It’s been a minute since I’ve sat down and written a blog. I thought I’d take some time and write about what it’s been like trying to juggle running a small business, recovery, making music and keeping my relationship and friendships solid.
Everyone has their grind, hustle and passions. For me, it’s always been challenging having balance. Especially when something new happens. Whether it be a new project, friend, environment etc. I can easily get swept up in the excitement and lose sight of what’s important.
As long as I’m creating music, I’m where I’m meant to be.
The garden juggle
It’s important for me to take stock and remember where I’ve come from. 7 years ago I was gambling my rent and living on my exes couch. I thought I was doing OK at the time. I was drinking and smoking weed daily.. I had a rock bottom and got clean and sober through 12 step meetings. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
In more recent times, I quit my 9-5 corporate gig at Hyundai and went and studied music for a year at Uni. Now I’ve left with a Diploma and run a small gardening maintenance business. #PrimsTrims. There’s a joke here somewhere lol.
My good friend said to me last night:
The universe helps those who help themselves.
I thought that was pretty cool.
I’ve always been my harshest critic, so writing all that stuff reminds me of what I have accomplished and helps me to continue grinding. Probably a little narcissism in there too haha. All jokes aside, running a small business has been really challenging. Very rewarding as well. I could never go back to a 9-5.
Currently I’m working 6 days a week doing 70 hour weeks. It’s great to make my own money, but yeah the whole balance thing goes out the window sometimes. I’m having to learn to take my time and that I have limits. I’ve been rushing around like a Madman and had some pretty shitty accidents..
I was in a rush the other week and side swiped the Ute on a column in the garage.. it crumpled the whole side. It was a huge lesson to chill the fuck out. Another time, I was overloading the passenger seat with massive pot plant containers and cracked the windscreen from the inside.
I had to get a whole new windscreen.
Mostly I’ve been finding that clients are pretty cool. There are the select few who don’t like to pay their tradies or are just difficult to deal with. I guess one of the perks of being the boss is that I can choose who I work for.
Ok, so onto music. I have a 1 hour lesson with a producer/beatmaker once a week and also a vocal development session once a week. These things are crucial to me. I have to make time for them and am grateful making the effort. Without the injection of music through the week, I think I would sink.
It’s funny, I think I have learnt more from private lessons with a producer over the last 2 months than I did in a year of Uni. It’s all part of the journey though. I wouldn’t have made the connections if I didn’t go to Uni right?
So, I’ve got the self-produced EP A Cut Above dropping December 10 and I am fucking excited. There’s 4 tracks, 2 of which I built and mixed from scratch, another 1 is a collab and the 4th track is a Deadbeats beat I bought while I was working at Hyundai.
My home studio is looking pretty dope these days. I am just starting to integrate my Maschine pad with Logic. Last session I had, my guy taught me how to sample. It’s fucking cool.
It’s pretty amazing what happens when we take risks and get out of comfort zones. I’m back onstage on the 2nd and 4th of December, performing some new shit off the EP. Hope to see you there. Thanks for all your love and support legends.