Self Production- The Feminine Voice (Women Who Rock in Music Series)

We detour this week for a break from the series ‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ interviews, by looking at a reflective retrospective self-production process from the feminine point of view. I refer to my journey over 4 albums and various singles, sharing what I have learnt along the way. I am just like you, trying to figure stuff out, learning, evolving and far from perfect. I am an expert in human creative self-expression/ creative process. I have appointed myself Creative Director of the Windcatcher.

Self-production can be daunting for someone starting out. The number of conferences I went to and methods and courses I have signed up for and got partway through a too many to mention. I have managed to distil it all down to an efficient but lengthy process. An album cycle can take a year if you have the funds or 2 if like me you have limited resources. I have done everything myself except mastering and of recent years some filming. My first album however was mixed my friend Megan. So here is what I have learnt and what to do in a nutshell, with commentary from the feminine voice. I also offer my services as a creativity coach for other artists in this capacity, who are seeking to walk a similar path of self-expression, actualisation and completion of creative vision.

  1. 1. You have to wear lots of hats or be able to pay for services you cannot do yourself
  2. 2. You must hatch your eggs, if you sit on them too long it can stifle the creative flow and process and lead to frustration.
  3. it does not matter how long it takes just begin and stay at it
  4. Your work does not have to be perfect; it is an evolution over time, you learn from everything you manage to complete or not to complete, one must allow the emergence, growth and maturation process.

For example at present I am in multiple phases of old work going back as far as 10 years, new work and collaborations with a new band venture called Symbols in Sounds (look and listen up for more on us closer to release, as we will again detour whilst a focus on promoting our first release).

  1. Work has many cycles and evolutions. In feminine terms it can be expressed as
  2. a) creation and conception
  3. b) gestation or trimesters of project development
  4. c) birth and release
  5. d) promotion

CREATIVITY COACHING INFO- GO HERE https://www.catherinemeeson.com/coaching/

THE ARTISTIC SELF AND THE WORLD YOU ARE BIRTHING INTO.

My first album was Revolution Complete a mostly electronic work with some vocals and sampling. When I wrote this, I had just purchased Reason software, in 2008- 2009. I wrote a heap of work delighted that I could get it all out of my head at last, arrange it and sequence everything via midi. I had help from Megan who I met at Victory University, who was studying Audio Engineering (I was doing performance). She helped to take the work beyond midi. Back then I knew nothing of levels, automation, EQ, spatial placement, compression et cetera. I did not have the tools to record pure audio either. We did the audio recording in Pro Tools of the old V.U Sunbury asylum. Meg mixed it and mastered it, so I learnt about the process in a studio and the things that I couldn’t do. We went to music conferences together, looked into what you need to do to release work and I set my course. None of my teachers knew how to release anything because none of them had done it. I find it ironic that people teaching things such as song writing have not released any work! Employ me!

FOUNDATIONS TO RELEASE

Register as an independent artist with ARIA and get ISRC codes (metadata codes for audio masters which help track and ID your work on the World Wide Web during distribution to distributors and aggregators). It is essential for streaming services and any royalties getting back to you.

Register all songs with APRA/AMCOS to receive performance royalties if you play the material live or receive airplay.

Record your demos, learn to arrange and play other instruments, go through the audio production and post production cycle. Investigate the gear you need to fulfill your vision. Record and refine your mixes (it all takes time, you just have to do it to get better and understand stuff).

Set up a basic home studio, you really do not need much now days, it is totally affordable, even for the budget consious starving artists archetype, just begin. The basic essentials are: a computer, DAW (software), audio interface, studio flat response headphones and studio flat response monitors, cabling, midi keys and instruments. If you sing obviously a microphone and mic stand.

Get critical feedback from independent years. Pay for private mentorship from those in the industry if you can if you are struggling with specific things. Work with those who will support your vision, build you up, not tear you down as you are learning.

Set websites up and all socials (back then I only had Bandcamp and distributed through CD baby. I had no website. I had Facebook and MySpace, circa 2009 2010).

Set a release strategy and dates and create a promo list. Research radio stations, take advantage of AMRAP (Australian music radio airplay project). consider what you need to do and write it all down. Consider any press you can get and organic reach. Use your networks (I am shit at that as a loner).

Do the best you can with what you have, whether it’s the music resources, equipment, funds or contacts. The indie road is hard, but one maintains full control of your body of work and you can exploit it later should you choose to.

Get your work mastered as songs and instrumentals, for this allows you to potentially exploit licensing opportunities should fate smile upon you, or you spend the time to reach out to music supervisors et cetera. There is also the option of remixing work later, so archive and label well and keep master files in multiple places, devices fail. Learn about mastering in the mastering process and get critical feedback to develop your skills during the production cycle.

Simultaneously work on any video content. When I did Revolution Complete, I only had Windows media and photos. I made a couple of videos with NASA creative Commons photos. Now I take advantage of stock libraries, edit video with Da Vinci Resolve, as well as do on-site filming with my smart phone (my OPPO, it can do 4K). I also do Green screen work.

You can conceive and represent your work yourself. This allows a different reach and appreciation, allowing one to dive further into the art of storytelling using characters, props, choreography, storyboarding and improvisation. I often find my video conceptions beyond my capacity, so I look stuff up on Youtube tutorials and keep reference playlists. I do what I can with what I’ve got and I’m told that I produce awesome work considering my means.

I learnt of Da Vinci Resolve at Film Summer School. I’ve learnt to use it solely off Youtube tutorials. I do PD’s when I can. Da Vinci is a complete video editing and colour grading platform by Black Magic design. You can download and use it for free, as they just want to see people making work and support independents, where the company makes their money is on the integrated hardware and through collaborative and integrated production company approaches with multiple users able to network their systems.

The more you do yourself the more you understand the process and the time involved should you be able to subcontract or pay others for work, or sign any sort of future deals. You can appreciate the roles of all creative industries personel, much better.

Write your press release on bio.  Get photos done, use a timer if need be or a friend. Make sure you evolve and edit your bio with every project, you need to update and try to include positive press quotes or reviews.

Develop relationships with any bloggers who review your work.

Develop relationships with radio especially those at the CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) community radio network, and at AMRAP. AIRIT is fantastic, but has just been decommissioned and is functioning in unison as AMRAP (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project). You submit your work so it can be downloaded by local radio stations, program managers or DJs. They love you to contact them and follow-up on your reports and will often do feature interviews.

Don’t be limited by having no funds creativity is the mother of invention. Let the creative spirit be the driver of the ship, you might be surprised by the results, connect deeply to your inner voice and nurture it.

Revolution Complete and Atmospherica did not have any paid promotion. I sent off some CDs to community radio but I didn’t know if I received any airplay. I didn’t know what I was doing back then. It was purely about the music and process; business stuff is my weakness. I still feel I let myself down, but with Contemplating Buddha my 3rd album,  I Am (Song of the Earth), Mr Big Man, Come Back and The Call of Oma album, I got more efficient and set aside a tiny promotional budget which allowed me more reach. You can only launch once, but yet again, your work will always be new to someone. You can relaunch and repackage work as well at will.

Document your processes and share it it helps other artists and is inspirational to see the way others do stuff, we can learn from everyone in life. It also helps to establish a track record to be able to seek funding or grants (something I have not done as yet).

Lose perfectionist tendencies and learn to let go, because all art is a product of time (culture, tec, expression, capture). Imagine if The Beatles sat on their work forever, there be no Sgt Peppers, or if Pink Floyd had not been open to experimentation with sampling and evolving tec, we would not have Dark Side of the Moon.

So, each work single EP or album has a production cycle. Funds can limit creativity, but ‘creativity is the mother of invention’ as they say. Do not be limited by world conventions or norms, create new paths. Be you, forge your own path, your own way. Seek inspiration in everything and reflect, review, revise and refine constantly.

I highly recommend keeping a production journal or book, you will need it. It is good for the recording the mixing process, keeping notes during that. The planning and brainstorming for all your research into blogs and radio, for you to do lists and things to tick off. It is necessary to get stuff done. You could regard it as a portfolio.

So, by Atmospherica, I started experimenting with mixing. Propellerheads released the Record aspect of their DAW to go with Reason, and I could record bass, voice, guitar and basically whatever I wanted, as well as doing all my midi arrangements. I was in sonic bliss. I pride myself in musical storytelling and in creating sonic fantasy lands – other worlds to populate with the inspired imagination of others (the receivers).

Let’s go with ‘the receivers’ as an idea for a minute, (audience or whatever). We all need to be received or we risk being the lone tree falling  in a forest (see Zen philosophy). We create first and foremost because we have to and then because we must share. Authentic self-expression is not about creating for an audience like they tell you, unless it is commissioned work to a brief. All original work comes from within the Self, the well spring of all human creativity, call it god, spirit, the divine, whatever you like. We are all connected to it. Music is a relational artform. Whether a produced product or performed live, it has to be received. Although, one can play to the winds and to the aether and be received none the less into the collective fields of the Earth, a spirit voice on the winds.

I feel I fail with funds and promotion, so I finish the work and I release It, in the best way I can within my means and then it gets archived as legacy intellectual property. When I leave Earth, I leave a lot of art works behind me, music, words, pictures, plays, works, books. I see them all, as my babies and they need to be raised and clothes to live on independently of me. My goal is to give them a body and bless them, as I shuffle them out into the world. Be detached about results, expect nothing, stay humble. You do not know how your work will be received. As artists we get hung up on that and how it is received by others. Let it matter less and the work matter more and put your heart and soul into the job, the work, the promotion, but then let it go.

More in part b) next week, be sure to register for the free ZOOM workshop this Sunday 5th July at 7pm and learn about my 4 week Creativity Coaching for Musicians workshops.

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Women Who Rock in Music- I Am Woman Watch Me Roar- Melody Moon

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning). I was going to take a break to publish my own blog but at 14 pages long it needs more thought, I also have a few videos so possibly later this week as part a) and part b) on Self Production- The Feminine Voice with an invitation to a free taster Zoom workshop and offer for Creativity Coaching. Stay tuned for that, blessings Cath

INTRODUCING MELODY MOON

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, engineer, all rounder etc)

I’m a singer- songwriter and producer with a love for playing with sounds I collect in nature.  I have been self-managed and booking my own gigs and tours so far. As modern music artists we have to put on an array of hats, so I have learnt many skills over the years to allow me to create, record and share my music.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

I’ve been writing songs since I was a young girl, writing about nature and love in primary school. I learnt classical and music theatre styles as a teenager, then moved into jazz. But it was really a solo trip up the East Coast of Australia in a kombi in 2008 with a guitar that birthed my personal style. And it’s been evolving since then. From folk to indie to pop, into a blend of everything I love; storytelling, affirmation, wellbeing, catchy sing-a-longs, nature, and now looping.

I released my first EP ‘Little Hopes’ in 2010, when friends showed me how to record, and I haven’t been able to stop writing, recording and releasing since.

I love growing, learning more instruments and getting more comfortable with technology so I can bring all my samples into my live performance and create a full sound. And also making videos for my songs is another creative outlet I get a bit addicted to!

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

I feel like I may not have been taken as seriously as my male counterparts when buying instruments in music stores, or when chatting about the technical side of recording and performing. There does seem to exist a bias towards males being seen more as ‘engineers’ and females more as ‘just singers’. I’ve had quite a lot of experience recording, editing and producing music and video. But there is a strange phenomenon I’ve noticed: when a male colleague confidently talks about these technical things, no matter how basic, my own knowledge and experience seems to fade somewhat into unacknowledgement. I’m still trying to figure out the main source of this, if it’s internal or external, but I really think it’s a combination of both. And I have learnt that the only way to resolve this imbalance is to shine bright and allow myself to ‘be seen’.

Why are you sharing this video?

‘GOLDEN ACACIA’I’m sharing this song because it’s a bit of a wild creation and collaboration with another tech-savvy creative woman Heidi, who filmed it. It’s a live and raw emotional song on a wild windy day.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Women need creative time. Away from the screen and society’s white noise- to a place of inner space. We are dreamers, visionaries, and have been respected for this in many cultures for thousands of years. Today, in modern Western culture, here in Australia, being a human, being an artist, being a woman artist… Well, we are pulled by a culture telling us to be more of, to be busy, to be productive, to be overconsuming, to be organised, to be perfect, to have it all together, to overwork to be able to live ‘the dream’.

We can get caught in a web of unhelpful messages and miss out on our actual dreams. Our dreamtime is vital. To have space to vision and be wildly creative is an important part of making music that is meaningful and much needed on the planet right now. We need to remember the value of our path and purpose, and despite internal and external doubts and pressures, just keep moving along it.

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

I think for me, feeling worthy. And believing that I belong here with other great songwriters. I remember saying to someone that I don’t want to be in the music industry. I do want to create and share my songs, but just to be me, without the pressures of having to fit in. And then I’ve felt disappointed when I haven’t gotten into festivals or been played on Triple J. So it’s been a bit of a push-pull relationship, working out how to be fully myself and be a part of something also. And embarrassingly I’ve only just discovered that the music industry is made up of lots of people like me! Other creatives and alternatives who are passionate about music, and dedicating their lives to it too. So moving from a fearful comparative state to realising we are actually a quirky community that’s all in this together, has been very helpful. And we shine brighter by supporting and encouraging each other.

What is unique about a women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today?

In my experience women have a very natural ability to see outside the box. They can ‘feel out’ a situation, problem, or song, and intuit where it needs to go. This is so needed in creating music that touches and delivers messages that the world needs right now. As a culture we benefit so much from art that awakens and inspires the heart, that gives permission for nurturing and balance, and being our true selves, that helps us remember our innate connection and contentment. It is healing. That’s the feminine wisdom and voice.

Do you have any advice for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

Enjoy what you do, do what you enjoy. Ask yourself why you make music and keep coming back to that. Think of it as a long-term thing. Do not worry if you get rejected or don’t get replies or compliments on your music, just keep doing it, for you and the music itself. Come back to why you do it. There is no rush. Stay true to yourself and be very brave.  AND reward yourself for ALL your achievements !  Melody x

Thank you Melody, the caliber of women artists their sensitivity, artistry, leadership and musicality is a pleasure to share. Be sure to check Melody out at the links below

Website URL?

www.melodymoon.com.au

Social media Links

www.facebook.com/melodymooonmusic

www.instagram.com/melodymoon_musicwithnature

Women Who Rock In Music- I Am Woman Watch Me Roar- Taylar Paige

 TAYLAR PAIGE –  SONGSTRESS

FROM MELBOURNE

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning). As we progress and share the voices of women I know in music, I am grateful for the response and resonance and the collective voice, it is certainly time to stand together. Now more then ever the world needs good music and the perspective of women storytellers.

INTRODUCING TAYLAR PAIGE

Photo Electrum Photography

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, engineer, all rounder etc)

I am a singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and percussionist from Melbourne, Australia.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

Music has always been a huge part of my life. From a young age I looked up to so many musicians and aspired to be one someday, though I struggled tremendously with confidence issues. I mustered up the courage to learn guitar and sing at the age of 17 and the rest is history.

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

For some unknown and particularly odd reason- I never liked female singers. It’s completely hypocritical because I am one, but I guess all the musicians I looked up to as a child were male and I somehow convinced myself that a male voice sounds better. I also started my music career in the metal scene which is predominantly driven by males, so automatically I’m judged and seen to ‘not belong’.  It’s been a wonderful roller-coaster of a journey to truly find my voice and appreciate it for what it is and thus acknowledge the beauty of both a female and male voice in all music scenes.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Confidence, self-love and the unconditional support of other musicians. Women are quite quick to compare themselves to others and therefore focus on what they don’t have or what they can’t do. It’s imperative to acknowledge and love our differences- not compare them. [Amen to that- sisterhood is key].

Why are you sharing this video?

I am sharing the music video of my song ‘Mourning’ because of its pure violent and vulnerable energy. The dancers in this video personify sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming. The song plays on the exposure and helplessness one feels when in sleep paralysis. 

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

Trusting who I am and not trying to be anyone else. Sometimes, if we want to ‘fit’ into a certain music scene, social group or community- we tend to mould ourselves according to what we think we should be- not who we truly are. I’ve learnt to be my complete self- regardless of what genre or music scene society will group me into.

What is unique about a women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today?

The women’s voice is unique because of its capacity to be both angelic and light as well as fearless and violent.

Do you have any advise for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

Don’t quit! Music is an incredible, creative outlet that will help you discover so much about yourself and the world we live in.  

Website URL?

https://taylar-paige.wixsite.com/taylarpaige

Social media Links

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taylarpaige/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylarpaigemusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TaylarPaige

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7l85AT7VvhPk3ZP57jWD0Y

Thank you Taylar, and a huge thank you and blessings to all my sisters who have thus far shared thoughts, I wish you every success. Together we are stronger. More to come soon from Elaine Nolan from Ireland, Marita Ryan, Melody Moon, Cheryl Jansen from the U.S A and many more.

Next Thursday 18th June  I am going to break up the series with a personal blog on

‘Self Production- the Feminine Voice’ and then we return to ‘I Am women Watch Me Roar’ Cath xx

 

 

 

Women Who Rock In Music – I Am Woman Watch Me Roar- Lacunae Glow

‘I AM WOMAN WATCH ME ROAR’

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning).

The theme may or may not have a specific resonance for you. My invitees answered on theme. I am not using the word ‘music industry’ deliberately, as to me it conjures up images of ants and slaves. To me, before any industry can occur; it is about core identity, the who that we are and the why. It is ‘who we be’, beyond economics, such that, we would do it till the day we die, because ‘we just have to’.

INTRODUCING LACUNAE GLOW

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, engineer, all rounder etc)

Independent Artist- Lacunae Glow (South Australia) – Inspired by the summer, sea, and sky. Chill Pop with angelic beachy vibes. Singer, songwriter, classically trained pianist, music producer and artist.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

Since I could talk I have always sung and made up music. As an independent artist I have been Lacunae Glow for about 5 yearsish?

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

I don’t think about it. Anything boys can do, girls can do better, was a t-shirt I had as a child [lol].

I appreciate working with men, as we have different strengths we bring to the table, even with our hearing range. I am self driven, I don’t know if being a woman effects my credibility? I don’t think about it. Sometimes I get objectified, I’m sure men in the music space do as well. I even have marriage proposals quite regularly, even though I am just a normal person, I think doing music may throw you into an ‘otherworldly light‘ and maybe have a ‘fantasy aspect‘. I’m pretty humble, I don’t take it seriously.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Just keep creating and being true to the heart. I don’t know the answers. I am still working on making my dreams reality. I have other work and goals to support me rather than music supporting me financially. So maybe a passion for music, and a life balance to pursue dreams. Also don’t listen to critics. Just do your best, it is all art.

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

Self doubt and perfectionism.

What is unique about a women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today?

We have a unique emotional perspective, especially from a sensitive artistic point of view, which can also empower and uplift consciousness, into ‘a greater world view and personal empowerment view‘.

Why you are sharing this video?

This song has been doing well in the USA. I also get feedback from people saying they love listening to this song. I wrote this song as a multi layer piano piece and did lyrics about keeping positive mindset.

Do you have any advice for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

Develop a tough outer shell, don’t listen to doubters, listen to your internal guidance and be true to yourself, trust in your gifts, that ‘you have uniqueness to offer the world‘. Don’t worry about competitions, there is no real competition. There are lots of scams in the music world, listen to your gut, develop a keen business sense, you can do it on your own, you don’t need anyone to tell you what to do. Run your own music as a business. Make agreements up front if collaborating so there are no grey lines. Be true and fair and professional. Create and shine. Don’t listen to anyone who tries to limit you- eg you’re too young, too this, too that blah blah blah, the point of power is always in the present moment. There is no greater voice and reach than music which goes beyond all languages and cultures to touch the heart and emotions. To be a musician is a powerful gift it will give you purpose through life’s ups and downs and potentially help others as well. Do it for the love of it and support yourself financially with other pursuits, (unless you work out how to make lots of money in music- I’m still working on this part of the puzzle!).

Website URL https://lacunaeglow.space/

Social media Links

https://www.facebook.com/lacunaeglow/

https://www.instagram.com/lacunaeglow/

I Am Woman Watch Me Roar 3- Seraya

I AM WOMAN WATCH ME ROAR- WOMEN WHO ROCK IN MUSIC SERIES 2020

My feature  blog theme/series for the year was inspired by Marilyn of the Red Church, a Melbourne band, sprouting the title ‘Women Who Rock’ .

It is important that we, as women uplift each other and support each other in our work, cause heck, we all know the odds are already stacked against us, but will that stop us, No sire’!

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning).

INTRODUCING SERAYA  FROM BRISBANE

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, engineer, all rounder etc)

I started as a singer-songwriter and keyboardist. As time went by I became more involved in the production side, with arrangements, programming etc.

I also got involved in a different platform as a radio broadcaster for 10 years or so, with a lean toward supporting independent artists. I’m in Brisbane, I hosted a show called The Mess Hall, but I’m taking a break from the radio now and curating playlists instead.  I am still currently active with Voice Over – I have done Qantas, Neuroscience in Design and at Horizon Power I’m ‘the voice’ in their corporate in house training software.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

I was born into a musical family, and as a child I sang in church as a soloist and in choirs. I started writing at 14. As a young mum I didn’t have the opportunity to start recording until my early 30’s when my children were older.

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

There has been a significant impact. I don’t really like to dwell on it because it’s not a great space to live in.

Why are you sharing this video?

 

I chose Peace Love and Understanding because these interview questions reminded me about some challenges I faced in the music industry, and some injustices and painful experiences that left me feeling manipulated, hurt, used and abused. The question was about things that women face. When I think of injustice to women, as the mother of two sons (and also through discussions with male friends) I am also aware of a lot of injustice toward men. I feel the same pain and hurt and sadness when I hear and see what has happened to men at the hands of women (and there are some really terrible things that happen, and these things are rarely discussed. Men in these situations don’t get the same support as women in similar circumstances). So, rather than being anti this or that against men, women, LGBTQ or anyone, for me it is more helpful to be Pro Peace. In the presence of true peace, love, understanding and compassion there is no room at all for violence or abuse against anyone.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Wow, the current environment is a major head spin whoever you are!!

I think things are perhaps a little improved since #metoo. Even so, damage is also done in the subtlest of ways, by opportunists who prey on the vulnerabilities of creatives.

To answer your question, I feel that being really strong as a person and as an artist is a good place to start.

  • Know what your creative vision is and follow that.
  • Go with your ideas no matter what they are.
  • Don’t create for anyone else’s approval or to fit into any particular genre or niche.
  • Create music for the way it feels when you are in that place of connection to everything, where time disappears, and you feel most alive.
  • Follow your intuition.
  • Carve your own path, research and look for ways to reach you goals.
  • Be kind and considerate to others on the same journey.
  • Watch out for people with a “great opportunity” or a “fool proof plan for success” to sell you! You are the creator, you should not have to pay people to listen to your songs. No other profession pays their customers.
  • …..and don’t forget the great Hunter S Thompson quote we’ve all heard a gazillion times 😊

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

When I started, there didn’t appear to be much room in the landscape for female artists in Australia. I found it very difficult to be heard, and to get airplay. Also, around this time my personal responsibilities limited the time I had available to pursue my passion for music.

Beyond these things, I would say that the greatest challenge was to be in an environment where my creativity wasn’t encouraged, valued or supported.

What is unique about a women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today?

There’s a lot to it, but at the risk of oversimplifying it’s Venus and Mars, Shakti and Shiva. The feminine delivery and approach is going to be different to the masculine, and there is balance in having accessibility to both.

Interestingly though, when I think of female voices that I love and male voices that I love, the reason that I love them is similar – that their voice and music touch my soul in some way.

Do you have any advice for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

See the list 3 questions back.. and see live music as often as you can. Experiencing live music as an audience member will inform you in a way that nothing else does.

I have an offer on at the moment. If people subscribe to my newsletter at www.serayaonline.com they can request a digital copy of any of my projects for free.
They can view my projects at the website or on band camp
https://serayayoung.bandcamp.com/

Thank you Seraya it is a pleasure to have you on board and to share your words my musical community. Cath

Check out Seraya’s website , social media and bandcamp catalog below. Next up Shelley Karutz of South Australia (I’m leaving my thoughts on theme till last so I can refer back and summarise).

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I Am Woman Watch Me Roar 2- Jenni Dagley interview

WELCOME TO THE 2ND IN THE WOMEN WHO ROCK IN MUSIC SERIES

INTRODUCING JENNI DAGLEY

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning).

I first came across Jenni in the early 90’s as 3RRR DJ where she hosted a weekly show called Off the Bone, we became friends many years later. Back then and still today in community radio, people host shows for love of music, for the passion and do not get paid for it, they spend vast amounts of funds collecting music to share with everyone well before a lot of these artists achieve any sort of mainstream or commercial success. Back then indie and alternative had a very strong distinct voice which was still of the underground,  with dedicated shows, labels and record stores of the physical kind. Then Grunge changed everything, Triple J went live to air, Metal went mainstream and so did Indie taking the alternative and indie voices to the larger public.

My invitees have been asked a set of questions, Jenni’s response is below.

Briefly describe your role in Music?

Ok I was at 3 RRRFm from 1986 – 1994 hosting Off The Bone, a 3 hr alternative music show. I did a few other guest spots and I was the record librarian for 1.5 years and then Assistant Program Manager under Stephen Walker for 2 years. I did “Metal Vision” on Channel 31 from 1994- 1998 a fortnightly metal show featuring lots of local  Australian bands, filmed on location. In 1995 we were the first tv crew to film at the Big Day out . We featured Ministry , The Fireballs and more. I was a co presenter and co producer for that.

My passion for indigenous culture had me dj and co direct Barmah Beats with Yorta Yorta Nations in the Barmah forest. I Dj’d at “Camp Sovereignty” during the commonwealth games protest, at Kings domain in 2006 . The protest lasted about 8 weeks, a campsite with a sacred fire and elders from different clan nations. After that I did lots of community djing including Parkville youth rehabilitation centre for 3 maybe 4 years.

I am now a music songwriter producer.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey? All my life I have been singing , watching and dancing to music, songwriting for 7 years though .

Why you are sharing this video? My latest song and video is about self love and the video features women from all different walks of life and experience. I want women to know that they are ‘I Am Goddess Beautiful And Magnificent – IAGBAM‘. (Jenni’s wonderful mantra).

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally? As an alternative person, there are less opportunities, though social media is expanding our world . The world is still pretty conservative.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate? We need respect, it would be helpful if we did not have high profile women twerking and almost naked in their videos and social media! ( I agree, it degrades the women’s voice, whilst young women may find it empowering and liberating they may not feel so twenty years down the road).

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path? Self confidence, to put music out to the public and not having enough time when I am my own manager, press agent, creator and single mum. (Jenni is also an extraordinarily gifted milliner creating unique one of  hats out of recycled and other objects. some will feature in her IAMGBAM remix below).

What is unique about women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today? We have the nurturing side of the human essence, in today’s market we also have the power of words and musical diversity to reach out with messages whether it be about climate, self love, abuse or love . (A lot of Jenni’s social media outreach includes empowering spiritually oriented messages for women).

Do you have any advise for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey? Be your authentic self. Do not change who you are to fit in, or compromise yourself and remember you are a magnificent part of creation, you can be anything you want.

THE NEXT IN THE SERIES WILL FEATURE MY OWN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTIONS THEN WE RESUME WITH WOMEN WHO ARE AUDIO ENGINEERS, COMPOSERS, SONGWRITERS HEADS OF MUSIC SCHOOLS

Check out Jenni’s Social media links below

https://www.facebook.com/VioletNightIAGBAM/

https://www.instagram.com/iagbam/

https://twitter.com/violet68night

http://iagbam.blogspot.com

I Am Woman Watch Me Roar-Women Who rock In Music series 1. Zoe Ryan

ZOE RYAN ACOUSTIC – FOREVER – WORLDS – THIS TOO SHALL PASS -STAY HOME WITH ME

We begin ‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ of the ‘Women Who Rock in Music series’ for 2020, not with myself, but with an invitation that went out to my female musical friends to answer some questions on topic and help promote them and open up discussion. Please meet and enjoy Zoe Ryans performance and response. More to come.

“This is a video I am sharing with the world at this time while everyone is being advised to stay inside. It’s a time of uncertainty and change, and I wanted to send something out to people that relates to the experience of being apart from others. It is something I have written about a lot with my life on the road as music being a defining part of who I am as an artist. It also features a song that will be on my upcoming EP about change, but has a reassuring message”.

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, all rounder etc)

Singer Songwriter. Manager. All rounder.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

Always. I had musical influences around me so I was very inspired as a kid. Putting on concerts was my idea of fun, and that became my life. The only time I took away from music was during university when I studied other things, but I was still writing and sharing songs with those around me. I spent the last few years living a troubadour lifestyle before setting up a studio and becoming more immersed in the recording process. I’m grateful to have been working with some great people recently who have made the recording process less daunting and more enjoyable.

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

It’s undeniable that unconscious bias has affected me and many of my non-male, and non-white peers in music. Opportunities were more limited because of it in a number of spaces, from radio to print, digital and live opportunities. Unconscious bias isn’t really a conversation that is had openly and honestly within the music community or industry.

However, the issues that arise because of it have been. The conversation has been turning towards equality more and more in a changing world that leans closer to more expansive and less towards exclusive than once upon a time. I guess technology has led to this expansiveness. There’s infinite space, and it just becomes about finding ways to connect with the people who your music appeals to.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Women and non-men, and even men from minority backgrounds all need to be seen and celebrated in a whole new way. We need to remember that they have all existed in a system that has been set up in a way that unconscious bias and other influences continue to exclude them. Now is a time we have the opportunity to redefine our tastes, locally and globally, to a more expansive range of what music is. Maybe you know about artists and bands through your own social network that have been missed over the years by broader media, isn’t now a time that we can revive unheard music? Especially now that we are living in a digital age where music – old and new – can be just as easily accessed.

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

I think everyone has to overcome the obstacle of self. The self can present a multitude of obstacles within it. Two of my big obstacles have been my own self-doubt and a scarcity mindset.

Once you become aware of the obstacles, they’re a lot more manageable. They might come back, but then you know what you’re dealing with, and can say to them “hello old friend, I acknowledge you’re here… but please don’t stay for long”

What is unique about the voice and approach of women that is so desperately needed in music today?

Women have always played a different role to men biologically, and this is a strength, not a weakness! The voice of women and the way of women, the nurturing and gentle nature, that’s what is needed in music and in the world. We can see that so clearly now in the times we are living in, and we are seeing some incredible examples of female leadership in the world today.

In a similar way, we really need to elevate and celebrate new women’s voices in music. Women in music have the power to speak to the world from this perspective and shape and influence what this changing world will be. Your voice creates the future! You are so powerful!

Do you have any advise for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

One woman in music told me two words when I was 20, and reminded me that I had plenty of time. ‘Keep going.’ It was significant. I would pass on that advice.

Because the world needs to hear what you have to say, and they need to hear it exactly the way you say it or sing it, no matter what anyone might say. That’s the truth. I learned that eventually.

Website URL? http://zoeryan.net 

Social media Links : 

http://facebook.com/zoeryanmusic

http://instagram.com/zoeryanmusic

http://youtube.com/zoeryanmusic

 

Next up Jenni Dagley…

Catching Stardust-The birth of a Song-Women Who Rock Series

Welcome  February 6th 2020. The Call of Oma launch was a success it is receiving airplay around Australia and there will be more interviews coming. So far  we have had feature interviews on 97.9fm and Radio Adelaide’s Out of This World. More news on that into the future. You can purchase the album The Call of Oma at all digital outlets or go here https://catherinemeeson.bandcamp.com/album/the-call-of-oma . Today we begin a new journey.

The  video below details the spontaneous song writing process as a whole, in video document format from the beginning to end, (less than thirty minutes). Features the song ‘Stardust’ a song exploring the feeling and vulnerability of new love and the fragility of the heart. It will be released as a single in 2020.

Lyrics and Music by Catherine Meeson © 2020 ℗ 2020

All Rights Reserved

A Sonic Sanctuary production February 5 2020

Contains stock footage from Videoblocks.com

‘Catching Stardust’ is the first in a series of Blogs and Vlogs on ‘Women Who Rock’ in music (title inspired by Marilyn of the Red Church) for 2020, which will explore women in music and issues of craft as well as issues affecting well-being and sense of self from a women’s perspective. They may contain surveys and interviews with others and will also be a shout-out to influential and powerful women of music through recorded her-story. Sure, to be provocative and forthright.

‘Catching Stardust’ honours the song writing process of not knowing  and going with the flow of ones muse. Stardust was the second tune I wrote by the embers of an open fire, camping out in Lerdederg state park, whilst my boyfriend slept. It was 11th March  2019.

As a form of documentation, I literally set up the phone and recorded the whole process by firelight. It is in D# alternative tuning, (something my boyfriend has introduced to me). Before this I wrote a very long riff based instrumental piece called Resurrection Codes which was also captured. Video documenting allows one to see exactly what one was doing in the moment. Once upon a time I captured my songs on tape recorder and still have a box of tapes. Years later it became phone voice recording, now occasionally I do it on video. I always drew my chord charts and progressions down.

Stardust captured the feeling of new love, vulnerability and the fragility of the heart. As with most improvisation-based tunes, I noodle till I find something that resonates with how I am feeling in the moment, then I’m off on The Windcatcher (my magical mythical musical ship), we set sail and traverse the fields of time and space through sound. I voyage through feeling, melody, harmony, rhythm and form as the song is crafted/ birthed through me. Lyrically it presents as essentially a folky tune (psychedelic folk ambience) that has been developed as a demo and was submitted to the APRA professional development competition last year.

Many people have an opinion about how to write a song and what it has to be. A formula for the genre, a set structure, the rules of harmony and form. All those things are nice but they create limits if one is rigid about it. We all know the essence of popular music form through listening to it all our lives. There is no right or wrong way. Someone will always want to change what you did or how you did it, or they will change where it wants to or could go. But you know what? It’s your song, your way, your muse and voice. There is only ‘what is’ in the moment of creation. Finding ones own voice and style is essential in a world of wannabes. All one can ever truly be is oneself. Therefore, cultivate uniqueness, that is following the dao of your own unique unfolding on the river of life.

Sure you can refine songs later, re arrange them , adapt them etc, but in my experience  ( I can say this because I have been writing songs now for 33 years), they come out mostly complete entities; a chord progression and a vocal lyrical melody that stands by it’s own integrity. One does not need to agonise over it or get all intellectual about it. It’s a different process to writing to a brief or modern electronic based song writing, this is the old school way of instrument and words. It’s organic, with the flavours and tools of local space time, i.e. the feel and the instruments/ resources at hand.

You don’t go to school to learn how to write songs, you just write them. You go to school to learn composition, but degrees for song writing, that will get you a bunch of rules to break and a bunch of formulas and other peoples processes. Then you still have to do your own thing. So play, experiment, make mistakes, follow your ears, follow your feelings as they express.

This video is very raw and very real,  it features me being eaten alive by mosquitos, tripping out on the sounds of the night and being in awe of the stars. It features mistakes, bum notes and the real process I go through  to find /develop and create a song. I feel I don’t create it, I just follow it as it emerges, I am just the person it comes through. Like the universe wishing to express itself. I follow the feeling, rhythm, the flow, the melody. The lyrics come as to be expected. My hope is that this video demystifies and normalises the song writing process. This took less than thirty minutes to write.

As far as what is it – to fix it in a genre, I guess I would call it folky, psychedelic folk, as it has been developed and uses fx pedals. The structure is pretty standard. Intro, verse, bridge, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, outro. The instrumentation so far is simple, acoustic guitar with fx, bass, guitar riffs on the ricky, programmed beats and vocals, main and back up. It was a time-based completion for APRA ‘s professional development award program, (which obviously I was unsuccessful at). I also entered Resurrection and Standing there two more singles I hope to get out this year.  I will develop Stardust further and refine the parts for the single release, it needs tightening up, the vocal placement and vowels need to be bang on. It is very characteristically ambient, spacious and relaxing. It is a beautiful song that I am happy to say Marty Wilson Piper liked 😊 in a recent mentoring session. Marty formally of Australian rock band The Church is my favourite guitarist alongside Pink floyd’s  David Gilmour.

The purpose of this recording now is me reviewing my 60+ gig of video recordings from my phone, clearing my archives and storage and seeing what is worth developing and producing to completion. Not everything gets developed. The archives feature song ideas, improvisations on guitar, voice, bass, and piano, captured out there in the world, at work, or where ever I was at the moment. I am assessing my focus for the year and where my energies will go and what is realistic. I will aim for 3-4 singles, with a possible 3- 4 month turn around for each, that should be doable, but depends on work, funds and life.

As mentioned at the start of the blog I have a new series I will write about this year, aiming for one a month called Women Who Rock’ series. Look out for those as we journey along, and look out for my invitations to questions of relevance on Survey Monkey.

In ‘Catching Stardust’, I am inviting people into my process, I have always been pretty open about it blogging my albums creation and development of all my work.

I am promoting my services as a Creativity Coach (arts based coaching). If you are interested in Creativity Coaching and want to know more, click on the link below to my page about Creativity Coaching. The basic premise is that artists and creatives have unique sets of problems that need to be tackled and we may need the services of a whole bunch of allied health persons and professional arts industry allies, a Creativity coach can help you figure out what you need to be the best you, you can be as you bring your work into the world.

https://www.catherinemeeson.com/coaching/

Creativity Coaching is offered via skype, phone, email or in person. There are one of rate deals of $60 an hour (skype, and follow up email). And a 4 session package deal $220 (4 skype sessions, follow up email, 2 15 minute phone check ins). In person sessions will incur additional travel costs. Payment method is via the Paypal button on the weblink (secure).

Creative process is something I am an expert at and could be invaluable in assisting you to be all you can be. Make it happen in 2020. No matter the issues affecting your creative work, or sense of self in the world a creativity coach could be exactly what you need.

To this end my qualifications are  Adv Dip Music, B.A.I (Hons- music composition), Adv Dip Transpersonal Counselling & Art Therapy, Creativity coaching training with Eric Maisel, spiritual healing modalities. Professional development at Film Summer School (Melb Uni) and currently enrolled in part time Audio Engineering studies.

THE CALL OF OMA ALBUM IS OUT NOW

 

Catherine Meeson is proud to announce the release of her fourth album ‘The Call of Oma’, an epic electro orchestral concept album featuring the songs I Am (Song of the Earth) and Come Back. The Call of Oma’s musical mythology takes us beyond the veils of prehistory, to remembrances of a previous high civilisation that was wiped out by successive major cataclysms reducing the human race to “mere children playing with bones”. Referencing global mythologies, archaeological findings and earth sciences, Catherine weaves a fantastical tale about deep time through Oma the Ancient clan mother the endearing central character. Oma bares a prophetic and timely warning of what may come again. She calls us to be “Guardians of the Earth, flowers of our ancestral tree”

In theme with previous releases from Earth day 2017 (I Am (Song of the Earth) and World Oceans day 2019 (Come Back), The Call of Oma will be released on 11th December on World Mountains day to highlight the environmental ethos of the album and its core message to look after what we’ve got, and rise to protect all life on Earth. Mountains are places of scared pilgrimage and mythos the world over and are of critical importance to the world’s hydrology cycle. The glaciers and snowy peaks feed the worlds rivers and have been the cradle that all civilisations were built upon. From the heights of the world, we see all things beyond, with clear vision and perspective.

You can purchase it directly from me at Bandcamp  with production booklet which contains narration, this is not repeat not available at other digital outlets or streaming services. the Call of Oma book is exclusive to bandcamp.

Please check other digital outlets for the album it will be available everywhere and on streaming services. The launch is one month out details below.

 

The Call of Oma album release and launch dates

THE CALL OF OMA ALBUM RELEASE DATE 11.12.2019

The Call of Oma album goes live at all digital outlets on Wednesday 11th December in honour of World Mountain Day in time for solstice/ X mass.

Check out the title track ‘The Call of Oma’ video on Youtube out now.  The production booklet with narration and lyrics are only available via Bandcamp, I will post link upon release, otherwise all digital outlets will provide cover art only.

Connect to the event launch page on facebook (below) for updates leading up to 11th January 2020.

THE CALL OF OMA CONCEPT ALBUM LAUNCH @

LENTIL AS ANYTHING

11.1.2020

Join Catherine Meeson as Oma as she launches her fourth studio concept album ‘The Call of Oma’, an epic cinematic electroclassical work. Meet the mythic and mysterious Oma, the ancient clan mother from the north, from the time of the last Ice Age. She has a prophetic and timely message about what happened to us in the veils of prehistory, and warns of what may come again. Come partake of this interactive ritualistic listening party performance event and join in an adaptation of John Seed and Joanna Macy’s ‘Council of All Beings’. All ticket holders receive album download direct on the night.

On Saturday 11th January 2020 at 6:00pm

Places limited- bookings essential

Please bring cushion to sit on and sacred item to exchange

LOCATION

Lentil as Anything Back Room
562-564 High St , Thornbury, Victoria 3071

Pay for food before event

Tram 86 from Bourke st to corners Darebin and High st,Thornbury. Stop no. 36

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/2483701411875013/

TICKETS

Adult $15 Concession $10 via Try Booking below

https://www.trybooking.com/569951

 

Self Production The Feminine Voice (part b) Women Who Rock Series

WOMEN WHO ROCK IN MUSIC SERIES 2020 BLOGS

Continuing on from last weeks theme of Self Production and the Feminine Voice, read the previous blog below or here https://www.catherinemeeson.com/women-who-rock/self-production-the-feminine-voice-women-who-rock-in-music-series/

Look after your mental and physical health (I will write more about that in another blog later this year). Your health is your greatest asset and it is crucial to completing work. Life gets in the way, we have our up cycles and our down cycles, and our cruisy cycles. Bills come, stuff happens such as births, deaths and all in between.

It is advisable to have a dedicated account or saving strategy for the long haul, to fund yourself and your work. I got a university award for my honours work and  that helped to pay for album number 2 Atmospherica. Get funds where you can, crowdfund, get grants, teach, whatever it takes (this again is my struggle, you can be creative both with and without the financial assistance). But, for God’s sake, just press on regardless, you don’t know where you will be in 5 or 10 years even if you plan. You don’t know what work will resonate and what work will not. Keep creating, keep producing and nurture yourself.

Take time out when you need it.

Collaborate and continue to learn and develop always. The best thing about conferences are the little gems, things you may not have tried and new stuff as well as access to all sectors of the music industry, such as those who have walked before you who are brimming with insight and experience. I see it as a rich treasure trove.

I wish I were better able to reach out and get help beyond just mastering or photography or digital arts, but I struggle a bit with people. I’m very much a loner, I thrive is solitary to do my work. So, with tangents included, let’s come back to the goal or blog focus. The feminine voice and self-production process. It is a lot for only one person to do. How much self-belief do you have and how much work you want to put in, to produce your art? For me, it is every moment I can. I also regularly rebel against my own self-imposed disciplines and order, creativity is chaotic, for most creatives it is therapy (myself included, it is my lifeline and my guitar my greatest companion).

By 2015 with my third album Contemplating Buddha I had managed to get supporting actors into my video clips and someone to help film. I had my mastering engineer and a small team which that helped me slowly take my vision and work to the next level. It was still very much self-directed. People from other disciplines can get frustrated with you if you don’t talk their lingo so learn some,  and do ongoing professional development. Film Summer School was fantastic, they offer short intensives in all aspects of film making, with industry professionals. It gave me more guiding structure which helped to commit my ideas to form. My approach is two fold, brainstorming and story-boarding and spontaneous improvisation working with place and anything that pops up out in the field, whether idea, shot type, scene, etc. If I’m doing a film clip I will write the vision down, know what I want and learn as I go. With film clips there is a lot of unexpected on-site learning. Getting others involved requires planning, OHS stuff, equipment, funds, food, budgeting, considering light and weather conditions, having meetings, clear definitions of roles or communicating what you want and expect. I’m still working on that. You might get many gigabytes of footage and do the same scene 3 or 4 times and only get 5 to 10 seconds of usable work, you just have to hope for the best, life really goes to plan. Story-boarding is great, but don’t rely on it solely or you could miss the magic of the moment, which is  part of the joy of improvisation. A response to place which then leads the creative imagination. Spirit will always speak through you in response to the world around you, if you let it, it is called follow your gut and follow your intuition.

Contemplating Buddha gave me ‘Ascent for the Eastern Sunrise’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge’ videos. With Ascent for the Eastern Sunrise I wanted to jump out of a plane, but alas, I didn’t have the funds so my nieces partner had just been to Queensland and jumped out of a plane. I asked if they had any footage and they said yes, I asked if I could use it and they said yes! So, I got the footage and there was just enough to fill the film clip and sort of convey my idea. It wasn’t a complete rendition of what was in my imagination, it didn’t demonstrate turbulence and a few of the other aspects I hinted at in the audio, with the captain speaking to the jumpers before they’re about to jump out of the plane, but nonetheless, it taps the same essence. With my track ‘Windcatcher Upon the Waves’  off  Atmospherica, (album no 2) I had arranged to go out on a tall ship called The Endeavour. When the day came to go do my filming, it was slightly stormy and broody and it was perfect but they cancelled the ships sail, due to the winds.  I was upset it was exactly what I wanted. So, I ended up having to drive a lot further down the East Coast and did the sunset sail instead. I could not produce the full-fledged sailing ship dynamic rise and fall that I had seen when creating the track, (you know, imagine it going through the cresting waves and  panoramic cliffs all around or a vast crevasse type structure opening out onto the open sea). So, you do what you can with what you’ve got. I had an old portable handy cam. I had to convert the footage I took and did that video clip with Windows movie maker. It is far from perfect, but conveys a story in music and picture. Again, It was on a wish, hoping that I had enough footage to populate the video, but I didn’t know until I got home and was able to assess it all.

Story-boarding for Come Back

After these clips I got more ambitious because I was starting to achieve a little bit of my creative vision and direction. With ‘Mr Big Man’ and ‘I Am (Song of the Earth)’, they were a huge step up, with a new computer, using Da Vinci Resolve and Green screen footage, as well as stock footage and good old YouTube tutorials. I also take advantage of samples and Creative Commons stock and have a dedicated attribution’s page on my website for this purpose. I love Creative Commons  but it can also hold you back in both audio and video work. So, I just document everything and have a dedicated page under the music tab.

Mr Big Man’ was a punk rock inspired protest song written in response to a call out from Green Music Australia. I attended the Stop Adani tour and I got permission from protest groups to use footage and also got some paid stock footage, the rest I did with green screen in my garage. It communicated what I wanted an in your face confrontation and protest against an idiotic government and multibillionaire who is determined to rape and pillage the Earth in a dying fossil fuel age.

By I Am (Song of the Earth) I had met my friend Maria (R.I.P). We dreampt the clip up together. We met at Summer Film School in Melbourne. She was a photographer and aspiring cinematographer / film director who dreampt of getting an Academy award, but sadly never got the chance. She was behind the lens on-site. We did scounting trips after Google searches and had regular meetings, settling on a site close to her down around Mount Martha for it’s stunning geology and changability in the light. I spent weeks as costume maker, researcher, stage make up artist and created Oma the ancient clan mother,  which itself grew out of another one-woman show that I did that was filmed and made into a movie. ‘By The Mandate of Heaven’, it is on Youtube or available from me.

In the above Playlist you can see for yourself the development of my ideas, tools and knowledge grow and expand.

We were able to expand my creative direction with film clips. I love making film clips. I have always seen works in sound and pictures, ever since I was a young child. My music naturally evokes the visual sense of the 3rd eye. People tell me they see what I saw when I was writing the music, the places that the sound takes you to, which is why I say Music is the Master Key The Universe. In Guided Imagery in Music (Helen Bonny), music is used as a therapeutic tool because of its ability to generate rich imagery and promote integration of the personal and collective unconscious. I will write more about that another time,  (music sound and healing). I am obsessed on all levels with music sound and healing, they are the fields that I’ve developed and devoted my life to. I have practitioner level training in development, as well as many other music and sound related services which will be released under the business name of The Way of Sound©. The health benefits of music and sound are the future of medicine.

It is important to have self respect and to value what you have to share. I want you to reflect for a minute, on ‘Success’. Is it sales? Followers? Likes or shares?! No, it is successfully expressing the self on all levels and giving form to one’s ideas and then letting them fly into the world to live on, beyond you. Success looks different for everyone,  anything beyond completion and release for me is a bonus. With the current state of the world in Covid chaos, the world needs its artists more than ever, to create a paradigm shift and a revolution of consciousness. So, I want to go back to the etymology of words for a moment.

Self is according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, ‘an individuals true self or typical behaviour’. I would add, it is an innermost introspective sense of who we are and all that that entails.

Production – is the making or generating of a given thing, the creation of something from raw elements or parts.

So, self-production is the creation of musical works driven by the innermost self. With the process being of stages of production going full cycle. Creation, gestation, incubation, development, birth and release of the final finished product.

What self-production looks like will be different for everyone, there are Industry norms, but norms aside, everyones sense of completion will vary as well. As in life so in nature, human nature. All art forms are subjective, yet we base our worth in the world on the perception and practices of others. Success for us, must be firmly rooted in a strong sense of self love and respect. If we have those things, we are part way there, open to learn, grow and adapt as needed. So, to summarise, the feminine voice caters more to the inner nature, it does not disregard the pragmatic or discipline necessary to achieve results, but it works holistically and with empathy. It is the Yin supporting Yang within self and in the work and the steps out into the world. It is the balance of forces within self which is necessary to contend with the forces without outside of self, that are in the world.

So, self-production and the feminine voice is about embodying your path, walking your walk, doing your work, doing and being true to this sense of self, able to call on others to support your goals and progress along the path of your choosing. Self-production and the feminine voice is about knowing that it is time to listen to  both self and to your dreams, and go your way, self-assured and confident with your choices.

I invite you to join me for a series of Self-production Creativity Coaching for Musicians workshops by Zoom to explore this process and be guided through an action plan. You’ll receive PDF documents with links and worksheets to explore what your path might look like in practical terms. I am offering a series of Free Zoom meetings for anyone interested (men or women) that will introduce you to the course content, should you want to explore a bit more in depth and chart your path for a specific project or production. No dream is too big or too small. I dream of having a production company one day, a label to support other artists and creating music for film clips and movies, but at this time, that is something beyond my reach. For now, I have to be satisfied with creating smaller works to share those things which I feel need to be shared and spoken about in the world.

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS date Sunday 12th & 17th of July – Free

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SELF PRODUCTION CREATIVITY COACHING FOR MUSICIANS- (block of 4) begins online August 23RD, 30TH and September 6th and 13th Bookings info coming soon

For more information on creativity coaching I invite you to search and read the creativity coaching tab . Bookings can be made for my services for one of sessions @ $60 an hour or a block of 4 at at $220. Please inquire.