I recently produced hip hop artist Goya‘s first single aptly called Never Give Up, which features additional vocals by Nathaniel Witbooi and Jason Samuels (who also played acoustic guitar on the recording). The track is an inspirational piece with faith as a core narrative. They initially intended the song to be purely acoustic but when they came in for tracking, I recommended perhaps adding drums and bass to it as well. Later in the production phase, I added those sections as well as some light keyboard, pads and a few other effects. For followers of this blog, here’s my belated Christmas present to you. Have a listen:
I thought titling this post “Never Give Up” was rather apt, since it also happens to be my 200th post on this blog. Even more so, in the last couple of months updating it regularly became more and more of a challenge. Most blogs begin to fizzle out shortly after they get started and remaining incentivised to carry on writing is a rather difficult thing. I never thought myself one for blogging until I was forced to do it as an assignment during the year I studied marketing, that’s when I realised I really quite enjoy documenting my various projects and artistic escapades. What started as an attempt at personal branding from a purely marketing oriented perspective quickly turned into my little piece of the web, where I could talk about anything – well, almost. Generally, I’m not one to follow the herd and so I made a promise to myself to obsess about updating my blog. Like I said, it’s become increasingly difficult to do that – and I have thought about throwing in towels on many occasions, and not only when it comes to this blog but also to general artistry. Being an artist and keeping a blog is damn scary..! That said, I’m glad I haven’t taken the plunge yet and I happy to say that I’ve not given into those temptations.
Yesterday I purchased Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, the follow up to Kleon’s #1 seller Steal like an Artist – which pretty much changed my entire perspective on artistry (I recommend this book to all my friends). In Show Your Work, the ultimate aim is getting discovered as an artist. In it, Kleon encourages artists to not only start a blog, but to also post on it every day – I used to think posting once a week was enough! The downside of that perspective though is that when it came to the day of my scheduled weekly post, there’d simply be too much information from the preceding week to post about! Kleon breaks it down in a colloquial and easy to understand way and pretty much every point he makes is revolutionary in its simplicity. Setting small challenges for yourself is a sure-fire way of not giving up, even when you don’t feel like going on or happen to forget why you started a certain project in the first place. If you’re an artist and keep beating yourself up about your artistry, You HAVE to check Kleon’s stuff out.
Here’s to taking up Kleon’s daily post challenge and to the next 200 posts! See you on the other side of 2014.