Reflections

1st Quarter of 2019

It’s been a long while since I’ve updated my blog, and for that I must apologise.

2019 has been quite a year thus far. I know we’re only (or already) a quarter in.

I’d like to take this time to share what I’ve been up to of late. It’s nearly 2.00AM as I write this, so forgive me if I’m a little incoherent with my words. Nevertheless, the insomnia I so often face isn’t helping very much either, so I thought I’d go ahead and write anyway.

On the music side of things, I’ve been growing and challenging myself to study and write Trailer music. It’s a whole new world for me and I’ve probably never paid SO much attention to structure and production quality before. I’m really excited to share that despite this steep learning curve I’ve undergone, I’ve manage to sign with a couple of music publisher/libraries exclusively (but I shan’t name names for now). So yes, I’ve been writing for trailer music briefs of late. That in itself is time consuming.

I’ve also begun freelancing full-time. This decision wasn’t really made by choice to be honest. It happened rather circumstantially due to details I’m not really inclined to share. With that said, I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing game developers across the globe, creating audio assets for their projects. For a detailed list, I’ve updated my discography. It’s pretty crazy considering the fact that I’m based in Singapore and some of these guys hail from Barcelona, Tel Aviv Israel, Moldova, and Iran. The world is a small place indeed, and I’m so grateful for the referrals I’ve received for music composition/sound design projects.

I’ve also been given the chance to produce for more artists and am in the midst of working on a silent film (first time for me!), so I can say I’m pretty excited in general. Interestingly enough, I’ve also connected with a whole bunch of composers locally and internationally. It’s quite beautiful to see new communities springing up all over social media that offer unconditional support to everyone involved regardless of what stage they are at in their career.

However, we all know that life isn’t always rosy despite what we see on people’s profile/posts.

Anyone in the music industry (regardless of whether you do B2B work like me or if you’re a B2C artist) knows that there are always going to be more failures/rejections than green lights and success stories. My experience has been no different. It’s really difficult to fall in love with the process and the journey instead of the outcome of each pitch/experiment/project, but doing so is a must. There are no room for negotiations. Growth rarely happens in comfort, and for me, this has been challenging but I’ve somehow been putting one foot in front of the other, I guess largely by the grace of God and the support of my amazing wife.

Hopefully soon enough, I’ll be back with more updates. To whoever’s reading this, please know that I thoroughly appreciate you. Until next time.