Finding my niche 

When I started making music, I didn't know that much about the genres of electronic music. My interest in video game soundtracks is what inspired me to create the kind of music that I do. So because of this, my style developed into something that took bits and pieces from the various kinds of electronic music I had heard in games.

Recently, within the past 2 months since I got on Twitter, I've been getting to know a lot about one particular style of music- and that is Synthwave. I created Synthesism based on my very vague knowledge of it. I knew about the aesthetics, I knew about the 80s nostalgia subculture. I knew that there were musicians who made electronic music in the style of the 80s. But since I was never a fan of the 80s, I never paid much attention to it. Synthesism was made as a concept of Synthwave because I knew my style was not anything like modern electronic genres- at least, not the mainstream ones that I knew about. I had a very small understanding that the sounds I used in my music were of 80s style. Looking back on it now, it's really cool that I was able to formulate a theme for my music that fit, while also not even really knowing anything about it. In fact, Synthesism was a last-minute name that I came up with because every other interesting name I thought of for my music was already taken.

The Synthwave community on Twitter has been awesome to be a part of. These artists are very passionate about their music, and like me, most of them are completely independent. They support each other's work, and they're all really friendly people. This is something I didn't know about at all when I first got on Twitter. I thought Twitter was just for self-promotion with people commenting, and that was it. I was surprised to see so many quality discussions. Had I known this, I would've gotten on Twitter a long time ago!

I'm definitely not from the same kind of background that most of these other Synthwave artists are, but I still feel like I fit in more with them. They're professionals. True musicians. Not mainstream. Going forward in the process of creating my next album, it'll be great for me to know more about this genre and its audience. While my music is still different from the typical forms of 80s-inspired Synthwave, this next album will be more cohesive because I know more about where my music fits in.

Cool weekend 

It was a cool weekend for me. It was so cool to see Ed Reed, a local legend and one of the greatest football players ever, get enshrined into the Hall of Fame. He's from right down the road from where I grew up. I went to the same middle school and high school that he did. He's definitely someone who inspires me. A great athlete, and also a great person. He is proof that if you're a talented person, all you have to do is put in hard work and you'll be successful.

I also went to the Saints' practice tonight. It was at Tulane's Yulman Stadium, which is a short walk from where I live. I'm a huge Saints fan, so it was very cool to be there. I haven't been to a Saints game in years, so I'm glad to have been able to at least see them practice.

My debut album was released this past Thursday. Not that many people know about it. I'm trying to spread the message. Building up a fanbase will take time, but I'm certain that I have the foundation for a solid career.

Hard work 

Being an independent musician and trying to promote a debut album is hard. I have no discography for people to listen to, so it's quite the challenge to get promotion for an album out of obscurity. This was to be expected though, no big deal. I think things will be much better when my entire album is out. Then that should give me a little bit more credibility. The promotion for my eventual second album will be a lot smoother. I'll have more experience and hopefully by then I'll actually have some kind of fanbase.

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My drum practice has been alright lately, but filming my most recent video was stressful. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I put so much pressure on myself to have a good performance for this video. This video was intended to show a wider extent of my talent. The first drumming video I made was just something to show that I could play decently. This time I had to really show what I could do. And I did a good job of it. So now I have a good enough example of my abilities.

 

My first blog post 

I'm creating this blog to post more in-depth updates about me and my career, and whatever else I feel like posting about. I've always loved to write since I was a kid. I used to write a lot of stories, and I excelled in English class. I won writing contests several years in a row in elementary school. Since then I've been involving myself in other things, so I haven't written anything in a very long time. People tell me I should write a book. I don't know when, but I might do that. For now though, I'll have this blog.