit of time in between. Hope y’all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I decided to start a blog this year. I haven’t blogged since I had a MySpace 😂 but a person I lookup to said to document so here I am.
Currently writing this at my job before the sun is up. Today was a payday. But I earned more from my beats this week than I made on this check. Usually a great feeling but the bar wasn’t set THAT high 😂😂😂
Music is becoming challenging again. I’m working closely with an A&R from Atlanta and I’m enjoying the fact that the feedback I’ve been getting was more than just “ye this is dope”. I’m finding myself in that zone where I’m learning what I need to do to better myself. In the past I would be pretty stubborn and claim that the off beat snare i randomly chose from my library was “my sound”, I didn’t make anything but boom bap beats until 2015 because I thought I was staying true to “my sound”. But something around that time just changed and I’ve expanded the styles I can work in and am truly on the way to developing my own sound.
I released my latest kit on Sunday, the NSX Loop kit, today is Wednesday. I’ve actually been writing this for about a week. I guess the last thing Ima touch on is this – the truth isn’t as glamorous as the perception. Perception is a powerful thing and it’s crazy to see actually successful people twist the perception of ppl to make things look bigger than they r. One of those, never meet ur idols things.
But I guess u could also take that as…. use perception to take urself over the top.
Whats good everybody,
I’m BluffGawd, this is BluffBC. In this case BC stands for Book Club, and the first book that I’m going to write about is #AskGaryVee – One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media & Self Awareness.
If your at all familiar or a fan of Gary Vee you already have an idea of what this book might be about, however if you aren’t you should go into youtube and watch a couple videos that Gary puts out and you’ll get a glimpse into the madness that is Gary Vee.
When I first discovered him it was probably on the Breakfast Club or one of those Facebook Ad videos. Either way I’m glad I did.
This is the second book I’ve read by Gary Vaynerchuk but its probably my favorite. Its basically a refresher course on everything I’ve learned from watching the #AskGaryVee Shooooooooow. Which is great because Gary has a tendency to talk a little bit fast and he releases content at an alarming rate.
The reason I chose this book for the book of the week is because its very easy to read, easy to digest for even the shortest attention span because Gary will keep you entertained and the questions asked are often times questions I’ve had floating around in my head and never had anyone to ask or questions that I’ve never even thought to ask. But regardless of what is asked Gary keeps his answers very clear, easy to understand and full of practical advice for any reader.
Half way through reading the book I found the audiobook and I ended up starting over and listening to the book to the end. The audiobook is actually what really made me want to write about this book because Gary changed some of the answers to make them more relevant to whats changed since he wrote it which I thought was really dope and showed how much Gary cares about this book and its readers.
In the link below you can purchase the book and I highly recommend that you do if your looking to grow as a business person and entrepreneur. Best of luck and thanks for your time!
Audiobook and Hardcover
Free Drum Samples – LoFi Drums Kit (Free Download)
The Drum Broker is actually one of my top go-to sites when im looking for sample packs/drum kits because theyve always got high quality sounds. The last kits I bought from them were Pad Thai 4 by Marco Polo and Cold Air 6 by Cardiak. So when I saw that they released a free kit, I ran straight to the download link! Check it out, let me know what yall think!